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A year ago: Intel shocks, leaks'r'us

Two years ago, we found ourselves in considerable difficulty with Intel because we had managed to see a roadmap which actually took us up to Q2 of 1998. A search on the site will reveal those details. But now it is apparent that Intel, faced with plummeting PC prices and something of a failure to push the PII as much as it would have liked, is actively leaking future information to selective sources. One of those appears to be CNet, which Intel actually has shares in. Anyway, the information about its future plans on prices (at least up until July this year) is out and about, while it has also apparently leaked its roadmap on processors up until the first half of 1999. And as that information now seems to be available to those in the know, we thought we'd share it with our readers as well. (We will have August prices for processors between now and the next issue.)
Mike Magee, 06 Mar 1999
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Taylor Made: Bloody Tyranny

My apologies to those regular readers of this column who have emailed me wondering where I have been. I have been busy recently working on web sites and investigating new technology. You can find out why it's taken so long to finish this work below. Many intelligent, influential and important people have recently been writing …
Roy Taylor, 06 Mar 1999

AMD to demo K7 at CeBIT at 600MHz

Various hardware sites are reporting that AMD will demonstrate a K7 chip running at 600MHz at the CeBIT trade fair in Hannover in two weeks time. According to AMD Zone, engineers at AMD have also succeeded in manufacturing K7 samples which clock at 650MHz. The reports suggest that AMD will show the K7 clocking 600MHz but do not need Kryotech technology to achieve these speeds. When Intel demonstrated a chip overclocked to 1GHz at the Intel Developer Forum two weeks ago, we are reliably assured it needed super-cooling to reach such speeds. And in other AMD news, Japanese hardware sites are now reporting that K6-IIIs are becoming available in quantity in the retail market. One has overclocked the K6-III/450 to 500MHz. ®
Mike Magee, 06 Mar 1999
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Merced Solutions Overview

As well as keynote speeches and breakouts at the IDF, Intel also holds a series of tracks on different topics. The first Merced track was presented by Hemant Dhulla, IA-64 Programme Manager at Intel US. Here are the slides for his presentation. For our exclusive photographs of the Merced cartridge, go here. The next presentation we will post is titled Intel architecture innovations, made jointly by Intel and HP execs. Year 2000 Market segments IA-64 Roadmap Nothing startlingly new in this slide -- Merced is followed by McKinley, then Madison and Deerfield Extending the Intel Architecture Slide details the type of server apps and workstation apps Merced is aimed at Unprecedented Industry Commitment Slide contains partners committed to the Merced platform, including ISVs, IHVs, OS vendors and IA and RISC OEMs Focus on Complete Solutions Over 30 server and workstation designs have met milestones Merced Processor Block map of Merced Merced Cartridge Features Schematic of the cartridge design Merced Processor Progress According to this slide, multiprocessor OS kernels are booting on the Merced logic model Merced High Availability Block map showing I/O, OS, etc. Merced = Enterprise Scalability High Performance Computing for Workstations Intel 82460GX chipset OEM Merced Designs Intel will push the architecture to 512-way machines. With that cartridge, it's going to have to be a big case Software Program DeliverablesMentions Monterey, Bravo, Win64 etc. Merced Software Program TimelineApps, tools and OS. Pre-Silicon Software Development Kits Merced Software Tools Progress Intel claims almost 100 per cent of functional tests passing Merced OS Progress Compaq Tru64 Unix to boot this Q Merced Application Targets Server Solution Stacks Workstation Applications IHV Program Deliverables Although Merced may be on target for release in mid-2000, it's obvious that other hardware vendors are going to take a while to release their kit. Summary Call to Action Porting Tools/Info on the WebSome useful URLs. If you can't read them, please email me and I'll give you the address Full Intel Developer Forum coverage
Mike Magee, 06 Mar 1999
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Happy Cat posts i810 benchmarks – now translation added

Updated Standing up bravely against threats and Intel injunctions, corner shop Happy Cat tonight posted benchmarks relating to the 810 chipset. We have now obtained a translation of the Japanese text which goes with the graph. It says: "The Intel 810 will direct the market for Intel and it integrates the VGA chip and it will be out and sold this summer. "Integrated VGA exists in two kinds for the i810: DVM or UMA (unified memory architecture, using system RAM) or an outside source of memory called DC-100 (UMA is slower and it is also the technique used in the MediaGX while DC-100 is the technique used by SiS which uses external memory like a graphics board). "It will have ATA-66 and 33 and 6 PCI slot support. The benchmark graph shows that the chip will perform at the G200 level, whether this is enough (compared to other solutions that will be out)." (Thanks to Jonathan Hou at Fullon3D for the translation). Happy Cat attracted the ire of Intel by posting pictures of previous products the Goliath has not yet announced. Further down its pages, Happy Cat is still showing pix of the i820 chipset which drew down threats from the Godzilla of the chip industry. The translation of the text which goes with these pix is as follows: "Current Celerons do not use 0.25 micron process but a 0.22-0.23 process instead. The Intel 820 Camino should be announced around May although I can’t say much about it. There is support for SDRAm and 133 Mhz bus (except for i810 which will have the i752 Portola integrated)." The Happy Cat seems undaunted by Intel's threats. ® Intel Developer Forum coverage
Mike Magee, 06 Mar 1999
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RISCOS to continue OS 4 development

There will now be a version 4 of the RISC operating system. According to RISCOS Limited, it has gained an exclusive licence from Element 14, formerly Acorn, and it will offer an upgrade to A7000/7000+ owners in the next few months. RISCOS will also offer OS 4 for new desktop machines. The company says it now has access to the full source code and thinks it is probable it can remove peripheral chip dependencies. Paul Middleton, RISCOS MD, said: "The announcement by Acorn that they were closing the Workstations Division last year had sent shockwaves through the Acorn community. I see the signing of this agreement as a very positive sign for current Acorn users. Whilst Phoebe Risc PC 2 was cancelled by Acorn for very good reasons due to the current economic and commercial climate, users should not be dissuaded from buying RISC OS based computers." ®
Mike Magee, 06 Mar 1999