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Intel unveils new Celeron chips

Intel Corp. last week introduced the next generation of its Celeron processors, which will run at 366 MHz and 400 MHz. Intel first introduced the stripped-down Celeron processor last year to make it possible for PC manufacturers to build low-cost systems for users who do not need the full performance of its Pentium line.

These processors are appearing in systems selling around $1,000 from the major vendors, including Dell Computer Corp., Compaq Computer Corp. and Gateway Inc., all of whom expect to have the systems available on General Services Administration schedule by the end of the month.

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Newbridge to install networking products at DOD bases

Newbridge Networks Corp. last week announced it would be installing high-performance networking solutions at various Air Force, Army, Navy and Marine Corps facilities in South Korea. The network will run over a high-capacity Asynchronous Transfer Mode (ATM) backbone that the Defense Department will use to centralize its network and service management functions into a single virtual wide-area network.

The ATM network will link more than 24 locations throughout South Korea. The services plan to use the network for critical communications requirements, including sharing high-resolution intelligence imagery, telemedicine applications, secure and nonsecure voice communication, and broadcast-quality video.

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Motorola-NSA team on digital radio

Motorola Inc.'s Commercial, Government and Industrial Solutions Sector last week signed a memorandum of agreement with the National Security Agency to provide the super-secret agency with a line of secure digital radios based on the company's next generation of digital radio technology.

As part of the agreement, Motorola will design one of the first secure Type 1 encryption-certified digital portable radios to use Motorola's next-generation Astro technology. Type 1 digital radios are used by government and law enforcement agencies around the world because they are designed to provide the highest level of encryption security available.

--Compiled by Diane Frank and Daniel Verton.

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