IBM gets fast, very fast
the register notes that IBM is soon going to present first internal versions of chips using a new technology called "Interlocked Pipelined CMOS". Neither the register nor I am sure whether this is the already announced "multiple core" technology, or whether it is something new. Fact is that different parts of the chip have their own clockspeeds and somehow manage to work together. Very, very fast: 4.5GHz!!! IBM says it may yet take another 3-4 years to get those babies ready for the market...but for such a huge performance jump, that is a short period of time. Uhh, think G5 or G6...
Linux for PPC
the register notes that the LinuxPPC development group has released a new generalized core release for their Linux, bringing things up to date and supporting more Macs/PowerPCs. A good idea to keep the overview in the ever developing Linux "industry".
The down side
the register also notes that the MHz race between AMD, Intel, Compaq and IBM is not good for the end user, because of the always ongoing rising of the MHz count, distibutors cannot really start to produce a series of Computers, because the always have to be afraid that the slower chip become unavailable, because the manufacturer has moved to faster speeds. Also, it of course somehoe is annoying when you bought a K7 700 2 weeks ago and now you hear there is an 850 and from Intel's side soon 1GHz. All we can hope is that after the breach of the 1GHz barrier, ratio will return. Motorola is not in danger by the way.
New IBM PCs
TechWeb notes that IBM is going to release a new series of devices in the middle of the year. Among them is also an all in one PC, and an ultra flat network station. Yes IBM, gogogo!!!
John Carmack interview
FiringSquad has interviewed John Carmack, lead programmer of id Software. Some think he's a god, some think he's an ass, but most agree that he has some skills. There are also some mentions of Apple even. 'Nuff said.
MOSR has a few interesting thing up, among them are rumors about Pismo's G3, and whether it will be the PPC 750 or the PPC 755 (which requires even less power), then there are a few more details on the G4 revision 2.8 and John Carmack's plan with Apple's Darwin core. Last but not least, the iMac is expected to get a speed bump up to 600Mhz in 6-8 weeks.