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Week from 30-4-2001 to 6-5-2001  

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Memory DDR-SDRAM? In Crucial it will find it

5/5/2001: Infineon, declared innocent person; of course, Rambus will appeal

    We already know part of the verdict of the first one of the trials of Rambus against most of the principal manufacturers of memoirs of the world, and he does not benefit precisely the company of The High places, California: the judge Robert E. Payne has accepted the Infineon request of pushing the last 3 requests back of course infringimiento of patents, what is equivalent to declare innocent Infineon of practically all the charges.
    It seems to have weighed a report previous to the judge declaring that the Rambus patents are only applicable to synchronous memoirs (SDRAM, DDR-SDRAM) with buses multiplexados, what there does not seem to be the case of the memoirs of Infineon.
    Nevertheless, the judgment will continue to evaluate the mutual accusations of fraud based on the behavior of Rambus with the JEDEC, and that of the JEDEC with Rambus. Secretismo, patents modified at the last hour, confidential e-mails... it seems that we are still going to amuse ourselves. And also, Rambus has said since there will appeal any decision of the court that he considers to be harmful, of course.

More information in:
www.rambus.com/general/press_releases/pr_010503.html
ebnonline.com/digest/story/OEG20010504S0059
Rambus loses possibilities in his trial against Infineon
Serious judicial reverses for Rambus
Rambus presents progress in his memory
Rambus gains money...: by means of threats?
Rambus threatens with more judgments and contract even more pleaded
Micron (and Hyundai) counter-attacks Rambus in the courts

News written for: Juan Herrerías

 


His publicity in CsH

5/4/2001: Sony glides to lower the price of the PlayStation2... after the summer

    According to Eurogamer.net, the Japanese company Sony, current leader of the playful sector of the games consoles, would be gliding to reduce in September approximately 100 $ the price of his console PlayStation2. The information denies the rumor of a possible immediate descent of approximately 50 $.
    Sony realizes the effort that Microsoft is doing in his console X-BOX, as well as of his special interest on the European market, a market where Sony must be specially careful. As sample, Sony settled the problem in the reproduction of DVD that were bringing the first consoles sold in Japan, replacing the corresponding unit in the "European" PlayStation2 with one of major quality and made by itself. It seems that the Japanese are the perfect "guinea pigs" of any electronic advance...
    And the fact is that the X-BOX considers enclosed Microsoft with major priority of throwing than the Windows XP (eXPerience), with what the last one might be late. In this sense, Sony hopes to compete so much technically as at price level with the X-BOX and with GameCube de Nintendo, that they promise potency and good price. This way, a prices descent seems well-taken and necessary... although not while there is no competition.

More information in:
www.eurogamer.net/news.php?id=5568
Nintendo Gamecube will take a graphic ATI chip
The Xbox of Microsoft: pure NVIDIA heart
Sega will stop making the Dreamcast
Nintendo GameCube will be the most powerful console... in one year

News written for: Ignacio Jiménez of the Ship

 

Buy memory RAM of quality!!
Memory SDRAM PC133 of quality? In Crucial, undoubtedly

5/3/2001: AMD cuts moreover his prices away

    AMD is determined to keep on snatching market share from Intel, although for it it has to enter a price war with his old rival (or is he his archenemy, his némesis?). A test of it there are the clippings for that they wait for the family of processors Athlon; a descent of prices that, according to diverse sources of proven confidence, might make the same week effective to itself.
    This way, one of the flagships of the company, the AMD Athlon of 1,3 GHz, would lower of price 45 %, from 318 current $ up to approximately 175 $. The model of 1 GHz would do the proper thing, with a clipping in his price of more than 30 %, placing itself in approximately 140 $. If this was not sufficient, AMD would reduce also the already cheapest scale Duron, and of course it renegotiates the price of his microprocessors to the fall to the interested wholesalers in buying more than 1.000 units. This would place to the AMD mikes in a position of absolute privilege as for his price (and yield) on the market.
    A decision that can focus of diverse ways. One of them might be the AMD worry for receiving these users "obsessed" with the megahertzes, which might praise for now more accessible Intel Pentium 4, in spite of his demonstrated inferiority in diverse test. And the fact is that 1,7 current GHz of the Pentium 4 gives a false idea of yield opposite to "only 1,33 GHz of the AMD Athlon... but since the man is a man, he likes presuming (although it is of megahertzes).

More information in:
www.zdnet.com/zdnn/stories/news/0,4586,5082208,00.html
www.theregister.co.uk/content/3/18603.html
New Pentium 4 to 1,7 GHz...: for only 352 $!!
Good economic results for AMD... and regular for Intel
It lowers the price of the microprocessors and the memory

News written for: Ignacio Jiménez of the Ship

 

5/2/2001: The first specifications (supposed, dear, presumable) of the KYRO 3

    When there is still very recent the appearance of the graphic chip KYRO II, already rumors begin appearing with a series of interesting technical information of his successor, the chip KYRO 3, first of the Series 4 of PowerVR.
    In principle, the chip KYRO 3 would be made of 0,18 microns (at first, then perhaps even less), with an internal architecture of 128 bits (undoubtedly). The graphic chip would be a GPU (Graphics Processing Unit) with a 300 MHz nominal speed (from 175 current MHz? well, it might be, although...).
    It would incorporate a calculation engine T&L (one of the theoretical foibles of the KYRO II), as well as four units independent from renderizado (impressive, and very possible). We would have to add to all this the original architecture of the chips KYRO, which, on having used HSR (Hidden Surface Removal), they have only to calculate and represent the visible three-dimensional objects for the user.
    On the other hand, he would support both memory SDRAM (for the most economic models) and DDR-SDRAM, obtaining in the latter case a band of really spectacular memory: 9,6 GB/s (feasible, but we suppose that in practice it will be less, to support a few reasonable costs... or perhaps be an equivalent, effective band).
    Finally, good perspectives that predict one more than inevitable battle, so much skill as of yield, between the chips NVIDIA GeForce3, ATI RADEON 2 (ATI is taking his time in developing it) and KYRO 3. With this future panorama, insurance that we will not lack so much to 3dfx...

More information in:
www.segatech.com/powervr/kyro3/index.php"l
www.penstarsys.com/editor/SO3D/SO3D.htm
Another graphic card with the KYRO II
Will have support of T&L the PowerVR KYRO III?
KYRO II of STM, the last barrier opposite to NVIDIA and ATI
Already to the sale graphic cards with the chip KYRO

News written for: Ignacio Jiménez of the Ship

 


His publicity in CsH

5/2/2001: Rambus loses possibilities in his trial against Infineon

    In his Monday meeting, the judge Robert E. Payne, of the Court of District of Richmond (Virginia, the USA), rejected most of the demands presented by Rambus against the German manufacturer Infineon for the supposed illegal patents use on memory SDRAM and DDR-SDRAM registered by Rambus, as informs EBN.
    The important report only leaves in foot the claim for 3 (three!) of more than 50 supposedly violated patents; and what might be more important, the judge warned in addition to that, even in case it was failing against Infineon on these three patents, it her would not plead guilty of having done it "deliberately".
    The reasoning of the judge seems to be based principally on the beginning of presumption of innocence: he thinks that Rambus has not contributed the sufficient tests, not explained properly those that yes it has contributed, as to deduce an illegal behavior on the part of Infineon. This way, the judgment loses big part of his meaning of life and puts itself much costs above for Rambus.
    The actions of Rambus accused the blow, falling down 8,8 % in the index NASDAQ. And the fact is that, although the justice is blind, this time Rambus "plays at home" against a German company; I dress how it him goes: what options will American Micron have against also, or in his judgments in Europe against Infineon and Hyundai?

More information in:
ebnonline.com/digest/story/OEG20010430S0117
www.theregister.co.uk/content/7/18659.html
Serious judicial reverses for Rambus
Rambus presents progress in his memory
Rambus gains money...: by means of threats?
Rambus threatens with more judgments and contract even more pleaded
Micron (and Hyundai) counter-attacks Rambus in the courts

News written for: Juan Herrerías

 


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