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Microchip expects to double its sales in India this year to about $4.4 million annually. That will be a challenge since the Indian chip market has been sluggish even though the global semiconductor market is growing.

It's a technology-driven transition,” he said. If we could, we would have placed the L2 cache directly onto the die, and mitigated many of the reasons that drove us to a slot in the first place. But at 0.35-micron and 0.25-micron we didn't have the transistor budget to allow us to do that.”

For now, a few of Intel's key OEMs will be forced to bundle the new Coppermines with the 810E, Intel's 133-MHz frontside-bus chip set with a value-class integrated graphics core. However, Dell Computer Corp., like Compaq Computer Corp. and Gateway Inc., have chosen to wait for the Intel 820 or Camino chipset.

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A spokesman for Dell in Round Rock, Tex., said the OEM had planned to marry the performance of the Intel 820 with the new Coppermine, and hasn't changed its decision. Dell's Dimension line is manufactured with Intel motherboards. Other OEMs have simply chosen a competing chipset from Via Technologies Inc.

OEM and industry sources said a Camino re-launch is tentatively scheduled for mid-November, just before Comdex, although Intel has not confirmed the date.

Intel also nudged the prices of its existing classic Pentium IIIs, Pentium IIs, and Celerons downward. The price of the older 600 MHz Pentium III tumbled 24% to $465, while the 550-MHz classic chip dropped 18% to $348. A 533-MHz part dropped 14% to $316, while the 500-MHz and 450-MHz parts fell 9% and 6%, respectively, to $229 and $173. The 450-MHz Pentium II slipped 6% to $173, leaving the 400-MHz Pentium II unchanged at $163. The 500-MHz, 466-MHz, and 433-MHz Celerons all dropped about 7%, to $143, $94, and $73, respectively.

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Intel's mobile Coppermine lineup, by comparison, is far simpler. The company introduced three new mobile chips: a $530 device that runs at 500 MHz, and a 450- and a low-voltage 400-MHz mobile processor, both of which are $348 in 1,000-unit lots.

For notebook OEMs, shrinking the linewidths to 0.18-micron results in a 32% drop in active power, according to Robert Jecmen, vice president of the Intel Architecture Business Group and general manager of the Mobile and Handheld Products Group. Intel has used some of that power savings up by increasing the speed of the 440BX chipset to a 100-MHz front-side bus, although the power increase is nominal, he said. In total, a 500-MHz Coppermine based system will use about 11 watts in typical applications, he said.

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Intel's most notable addition to the server and workstation market will be the Intel 840, the last minute stand-in for the Camino as the booster rocket for Direct Rambus DRAM. The Carmel chip set, as it was previously known, featured an unexpected addition by including a scalable configuration that allows up to 4 gigabytes of memory using a memory repeater. A two-chip core configuration” provides two Rambus channels, but only 2 Gbytes of memory.

The scalable configuration is actually Intel's first five-chip set, consisting of two common I/O and memory controller chips, plus a P64H dual 64-bit PCI bridge and two memory repeaters. Intel will sell each chip individually. Pricing was not immediately available.

The chip, to be sold as either a stand-alone device or in the form of an ASIC core, is designed for use in midrange to high-end switches and other products in Fast Ethernet networks, according to Boodhansingh.

Analysts were impressed with Lucent's ability to devise a highly integrated, 24-port PHY chip, but they also questioned the feasibility of the product in today's market.

It's an interesting product in terms of port count, but I'm a little skeptical that anyone would use a stand-alone 24-port PHY in a system,” said Allen Leibovitch, an analyst at International Data Corp. in Mountain View, Calif.

I'm not saying that the stand-alone-PHY market is dead, but it makes more sense to use this device as an embedded core,” he added.

While PHY ICs are still viable as stand-alones, they are rapidly becoming enablers for system-level ICs in LAN/WAN applications. For example, many switch-chip manufacturers are integrating multiple PHYs and a switching element on the same device to reduce costs and power consumption.

Binary CAMs, which offer the user two compare values (0 or 1), have also been used to improve router table lookup search performance, but binary CAMs but are limited in terms of user flexibility and customization. When subnet masking information and table updates are minimal, as in Layer 2 MAC address lookup, binary CAMs are the appropriate choice.

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