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Intel to unveil new processors

Intel Corp. this week will announce the release of two new Pentium II processors and three new Celeron processors. The new mobile Pentium II processors, with the code name "Dixon," bring that line up to 333 MHz and 366 MHz with a new integrated Level 2 cache on the processor. This stores frequently used data, allowing for faster processing speeds.

The new 266 MHz, 300 MHz and 333 MHz Celeron mobile processors also include Level 2 cache, bringing the processing power up to the Pentium level.

Several laptop manufacturers will introduce new systems along with the Intel announcement, many with new features along with the faster processors. Dell Computer Corp. will bring in two new Latitude notebooks that include some of the new processors, new video controllers and SDRAM. The Computer Systems Division of Toshiba America Information Systems Inc. also will introduce notebooks with some of the faster processors and larger hard drives in its Portege, Tecra and Satellite lines. And Micron Electronics Inc. announced new versions of its TransPort Trek2 line.

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Wang snags $453 million networking contract

Lockheed Martin Space Operations Co. has awarded Wang Government Services a contract worth $453 million over 10 years to provide wide-area network data distribution services to NASA as a subcontractor on the Consolidated Space Operations Contract (CSOC).

The contract calls for Wang to consolidate NASA's WANs for its four strategic enterprises: Space Science; Mission to Planet Earth; Human Exploration; and Development of Space and Aeronautics and Space Transportation. CSOC is a $3.4 billion contract that calls for Lockheed to manage the space agency's entire space operation infrastructure.

Wang plans to manage NASA's networks by consolidating them into one managed network, company officials said.

The Lockheed Martin CSOC team will manage all of NASA's data collection, telemetry and communications operations supporting Earth-orbiting satellites, planetary exploration and human space flight activities. The contract shifts management responsibility from five NASA centers to a single entity.

- Compiled by Diane Frank, Heather Harreld, Margret Johnston, Elana Varon and Daniel Verton.

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