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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
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Intel boxes clever on mobiles, desktop chipsets

Roadmap The Celeron can't be long for this world, can it? Customers, oh yes, are important to Chipzilla, but the lumpen proletariat to Intel is its distributor and dealer channel, which is almost the last to know what the company is up to. (The last to know is usually the press or possibly the end user who after all only pays through …
Mike Magee, 13 Mar 2001
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AMD to push Intel with new Athlon pricing

AMD plans to rapidly move its forthcoming 1.3GHz and 1.33GHz Athlons to the price point currently occupied by the 1.2GHz processor to continue to keep pressure on Intel in the desktop sector. The 1.3GHz and 1.33GHz Athlons, which are already on a number of price lists and available in Japan, will drop to the level of the 1.2GHz …
Mike Magee, 13 Mar 2001
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Mouse claws PC to death

HWRoundup Well, enough of all that boring imaging equipment, digital scanners and the like. Let's get right down to the nitty gritty and look at a rodent red in tooth and claw. Yes, mice are not boring and here we have the Claw Mouse reviewed by System Logic. A nine button mouse, it will claw its way through doom-laden scenarios and the …
Mike Magee, 13 Mar 2001
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Vulture culture bugs Intel profit future

Analysis The latest in a line of profit warnings from chip giant Intel was re-inforced when Cisco, too, announced its profits were unlikely to be as favourable as expected and announced it would slim its corporate butt by letting excess weight (staff) go. Although, at first sight both firms appear to have a dissimilar profile, there is …
Mike Magee, 12 Mar 2001
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To hell with mobos, overclockers and chips

HWRoundup Arencha all just bored to tears with reading about motherboards, cooling fans, overclocked CPUs and what have you? After all, this is the hardware roundup page and there's more to HW than just stinking chips and mobos, isn't that right? --------------------cut here------------------- So, let's look today at a few other …
Mike Magee, 12 Mar 2001
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Register becomes part of Rambus trial

The legal squabble between Rambus and Infineon over who owns the rights to DDR and SDRAM patents has taken a further twist with the Los Altos firm filing a response to witness testimony from Dr P Michael Farmwald and Richard Crisp which seems to fly in the face of evidence we can offer. According to the deposition, filed on the …
Mike Magee, 11 Mar 2001
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AMD out on memory rebate limb

Microprocessor manufacturers including Intel and Via are likely to step up rebates on memory bundled with their chips during the course of this year but AMD may find itself a wallflower at the annual Mobo and Reseller Hop. The reason for that is that both chip giant Intel and plucky not-so-little Via have very close …
Mike Magee, 10 Mar 2001
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AMD Athlon 1.33/1.3GHzs arrive

HWRoundup Yes, the Japanese market, once more, has advance news, pictures and even product, with good old Pricewatch showing 1.33GHz and 1.3GHz Athlons for sale in Old Akihabara. You'll probably see these in London's Tottenham Court Road in about 1000 years... --------------------cut here------------------- There's more about this over …
Mike Magee, 09 Mar 2001
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Intel puts dicks in legal vice

The chip company which once tried to trademark the letter 'i', a squiggly loop and the word surfboard, has now turned its attention to a retired group of private dicks, otherwise known as investigators. According to sources close to US firm Intelnetworks, the Intel Corp has recently made a call to the non-profit organisation …
Mike Magee, 09 Mar 2001
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AMD, Intel fight wars using memory chips

Yes, we know that AMD will use Rambus memory "if the market demands it" and we know that Intel will use DDR (double date rate) memory if "the market demands it". But, behind the scenes, these two firms have little intention of getting out of their trenches and meeting in no-man's land for a little festive footer like the …
Mike Magee, 08 Mar 2001
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AMD site in big punchup with Asus

HWRoundup At AMD MB, there's a big cafuffle because Asus don't like what the boys and girls say about its kit, and don't want to play with this hardware site any more. Look at AMD MB's forum for the meat. --------------------cut here------------------- For those of interested in seeing how thermal grease affects this story, get over to …
Mike Magee, 08 Mar 2001
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AMD kicks Intel in price nuts

HWRoundup As predicted here last month, last year, last century, and indeed last millennium, the never ending story of price cuts on microprocessors drags on. AMD duly cut prices on its Durons and Athlons yesterday by as much as 20 per cent, and you can find details of said axings at AMD Zone and JC's. The world and the world's dog are …
Mike Magee, 07 Mar 2001
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AMD pushes 760MP into Q2

Corporate chip wannabe AMD has started priming its customers about the multiprocessing version of the 760 chipset which is now likely to arrive in machines towards the end of the second quarter. The long-awaited chipset, which will, initially, allow system integrators to build dual processing systems is already ready and tested …
Mike Magee, 07 Mar 2001
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Intel P4 spade a forking shovel

HWRoundup Call a spade a spade, we were always told at school, and don't use the word fork or you'll get in bovver. Good then to see that at Ace's Hardware, they're not afraid to call the Pentium 4 spade a forking shovel. There's an in depth look at branch prediction and misprediction in this piece and Johan De Gelas notes that the P4 has …
Mike Magee, 07 Mar 2001
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Internet firm slams UK govt over fags

The UK government is attempting to illegally put the frighteners on smokers buying their requisites over the Internet, a dot.com has alleged. Representatives at www.lowpricecigarettes.com claimed last week that HM Customs & Excise are seizing consignments of fags ordered from its Web site, in contravention of European rules on …
Mike Magee, 05 Mar 2001
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Zen Buddhism could swing Rambus case

Intel's push into the Pentium 4 depends on it, Micron's lucrative deal for DDR memory hinges on it, the Xbox depends on it, and the future of memory technology in the PC hangs on it too. And exactly what is it, in this case? The answer is the legal struggle between Rambus, Infineon, Hyundai and Micron over whether the first …
Mike Magee, 16 Jan 2001
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Can Intel pump up Tualatin volume?

Intel Australia's representatives are obviously a little less tight lipped than their European counterparts, judging from the fact that one of them let Insane Hardware take a snap of a sample of one of the .13 micron chips the other day. Our representatives here in Europe won't even comment about Intel codenames, never mind …
Mike Magee, 16 Jan 2001
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Compaq bankrolls Taiwan's PC biz

OEM business Compaq has brokered with a multitude of Taiwanese component suppliers will surpass $10 billion this year, according to a senior executive based on the island. And the components not only include monitors, but cover the whole gamut of parts for PCs, signalling a determination by Compaq to push into the mainland …
Mike Magee, 16 Jan 2001
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AMD's Deathstar Carries on Pulsing

Focus on Fabs Some time back, and after we'd visited AMD's Fab 30 plant in Dresden, we learnt that a few PC manufacturers and distributors were calling the wafer factory the Deathstar. This is because at the time they were so thoroughly fed up with Intel launching CuMine (Coppermine) technology that they couldn't source, that they wanted the …
Mike Magee, 15 Jan 2001
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Sun-AMD alliance tweaks Intel's beard

Intel is Sun's enemy, and therefore AMD is Sun's friend. Can life be that simple? In the computer industry, we're very much afraid the answer is 'yes'. Compaq is Dell's enemy, and Intel is Dell's friend, so the Big Q has always been prepared to give AMD microprocessors a try. 3Com is Intel's enemy because of the network …
Mike Magee, 15 Jan 2001
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AMD slips mobile Durons out

The first notebooks using AMD mobile Duron microprocessors were released today: an NEC range, one of which uses a 700MHz chip. These products are somewhat delayed. Last July we saw an AMD roadmap which suggested the firm had targeted Q4 for an entire range of products (see AMD confirms Corvette plans). And AMD said that it is …
Mike Magee, 15 Jan 2001
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Delphi dumps W2k, downgrades to NT4

Users of Delphi's free forums, plagued by downtimes, strange error messages and the like, have Microsoft Windows 2000 to blame for their problems, the firm has said. Striving to contain the rising ire of thousands of "communities" who have found themselves with nowhere to speak for quite some time, system administrators at the …
Mike Magee, 14 Jan 2001
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Intel's Itanic epic to run and run

"Besides being invisible, your Highness, this cloth will be woven in colors and patterns created especially for you." The emperor gave the two men a bag of gold coins in exchange for their promise to begin working on the fabric immediately. Emperor's New Clothes -- Hans Christian Andersen There have been pilot systems of the …
Mike Magee, 13 Jan 2001
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The Intel history of its Shopping Mystery

Staff at outlets such as PC World, Tiny and Gateway can stop trembling in their shoes because it appears Intel may well pull the plug on its Mystery Shopping programme. But an insider at Intel has spilled the beans about how the programme, which has run for quite a while, actually works. In the UK, for example, the chip giant …
Mike Magee, 13 Jan 2001
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Intel's involvement in the Xbox

Micron is cock-a-hoop about the contract it has blagged from Microsoft to stick its double data rate memory into the Xbox, but Intel is even happier because it is designing and will help build the beast. (Flextronics, a Singapore firm, is doing much of the actual bodywork, if you see what we mean.) You can see just how happy …
Mike Magee, 12 Jan 2001