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April 20, 2002 1:13:38 AM

Hey everyone,

I bet some of you already noticed this but: something BIG is gonna happen with some company. I am a daily reader of Tom's, Anandtech, and HardOCP and I noticed that both Anandtech and HardOCP had there biggest represitives flying out to San Fransisco to meet with some company that they "haven't heard from in a while"

Fronm HardOCP:
After being in San Francisco this week on a 36 hour quick turn around trip, we did find the excursion to be well worth our while. If this company, that we have not heard anything exciting from in a while, can "put their money where their mouth is" there are going to be quite a few folks out there in for a surprise.

And from Anandtech: @ http://www.anandtech.com/news/shownews.html?i=3410&t=sn

Admittedly this week didn't go as planned with the GeForce4 Ti roundup still unfinished. Today I'll be hopping on a plane to head off to San Francisco to meet with a company we haven't heard much from in a while. Hopefully I'll see something that makes my 7 awake hours in San Francisco well worth it and exactly 24 hours from now I'll be standing in an airport waiting to head back. The short trip caused me to finish up a lot of things that I would normally have Thursday/Friday to do but because of that I've had to put a lot of testing on hold. Needless to say, as soon as I land I'll start testing again.

There's not much I can say about what I'll be seeing out West but I've been told it should be well worth my time. If it turns out to be extremely impressive I'll do something special with my next post to let you know ;) 

Take care and have a safe weekend.

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This seems something to look out for...Any informative speculation? Could it be Apple telling us about OS X x86 support? Or maybe ATI with some big news? Well whatever it is I reccomend to keep an eye out...

Ben

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April 20, 2002 1:16:48 AM

Or maybe Matrox is about to release a GF4 killer?

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April 20, 2002 1:18:29 AM

I hope it's Matrox and the mysterious "parhelia" video card.

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April 20, 2002 1:20:04 AM

Stop reading my mind.

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April 20, 2002 3:42:57 AM

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Could it be Apple telling us about OS X x86 support?

haha. never happen. ever. that really amused me, though. I'd love to here Steve Jobs start plugging the advantages of pc architecture...
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Or maybe ATI with some big news?

maybe, except EVERYONE hears from ATI ALL THE TIME. I just heard from him yesterday, in fact. He's doing fine.

I think you made some sharp observations, though. You should write detective fiction or something. Nice eye.
April 20, 2002 4:39:08 AM

Well, we know:

I doubt the sites in question would make such a fuss about any company except one that manufactures chipsets or chips, i.e. they'd bite for nVidia but not for GainWard.

It's not VIA, nVidia, ATI, AMD, or Intel; we hear from them <b>all the time, 100 damn hours a day.</b> :wink:

It might be Kyro, except that I seem to recall Kyro getting bought by one of the above (VIA?).

I doubt it's Matrox, because Matrox's NA branch is based in Canada. They don't appear to have an office anywhere near San Francisco.

Creative Labs? I doubt anyone's much interested in them anyways. I don't think Creative would be moving too fast after the introduction of Audigy.

Any other ideas?

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April 20, 2002 5:22:13 AM

Well, what companies do we know to have offices in San Fran that haven't been heard from in a while? I really don't know, but possible companies include: SiS, Power VR, 3DLabs, Maxtor, BitBoyz, Trident, etc. Most convincing is Maxtor and PowerVR, since SiS has made no secret of their upcoming products, BitBoyz is nothing but vaporware, and the others aren't big enough players in the computer industry. Let's see what happens in the coming weeks.

-SammyBoy
April 20, 2002 5:25:12 AM

Maybe it is Trident. They have been quiet for a long while.


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April 20, 2002 5:58:29 AM

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BitBoyz



Maybe they finally finshed that damn super videocard they bragged about all those years.

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April 20, 2002 6:51:11 AM

people over at [H] are pretty sure it is matrox... which i beleive, especially since they linked to the forum thread on the main page... (now that i check, it seems to have disapeared) <A HREF="http://www.hardforum.com/showthread.php?s=&threadid=380..." target="_new">its here</A>

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April 20, 2002 7:54:30 AM

Yeah, there is some good reasoning there too, I was following it when the thread started. Maybe it's something completely new, though? Everyone's been talking about a huge video card or something, but what if it's something the industry doesn't have yet?

<font color=blue>If you don't buy Windows, then the terrorists have already won!</font color=blue> - Microsoft
April 20, 2002 8:00:43 AM

i can't imagine what... what does the industry not have yet...
i know! it's a SMELLcard... it will add a whole new dimension to gaming! (btw, it is late, and this is probably not funny)

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April 20, 2002 8:17:03 AM

That would be great for movie theaters, though. Except for the ones where the hero has to sneak through a sewer...

<font color=blue>If you don't buy Windows, then the terrorists have already won!</font color=blue> - Microsoft
April 20, 2002 8:49:58 AM

"Shawshank Redemption, Smell-O-Vision edition"

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April 20, 2002 8:56:54 AM

mmm...
as long as there was a "volume"

(bb || !bb) - Shakespeare
April 20, 2002 9:27:06 AM

Interesting...I wonder who this company could be. I personally dont think it is Matrox. What about Seagate ?, Apple ? or even SUN ?!

Check out the San Franciso <A HREF="http://www.sfchamber.com/top_companies.htm" target="_new">Chambers of Commerce website</A> for more companies or <A HREF="http://www.businessweek.com/1997/34/roster34/rrev.htm" target="_new">Silicon Valley top 100 list of companies</A>

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April 20, 2002 9:37:00 AM

What about AMD...haven't heard from them lately :wink: ...except for Saunders in court...LOL.

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April 20, 2002 2:25:35 PM

This is what Anand wrote:

Bright days ahead
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Date: April 20th, 2002 3:15 AM
Author Anand Lal Shimpi


I just landed and felt the need to provide some closure (at least temporarily) to my last post. There are a handful of times where you see a product/technology that reminds you exactly why you are so interested in this industry. Product's like AMD's upcoming Hammer and others are perfect reminders to me of why I care so much about this industry and what fuels my passion. In spite of all of the tasteless politics that seem to plague our industry there are a few times when you really get a chance to see something that makes you smile. With that said I'll be quiet for a few more weeks and then there will be a lot to talk about.

In other news, this Friday will be the 5-year anniversary of AnandTech. April 26, 1997 was the day this all began and I'm trying to think of some ways to really share my appreciation for all of your support with you guys. Give me a couple of days and I'll come up with something ;) 

Take Care and Good Night


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April 20, 2002 3:23:31 PM

It's a new VR unit, whose research and development took a giant leap around the 2GHz cpu introduction...now they got the juice to make it home bound, though they do prefer 5Ghz for nominal operation (gotta hate lag in VR, and the new graphics require a mega chunk of ass for the VR setups). It may not be launched until 5Ghz is out anyway.

I'm ready for my headset...anyone else?

Anybody believe my rambling? Me neither...I'm gonna take my weekly shower now.

If I don't get my 90THz AMD Quadraplex system soon, I'm afraid I may just combust right here.
April 22, 2002 8:44:59 PM

I know this is a bit out in left field, but I was thinking to myself 'What about RAM?'...

Maybe someone has a dual-channel 32-bit RDRAM sample running at high speed. Or maybe someone actually has quad-rate SDRAM running at 133MHz to match the FSB of the Northwood-B.

Or, maybe someone has 1ns DDR samples running in a GF4 with an insane memory overclock.

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April 22, 2002 8:58:17 PM

I doubt it's RAM, since that wouldn't generate such a huge excitement from all these high-profile sites.

Hmm...Seagate and Oracle are the two that jump out of the list, though I honestly have no idea why.

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April 22, 2002 9:17:03 PM

I think its trident.

we havnt heard from it in a long time, and THG does say it has the first DirectX8 compliant mobile GPU.

oh well..

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April 23, 2002 2:01:30 AM

Ambmb.com is claiming that Microsoft is going to announce Windows XP 64-bit complete with support for Hammer on Wednesday, April 24 and that AMD is going to make an announcement on the same day.

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April 23, 2002 2:05:39 AM

Quote:

Ambmb.com is claiming that Microsoft is going to announce Windows XP 64-bit complete with support for Hammer on Wednesday, April 24 and that AMD is going to make an announcement on the same day.

Now that's something to get excited about! :smile:

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April 23, 2002 2:10:17 AM

Yeah....hey, that's in 2 days! Sweet.

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April 23, 2002 2:12:37 AM

I'm already getting weird feelings inside me!

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April 23, 2002 2:59:02 AM

There's news everywhere:

<A HREF="http://www.xbitlabs.com/news/story.html?id=1019274534" target="_new">Two SledgeHammers in a Single Package</A>

<A HREF="http://www.abit.com.tw/abitweb/webjsp/english/products_..." target="_new">Abit WA-2A</A>
It's funny they use intel ethernet in that really...

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- JW
April 23, 2002 3:02:42 AM

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April 23, 2002 3:46:09 AM

Some good stuff maybe coming this wednesday a good day. MAybe they will start selling the Hammer that day. Hey...I can dream...One 3400+ Hammer for $195 that would really kick intel where it hurts
April 23, 2002 4:45:04 AM

wow, i come back to the forumn and read stuff about SF (where i live) and see replies w/ articles of this sort..i can't wait til my new rig is in its process of being awakened..ooOoOoOoOoo..good to be back (isp said i didn't pay the bill for the past two months so they terminated my dsl, heh..thought they wouldn't ever figure it out :smile: )

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April 23, 2002 4:52:16 AM

I don't know, nothing I've heard so far seems like enough to get these people so excited. Also, it's not like we haven't heard from AMD or Microsoft in a while.

<font color=blue>If you don't buy Windows, then the terrorists have already won!</font color=blue> - Microsoft
April 23, 2002 5:32:13 PM

If its Graphics, then I bet its either Matrox or Sis (didn't SiS buy triedent long ago?)
If its anything about Operating systems its probably with Microsoft and a new/updated version of XP, I seriously doubt OS X support for x86.
It could also be this new LCD computer systems you can walk around your house with, but then again its microsoft and we hear stuff from them all the time.
Isn't DDR-II on the horizon? maybe its here, and it'll revolutionize memory from several aspects.
Ooooh I bet its tekram, I havn't heard anything from them in years, maybe they've got some new stuff coming out :smile:

If my response is brief and vague its because the info you provided is too!

Oh yea and don't forget hard drive companies, serial ata is right around the corner to give scsi performance at IDE prices.<P ID="edit"><FONT SIZE=-1><EM>Edited by Oni on 04/23/02 01:33 PM.</EM></FONT></P>
April 23, 2002 7:28:55 PM

Great, more kick-ass technology that will make my current rig look primitive?

Oh well, it'll be time to break-out the checkbook again.

Wouldn't it be nice to build a state-of-the-art PC and have it stay state-of-the-art for more than a month?

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April 23, 2002 7:48:55 PM

Matrox i do believe isn't geared toward the 3d market.

"3DFX" was! i will bet that "3DFX" put something amazing together! Just because the company is gone doesn't mean the guys can't assemble together again under a different name.

I mean we have heard from matrox, nvidia, ati.... nothing from "3DFX" in a very very long time!

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April 23, 2002 7:53:33 PM

nVidia owns 3DFX, I don't think we'll be seeing anything from them :tongue:

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April 23, 2002 7:55:53 PM

you know what!? My dad was telling me how japan developed a CPU that is 20 times faster then the current cpu's out in the market now!

i bet thats it! imagine a 48ghz cpu! (since intel is at 2.4ghz)

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April 23, 2002 7:57:03 PM

No, I know...it's a new fab process for making SRAM an affordable Module, and they're going to move the chipsets in this direction, providing synchronous bus speeds and superior data rates for all. They finally passed the SFSB/SC problem of getting it to automatically match the clock of the cpu. Once they cracked the AUiNc delima, the ORVT's could synchronize with the CPVM. Yeaaaahhhh....that's the ticket.

But they're not going to use me for a guinea pig again...took me a month to get that damn RDRAM outta my skull...kept causing me to reply to people minutes behind their questions.

If I don't get my 90THz AMD Quadraplex system soon, I'm afraid I may just combust right here.
April 23, 2002 8:01:26 PM

What's so special about a 48GHz CPU? NASA probably has stuff thousands of times faster.

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April 23, 2002 8:03:14 PM

they don't own the people though ... they can easily gather together resources and have a new name. What they bought was the 3dfx name and there patents or some of them. Did they buy there buildings and chip making plants and the R&D lab? not that i'm aware of... *shrugs* ... lol



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April 23, 2002 8:06:49 PM

ahhh no .. do you have any idea of what the spaceshuttle consist of? .. it uses an old 8086 chip.

show me one company that has a 48ghz cpu!? ONE! Besides the one from japan i just mentioned ;p

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April 23, 2002 8:07:23 PM

I think its s3 graphics ?

You GeForce Ti4xxx is faster then my R8500 but my R8500 is the king of Aniso baby :cool:
April 23, 2002 8:15:57 PM

S3 is owned by Via now.

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April 23, 2002 8:20:38 PM

maybe it's the discovery of life on another faraway planet! Or Or maybe the finally developed a desktop blackhole! Or Or maybe it's one of those holographical hard drives i keep hearing about! you can store like 100 times more data... imagine! a terrabyte drive! (it would take about 4 years to format it though lol!)

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April 23, 2002 8:35:18 PM

maybe they fixed the fpu on the P4 ?

maybe the i845g graphics are actually faster then anyone thought ?

You GeForce Ti4xxx is faster then my R8500 but my R8500 is the king of Aniso baby :cool:
April 23, 2002 8:38:19 PM

Maybe it's more realistic porn.

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April 23, 2002 8:45:49 PM

or better yet! maybe the trident cyberblade with it's newly updated drivers is now faster then even the geforce4 4600!

Or, Maybe pigs flew and crapped on one of the execs finest suit and was recorded on video! Waiting to be sent to americans funniest home videoes.

I mean that would be pretty exciting to watch!!!

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April 23, 2002 8:54:23 PM

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Did they buy there buildings and chip making plants and the R&D lab? not that i'm aware of... *shrugs* ... lol


I believe so. They bought the whole company.

And that's a supercomputer in Japan, not just a single CPU. It's been announced, it's not a secret.

Besides, this is something that Anand said reminded him why he loves the industry. It has to be rather revolutionary and completely different from everything else around.

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April 23, 2002 9:54:11 PM

May be they got Windows XP to work on 286 Machine. Now I can finally be able to do decent work on it.

KG

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April 23, 2002 9:55:01 PM

Maybe it's Microsoft, they made windows not to crash at boot up.

KG

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