A slate of workstation vendors are gearing up to support the 333MHz version of Intel's Deschutes microprocessor, which ships at the end of January.
Compaq will be one of the first out of the starting gate with four machines based on the high speed flavour of the .25 micron chip.
According to sources, it will add the chip to its 4000 and 6000 Deskpro range as well as include it in a high end x.86 workstation.
Other PC manufacturers, including Dell and HP, are expected to support the launch on the date.
But, according to a representative at Intel, there is no problem with the Deschutes dual processor motherboard, as previously reported here. Vendors had told the 'VNU Newswire' that an erratum caused problems running two Deschutes processors on a single motherboard.
On the launch day, Intel will slash prices on a wide range of its Pentium II processors and on its ceramic Pentium MMX offerings.
And at the end of this month, it will precede the price cuts by slashing prices on the Pentium II/233 part, as previously reported here.
Neither Intel, Compaq, Dell nor HP were willing to comment on the January announcements or the price cuts. But details were confirmed by a source at one of Intel's bigger UK distributors.
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