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Week from 29-1-2001 to 4-2-2001  

2/2/2001: IBM presents his new hard disk of 15.000 rpm

    The American company has presented his new unit of storage Ultrastar 36Z15, a hard disk that reaches 15.000 rpm (revolutionize per minute). This new unit is born with the intention of facing to the hard disks Seagate of the same speed; his availability, according to IBM, is located in the same trimester.
    At first it will be free in 18 and 36 Gigabytes versions, with times of access of 3,4 milliseconds and a capacity of average transference of 647 megabits per second; that is to say, neither more nor less than 81 Mb / century The Ultrastar 36Z15 it is 25 % more rapid than "other" units of 15.000 rpm and up to 50 % more than those of 10.000 rpm, he makes sure IBM.
    His interfaces are of high yield (Ultra160 SCSI, Ultra320 SCSI, optical fibre and perhaps FireWire), and his natural destination the servants who demand a high yield capacity, and where there does not matter the only one "defect" of so high speed of draft: the noise that it generates (approximately 48 dB, that are all forms bearable).
    The hard disk has happened of being an optional element of the PC to be indispensable, multiplying by thousand his capacity, and IBM seems to have taken good notices that not only the MHz matter. If the hard disks had had the whole technological advance that in two years the graphic cards or the microprocessors have had, we would have much more rapid machines, and perhaps Windows would take something less in starting...

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Seagate pulverizes all the records: hard disk of: 180 GB!!
Another record on hard disks: SCSI of 73,9 GB in only 1 inch
Maxtor + Quantum = the first manufacturer of hard disks of the world

News written for: Ignacio Jiménez of the Ship


1/31/2001: New and powerful pretender of the AMD of 64 bits

    Making use of the celebration of the fair LinuxWorld in New York and Paris, AMD has presented VirtuHammer, the new pretender of his future mike of 64 bits Hammer (also called Sledgehammer; that is to say, I hammer or heavy hammer, both names certainly impactantes).
    AMD is confident of obtaining the biggest possible support of the companies of the world Linux; one of the most important distributors, the German SuSE, already collaborates with AMD in the development of a version of Linux and of diverse applications compatible with the architecture x86-64 of the Hammer.
    And the fact is that, although the Hammer are characterized for supporting an entire native compatibility with the classic instructions game x86 of 32 bits (not like Itanium de Intel, which must emulate it), AMD it realizes that he needs specific applications of 64 bits so that his mike triumphs.
    The new pretender developed in collaboration with the Swedish company Virtutech, will allow to any programmer to develop these programs as if he had the mike of 64 bits; and according to Jan Hubicka de SuSE, "at a good speed" (something critical for a good emulation).
    Nevertheless, it does not seem sure that VirtuHammer is going to be free (as if he is his predecessor SimNow!)... his "progenitor" Simics, of Virtutech, it is not. Anyway, at least it will be able to be used under a S.O., Linux, which does not cost anything.

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New architecture for the AMD of 64 bits
AMD: Duron 850 and collaboration with Transmeta for 64 bits
Presented the Beta of Network Hat Linux 64 bits for Itanium
AMD presents his simulator software of the Athlon of 64 bits
HP and Intel throw the IA-64 Developer Kit for Linux

News written for: Juan Herrerías


1/30/2001: Intel throws two new mikes of very low consumption

    Intel presents two new microprocessors to 500 MHz, a Pentium III and a Celeron, destined to satisfy the requirements of the market of portable. According to Frank Spindler, the director of the section of portable of Intel, it talks each other of "the mikes with minor consumption never constructed". Also he says, in an optimism boasting, that Pentium III to 600 MHz "will be at least two or three times more rapid than the Transmeta" (if he says it...). And the fact is that Transmeta, which with his series of processors Crusoe (of up to 700 MHz), has demonstrated that the potency and the yield are compatible with a bajísimo consumption.
    The new model of Pentium III consumes only 0,5 W (in way of saving of battery, eye), while the previous models were consuming about 1 W, being located on five o'clock of operation capacity. It has incorporated the well-known system SpeedStep that reduces the speed of the mike as the battery uses or not. This way, Pentium III connected to the electrical network works 500 MHz, while using the battery it works to only 300 MHz (in whose case lowers his yield... we do not know if Spindler bears this in mind).
    The Celeron does not incorporate this system. Nevertheless, both incorporate the QuickStart, which reduces the consumption during the breaks that happen in operations like the continued use of the keyboard. The first models will go out made of 0,18 micron s technology then to pass those 0,13 micron s with copper interconnections.
    Intel this way diminishes the energy requests of his mikes for portable that helps to lengthen the duration of the battery and to improve the productivity of the user. Nice words, undoubtedly, but: perhaps more advertizing than real? The truth will triumph, be which is...

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Thrown portable Crusoe de Hitachi... in Japan
Portable other with the mike Crusoe, this time of NEC
Innovations in portable: new mikes Intel and the Crusoe in ultralight Fujitsu

News written for: Ignacio Jiménez of the Ship


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