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Crusoe problems blamed on software emulation

A software emulation technique used inside Transmeta's Crusoe processor that hinders the performance of the low-power chip could be the reason some top PC manufacturers are falling back from commitments to ship Crusoe in future portable computer offe...

Intel shrinking chip design

As part of the company's ongoing effort to keep in step with Moore's Law of ever-increasing processor speeds, Intel Tuesday announced it would be the first chip maker to begin producing working processors based on 0.13-micron architecture.

Intel: we are Rambus RDRAM 'advocates'

Officials for Intel have said in the past that Rambus memory technology "is the recipe for performance" for the company's high-end processors, and a company spokesperson on Tuesday said Intel's position has not changed.

AMD puts Athlon pedal to the metal

Understanding that the best way to maximize the speed of its Athlon processors is to crank up the performance of the surrounding platform, Advanced Micro Devices on Monday will introduce its new AMD 760 chip set, sources said.

High-Speed chip advances pose testing risks

Microprocessors giants such as Intel and Advanced Micro Devices (AMD) have been performing a risky technological high-wire act ever since their chips -- some as fast as 1GHz -- began exceeding the system bus speed, according to several industry exper...

Transmeta CEO's comments spark debate

In the wake of comments made Tuesday by Transmeta CEO Dave Ditzel that the ambitious microprocessor start-up is at least five years ahead of well-established competitors Intel and Advanced Micro Devices (AMD), a spokesman for Transmeta clarified that...

HP unveils 32-way Net server

Hewlett-Packard (HP) on Tuesday announced an HP NetServer 32-way server that will ship with the Microsoft's Windows 2000 Datacenter operating system.

National Semiconductor puts 'system on a chip'

Hoping to take advantage of what analysts say will be a booming market for Internet appliances over the next several years, National Semiconductor on Monday unveiled a family of new "system-on-a-chip" silicon solutions aimed at three specific markets...

Chip volumes hit record high

An insatiable demand for computers and other electronic devices boosted worldwide semiconductor sales to an all-time high of $US17.3 billion in July 2000, according to a report from the Semiconductor Industry Association (SIA).

Low hype on low-power chip

IBM will begin testing the waters to determine whether or not its customers will adopt an IBM ThinkPad powered by Transmeta's Crusoe processor, beginning with a demo of one of the laptops running Windows 2000 at the PC Expo in New York next week.

Linux profile grows; Dell, Red Hat team up

Calling it the "One Source Alliance", Dell Computer on Tuesday made Red Hat's Linux the company's "third strategic operating system", joining Microsoft's Windows and Novell's NetWare, which the Texas-based computer maker already installs, according t...

Windows goes wireless

In what's shaping up to be a big week for Bluetooth announcements, Intel will officially announce this week that it plans to work with Microsoft to make its Bluetooth software "native to the Windows operating environment by the first half of 2001," a...

Intel Sets Stage for Linux on IX with Investment

Intel made a minority equity investment today in Lynx Real-Time Systems in an effort to support the development of an embedded Linux operating system to run on Intel's IX (Internet Exchange) architecture for networking and communications.

AMD answers Intel's SpeedStep with PowerNow

Advanced Micro Devices unveiled its answer to Intel SpeedStep technology here yesterday at the Mobile Insights Conference. Still in development, the AMD process known as PowerNow matches CPU performance to the actual demands of the system.

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