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Week from 4-10-1999 to 10-10-1999  

10/8/1999: AMD announces the Athlon Ultra for 2000

AMD has announced in Microprocessor Forum the availability for 2000 of the processors AMD Athlon Ultra, with cache memory L2 of even 8MB, speed of 266 MHz bus and capacity multiprocessor of up to 8 processors.
This represents a new strategy of business of AMD, which desmarca of the consumption market, extending his processors offer. The K7 is destined for workstations and servants.
Also it will appear x86-64, an extension to 64 bits of the current instructions of the architecture x86, that also will allow to work with programs compiled in 32 bits in case it was necessary.

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10/6/1999: Apple presents the iMac II

On Tuesday Apple presented the successor of his very successful iMac, the iMac II. Continuing with the concept of completely integrated computer and of attractive design, in this occasion three models of different characteristics exist, with prices between the 999 and 1.499 dollars. The most economic model (that only appears in blue color) includes a powerful processor G3 to 350 MHz, 64 MB SDRAM, disc of 6 GB, modem of 56 K, CD - ROM without salver, ports USB and card of network 10/100.
The intermediate model, which can be considered to be the standard, costs 1.299$ and it is possible to choose in five colors. There increases the speed up to 400 MHz and the disc up to the 10 GB, and includes DVD-ROM and connectors of high speed FireWire. The model of high scale or "Special Edition" presents only in color graphite to himself and disc GB increases the numbers up to 128 MB SDRAM and 13.
The iMac II are already to the sale on the North American market, where one hopes that they should have a big reception. On the other hand, Steve Jobs (the director in Apple functions) announced also the availability of the version 9 of the operating system Mac OS by the end of October.

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10/6/1999: Itanium: definitive name of Intel Merced

The first processor of 64 bits of Intel, previously known with the name of Favor, will take the trade name of "Itanium". This microprocessor, which date of issue is foreseen by the middle of the year 2000, will be the first based one on the new architecture IA-64 (the architecture of Intel of 64 bits); at present all the mikes Intel (Celeron, Pentium II and III, Xeon) are 32 bits (based on the architecture IA-32).
This mike supposes that it will bring a considerable increase in the yield of the PCs, by what it will be destined (at least to the beginning) to servants and workstations of high scale. The announcement is considered to be destined to extinguish the fuss caused by the mike Athlon of AMD, which it already overcomes the mikes the most rapid Intel for 100 MHz.

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10/4/1999: AMD presents the K7 to 700 MHz

Today AMD (Advanced Micro Devices, Inc) has presented in society his new processor, the Athlon (more known like K7) to 700 MHz. It is never a question of the processor for more rapid made PC, so much as for his speed "in brute" in MHz as to his final potency with real applications.
Many analysts think that not even the future review of Pentium III, called Coppermine, it will be capable of reaching the yield of this processor; nevertheless, they persist the doubts about the aptitude of AMD to make so many processors as him are requested and if it will manage to attract a sufficient number of manufacturers of basic badges.

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10/4/1999: Samsung suspends the production of memory RDRAM

Due to the new postponement "sine die" of the chipset i820 of Intel (that will offer to Pentium III support for memory RDRAM, AGP 4x and 133 MHz bus), Samsung, one of the most important manufacturers of memory of the world, he has decided to suspend for the time being the manufacture of memory Direct Rambus DRAM (RDRAM).
This represents a new problem for the polemic memory RDRAM, whose high cost and minimal profit of yield (and there can that even losses in certain circumstances) does not seem to justify the abandonment that there promotes Intel of other more economic and well-known technologies as the SDRAM PC133 or the DDR-SDRAM. It is important to point out that Intel has realized strong investments in Rambus Inc., proprietress of the design of the SDRAM.

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