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Week from 19-2-2001 to 25-2-2001  

2/24/2001: ATI presents his RADEON SEES

    Before there comes the spectacular one GeForce3, ATI tries to snatch market level from NVIDIA in the average - low segment with his new card, the RADEON SEES, whose yield the posiciona between the TNT2 Ultra and GeForce2 MX of NVIDIA.
    The new card of ATI is provided, in addition to with a "cut away" version of the popular graphic chip RADEON, with the technology HydraVision (similar to the TwinView of NVIDIA) destined to offer support multimonitor, with the consequent increase of the productivity. This new technology, available only in the RADEON IT SEES, allows up to nine types different from configurations.
    In addition to HydraVision, also there is provided with the technology VIDEO IMMERSION, destined to offer the maximum reproduction quality both of video and of DVDs. This new card is destined to turn into a reference in his segment, although it is only for the big ATI acceptance between the manufacturers of PCs (the market OEM).

More information in:
www.ati.com/na/pages/corporate/press/2001/4366.html
www.anandtech.com/showdoc.html?i=1421
ATI presents his MOBILITY RADEON
Blow of effect: I match of patents between Intel and ATI
ATI presents in society the new chipset S1-370 TL
Intel, NVIDIA and ATI are employed at the AGP 8x
The RADEON of ATI is started

News written for: Miquel Tarazona

 

2/23/2001: More details on the NVIDIA GeForce3

    NVIDIA not only has worried about increasing the MHz of the processor NV20 or of providing a major band of the memory to avoid possible bottle necks in high resolutions. It has introduced significant changes that they will affect like there develops qualifications 3D, represented for nfiniteFX, a motive new revolutionary programmable graphic (engine).
    The engines Pixel Shader and Vertex Shader of nfiniteFX will provide an almost absolute control on every texel (a pixel to which a texture is applied to him) on having been completely programmable. As a result of it, with the GeForce3 the user will be able to contemplate scenes really impactantes based on behaviors of real physical models (like the real movement of the water, of the fire, of the features of the face...) as well as other new effects that the programmer will be able to generate with entire freedom, something that only was possible up to the date in the factories Dreamworks or Industrialist Light and Magic.
    Also it incorporates the first antialiasing of high resolution (HRAA), which will provide an excellent image quality to high resolution, without diminishing the number of fps (4 times more rapid in this apratado that the GeForce2 Ultra), thanks to his new architecture of memory Lightspeed. The GeForce3 also is equipped with the new processor of video of high definition named HDVP that will offer to us the possibility of gaining access to different solutions of televisions of high definition with a recipient DTV of low cost.
    On the other hand, not only the PC users will be able to enjoy the GeForce3, since NVIDIA has announced his availability for Apple Power Mac G4 (apparently only the family G4) next March.
    All the numbers of the GeForce3 are impressive, like his 57 million transistors (more of the double that the GeForce2) or his 76 billion operations per second in floating comma (FLOPS). But also it it is his price; it will offer to us effects never seen in a domestic computer, but perhaps the most prudent thing is to keep on dreaming in expectation of a descent of price and of a major development of qualifications optimized for the GeForce3. And the fact is that to dream, thanks to God, keeps on being free...

More information in:
www.nvidia.com/Pages.nsf/pages/pr_022201
The NVIDIA GeForce3 is on having fallen down
NVIDIA attacks in the professional segment
NVIDIA acquires 3dfx!!
The first impressions on the future chip NV20 of NVIDIA
Graphic card 3D Blaster GeForce2 Ultra

News written for: Ignacio Jiménez of the Ship

 

2/22/2001: IBM turns his writing into bits, into any place

    New portable ThinkPad TransNote of IBM uses a Pentium III to 600 MHz, a screen TFT 800x600 of 10,4 " and has format briefcase, occupying enclosure 29 x 33 x 3,3 cm; this information seemingly is slightly impressive nowadays, but it has a peculiarity: on having opened it, we find a notebook, on which we can write...: and to move our writing to the PC!
    Certainly, this technology is not anything new, it has been years since it is used in one or another variant in tablets digitalizadoras, miniportable and PDAs, but the system ThinkScribe of this one portable is a real progress: it registers in "sheets" size I foliate, immediate storage in the PC of the above mentioned notes, sketches or forms, and storage in memory of up to 50 pages with the subdued PC.
    Also, the screen is tactile, she adopts multiple positions and can turn to show the image to the one who is opposite to you. Anyway, the descriptions remain short; pulsate here to see it almost "in alive".
    We suppose that it will cost enough money, but it is worth it although it is only for attracting attention in a sales congress (which can compensate the investment, undoubtedly). And it is a light toy (2,5 kg) and available for left-handed. Does anybody give more?

More information in:
www.pc.ibm.com/us/thinkpad/transnote/
www.pc.ibm.com/us/thinkpad/index.php"l
IBM presents his new hard disk of 15.000 rpm
Apacer and IBM work together to the advantage of the DDR
Will IBM reach 0:13 microns before anybody?
IBM throws the monitor of major resolution of the world

News written for: Juan Herrerías

 

2/21/2001: Apple presents his new Power Mac G4 with SuperDrive

    The American company of the apple has announced the immediate payment by cash of his new Power Mac G4, which the SuperDrive incorporates, a unit of reading and writing both of CD-ROMs and of DVD-ROMs. This way, Apple wants to satisfy both the domestic user and the professional interested by edition and reproduction of qualifications by DVD, for which it includes his software iDVD. But there they do not finish the innovations of this "monster"...
    New Power Mac incorporates a microprocessor of Motorola G4 into 733 MHz, most rapid up to the date (Superior in enclosed real yield to the most recent models of Intel and AMD). It incorporates 256 KB of cache memory L2, as well as 1 MB of cache memory L3. The team comes from series with 256 MB of SDRAM to 133 MHz, as well as a hard disk ATA-66 of 60 GB. In the graphic paragraph, it incorporates the respectable and competitive one GeForce2 MX of NVIDIA into 32 MB of SDRAM. As for connections it is quite finished, on having incorporated two ports Firewire, two USB and a connector for network Ethernet 10/100/1000BASE-T, as well as a modem of 56 K that fulfills the norm V90, between others. All this at a recommended price of 3.499 $ (without monitor)...: a lot of money, but you can do your own DVDs! (I asked round there about what costs normally a DVDs tape recorder... and it will see if this is "expensive").
    Apple during all his history has demonstrated us that can do the things very well and also very badly. Years behind, he neglected the user in favor of his own elitism; now he knows that his past inscrutability was only an error, and that demonstrates his current tendency of incorporating technology of products of PC but without losing his philosophy, "think different", and the fact is that it is new G4 it marks the distances...

More information in:
www.apple.com/pr/library/2001/feb/19super.html
store.apple.com
www.apple.com/es/powermac/
Good news for the Macintosh users (and those of PC...?)
The manufacturers of graphic cards, to the assault of the market Apple
Avalanche of innovations Apple in hardware and software
Apple might gain access to thousands of free applications

News written for: Ignacio Jiménez of the Ship

 

2/20/2001: Transmeta and Microsoft open new ways for the Crusoe

    The famous microprocessor Crusoe, programmable and of very scarce consumption, goes making way for itself little by little on the market of portable PCs, at least in Japan. Nevertheless, the strong Intel pressure, with new microprocessor and kind pressures on the manufacturers (who cannot forget the force of the word "Pentium" between the consumers), do that Transmeta looks for new ways for his Crusoe.
    One of the most logical is that of portable devices like PDAs, handheld PCs, breeding animals of MP3, and other devices with microprocessors "absorbed" as routers, set-top boxes for access to Internet from the TV, etc. For this class of devices, Transmeta is preparing a new version of Linux called "Mobile Linux", which will improve the energy saving and will reduce the technical requisites as for memory and storage. It should not turn out to be very complicated to them, since they are provided in his staff with Linus Torvalds, the original creator of Linux; the first version will be ready soon, and of course it will be free.
    Also there is prepared a new version of the layer of software "Code Morphing" of the Crusoe (the key of his adaptability to almost any architecture), which will reduce moreover his already scarce consumption. And recently it has been rumored that Microsoft will include support optimized for the Crusoe in Windows XP, in addition to probably using in some future product hardware hardware.
    On the other hand, Transmeta keeps on looking for collaborators for his idea of creating servants with tens microprocessors Crusoe... enclosed with slightly light arguments, like saying that it would help the Californian companies of computing that have problems with the energy supply in the area (?).

More information in:
www.zdnet.com/zdnn/stories/news/0,4586,2686823,00.html
www.theregister.co.uk/content/3/17063.html
ebnonline.com/digest/story/OEG20010219S0032
Interested Transmeta in...: servants multiprocessor??!
AMD: Duron 850 and collaboration with Transmeta for 64 bits
Transmeta triumphs in the bag despite his problems
Thrown portable Crusoe de Hitachi... in Japan
A revolution in march: the microprocessor Crusoe

News written for: Juan Herrerías

 


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