Good IBM news
the register notes that IBM has today showed of its new 0.13 micron process "CMOS 9S" that it is going to use in the upcoming Power4 and PowerPC chips (G3 family and maybe even G4). The new technology incorporates copper interconnects, SOI and low-k dielectric insulation (whatever that is). Anyway, it's said to push the MHz quite a bit and it will also reduce die size on current chips, thus probably lower prices. The first serial chips using the new technology are expected to ship in early 2001, so probably in time for MWSF...
Good Intel news too
the register notes that, during the same conference, Intel also said something about their upcoming technology. Of course nobody speaks about their upcoming 0.13 micron process (which is different than IBM's one), but they already talk about 0.07 micron processes and 10GHz chips that could appear during the next 5-10 years. Such a chip would use les than 1V of power, would be able to perform 400 million calculations per second and a owrking computer should cots about 1500$. Given that's in 10 years, 1500$ is actually a hell f**** lot, if you ask me. Anyway, technology doesn't seem to be the problem just yet.
Praise the Mac
MacObserver has a nicely reassuring article from a long time mac user who talks about the differences between Macs and Windows in a graphics artist's daily work. It's nice to have some "normal" article from time to time, without the usual overexagerated bias and ridiculous arguments.
More Intel stuff
SharkyExtreme has more news on Intel's latest announcements. The 0.03 micron, 10GHz chip that is, or what is behind it, I should say.