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  2003, the year in review, news and articles 
  Jan 08, 2004, 07:30am EST 


By: Sander Sassen

Summer is now in full swing and unlike most companies that donít bother with launching products or starting a marketing campaign the RIAA is up in arms and is actively hunting down p2p users that share their copyrighted music online. Although most people realize that it is only normal that if the economy is in a slump the record sales go down too, the RIAA is frantically lashing out at the p2p users which they think are to blame for their decline in profits. Although their scare tactics seem to stop some people from sharing files on Kazaa and other p2p clients the majority of the users starts exchanging files on IRC or by advertising their fileserver Ips on secure bulletin boards. Throughout whole of 2003 the RIAA continues to fight a losing battle to protect their profits when the economy is in a slump.

AMD Athlon 64 FX processor

Fig 10. AMD also moved to a new socket, pictured here is the Socket-940 Athlon 64 FX.

Intel, although not publicly admitting it, is also caught in a manufacturing crisis. Their 90nm strained silicon process which was supposed to be used with the Prescott processor, the successor to the Pentium 4 is apparently harder to implement than expected. Just like AMD, Intel is trying to make ends meet and make 90nm manufacturing economically viable as well as suitable for high volume manufacturing. On top of that rumors circle around the web that Prescott will be pushing the thermal envelope by quite a margin and will not be compatible with current motherboards, even if released in a Socket-478 version as planned. Obviously Intel will quickly abandon Socket-478 when Prescott processors can be manufactured economically and in high volumes to replace it with PGA-775, which will require new motherboards and thus better revenue due to a forced upgrade.

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