Acer, AST, Dell, Micron to use new Intel chips

A number of PC makers are jumping onto the Intel bandwagon and announcing their plans to use the Celeron and Pentium II processors, which were unveiled this week. Among the latest companies offering details on their plans to build systems based on the chips are Acer, AST, Dell, Micron and Umax. They join, NEC, Hewlett-Packard and Compaq, who had already revealed that they are incorporating the 350MHz and 400MHz Pentium IIs, and the 266MHz Celeron into future models in their PC lines.

A number of PC makers are jumping onto the Intel bandwagon and announcing their plans to use the Celeron and Pentium II processors, which were unveiled this week.

Among the latest companies offering details on their plans to build systems based on the chips are Acer, AST, Dell, Micron and Umax.

They join, NEC, Hewlett-Packard and Compaq, who had already revealed that they are incorporating the 350MHz and 400MHz Pentium IIs, and the 266MHz Celeron into future models in their PC lines.

The following are highlights of the latest announcements:

-- Acer announced today its AcerPower 8000, a high-performance minitower PC, which will support either the 350MHz or 400MHz Intel Pentium II. Slated to ship in June, pricing for the system has not yet been made available.

Acer is also expanding its AcerAltos server line by announcing today the model 9100B. Due to ship in June, the server comes with single or dual 350MHz or 400MHz Pentium II processors configurations and 512K Level 2 cache. Pricing has not yet been set.

Acer has announced that it is incorporating the 266MHz Celeron processor into future AcerPower desktop systems that are scheduled to ship during the second quarter of 1998. Pricing is not yet available.

Acer America, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Taiwan's Acer Group, is based in San Jose, California, and can be reached at http://www.acer.com/.

-- AST announced that its Bravo MS 8000 commercial desktop series based on either the 350MHz or 400MHz Pentium II processor and including a 100 MHz front side bus. The new desktop series will also feature 440BX AGPset, an advanced logic chipset, a 32X (maximum) CD-ROM, a 100MHz SDRAM, and AST's Universal Management Solution. The Bravo MS 8000 commercial desktops are priced starting at US$2,499 and are slated to ship in early May.

A wholly-owned subsidiary of Samsung Electronics, AST is located in Irvine, California, and can be reached at http://www.ast.com/.

-- Dell has begun shipping a number of new systems including desktop and notebook computers, performance workstations and network servers, based on the 350MHz and 400MHz Pentium II processors. The new offerings include: the Dell Precision Workstation 410, priced at $3,189 for the 350MHz processor version and at $3,388 for the 400MHz processor version; the Dell Dimension XPS R350 and R400 desktop PCs which are priced starting at $2,129; the Dell OptiPlex GX1 desktop computer beginning at $2,022 for the 350MHz Pentium processor and $3,285 for the 400MHz version (price configurations for both include a monitor); the Dell Inspiron 3200 notebook, which combined with Intel's 233MHz and 266MHz Intel Mobile Pentium II processors are priced at $2,699 and $2,899 respectively; the Dell Latitude notebook, which features 233MHz and 266MHz Intel Mobile Pentium II processors for $2,999 and $3,499, respectively; and finally the new-designed PowerEdge 2300 server starting at $3,166.

Dell, in Round Rock, Texas, can be reached on the Web at http://www.dell.com/.

-- Micron says that it is expanding its Millennia desktop computer line with the addition of a high-end model, aimed at individual users and small office settings. Micron also announced that it has added a high-end system to its Client Pro line, designed to work in medium-sized and large networked office environments. Both new systems include Intel's 350MHz or 400MHz microprocessors, and feature a new 100MHz bus and DRAM technology. The Micron Millennia 350 starts at $2,299, and the Client Pro 350 at $2,499.

Micron, has headquarters located in Nampa, Idaho, and can be contacted on the Web at http://www.micronpc.com/.

-- Umax Data Systems, announced its new UmaxStation 9000P PC workstation which incorporates Intel's 400MHz processor using a 100 MHz front-side bus. Pricing was not readily available. Umax Technologies, a subsidiary of Umax Data Systems said today that future versions of its PC workstation products will run on the 350MHz and 400MHz Pentium II processors. Umax Technologies, located in Fremont, California, can be reached on the Web at http://www.umax.com/.

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