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No hardware problem Nvidia says

Sources at Nvidia and a number of gaming sites are saying that there is no hardware problem with GeForce 2 cards, and that there is a fix for the glitch we wrote about yesterday, although not from Nvidia itself. Web site NV News, took time out to talk to The Whole Experience's Patrick Moynihan, who helped program the DMZG ( …
Mike Magee, 12 Jan 2001
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Intel revamps ‘Mystery Shopper’ plan

"Do I buy a Pentium III or a Pentium 4?" Many thanks to AMD Zone for more details of Intel's latest cunning plan to help shop assistants to answer this tricky question shoppers might put. We first revealed this cunning scheme nearly a year ago, here, but it now appears to have taken a further twist... According to the …
Mike Magee, 11 Jan 2001
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Intel's roadmap changed again?

Reports on German and some US newswires are suggesting that Intel may be bringing forward the launch of some of its mobile processors in a bid to scotch competition from AMD and Transmeta. We know for certain from recent communications to its distributor and dealer panel that Intel is still hell-bent on making a heap of price …
Mike Magee, 11 Jan 2001
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Xbox future may depend on Rambus lawyers

The Microprocessor Report seems to have developed pretty sharp teeth in the 21st Century. Not only did it cause a furore yesterday, when it pointed out that Athlons at 1.2GHz run faster than Pentium 4s at 1.5GHz, but the same e-newsletter suggests that Microsoft's Xbox will use DDR (double data rate) memory from Micron, one of …
Mike Magee, 11 Jan 2001
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Intel, Compaq, DB invest $115m in Stratus

A consortium which includes Compaq, Intel and DB Capital is to plunge $115 million into Stratus Technologies, with the two computer firms also entering a strategic alliance with the firm. Stratus offers a fault tolerant Windows 2000 server, which according to the firm, guarantees 100 per cent fault tolerance for its technology …
Mike Magee, 10 Jan 2001
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Nothing much happened in the year 2000

HW Roundup Hardware Central looks back on the year 2000 here, with the observation that things like the Pentium 4, Rambus et al were, with hindsight, blown completely out of proportion. Us journalists blowing things out of proportion? Nah, we leave that to people at Norton Rose. [That's a very cheap joke and I'll be glad when Lucy Sherriff …
Mike Magee, 10 Jan 2001
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P4 Mihocka has attacks on him shocka

Readers Write Mr Mihocka's lengthy piece slamming the Intel Pentium 4 platform as a crock of doodoo at the end of a sepia rainbow yesterday drew a big response from our readership. Even the Citizen himself pitched in, in response to a detailed rebuttal prepared by a reader. And if you're not interested in programming, you can stop reading …
Mike Magee, 10 Jan 2001
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Millennium bug stalls Norwegian trains

A report on the Associated Press wire said that Norwegian trains came to a halt because of problems recognising the date. It apparently is due to some new strain of the Millennium Bug. According to AP, not one single high speed train would fire up on New Year's day, and the wire, quoting a railway representative, said the …
Mike Magee, 10 Jan 2001
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Notebook price wars to flare up in 2001

AMD went out of its way a couple of weeks ago to assure us that it would have a range of fast mobile processors to offer in Q1 next year but Intel appears to be several steps ahead of the game, at least during the first half of 2001. Roadmaps we saw before Yule show Intel's plans are to gradually lower prices and introduce …
Mike Magee, 10 Jan 2001
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Intel chugs into MP3, consumer space

Venerable organ The Wall Street Journal, is reporting that Intel's CEO Craig Barrett will show off a portable MP3 player at the Las Vegas Consumer Electronics Show this Friday. At the same time, he is also likely to flourish Intel's ChatPad and WebTablet, products that will allow people to smurf the web and exchange messages, …
Mike Magee, 10 Jan 2001
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How to overclock your graphics

HW Roundup That Kyle Bennett geezer over at Hardware OCP is instructing the uninitiated into the mysteries of overclocking Nvidia and 3DFX cards. At Ace's Hardware speculation on multi-threading in Foster's Jackson continues to provoke thought. Ars Technica has come up in DEC Alpha bumps, with links to a good DeMone article on EV8. Boy …
Mike Magee, 10 Jan 2001
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Dell jumps gun on 1.3GHz Pentium 4

Updated The Dell Corporation has already started selling Pentium 4s running at 1.3GHz, its Web site is suggesting. The 1.3GHz Pentium 4 is, according to Intel roadmaps, not yet available, but at this page, the item is already listed as part of the Dimension range. It may be a mistake, in which case we would expect Dell to disappear …
Mike Magee, 10 Jan 2001
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Rambus trousers Mitsubishi DDR deal

Mitsubishi is the latest of the big Japanese players to accept that Rambus holds valid patents for synchronous memory (SDRAM) and double data rate (DDR) memory. Rambus announced last night that Mitsubishi had signed a licence agreement for these two types of memory, a move which is likely to help it in its outstanding law case …
Mike Magee, 10 Jan 2001
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AMD notebooks face uphill struggle

Sources close to AMD's plans have said that design time and the cost of making notebooks using its upcoming mobile microprocessors mean that many tier one vendors have decided to stick with Intel for the time being. Designing notebooks with the AMD processor is far harder than making desktops using similar technology, with …
Mike Magee, 10 Jan 2001
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NSA runs best fab in world

Focus on Fabs You might think that AMD's Dresden fab is state-of-the-art technology. You might also suspect that Intel and IBM have some pretty nifty technology too, lurking in their clean rooms and in their labs. And you might be right as far as the commercial world goes. But there's a fab, owned by the US government, and run by the …
Mike Magee, 10 Jan 2001
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Chipset spectre rattles Intel's P4

Our old buddy Mike Kanellos is reporting on both Cnet and ZD Net that Intel still hasn't fixed a problem with the 850 chipset that caused the launch of the Pentium 4 to be delayed earlier this year. But, quoting Intel, the report suggests that although this erratum not a bug caused the delay to the original schedule of the …
Mike Magee, 10 Jan 2001
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Intel's 12-incher starts to throb

Focus on Fabs If you believe the following posting on Intel's old irritant Face Intel, its Chandler fab 12 factory is a hotbed of unbridled sexual licence. Given that many of its employees are sweating long shifts in their Bunny Suits, this beggars belief, although the capacity of people to fall for each other despite the most adverse of …
Mike Magee, 10 Jan 2001
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Pentium 4 Foster may sink the Itanic

When Intel set up the IA-64 project down there in Satan Clara, it sparked off quite an internal fight at the chip firm, as we reported at the time, passim. Intel poured a heap of resources into the Merced (soon to be the Itanic) platform, and that caused quite a few hackles to be raised amongst the Willamette-Foster team, who …
Mike Magee, 10 Jan 2001
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Pentium 4 high risk strategy for Intel

Many of our lovely readers have drawn our attention to this piece at emulators.com, a lengthy diatribe about the Pentium 4 written by one Darek Mihocka. Essentially, it looks at the Pentium 4 and its architecture in quite some detail and you can read for yourself what Citizen Mihocka has to say, although it's possible to gauge …
Mike Magee, 10 Jan 2001
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Millennium ends with Rambus whimper

The International Trade Commission (ITC) has now formally terminated its investigation into allegations that Hyundai had violated US law by importing alleged patent-busting memory into the country. Rambus Inc, a company based in Mountain View, California, made the initial complaint. The move follows Rambus' withdrawal of the …
Mike Magee, 10 Jan 2001
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Compaq Alpha makes 1GHz target

Our old mate Terry Shannon, who runs insider newsletter Shannon knows Compaq, reports in the latest edition that Compaq sent first pass release samples of EV7 Alphas running at 1GHz to manufacture just before the end of last year. Shannon also reports that Compaq is now testing Alphas at speeds of 1.2GHz and above, but suggests …
Mike Magee, 10 Jan 2001
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1GHz PIII notebook uses desktop chip

Updated Two swallows don't make a spring [shouldn't that be summer? Ed], the old English saw goes, but it seems that Intel is pulling out all of the stops to make its 1GHz Pentium IIIs arrive before frogs even spawn in British ponds. An advert on German television earlier this evening from Media Markt announced a notebook for DM 4,999 …
Mike Magee, 10 Jan 2001
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Intel denies Rambus legal action – at last

An interview on CNBC with UBS Warburg financial analyst Gregory Mischou seemed to suggest that Intel was taking legal action against Rambus. But, late tonight UK time, Intel representative Chuck Mulloy took time out from his busy schedule to call The Register while we were having our evening meal. Mulloy said there was …
Mike Magee, 10 Jan 2001
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Intel confirms early arrival of P4 at 1.3GHz

The spin doctors at Intel confirmed today that the semiconductor fabrication plants had speeded up the 1.3GHz Pentium 4 - as reported here yesterday - and gave reasons for the early start. The 1.3GHz Pentium 4 was not supposed to arrive until the 29th of January next, but a spokesperson said: "We have added this processor to …
Mike Magee, 10 Jan 2001
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Intel steps up P4 ad campaign

Intel is in the process of putting together a TV ad campaign to promote its Pentium 4 platform heavily from the end of this month. The ads, being shot as we speak, will keep the "Blue Man" profile that Intel introduced last autumn, but will replace the familiar III numerals for the Pentium III family with a great big number 4 …
Mike Magee, 10 Jan 2001

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