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Week from 11-9-2000 to 17-9-2000  

9/14/2000: Apple moves: Mac OS X Beta, new portable, ATI Radeon...

    Last Wednesday Steve Jobs, the "prophet of the computer apple", announced in Apple Expo of Paris several important innovations for the market of the famous and unyielding personal computers "not compatible PCs", between which he emphasizes the public version of the beta (that is to say, advanced tests version) of the awaited operating system Mac OS X.
    Available for 29,99 $ in a CD - ROM with the versions Englishwoman, French and German, it seems that the Mac OS X is still alike very much the NeXTstep created by Jobs in the epoch in which it was not linked to Apple. Nevertheless, and making separate some proper slightly esthetic questions of a version beta, the important thing is there: an operating system with base UNIX, stable and rapid, with support multiprocessor compatible with Java 2, QuickTime and OpenGL, and with one interface graph of impressive user, based on Quartz and Aqua... His definitive version will be ready at the beginning of 2001.
    In the paragraph of teams, two important innovations: new portable iBook, emphasizing a model with PowerPC G3 to 466 MHz, DVD-ROM and connections FireWire, to a few reasonable 1.799 $; and the awaited arrival to the world Mac of the powerful graphic cards based on the chip Radeon of ATI, which for only 100 additional $ will raise substantially the graphic potency of the buyers of computers Power PC G4.
    And the fact is that although the years happen, Apple keeps on being the innovative company of his origins... and as almost always, with Steve Jobs on the foot of the cannon.

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Apple did it again: surprising new products with the last technologies


9/13/2000: The market of 64 bits, more and more hard-fought

    For several years, the computers market with architecture of 64 bits (not precisely "personal computers") has been in a few hands, fundamentally Sun, IBM and HP. But the already near arrival of the microprocessors Intel Itanium might change the things, so they all take positions to assure his future in this lucrative part of the market.
    The first one in announcing innovations has been Sun Microsystems: in addition to a new  integrated UltraSPARC IIe, with an only 8 W consumption to 1,5 V and 400 MHz (13 W to 500 MHz), it seems that his new processor UltraSPARC III finally is ready and it will be thrown in the next weeks, probably to 750 MHz.
    Made by Texas Instruments with 0,18 microns technology, there has been improved perceptibly both the nucleus of the chip and his system architecture with regard to UltraSPARC II, being able to be achieving by facility clusters of up to 1.000 processors, neither more nor less... and of course, it is compatible with the numerous existing software for Sun Solaris.
    While, HP announces the Superdome HP 9000, based on his processor PA 8600, which the president of his section of computer teams names "the mother of all the computers" (a phrase certainly slightly original). For what it could happen, it is prepared to be able to work also with Intel Itanium...
    ... Although Intel is not having it easy to complete his first processor of 64 bits: according to
The Register, who quotes forums of news of system developers, the new review B1 of the prototype of Itanium does not work in certain systems Linux in which the previous one yes was doing it.
    Be this truly or not, once Intel has an Itanium ready entirely operatively, it will have still to obtain software for his completely new architecture IA-64 (both operating systems and optimized applications), what favors his experienced competitors. Perhaps bad idea is not the decision of AMD to extend the architecture IA-32, instead of creating a piece of news from zero...

More information in:,4586,2627070,00.html
64 bits will be late in coming: Intel Itanium is late


9/11/2000: Will he pay money Intel to the one who uses the Pentium 4???

    According to a rumor of that several electronic prestige publications do echo to themselves, Intel would be gliding to offer to the manufacturers a discount program for making teams Pentium 4 with memory RDRAM; a few discounts that code between 60 and 70 $ for team.
    Be this truly or not (Intel JAMÁS comments nothing on products or projects that should not be already in march), the motive would be clear: to try that his new microprocessor turns out to be successful, what will not be easy since, for lack of chipsets, for several months it will only be free in badges with memory RDRAM (Rambus-DRAM), which still costs up to the double that the SDRAM PC133.
    Undoubtedly, this situation will complicate the success of the Pentium 4, which yield seems to be that it is also in doubt; although undoubtedly in diverse aspects it turns out to be a progress with regard to current Pentium III, in many applications it is believed that a Pentium 4 of 1,4 GHz will not be able to overcome a Pentium III of "only 1 GHz...

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Revealed the final details on the Pentium 4


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