Here's another entry in the workstation sweepstakes. Intel Corp. (Santa Clara, CA) introduced the Pentium II Xeon(TM), a line of processors for midrange and higher server and workstation applications. The 440GX-workstation chipset supports a front-side bus speed of 100 MHz, has an AGP port for graphics, and can support 2 Gbytes of memory. The dual 400-MHz Pentium II processor with 256 Mbytes RAM is built with a thermocoupler diode so OEMs can monitor core temperature. With this new architecture "Intel is bringing dual processing capabilities at affordable prices to the workstation market segment," says Raghu Murthi, director of product marketing, workstation product division, Intel. The price is $8,000. The dual Pentium II Xeon processor workstations will allow developers to do real-time configuration changes and rendering on one platform. The developer can continue designing on one processor while the second does the rendering as it is developed. It is also fast. "Applications will run 10 to 20% faster than the Pentium II processor workstations," Murthi continues. "Ours is the fastest processor on the market today, bar none." Workstations with the Xeon processor are ready for shipment. FAX: (253) 371-7129.
Two researchers from Cornell University have won a $100,000 grant from NASA to continue work to develop an energy-harvesting robotic eel the space agency aims to use to explore oceans on one of the moons of Jupiter.
Is the factory smarter than it used to be? From recent buzzwords, you’d think we’ve entered a new dimension in industrial plants, where robots run all physical functions wirelessly and humans do little more than program ever more capable robotics. Some of that is actually true, but it’s been true for a while.
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