Prepare to be hammered?
TecChannel has some first claimed prototype benchmarks of the AMD Clawhammer chip. The unit aparently runs at 800MHz, yet beats a P4 at 1600MHz. It also beats a Dual Athlon 800... Interesting chip.
More Clawhammer stuff
Overclockers draws some parallels between the PowerPC and the ClawHammer, mainly that it's faster at less MHz than "traditional" chips.
IBM Switzerland invents new storage
Slashdot has some interesting info about a new storage technology developed by IBM in their Swiss labs. It's basically a tiny array of pins punching minute holes into a plastic surface, similar to the ancient punch cards. Just that with this new technology, they're aiming at storing up to 25 times more data per square inch than on today's harddisks. Or, put differently: 200CDs on the surface of a postage stamp. IBM is still a driving force in the industry, no matter what you think.
PowerLogix announces GHz upgrades
MacCentral and many others reported yesterday, that PowerLogix has announced that they're going to release G4 upgrade cards for PowerMacs with AGP graphics cards and the Cube, ranging between 750 and 1000MHz in speed. The rumor mill responded happily and took that as a sign for upcoming, much faster G4 or G5 chips from Apple at MWNY. Whatever it may be, fact is, that you'll soon be able to upgrade your old PowerMac G4 350 or 400 to a blasting fast 1GHz, at a price, as usual.
xlr8yourmac.com also has additional info on the announcement, including a nice little picture of one of the cards.
Apple makes further aquirements
MacCentral also notes that Apple has bought up another company that offers software for professional, cinema-level video-editing. This time it hit Silicon Grail and their products "RAYZ" and "Chalice". Aparently the technology is going to be used in "future Apple products". Sounds like Apple is aiming at some sort of Final Cut Pro Cinema Edition or something:)
Software coming to the Mac
Here's a homegrown list of titles that have recently been announced to come out for the Mac: CorelDraw Graphics Suite 11 (announced), Soldier of Fortune 2 (announced), Neverwinter Nights (announced), Night's Edge (mod for UT) (released), MacMAME 0.60a (released), Max Paine (final candidate), Jedi Knight 2 (first playable), Undying (released). For more info on games, head over to IMG.
nVidia introduces Cg graphics language
FS notes that nVidia, in cooperation with Microsoft (who else?), has developed a new programming language solely for programming graphics. Somehow a logical move over the integration of programmable shaders and stuff into the latest crop of graphics cards. Only concern is, how this language is going to work on platforms other than Windows.
10GBit Ethernet standard approved
Slashdot Yes, 10Gbit optical Ethernet is the future, and probably sooner than you think, depening on the price point of cards and devices. Anyway, with 10Gbit backbones, the PowerMacs and PowerBooks Gigabit Ethernet may eventually be used.
MOSR has a few mediocre rumors and news on Apples newest ad campaign and other stuff.