A lot of interesting hardware-related news lately. First of all, Matrox makes a dynamic come back with its Parhelia512 graphics card and a lot of sites (1, 2, 3, 4) carry the white papers and spec sheets. In the console world, SONY has slashed the prices of PSone ($49) and PS2 ($199), following price cuts by Microsoft on XBOX. However, PS2 remains the No1 console in sales, by far. In the meantime, Intel introduced faster Celerons, based on the Pentium4 core. In fact, these new Celerons are nothing but the older Pentium4 that were selling last year. The newer Pentium 4s have reached a speed of 2.53 Ghz. On the other side of the river, Apple announces a new rack-mount server:“This is the fastest architecture we’ve ever built,” said Jobs. The server will have a dual 1GHz G4 processor, 256K L2, 4MB DDR L3 caches. System controller with custom ASIC done by Apple. Built-in: Gigabit Ethernet and FireWire. That controller has up to 2GB DDR SDRAM (“This is the first time that we know of that that DDR SDRAM has been used in a 1U server” – however, dual Athlon U1 DDR servers are shipping since last year, a search on Google reveals). For storage 60GB and 120GB ATA/100 drives will be offered. “We’re going with ATA because they’re just as fast as SCSI and they offer real benefits in term of largest capacities”, Jobs said, however the speed issue is pretty debatable. Many would favor SCSI when compared to IDEs.