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PCI-X SIG promotes faster throughput

Acknowledging a growing gap between processor speeds and server throughput, the director of architecture and design for IBM Netfinity servers told about 450 attendees of the PCI-X Forum that "processor megaHertz get all the glory, but I/O bandwidth wins the game".

PCI-X, a high-performance extension of the PCI local bus specification, delivers eight times the current I/O as standard PCI according to the PCI-X Special Interest Group, a consortium of more than 800 companies, including IBM, Compaq, Adaptec, and Server-Works, all aligned to standardising the new technology.

"PCI-X attacks the gap between ever-increasing processor speeds and server I/O," said IBM's Tom Bradicich. "We've just seen the launch of the 1GHz processor, making higher I/O bandwidth all the more crucial particularly for back-end servers and e-commerce transaction processors."

Other high-bandwidth PCI-X applications include the Gigabit Ethernet, Fibre Channel, and Ultra 3 SCSI, according to the PCI-X group.

Power PCs still

lack Win 2000

A new high-end business PC should run the newest, most powerful operating system, right? But if your preference is Windows 2000, you may have to wait - particularly if you want a DVD-ROM drive.

More than one month after Microsoft launched the long-awaited operating system, many powerhouse PCs, surprisingly, don't yet offer it as an option.

Compaq, for example, is lagging in bundling Win 2000 on its most powerful systems. Several other desktops on PC World's most recent list of Top 10 Power PCs (or their slightly faster siblings) still come preloaded with Windows 98 Second Edition, not Windows 2000.

Palm launches Japanese handhelds

Palm has launched a Japanese subsidiary, Palm Computing KK, to market and sell Japanese versions of Palm handheld products. Along with the new subsidiary, which will have headquarters in Tokyo, the company also launched two hand-held products for the Japanese market, the Palm IIIc and Palm Vx.

The products should be on the market in April with suggested retail prices of 49,800 yen ($769) for the Palm IIIc and 41,800 yen ($645) for the Palm Vx, Palm said.

The Japanese versions of the Palm products will be sold in 3000 computer and consumer electronics stores across Japan, Palm said.

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