19th > June > 2004 Archive

Nokia 'invests in Mozilla'

Nokia has invested in the Mozilla Foundation according to a report at CNET which cites anonymous sources. Nokia won't confirm the news, but it makes sense for the phone giant to keep its options open. Nokia currently ships the runaway leading browser Opera on its Symbian smartphones. In February Mozilla's Minimo Project for handhelds and embedded manufacturers released its first public preview, based on Mozilla 1.7. Opera CEO Jon von Tetzchner paid them a compliment last year, telling us, "You have to hand it to them they have made a browser that works. It's Not as small as Opera, but these are not stupid guys. Mozilla is very powerful." He suggested the open source team would have trouble shoe-horning the code into a small device: Mozilla on the desktop takes longer to load than many phones take to boot. And Minimo is some considerable way from being either finished, or competitive with the Norweigian browser, as this memory graphs shows. Opera has years' experience from embedding its browser - it was one of the company's first projects in the mid-1990s, and the embedded Linux browser Opera runs in around 3MB of memory. It's even worked out a way of linking the two boxes: developing a program guide that turns a Symbian phone into a remote control for the TiVo, or other PVR (personal video recorder). If confirmed, Nokia's investment should remind Opera that it can't take the market for granted. On devices with less memory (Opera requires 2.5MB, although that isn't a problem on new phones) Nokia promoted Anygraaf's Doris Browser. (Finnish company Anygraaf is staffed by former employees of Siemens graphics systems, but the mobile browser isn't its primary business).® Related stories AOL kills Netscape Browser wars suit ends with death knell for Netscape Cleaner, lighter Mozilla vowed Opera launches 250% go-faster for mobile phone browser Public offering for Opera, Mozilla renames browser Opera: Your mother should know Earth to Andreessen: browser innovation is at hand
Andrew Orlowski, 19 Jun 2004

Intel intros 775-pin Pentium 4s

Intel has announced six new 775-pin Pentium 4 processors, to accompany it latest chipsets, also announced today. The CPU line-up comprises 2.8, 3.0, 3.2, 3.4 and 3.6GHz Pentium 4s and a 3.4GHz Pentium 4 Extreme Edition. The first five of these will ship with model numbers 520, 530, 540, 550 and 560, respectively. Given Intel's intention to dub the P4EE the 7xx series, the 3.4GHz part has not been given a model number, so the chip maker clearly wants to retain the model numbering for 90nm parts - the 3.4GHz P4EE is fabbed at 130nm. The 700 series P4EE - ie. a 90nm part - will not appear until Q4 2004, Intel confirmed today. All six CPUs support an 800MHz frontside bus and HyperThreading. The five 90nm 5xx series chips sport 1MB of L2. The P4EE has only 512KB of L2, but a further 2MB of L3 cache on the die. It costs $999 per processor in batches of 1000. The 2.8, 3.0, 3.2, 3.4 and 3.6GHz P4s cost $178, $218, $278, $417 and $637, respectively. Intel didn't address the availability of the CPUs directly, it simply said systems and motherboards based upon them "are currently shipping in volume". ®
Tony Smith, 19 Jun 2004

Intel i915P, G and i925X chipsets

ReviewReview Usually little happens at weekends in the world of computers, but for some reason, Intel has today decided to launch a completely new PC platform. Today's launch will impact the way PCs work for the foreseeable future with a wide range of new technologies that will, over time replace many of the things we're used to seeing in a PC, writes Lars-Goran Nilsson.
Trusted Reviews, 19 Jun 2004