Volgens EBNews vallen de nieuwe Intel Xeon processoren volgens de Amerikaanse wet in de categorie "supercomputer". Dit houdt in dat er hoge exportkosten betaald moeten worden als je zo'n ding uit Amerika wilt krijgen.
Intel Corp.'s new Pentium III Xeon processors will put high-end servers into the “supercomputer” category, triggering export restraints and creating problems for U.S. server makers looking to sell the systems overseas.
And next year, Intel's 800-MHz Pentium III will throw desktop PCs into the supercomputer control category as well.
Executives representing major U.S. OEMs gathered in Washington easrlier this week, warning that unilateral U.S. export controls put domestic PC makers at a competitive disadvantage against foreign rivals able to sell leading-edge Intel-based PCs without constraint. U.S. companies must seek export licenses to sell supercomputer-rated PCs abroad, causing costly paperwork and delays that foreign competitors don't face.
The blitz speed of PC technology has now exceeded the control limit of 2,000 MTOPS (million theoretical operations per second) for requiring export licenses to certain countries, including China, India, Pakistan, Russia, and many states of the former Soviet Union. MTOPS is a unique government criteria to define control limits. All multiprocessor Pentium III Xeon servers will exceed this threshold, according to Dan Hoydysh, director of government affairs for Unisys Corp., Blue Bell, Pa.
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