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Week from 17-1-2000 to 23-1-2000  

1/23/2000: Intel presents new Pentium III for portable

The reaction for the appearance of Crusoe de Transmeta has not made be waited on the part of Intel. The new models of Pentium III of Intel work to 600 and 650 MHz, and therefore they are (at least for the time being, and while the Crusoe does not appear to 700 MHz) the most rapid available processors for portable.
Nevertheless, apart from the speed, the most outstanding of these new processors it is the technology SpeedStep, which allows to reduce the consumption at the cost of a detriment in the yield. When the portable one is connected to the network the processor works at his normal speed; nevertheless, when the processor works with the normal batteries of the portable one, it limits automatically his frequency to 500 MHz to diminish the consumption. Also we can force the processor to work at all times to his maximum frequency if we wish it (at the cost of a major consumption and heat).
Since it is possible to observe, an approach radically different from that of the technology of Transmeta...

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1/20/2000: A revolution in march: the microprocessor Crusoe

A new processor, especially designed to diminish to minimums the electrical consumption and to promote the mobile teams it is revolutionizing the sector since it was presented officially only a few hours ago. This processor designed by the company Transmeta and made by IBM, will be capable of being working in a portable one almost during an entire day, while the current ones are working a maximum of 5 6 hours, in addition to removing a lot of heat.
The principal innovation of this new processor for PC takes root in being the first programmable one for software, what at least theoretically would allow to obtain mikes optimized for any operating system with a minimal effort and minimal changes to his design, on the other hand relatively simply (what one of the keys seems to be of his low consumption).
The new processor appears for the time being in a version to 400 MHz, with speeds of up to 700 MHz waited by the middle of this year. The first versions will be optimized for the instructions x86 (those of the mikes Intel and AMD) and for the operating systems Windows 9x and Linux, although between the capacities of the design of the mike it would be of being able to emulate other types of processors (like the G4 or Alpha) with relative facility.
Of course, we can find benchmarks in which the new processor is several times more powerful than his counterpart Pentium III for portable, although these have been prepared by the proper company. Finally, a new and interesting competitor for (for the time being) the world of the processors for portable; perhaps lower the price of these as AMD lowered that of the computers of dessert...
Also it looks like good news for the Linux users, since not in vain in the design of the Crusoe there has taken part the creator of the above mentioned operating system, the acquaintance Linus Torvalds.

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1/20/2000: Intel increases the pressure on ROUTE

Continuing with his campaign of judicial accusations against ROUTE, Intel has presented a complaint before the commission of international trade of the USA accusing the above mentioned company of having used the technology of bus of the Pentium II - III (Front Side Bus P6) in several of his chipsets without, according to Intel, credit "asked permission".
This denunciation would think about how to force the manufacturers to stop selling basic badges with the chipset Apollo Pro 133, which is the ROUTE chipset for Pentium III who supports the bus to 133 MHz and memory SDRAM PC133, what would harm seriously manufacturers like IBM or Micron.
In the base of these demands on patents disobedience there seems to be the impression of Intel about which ROUTE might constitute a dangerous enemy on a market that he was thinking about having dominated as there are the chipsets. Precisely there have been the problems of the chipsets Intel with the memory RDRAM (Rambus DRAM), promoted by the proper Intel, which they have favored to ROUTE and to the memory PC133, which now Intel wants to adopt in his futures chipsets.
Does it maneuver to sell more chipsets i820? Does not the Rambus work? Will ROUTE overturn his efforts in the AMD K7? Is this an Intel foul play?

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