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Girls, girls, girls plague Anandtech site

HWRoundup Don't spell www.anandtech.com wrongly, as in inserting an extra letter of the alphabet in the wrong slot, otherwise you might well encounter "hot stuff" that may turn out to be harder than the hardware you usually see in your meanderings. An interesting method of, shall we say, leveraging on Anand's success and his hits …
Mike Magee, 23 Mar 2001
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Intel moves to throttle throttle-bottle story

Intel has taken speedy steps to clarify what it believes are the issues that lie behind the phenomenon of clock throttling. Earlier this week, we suggested that describing notebook machines as running at 1GHz was misleading, and that in reality machines using a chip running at this speed only did so for a brief period of time, …
Mike Magee, 23 Mar 2001
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Strange Rambus lights upset children

Rambus moved from Mountain View to Los Altos recently but it seems that whatever the company does, and wherever it goes, it causes uproar and cafuffle. According to the Los Altos Town Crier, local residents are up in arms because of continuous noises and the "consistent glare of interior lights" in the Rambus complex at the …
Mike Magee, 22 Mar 2001
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AMD issues fresh, bracing Cebit roadmap

Analysis Chip contender AMD has issued a fresh roadmap to coincide with its introduction of its 1.3 and 1.33GHz Athlons earlier today. At Cebit, it also demonstrated dual Athlon systems and a 1.5GHz chip with a core named after a breed of horse dubbed Palomino. The 30 page document claim AMD is still on target for its Morgan and …
Mike Magee, 22 Mar 2001
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Jury in on 1.3xGHz Athlon benchmarks

HWRoundup All the hardware sites have been waiting for AMD to press the RELEASE button on the 1.3 and 1.33GHz Afflon non disclosure agreements (NDAs). So here's a roundup of sites that have reviewed the parts. --------------------cut here------------------- AMD Zone. With a name like AMD Zone, which has stuck with Chimpzilla almost from …
Mike Magee, 22 Mar 2001
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AMD shows 1.5GHz Palamino at Cebit

Updated As expected, AMD has used the beginning of the CeBit trade show in Germany to introduce versions of its desktop Athlon microprocessor at clock speeds of 1.3 and 1.33GHz. But, and thanks to our friends at tecChannel for this, it is also demoing a 1.5GHz Palamino machine as well as a dual Athlon system at the humungous and often …
Mike Magee, 22 Mar 2001
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Infineon (Siemens) accused of deliberate patent theft

Documents now available on the Rambusite show that the real reason the patent trial between Rambus and Infineon is delayed is because a fresh deposition accuses Siemens Semiconductor, which spun off Infineon as a separate unit, of deliberately and knowingly appropriating its technology. The trial, which was supposed to start …
Mike Magee, 22 Mar 2001
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Nanya-Kingston enter DDR alliance

Kingston Technology, whose motto should surely be "we'll sleep with anyone if we can flog more memory", has entered into a DDR (double data rate) deal with Nanya. Nanya, observant readers will recall, is a daughter company of Formosa Plastics, making it a sister company of Via, the plucky chipset firm that also sells fanless …
Mike Magee, 21 Mar 2001
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Old trick aids Intel in 1GHz notebook spin

Intel's SpeedStep technology allowed it to intro a 1GHz Pentium III mobile this week, beating AMD to the coveted speed tag. But the jury is out on just how much chips used in high end notebooks really can be truthfully described as running at 1000MHz. Intel's SpeedStep (GeyservilLe) technology goes head-to-head against …
Mike Magee, 21 Mar 2001
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Intel intros Microsoft Xbox Vtune kit

HW Roundup Remember Microsoft's Xbox? Y'know, the one that uses an Intel rather than an AMD chip and DDR rather than Ramboid memory? Well, over at Hard OCP, Kyle seems to have somehow got hold of the press release and spilled the beans early about Intel's part in the games developer kit. Vtune is a performance analyser. The Xbox, of …
Mike Magee, 21 Mar 2001
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Intel becomes second most boring IT company

Chip giant Intel, a firm which used to be so much fun before it developed its building-block strategy, has gone and really done it this time. It has just announced that it has bought German company ICP vortex Computersysteme in cash for shares. ICP vortex Computersystem - even the name doesn't slip off the tongue - specialises …
Mike Magee, 20 Mar 2001
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Intel pressure mounts on AMD, Via

Rumour Mill Wait for one rumour patiently for months and six or seven come along all at once. But financial pressures are beginning to cause the rumour mills in the x86 microprocessor business to turn much, much faster than the windmills in Cervantes' Don Quixote. And, although these are rumours, we stress, all of them emanated from …
Mike Magee, 20 Mar 2001
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Transmeta x86 notebook to hit CeBit show

A start-up firm is expected to launch a Transmeta-based x86 tablet-notebook at CeBit later this week which includes a separate screen as well as dictation and handwriting recognition. The unit, called the PaceBook, is being introduced by PaceBlade, which will show the notebook at Transmeta's stand in Hall 13 at the CeBit show …
Mike Magee, 20 Mar 2001
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New mem benchmark thrashes DDR, Rambus

HWRoundup Greetings, after a while, to Bill Henning at CPU Review and to a new memory benchmark which, he promises will really give those sub-systems a good pasting. He promises results from testing Rambus and DDR systems real soon now. --------------------cut here------------------- Over at Tom's Hardware, there's the second part of an …
Mike Magee, 20 Mar 2001
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Intel's McKinley gets Rambus support

Sources close to Intel's plans in Israel told The Register today that the 870 chipset which will support the IA-64 McKinley platform, will have a Rambus interface. That will come as a boost for the memory IP firm, which last week saw its share price plummet as a result of pre-trial decisions made in a Virginian court. …
Mike Magee, 19 Mar 2001
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Evesham rolls 1.33GHz Athlon out door

UK PC manufacturer Evesham confirmed today that it is ready to ship a 1.33GHz AMD Athlon machine that uses double data rate (DDR) memory. There's no Palomino core yet, as far as we can tell. The indications are end users will have to wait a while for that. That follows an eagle-eyed Reg reader spotting a review of the machine …
Mike Magee, 19 Mar 2001
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Intel beats AMD to 1GHz mobile

As exclusively predicted here in July last year, Intel duly introduced its 1GHz mobile Pentium III, a 0.18 micron number which a rack of tier-one vendors rushed to support. The chip, which uses Speedstep technology, will appear in 20 notebooks from the likes of Dell, Gateway, HP, Compaq and so forth. This may well be a tough …
Mike Magee, 19 Mar 2001
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Micron subpoenas Intel in Rambus suit

HWRoundup While yours truly was ducking from buckets of vitriol being flung by irate Ramboid shareholders, young JC spotted on the Rambus Site that Micron, which also has litigation with Rambus, has issued a subpoena "on custodian of records of Intel Corporation". That happened last week. --------------------cut here------------------- …
Mike Magee, 19 Mar 2001
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Judge allows Rambus racketeering allegations

There was painful news for Rambus shareholders yesterday after the judge in the case said Infineon lawyers could introduce allegations of criminal activity in an up-and-coming jury trial that originally focused on alleged patent infringements. Dow Jones, picking up on earlier stories from The Register and Electronic News, said …
Mike Magee, 18 Mar 2001
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Racketeer Act enters Rambus Infineon discussions

Updated A report on Electronic News said that US judge Robert E Payne made a pre-trial ruling yesterday that may destroy Rambus' claims that it holds vital patents on double data rate (DDR) and synchronous memory (SDRAM). But according to Bloomberg, quoting Infineon lawyer Robert Tyler, no such ruling was issued yesterday. Yesterday, …
Mike Magee, 18 Mar 2001
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Intel P4 strategy dented by Rambus ruling

An Intel advertising campaign worth over $300 million, bunches of PC manufacturers committed to Intel roadmaps, and giant semiconductor manufacturer companies, all face further turmoil through the year because of arcane arguments about electronics to be decided in a patent case at a court in Richmond, Virginia next month. Judge …
Mike Magee, 18 Mar 2001
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Register aliens ate my forum

HWRoundup A group of readers on our Reader Forum has started a Friends of The Register SETI group. This will probably help establish whether signals emanating from pubs in Maddox Street were transmitted by intelligent life. --------------------cut here------------------- A "brahministic" site has breached the NDA on dual Athlons and has …
Mike Magee, 16 Mar 2001
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Vendors slammed for high server memory pricing

Memory firm Kingston Technology has lambasted vendors for selling overpriced memory for servers and has introduced a scheme to undercut prices for large corporate purchasers. According to Jackie Barrera, server business manager for Kingston Europe, large corporations can pay several times the price they need when buying memory …
Mike Magee, 15 Mar 2001
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Dual Athlon mobo info leaks

HWRoundup At JC's there's some Taiwanese leakage of a dual Athlon socket A mobo from Tyan. --------------------cut here------------------- Ace's Hardware reports that AMD's mobile Palomino is set to ship next Monday and also points to an interview with an AMD suit. But see elsewhere... --------------------cut here------------------- …
Mike Magee, 15 Mar 2001
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Crime fraud element enters Rambus case

A flurry of public pre-trial documents in the up-and-coming case of Rambus versus Infineon has revealed that both parties are now arguing over whether crime-fraud exceptions can be made in evidence. In a deposition filed on the 7th of March and now available as Docket 164 on the Rambusite pages, Robert E Payne, the judge in the …
Mike Magee, 14 Mar 2001