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Week from 12-1-2001 to 18-2-2001  

2/18/2001: ALi will make chipsets for Pentium 4

    Acer Laboratories Inc. (ALi) has signed an agreement with Intel that will allow them the chipsets manufacture for the last processor of Intel, the Pentium 4. This way there is reaffirmed the continuity of ALi's commitment with Intel, since it comes to extend the agreement for which the Taiwanese company has made chipsets for Pentium II and Pentium III.
    Very probably ALi's chipsets for Pentium 4 will support memory DDR-SDRAM, what would allow to Intel to extend the possibilities of his microprocessor without having to face legally Rambus, with which he committed himself to that his chipsets for Pentium 4 would use only the memory RDRAM of Rambus.
    At the same time, Intel balances the chipsets market, on having granted this license to a direct ROUTE competitor. Until now, Intel only had authorized to make these chipsets to ATI... perhaps to avoid judgments for monopoly, since the presence of ATI in this sector is almost anecdotal.

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ALi answers to ROUTE with DDR + integrated video
ALi promotes the memory DDR
SiS and ALi react: new chipsets for mikes AMD

News written for: Miquel Tarazona and Juan Herrerías


2/17/2001: Big acceptance on the part of the industry to the LDT of AMD

    AMD has just re-baptized with the trade name of HyperTransport his new technology known until now like LDT (Lightning Data Transport); independently of his name, one hopes that it will allow to increase greatly the connection speed between chips. Some companies that have already declared his intention of using the new technology of AMD are a Broadcom Corporation, Slack Systems, NVIDIA, ATI or Sun Microsystems, between others.
    The new AMD technology allows transference valuations with peaks of 6,4 GB per second, up to 24 times superior to the current systems. In the beginning it was thought principally to accelerate the internal communication between the chips of the chipset of computers of high yield and servants; nevertheless, his flexibility makes her ideal for all kinds of devices, as there can be devices of communications, networks, and even out of the field of the PCs.
    It seems that API NetWorks will be one of the companies first in being provided with products based on LDT (HyperTransport), principally for his narrow collaboration with AMD; it is for all well-known that both companies share enough technologies, like the bus of the processors AMD Athlon and Duron, the EV6, which had his premiere in the machines with microprocessors Alpha of API NetWorks.

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New architecture for the AMD of 64 bits

News written for: Miquel Tarazona


2/16/2001: The Xbox of Microsoft: pure NVIDIA heart

    NVIDIA has announced the availability for his immediate manufacture (that runs in charge of the Taiwanese giant TSMC) of two multimedia microprocessors of the future console of video games of Microsoft, the Xbox. It is a question of the XGPU (Xbox Graphics Processing Unit) and of the XMCP (Xbox Media Communications Processor).
    The first one of them, the XGPU, takes charge of all the three-dimensional graphic operations. It is completely programmable, it will reach some: 125 million triángulos/s!! and it will be made by a 0,15 microns process. In his interior they hide neither more nor less and nothing more that 60 million transistors, the whole pride of technology and complexity for the NVIDIA engineers.
    The second one, the XMCP, is formed by two powerful mikes DSP capable of reaching 4 trillion operations per second. The first one of them would take charge of the digital prosecution of sound 3D of up to 64 voices, each of them with his respective three-dimensional position. The second one of the DSP would be in charge of managing the control of E/S and the games in network.
    We still have not seen yield tests, but with this panorama the Xbox it will reproduce DVDs, will have functions of digital video and it will be even more powerful than a GeForce3, all this for not much more than half of the price of a card for PC with the chip NV20. Onlooker, truth? Perhaps Microsoft trusts entirely that thanks to NVIDIA and the CPU of Intel, "his" console will be able to do shade to the almighty one PS2 of Sony. The "console of Microsoft", but Microsoft will not have done big part of his hardware...: in what sense will it affect that to his quality?

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Microsoft presents DirectX 8

News written for: Ignacio Jiménez of the Ship


2/15/2001: The memory low SDRAM up to ridiculous prices

    The big stocks accumulated by the manufacturers of memory during the last months have provoked that the price of the chips of SDRAM lowers even less than half of what they were costing one year ago, being located in approximately 5 $ every chip PC133 of 128 Mbits (8 of which form a module of 128 MBytes).
    It is strong and continued descent is provoking that they could find modules PC133 of 64 MBytes for less than 25 $, and of 128 MBytes for approximately 40 $. Even modules of mark of exceptional quality, like them
Crucial, the Corsair or the Mushkin capable of working in way CAS2, are for approximately 40 $ (64 MB) and 65 $ (128 MB).
    Before this circumstance, the PCs manufacturers begin including like standard in the teams of scale average - fall 128 MB of SDRAM. One must emphasize that the yield and the stability of Windows improve perceptibly on having increased the memory quantity in teams with 64 MB or less, a little especially emphasized in Windows 2000, where it turns out to be absolutely essential to have a 128 MB minimum for a correct functioning.
    For his part, the price of the memoirs DDR and RDRAM continues much over that of the SDRAM (respectively, from 3 to 4 times and from 4 to 5 times more expensive), although the low DDR of way continued according to more manufacturers they certify his modules of DDR PC2100, and Intel does all the possible from promoting his famous and polemic Pentium 4, which presently only uses RDRAM.
    One hopes that the prices should keep on descending for several months, although the analysts are not not great less fortune tellers: in May, 2000 they were waiting for a big memory scarcity for these dates, for a "sure and enormous demand of components" that in the reality has been an out-standing sales descent...

More information in:
It lowers the price of the microprocessors and the memory
The computer companies worried by the descent of the sales

News written for: Juan Herrerías


2/13/2001: The NVIDIA GeForce3 is on having fallen down

    The future graphic chip NV20 of NVIDIA already has trade name: GeForce3. In fact, his putting on the market seems imminent; according to diverse sources, NVIDIA might give "green light" and put it in circulation at the end of February or beginning of March. The price of the cards with the piece of news "beast" of NVIDIA would range between 500 $ and 600 $, according to versions.
    Even a virtual shop of Switzerland has already in his lists of a model equipped with the chip NV20 ready to add to the cart of the buy.  Prophet III talks each other of the model Hercules 3D  with 64 MB of DDR-SDRAM to 460 MHz, 350 MHz of nominal speed of the chip NV20 and television exit. All this at the reasonable price of approximately 940.00 Swiss Francs, that is to say, scarcely 101.520 ptas.
    The DDR-SDRAM to 460 MHz (or perhaps to more in some models) will provide to us an incredible band of memory of approximately GB/s, and his aptitude to generate 40 million triangles will do the delights of any player in any game that boasts. Nevertheless, his really prohibitive price, the absence of games really optimized for new DirectX 8 of Microsoft and the current sufficiency of the GeForce2 (even in his version MX) make her inadvisable. Although skylight, there are always caprices (very, very expensive...).

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NVIDIA attacks in the professional segment
NVIDIA acquires 3dfx!!
NVIDIA aims at another point more: the GeForce optimized for the Pentium 4
The first impressions on the future chip NV20 of NVIDIA
Graphic card 3D Blaster GeForce2 Ultra

News written for: Ignacio Jiménez of the Ship


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