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Sony's major purchase in 2001 would include PDA, handsets, liquid crystal display, information appliance products, according to the Taipei-based Economic Daily News , without citing sources. In addition, Sony would farm out the production of the chips for use in the hot PlayStaion II, MP3 players and cell phones to Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. and United Microelectronics Corp., the paper said.

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Sony's major purchase in 2001 would include PDA, handsets, liquid crystal display, information appliance products, according to the Taipei-based Economic Daily News , without citing sources. In addition, Sony would farm out the production of the chips for use in the hot PlayStaion II, MP3 players and cell phones to Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. and United Microelectronics Corp., the paper said.

Although the current N64 Nintendo platform hasn't changed in the past four years, the quality and performance of the games running on it have leaped forward. It's taken developers four to five years to learn how to exploit every nuance of the hardware,” he said. So, what Nintendo has tried to do with GameCube is use a much simpler architecture based on a much more established processor with a lot of development support so that the developer can go through that five-year learning process in one year or less.”

Microsoft's Blackley makes a similar argument for the Xbox. It doesn't matter what the performance of the box is if you can't achieve that performance in a real game on schedule and under budget,” he said.

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For example, he cites Microsoft's decision to use DDR SDRAM instead of Rambus. Rambus is great for standard applications where the page overhead is low. But in graphics, you have big textures and small textures, and when you're reading certain kinds of graphical information, you're not always reading in the same direction as the memory goes, so you're crossing a bunch of page boundaries,” he said. In the real world, that page change can bring your system to its knees.”

Microsoft seems to have made many of the right moves, Doherty agreed. The Xbox is doing everything right,” he said. The developers we've interviewed are very bullish on it because all they have to do is tweak the existing PC games they're developing.”

But he also notes that the ultimate success of any platform in this rapidly changing market won't be known until software developers decide which way to throw their support. They have to figure out if they can support all three platforms or pick just one or two to put their resources behind.”

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IRVINE, Calif. — In a bold move into the booming network-processor market, Broadcom Corp. here today announced its long-expected acquisition of communications chip maker SiByte Inc. for about $2.04 billion in stock.

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The deal had been rumored and expected for weeks. As reported in SBN last October, (see Oct. 13 story), Broadcom had been in discussions with SiByte about acquiring the Santa Clara, Calif.-based chip maker. At the time, the companies did not comment.

With the acquisition of SiByte, based in Santa Clara, Calif., Broadcom gains a quick entry into the network-processor market. In October, SiByte introduced its first product–a line of data-packet chips based on RISC processors from Mips Technologies Inc. The chip is build around a dual-processor architecture based on a 64-bit RISC chip from Mips. (see Oct. 9 story).

From the Indian middle class comes the country's rapidly-growing contingent of software developers, engineers and customer service representatives who are enabling India to become a leading IT center. Agents in India earn wages that are between 30% and 40% of those paid in the US.

The Indian government has been trying to modernize its economy, prompted by pressure from southern states where most of its IT industry is located. The Financial Times reported on July 18, 2000 that the country's prime minister, Atai Behari Vajpayee, launched a campaign to win public support for his economic reforms that have been facing stiff resistance from his party and from the opposition Congress party, which once ruled India.

India's voice and data infrastructure is improving but has a long way to go. In a July 4, 2000 article, the Financial Times reported that the country has a woeful lack of bandwidth.” There are also shortages of top-level engineers.

The National Association of Software and Service Companies (NASSCOM), an industry group, began Operation Bandwidth in July 2000 to draw attention to looming capacity problems. As reported in the Financial Times, NASSCOM predicted a thousand-fold increase in demand for bandwidth during the next few years. If this demand is not met, the association warned, India's burgeoning IT industry could be choked off and it would lose the opportunity to create 650,000 jobs and earn $22.5 billion.

The Financial Times reported that the World Bank had also cautioned that poor infrastructure could impede India's growth.

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