PC Solutions- briefs

PC Solutions- briefs

PC Solutions- Briefs

XIOtech experiences sea change

Seagate Technology recently announced a definitive agreement to acquire storage area network solutions company XIOtech.

The deal is valued at $360 million in Seagate common stock and will be finalised next quarter.

The boards of each company have approved the transaction but it is still subject to normal conditions of closing and XIOtech shareholder approval.

Founded in 1995, the privately held company proved attractive to Seagate because of its Magnitude range of storage products.

IBM unveils cutting-edge chip design . . .

IBM introduced a new chip design last week that combines two cutting-edge semiconductor technologies in a single product. The result, according to Big Blue, will be a chip for use in next-generation wireless telephones and other advanced communications products.

Big Blue's design makes use of copper wires, which can carry signals between transistors at faster rates than tradit-ional aluminium wiring. The design also employs a silicon germanium (SiGe) process, which greatly improves the performance of the transistors themselves, IBM said in a statement.

IBM is the first company to com- bine copper and SiGe in a single, high-performance chip.

. . . and invests $US100m in 'Blue Gene'IBM also last week unveiled plans for "Blue Gene", a $US100 million project to build a supercomputer with 500 times the computing power of today's machines.

If the project succeeds, the computer will be able to handle more than 1 quadrillion operations per second, or one petaflop. IBM said that it will use a "radical" new computer design method and architecture called SMASH (for Simple, Many and Self-Healing). The supercomputer is expected to be ready in four or five years.

Apple enhances its Power Mac G4

Apple last week added to its Power Mac G4 line the new Rage 128 Pro graphics card. According to Apple, the card offers a 40 per cent increase in 3D graphics performance and a digital video interface that supports Apple's new digitally-driven LCD displays.

The G4's 350MHz configuration has also been upgraded to the same architecture used in the 400 and 450MHz products and now comes with a DVD-ROM drive and AGP graphics.

The new Power Mac G4 offerings are available immediately at the same prices as their predecessors.

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