The third generation of Digital's Alpha 64-bit microprocessor will break the gigahertz speed barrier by the year 2000, say company sources. Performance of the Alpha 21264 family is expected to begin at an estimated 40 SPECint95 and 60 SPECfp95 and reach more than 100 SPECint95 and 150 SPECfp95 in the next couple of years. The 21264 instructions include Motion Video Instructions (MVI) to enhance visual computing and multimedia performance through improved motion estimation in software. High-performance servers and workstations based on the first family member should be available this summer. Digital Equipment Corp.: Product Code 4274
Artificially created metamaterials are already appearing in niche applications like electronics, communications, and defense, says a new report from Lux Research. How quickly they become mainstream depends on cost-effective manufacturing methods, which will include additive manufacturing.
Sharon Glotzer and David Pine are hoping to create the first liquid hard drive with liquid nanoparticles that can store 1TB per teaspoon. They aren't the first to find potential data stores, as Harvard researchers have stored 700 TB inside a gram of DNA.
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