It is inconceivable that the roadmaps from Alpha Processor Inc (API) we published yesterday could have reached the light of day without Compaq's imprimatur.
Updated After an exhaustive struggle to win the prize of guessing the new name of the K7 we have to confess it's all geek to us. Athlon is a Greek word, meaning struggle, prize and the game, but Alereon, as far as we can figure it, isn't Greek. It might be Geek. However, the latter name, as revealed here, is already registered by AMD but the site is not yet up. There is also a site called AMDATHLON.COM which is under construction in around seven languages but this one is registered by one PATTISHALL,MCAULISSE... at the unlikely address of South Wacker Drive in Chicago -- to the best of our knowledge not an AMD address. We attempted to persuade our usual sources (European AMD distributors) to spill the beans on the new name but they insist that even they haven't been told. K7 is, actually a better name for the microprocessor, some people think. We thought so too, until the following email tipped up. One of our regular German readers writes in the following vein: "For business reasons I am sometimes in Brussels/Belgium and my employer most of the times reserves a hotel for me just in the near of the red light district. And when you cross this district, you cannot overlook the signs of the sex-shops on which K7-videos are advertised. As far as I can remember it seemed that this means homosexual videos. But I am not sure. So it is possible that K 7 has a dubious meaning at least in Belgium, but also maybe in the neighbor-countries (France?), which makes it hard for AMD to use this name." He's wrong however. A number of French readers have pointed out that K7 is the accepted abbreviation for cassette, because of its similarity to the pronunciation. We're still not sure why his employers send him to the Red Light district though... And K10 is also amusing in French. Oops. In that case... ®
It is now a matter of record that if product is gonna ship early, it's gonna ship in Japan first. And that has now happened with the long-awaited Matrox Millenium G400, according to our friends in the country. If you go here, you'll see it's all true... It's got dodecaphony and is high speed gear, environment mapped bump mapping, and is shipping according to Jim Breen's WWWJDIC server translation of the Japanese text. Now we have to wait to see when the first AMD K7 aka Alereon aka Athlon aka K7 makes its appearance... ®
Christine Dotts, at Intel, has been up to her tricks again and registered four new domain names on Friday when the chip giant thought the world wasn't looking. Dotts, based at Intel's Chandler site, registered GATHEROUND.ORG, SHARECAFE.ORG, IMAGEROOM.ORG and IMAGESPRING.NET on the 18th of June. None of the sites are yet live but they will be. The SHARECAFE.ORG one interests us because in the last week there's been quite a bit of talk about Intel's share price, given that two brokers pre-released news about CuMine being late. That led to calls on Friday to the Securities and Equities Commission (SEC) to see if something could be done about brokers pre-releasing info that Intel later confirms. According to Dow Jones News, Arthur Levitt, who heads up the SEC, wants companies to give better disclosure of info they leak to brokers and the ilk. Shareholders were a little miffed that they saw the share price of Intel fall on the news during the week. So maybe SHARECAFE.ORG will be the kind of place that small investors can sit around and chug espresso coffees while they boot up The Register for forward info on the chip giant. ®
A kindly reader has sent us two URLs possibly worth reading if you like the G4 PowerPC 450MHz microprocessor. The addresses are this and that. But go back a bit further just to here and you'll find some stuff about Sony's Emotion, AMD's K7, Intel Coppermine, PA-RISC 8500, Dirk Meyer's RM presentation and gawd knows what else. Go back just to the IP number and you'll find the source of this stuff, which is the Simulation Optimization Systems Research Laboratory at McMaster University in Ontario, it claims. The files all arrived there on the 14th of June last. All letters to IBM, err sorry Motorola, err sorry Intel, err sorry AMD, err sorry Sony. ®