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the register reports that Intel now claims to be shipping 800MHz Itanium chips in mid 2000 anyway. Previously sources had suggested that Intel might skip Itanium in favor of MCKinley, due to problems with Itaniums clock rate. If this news can be believed, Itanium will be a killer of a CPU. 25 Million transistors, 4 MB Level3 Cache, 266MHz FSB and up to 6.4Gigaflops per second. Uhh ohh...
To much DRAM stocks
the register also notes that worldwide DRAM stocks are much too high and manufacturers sit on their piles of DRAM chips. This already has influence on DRAM prices, so we can hope that prices continue to fall. I've been on the lookout for some PC-66 SDRAM here and prices are still extremely high. Highest bid for 64MB PC-66 SDRAM was about 220$, lowest was 80$ for 64MB PC-100 SDRAM.
What the GHz brings
Techweb discusses the benefits the market might draw from those upcoming ultra-fast 1GHz+ chips from all the big companies. Interesting.
CPU upgrade companies and money
MacWEEK takes a look at the history of several Mac CPU upgrade manufacturers and why they always seem to get stuck in the red ink. Is Newer also going to die? Will the iMac never see an upgarde after all? Read and hope.
Motorola at CeBIT?
MacCentral notes that Motorola might well announce something big at upcoming CeBIT expo in Germany (don't expect me to report on it, that is 1000km away). Yet it is unclear whether it is going to be CPU (PPC) related or something else, after all it might as well be a new cellular phone technology. Maybe it will also be the "go" for the 500MHz G4...it's about time.
And more on the PPC front
MacCentral also reports on IBM's last coup, a copper version of their RS/6000 SP supercomputer (Deep Blue) and what IBM^s focus is in term of the PowerPC (and therefore the G4). Who is going to demo the faster chip? IBM with over 1GHz G4s or rather Motorola with a 780MHz G4m which is more credible at the moment.
Why am I reporting on this? Right..I can't wait for my new G4e by the end of the year, if fate wants it to be true.
MHz race round two
ZDnet wraps up the happenings at ISSCC. Now AMD has demoed a 1.1GHz chip with a new "Thunderbird" core. I'm so tired of this, read it yourself.