The problem of recording “golden” discs has already been covered on our website (as well as in the journal CHIP, No. 8, 1999). However, the problems continue. Only, if earlier it was said that recording on “golden” disks is generally unreliable, now many people notice that recording on devices with an IDE interface is unreliable, and that recording devices with an IDE interface are generally less reliable compared to their SCSI counterparts. Continue reading
You can still praise the advantages of technical solutions of the processor. Moreover, the “stone” turned out to be really successful. But many are probably most interested in the end result. I hasten to immediately assure that the Athlon really surpasses the P-III in all respects. It is no accident, apparently, this time AMD performed almost all the performance tests familiar and unfamiliar to us. Continue reading
The ways of AMD and Intel, from our point of view, have long diverged. If earlier it was possible to install at least Intel or at least AMD into the same “motherboard”, then for some time now the owner of a board with an AMD processor cannot install an Intel processor in it and vice versa. Therefore, AMD without any hesitation switched to a new (for Intel architecture processors) EV6 system bus. The EV6 bus (from Alpha) initially runs at 200 MHz. Continue reading
This time it turned out with a floating point. In time, apparently, they lured the team of Dirk Meyer, one of the creators of Alpha 21264. Now the floating point computation unit contains three separate blocks: addition (FADD), multiplication (FMUL) and storage (FSTORE) (see Fig. 1).
The addition and multiplication blocks are fully pipelined. The FPU architecture is such that it can take every clock input: one addition instruction and one multiplication instruction. Continue reading
Well, AMD is completely out of control. Rolls new processors out of the cornucopia. Most recently, on February 23, AMD announced two new processors: AMD-K6®-III-400 and AMD-K6®-III-450. By the way, February 23rd is the birthday of EPOS, and to all its merits, it’s also the AMD Technical Support Center. Apparently, AMD focused on this particular date. Continue reading