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Week from 31-7-2001 to 5-8-2001  

8/5/2001: Arapahoe (3GIO): a danger for HyperTransport?

    Recently the
PCI-SIG, the organism entrusted to fix the norms of the standard of interconnection PCI, has given his official approval to the technology Arapahoe de Intel (originally named 3GIO, I/O of third generation).
    This support is done of Arapahoe by the probable successor of the diverse types of PCI. Certainly, although the technology PCI is more that in abundance for most of tasks of connection in a PC, for certain uses it does not go a long way already any more, as for the connection of graphic cards (the same AGP is a modified PCI) or the interconnection of the diverse chips of the chipset. And on the other hand, the solutions the most rapid PCI (to 66 MHz, to 64 bits...) are too expensive and complex of helping.
    Arapahoe/3GIO would suppose the whole change with regard to PCI, since it is a question of a system of communication of information in series, instead of in parallel. This implies that he needs many less cables or pines for the transmission of the information, reducing the complexity of the designs of such devices like basic badges. The attainable speeds would be at least of the order from 1 to 7 GB/s, something really impressive (the type of PCI most used only reaches 133 MB/s).
    This technology represents a certain danger for the HyperTransport of AMD, although in favor of this one it is the fact that she is already developed entirely, with an attainable maximum speed of 12,8 GB / century Also, keeps on receiving the declared support of numerous companies, between other those of recently formed Consortium for the Technology HyperTransport: AMD, API NetWorks Inc., Apple, Slack Systems, NVIDIA Corporation, PMC-Sierra, Sun Microsystems Inc. and Transmeta.
    Any way AMD has time to maneuver: one does not hope that Arapahoe comes to the market until middle of 2003. For a little Intel it keeps on developing variants of "pieces of junk" as the AGP...

More information in:,4586,5095190,00.html
API NetWorks accelerates the use of the technology HyperTransport
Intel publishes a draft of the specifications of the AGP 3.0

News written for: Juan Herrerías


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8/2/2001: Maxtor announces the specification Ultra ATA/133

    The Californian company Maxtor has just made official his new technology Ultra ATA/133 or Fast Drives. The new patent, which is the logical evolution of already known Ultra ATA (or "Ultra DMA") 33, 66 and 100, is already ready to be implemented on his next hard disks. Since it is logical, the new maximum band is 133 MBytes/s (between hard disk and checker, it is still to see some disc that internally approaches at least this number).
    Diverse companies like ROUTE, Acer Laboratories Inc. (ALi), Adaptec, Promise, ACARD Technology Corp and Agere Systems will adopt the Ultra ATA/133 in his control disc chips. One hopes that the year 2002 should be the "landing" of this technology on the final market. The patent TIES (Advanced Technology Attachment) takes charge both of the speed and of the connection of the hard disks IDE of our PC.
    The speed increase of the hard disks is a natural consequence of the intensive use of video and graphs, so present in our computers nowadays. Unfortunately, the impressive advance that has existed in questions of mikes or graphic cards has not been suffered by the hard disks more limited because of his mechanical components.
    The systems of high yield concerning storage still stay far from the pocket of the user, although really his current needs do not also demand it... although a servant would take megahertzes of the mike from himself and would change them into revolutions per minute for the hard disk. Be as it is, good news, not everything is going to be megahertzes and gigahertzios, less evil...

More information in:
Seagate presents his hard disks USB
Maxtor throws the hard disk the biggest IDE of the world
Maxtor turns (finally) into the biggest hard disks manufacturer
IBM presents his new hard disk of 15.000 rpm

News written for: Ignacio Jiménez of the Ship


7/31/2001: The first 0,13 microns Intel are for portable

    Intel has just announced the availability of his first microprocessors made with 0,13 micron s technology ; according to the proper Intel, this technology allows them to achieve circuits with an approximate breadth of the thousandth part of a human hair, what in practice is translated in chips more children, with more transistors and of minor consumption.
    This paragraph, that of the consumption, makes this technology especially interesting for portable PCs. The new mikes need only 1,4 V at his maximum speed, and 1,15 V (with a "theoretical average consumption" of only 2 W) when they limit his speed to 733 MHz. Also, there has been improved perceptibly the system of saving of energy SpeedStep, which now acts "on the march" and adds a way of extra saving.
    The thrown models are five, to 1,13 GHz, 1,06 GHz, 1,0 GHz, 933 MHz and 866 MHz, all with the new nucleus Pentium-M or portable Tualatin, which includes the double of cache memory L2 (512 KB), a new one Dates Prefetcher for the above mentioned cache memory, and uses a 133 MHz bus . The prices change between 625 $ and 247 $, being undoubtedly the 933 and 866 MHz mikes those of better value for money.
    Also, the new chipset has presented before himself i830 for portable, with support of memory PC133 and other proper progress of the modern chipsets Intel for PCs of dessert (6 ports USB, integrated network, etc.). The whole renewal of the scale, undoubtedly...

More information in:"
Intel confirms the arrival of the Tualatin and of new Pentium 4
Mikes for portable: Pentium III to 1 GHz and Celeron to 750 MHz
AMD presents his new Athlon 4 and Duron for portable
Transmeta obtains an important client for his Crusoe

News written for: Juan Herrerías


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