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Week of 9-7-2001 15-7-2001  

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7/15/2001: Samsung presents DDR-SDRAM of 128 Mbits to 300 MHz

    The Korean company Samsung has just announced officially his new chips of memory DDR-SDRAM of 128 Mbits to 600 MHz (300 "physical" MHz x 2). According to information of the proper Korean giant, during the first trimester he has monopolized 50 % of the sales of memory DDR-SDRAM, as well as close to 65 % of the memory Rambus-DRAM (of which one he is the principal guardian, after the Intel semi-abandonment).
    The new chips have a capacity of 128 Mbits (16 MBytes) and can reach 600 MHz speeds . They are manufactured in diverse formats, including the FBGA (Fine-Pitch Ball Grid Array) and work to two possible voltages: 1,8 V ó 2,5 V. They have an average time of access of 3,3 ns and provide a band of 2,4 GB / century
    Of the first, these memory chips will be destined for the graphic cards of last generation, but one waits for his later use with other devices as the future processors of 2 GHz or more to extract the maximum possible yield, since with the current memory there would be inevitable the creation of "necks of bottle".
    Finally, a new gesture that he confirms that the Korean giant bets directly for a business continues his leadership in the memoirs manufacture... at present in crisis, since enclosed Samsung is losing money, especially with the chips of 64 Mbits; of course, they wait for a progress of the sales by the end of year, because hardly they can deteriorate...

More information in:
The first official specifications of the DDR-II
the DDR-SDRAM for the soils!!

News written for: Ignacio Jiménez of the Ship and Juan Herrerías


7/14/2001: Microsoft changes the license of Windows XP

    Microsoft has just announced that it will change the terms of the license that Windows XP will accompany to his next operating system . Apparently, Microsoft will allow to the manufacturers to install the above mentioned operating system without the icons of the Internet Explorer (IE) of the office and of the menu of Beginning, as well as to give the option to the final user to remove the access to the IE of the Windows XP.
    Microsoft glides to do the same in versions already known as Windows 98 or Windows 2000. Nevertheless, it is necessary to tint that Microsoft does not provide to the manufacturers the option of desinstalar the Internet Explorer, but of "only" without having access to the same one, this is, it will keep on being on our hard disk.
    Also, if they were providing with Windows one desinstalador of the IE they would be contradicted to themselves, since proper Microsoft has argued in his judgments for monopoly that the IE is an "essential" and "inseparable" part of his operating systems.
    A measurement that there is soprendido to the juridical means involved in the cases antimonopoly against Microsoft, and filled with enthusiasm to diverse manufacturers as to Dell, Gateway or IBM, which also will be able to include icons of direct access in the office of Windows XP (although it seems incredible, at first it was not going if possible to do it).
    From here a servant thinks that it is a question rather of a minimal authorization on the part of Microsoft to gain points before the courts, gained already the battle to Navigator de Netscape. We will see what provides the time to us and with what we will surprise again mister Gates.

More information in:,4586,5094007,00.html
It is official: Windows XP at the end of October
Strange rumors on Windows XP and the MP3...

News written for: Ignacio Jiménez of the Ship


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7/12/2001: The first details of the future chip NV25 of NVIDIA

    There are still not available in any shops cards based on the graphic chip GeForce3 (NV20) when we begin hearing the first rumors on his successor. Fortunately it seems that NVIDIA is going to leave aside his current politics to extract a new graphic chip every six months.
    Test of it is that up to the spring 2002 we will not see the NV25 (GeForce4?), and be possible consider like a chip with new design but rather like a progress of the current chip GeForce3. The NV25 would be provided with 128 MB of memory DDR-SDRAM, and of course the nominal speed of the chip and of the memory would increase. One hopes that it should be compatible with the Microsoft DirectX 8.1 and that he should support "partially" the DirectX 9.
    The graphic chip that takes the console of Microsoft XBOX incorporates two units of Vertex Shader, what makes indicate that the chip NV25 will rely on also with two units instead of the only one that it takes the current one NV20. Thanks to these two units the developers might create almost unlimited visual effects and squeeze to the maximum the engine nFINITE FX of the chip GeForce3.
    True that at least one year will happen between the throwing of the NV20 and of the NV25, but we must bear in mind that meanwhile NVIDIA very possibly will extract a GeForce3 MX. Finally, NVIDIA for the time being will not extract new architectures and will limit itself to exploiting the "current one" GeForce3, but nevertheless it will keep on being slightly coherent with the real needs of the user (the one that does not have an unlimited pocket, understands himself).

More information in:
The first analyses independent from the chip GeForce3 definitive
More details on the NVIDIA GeForce3
The NVIDIA GeForce3 is on having fallen down

News written for: Ignacio Jiménez of the Ship


7/9/2001: Pentium 4: new models and bad yield with SDRAM

    As it was waited and we announce already on these pages, last week Intel he announced the throwing of two new models of Pentium 4, to 1,6 GHz and 1,8 GHz. Apart from the speed, the characteristics of these mikes have not changed by no means, being still models made of 0,18 microns and of format of 423 pines.
    Almost at the same time, there have been known the first tests of yield independent from the chipset Intel 845 Brookdale, from the hand of the well-known web site
Tom's Hardware. This chipset is characterized for being the first one with support of memory SDRAM (PC133) for Pentium 4, what should low the price of the price of these systems, seriously penalized by the memory RDRAM of Rambus.
    ... Nevertheless, the tests demonstrate awful yield of the Pentium 4 with SDRAM: up to 25 % slower than with RDRAM, who is said soon. It seems that to the Intel mike there is not enough to him the band of 1 GB/s of the PC133, which does not wonder thinking that the use of a double channel of RDRAM offers him 3 times more...: nevertheless often the Athlon overcomes him with facility!
    Why have not they decided for using memory DDR-SDRAM? His secret average agreement with Rambus? Does conviction of which the consumer has not even idea of what demons buy? Mysteries of logical "Made in Intel"...
    On the other hand, Intel has extended his average-low scale of microprocessors, with a model of Celeron of dessert to 900 MHz and a Celeron for portable to 850 MHz. The first one, despite there is slower enough than the AMD Duron, insurance that it will be in many PCs; the second one, more advisable, at least will lower the price of the portable ones. One of lime and other one of sand?

More information in:"l
Intel confirms the arrival of the Tualatin and of new Pentium 4
New Pentium 4 to 1,7 GHz...: for only 352 $!!
Mikes for portable: Pentium III to 1 GHz and Celeron to 750 MHz

News written for: Juan Herrerías


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