Windows Magazine Has Article on Windows
CE for Saturn 2
One of the better computer magazine
publications, Windows Magazine is
going to have an article in their current issue about Windows CE for Sega's
next generation console. Windows magazine cites their source of information
as the Internet. A unnamed source on Microsoft's Windows CE team had this
to say: "Just because something's posted on the Internet doesn't mean it's
actually going to happen." This source also said: "video games are a natural
fit" when commenting on the prospects of Windows CE. The article states
that "Sega representatives declined to comment." Here is the press
Powerful New Audio Chip From Analog
Devices Does 1.23 GOPS
Devices announces the industry's first Microsoft Windows 98-based audio
accelerator supporting Intel's AC'97. The chip is called SoundMAX 64 and
is designed for motherboards or PCI cards. A very powerful DSP on-chip
can accelerate Direct X sound with 1.23 GOPS of processing power. DVD/Dolby
Digital playback along with 3D positional sound can be accomplished with
this chip. Here is the press
release describing the capabilities of this chip in more detail.
About a week back there was information
on the web that the next generation console from Sega was to be named after
a word with 3 syllables in it. There is now reports saying that the name
is 'Katana'. Katana in Japanese means sword or blade. When that name becomes
official, this site will undergo a name change to: 'Katana Technical Pages'.
The picture above shows a Japanese sword called a Dai-Katana.
One Million SH-4 Units A Month
Hitachi Ltd. has indicated that
volume production of the SH-4 embedded processor will commence in July
of 1998 and production will be cranked up to one million units a month
by the end of 1998. The CPU will be available for sampling this coming
January. Manufacturing will be done on a advance design of 0.25 microns,
at their Naka fabrication facility in Ibaragi Prefecture. Hitachi should
have no problems meeting the huge number of processors needed by Sega for
a late 98 introduction of it's next generation game console.
Texas Instruments Announces Research
Breakthrough Paving the Way to Vastly More Powerful Computer Chips
For the first time anywhere, researchers
at Texas Instruments have demonstrated
the successful combination of copper wiring with an insulating material
called xerogel in an integrated circuit. This breakthrough approach to
manufacturing chips will lead to future digital signal processors (DSP)
and microprocessors that are at least 10 times faster and use much less
power than today's most powerful chips. Here is a copy of the press
C-Cube Unveils World's First Single-Chip
C-Cube Microsystems has created
the first processor capable of encoding the MPEG-2 algorithm in real time.
DVx is based on a 32-bit embedded RISC CPU that has been optimized for
efficient MPEG compression, decompression and video-based special effects.
DVx includes a programmable motion estimation coprocessor and a DSP coprocessor
that allows the DVx processor to perform 20 billion operations per second.
This chip will allow future DVD players the ability to record and allow
video editing on PC's. C-Cube expects products based on this chip to be
released this quarter. Click
here to read the architecture press release!
Highlander 100 Mpixels Per Second
The 2nd generation PowerVR architecture
chip from NEC/Videologic is expected to do a incredible 100 Mpixels per
second of deferred rendering. Deferred rendering allows the Highlander
chip to perform at a equivalent rate of 200 to 300 Mpixels per second as
compared to other graphic chips. Most other graphic chips waste a lot of
bandwidth rendering areas in the background that will not be seen because
of other objects in the scene that will be rendered over it. The PowerVR
architecture avoids this with its infinite plane and deferred texturing
design. The latest reports indicate that the Highlander chip is performing
at a level of 5 times greater than the current PCX2 chip. The chip is expected
to run at 100 Mhz and include these 3D features: bump mapping, edge anti-aliasing,
anisotropic filtering, bi-linear and tri-linear filtering, specular highlighting
and texture compression. Highlander is to include 2D and sound functionality
along with the 3D features. It is expected in the 1st Quarter of 98.
Consumer Digital Subscriber Line
Rockwell Semiconductor Systems,
the world's leading supplier of chipsets for modems, has developed 1-Mbps
(megabits per second) digital modem technology which matches conventional
analog modems in price and simplicity. 1-Mbps versus maximum current modem
speeds of 56-Kbps means that this new technology is roughly 18 times faster.
CDSL is similar to ADSL (Asymmetric Digital Subscriber Line), which is
a faster but a more expensive modem technology. CDSL will probably gain
the advantage due to lower costs resulting from it's slower speed then
ADSL. Rockwell expects that product and service rollouts for its new technology
could begin as early as the second half of 1998.