Merced chip slips. . .again

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Merced chip slips. . .again

Prototypes of Merced still aren’t out, and it looks like Intel’s next-generation processor may slip until the third or fourth quarter of next year.

Citing unnamed sources, is reporting the latest delay could put off Merced’s launch by a few weeks or months. It could cause some customers and computer companies to hold off on migrating to Intel’s 64-bit chips until McKinley, Merced’s successor, comes out in late 2001.

Intel denies that the schedule has slipped, saying that the company is on track to produce the chips in volume midway through 2000.

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