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AOL plans Internet through
cable

AOL has
entered into talks with the Internet portal Excite@Home, as it wants to
provide Internet access through the AT&T cable network. AT&T had
acquired its current stake in Excite@ Home in March through a
$59.4-billion purchase of Tele-Communications, which had a controlling
ownership in Excite@Home. Excite@ Home is currently the second most
popular Internet portal after Yahoo!

Bugs found in Xeon chips

According
to Intel, two versions of its PIII Xeon processor for servers have been
found to contain a bug. The chip involved is the 550 MHz Xeon, the
versions are one with 512 kB cache memory and the other with 1 MB
secondary cache. Both chips run in a configuration of eight processors on
the Intel Sabre motherboard. Intel has advised customers not to use
them with the Sabre motherboard. The bug appears when a system is pushed
to its highest performance limit, resulting in a total system crash.
However, Intel also added that most of the Xeon 550 MHz chips are sold
with 2 MB secondary cache memory, and don’t have the bug.

HP and Oracle come together
for e-services

Hewlett-Packard
and Oracle have entered into an alliance to develop technology for
deploying e-services. The technology will include HP’s e-speak–a
language for dynamic brokering for e-services integrated with Oracle8i,
and a variety of Oracle’s Internet platform products. Along with joint
sales and marketing efforts, the two companies will also set up expert
centers to provide services to clients such as ISPs, ASPs, and dot com
companies.

Palm and Symbian join hands

Users
of handheld devices will now be able to check their calendars, read mail,
send faxes, and call their office, all from a single device. 3Com’s Palm
group and the Symbian alliance of companies have announced plans to
develop pen-based mobile computer and communication devices using the Palm
user interface. These devices will use the
Epoc OS developed by
Psion.

IBM to make processors for
Sun

IBM
Microelectronics–the semiconductor research and manufacturing division
of IBM, has announced that it will make Sun’s MAJC 5200 processor. The
chip will power future Sun computers, as well as television set-top boxes,
graphics cards, and networking equipment. The MAJC will go into production
in mid-2000.

Motorola
and AOL to integrate Instant Messaging

Motorola
and America Online have announced plans to integrate AOL’s Instant
Messenger messaging software with Motorola’s wireless devices.
This will allow users of Motorola’s wireless communications devices and
AOL’s Instant Messenger to engage
in live, real-time
communication. Motorola will offer Instant Messenger with devices such as,
the Timeport P1088 smart phone and the Timeport P930 two-way wireless
pager. The products are expected to hit the market next year.

Merced renamed as Itanium

Intel’s first 64-bit
processor Merced will now be called Itanium. Itanium is the first in a
series of 64-bit processors based on the IA-64 architecture, designed in
conjunction with Hewlett-Packard. The processor is scheduled for
production in mid-2000. Meanwhile, at the recently held Microprocessor
Forum in San Jose, California, AMD announced K-8, a competitor to Merced.
The K-8, of which relatively little is known, will take a few years of
development before it reaches the market.

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