Engineering Technology, The year 1999

Fifth leg of the DE Desktop Engineering magazine inspired walk down CAD/CAM and engineering historie lane.
Check out 1995 and/or 1996 and/or 1997 and/or 1998.

Intel launches Pentium III

I am absolutely no hardware geek, but with a cool codename as Katmai, and containing 9.5 million transistors within dimensions of 12.3 mm by 10.4 mm Intel closed out the 90’s with this product.

Autodesk launches Inventor

No doubt this company made its biggest mark with its fabulous 2D AutoCAD, but after some stumbling in the 3D world 1999 was the year AutoDesk could join the table with the product Inventor. Codename=Mustang, did you know that when it comes to codename’s Inventor really cruises? Version2 Codename=Thunderbird, Version3=Camaro, Version4=Corvette and Version5=Durango.
Graebert launches PowerCAD CE

CAD in your hand! Graebert, a recently team player with Dassualt in creating DraftSight launching PowerCAD CE to run on Windows CE platform. PowerCAD is a mutation of Graebert’s FelixCAD.
NVidia launches first GPU in the Geforce 256

How big was this? well check out the article I found on nvnews from back in late 1999

“What makes NVIDIA’s GeForce 256 so revolutionary? For starters, it’s the first consumer based graphics controller chip that contains a Graphics Processing Unit, or GPU. A GPU can be thought of like a special processor”

What else…
The year 2000 problem known as the Y2K problem and the millennium bug was the most important thing on most companies minds in 1999.
My Space was officially introduced to the Internet.
Bluetooth announced.
The initial release of Napster
And 1999 The worlds population exceeds Six Billion.

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