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Week from 15-1-2001 to 21-1-2001  

1/21/2001: Apacer and IBM work together to the advantage of the DDR

    A new collaboration arises to accelerate the development and the availability of modules of memory DDR-SDRAM. For it, the manufacturer of memory Apacer will provide the manufacturers of computers and basic badges modules of memory DDR with which to validate the correct functioning of his new systems. These modules will be made from components IBM.
    Apacer insists that the high quality of the chips of memory of IBM, joined its own technology, will turn them into the model to be continued as for yield on the market DDR, in addition to assuring the compatibility with the standards DDR of the JEDEC (ejem... "standards", with Rambus pardon).
    Meanwhile, Micron has already verified the correct functioning of his modules PC1600 with the chipsets both of AMD and of ROUTE, and hopes to finish in the next days these cross-checks with his modules PC2100, therefore soon it will put them on sale across Crucial.

More information in:
www.apacer.com/news/release/010116.htm
www.amd.com/devconn/ddrvalid.html
www.via.com.tw/company/ddrzone_val.htm
www.micron.com/news/2001_releases/01_18_01.htm
Micron offers memory DDR at SDRAM price
Rambus gains money...: by means of threats?

News written for: Miquel Tarazona

 

1/19/2001: New protection system in the Microsoft Whistler?

    Apparently, and as
The Register reports, in Microsoft they study to incorporate into his future operating system Whistler a novel and "revolutionary" protection system it anticopies, although the recent beta 2 (liberated a few days ago) does not take this system for problems of last hour with the record of the users. Also Microsoft hopes to implant this system in the Microsoft Office 10.
    Basically, the system anticopies is based that during the installation process generates a code; by phone or by means of Internet one contacts with Microsoft, and a number is obtained to unblock the software. Nevertheless, this number will generate from the key of the product (product key, the protection used till now) and the only number generated from the characteristics hardware of the computer where he settles.
    The result: it will be possible only to install for the only user and in an ordering only one. If you have to reinstall the operating system (slightly not at all strange with Windows), or if certain hardware changes (the motherboard? the BIOS? the mike? the graphic card? the hard disk? still be clear...), very possibly the initial code serve and be necessary call to Microsoft and it explain.
    Nevertheless, Tomas Jensen, spokesman of Microsoft Germany, in declarations mentioned to Financial Times Deutschland that Germany might be an exception in the implantation of this system, for being a "critical" market (economically, in sensibility and in number of users of... Linux), then to be out of line you are the same words on the following day and to the same publication; we go, where I said I say, say Diego.
    The question is that these practices very probably might be declared illegal in Germany, or in the whole European Union, on what perhaps finally they do not decide to it. The true thing is that perhaps Microsoft is capable of the use of the computer doing to us easier and easier and friendly, but with these "inventions" certainly it is not going to obtain it. This remembers me to this song, "a step p'alante and another p'atrás"...

More information in:
www.theregister.co.uk/content/4/16157.html
New year, new nuclei: Linux and Windows are renewed

News written for: Ignacio Jiménez of the Ship

 

1/18/2001: Re-renewed Pentium III in way

    Intel is preparing a new Pentium III. Let's remember that it would be the third version of this mike after the Katmai and the Coppermine. I shape this one, named Tualatin, it would cover the hollow between the high scale (the Pentium 4) and the low scale (the Celeron). This way Intel would offer 3 options to the user, depending on his needs and of his pocket. The availability of the Tualatin, to approximately 1,2 GHz, is located at the beginning of the third trimester of 2001.
    The rumors point that the new mike very probably will use a new so called format Socket370 FC-PGA2, without being also compatible with the current chipsets (new micro, new badge... sad reality). It would have a heat spendthrift integrated to protect the nucleus of the microprocessor, it would be made of 0,13 microns technology, with minor consumption and a bus 133 MHz Federal Security Service (or perhaps of 200 MHz DDR). His level cache memory 2 would work at the same speed of the mike, with quantities that would go of 256 KB for the office version to 512 KB for the version destined for the portable ones. It is rumored that it will use memory DDR-SDRAM, something that the Rambus managers will not like.
    What seems clear is that Intel reacts, what it is not clear it is if it is right. This mike will condemn the Celeron, with 100 MHz bus , leaving him to favor of the AMD Duron, while the Pentium 4 will be still unattainable for modest pockets and his price does not justify his yield. So this mike will be born with the imperious need to compete straight with the Athlon and his future Young pigeon, a too big responsibility for this Intel "creature"...

More information in:
www.insanehardware.com/scoopage.php?i=17
www.clubic.com/n/n1099.html
www.ugeek.com/procspec/intel/pentium3tualatin.htm
AMD continues for the good way with his Athlon Palomino
Intel at the edge of the ridiculous one? Do they withdraw the Pentium III of 1,13 GHz?

News written for: Ignacio Jiménez of the Ship

 


His publicity in CsH

1/17/2001: ALi answers to ROUTE with DDR + integrated video

    Only a few hours after ROUTE was announcing the availability of his new chipset with support of memory DDR-SDRAM for the mikes Socket A of AMD, ALi announces two new chipsets with support DDR, the CyberAladdin (for Intel Pentium III and Celeron) and the CyberMAGiK (for AMD Athlon and Duron).
    The innovation of these chipsets with regard to the rest of chipsets ALi for DDR is that they include a video checker integrated, based on the chip Blade XP of Trident, of 128 bits and low consumption. His graphic yield in 3D perhaps I was not on a par with a GeForce2 MX, but thanks to the band of the memory DDR it will be more than sufficient for applications 2D or a limited use of 3D, introducing the DDR on the markets ofimático, servant and of portable.
    If also they include the possibility of installing a graphic card optional AGP (which is very probable, nobody wants to repeat the Intel error with i810), there would be a few very interesting solutions. A pity that is an only one announcement, his production will not begin up to the second trimester...

More information in:
www.ali.com.tw/eng/news/jan01a.htm
www.tridentmicro.com/press_release/2001_press_releases/napa2.htm
Already in manufacture the chipset DDR of ROUTE for Athlon
ALi promotes the memory DDR
SiS and ALi react: new chipsets for mikes AMD

News written for: Juan Herrerías

 

1/16/2001: Already in manufacture the chipset DDR of ROUTE for Athlon

    Finally, ROUTE announces that the mailing has begun to the manufacturers of basic badges of his new chipset ROUTE Apollo KT266. This chipset provides support of memory DDR-SDRAM for the platform AMD Socket A (that is to say, the Athlon and the Duron).
    In addition to up to 4 GB of memory DDR-SDRAM (or of SDRAM PC133 "classic"), supports buses to 200 and 266 MHz and there uses the new architecture v - link Hub, which allows a communication between two chips of the chipset (Northbridge and Southbridge) of 266 MB/s, the double that in other chipsets like the Intel BX, those of AMD or the ROUTE previous ones.
    Of course, he supports all the characteristics "standard" of last generation: ATA100, 6 ports USB, sound of 6 channels, modem and network integrated... and even the technology AMD PowerNow!, what joined to the scarce consumption of the memory DDR makes it suitable for portable.
    This chipset, which is manufactured by the big Taiwanese company TSMC, will be adopted undoubtedly by the majority of manufacturers of basic badges; they have already announced that it will be used, between others, Gigabyte, Tyan, AOpen, Epox, by DFI, Soyo...

More information in:
www.viatech.com/news/KT266_release.htm
www.viatech.com/products/kt266.htm
ROUTE becomes strong on the chipsets market for SDRAM
ANOTHER TWO chipsets of ROUTE, both with integrated video
ROUTE presents his chipsets for 266 MHz DDR-SDRAM 

News written for: Juan Herrerías

 

1/15/2001: They come (to Japan) the new mikes AMD for portable

    A few hours ago AMD has announced his new generation of microprocessors for portable, that happens to the previous models of the family K6. The models presented today are two AMD Duron, to 600 and 700 MHz very similar to the equivalent models of dessert...
    ... Almost we might say that YOU SHOULD EQUAL the dessert Duron: 200 MHz bus , cache memory of 128 + 64 KB (L1 + L2), 0,18 micron s technology , and even in format Socket A. The only difference is his biggest thermal tolerance and his voltage of 1,4 V, what will reduce lightly his slightly high consumption if cooling skills are not used by software (like the used ones by Windows 2000 or programs like
Rain).
    The first portable PC with this mike will sell in Japan, the second world market in number of portable and "field of tests" of all kinds of high technologies. 14 ", 10 treats LaVie as the NEC, with Duron to 700 MHz, screen TFT of 13 " ó ó 20 GB of disc and tape recorder of CD - ROM or DVD-ROM.
    And the fact is that these mikes, which do not even have characteristics PowerNow!, they are not but an interesting advance of much waited Young pigeon and Morgan, the authentic mikes AMD "designed for portable". But at least they have a yield at a height of Pentium III and a very economic price, only 75 $ for the 600 MHz model .

More information in:
www.amd.com/news/prodpr/21004.html
www.nec.co.jp/japanese/today/newsrel/0101/1501.html
www.nec.co.jp/japanese/today/newsrel/0101/1501-04.html
AMD continues for the good way with his Athlon Palomino
AMD presents his technology PowerNow! for portable

News written for: Juan Herrerías

 

1/15/2001: The chips Voodoo will not die completely... for the time being

    Perhaps the company that more had to lose with the acquisition of 3dfx on the part of NVIDIA was (apart from the proper one 3dfx) Quantum3D, known by his systems of generation of image in real-time based on the chips VSA-100 of 3dfx, the chips used in the Voodoo 4 and 5. These systems are in industries of the caliber of Renault or Boeing, where they are used for example to realize simulations of shocks of vehicles, as well as in machines of recreational lounges.
    With the agreement, NVIDIA promises to keep on providing chips VSA-100 to Quantum3D, in addition to its own designs (GeForce2 GTS and GeForce2 MX, with which also he constructs systems Quantum3D). Also, it will provide the whole necessary help so that the next NVIDIA products turn into the technological base of the systems of Quantum3D.
    This support to Quantum3D opens a little the door so that NVIDIA keeps the technologies alive bought to 3dfx, at least during a time; although at first it is an only one "exceptional case" and not precisely disinterestedly, perhaps NVIDIA might reflect on his original decision not to offer technical support (not even drivers!!) to the hardware users 3dfx. Let's hope that it should be like that...

More information in:
www.quantum3d.com/press%20releases/01_10_01_nvidia.htm
NVIDIA attacks in the professional segment
NVIDIA acquires 3dfx!!

News written for: Miquel Tarazona

 


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