Game console wars
It was a battle of the giants at the huge CeBIT trade show, as Microsoft and Sony faced off over displays of their game consoles. Ultimately, Sony responded by removing its PlayStation 2 machines from the show. Microsoft had brought its own Xbox consoles along too, but accused Sony of breaking the rules by allowing visitors to play with its PlayStation 2 machines. Sony changed the configuration of its stand, but it wasn't enough for Microsoft, which complained again. Sony packed up the 27 machines, but the Japanese electronics giant still insisted the PlayStation 2 serves purposes other than entertainment, as a Linux workstation, for example.
Seagate drives on
Seagate Technology will introduce new internal tape drives for PC and workstation users or entry-level server operators to back up their systems. The company announced the new drives at the recent CeBIT conference in Germany. The new Hornet 40 ATAPI (Advanced Technology Attachment Packet Interface) and TapeStor Travan 40 drives are slated for worldwide shipment late this month. Both are designed to allow users to make a "snapshot" of their system, including shortcuts, custom settings, installed software, and data. An external Hornet 40 model, with USB 2.0 connectivity, will be available "in the coming months", Seagate said.
Via to ship Apollo
Taipei-based chipmaker Via Technologies has announced its Apollo P4X333 chipset for Intel's Pentium 4 processor, which Via said improves memory bandwidth by 25 per cent over its previous P4X266A product. The DDR SDRAM chipset features a 533MHz processor bus and AGP 8X bandwidth, which delivers 2.1GB per second to the graphics engine, Via said. It supports the USB 2.0 standard and Ultra ATA-133 interface. The P4X333 is Via's entry in the DDR333 market, which several chipmakers are expecting to make up the bulk of the memory market by next year.