world survives Y2K! Well, almost...
January 1, 2000
No major Y2K-related hiccups (though maybe a few
headaches) resulted from the world-wide passage into the 21st century.
It is still pretty much the same old world as it was
May 15, 2000
In the wake of Intel's latest RDRAM
replacement campaign, Anand
sits down with Rambus to discuss the
future of PC memory requirements and dispel various Rambus rumours in
For the other side of the argument, go see Tom.
construction causes cancer, claim co-workers
May 18, 2000
Semiconductors factory in Scotland is hit with a group damages suit,
pointing an accusing finger at toxic CPU fab processes.
continues to run like WildFire
May 26, 2000
Compaq's 64-bit server processor quietly crunches the
internet at 750MHz and plans to reach their 1GHz milestone before the
end of the year.
wafers to feed chip hunger
July 10, 2000
to move the semiconductor industry from 8-inch to 12-inch wafers, Applied
Materials says that chip production can be increased by 250% for
only a 40% increase in cost. This and other announcements at SEMICON
West this year (July 10-14) will be sure to help ease the current
chip supply crunch.
CPU powers cheaper web-surfing
July 17, 2000
what everyone needs: a web surfer running at the blistering speed of an Intel
'486. Start-up MyTurn just unveiled its Global PC
for the computer-phobic out there who are still curious about the
internet. Ah well, it's affordable ($299US). And it will be available at
What it has going for it is GeoWorks,
the once-was, short-lived desktop competitor to Windows.
mobile--Have no life...
August 8, 2000
A UK study finds that executives are resistant to
adopting more mobile technology for fear of losing more control over
their personal lives. Like, we didn't know that already?
|Microprocessor Forum 2000
October 11, 2000
will hit 1GHz...eventually--maybe
October 10, 2000
Motorola's has big plans that their upcoming
"Apollo" version of the G4 will reach 1GHz. When that
will happen, however, is anybody's guess. Our guess is by the end
of the decade. Apollo
did eventually reach the moon following a similar schedule, after
all. Whether Apple will adopt it is, for some reason, even less
October 10, 2000
Expected to be available by the end of the year,
AMD showed off its almost-ready 760-MP chipset that supports dual Athlon
processors and DDR-memory.
and Transmeta: How low can they go?
October 11, 2000
Intel and Transmeta will be duelling it out in
the low end of computing power requirements for next year's
laptops and mini-notebook devices. With an average power
consumption of less than 1 Watt, SpeedStep-
processors will extend notebook life to 10 hours and beyond,
according to both Intel and Transmeta.
other high cost of speed: reliability
October 20, 2000
await chip makers as they continue to push the GigaHertz envelope,
not least being their tendency to
fail. Reliability will become increasingly difficult to ensure with
current testing tools.
has it right: PC
multiprocessing will become the norm, rather than faster
and faster clock speeds.
December 21, 2000
the year that was and projecting into the next, CNet sees 1GHz
notebooks, 2GHz desktops, more Rambus and fewer recalls.
Some pretty safe predictions here. We will continue to
track how the race really progresses, as always. Meanwhile, we
hope you are enjoying the peace of