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Week from 14-8-2000 to 20-8-2000  

8/19/2000: The portable ones of Sony will use the Crusoe

    A spokesman of the multinational Sony has confirmed that his new scale of portable Vaio will include at least a model based on the chip Crusoe de Transmeta. This chip stands out for his minimal electrical consumption, what would allow him to support the portable one in enclosed functioning during an entire day without need of big batteries.
    Possibly the chip to be used will be the new review of the Crusoe, the TM5600, which includes more cache memory and is made by 0,18 micron s technology (what reduces his size, allowing to arrange more transistors without increasing the consumption).
    For the next year there is waited the TM5800, with which Transmeta tries to overcome the current 800 MHz of the Crusoe TM5600, coming up to 1 GHz, increasing the cache memory L2 up to 1 MB and making with 0,13 micron s process to support the consumption to the minimum, since his principal trick is this one undoubtedly opposite to the mikes of Intel or AMD...
    ... Although perhaps AMD does not suppose a problem for Transmeta, since it is rumored that they are preparing an agreement of collaboration (or "anti-Intel", as it looks).

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8/16/2000: AMD reaches 1,1 GHz and prepares the jump to 64 bits

    AMD, the ancient "clonador" of designs Intel, continues his technological career to go bust (or at least to put in serious predicaments) the big brother of the microprocessors. His principal trick in this struggle is, how not, the Athlon, which in his review Thunderbird seems that it has already reached 1,1 GHz (1.100 MHz).
    The information comes from a press release of AMD, where it is indicated that the mike is being already sent to his principal clients OEM, whose first teams will appear on the market about August 28. The price of the chip is 853 $ in quantities of 1.000 units (probably cheaper in major quantities).
    The following technological jump, the devastating family of mikes of 64 bits Hammer (hammer), is waited by the end of 2.001... but meanwhile AMD already has enough
information about the architecture ready software of the new mikes in his web site, and prepares for September of this year a free simulation environment so that the programmers could prove his developments. In this respect, the technology of 64 bits of AMD has just received the support of important signatures of the world Linux, like for example Network Hat and suse.
    It turns out to be significant that the AMD approach to 64 bits is radically different from that of Intel: while the Itanium of the giant Intel bets for a design isolated from the current technology, what implies that it will be a very rapid mike with software of 64 bits but slowly with software of 32 bits, the Hammer of AMD prefer to extend the current set of instructions x86 (creating the architecture called x86-64), without nipping in the bud with them, what supposes high yield with all kinds of software at the cost of supporting some obsolete inherited technologies. Which will be better? The time will say it...

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HP and Intel throw the IA-64 Developer Kit for Linux


8/14/2000: NVIDIA in the top: all kinds of chips graphs GPU of high scale

    For months, nobody doubts the NVIDIA leadership on the market of graphic cards for PC; and just in case, the NVIDIA engineers are in charge of reminding it to us occasionally. This time the news centers on the new one GeForce2 Ultra, direct evolution of the powerful one (and young man) GeForce2 GTS: a chip to 250 MHz with memory 460 MHz DDR .
    The appellative Ultra was already used previously by NVIDIA to distinguish the chips TNT2 of major speed, and now it uses it exáctamente in the same sense, since the only thing that differs to the new chip of the GTS his biggest speed is... A "small difference" that implies coming up to Gigapixel/s, with 7,36 GB/s of band of memory, neither more nor less.
    Another intelligent NVIDIA move has been to begin the enough production before announcing the chip, so that the first cards (with 64 MB of DDR-SDRAM) will be ready in September, of the Creative hand.
    While, in the professional ambience (but is not a chip of 1 Gigapixel/s quite "professional"?) there begin appearing the first cards based on the chips Quadro2 Pro and Quadro2 MXR, of the hand of companies specialized like ELSA. These chips are optimized for CAD workstations and 3D.
    And to end, new drivers have presented before themselves for the whole family of cards GeForce, which optimize his yield. Because it seems that it is still possible to increase...

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