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Autodesk announces 1 million users of AutoCAD LT and 100,000 registers of 3D Studio Max.

AMD launches in February the K6-III processor at 400 and 450 MHz. It combines 3D NOW technology with AMD's new TriLevel cache, a design which boosts the speed at which the chip can process instructions.

Intel Celeron 433 in March with 128 Kb level 2 cache at CPU full speed. Use the socket 370.

Pentium III processor at 450, 500 MHz, followed later by 550 MHz and 600 MHz. Includes 70 new instructions, uses 440 BX chip-set, 32 Kb level 1 cache, 512 Kb level 2 cache runs at half the speed of the processor speed, 100 MHz front side bus, uses Slot 1.

IDT's new WinChip 2 processor uses socket 7, supports AMD's 3D NOW, has 100 MHz front side bus, 60 MHz bus, uses 3.3 V.

Adobe acquired GoLive Cyber Studio from GoLive Systems.

Parametric Technology Corporation acquired Computervision and their product CADDS 5.

Symantic acquired Quarterdeck Corp., the developer of computer helpware programs.

3D Studio Max holds 29% of the entire 3D animation market and 38% of the 3D PC market.

Iomega ships the new Zip drive with 250 Mb disk capacity. It's compatible with 100 Mb zip disks and has a transfer rate of 1.7 Mb/sec. Price 250 U$

Autodesk purchase Discreet Logic and their produce Lightscape. The new department will combine with Kinetix division.

IBM's first 3D graphics chip called Fire GL1

Intel 810 chip-set used in Celeron machines uses the computer's RAM for graphics work. The memory arbiter on the fly how much memory is required to complete a graphics task and then shifts the memory into a frame buffer.

AMD new processors K7 Athlon at 500, 550 and 600 MHz. They use a new slot called Slot A, have 100 MHz memory bus, 200 MHz system bus and 300 MHz Level2 cache. Use 512 KB Level 2 cache and 128 KB Level 1 cache. Add 24 new instructions to its 3D NOW technology. It's considered to be faster than Pentium III.

15 Sep. - Microsoft announced plans to acquire Visio Corp. a supplier of enterprise-wide business diagramming and technical drawing software.

Ricoh announced a new drive that combines DVD-ROM technology with three CD technologies in one complete unit. The CD-R/RW/DVD-ROM combination will allow users to read all these media.

IBM introduces a new family of hard drives Ultrastar with a capacity of 73.4 GB. They run at 10,000 rpm and boast a data density of 7 million bits per square inch.

At the end of the year free ISP are ruling the roost and some are now offering completely free dial-up as well.

Top Vendors, Worldwide Branded Personal (Windows NT) Workstation Shipments 1999:
1. Dell 25%,
2. HP 23%,
3. Compaq 19%,
4. IBM 15%,
Other 18%
Top Vendors, Worldwide Traditional (Unix) Workstation Shipments 1999:
1. Sun 57%,
2. HP 14.5%,
3. IBM 7%,
4. Compaq 4%,
Other 4.5%.
1999 Top Software companies by revenues:
1. Microsoft,
2. Novell,
3. Adobe,
4. Intuit,
5. Autodesk.

In the last two months of the 1999 the price of the RAM memory rises up to 400%.


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