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Week from 6-12-1999 to 12-12-1999  

12/12/1999: Samsung fights for Alpha EV7

Samsung hopes to make the new processors Alpha EV7 from the third trimester of next year, in a movement to try to face to IBM, which also tries to make the new processors (one believes that IBM has been in contact with Compaq, designers of the chip) with his new manufacture technology in copper.
The new processor will work at speeds of 1GHz and it will be made in the beginning with 0,18 microns technology and later with 0,13 microns.
Samsung already makes the current generation of processors Alpha EV6, that Athlon shares the system bus design with the AMD; it seems that Samsung will make use of this fact to make also basic badges and chipsets for current Alpha EV6. In case of the chipsets it is interesting to point out that they will be compatible with the processors AMD Athlon, what will give a breath of fresh air to the components scarcity for the Intel competitor.
These chipsets will be the Caspain, a chipset for monoprocessor that will appear in March and one hopes by the end of next year, and the Tasman, that it is waited for 2001. The last one will treat multiprocessor as a chipset with support, what will allow to create powerful workstations and servants who work with processors Athlon (anything normal in Alpha but till now I never dress with mikes AMD).
Finally to point out like curiosity that the new chipsets will support memory PC133 and DDR SDRAM, but not Direct Rambus DRAM, despite being Samsung one of his principal producers.

More information in:
http://ebnonline.com/story/OEG19991207S0007

 

12/12/1999: Intel produces the first Itanium destined for the developers

The first prototypes of the processors most waited in the history of the compatible ones have already seen the light. According to the proper company (Intel), the new processors work better than they were waiting, even talking each other of a few first samples and working at low speeds of what they owed. In these moments, the prototypes work to 500-600 MHz.
The new processor, the first one of Intel of 64 bits for PC, will be provided with a unit of improved floating comma, capable of executing 6 GFLOPS.
Another strong point which the company emphasizes, is in the big aptitude to handle sure web sites, since it proves to be 10 times more rapid than the current processors applying the algorithms of codification SSL for sure information transferences for Internet.
The processor is waited about middle of 2000, as well as a manual of reference to the programmers, who will owe "to retrain" to the completely new architecture IA-64.

More information in:
http://dailynews.yahoo.com/h/zd/19991207/tc/19991207057.html

 

12/8/1999: 3Dfx it liberates the code source of GLIDE

3Dfx it liberates the code source of his graphic API GLIDE, in addition to publishing the specifications hardware of his accelerating graphs. With this attempt, 3Dfx he tries to leave in developers' hands freely the creation and controlers maintenance for his API, till now proprietress, under any operating system, to this way to center on the development of controlers Direct3D and OpenGL.
It seems that with this new announcement and the previous one about the liberation of the algorithms of compression of textures FXT1, 3Dfx he tries to monopolize the biggest market share in what it refers to the operating system Linux, a market in growth to which other companies scarcely have paid attention. This might be one of the solutions to the difficult situation for which it crosses the company.

More information in:
www.3dfx.com/comp/press/rel-dec06.html

 


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