|History of Microcomputers 2002
Last updated: 2002 March. 05.
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- January 7, 2002Apple® unveiled the all-new iMac®,
redesigned from the ground up around a stunning 15-inch LCD flat screen that
floats in mid-airallowing users to effortlessly adjust its height or
angle with just a touch. The new iMac also features a powerful 700 MHz or
800 MHz PowerPC G4 processor and Apples revolutionary SuperDrive
for playing and burning CDs and DVDs. The new iMac line includes three models,
starting at $1,299(US).
- CUPERTINO, CaliforniaJanuary 28, 2002Apple® announced that
it has received a record-breaking 150,000 pre-orders for the new iMac®
since its introduction three weeks ago today, and that it has begun shipping
the first of three iMac models.
- SUNNYVALE, CA -- February 21, 2002 --AMD (NYSE: AMD) disclosed details of
the AMD-8000 series of chipsets, which in conjunction with AMDs
next generation processor architecture codenamed Hammer
is expected to provide a groundbreaking advancement to dramatically
improve the overall performance of future computing platforms.
- SANTA CLARA, Calif., Feb. 25, 2002 -- Intel Corporation has completed first
production of microprocessors on the 0.13-micron process at its 300 millimeter
(mm) wafer fab in Hillsboro, Ore. Intel is the first to produce and ship production
level processors on 0.13-micron technology using 300 mm wafers.
- SAN FRANCISCO, CA -- February 26, 2002 --AMD (NYSE: AMD) demonstrated vision
of the future of computing with the next-generation processor, codenamed Hammer.
- SANTA CLARA, Calif., April 2, 2002 - Intel introduced the Pentium® 4
processor at 2.4 gigahertz (GHz) -- or 2.4 billion cycles per second. Intel
is now producing Pentium 4 processors using new smaller circuits and large
300 mm wafers.
- MICROSOFT LOSES APPEAL TO SHUT DOWN LINDOWS.COM - Judge Coughenour wrote
in a seven page ruling that after "examining the evidence with a sharper
focus" news articles, advertisements, competitors and dictionary definitions
demonstrated that the "consuming public used the terms windows,
window and windowing to refer to a type of graphical
- The final version of LindowsOS will go on sale later this year for one-third
of the cost of a comparable Microsoft offering.
- I.B.M. scientists say they have created a data-storage technology that can
store the equivalent of 200 CD-ROM's on a surface the size of a postage stamp.
Writing in the current issue of the journal IEEE Transactions on Nanotechnology,
researchers at I.B.M.'s laboratories in Zurich report that they have achieved
a storage density of one trillion bits of data per square inch, about 25 times
as great as current hard disks.
- June 17, 2002 LindowsOS announced the first place in the world where you
can buy a computer running LindowsOS
- Walmart.com. The complete line-up of computers running LindowsOS ranges
in price from $299- $599. Some in the press may write about this development
because it's not every day a new operating system becomes available on computers.
They may write that it's a major milestone for nine-month-old Lindows.com
to partner with the world's largest retailer. Perhaps they'll mention how
it's a sign that Linux® technology will play a larger roll on consumer
desktops in the future. Or maybe they'll commend Wal-Mart and Microtel for
giving consumers choice in spite of pressure from a monopolist not to do so.
All of which is true. However, there's actually two more significant developments
from todays announcement that likely won't get coverage. The combination
of lower cost PCs and affordable software will reinvigorate the technology
market by spurring new uses and new demand for personal computers. At the
same time, complete digital delivery of software will permanently change the
software industry as we know it.
End of 2002-
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