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Week from 16-10-2000 to 22-10-2000  

10/22/2000: "To bet for Rambus was an error"...: and the Intel president says it!!

    The company Rambus Inc., designer of the polemic memory Direct Rambus-DRAM, is more alone than never. Enclosed Intel, his allied formal one and valedora, gives him the back. His president, Craig Barrett, has made it well clear in an interview granted neither more nor less than to the Londoner
Financial Times.
    Barrett has said, textually: "We bet loudly for Rambus, and it did not go out well"; "retrospectively, it was an error to depend on a third one for a technology that influences your yield"; and the hardest thing of everything: "We believed that we were associates of a company that would concentrate on the technological innovation, instead of in trying to receive toll from other companies"...
    ... This hard phrase alludes to the Rambus pretensions on the intellectual property of vital parts of the design of the memoirs SDRAM and DDR-SDRAM, the latter direct competition of the Rambus. For this motive Rambus it supports numerous judgments with almost all the principal manufacturers of memory, who think that they are based on standards of the JEDEC.
    In these moments, Intel does not conceal anybody who, both for commercial and technological motives, would prefer to use in his designs exclusively memory DDR-SDRAM, instead of Rambus... but he signed a contract for which DEBIT to use memory Rambus in his new Pentium 4. The whole problem for Intel...

More information in:
Micron (and Hyundai) counter-attacks Rambus in the courts
Everybody wants memory DDR (enclosed Intel!)


10/21/2000: Graphic card 3D Blaster GeForce2 Ultra

    Creative Labs Europe begins producing the first ones 3D Blaster GeForce2 Ultra, probably the most powerful graphic card in the history of the compatible PCs. With this announcement, Creative turns into the first fabricande capable of providing in volume the users with the new technology.
    The Creative "monstruito" is equipped with the last technical innovations. Together with the powerful NVIDIA chip working to 250 MHz, we will obtain 64 MB of memory DDR to 460 MHz (in fact 230x2), with what the neck of bottle of the transference between the memory of the card and his CPU disappears...
    Other characteristics are: GigaTexel per second, 1 billion píxels renderizados per second, 31 million triangles per second and the announced band of memory of 7,36 GB per second, in addition to a heap of novel characteristics as the leaked one anisotrópico, hatching NSR for pixel...
    But the most impressive thing of everything there is his price, which probably will be about 100.000 pesetas.

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10/19/2000: Portable other with the mike Crusoe, this time of NEC

    It seems that it detaches the market of portable computers based on the processor Crusoe de Transmeta, at least in Japan. Again there, this time is the manufacturer NEC who presents the LaVie MX, a team that can work for 11 uninterrupted hours with a load of the battery.
    So long autonomy has been obtained studying very well the components of the portable one, that one cannot say that it should be a model of scarce services: Crusoe TM5600, 128 MB RAM, hard disk of 20 GB, screen TFT of 10,4 " and only 1,4 Kg in weight.
    It stays already less so that someone comes to the challenge of 24 hours of autonomy that Transmeta was promising...

More information in:
Definitive information on portable Crusoe de Sony
Innovations in portable: new mikes Intel and the Crusoe in ultralight Fujitsu
Also Hitachi and IBM will make portable with the Crusoe


10/17/2000: AMD in the highest thing: Athlon of 1,2 GHz and 800 MHz Duron 

    Today there are thrown officially the new models of high speed of AMD, in his two scales Athlon and Duron. The new magic numbers of these processors, the most rapid for PC in his respective categories, are: 1,2 GHz (1.200 MHz) and 800 MHz.
    Another important news is the prices review in the whole scale of processors AMD: the models Athlon of 1,2 GHz, 1,1 GHz, 1 GHz, 950 MHz, 900 MHz and 850 MHz will cost 612 $, 460 $, 350 $, 282 $, 215 $ and 193 $, respectively, and the 800 MHz Duron , 750 MHz and 700 MHz will cost 170 $, 112 $ and 88 $. Everything for buys in quantities of 1.000 units, of course; and even more bargain sales can be in some distributors...
    ... Meanwhile, the processors the most rapid equivalent Intel are Pentium III of 1,13 GHz (supposing that has returned to the market, after his retreat for problems of stability) and the 700 MHz Celeron , at a very top price, with worse availability and, at least in the case Duron-Celeron, worse yield. Was not Intel more powerful? Did not it have any more factories? Does anybody understand anything?

More information in:
AMD reaches 1,1 GHz and prepares the jump to 64 bits
Intel at the edge of the ridiculous one? Do they withdraw the Pentium III of 1,13 GHz?


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