Memory chip makers are expected to begin mass production of PC333 DDR SDRAM in September, said Alex Wu, director of integrated products at Silicon Integrated System Corp. at the CeBIT Asia exhibition.
The announcement that PC333 will soon enter volume production comes as SIS readies the launch of its 645 DDR chip set for Intel's Pentium 4 processor. The 645 is expected to be the first DDR chip set which will support PC333 memory for the Pentium 4. Rival chip-set maker Via Technologies Inc. also plans to launch a DDR chip set soon for the Pentium 4, the Apollo P4X266, but its chip set does not support currently support PC333. Intel has plans to introduce a version of its 845 chip set that supports DDR in early 2002.
Code Red hits DSL routers, cable-modem networks
The Code Red worm in all its variants continues its destructive spread, not only worming its way into hundreds of thousands of Microsoft Corp. Web servers, but also having a newly noticed impact on a broad range of Cisco Systems Inc. equipment, including DSL routers within the Qwest Communications International Inc. network.
In addition, cable Internet providers, including Time Warner Cable Inc., AT&T Broadband Inc., Cox Communications Inc. and Excite@Home Inc., have experienced network slowdowns as the new, rewritten version of Code Red discovered last weekend continues to spread. Dubbed Code Red II, the new computer worm, which includes a dangerous backdoor Trojan, has bogged down their networks by infecting Internet-connected machines where the Microsoft Web server is running.
Supercomputer to use 3,300 Itanium processors
Intel Corp. said recently that its Itanium family of processors will be used to build a distributed scientific computing system it claims will be the largest of its kind. The supercomputing system, called "TeraGrid," is part of a US$53 million award by the American National Science Foundation to four facilities to do scientific research.
Creating a Distributed Terascale Facility, Intel says TeraGrid will link computers powered by more than 3,300 Intel Itanium processors. It will be capable of more than 13.6 trillion calculations per second, or 13.6 teraflops, and have the ability to store, access and share more than 450 trillion bytes of information.
Australia claims first for online newspaper
Australian publisher News Ltd. recently launched a digital version of its flagship The Australian newspaper, claiming it is the first major newspaper that can be delivered to customers over the Internet in identical form to the printed version.
The newspaper will use proprietary software called NewsStand Reader to enable subscribers to view and print an exact colour facsimile of the print publication, the company said in a statement. Subscribers need to download the NewsStand Reader software to access the material. NewsStand Reader, developed by NewsStand Inc., has also been chosen by the International Herald Tribune and New York Times for their forthcoming digital editions. The digital version will cost US$2 per day, according to the statement.