QuoteCrawford did not disclose specific plans for such a processor, though he said Intel will be able to design and build a 1-billion-transistor microprocessor using 65-nanometer process technology by 2007.
Crawford went on to describe a hypothetical processor that would contain four Itanium 2 cores and 12 to 16 megabytes of shared cache memory, all connected through a leaf interconnect scheme. Each Itanium 2 processor would contain about 120 million transistors while the cache would carry 700 million to 950 million transistors, bringing the total transistor budget to well over 1 billion, he said.
QuoteExpected to be launched in November, the Granite Bay (E7205) and Placer chipsets are designed for workstations, while the Plumas 533 (E7501) chipset will be introduced for server products. All three chipsets adopt the new dual-channel DDR platform, instead of the RDRAM standard Intel previously used for its workstation and server lines.
QuoteThe size of the cache bolsters Intel's claims that the chip will be one of the top performing mobile chips in the world when it debuts. More cache typically leads to higher performance. The chip will be introduced at speeds of 1.6GHz, 1.5GHz, 1.4GHz and 1.3GHz, slower than the Pentium 4. The larger cache, though, will likely narrow the performance gap created by the differences in speed.
QuoteDell's new ads, which debuted last week, feature a group of interns at Dell's headquarters and factory. Steven will make an appearance in one of the ads, said Dell spokesman Bob Kaufman.
"We're looking at ways to convey the overall brand value with this new campaign and are really excited with tests we did with the new campaign," Kaufman said.
QuoteMemoryLogix's designs describe a chip that runs at only 400MHz but is energy efficient and incredibly small, said Kevin Krewell, executive editor of industry newsletter the Microprocessor Report, which sponsors the chip industry convention.
According to the program notes for the conference, MemoryLogix's new x86 core "supports advanced micro-architectural features typically found on Pentium-class processors, yet is no larger than some low-cost embedded CPU cores." MemoryLogix could not be reached for comment, and the company's Web site has yet to be unveiled.
QuoteMicrosoft has itself to blame at least in part for strengthening the hand of its rivals. A controversial new software licensing policy, which raises prices for some customers and asks them to pay in advance for future releases, has angered many Microsoft customers and driven them to seek cheaper alternatives such as Linux.
QuoteDefining the target group is not so easy. In terms of performance, the Micro PC comes out ahead of the top group of high-end notebooks. After all, the Pentium 4/2400, in conjunction with 512 MB of DDR266 memory, takes care of performance. As far as equipment goes, it features all the most important interfaces, such as USB 2.0, FireWire, SP/DIF, modem and network functions - and the additional 1 GBit connection is currently in a class of its own. An S-Video output is available for presentations.
QuoteEarlier this year, for instance, the office was criticized for issuing a patent for a method of swinging sideways on a swing.
Originally filed in August 2000, IBM's restroom reservation patent describes a system that would determine who is next in line for using the facilities on an airplane, passenger train or boat. As envisioned in the patent, the system would be run by a computer that would assign customers a number based on a first-come, first-served basis. The system would give customers an estimate of their waiting time to use the restroom and would notify them when the restroom was available and allow them to cancel their reservations.
QuoteYears ago, a court threw out antitrust complaints filed by Intergraph, and this past April, Intel agreed to pay $300 million to settle claims that its Pentium lines of chips infringed on Intergraph patents.
As part of that settlement, the two companies agreed to limit damages in this final phase to $150 million. If Intel appeals the ruling and loses, Intel will pay Intergraph another $100 million.
QuoteLinux, which is even newer than Windows and is not controlled by a single commercial entity, can be expected to have even more vulnerabilities than Windows. Hemmendinger commented, "I see a lot more stuff coming across BugTraq [about Linux] than any flavor of Unix or any Microsoft operating system." BugTraq is a popular forum for discussion of computer security vulnerabilities. It is moderated by SecurityFocus, now a division of security firm Symantec.
QuoteAtlantis arrived with the new girder on Wednesday, along with a fresh supply of salsa. After four months of bland, canned food, the space station's lone American, Peggy Whitson, had requested some spice.
"We've got your salsa," Atlantis' skipper, Jeffrey Ashby, radioed as the shuttle drew near.
"OK, we'll let you in then," Whitson replied.
QuoteThe service, T-Mobile Hotspot, currently provides high-speed wireless Internet access in more than 1,600 locations in the United States, including airports and more than 1,200 Starbucks cafes. The service lets people access the signal via laptops or handheld computers equipped with a wireless card.
Most cell phone carriers such as T-Mobile are now embracing Wi-Fi, also known as 802.11b, for their wireless networks. The networking technology is used to create Internet access through the air within a radius of about 300 feet from a Wi-Fi device.
QuoteBallmer said Microsoft has a group chartered with developing additional security products. Currently, he said, there is no plan in place to charge customers a fee for additional security services. But Microsoft most likely will introduce new security software, similar to its existing firewall software.
Asked why it has taken Microsoft 25 years to put secure computing at the forefront of its efforts, he said it's "because customers wouldn't pay for it until recently."
QuoteContinuing its efforts in the portable device market, VIA Technologies on October 8 announced at the VIA Technology Forum (VTF) that it will launch a new RISC (reduced instruction set computing)-architecture processor line in the first quarter of 2003 for PDAs (personal digital assistants) and mobile phones.
QuoteRussia's space program is desperately strapped for cash. In the past, the space agency has offered a trip to the space station aboard a Russian Soyuz rocket to civilians who can pay a $20 million fee.
QuoteBidder fraud, as the problem of deadbeat bidders is sometimes referred, has generally been overshadowed by reports of seller fraud in online auctions. eBay has taken steps this year to counteract seller fraud, where sellers list items they have no intention of selling, then take off with payments from unsuspecting bidders. In June, the online auction giant added some new fraud detection software, and in May, the company announced that it's developing a new authentication service with VeriSign.
QuoteStorage also garnered heavy support from NIST. Five companies won almost $12 million from the federal government for a proposal to increase the amount of information that can fit on an old technology: tape systems. The project seeks to deliver multi-terabyte storage--a terabyte is 1,000 gigabytes of data--by increasing the density of information that can be recorded to tape by a factor of 250.
QuoteCode-named Nehalem, the chip will embody a new architecture that will substantially differ from the current Pentium 4, according to sources. Concepts in the current chip line will be found in Nehalem, but it will contain new, and largely unknown, features such as improved power management that will mark it as a distinct evolutionary step, similar to the changeover from the Pentium II to the Pentium III.
In the meantime, Intel is also working on updates to the Pentium 4. In the second half of 2003, the company will release "Prescott," a Pentium 4 variant that will feature a new security system and "strained silicon," a chipmaking method that speeds up transistors.
QuoteAnalysts have speculated that Dell could reduce profit margins in HP's lucrative printer business by cutting prices on both printers and printer cartridges. Analysts said a printer cartridge that retails for $35 may only cost $3 to make.
QuoteA 350 MB installation CD of Xbox Linux Mandrake 9 is available for download free of charge from the Xbox Linux website. It corresponds to a standard installation of the (free) 3 CD version of the well-known Mandrake Linux distribution (http://www.mandrake.com/), which has only been released a week ago, so it contains the graphical environments Gnome and KDE, as well as software packages such as OpenOffice.org, XMMS and Mozilla. Since Xbox Linux Mandrake 9 is 100% compatible with Mandrake Linux 9, all additional packages from the official Mandrake Linux 9 installation CDs or the Mandrake website can be installed into Xbox Mandrake Linux.