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General Technology Headlines
New Scientist covers most things, but it obviously can't cover
everything. Many events happen for which the main source of info is
web-based or other written publications, so here I shall index any
items of interest.
Note that you can keep up-to-date on most technology-related
headlines by paying regular visits to sites such as NewsHub - a good index
of up-to-the-minute headlines from the computing world. NewsHub links
to articles found on other sites such as News.com, TechServer, Wired News, TechWeb, Info World, ZDNet, NewsBytes, Byte and others. Note that NewsHub doesn't
index all articles from other sites, only the more important
ones, so I recommend keeping an eye on the other news sites too.
Key: OD = Original Document
- [03/Jan/12] LG
Announces Ultra-thin 55-inch OLED TV
[Sorry for the enormous time gap here! Alas, life/work nonsense meant
I never had the time to maintain this page. Still don't really, but I'll
try anyway this year]
- [28/Sep/06] Branson
unveils Virgin spaceship
- "Sir Richard Branson has unveiled a mock-up of the rocket-powered
vehicle that will carry clients into space through his Virgin
- [28/Oct/2005] Supercomputer
doubles own record
- "The Blue Gene/L supercomputer has broken its own record to
achieve more than double the number of calculations it can do a
second. It reached 280.6 teraflops - that is 280.6 trillion
calculations a second."
- [27/Jul/2005] Japanese develop
- "Japanese scientists have unveiled the most human-looking robot
yet devised - a "female" android called Repliee Q1. She has flexible
silicone for skin rather than hard plastic, and a number of sensors
and motors to allow her to turn and react in a human-like manner."
- [02/Jul/2005] Nasa probe
strikes Comet Tempel 1
- US space agency (Nasa) scientists are celebrating after seeing a
probe crash into the heart of a comet.
- [04/Oct/2004] SpaceShipOne
rockets to success
- The rocket plane SpaceShipOne has shot to an altitude of more
than 100km for the second time inside a week to claim the $10m Ansari
- [28/Sep/2004] DVDs could hold
'100 times more'
- "Future DVDs could hold 100 times more information than current
discs. Imperial College London researchers in the UK are developing
a new way of storing data that could lead to discs capable of holding
1,000 gigabytes. "
- [21/Jun/2004] Private craft makes
- "SpaceShipOne has rocketed into the history books to become the
first private manned spacecraft to fly to the edge of space and
back. The craft, built by aviation pioneer Burt Rutan, went over
space's 100km (62 mile) boundary, said mission control."
- [16/Jun/2004] Teleportation
- "Scientists have performed successful teleportation on atoms for
the first time, the journal Nature reports."
- [28/Jul/2003] Virtual humans edge
- "For years, one of the main goals in computer graphics has been to recreate
a totally convincing human being on screen, something that looks and acts so
life-like that it is indistinguishable from a real person."
- [01/Jul/2003] Behold the
- "Physicists have discovered a new class of subatomic particle
that will provide unexpected insights into the fundamental building
blocks of matter."
- [28/Apr/2003] The rise of the keyring
- "The floppy disk is dead. Long live the pocket drive, a tiny piece of kit
that is a revolution."
- [06/Mar/2003] Net speed record
- "Scientists have set a new internet speed record by transferring 6.7
gigabytes of data across 10,978 kilometres (6,800 miles), from Sunnyvale in the
US to Amsterdam in Holland, in less than one minute."
- [11/Jul/2002] 3D graphics world
shaken by patent claims
- "The body governing the widely used graphics standard OpenGL faces tough
decisions after Microsoft stakes a claim in the technology. Users of Mac OS,
Unix and Linux may have a reason to worry."
- [17/Jul/2002] Switch
on for state snooping
- "From August net service providers in The UK will be legally obliged to
carry out automatic surveillance of their customers' web habits."
- [26/Jun/2002] US
telecoms giant admits huge fraud
- "WorldCom, the number two US long-distance phone company, has admitted
orchestrating a multi-billion dollar accounting fraud. The company said its
profits between January 2001 and March 2002 were inflated by $3.8bn (2.5bn)."
(this isn't normally the kind of article I'd cover, but I've added since I'm
rather curious as to why all the supposedly sophisticated computer-based
accountancy/money systems we have aren't able to spot something as bad as this.
Impact on society? I certainly cover the ramifications of new telecoms
technology, but if a major player goes bust because of greed and fraud, the
impact of that is much greater - Ian)
- [18/Jun/2002] 'Snoop'
climbdown by Blunkett
- "David Blunkett has admitted he blundered with the controversial
'snoop' plans to give a raft of public bodies access to e-mail and
mobile phone records. The proposals are to be put on hold
indefinitely in the face of huge opposition, which the home secretary
conceded his department totally failed to predict." (how could they
not have forseen the opposition to such a crazy piece of legislation?
I can think of dozens of reasons why the plans are bad and cannot
work. Do these people not even discuss what they're proposing? -
- [17/Jun/2002] Australian
- "It is a long way from Star Trek, but teleportation - the
disembodiment of an object in one location and its reconstruction in
another - has been successfully carried out in a physics lab in
- [17/Jun/2002] Official
site to advise on state snooping
- "The UK Government has set up a website to advise other
organisations on the best way to snoop on citizens. Later this month
a raft of government departments and organisations will be added to
the list of people that can compile records of what British people
get up to with their mobile and fixed phones, fax machines, web
browser and e-mail accounts."
- [12/Jun/2002] 'Snoop'
plans raise privacy fears
- "Moves to let a new raft of UK Government agencies and local
councils delve into people's e-mail and telephone records have
prompted new privacy fears." (this legislation is insane - it must be
stopped! - Ian)
- [11/Jun/2002] 'Massive
abuse' of privacy feared
- "Plans to increase the number of organisations that can look at
records of what you do online could lead to widespread abuse of
personal information, warn experts."
- [26/Apr/2002] Japanese
supercomputer simulates Earth
- "A new Japanese supercomputer costing hundreds of millions of dollars was
switched on this month and immediately outclassed its nearest rival."
- [11/Feb/2002] Games to
take on a life of their own
- "Video games of the future could have characters with almost human
intelligence, capable of understanding and acting on your commands."
- [14/Dec/2001] Digital
- "Millions of messages posted on electronic bulletin boards over the past 20
years have been saved from digital oblivion. The internet search engine Google
has expanded its capabilities to include more than 700 million messages,
offering a valuable insight into the history and the culture of the
- [13/Dec/2001] Paving
the way for 'uncrackable' codes
- "The heart of a new light-emitting diode (LED) developed in Cambridge, UK,
can be controlled so precisely that it emits just one single photon of light
each time it is switched on."
- [12/Nov/2001] Cybercrime
treaty gets green light
- "A controversial treaty that tries to tackle cybercrime has been adopted by
the 43-nation Council of Europe."
- [29/Aug/2001] Linux has come
a long way
- "10 years after its inception, open source OS is mainstream"
- [29/Aug/2001] New standard to
boost hard-drive speed
- "Hard drives will get a speed boost Wednesday from a new standard that will
help them keep up with processors. ... The new standard, Serial ATA, will allow
hard drives to keep up with PCs, which speed up with every iteration of
processors from the likes of Intel and AMD. This not only will improve
performance, but also enable PC makers to use smaller cables inside PCs,
reducing heat and allowing for smaller systems to be developed. Serial ATA will
allow data to be transferred at 600MB per second. "
- [28/Aug/2001] 10 GHz In
The Next 3 Years
- "Intel's case for support of RDRAM shows some life - honest, it does.
While the company acknowledges that it needs to support DDR, and will be coming
out with DDR support in the first quarter of 2002, no sooner, it is also doing
a better job of putting forward its RDRAM case. No DDR until 2002, dudes! Not
from Intel, at least."
- [27/Aug/2001] Intel launches 2 gigahertz Pentium 4 processor
- "Intel Corp. on Monday launched its fastest Pentium 4 processor yet and
slashed prices on older models to help spur demand in the weak economy. The
new Pentium 4 is the first microprocessor to hit 2 gigahertz, or 2 billion
cycles per second. Available immediately, it sells for $562 when purchased in
quantities of 1,000."
- [20/Jly/2001] Report:
China shuts down 2,000 Net cafes
- "China has shut down nearly 2,000 Internet cafes across the country and has
ordered 6,000 to suspend operations and make changes, state media said on
- [20/Jly/2001] Apache
avoids most security woes
- "The Apache Software Foundation Inc.'s Apache HTTP Server has earned what
many hope for and few achieve: an enviable security reputation."
- [16/Jly/2001] Hackers developing
- "A group of hackers is finishing work on software that would enable human
rights workers to access censored Web sites, in a move that ratchets up the
``arms race'' between free speech activists on the Internet and government
censors in Asia and the Middle East."
- [16/Jly/2001] Half of U.S. Broadband
Users Unprotected. Are you practically begging hackers and Internet thieves to
- "Up to half of U.S. broadband users are leaving themselves wide open to
attack by Internet thieves and hackers. Why? Because subscribers to "always
on" Net connections aren't using any protection--like a firewall or antivirus
software--to keep the black hats from gaining access to their PCs."
- [16/Jly/2001] Ericsson
to Begin Including Info on Phone Radiation
- "The world's major mobile phone makers will start in October to include
information about the level of radiation emitted by their phones, a spokesman
for Swedish telecoms equipment maker Ericsson said on Monday."
- [15/Jly/2001] Civil libertarians
alarmed by surveillance technology
- "Visitors to Tampa's Ybor City nightlife district are being monitored by
cameras that analyze their chins, noses and cheekbones with futuristic law
enforcement technology that has evoked cries of "Big Brother." The video
cameras along Ybor City's streets snap pictures of the faces in the crowd and
compare those images to a database of 30,000 people that includes runaway
teenagers and people wanted on criminal charges."
- [13/Jly/2001] AMD Derides
Intel's 'Monopolistic Practices'
- "Advanced Micro Devices Inc.'s chairman, stung by a 92 percent plunge in
profits from a year ago, slammed rival Intel Corp. Thursday for recent price
cuts, accusing it of "monopolistic practices" that have stymied its efforts in
the commercial market."
- [27/Jun/2001] IBM's 9
million pixel LCD
- "IBM announced today its T220 flat panel display. The T220 is a TFT-LCD
display that is 22.2" diagonal and can show incredible detail. The display has
a whopping 9.2 million pixels in a 22.2" area. For some perspective, a
1600x1200 resolution display has only 1.92 million pixels. The T220 features up
to 12 times more detail than some current monitors and will be used for design
and medical applications. It is also capable of fully displaying several
top-resolution HDTV channels at once, suggesting possible applications in the
broadcast television industry."
- [25/Jun/2001] Compaq
to stop making chips, put Intel inside instead
- "Compaq Computer said Monday it is getting out of the business of
making microprocessors, including its famed Alpha chip, and will
license that job to Intel in a deal that calls for hundreds of Compaq
engineers to eventually join Intel."
- [25/Jun/2001] IBM
claims new transistor fastest
- "IBM said Monday it has built the world's fastest silicon-based
transistor, a development that promises to make telecommunications
chips run faster on less power."
- [09/Jun/2001] Intel Claims
World's Smallest, Fastest Transistor
- " Intel Corp., the world's largest semiconductor maker, has developed what
it says is the fastest and smallest transistor ever."
- [06/Jun/2001] AMD
launches multiprocessor Athlon
- "With the release of the Athlon MP processor and DDR-based 760MP chip set,
AMD goes after another slice of Intel's pie. Both are geared toward the
multiprocessor servers and workstations, where Intel's Xeon processors are
king. The first two Athlon MP processors, announced by the company Tuesday, run
at 1- and 1.2-GHz speeds."
- [04/Jun/2001] Decline of New Economy will make everyone pay
- "It's payback time. The idealistic dream of a digital Camelot where
everything is free is giving way to cold fiscal reality. Companies and Web
sites are beginning to charge for content and services to survive the New
Economy's 2000 crash."
- [29/May/2001] Intel, HP
Launch New Processor
- "After nearly a decade of development and two years of delays, Intel Corp.
and Hewlett-Packard Co. on Tuesday launched the first in a new generation of
microprocessors they hope will dominate the next era of computing."
- [31/Jan/2001] Dreamcast is
- "Sega has finally confirmed that it will stop making Dreamcast gaming
consoles and will concentrate on producing games for rival consoles and its
existing Dreamcast consoles. ..."
- [31/Jan/2001] Holographic
- 'A 20-year-old data storage concept took a step closer to practicality
yesterday as Lucent, Imation, and three venture capital firms created InPhase
Technologies. InPhase's goal is to commercialize HDS (Holographic Data
Storage), which has the potential to make huge improvements in data storage
capacity and transfer speed, thus improving "video, Internet, data warehousing
and games applications."'
- [19/Jan/2001] Inauguration protesters
- "Forget peace signs and burning draft cards. The malcontents of 2001 are
tuning in with handheld computers, cell phones and Web cameras ready to
broadcast any police abuses to the world."
- [18/Jan/2001] True nonstick polymer
eliminates mechanical friction
- "North Carolina State University professor Jan Genzer has hit on a method
for creating the ultimate nonstick surface. Potential applications include
covering adjacent disk-drive components to prevent scratching, improving the
biocompatibility of medical implants by eliminating interactions with
surrounding cells and coating airplanes with a water repellent that would
automatically de-ice wings."
- [15/Jan/2001] The
military get mightier
- "The US military is planning to turn soldiers into supermen by fitting them
with powered exoskeletons."
- [15/Jan/2001] Chinese
mission progressing well
- "It is still unclear as to when China will bring down the unmanned Shenzhou
II capsule, which has been in orbit since its launch on Wednesday last
- [12/Jan/2001] Microsoft
- "Microsoft plans to make MSN Explorer the low-end consumer Web browser, and
plans to eventually aim a new browser product entitled "Netdocs" at business
users. With that said, there may not be room for a plain version of Internet
Explorer 6.0 that many of us are used to."
- [12/Jan/2001] Intel Bashes
- "The Register posted another in its series of articles on CPRM (Content
Protection for Removable Media). This particular article focused on Intel's
strategy to bash the opponents of CPRM and make sure that the mainstream media
understood that it never intended to put CPRM code onto the firmware of fixed
hard drives. ..."
- [10/Jan/2001] Israeli
Start-Up May Thwart Internet Hackers
- "An Israeli high-tech firm says it has developed a system that cuts off the
main route used by most Internet hackers when they try to break into a
company's computer network."
- [08/Jan/2001] AMD plans to open
third processor factory in 2004
- "Advanced Micro Devices plans to open a third microprocessor fabrication
facility by 2004, but will likely share the space with another chipmaker to cut
- [13/Dec/2000] Microsoft scores
big points in video game market
- "Microsoft on Wednesday said the top independent video game developer,
Electronic Arts, will make titles for its upcoming Xbox console, giving a huge
boost to the software giant's push into the $20 billion-a-year video game
- [13/Dec/2000] Tellabs
Introduces Industry's Largest Optical Switch
- "To help service providers manage the exploding demand for bandwidth,
Tellabs today announced the industry's largest intelligent optical switch, with
enough capacity to carry 80 million simultaneous Internet calls. The TITAN 6700
optical switch enables carriers to manage more than 10 terabits of traffic in
its initial release and will grow with carriers' demands to manage transparent
wavelengths in a future release."
- [11/Dec/2000] Intel breakthrough
promises superfast chip
- "Intel, the world's largest manufacturer of computer chips, says it has
built the world's smallest and fastest transistor - a milestone that will allow
the Santa Clara, Calif.-based company to build within the next five or 10 years
microprocessors that will be 10 times more powerful than the ones available
- [10/Dec/2000] Power
company to test endless fuel cells next year
- "The time when a home can be powered by one endless battery is drawing near
in the North West where many are living outside the reach of electrical
- [07/Dec/2000] IBM,
Infineon plan magnetic memory chips
- "IBM AND INFINEON Technologies have agreed to jointly develop a new memory
technology that could significantly increase battery life of portable computing
devices and lead to "instant on" computers, the companies announced
- [05/Dec/2000] All
systems go for space station
- "The second of the International Space Station's giant solar wings is now
- [04/Dec/2000] Net
faces 10-year Olympic shutout
- "Websites will be banned from using or showing video clips of Olympic
events for the next decade. The restriction, which is being imposed by the
International Olympic Committee (IOC), is designed to protect the substantial
investments made by national broadcasters who do not want their television and
radio audiences undermined by internet coverage."
(this move gets my "dumb idea of the decade" award - Ian)
- [04/Dec/2000] Experts:
Prolin Worm Serious
- "Anti-virus vendors on Friday, Dec. 1, closed ranks around the conviction
that a new style of malicious code, the Prolin worm, represents a more serious
threat than first believed when it was first detected."
- [04/Dec/2000] China, U.S.
Battle Over Domain Names
- "A dispute between the United States and China over the control of
Chinese-scripted Internet addresses deepened on Monday as China reiterated its
claim over all Chinese language Internet domain names."
- [04/Dec/2000] Privacy Groups Wage War On
- "Privacy advocates on both sides of the Atlantic on Monday pressed their
- [29/Nov/2000] Digital
TV makes long-awaited debut at industry show
- "Digital television and its broadband possibilities -- long confined to the
spin of corporate meeting rooms -- are finally breaking out into viewer living
rooms as new services roll out of the box.
- [22/Nov/2000] 'Bionic'
hand success hailed
- "British scientists have created the world's first truly "bionic" hand
small enough to be used by a toddler."
- [21/Nov/2000] Web
worries over French site ban
- "A landmark ruling in France ordering Yahoo! to prevent French users from
accessing sites selling Nazi memorabilia has raised fresh challenges for
companies struggling with the laws of cyberspace."
- [21/Nov/2000] Sony
unveils its first humanoid robot
- "It has a long way to go before it can wash the dishes, but Sony Corp.'s
first humanoid robot kicks a mean soccer ball and does the "Para Para," Japan's
latest dance craze."
- [20/Nov/2000] Intel's Future Rides On
- "When Intel officially unveils its long-awaited Pentium 4 microprocessor
line Monday, there will be few surprises in terms of specifications and
pricing. But the future of Intel -- which has revealed most of the details
about the Pentium 4 in a systematic, step-by-step approach over the last
several months -- could be riding on it, according to analysts."
- [20/Nov/2000] Intel Releases AGP 8X Spec
For Public Comment
- "Intel Corp. released a draft version of the next-generation AGP 8X
specification, paving the way for future graphics performance. "
- [12/Oct/2000] 10 Terabyte
- "A new fluorescent disk technology has emerged, similar to the technology
we've reported on a couple of times that is still expected to allow for 140 GB
optical disks. The downside of that technology was a 6 month lifespan for data,
as the disks were unable to hold data successfully for longer. The new
technology, dubbed "Hyper-CD-ROM," should be able to hold 10 TB (roughly 10,000
GB) of information and has a lifespan of 5,000 years, according to its
inventor, Romanian scientist Eugen Pavel. It achieves such massive storage
capacity by writing to 10,000 different levels of an optical disk and changing
the flourescence of the disk."
- [04/Oct/2000] Space Flight Center Tests Sixth
- "Engineers at Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Ala., have
completed tests on an experimental lightweight, inflatable structure that one
day might lead to optical, solar power or propulsion uses in space."
- [03/Oct/2000] INEEL researchers
create mighty magnets with minuscule structure
- "INEEL researchers have discovered a way to make magnets used in computer
hard drives and motors more powerful and durable, while also slashing their
- [26/Sep/2000] 10 Gbit
- "The race is on for 10 Gbit networking. Four physical medium-dependent
interfaces for 10 Gbit Ethernet were approved by the most recent meeting of the
IEEE 802.3ae. 10 Gbit/second Ethernet is set to be ratified in 2002."
- [00/Oct/2000] Live Wires
- "In many ways, DNA is almost the perfect building block for
constructing tiny objects on the scale of nanometers (billionths of a
meter). In some of the most promising research, scientists have
recently learned to synthesize strands of DNA that conduct
- [29/Aug/2000] Recall may hurt
Intel's effort to defend market
- "Competition from AMD contributed to Intel's recent production problems,
but AMD's limited chipmaking capacity will prevent it from cashing in on the
embarrassing mistakes, according to analysts."
- [28/Aug/2000] Intel
recalls its fastest chip
- "Intel Corp. said Monday it is recalling the fastest model of its Pentium
III family after it found a failure in one of the chip's circuits, the latest
in a string of missteps that has plagued the world's largest semiconductor
- [15/Aug/2000] IBM Says It
Develops Most Advanced Quantum Computer
- "International Business Machines Corp. (NYSE:IBM - news) said on Tuesday
it had developed the world's most advanced quantum computer, a device based on
the mysterious quantum physics properties of atoms that allow them to work
together as a computer's processor and memory."
- [12/Jul/2000] Step
forward for space station
- "A Russian rocket carrying the key service module for the International
Space Station (ISS) has blasted off from the Baikonur cosmodrome in
- [12/Jul/2000] Privacy
advocates fight FBI's e-mail snooping system
- "Civil liberties and privacy groups are attacking a new system allowing law
enforcement agents to intercept and analyze huge amounts of e-mail "
- [12/Jun/2000] Technology
First Aimed At Heavens Now Makes 'Super' Human Vision Possible
- "Adapting technology originally developed by astronomers to obtain better
images of the heavens, a University of Rochester scientist has developed an
optical system that has given research subjects an unprecedented quality of
eyesight. The research dramatically improves the sight even of people who have
20/20 vision. Vision scientist David Williams presented his work this week at
the summer meeting of the American Astronomical Society in Rochester, N.Y."
- [12/May/2000] Competition
comes -- belatedly -- to Net access in Britain
- "UNIVERSITY students John and Ruth Goodall connect to the Internet only
after 6 p.m., and then for less than an hour. With daytime online charges at
around eight cents a minute, compared with about three cents a minute at night,
``We just can't afford the telephone charges for hours of surfing,'' Ruth
- [23/May/2000] Yahoo Blasts French
- "Yahoo France said Tuesday a court ruling to stop the French from accessing
online sales of Nazi memorabilia could set a dangerous precedent for Internet
- [22/May/2000] Quantum Disk
Speeds E-Commerce Sites
- "That's the message from storage company Quantum, which claims to have
devised a new way to package its solid-state disk technology for e-commerce
sites. Using the system, customers can dramatically improve the performance of
their existing servers - in some cases, allowing five servers do the work of
25, according to the company."
- [06/May/2000] 'Love Bug'
Takes New Forms to Deceive Users
- "Copycat variants of the ``Love Bug'' virus burrowed their way into
computers systems around the world on Friday, a day after the most widespread
cyber-attack ever wreaked havoc on business and government operations."
- [05/May/2000] Wired News 'Love
- "Follow the "Love Bug," and check back often for new developments."
- [05/May/2000] Virus hoax
illustrates Microsoft email security issues
- "An email appears in Microsoft Outlook's in-box. Even before the computer
user does anything, a message pops up on the screen. "Had this been a real
virus, you would not be happy," it reads. The relieved user clicks "OK," and
another box pops up. "Deleting hard drive now...Just kidding," it says. This
message circulating around the Internet is the work of one Leigh Stivers, chief
code architect for software firm DP Technology. He's trying to draw attention
to a security hole in Microsoft's Outlook and Outlook Express programs that is
potentially far more dangerous than the now ubiquitous "I Love You" virus."
- [05/May/2000] "Love" virus took
advantage of Outlook
- "According to a spoofed Associated Press story making the rounds today,
following the worldwide spread of the "I Love You" virus, Microsoft Corp. is
changing the name of its Outlook personal-productivity software to "lookOut!""
- [17/Apr/2000] Lucent
raises the optical networking bar
- "LUCENT TECHNOLOGIES MONDAY boosted the power of its DWDM (dense wave
division multiplexing) system, raising the number of wavelengths the system can
handle from 80 to 320."
- [17/Apr/2000] Robots
helping doctors perform better surgery
- "Safer and less-invasive operations now possible"
- [17/Apr/2000] PlayStation2
Export Restriction Won't Hurt Sony
- "Japan electronics giant Sony Corp. played down Monday the risk
to its business from export restrictions imposed on its flagship
PlayStation2 video game due to concerns it could be used for military
- [16/Apr/2000] Computer
game addicts become 'cyberathletes' in tournaments
- "Using a mouse or keyboard, game masters creep and sprint their
way through digital warehouses, castles and space stations with one
goal - annihilate everyone else. And Angel Munoz is certain people
want to watch."
- [14/Apr/2000] Ardent
Linux Fans Have An Itch to Break Windows
- "You might assume the awe-struck young man asking for
``maddog's'' autograph is a pro-wrestling fan until you remember this
is a trade show for the Linux computer operating system, not a
- [13/Apr/2000] Nanomachines
get their orders
- "Nanotechnologists have taken two vital steps toward manipulating matter
into tiny machines"
- [13/Apr/2000] AMD's
blowout quarter has analysts reeling
- "Advanced Micro Devices Inc. had market analysts seeing double
Wednesday with its stunning first-quarter earnings, which were twice
as large as what Wall Street had expected."
- [05/Apr/2000] Netscape
6: Does Anyone Care?
- "America Online is set to release the beta version of its updated
Netscape browser in the same week that arch-rival Microsoft was found
guilty of antitrust violations by a federal judge. But even the wrath
of the Department of Justice and the ruling from U.S. District Judge
Thomas Penfield Jackson won't really give Netscape 6.0 a leg up,
according to analysts."
- [05/Apr/2000] Judge
may speed resolution of Microsoft case
- "The federal judge who found Microsoft in violation of antitrust
law said yesterday he may put an appeal of his verdict on "a fast
track" to the U.S. Supreme Court, bypassing an appellate court to
speed resolution of the case, according to a report."
- [05/Apr/2000] A Chilling
Wave Hits Schools
- "Columbine. That word never fails to dredge up thoughts of misery
and terror since the student massacre left 15 dead just over one year
ago. And there's nothing quite like fear to open up the path for new
rules and regulations, new policies and plans. That might explain why
North Carolina has quietly launched a program that allows students to
call in anonymously or fill out a Web-based form to report on
classmates who might appear depressed or angry -- or who just scare
- [04/Apr/2000] Samsung Preps
- "Samsung Electronics, in Seoul, South Korea is developing an
Alpha microprocessor that will compete with the 64-bit processors of
Intel and Advanced Micro Devices (AMD) and feature a clock speed as
high as 1.6 GHz."
- [04/Apr/2000] Court:
Programming languages covered by First Amendment
- "A federal appeals court today cleared the way for a law
professor to post previously banned encryption software on the
Internet, finding that computer code qualifies as speech protected by
the First Amendment."
- [04/Apr/2000] Silicon
Graphics plans 64-bit overlay to Linux
- "SILICON GRAPHICS (SGI) plans to develop an overlay to Linux that
will enable the operating system to scale up to 64 Intel IA-64
processors in a multiprocessing environment."
- [03/Apr/2000] Judge rules
Microsoft violated antitrust laws [Full
- "A federal judge has concluded that Microsoft violated antitrust
laws by leveraging its monopoly position in operating systems to
capture the market for Web browsers."
- [30/Mar/2000] Sony's
PlayStation 2 Hopes Are High
- "Sony Computer Entertainment (SCEI) has high expectations for its
PlayStation 2 game console, already in high demand in Japan and still
yet to sell in the United States. SCEI expects to sell 10 million
units of the machine around the world in its next fiscal year, which
starts in April."
- [30/Mar/2000] Seagate
- "Seagate, maker of hard drives and storage management software
and solutions, has agreed to be acquired by Veritas Software in a
deal valued at around US$20 billion."
- [28/Mar/2000] Cisco
now can lay claim to No. 1 on stock market
- "Cisco Systems Inc. became the world's most valuable company Monday,
overtaking Microsoft Corp. and showing that investors place more value on the
future of the Internet than on a company that symbolizes the power of the
- [27/Mar/2000] Hackers Steal Gates'
- "A teenager arrested in Wales for allegedly hacking into e-commerce
websites had obtained the credit card details of Bill Gates, head of Microsoft
and the world's richest man, newspapers said on Sunday."
- [27/Mar/2000] ESTHER
DYSON: Privacy in the age of the Internet
- '"I made a mistake." With those words, Kevin O'Connor, founder and chief
executive of DoubleClick, the Internet's biggest supplier of advertising
banners, tried to reclaim his company's good standing.'
- [26/Mar/2000] [US] Government
unimpressed with Microsoft settlement offer
- "Skeptical government lawyers consider an 11th-hour offer from Microsoft to
settle its antitrust trial so inadequate in important areas that there were no
immediate plans to resume negotiations in Chicago, people close to the case
- [26/Mar/2000] China
bans sales of audiovisual products online
- "In its latest attempt to impose control over freewheeling electronic
commerce, China has announced rules banning online sales of imported music and
videos and excluding foreign invested Internet companies from selling any
- [24/Mar/2000] Cisco Tops
Microsoft As Most-Valued Company
- "Cisco Systems Inc. Friday topped Microsoft Corp. as the world's most
valuable company, holding its lead through much of the session after briefly
taking it for the first time Thursday."
- [21/Mar/2000] Net Speed Ain't
Seen Nothin' Yet
- "Scientists at leading research labs are starting to push the
data-transmission capabilities of fiber-optic cable into the realm of the
mind-boggling. Setting a new record, researchers at Lucent's Bell Labs have for
the first time managed to push an astonishing 3.28 terabits per second of data
over a long stretch of fiber-optic cable."
- [20/Mar/2000] IBM
on road to molecular-level digital storage
- "IBM technology named after an insect has the potential to deliver
ultra-high-density storage capacity to storage devices the size of a fingertip,
according to scientists at IBM's Zurich Research Laboratory."
- [20/Mar/2000] Hardware hack
turns Netpliance device into Linux machine
- "Shares in newly public Netpliance sank today, after an engineer in Las
Vegas discovered a way to turn the company's $99 Internet appliance into a
- [20/Mar/2000] 3Com to
shed high-end networking, modem lines (It acknowledges inability to compete
with rivals like Cisco)
- "3Com Corp. announced a dramatic transformation Monday, shedding its
lagging high-end networking and modem businesses to concentrate on the
broadband and wireless Internet market."
- [20/Mar/2000] Linux vs.
- "Wall Street analysts and information technology managers are watching to
see if Linux reaches a fork in the road - with incompatible versions of the
popular free operating system competing for adoption at small and large
corporations. If branches emerge, the value of the open source operating system
is likely to plummet."
- [19/Mar/2000] French
Paraplegic Walks for First Time
- "A paralyzed Frenchman took his first steps for ten years after a
revolutionary operation to restore nerve functions using a microchip implant,
newspapers reported Sunday."
- [18/Mar/2000] Intel Uses Pricing Clout
To Land X-Box Deal
- "In what industry observers are calling a late-round TKO, Intel this week
beat out Advanced Micro Devices as the supplier for Microsoft's upcoming X-Box
- [18/Mar/2000] WebTV's 'Non-Virus'
- "Although it prefers to call the trouble a "malicious code," WebTV has
experienced its first virus."
- [18/Mar/2000] Computing's
strides coming exponentially
- (Dan Gillmor contemplates the implications of a variety of technologies all
exponentionally improving, and the impact this may have on our lives)
- [17/Mar/2000] IBM Announces
Breakthrough in Data Storage
- "IBM Corp. said on Friday it had made a breakthrough that may one day allow
computer hard disks and other data-storage systems to store more than 100 times
more data than today's products."
- [17/Mar/2000] Nasa
pulls back from Mars
- "he United States is to abandon its ambitious plans to bring back
rocks from the surface of Mars before the end of the decade. It is a
decision that could set back hopes of an astronaut landing on the Red
Planet by many years."
- [16/Mar/2000] Intel Examines
Next Era Of Computing
- "In the future, computers will become integrated into our daily
lives, right down to our shoes, researchers predict."
- [15/Mar/2000] Hard
Drives Hit 75 GB
- "IBM on Wednesday unveiled two disk drives that the world's
largest computer maker said set records for data storage, including
one that can hold information from a stack of documents more than two
- [14/Mar/2000] How
IBM plans to change the chip world
- "If you had a hard enough time getting used to the idea that a
1GHz processor would one day power regular computer systems, how does
the prospect of 2GHz chips grab you?"
- [24/Feb/2000] Seagate
15,000 RPM drives
- "Seagate has announced its intentions to produce a line of SCSI
hard drives dubbed the Cheetah 15X. The drives will spin at 15,000
revolutions per minute (RPM). This is a 50% improvement over the
previous top spin speed of 10,000 RPM that Seagate and several other
vendors have available in their SCSI hard drive lines. IDE drives
still top out at 7200 RPM."
- [24/Feb/2000] A
Microscope that Eyes the Atom
- "Using highly reflective mirrors, scientists said on Thursday
they had created a kind of microscope that can trap and observe a
single atom at a time."
- [21/Feb/2000] Seoul
company turns tables on Microsoft in trademark battle
- "A stationery company threatened Saturday to block Microsoft from
using its Windows operating system trademark in its software manuals
in South Korea. "
- [14/Feb/2000] Tech
hypocrisy running rampant
- "If hypocrisy were an Academy Award category, the technology industry
would vie with politics for the Oscar. Witness the latest news from some
prominent players ..."
- [07/Feb/2000] IBM
Announces Chip Design Breakthrough
- "IBM today disclosed a breakthrough in chip design
technology that has resulted in experimental computer
circuits running at 3.3 GHz to 4.5 GHz, or up to five times
the speed of today's fastest ICs. IBM researchers also
believe the design technology could cut power consumption
- [07/Feb/2000] IBM
Shows Designs For Super-Fast Chips
- "Researchers at IBM this week plan to show designs of
computer chips that they said will be the world's
- [07/Feb/2000] Taking
chips to 10GHz ... and beyond
- "Imagine if your home PC had as much giga-happy grunt
as a mainframe. A desktop that's 100 times more powerful
than a 1,000MHz PC, operates as your personal server,
networks all your electronic appliances and responds to
your voice commands."
- [07/Feb/2000] Toshiba
To Detail Video Cell Phones
- "Aiming to seed a new class of video cell phones,
Toshiba this week will detail an ultralow-power
MPEG-4processor targeting third-generation cellular
handsets that could ship in Japan early next year."
- [13/Dec/1999] World's
- "Scientists have made a pair of tweezers capable of picking up objects just
500 nanometres (billionths of a metre) across."
- [30/Nov/99] Plenty of
Power, Nowhere to Go?
- "AMD just pushed its Athlon processor to 750-MHz and one
Gigahertz chips are around the corner. But do we really need all this
- [15/Nov/99] CDs
- "Compact discs pack an impressive amount of information into a
small space, but to Stephen Chou they seem as primitive as
reel-to-reel tapes. The Princeton University electrical engineer has
created CDs that can concentrate data 800 times more efficiently than
- [08/Nov/1999] Carbon
tubes could store hydrogen fuel
- "Chinese and American scientists have developed a method of storing high
quantities of hydrogen inside tiny tubes of carbon just two nanometres
(billionths of a metre) across."
- [16/Sep/99] Biotech
Breakthrough? 'Buckyball shards' show promise for chemical
separations, Science paper suggests
- "Featuring "shards of soccer-ball shaped molecules jumbled in
space and linked together," a new material shows promise for more
efficiently producing nitrogen and oxygen--a multibillion industry,
DuPont Co. and University of Delaware scientists report Sept. 17 in
- [16/Sep/99] NASA
puts money on air scooters
- "It almost sounds too futuristic to be true, but NASA and a
Silicon Valley engineer are developing a one-person air scooter that
can buzz far over gridlocked streets."
- [16/Sep/99] Russia
to abandon Mir, focus on international projects
- "The Mir space station will be discarded next year as planned and
Russia will switch to contributing to international projects in space
exploration, a top space official said."
- [16/Sep/99] A
Step Toward Fusion Fire: Concept For Rapid-Fire Thermonuclear
Explosions Proposed By Sandia Scientists
- "A simple theoretical concept to solve the staggeringly difficult
problem of maintaining intact electrical transmission lines to
produce rapidly repeated thermonuclear explosions for peacetime
purposes has been proposed by researchers at the Department of
Energy's Sandia National Laboratories."
- [16/Sep/99] Robots
May Fight Future Wars: British Expert
- "Future wars could be fought by robots commanded by humans, a
specialist in robotics told Britain's leading science conference
- [16/Sep/99] Intel
battles customers on Rambus, loses clout
- "Just one week away from Intel's launch of its first product to
use the Rambus memory architecture (RDRAM), the religious debate over
the future of PC memory architecture is casting doubt over the future
of Rambus, and over Intel's overall ability to dominate the PC market
as it once did."
- [12/Sep/99] Optical
technology seen as future of the backbone
- "Attendees of Networld+Interop in Atlanta this week will hear a
common message from equipment providers and data carriers heralding
the movement toward optical networking in carrier backbone networks."
- [09/Sep/99] Nvidia
Demonstrates 256-Bit 'GPU'
- "Breaking new ground in PC graphics, Nvidia Tuesday demonstrated
a 256-bit "graphics processing unit."
- [07/Jul/99] Relativistic
effects play major role in neutron star mergers
- "A powerful numerical simulation developed at the University of
Illinois has revealed that gravitational waves -- ripples in the
fabric of space -- play a major role in coalescing neutron stars. The
results of the simulation may aid in the future detection of
- [07/Jul/99] Simulation
uses quantum mechanics to understand nanoelectronics
- "A computer simulation developed at the University of Illinois is
helping scientists better understand the strange world of
nanoelectronics -- where a single electron can control a device, but
quantum mechanics is required to describe the behavior of that
- [07/Jul/99] Search
engines biased, out-of-date, and index no more than 16% of the
- "A new NEC Research Institute study analyzes the accessibility
and distribution of information on the web. The study was conducted
by Dr. Steve Lawrence and Dr. C. Lee Giles and will appear in the
July 8 issue of the journal Nature."
- [07/Jul/99] Sandia
Researchers Develop World's Fastest Encryptor -- Soon Will Protect
Classified Computer Information
- "The world's fastest encryption device, developed at the
Department of Energy's (DOE) Sandia National Laboratories, should
soon be protecting data being transmitted from supercomputers,
workstations, telephones and video terminals. It encrypts data at
more than 6.7 billion bits per second, 10 times faster than any other
- [02/Jul/99] Computing
Device To Serve As Basis For Biological Computer
- "The first general- purpose mechanical computer designed for
biomolecular and pharmaceutical applications has been developed by
Prof. Ehud Shapiro of the Computer Science and Applied Mathematics
Department at the Weizmann Institute of Science. The mechanical
computer will be presented today at the Fifth International Meeting
on DNA-Based Computers at the Massachusetts Institute of
- [30/Jun/99] Harnessing Nuclear
Energy On A Truly Tiny Scale
- "Extremely small amounts of radioactive material already perform
functions in smoke detectors, photocopiers, pacemakers and other
devices. Now a trio of University of Wisconsin-Madison engineers
envision tiny batteries turning a single microscopic gear."
- [30/Jun/99] Engineers
Way To Faster, Less-Costly Computer Chips
- "Engineers at Purdue University have developed a method to make
smaller, faster computer chips by stacking electronic devices -- such
as transistors 50 times smaller than a human blood cell -- in a
virtually unlimited number of layers, as opposed to conventional
single-layer designs. The vertically connected layers may increase
the speed and the number of transistors in a computer chip."
- [29/Jun/99] New
Luminescent Films May Be A Key To Photonic Computers
- "Materials chemists at the University of Toront have created a
new kind of silicon film that could lead one day to entirely photonic
computer and telecommunications systems."
- [28/Jun/99] Samsung To Ship
1-Gbit DRAM Samples This Year
- "Samsung Electronics announced it has developed a 1-gigabit
Double Data Rate synchronousDRAM, which operates at 350 MHz."
- [28/Jun/99] Congress Set
To Boost Nanotechnology Funding
- "Congress is poised to double federal spending for nanotechnology
research over the next three years."
- [23/Jun/99] Algorithm Hides
Data Inside Unaltered Images
- "Information can be hidden inside images without altering their
appearance, according to University of Maine professor Rick Eason."
- [22/Jun/99] I Think,
Therefore I Move
- "A team of neurobiologists has hard-wired a robot's arm directly
into the brains of laboratory rats, allowing the rats to use the
power of thought to feed themselves water."
- [22/Jun/99] Cyber
criminals feel the heat
- "A national cyberforce of computer specialists is needed to
combat a rising tide of online crime, according to a major report by
the UK National Criminal Intelligence Service (NCIS)."
- [22/Jun/99] U.K. Plans
Extended Net Surveillance Powers
- "The U.K. government unveiled plans on Tuesday to extend
communications interception powers to include lawful access to
private networks and better access to Internet and mobile phone
- [18/Jun/99] Compaq
to breathe new life into Alpha
- "Compaq Computer Corp. (CPQ) is finally committing to its Alpha
technology with new systems and a CPU road map."
- [17/Jun/99] First
cloned human embryo revealed
- "Details of the first human embryo to be cloned have been
- [16/Jun/99] Music
industry loses MP3 appeal
- "A US appeal court has ruled that the hand-held Rio MP3 player,
on which users can download music files from the Internet and play
them at home, does not break piracy laws."
- [16/Jun/99] Small
disks aim big
- "A hard disk drive not much bigger than a postage stamp and a
mini-removable disk are competing as new storage solutions for mobile
- [04/Jun/99] Flying
Car Set for Takeoff
- "Meet George Jetson's car: The world's first flying car will make
its maiden flight later this month."
- [03/Jun/99] Samsung Will
Build New 256-Megabit DRAM Line
- "Samsung Electronics plans next year to construct a 256-megabit DRAM
production line in South Korea, a company spokesperson said
- [03/Jun/99] U.K. Crypto
Policy May Have Hidden Agenda
- "Despite its abandonment of key escrow, the U.K. could be
counting on the ignorance of new Internet users to provide law
enforcement easy access to private communications, according to
- [02/Jun/99] Biological
- "A computer made of neurons taken from leeches has been created
by US scientists."
- [17/May/99] Plans
for virtual human
- "Two companies are teaming up to develop a virtual human body
that will be used in the development of new drugs."
- [17/May/99] Metal's
Superplasticity Stretches Envelope
- "Superplasticity. The mere sound of the word makes you want to
dance, right? Well, maybe not, but chances are that manufacturers
are going to be singing its praises more and more in the coming
- [16/May/99] World's
first hand-transplant patient writes thank-you letter to
- "The world's first hand-transplant patient, Clint Hallam, has
written a letter of thanks to his surgeons with his new right hand,
the Perth Sunday Times reported."
- [13/May/99] China
to test 'space shuttle' in October
- "The Chinese space programme will try to launch its first
spacecraft designed to carry astronauts on 1 October. Officials
quoted in the Yangcheng Evening News said preparations of a
recoverable capsule were far ahead of schedule. If the date can be
achieved the flight would coincide with the communist state's 50th
anniversary celebrations. "
- [12/May/99] IBM
claims data storage record
- "IBM Corp. claimed a digital storage record by packing 20 billion
bits of data into a square inch, twice the previous record and more
than three times that of any disk drive shipping today."
- [10/May/99] Optical
Race Hits A New Pace
- "In the latest round of "Can you top this?" for fiber-optic
network capacity, Nortel Networks last week unveiled an optical
amplifier that can send 1.6 terabits of information per second
through a single strand of fiber. The next big question is how long
it will take router technology to catch up so that network operators
can make use of that bandwidth."
- [02/May/99] Robot
space plane arrives
- "A new reusable, robotic space plane was revealed in California
- [15/Apr/99] New
solar system discovered
- "Astronomers have discovered the first solar system other than
our own. It has three planets orbiting a star that is 44 light years
- [15/Apr/99] Exotic
Technologies Finish Road Test On Cosmic Highway
- "NASA's Deep Space 1 mission has successfully demonstrated most
of its exotic technologies in space -- including an ion engine that
is expected to be 10 times more efficient than conventional liquid or
solid rocket engines -- proving they are ready for use in science
missions of the 21st century."
- [15/Apr/99] Neutrons
Provide Clues To High Temperature Superconductivity
- "More than a dozen years after the discovery of high temperature
superconductivity, the microscopic mechanism responsible for this
phenomenon is still mysterious."
- [14/Apr/99] First
evidence of 'hypernova' explosion
- "Astronomers at Northwestern University and University of
Illinois have detected the first observational evidence for the
remnants of hypernovae, explosions a hundred times more energetic
than supernovae and the possible source of powerful gamma ray bursts
(GRB), making them the most energetic events known in the Universe
other than the Big Bang."
- [14/Apr/99] In Space,
No-one Can Hear You Speak--And Noise May Drown Out Alarms
- "The International Space Station will be so noisy that astronauts
may struggle to communicate, suffer poor health, and even miss
crucial warning tones that signal an emergency."
- [14/Apr/99] Magnetically
levitated train breaks world speed record at 343 mph
- "A magnetically levitated Japanese train manned by engineers
broke its own world speed record on a test run Wednesday, clocking
343 mph, the train's developer said."
- [14/Apr/99] Astronomers
Discover "Middleweight" Black Holes
- "The field of black holes, formerly dominated by heavyweights
packing the gravitational punch of a billion Suns and lightweights
just a few times heavier than our Sun, now has a new contender -- a
just-discovered mysterious class of "middleweight" black holes,
weighing in at 100 to 10,000 Suns."
- [13/Apr/99] Rambus Adds
700-MHz Spec To Help DRAM Makers Improve Yields
- "Rambus has added a 700-MHz speed grade to its Direct Rambus DRAM
specification in a move to help DRAM suppliers improve early yields
of the device."
- [30/Mar/99] RSA Lands
on British Shores
- "Continuing a strategy of bypassing export restrictions, a San
Mateo, California crypto software company opened a European sales and
support office Tuesday."
- [30/Mar/99] Europe
signs Mars deal
- "Anglo-French company Matra Marconi Space (MMS) has signed a 60m
euros (40m UKP) contract with the European Space Agency (Esa) to send
a probe to Mars."
- [30/Mar/99] Freedom
Helps, Not Harms, Kids
- "A "political and media frenzy about cyberporn" is exaggerating
the supposed threat of Internet content to children, says Nadine
Strossen, president of the American Civil Liberties Union."
- [30/Mar/99] Los
Alamos Researchers Charge Ahead In Ultracapacitors
- "Researchers at the Department of Energy's Los Alamos National
Laboratory have developed an ultracapacitor with the ability to
deliver millions of discharge cycles. This development has the
potential to impact nearly every domain of electrical energy use,
from transportation to communications and computing."
- [29/Mar/99] Keeping Your
Private E-Mail Private
- "It appears likely that S/MIME will emerge as the industry standard
for commercial and organizational mail encryption -- a subject on
which Stallings literally wrote the book. Learn what S/MIME is, what
it does, and how it works."
- [29/Mar/99] Military Reels
As Latest LCD Maker Falters
- "The looming sell-off or shutdown of active-matrix LCD maker dpiX
by Xerox is sending military-system suppliers reeling once again. The
announcement comes just six months after Guardian Industries pulled
the plug on Optical Imaging Systems (OIS), leaving dpiX as the sole
U.S. supplier of AM LCDs for military applications."
- [29/Mar/99] Lift
off for rival DNA technology
- "The Anglo-Swedish company Amersham Pharmacia Biotech has signed
an exclusive deal to develop a rival technology to PCR (Polymerase
Chain Reaction), which has become one of the fundamental tools of
- [26/Mar/99] Net
legal precedent set
- "A judge ruling in the first libel action against a UK Internet
Service Provider has struck out a special "Internet defence" relied
on by ISPs in defamation cases."
- [25/Mar/99] Interdisciplinary
Group At UCSD Uses Laser- Generated X-Rays To Watch Atoms Move
- "Atoms move about and bond with each other at a speed that's
generally out of our grasp: one trillion times faster than the blink
of an eye. But now a group of chemists, physicists and engineers at
the University of California, San Diego, has devised a laser-based
method for probing into the high-speed world of atoms to directly
observe what happens when they move. "
- [25/Mar/99] Tiny Biochip For
Sequencing DNA Described
- "It could be a scene from a movie: A doctor puts a drop of blood
into a small hand-held device and instantly reads out a complete DNA
analysis. But it would have to be a science fiction movie, because in
real life, machines that analyze DNA are about the size of a
refrigerator. And hundreds of them, working for the past 10 years,
haven't been able to map the equivalent of one person's DNA. But
Cornell University researchers are working on a "biochip" -- an
"artificial gel" made of silicon -- that might be a step toward the
science fiction dream."
- [25/Mar/99] Gamma-Ray
- "The first gamma-ray burst that astronomers got to watch "live"
was the biggest explosion ever seen, second only to the Big Bang that
gave birth to the universe."
- [25/Mar/99] Table-Top
- "A decade to the day after two chemists in Utah made their
dubious announcement of "cold fusion," Lawrence Livermore National
Laboratory scientists unveiled another incredible-sounding claim:
table-top fusion. "
- [09/Mar/99] Silicon Graphics
Details MIPS Road Map
- "Silicon Graphics executives reaffirmed the company's commitment
to the MIPS architecture in Tokyo on Tuesday, adding details to its
earlier announcement of plans to extend MIPS CPUs to speed grades of
- [08/Mar/99] Polymer Mimics Special
Properties Of Human Retina
- "Two University of Southern Mississippi polymer scientists have
helped develop a new material for repairing torn retinas, which are a
major cause of blindness."
- [05/Mar/1999] World's
smallest scales weigh in
- "The smallest weighing machine ever made has sized up a speck of soot to
the nearest million billionth of a gram."
- [04/Mar/99] Weighing The Invisible: "Nanobalance"
Based On Carbon Nanotubes Shows New Application For
- "A "nanobalance" small enough to weigh viruses and other
sub-micron scale particles is one application for newly-discovered
electronic and micromechanical properties of carbon nanotubes."
- [00/Mar/99] ELECTRONICS:
New theory provides better understanding of transistors
- "CHAMPAIGN, Ill. -- The p-n junction diode is the basic element
in nearly all semiconductor devices. Trillions of these diodes --
which permit current to flow only in one direction -- are produced
daily. More than 10 million p-n junction diodes can be found in a
typical personal computer. However, since the invention of the
transistor 50 years ago, certain characteristics of the p-n junction
have been poorly understood and improperly described in textbooks.
Now, a new theory of p-n junction performance promises to resolve
past misconceptions, says a University of Illinois researcher."
- [05/Mar/99] Computer
Security Threat On Rise - U.S. Survey
- "Forget the stereotype of the teen hacker. Sophisticated cyber
crooks caused well over $100 million in losses last year, and the
trend toward professional computer crime is on the rise."
- [04/Mar/99] NEC,
Fujitsu lose supercomputer ruling
- "The U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC) this week ruled
that the U.S. is 'threatened with material injury' by imports of
vector supercomputers sold below cost by Japanese vendors NEC Corp.
and Fujitsu Ltd."
- [04/Mar/99] Sony And Toshiba
Team Up On 128-Bit CPU
- "Sony and Toshiba have formed a joint venture to produce the new
128-bit CPU for the next-generation Sony PlayStation-II electronic
- [04/Mar/99] PlayStation
Creator Courts Serious Fun
- "After nearly 25 years of hard work that included a product flop,
a failed alliance, and plenty of grunt-level design engineering, Ken
Kutaragi has become something of a celebrity in Silicon Valley."
- [04/Mar/99] PS2:
The Heart of the PlayStation 2
- "The official specs of Sony's next console, and what they mean
for the gamer."
- [22/Feb/99] Silicon
Graphics Brings Powerful 300 MHz MIPS R12000 Processor to its OCTANE
- "Silicon Graphics, Inc. (NYSE: SGI) today introduced new
high-performance 300 MHz MIPS R12000 processors for its mid-range
OCTANE visual workstations, reaffirming its commitment to UNIX
customers. The new CPU enables the OCTANE systems to deliver 35
percent better performance based on industry-standard benchmarks at
no added cost to customers1. This performance surpasses that of a Sun
Ultra60 360 MHz by as much as 17 percent."
- [19/Feb/99] The
Cold War Yields a Superchip
- "A team that built supercomputers for the Soviet military in the
Cold War has reportedly designed a chip that promises to be more
powerful than anything the West can muster."
- [19/Feb/99] Biochips May
Restore Eyesight, Movement
- "The possibility of using RF-powered electronic implants to
stimulate the nerves of paraplegics and the retinas of those with
certain eye diseases arose this week in a session on emerging
technologies at the International Solid-State Circuits Conference
here in San Francisco."
- [28/Jan/99] Chipmakers
outline 600-MHz plans
- "The latest in super-fast silicon from Intel, AMD, IBM,
Hewlett-Packard, and Toshiba will be previewed at one of the
industry's leading chip gatherings next month."
- [27/Jan/99] SGI and
HP Pick Up Linux
- "Hewlett-Packard and Silicon Graphics will join the Linux parade
and offer the free, Unix-based operating system on some of their
- [25/Jan/99] High Definition
Comes Into Focus
- "Sunday's Super Bowl XXXIII is the first NFL championship game in
the digital-television era."
- [21/Jan/99] Hitachi,
Toshiba Drives Set Density Record
- "Storage densities of mobile hard drives continue their upward
march with Hitachi's announcement Monday of a 10GB drive packing more
bits per square inch than any previous notebook or desktop drive.
Toshiba also announced similar drives on Monday, and IBM expects to
begin volume shipments this month of a 14.1GB (but lower-density)
drive unveiled last October."
- [20/Jan/99] Arthur
C. Clarke Warns Of Y2k Bug Chaos
- "Science fiction writer Arthur C. Clarke, at pains to point out
that the new millennium does not start until 2001, says the so-called
millennium bug could cause chaos in 2000."
- [19/Jan/99] Code-Breaking
- "'See you in Rome (second AES Conference, March 22-23, 1999)'. At
7:15 am Tuesday, that short message was worth US$10,000 to the
Electronic Frontier Foundation. Sneaking in just under the deadline,
the group's EFF Data Encryption Standard Cracker machine cut its own
record in half and deciphered the message in 22 and a half hours."
- [19/Jan/99] Apple
Ignites FireWire Fury
- "Apple is seeking royalties of $1 per port from chip and system
makers using the 1394 interface, which was born at Apple as FireWire.
The move has sparked high-profile protests, including a call from a
senior Intel vice president to Steven Jobs, interim CEO at Apple."
- [15/Jan/99] Consortium
Tackles 3-D Memory Packaging
- "Dense-Pac Microsystems is forming a consortium with the
University of Maryland's Computer Aided Life-Cycle Engineering
(CALCE) group in the hope of advancing the art of three-dimensional
IC packaging. The organization will explore advanced methods for
stacking and interconnecting memory chips, a technique that addresses
the growing demand for dense memory modules."
- [15/Jan/99] Iomega Feels
Pressure To Modernize
- "New technological advances in the removable-storage market could
soon spell trouble for market leader Iomega."
- [13/Jan/1999] New twist
- "It's one small step for DNA, one vast leap for nanotechnology. Scientists
in New York have created a nanometre-sized moving arm from synthetic DNA. This
kind of mechanical device, which operates on an molecular scale, is seen as the
precursor for nano-robots which will manufacture or repair molecules, possibly
within the human body."
- [08/Jan/99] A
bubble-blowing black hole
- "They look like wisps of smoke from a dying candle. But in this
case the candle is a supermassive black hole at the heart of a
- [07/Jan/99] Apple
Ignites Firewire At Macworld
- "After smoldering for more than a decade, Firewire, the
high-speed serial bus, is all the rage at Macworld where more than 20
new products that feature it are on display."
- [07/Jan/99] The
time and the place
- "Christmas may be almost a year away but how about this as a
present for the man or woman who has everything. The Casio Computer
Company has unveiled a prototype wristwatch with built-in global
positioning system (GPS)."
- [07/Jan/99] Toshiba
claims smallest memory chip
- "Toshiba said it has developed the world's smallest memory chip
[0.175 micron technology], in cooperation with International Business
Machines and Siemens."
- [07/Jan/99] Sandia
Photonic Crystal Confines Optical Light: 'Very Important Work,' Says
Physics Nobel Laureate
- "In their greatest success, researchers Shawn Lin and Jim
Fleming at the US Department of Energy's Sandia National Laboratories
have created a microscopic three-dimensional lattice that confines
light at optical wavelengths."
- [07/Jan/99] Digital
Michelangelo Project: Creating Virtual Sculpture
- "Through the magic of advanced computer graphics, art lovers soon
may be able to examine highly realistic, three-dimensional images of
the statues of Michelangelo on display screens at their local art
museum, or even on their personal computers. The technology will make
it possible to view a sculpture from different angles, zoom in on
details as small as chisel marks, change lighting conditions to see
how they affect a statue's appearance, and maybe even animate the
- [06/Jan/99] Nanoimprint
Lithography Defines New Laser
- "Lucent Technologies Bell Laboratories has forged a flexible
approach to fabricating lasers by combining nanoimprint lithography
methods with organic light-emitting materials. The lasers can be
built in non-standard, non-rectangular geometries to create an
- [04/Jan/99] Transistors
For The Next Century
- "ONR-sponsored scientists at Cornell University are developing a
new generation of transistors based on gallium nitride."
- [04/Jan/99] Helicopter
Pilots Face Virtual Reality
- "A flight simulator developed at the Naval Postgraduate School in
Monterey, Calif., is giving helicopter pilots valuable cockpit time
while still on the ground."
- [04/Jan/99] Here A Beam,
There A Beam
- "Physicists at the California Institute of Technology recently
succeeded in transporting a quantum state of light from one side of
an optical bench to the other without it traveling through any
physical medium in between."
- [04/Jan/99] Silicon Graphics
CEO Rallies For Comeback
- "Closing out his first year on the job, Silicon Graphics Inc. CEO
Rick Belluzzo is rallying the troops and the industry for what SGI
hopes will be a big comeback."
- [22/Dec/98] Silicon
Research Promises Better, Stronger Computer Chips
- "A team of Mississippi State University electrical engineers is
turning sand into the next generation of semiconductors."
- [18/Dec/98] First
Demonstration Of Laser Action In A Powder
- "Scientists at Northwestern University have provided the first
demonstration of lasing in a simple powdered material, suggesting
that semiconductor lasers -- which are brighter and more efficient
than the more familiar light emitting diodes, or LEDs -- could be
made cheaply enough to replace some of the estimated 30 billion LEDs
made each year for use in cell phones, calculators and other
- [16/Dec/98] New
Memory For Computers -- University Of Utah Researchers Developing
Nonvolatile Ram Technology
- "University of Utah researchers have announced a major
breakthrough in the development of a new type of memory aimed at
revolutionizing the computer industry and related fields."
- Tiny Computers
Of Carbon? Nanotubes That Conduct Huge Currents Without Heating Could
Be Basis For New Electronics
- "A report to be published in the June 12 issue of the journal
Science moves researchers one step closer to a practical application
for electron wave effects in extremely small-scale circuits."
Unveil Simple Hi-Tech Mirror
- "Scientists said Thursday they have made a breakthrough with
special light-filtering mirrors that may open up their use from
energy-saving windows for the home to heat-deflecting coating for the
- Control Of
Chemical Reactions By Laser Coming Closer
- "For more than 30 years, chemists have attempted to control
chemical reactions by using the pulse of a laser, often with
discouraging results. Recent experiments at the University of
Illinois indicate scientists may at last be close to achieving their
Up: Computer Wavelet Tool Filters Information
- "The amount of information available to businesses, governments
and scientists today is unprecedented. Businesses must pay close
attention to marketing plans, strategy reports and government
regulations. Governments must analyze satellite data, news and
intelligence reports quickly and thoroughly."
Fujitsu team on new DRAM chip
- "ng Japanese chipmakers Toshiba and Fujitsu today announced plans
to jointly develop and launch one-gigabit dynamic random-access
memory (DRAM) chips by the end of March 2002."
Space 1 Ion Propulsion System Starts Up
- "The ion propulsion system on NASA's Deep Space 1 spacecraft came to
life Tuesday, Nov. 24, and has continued running smoothly since."
Technologies' Bell Labs Scientists Demonstrate High-Power,
Multi-Channel Semiconductor Laser
- "Scientists at Bell Labs, the research and development arm of
Lucent Technologies, have demonstrated the first semiconductor laser
that can simultaneously emit light at multiple widely separated
Team Develops New Way To Create Microscopic Patterns On
- "The microscopic 3-D stripes of material that Assistant Professor
Paula T. Hammond is depositing on thin gold wafers represent a new
technique for creating patterns--and structures--on surfaces. The
technique, which Professor Hammond pioneered some two years ago,
involves "printing" a pattern onto a surface, then taking advantage
of a material's electrical properties to build up layers of that
material over the pattern."
draws 'surgical map'
- "Thousands of patients in the UK suffering from burns could
benefit from a new laser scanner."
Faces Stiff Competition
- "Buyers will get more choices in PCs, and Intel will get more
paranoid, as CPU competitors field an array of chips in 1999--some of
them more capable than Intel's high-end offerings."
snaps up Netscape
- "America Online (AOL) has bought Netscape Communications for
$4.21bn in a deal that promises to transform the Internet industry
and poses a significant threat to Bill Gates' Microsoft."
- Copyright Issue
Grows With Recording
- "The copyright-protection issues pushing a thorn into the side of
Diamond Multimedia may also prod Sony Electronics and Creative Labs,
as they develop similar MP3 devices for listening to music."
- NYU Computer Lab
Is Working On Challenge Of Bringing EPIC Technology To Embedded
- "Krishna V. Palem's ReaCT-ILP Lab is Working on Challenge of
Bringing EPIC Technology to Embedded Systems."
Ingenuity: Dartmouth Physicists Convert A Microcope Into A
- "A team of researchers led by a Dartmouth physicist has built the
first table-top free-electron laser capable of producing a bright,
tunable beam of infrared light."
- Most Accurate
Telescope To Do Short Wavelength Studies
- "Astronomers will soon make observations at the shortest,
highest-frequency submillimeter wavelengths ever detected from Earth
-- with a telescope that satellite holography recently proved to be
the most accurate of its kind in the world."
Scramble for a `Post-optical' Chip
- "A darkness is descending on Silicon Valley. The lights that
carve microchip components on Frisbee-sized wafers of silicon are
about to be extinguished."
Graphics ready to claim title of fastest supercomputer
- "Silicon Graphics Inc. is set to unveil Tuesday a new
supercomputer that it says offers the fastest performance in the
world, a spokeswoman said."
- A Baby
Step for Nanotech
- "Imagine a tiny machine travelling along inside the capillaries
of your hand, entering and repairing damaged cells as it rides along
on a current of blood."
breakthrough could lead to high-speed computers
- "In a 'Star Trek'-like achievement, scientists in New Mexico say
they have successfully transported an atom's nucleus from one area in
a molecule to another without moving matter."
Red king of supercomputers
- "Asci Red, a supercomputer created by Sandia National
Laboratories and Intel, has retained its position at the top of the
list of the world's fastest computers, although the overall leader in
supercomputing still seems to be Silicon Graphics."
Spins Up CDs
- "Plextor has rolled out its latest high-performance SCSI CD-ROM
drives, including 40X models the company claims are the fastest
CD-ROM drives you can buy."
- Business world
- "While a lot of people are preoccupied with the launch of
high-definition TV this week, want a glimpse of what might come next?"
new force in space exploration
- "A new force is being unleased in space with the launch of Deep
Space One. Deep Space One is no ordinary spacecraft. When it gets
into space it will ignite a revolutionary form of propulsion that
some scientists say is the key to exploring the solar system."
Unveils SCSI Drives
- "IBM on Monday announced a trio of new SCSI hard drive additions
to its Ultrastar line. The company says all its new hard drives
incorporate novel reliability and performance-enhancement
Software sex bias 'puts girls off'
- "Research suggests schoolgirls would be just as good as boys in
computing if the software were made 'gender neutral'."
Not quite beam me up Scotty!
- "Let's be clear. There has been no breakthrough in building a
Star Trek style 'transporter'. But what has got some scientists
buzzing is the demonstration of a very weird effect of the sub-atomic
Unveils Third-generation 64-bit PA-8500 Processor
- "Here at Microprocessor Forum, Hewlett-Packard Company today
announced availability of its third-generation 64-bit PA-8500
processor, combining leading performance, 1.5MB of on-chip cache and
increased scalability for HP's enterprise-class workstations and
- "New versions of Seagate's Cheetah and Barracuda drives provide
the ultimate in PC storage speed and capacity."
Researchers Develop 'Smart' Intensive Care Unit System Using Advanced
- "Researchers at the University of Pennsylvania Medical Center
have developed a 'smart' intensive care unit (ICU) system that
improves vital-sign monitoring of critically-ill patients."
shows SiGe parts
- "IBM on Monday introduced the first standard, high-volume chips
built using the company's silicon germanium (SiGe) manufacturing
Chip Sparks Electric Car
- "Jian H. Zhao is developing a technology that could radically
improve the efficiency of electric vehicles in the future, but to get
where he is today he had to solve a problem that has been confounding
scientists and engineers for 35 years."
- UH Research
Paves Way for Better Lasers, Thin Film Devices
- "A joint research team from the University of Houston, Applied
Optoelectronics Inc. (AOI) and Cornell University has won an intense
race to develop a better way to build lasers and other optoelectronic
- Discovery of the
first X-ray emitting brown dwarf
- "Scientists at the Max Planck Institute for Extraterrestrial
Physics and at the European Southern Observatory in Garching/Germany
reported not only the first X-ray detection of a brown dwarf, but
also the discovery of the youngest brown dwarf known so far (Science,
Vol. 282, 2 October 1998)."
a star die
- "When they are completed, the four large telescopes at the
Paranal Observatory in northern Chile will be the most powerful in
the world. Already, with just one telescope working, the observatory
is producing some of the most spectacular astronomical pictures."
of new chips emerging
- "Advanced Micro Devices will provide the details surrounding its
next generation microprocessor, the K7, next week at the
Microprocessor Forum in San Jose, California, and in all likelihood
ignite a debate on whether the company has come up with a way to
expand into the performance computing market."
Introduces the First 200MB Floppy
- "Sony Electronics announced Thursday that a parallel port version
of its new High Capacity Floppy Disk Drive (HiFD), which reads and
writes to a new 200MB Sony disk as well as the traditional 1.44MB
floppy disk, will be shipping to computer retailers by the fall
Comdex show. It will be followed by an internal EIDE version
available to consumers and PC makers shortly after the New Year."
selects Direct Rambus DRAM for K7 chips
- "Advanced Micro Devices announced Thursday that it has licensed
Rambus memory technology and will support Direct Rambus DRAM with
core-logic chips for its forthcoming K7 processors."
- Japanese Chip
Makers Show First DDR DRAMs
- "As if on cue, three of Japan's memory suppliers have announced
64-megabit double-data-rate (DDR) dynamic RAMs, adding to the mix of
high-speed DRAM types that will start to ramp later this year."
Humans and the practice of medicine
- "Doctors in training to use a bronchoscope soon will be able to
have 30 or more of the procedures under their belts before they ever
touch a human patient."
graphics pioneer David Evans dies at 74
- "David C. Evans, a pioneer in the use of computers simulations,
has died after a long battle with Alzheimer's disease. He was 74."
- Sony And Pioneer
Join Blue-Laser Race
- "Two major disk-player suppliers, Sony and Pioneer Electronic,
have joined the race to develop a blue laser based on gallium nitride
(GaN). Both trail the current leader, Nichia Chemical Industries.
Blue lasers or shorter-wavelength violet lasers will be in big demand
for next-generation storage and communications systems."
sees life in Alpha chip
- "FRANKFURT--Compaq Computer said today that it planned to
continue using Digital Equipment's high-powered Alpha processor for
another ten years even as Intel nears the release of its competing
look at the advantages of XML
- "The computing press has found a new savior for the ills that
afflict computing and the Web: Extensible Markup Language. XML is
new, it's exciting, and it's got to be good, because the
specification for it looks indecipherable."
- UD Computer
News: Future Looks Bright For Tunnel Diodes, Promising Faster, More
- "When Nobel Prize winner Leo Esaki discovered the tunnel diode in
1957, the super-fast, current-switching device was touted as a kind
of Holy Grail for computer chip makers, but technological obstacles
have so far hindered its widespread use in conventional,
Levitation Could Slash Cost Of Space Travel
- "NASA and industry partner PRT Systems Inc. of Park Forest, Ill.,
are teaming with an amusement ride manufacturer and a British
university for research into magnetic levitation -- or maglev -- that
could help launch spacecraft into orbit using magnets to float a
vehicle along a track."
Nanocrystals: The Next Thing In Fluorescent Probes
- "BERKELEY, CA -- Some of the more shadowy secrets of biology may
soon be illuminated through the use of a new type of fluorescent
probe developed by scientists with the U.S. Department of Energy's
Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory and the University of
California at Berkeley."
- Massively Parallel
Processors Underlie Astronomy Advance
- "Scientists at the U.S. Department of Energys (DOE) Princeton
Plasma Physics Laboratory (PPPL) reported a major advance in the
computer modeling of fusion plasmas in the September 18 edition of
- MIT lab thrives
'out on a limb'
- "CAMBRIDGE, Mass. -- The Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Media Laboratory is drawing together some of the best minds to chase
the future. They have invented robots that "think" and they're
developing smart furniture and even smarter kitchen appliances.
While this may sound frivolous, it's the foundation for such
breakthroughs as quantum computing to overcome the current limits of
silicon, personal health monitoring systems to provide early warning
of illness and new horizons in childhood education. And all are part
of the lab's evolving goal: to expand the vision and ambition of a
future generation of engineers, social scientists and artists."
speeds graphics chip
- "South Korea's Samsung Electronics said today it has begun
shipping commercial samples of a super-fast graphics memory chip to
graphics controller makers."
- China Tests HDTV
- "BEIJING -- The trial run of a prototype High Definition TV
(HDTV) system announced by the Ministry of Science and Technology
here could give a big boost to China's fledgling TV industry and to a
government drive to build a base in intellectual property for
emerging digital technologies."
Photonic Lattice, A Dream For A Decade, Fabricated At
- "Lincoln Log-Like Structure To Improve Infrared And Optical
Communications, Optical Computers"
SCSI Will Double Current Transfer Rates
- "A storage industry consortium Monday announced the Ultra160/m
SCSI standard, which is expected to spawn a new generation of faster
hard drives by sometime next year."
- Laws of gravity
may be wrong
- "Gravity may not be working as advertised. Spacecraft hurtling
through the Solar System have been behaving so bizarrely that some
scientists wonder whether our theories of gravity are wrong."
- Ion propulsion now
a practical reality
- "A motor that uses jets of ionised gas to keep spacecraft in
their allotted place in the sky could revolutionise the economics of
satellite TV and communications. "
May Be Key To Next Wave Of Light-Based Technology
- "HOUSTON, Sept. 8, 1998 -- Nano-sized metal spheres may be the
key to the next wave of light-based technologies. Rice University
researchers, led by Naomi Halas, professor of electrical and computer
engineering, developed metal nanoshells--particles with an insulating
core coated by a thin shell of gold--the 'malted milk balls' of the
In Our Future
- "Nuclear fusion, the same reaction that fuels the sun, holds the
potential for providing humankind with a clean and limitless supply
Factory Is No Star Trek Mission
- "CARDIFF, Wales--Swiss-based scientists said Thursday that they
had manufactured anti-matter, one of the staple substances of science
fiction, but in such tiny amounts it would be of little use in
powering a Star Trek spaceship."
panel has 4 times the pixels
- "cientists at IBM say they have developed a new flat-panel
computer display that allows users to see text and images with 200
pixels-per-inch clarity, a resolution virtually indistinguishable
from the printed page."
to Produce Smallest, Lightest Hard-Disk Drives
- "International Business Machines Corp. says it's created the world's
smallest and lightest hard drive, a device designed for digital cameras and
handheld computers that uses disks the size of a quarter."
Computer Code Cracked
- "For years, cryptographers have warned that the Data Encryption Standard, a
56-bit code standardized by the U.S. government and used widely by private
businesses, could eventually fall against a brute-force effort to crack it.
This week, it fell in record time - less than three days."
- Building a Better
- "Computer systems born from droplets of DNA computing hold the promise of
tackling the most complex problems, yet the very design of these processors
provides the developers with a puzzle of their own: how to control the
invents faster DRAM
- "Fujitsu has developed a new type of memory, called Fast Cycle Random
Access Memory (FCRAM), that is Zalmost four times faster than today's
Ships 800-MHz Rambus Dynamic RAMs
- "Toshiba America Electronic Components in Irvine, Calif., Monday announced
it has shipped functioning direct Rambus dynamic RAM (RDRAM) silicon that runs
at 800 MHz."
- Tiny Computers
Of Carbon? Nanotubes That Conduct Huge Currents Without Heating Could Be Basis
For New Electronics
- "A report to be published in the June 12 issue of the journal Science moves
researchers one step closer to a practical application for electron wave
effects in extremely small-scale circuits."
computer fixes itself
- "American scientists say they have developed a computer that can mend
itself. Although a single fault on most computers could stop them from working,
hundreds of thousands of defects on the machine known as Teramac have no effect
at all. Roland Pease of the BBC's Science Unit reports."
- New Blue
Laser Triples DVD Capacity
- "TOKYO -- Japan's Matsushita Electric Industrial Co. announced Monday the
world's first 15-milliwatt blue laser, clearing the way for next-generation
high-definition digital video disks with a single-sided storage capacity of 15
GB or double-sided capacity of 30 GB."
- Holographic Material Lends
Hope For Storage
- "A new holographic material based on polymethylmethacrylate (PMMA) holds
out hope for very dense read-only data-storage applications. Invented in the
former Soviet Union and now being developed at both the Massachusetts Institute
of Technology and CalTech, the material is said to offer low-expense,
high-diffraction efficiency and no shrinkage."
to mass produce Rambus
- "SEOUL--South Korean chipmaker Samsung Electronics said today it
had completed development of the 64-megabit Rambus memory module and
was set to begin mass producing the device."
- Chipping Away at
- "Shmoos, the cuddly critters in Al Capp's comic strip "Li'l
Abner," epitomized utopia. They loved to please humans and would turn
into anything -- filet mignon, caviar, chocolate cake -- upon
request. In the real world, scientists are seeking to create
molecular Shmoos, of sorts, that would rejigger molecules to build
such things as small microprocessors, robots, and even little war
Announces Super Digital Linear Tape
- "Quantum said Monday that it is already demonstrating to key
customers the technology for its next generation of digital linear
has 256-megabit memory
- "it has produced and shipped to major PC makers samples of a
256-megabit DRAM (dynamic random access memory) chip, which offers 16
times the capacity of the memory chips commonly found in today's
- NEC to
make advanced chips
- "In Tokyo, NEC said on Thursday that it would start mass
production of next-generation chips using advanced manufacturing
technology. NEC said the chips would be made using .15- to
.18-micron technology, starting in early 1999. These production
processes will allow the company to deliver more powerful chips at
lower costs. "
Quantum Computer -- Too Weird for Einstein
- (Charles Arthur discusses the emerging field of quantum computing)
Demo a Quantum Computer
- "American scientists have demonstrated a computer that thinks
laterally -- solving problems by, in effect, jumping instantly to the
conclusion rather than working through successive steps to the
answer. Though only in their early stages now, during the next
century ``quantum computers'' which use the mysterious nature of
fundamental particles such as protons, could produce machines capable
of instantaneously solving prodigious mathematical problems, where a
conventional supercomputer would labor for centuries. "
- "By the early twenty-first century, our beloved silicon
microprocessors will likely be economically and physically redundant,
spoken of wistfully by sentimental parents tucking in sleepy children
with stories of technology past. Science fiction, you say? Science
fact -- driven by the basic laws of economics and physics. "
the Path to Faster Chips
- "In the race to develop faster semiconductors, Melissa Hines
thinks the playing field needs to be leveled. And so Hines and fellow
Cornell University chemists are developing a new manufacturing
process for computer chips that would make each microprocessor
"perfect," or devoid of surface flaws that degrade performance."
- New Microchips
- "A microchip company claims to have created a new generation
technology that will significantly shrink the size of modern chips -
enabling much smaller electronic devices to be built.
Mobile phones could be shrunk to fit into the ear, hand-held
computers talked to instead of typed to, and many other products made
more cheaply, say LSI Logic.
Called G12, the technology allows for 223 million usable transistors to be
mounted on a chip the size of a postage stamp."
storage device debuts
- "update Ioptics today introduced a new storage technology
designed for use in handheld and portable computers. Dubbed OROM, the
patented technology holds up to 128MB of information on a data card
around the size of a business card, according to the company. "
Simple Transistor May Yield Dense, High-Speed Circuits
- "Researchers at Sandia National Laboratory are working on a
device architecture that could pack high functionality into dense
circuits running at record speeds. Called a Double Electron Layer
Tunneling Transistor, the device uses a simple vertical, double
quantum-well transistor to implement a mode of operation known as
TV display to be unveiled
- "Cambridge Display Technology Ltd. says it will unveil the
world's first plastic TV display on Monday, a move which could
eventually see the demise of the standard television set."
- Digital's Alpha to
remain fastest chip?
- "Digital Equipment (DEC), making its first major announcement
since last week's declaration of a planned merger with Compaq (CPQ),
said that the newest version of its 64-bit Alpha processor will break
the 1,000-MHz barrier by the year 2000, a goal which may put
Digital's chip and Intel's upcoming Merced processor on a collision
- "Turning any pair of eyeglasses into a video display, a new LCD
(liquid crystal display) device may drop computer information into
the field of vision of surgeons, pilots, and others needing access to
data while going about their work. "
Vegas electronics show features flat TVs, bicycle phones
- "Thomson S.A. (THMP.PA), which sells its products under the RCA
brand, is showcasing a 61-inch digital television that will retail
for about $8,000."
breaks the 1000 MHz microprocessor barrier | [OD]
- "On February 4, IBM researchers announced they have demonstrated
the world's first experimental CMOS microprocessor that can operate
at one billion cycles per second (1000 MHz or 1 GHz)."
- Intel to unveil
"Slot 2" chip design
- "Later this week, Intel will publicly reveal details of its
upcoming "Slot 2" Pentium II chip design for the first time and also
give an overview of the 450-MHz Pentium II "Deschutes" processor, two
product innovations that will likely be seen in servers and
workstations in the second half of the year."
develops new memory chip
- "NEC Corporation today said it has developed a new memory
architecture that improves the graphics and multimedia processing
capabilities of personal computers and workstations without depending
on increases in memory speed or the number of signal pins."
- IBM shows off
experimental 1,000MHz chip
- "IBM's Austin Research Lab unit today will give the world a first
look at its experimental 1,000MHz computer chip, the first ever to
hit the billion-cycles-per-second performance mark."
- 500 MHz
- "Digital Equipment Corporation today introduced the Alpha 21264
family, a new generation of the 64-bit Alpha architecture that will
break the GigaHertz (1,000MHz) speed barrier and continue Alpha's
industry performance leadership over all other architectures."
- Samsung plans 1-GHz
Alpha for new Windows NT systems
- "Samsung Semiconductor Inc. here today said its 1998 roadmap for
Alpha processors includes a 1-GHz RISC chip with a 100 SPECint95
rating for the newest version of Microsoft Corp.'s Windows NT
Design Reaches for Light Speed
- "Experiments financed by the Office of Naval Research (ONR) and
the Army Research Office (ARO) are examining the ability of silicon
wafers to conduct photons (commonly called light waves) in the hope
of someday creating a ultra-fast computer chip that operates at the
speed of light - or about 100,000 times faster than current
to release 128MBit DRAMs and SRAMs
- This is just a short announcement, with a bulk price quote.
- Sun Announce
300MHz UltraSPARC IIi
- "At 300 MHz with 512Kbytes external cache, the UltraSPARC-IIi
processor-based module provides a SPECint95 of 12.1 and SPECfp95 of
- Gigabit Ethernet Gears
- "Screaming 1000-Mbps Gigabit Ethernet solutions will answer the
increasingly loud cry for more bandwidth in late 1998." (Byte, Jan
- Memories of Things to
- "Too many RAM technologies on the market at once could confuse
system upgraders." (Byte, Jan 1998)
Stands for DiVideD
- "Political wrangling over incompatible DVD formats keeps
"standards" out of reach." (Byte, Jan 1998)
Get Bigger, Faster, Cheaper
- "9.1-GB drives spinning at 7200 rpm will soon enter the
mainstream." (Byte, Dec 1997)
Pentium II (Relevant
- "Here's the first detailed look at the new breakthrough
microprocessor architecture from Intel and Hewlett-Packard - and what
it will mean for developers and users." (Byte, Dec 1997)
- Consortium to
- "The Department of Energy, Intel, AMD, Motorola and the premier
U.S.-owned research labs have formed a company that will seek to
devise a new semiconductor manufacturing process resulting in
smaller, faster processors by 2002."
NEC Research Promises Terabit Memory Chips
- "TOKYO -- NEC said Thursday its researchers have invented a new
type of transistor that can propel the dynamic RAM memory industry
into the 10-terabit (10 trillion-bits) era sometime during the next
- IBM wins funds for
- US Govt. to help IBM with X-ray lithography research.
touts 'supercomputer on a chip'
- Federal funding for billion-transistor chip research.
Technology Takes a Quantum Leap
- Sandia Labs demonstrates a quantum transistor.
- Meet the
Transistor of the Future
- Bell Labs demonstrates faster transistor technology.
the Plasma Waves
- Plasma Transistors discussed.
Transistors Get Even Smaller
- University of Minnesota demonstrates single-electron
Integration Nears Reality
- "Insights into how photons and electrons interact with silicon
are stimulating new directions in optoelectronic research that could
lead to a fully integrated optical technology within a few years."
cranks out 700-MHz Alpha CPU | [OD]
- Samsung is ahead of the game with a 700MHz 21264 using its own
0.25u CMOS process, thought it still intends to release the CPU at the
same time as Digital which has delayed the release perhaps until the
2nd half of 1998.
IBM, Digital to unveil new CPUs at ISSCC in Feb 98
- Intel's Pentium II at 450MHz, IBM's single-issue PowerPC at 1.1GHz
and dual-issue at 500MHz, Alpha's 600MHz 21264 and 200MHz
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