More ADC ramblings
the register now has gotten word from a reader, that the "Apple" ADC port is indeed very similar to to a standard declared in 1997 called "Plgu & Display" and may as well be just a copy thereof. Basically all the hassle is only about PC users thirsting to use Apple screens, hell knows why:) Also, they say that DVI and ADC look very similar too. And now I'm going to say it looks very similar to High Density Video Connectors used in PowerMacs 6100-8100, also called AV video port, for Apples AV screens.
the register also notes that the "to be released tomorrow" console from Nintendo, the "Dolphin", might have been renamed to something like Nintendo Cube or similar. Of course everyone expects some legal trouble from Apple and Cobalt Systems now (the guys who are considering suing Apple for their use of the term "Cube". Well, yeah, write down tomorrows date on your cube of note-paper so you don't miss the release. Oops, I mean body of rectangular squares containing note paper.
AMD, Transmeta in talks
the register notes that AMD and Transmeta are currently in talks about sharing technology. Looks like AMD is going to stick its nose into every companies labs to pick out the best tech there is. Remember the AMD-Motorola deal for the copper interconnects vs on-die cache? Now it's Transmeta for lower power consumption (oh yeah, AMD needs to work on that dearly) vs higher clockspeeds (getting cocky or what?) Oh and Sony also has a deal with AMD, as well as with Transmeta.
Slashdot notes some of the news Intel has been showing in San Jose, among them a 2GHz P4, more economic mobile P3s (running at 500MHz) and some other stuff. Maybe the power consumption is the problem behind the G4? If it would use 20000W or whatever, like the P3 does (or the Athlon for that matter), maybe it would also run faster. Fact is that low-power chips seem to run slower all over the globe.
MOSR again has some bad news for us: The G4e, Motorola's next generation G4 chip has almost completed development (that is good), but doesn't reach any higher clockrates, is only about 25% faster at the same speed as a G4 and the production yields are close to 0 (zero) (that is bad news). Of course all the other chip makers are now pushing Apple around, trying to convince them to use their chips.
The other note concerns Xtrem again, and talks about their long rumored "MacThrust" product, that is, according to MOSR, a cooling device that will allow you to overclock your current CPU by as much as 50% without having it go instable. Again no man on earth has seen official specs or actual hardware. MOSR spices up their claims by citing "Apple intern sources, who have been in talks with Xtrem". Betcha.