New memory chips in the works
Wired has news on a new kind of DRAM chip that is being developed at the University of Southern California. The new chips actually have small RISC processors on them to further speed up memory access. Aparently some major players have already shown interest in the technology.
Microsoft opens up more
the register reports that Microsoft is going to open up more proprietary stuff to the "public". Of course only under the pressure of the court and at a price, but at least it's possible on legal ways now.
Cell almost taped out
Slashdot notes that Sony/IBM/Toshiba's upcoming "Cell" chip has almost taped out. The chip features some amazingly impressive specs, but there's usually a lot of time between taping out and shipping. The chip is going to be used in the Playstation 3.
macrumors.com has new rumors, some of them very interesting: First of all there's been some more of that stupid "Apple on x86" speculation and secondly there's news from IBM that they're going to show of a special version of their 64bit POWER4 chip at the upcoming Microprocessor forum in October. Especially interesting: the chip has a SIMD unit with "more than 160 instructions" (like Altivec's 162) and a memory throughput of up to 6.4GB/sec. I and many other strongly expect that chip to be in future Apple computers within the next, say 1.5 years.
Here is some more rampant BS for those who prefer the x86 camp.
the register has some great points on the IBM PPC (matching with other rumors).
Linux guy praises OS X
MacCentral has some of those rare good news for Apple. Namely a guy called Paul Murphy over at LinuxWorld, who made some positive comments on Apple and OS X.
More CPU rumors
AppleInsider has some interesting stuff from Motorola this time. 1.4GHz chips are expected for the next revision with 1.8 following later. Probably the last stage before the transition to IBM's "G5".
FS has a review on how you can play with 3 monitors using a Matrox Parhelia (and 3 monitors of course). See what they think of what's been possible for more than 10 years - without a Parhelia.
Halo 2 coming - for Xbox
Tomshardware notes that Halo 2 has been officially announced in New York at XO2. However, the sequel to the massively selling Xbox title (PC and Mac versions in the works) won't be coming until later in 2003 and, of course, only for the stupid Xbox. That means if we'll ever see a PC/Mac version, it'll be in 2007 or so.