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AMD Launches Duron Brand
AMD followed the announcement of its most profitable quarter ever with the introduction of a processor line, called Duron, which is slated to take on Intel's Celeron family. Like Celeron, Duron is designed for use in PCs priced in the $1,000 range and is based on AMD's successful, high-end Athlon chips. The first Duron processors, featuring L2 cache memory, 200MHz front side system bus and enhanced 3D Now! technology, will start shipping in June. Clock speeds for the new chips were not announced. AMD will position the Duron between the Athlon and its low-end K6-2 line.

Zkey Enables Data Sharing
Zkey.com is offering free software that allows users to share data between handhelds, cellphones and desktops of various formats. Users log on to the Zkey website and obtain a password; when they send a message or data to that password, Zkey reformats it automatically regardless of the protocol. Jay Udani, president/chief operating officer, said Zkey is currently bundled with Casio PocketPC products and is integrated into software such as Corel Central.

eMachines' Summer Models
Budget-priced PC maker eMachines this week introduced several models in its eTower and eMonster desktop and eSlate notebook lines. The company has six new models ranging in price from $399 to $999, after mail-in rebate. The eTower500is is the entry-level model and features a 500MHz Intel Celeron processor, 32MB RAM, 4.3GB hard drive, 40x CD-ROM drive, two USB ports, MIDI/ game port and ATI Rage Pro Turbo AGP The line steps up to the 500ix, $549 street price, which sports 64MB RAM and a 10GB hard drive.

The eTowerid2, street price $599, is the first model of these PCs to sport a DVD-ROM drive. It also has an Intel Celeron 533MHz processor, 15GB hard drive, and Intel integrated 3D Direct AGP graphics card. The eTower566ir ($699 street price) drops the DVD-ROM drive for a CD-RW drive and boosts processor speed slightly to a Celeron 566MHz

The newest model in the eMonster family is the 600, an $899 PC with an Intel Pentium III 600MHz, 20GB hard drive, 8x DVD-ROM drive, and an Nvidia Riva TNT2 2x AGP graphics card with 8MB of memory. The eSlate 450 notebook uses an AMD K6-2 450MHz processor, has a 12.1-inch display, 4.3GB hard drive, 32MB RAM, 24x CD-ROM drive and a $999 street price.


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