InfoHQ Tech Watch Newsletter No. 12 - Computing Forecast 2004 Feb. 07, 2004
Welcome to our twelfth InfoHQ Tech Watch Newsletter - Computing Forecast 2004. In this newsletter we gaze into the future and forecast what the 2004 computing year might bring.
While there has been plenty of hype about 64 bit CPUs, e.g. Apple's G5 and AMD's Athlon 64, these CPUs will not dominate Intel's 32 bit, Hyper Threading Technology, Pentium 4 in the year ahead. Why?
Apple and Motorola (the manufacturer of the CPU) have a very good 64 bit CPU design in the G5 that can take advantage of Apple's Unix based operating system, Panther. Apple's problem is that they lost too much market share in previous years, and now they hold less than 4% of the desktop market.
AMD's Athlon 64 is another well designed CPU, and its ability to process in 32 bit mode as well as 64 bit mode is intriguing, however the only operating system that can currently take full advantage of 64 bit mode on the PC is Linux. While Microsoft has released a trial version of 64 bit Windows XP for download, even a finished version of 64 bit Windows XP by the end of the year will probably not have a huge impact on the PC community.
When PC game manufacturers start releasing games for 64 bit Windows XP and reviewers show that AMD's 64 bit processors can out perform Intel's latest Hyper Threading (HT) Pentium 4 processors (game designers have also promised games optimized for Intel's HT Technology) by significant margins, then its time to buy an Athlon 64.
In the constant battle for CPU supremacy, neither manufacturer can hold the speed title for long, so buy a new computer based on the speed and CPU you can afford, and don't worry about hype.
The New PCI bus; PCI Express
One of the biggest changes to the PC this year will be the introduction
of a new PC bus called PCI Express (PCIX). PCIX will replace the current
PCI bus that has a speed of 133 Mb/s, with a new bus that has speeds
that start at 250 Mb/s and can scale to over 1000 Mb/s.
More Hostile Viruses and Worms
All the big computer security companies are predicting even nastier
computer viruses and worms for the year ahead. If the recent MyDoom
Worm is any indication of what's in store, the computer community is
definitely in for a bumpy year.
We all need to make a conscious effort to keep viruses and worms from attacking our computers by using firewall and antivirus programs. If you would like to learn more about viruses and worms, and how you can protect your computer, please see our article, Fighting Back Against Email Spammers, Internet Hackers, and other Web Thieves.
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