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Daily Computer News and Rumors

September 8-15 2002

About News and Rumors. InfoHQ Computer News and Rumors is a daily column. It features news coverage of new PC and Mac computer hardware and software, Internet news, and other technical news items.
Every Sunday, News and Rumors features "Sunday Shopping Watch", which is a comparison and analysis of Sunday computer store advertisements.
The Daily Computer News and Rumors is an archived column, so feel free to review previous week's or month's computer news by clicking here. Previous Daily Computer News articles can also be searched, by using our site search feature found in the top and bottom menu bar.

InfoHQ Daily Computer News and Rumors Article Index
Date
(Click on story to read, use your Browser's back button to return to the Index.)
Sep 15 Sunday Shopping Watch
Sep 13 Serial ATA Poised for Market Ramp
Sep 13 Intel to Extend Moore's Law With Nanotechnology
Sep 13 Intel and VeriSign to Enable Enhanced Security for Banias Processor Notebooks
Sep 13 ADS Technologies Announces Hi-Speed USB 2.0 WebCam
Sep 13 Seventy-two Million Europeans Have Access To Interactive TV
Sep 12 Intel® Xeon™ Processors Ship For Dual Processing Systems at 2.8 And 2.6 Gigahertz
Sep 12 Intel Doubles Graphics Bus Bandwidth With AGP 8x Technology
Sep 12 EPSON Announces Global Positioning System -GPS- Compact Flash Type-II Card
Sep 12 Intel Awards Best in Mobile, Business and Desktop PC Designs
Sep 12 Intel Outlines Future Banias Mobile PC Platform
Sep 11 Intel President Otellini Demonstrates New Technology at IDF
Sep 11 ATI Joins Intel's Developer Network for PCI Express
Sep 11 SONICblue and Intel Team Up to Create Portable Entertainment Device
Sep 11 AMD Announces Technology to Enable Performance Leap in Future Transistors
Sep 11 Belkin Ships New Routers with Easy Setup Wizard
Sep 10 Intel Accelerates Delivery of the Digital Home With Extended Wireless PC Initiative
Sep 10 Minolta Introduces New Dimage 7Hi Digital Camera
Sep 10 Silicon Wave and Intel to Develop Coexistence Solution For Bluetooth and Wi-Fi Wireless
Sep 10 Pocket PC PDAs to Surpass Palm OS PDAs in 2004?
Sep 10 Logitech Announces New Generation of Cordless Desktop Peripherals
Sep 09 Broderbund Expands Desktop Publishing With Print Shop 15 Line
Sep 09 One Out of Five Americans Feel the Internet is 'Most Essential' to Their Lives
Sep 09 US Chess Champion Challenges Chessmaster 9000
Sep 09 Sentrybay Introduces Viralock To Combat Spread of E-Mail Viruses
Sep 08 Sunday Shopping Watch

 

Sep 15 - Sunday Shopping Watch.

Best Sunday Deals - See our Best Sunday Ad Deals Table below for specific system prices.

Weekly Comparison. System prices were lower than last week's in all categories except for lower priced laptops.

Notebooks - Lower priced notebook prices went up compared to last week, and high-end laptops went down a little.
Desktops - Intel Celeron and Pentium 4 desktop prices were lower than last week, while AMD Athlon prices about the same as compared to 2 weeks ago (no Athlon desktops were advertised last Sunday).

This Sunday's Special Discounts and Financing. In addition to sales on specific items, the following store-wide sales are advertised this week. (Note that these ads are for the Dayton, Ohio area. Prices or offerings may be different where you live.)

BestBuy is offering 6 months of free MSN with any computer purchase and 12 month no interest financing on all Pentium 4 desktop packages and all laptops.
Additionally, they are giving $150 mail-in rebates on all Intel desktop packages.
Circuit City is giving away 3 months of free AOL on any in-store computer purchase. In addition they are offering 12 month no interest financing on all desktop packages and laptop computer purchases.
Office Depot has 6 month no interest, no payment financing for purchases over $298.
CompUSA has 6 months no payments, no interest, on any purchase $199 and higher. They also are offering trade-in discounts for some older computers, when you purchase a new computer.
Staples has no store-wide computer discounts this Sunday.
Compare to Online Prices - Compare the Sunday ad prices to those being offered at DealTime, it searches over 160 online computer stores.

Shopping Alert on Lower Priced Desktops. Many lower priced Celeron/Duron desktops made by almost all computer manufacturers should be carefully investigated before purchase.
Most of these low priced desktops have no AGP video expansion slot, no onboard dedicated video RAM, no CD-RW drive, and very few empty PCI expansion slots. These computers will be very difficult to upgrade, and they have poorer performance than other desktops that do not have integrated audio and video chips on the motherboard.
Often by spending $200-$400 more for a Pentium 4 or Athlon XP based system, you can get twice the performance, more features, and you will have an upgradeable computer that will serve you well for another 3 years.
If you choose the $700 Celeron/Duron system to save a few bucks, keep in mind that in a year or two you will probably want to replace it.

Note on the "Loaded Celeron" Intel Celerons at speeds of 1.7 GHz or faster are potentially upgradeable to Pentium 4 processors. Slower Celerons are not socket compatible with the Pentium 4.
These faster Celeron systems are more like a low end Pentium 4 system as they often include: 400 MHz bus speed, DDR RAM, CD-RW or DVD drives, and flat screen monitors.

Shopping Alert on Lower Priced Laptops - AMD Duron, AMD Athlon 4, and Intel Pentium III laptops should only be purchased at significant discounts. These processors have been superseded by the newer mobile AMD Athlon XP+ and the Intel Pentium 4-M processors.

About Windows XP. It has been a little over 11 months since Windows XP began to be bundled with new computers. Windows XP became available for separate purchase on October 25, 2001. For more information on Windows XP see our Windows XP Upgrade Guide.

Internet Rebates. Most stores are no longer advertising 3 year Internet rebates. Check with your local store before you buy. Please see our article, What You Need to Know About Internet Rebates and Free PCs, for an in-depth discussion of Internet Rebates.

Definitions. A complete desktop system/package/complete package is defined as a computer with monitor and printer or scanner.
A build-to-order system is customized at the retailer and then ordered from a computer manufacturer. In addition to the computer's stated price, you still pay sales tax and shipping charges (if you order direct from the vendor without going through the chain store, you may not have to pay sales tax and you could get a better warranty).

Caution about advertised prices. When reading advertisements, read the fine print of the ad to make sure you know what is being advertised and what it cost. For example, many advertisers will show a complete system with computer, monitor, and printer but advertise a price for the computer only.

* Prices discussed in this article. We report prices after rebates and discounts are subtracted.
Items highlighted in Black are good deals.
Items highlighted in Red means prices have gone up and the system is not a good buy this week.
Items in normal text means prices are about the same as the previous weeks.

Best Ad Deals this Sunday
Category
Product Description
Price* (see above)
Prices up or Down this Week
Store
Best Celeron Deal
HP 1.4 GHz complete system
$579
-$40
Best Buy
1. Best Low-cost Pentium 4
Sony 2.0 GHz complete system
$1149
-
Best Buy
2. Best Low-cost Pentium 4
HP 2.0 GHz complete system
$1069
-$50
Best Buy
Best High-end Pentium 4 System
Compaq 2.4 GHz system with 17" monitor (build-to-order)
$1069
-
Best Buy
Best Low-cost Athlon XP System
Compaq 1800+ complete system
$869
+50
Circuit City
Best High-end Athlon XP System
Compaq 2200+ system with 17" monitor
$1049
Staples
1. Best Low-cost Notebook
Toshiba 1.5 GHz Celeron with DVD/CD-RW
$1349
+$100
CompUSA
2. Best Low-cost Notebook
Compaq Athlon XP 1400+ with DVD/CD-RW
$1149
+150
Circuit City
3. Best Low-cost Notebook
HP Athlon XP 1400+ with DVD
$999
-
Staples
Best High-end Notebook
Toshiba Pentium 4-M 2.0 GHz with DVD/CD-RW
$1699
-$100
CompUSA
Peripherals
Best Sunday Deal
Warcraft III
$38
first
time
listed
Circuit City
Best Sunday Deal
ATI 9700 Pro 128MB DDR Video Card
$399 (free $50 gift card)
first
time
listed
Best Buy
Best Sunday Deal
PNY GeForce4 Ti 4200 64MB DDR Video Card
$129 (after rebates)
first
time
listed
CompUSA
Best Sunday Deal
Memorex DVD+RW/CD-RW
$299
(after rebates)
first
time
listed
Best Buy
Best Sunday Deal
Memorex 48X CD-RW
$45
(after rebates)
first
time
listed
Best Buy

 

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Additional Information. For additional technical information, advice on how to buy a laptop or desktop, and vendor and manufacturer links, please see our Computer Buying Advice page.

About Sunday Shopping Watch. Sunday Shopping Watch appears every Sunday (except some holidays like Easter and Christmas) in our News and Rumors column. It is a review of local (Dayton, Ohio) computer chain store advertisements. While we can not guarantee your local chain store has the same items, this article can help you make informed buying decisions.

Sep 13 - Serial ATA Poised for Market Ramp. Serial ATA, the next-generation storage interconnect, is gaining steam within the computing industry. Serial ATA will be used to connect such internal storage devices as hard disks, DVDs and CD-R/Ws to the motherboard in desktop and mobile PCs, cost-sensitive servers and networked storage.

As Serial ATA-based products are starting to roll out, significant milestones are being achieved, including today at Intel Developer Forum, Fall 2002 (IDF). New and recent accomplishments center on the development and adoption of Serial ATA and the server and networked storage-focused enhancement specification known as Serial ATA II.

The Serial ATA Working Group announced today the release candidate of the first phase of the Serial ATA II specification. The spec, which is scheduled for public availability in the fourth quarter of this year, will enhance the existing Serial ATA spec for the server and networked storage market segments. These features are expected to build on the momentum of Serial ATA 1.0 in those segments.

Many of the announcements and demoed products at IDF are the public follow-up of the first Serial ATA 1.0 "plugfest" held last month in Colorado. Sponsored by Intel Corporation, Seagate and Silicon Image, the Serial ATA plugfest drew nearly 50 companies and 140 people, including participation from manufacturers of cables, connectors, silicon, add-in cards, motherboards, disk drives, test tools and enclosures. More than 900 tests were run with a success rate of greater than 95 percent.

Further momentum is evident by nearly 20 Serial ATA announcements being made this week at IDF by Serial ATA Working Group member companies. (See below.) The event's Technology Showcase inside the San Jose Convention Center is playing host to several first-time demos of Serial ATA, such as a DVD optical drive and enhanced features for server and networked storage (command queuing and fail-over).

"The industry is working hard and in unison toward the ramp of Serial ATA products," said Jason Ziller, chairman of the Serial ATA Working Group and Intel technology initiatives manager. "Dozens of companies have been announcing product and product plans for the past several months, and we'll be seeing even more ramped up through the remainder of the year. Broad deployment is expected in 2003, not uncoincidentally the same year Intel is planning to launch its first chipset with integrated Serial ATA."

Serial ATA Working Group has surpassed 100 members, including promoting companies APT, Dell, Intel, Maxtor and Seagate.

Serial ATA's enhancement spec, Serial ATA II, is being completed in two phases. Phase 1 was the definition of server and networked storage features. These include new performance features to address server workloads, and infrastructure additions to improve integration of Serial ATA into storage enclosures. These additions include enclosure management services and backplane interconnect support. Phase 1 product adoption ramp is expected in mid-2003. To enable rapid product adoption, Serial ATA 1.0 products are 100 percent software compatible with existing parallel ATA protocol, and maintain software compatibility with today's operating systems.

The specification for Serial ATA II's second phase, focusing on next-generation signaling speeds, is on schedule for release in the second half of 2003. Phase 2 products are expected to start deployment in the second half of 2004.

Also announced at IDF:

-- @Lab under verification of its silicon samples of physical and
link layers of Serial ATA for Physical Storage Interface.

-- Adaptec demonstrates iSCSI-to-Serial ATA and Fibre
Channel-to-Serial ATA solutions for storage networking.

-- CATC unveils industry's first "native" Serial ATA Protocol
Analyzer.

-- Crest Microsystems develops Serial ATA IP platform for next
generation data storage applications.

-- Delphi Connection Systems adds Serial ATA connectors and cable
assemblies to its computer and peripherals market product portfolio.

-- Fujitsu unveils and demonstrates its 2.5-inch Serial ATA hard
disk drives suited for integration into blade servers and low-end RAID systems.

-- Intel announces the Intel SRCS14L intelligent RAID controller
card, employing four SATA disk interfaces for high-performance RAID.

-- LSI Logic is first to deliver Serial ATA 1.0 ASIC
implementation with the new Gflx LSI Logic S-ATA 1.0 Link &
Transport and 1.5 Gbps S-ATA 1.0 PHY cores.

-- Marvell demonstrates the world's first PCI-X to 8-port Serial
ATA Host Controller for enterprise class applications.

-- Maxtor Corporation announces capacity-leading 5400 RPM and
7200 RPM hard disk drives are scheduled to begin shipping with
SATA in December.

-- Molex announces it has expanded its line of Serial ATA
interconnects to now include products for notebook and server
storage applications.

-- NEC announces development of an eight-channel high-speed

Serial ATA macro prototype that has been tested up to 3Gbps
while maintaining 1.5Gbps backward compatibility with Serial
ATA 1.0.

-- Philips, Silicon Image and Intel announce first demo of ATAPI
device running on Serial ATA.

-- Promise Technology Inc., originator of ATA RAID data
solutions, showcases its first complete line of Serial
ATA-based controller cards, RAID host adapters and chipsets.

-- QLogic announces the new GEM424 Enclosure Management
Controller for Serial ATA applications.

-- Seagate, Intel and Silicon Image present the first
demonstration of native command queuing as it is defined by
the Serial ATA II specification.

-- Silicon Image announces that its SATALink(TM) SiI(TM) 3112(TM)
PCI-to-Serial ATA host controller is featured on an upcoming
Intel(R) desktop board.

-- Wavecrest announces jitter compliance and analysis
capabilities for Serial ATA.

-- Xcelconnex announces its full production and shipping of
Serial ATA cable assemblies worldwide.

About Serial ATA

Serial ATA is an evolutionary replacement of the parallel ATA storage interface in the desktop as well as the cost-sensitive server and network storage market segments. The spec allows for thinner, more flexible cables and lower pin counts. This will allow computer manufacturers to design systems with cables that are simpler to route and install, improving thermal designs and facilitating smaller form factor systems. It also enables easier, more flexible motherboard routing and the use of smaller connectors than is possible with the existing parallel ATA technology. The technology, enhanced by the benefits of the Serial ATA II spec, will provide a storage interface that meets the needs of computers for the next decade.

The Serial ATA Working Group represents leaders in the silicon design, cable/connector, storage and systems industries. More information about the Serial ATA and Serial ATA II working groups, is available at www.serialata.org.

Sep 13 - Intel to Extend Moore's Law With Nanotechnology. Intel Corporation will use integrated silicon technologies to drive the convergence of computing and communications over the next decade, enabling a digital future that makes electronic devices simpler, less expensive and easier to use.

Speaking at the Intel Developer Forum, Fall 2002, Intel Chief Technology Officer Pat Gelsinger and Intel Senior Vice President Sunlin Chou said silicon technologies that integrate computing and communications functions would bring the benefits associated with Moore's Law to areas such as wireless and optical communications.
They also disclosed that Intel would extend the life of Moore's Law well into the future through advanced research in silicon nanotechnology. Moore's Law states that the transistor density on integrated circuits doubles every couple of years, resulting in increased performance and decreased cost.

Expanding Moore's Law

"We believe that integrated silicon will deliver innovative, ubiquitous and low-cost technologies to enable a world in which all computers will communicate and all communication devices will compute," Gelsinger said.

Some of the technologies Intel is pursuing include the development of "silicon radios" based on the company's low-power CMOS manufacturing process. Over the next few years, these radios will be integrated into future Intel chips, so any device powered by one of those chips would have wireless radio communication capabilities.

In addition, Gelsinger demonstrated a tunable laser using silicon photonics and said Intel's research is on track to apply Moore's Law toward building highly integrated components that marry digital functionality and silicon-based opto-electronic devices on a single chip. The goal of this research is to dramatically lower the cost of optical networks by integrating component technologies into low-cost silicon building blocks.

Finally, referring to a technology known as "sensor nets," Gelsinger said the benefits of low-cost sophisticated silicon sensors that can compute and communicate are already being realized today in real-world field tests. One such field trial is currently in place in Great Duck Island, Maine, where researchers from Intel Research Berkeley Lab and the College of the Atlantic are deploying and using wireless sensor networks -- sensor nets -- to study the microhabitats on the island.

The sensors, which consist of chips with temperature, humidity, barometric pressure and infrared sensors, allow scientists to do non-intrusive monitoring of wildlife and habitats. The environmental data is sent to the Internet via a satellite link, so that researchers can download the information in real-time. The sensor net technology provides a new way to track environmental data that is less disruptive to the microhabitats than using humans.

While Intel continues advanced research on the miniaturization of sensors integrated in silicon, the company is also establishing the software tools for programming sensor networks to enable the industry to take advantage of the technology more quickly.

Extending Moore's Law with Nanotechnology

Intel's research and development work on new silicon technologies, materials and device structures that could extend Moore's Law include Extreme Ultraviolet (EUV) lithography, new transistor gate dielectrics and transistor structures, in addition to innovations such as strained silicon that will be put into production on Intel's 90nm manufacturing process next year.

"We will continue to drive Moore's Law by building more capabilities into our silicon through advanced research and investment in nanotechnology," said Chou. "Intel has been the leader in the nanotechology era by producing CPUs using sub-100 nanometer transistors for the last two years. Our research goes well beyond next year's 90 nanometer technology to evaluate longer term options that will continue to renew silicon technology and extend its scalability into the next decade."

Chou said that one of Intel's research projects on Terahertz transistors (high-speed transistors that Intel plans to put into production in the second part of the decade) focuses on experimental high-performance, non-planar triple-gate CMOS transistors (called Tri-Gate transistors).
This type of transistor moves away from the current "planar" (flat) design, and instead is designed using a three-dimensional architecture, which increases the surface area of the transistor gate, thus increasing performance and enabling higher speed processors. Such transistors would require further improvement before going into production in the second half of the decade.

Chou also noted that Intel researchers are collaborating with universities on long-term nanotechnology projects, such as carbon nanotubes and silicon nanowires, conducting or semiconducting structures that may one day provide enhanced transistor performance. Intel expects the practical use of nanotubes or nanowires as computing devices to be at least ten years away.

Additional information about Intel is available at www.intel.com.

Sep 13 - Intel and VeriSign to Enable Enhanced Security for Banias Processor Notebooks. Intel Corporation and VeriSign, Inc. (Nasdaq:VRSN), the leading provider of digital trust services, today announced they will work together to improve wireless security for corporate notebooks based on Intel's upcoming Banias processor.

The collaboration aims to deliver more secure notebooks via enhanced hardware-software optimizations between the two companies' technologies. Intel and VeriSign's goal is to deliver a more secure computing environment, which will enable improved security enhanced remote access and messaging, single sign-on and trusted peer-to-peer computing in an enterprise computing environment.

With increased cyber-attacks on corporate systems, many enterprise customers are paying even more attention to network security issues. This is particularly true as the corporate workforce brings mobility and wireless communications into their work environment. As the notebook market segment continues to grow and diversify, and wireless Local Area Networks (LANs) become more commonplace, Banias-based notebooks with integrated wireless connectivity are expected to help fuel new levels of mobility and increase growth.

"Our work together will enable a new generation of safer, mobile wireless computing, bringing a wide range of security enhanced applications and software for future Banias PC users," said Anand Chandrasekher, vice president and general manager, Intel's Mobile Platforms Group. "This is a significant step in addressing authentication and security issues -- both of which are critical for end users who desire increased mobility."

"Enterprise customers are increasingly striving to help mobile employees become more productive by making trusted, wireless access as simple as possible," said Anil Pereira, executive vice president and general manager of VeriSign's enterprise and service provider division. "Our collaboration with Intel will enable employees to use security enhanced Banias processor-based notebook PCs to remotely access their corporate network much more easily, with fewer steps for authentication and without a separate hardware token."

"As a founding member of the Trusted Computing Platform Alliance (TCPA) and the first PC manufacturer to ship PCs containing TCPA-compliant Trusted Platform Modules (TPMs), IBM is squarely behind efforts to enhance PC security based on industry standards. We welcome the plans announced by Intel and VeriSign to further enhance PC security with technologies based on TCPA standards," said Fran O'Sullivan, general manager, PC products and services, IBM Personal Computing Division.

Under the multi-year agreement between Intel and VeriSign, VeriSign will optimize its digital certificates and Personal Trust Agent (PTA) for future mobile computing platforms based on Intel's next generation mobile processor, codenamed Banias.
VeriSign's PTA is software that transparently handles digital certificate functions, such as key management and storage, while providing a greatly enhanced experience for the end user. The collaboration will enable PC Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEMs) to integrate VeriSign's PTA and digital certificates into Banias processor-based notebook PCs. This integration will provide IT managers with a platform that can be deployed with VeriSign's Public Key Infrastructure services to enable strong authentication, authorization, digital signatures, encryption and more secure messaging.

By incorporating digital certificate functionality into TPM chips that support Banias processor-based notebook PCs, a user's digital certificates and attributes can be stored in hardware, making it much more difficult to compromise the certificates and attributes via traditional network or Internet connections. This also transforms any TPM-enabled Banias processor-based notebook PC into a "digital credential" that can then be used to perform many e-business functions in the corporate IT environment, such as single sign-on, more secure remote access, and trusted peer-to-peer computing.

Additional information about Intel is available at www.intel.com. Additional news and information about VeriSign is available at www.verisign.com.

Sep 13 - ADS Technologies Announces Hi-Speed USB 2.0 WebCam. ADS Technologies, a leader in hi-speed FireWire and USB 2.0 peripherals, today introduced the fastest Certified Hi-Speed USB 2.0 WebCam at the Intel Developer Forum Fall 2002. The USB Turbo 2.0 WebCam is the first Hi-Speed Web cam to be certified by the USB Implementer's Forum and is capable of utilizing Hi-Speed USB 2.0 bandwidth and provides 30 frames-per-second of uncompressed video at VGA resolutions.

The USB Turbo 2.0 WebCam swivels for easy camera positioning and includes a tripod that extends in height for flexibility. USB Turbo 2.0 WebCam and software bundle enables you to stream video over the Internet, set up live Web cams, video conference or send v-mails.

USB Turbo 2.0 WebCam

USB 2.0 is currently the fastest peripheral standard available with a data transfer rate of 480 Megabits per second, which provides 40 times the bandwidth of the original USB 1.1 standard.
The USB Turbo 2.0 WebCam is an Internet video camera with exceptional image quality made possible by its Hi-Speed USB 2.0 interface. The USB Turbo 2.0 WebCam has the speed and bandwidth to deliver smooth and clear live images over the Internet with true 640 x 480 resolutions at 30 frames-per-second.
Unlike earlier generation Web cams that produced a one- or two-inch sized video window, this latest generation Web camera features an exceptionally clear 640 x 480-sized video window - almost triple the previous size -- now you can actually see the person on the other side without squinting.

Pricing and Availability

USB Turbo 2.0 WebCam will be available through ADS Technologies' network of online and retail channels worldwide late September 2002 at an estimated street price of $70. For more information, visit www.adstech.com.

Sep 13 - Seventy-two Million Europeans Have Access To Interactive TV. The Broadband Entertainment Strategies service of Strategy Analytics has released the results of its latest research on the European interactive television market.

This report, "Interactive Digital TV Market Forecast - Europe," reveals that consumers will spend $92 million on interactive TV applications and services this year, an increase of 121 percent. By 2008, annual revenues will reach $1.8 billion.
Enhanced television applications, such as viewer voting and show participation, will account for 48% of the market, while interactive games account for a further 31 percent. Email and messaging will also generate significant revenues.

This report assesses the outlook for digital and interactive television services across 16 European markets. On a country-by-country basis, it describes current levels of usage of digital and interactive television, revenue streams and market segmentation, forecasting demand to 2008.

"Interactivity is slowly but surely becoming an accepted part of the television landscape," notes Nick Griffiths, Director, Broadband Entertainment Strategies, Strategy Analytics. "But the key to success is to use it to create better television, and to forget about surfing the Web on TV. Internet TV is now recognized as a failed concept."

The research found that 16 million Europeans are now using enhanced TV applications, such as background information, online voting, quiz show participation and camera angle selection. Overall, interactive television will be available to 31 million European households by the end of 2002, creating a potential audience of 72 million viewers.

For more information about Strategy Analytics, see www.strategyanalytics.com.

Sep 12 - Intel® Xeon™ Processors Ship For Dual Processing Systems at 2.8 And 2.6 Gigahertz. Intel Corporation today unveiled the Intel® Xeon™ processor for two-way workstation and server platforms at 2.80 gigahertz (GHz) and 2.60 GHz.
The new products, which are coming to market a quarter earlier than originally planned, feature 512 kilobyte (KB) of level two cache and built on Intel's industry-leading 0.13-micron process technology.

"Intel Xeon processor-based platforms continue to lead the industry in terms of performance and value, and we're seeing great momentum for our platforms worldwide," said Lisa Hambrick, director, Intel Enterprise Processor Marketing. "We're designing and manufacturing our enterprise products faster than anticipated and expect a number of OEMs and channel distributors to ship systems based on these products this week and throughout the year."

In workstation configurations, dual-processing systems are popular for applications such as digital content creation, mechanical and electrical design, financial analysis, and 3D modeling. Technical or High performance Computing solutions can also benefit from the improved performance. A number of manufacturers will begin shipping workstations based on the new processor speeds beginning this week.

Front-end or general-purpose Internet servers, featuring one or two processors, are used for Web hosting, data caching, search engines, security and streaming media applications. These cost-effective Intel-based servers address the infrastructure trend of "scaling out," where companies and service providers quickly deploy more servers to accommodate growth in server workloads and allow for redundant workloads for additional reliability and availability.

The Intel® 860 chipset for dual processing Xeon processor-based workstations is available for these systems. The chipset utilizes RDRAM and provides the graphics support high performance workstations need, with a dedicated AGP 4X port. The Intel E7500 chipset is also available for dual-processing servers.

The Intel Xeon processor with 512 KB level two Advanced Transfer Cache is priced at $562 in 1,000-unit quantities for 2.80 GHz and $433 in 1,000-unit quantities for 2.60 GHz.

Faster System Bus, New Chipsets Coming Later This Year
In his keynote at the Intel Developer Forum this week, Senior Vice President Mike Fister gave a preview of what's coming later this year for the enterprise, including chipsets codenamed Granite Bay and Placer for uni-processor and dual-processor workstations, respectively, and a server chipset (Plumas 533).

These chipsets will feature a 533 MHz system bus for even greater server and workstation performance with dual channel DDR 266 memory (Granite Bay and Placer also have AGP 8X support) and are due in the fourth quarter 2002 along with new Intel Xeon processors for servers and workstations.

Additional information about Intel is available at www.intel.com.

Sep 12 - Intel Doubles Graphics Bus Bandwidth With AGP 8x Technology. Designed to satisfy the performance and scalability needs of today's workstation class graphics applications, Intel Corporation released the final AGP 3.0 specification. (AGP stands for Accelerated Graphics Port). The corresponding AGP 3.0 Design Guide (Rev. 2.0) will also be available this month.

The AGP 3.0 Specification, which defines AGP 8x technology and is an evolutionary migration from AGP 4x, is owned by Intel and offered royalty free to licensing program participants.

Retaining backward compatibility with the older AGP 4x technology, AGP 8x doubles the graphics bandwidth of the AGP interface to 2.1 gigabytes per second (GB/s) which is designed to benefit applications on today's most popular workstation platforms. It is expected to impact the desktop market segment in 2003 as desktop applications become more bandwidth-intensive.

The final specification release milestone, announced today at Intel Developer Forum, Fall 2002 (IDF) in San Jose, Calif., brings to fruition two years of collaborative effort by Intel developers and key graphics vendors. AGP 8x is likely to play a significant role in enhancing high-end workstation graphics performance, employing such resource-intensive applications as volumetric rendering; 3-D animation and modeling; production; and digital content creation, effects and editing.
The bandwidth augmentation will prove to be one of the key determinants of the overall performance of the graphics subsystem, motivating designers to write more complex, credible, 3-D-realistic software that will increasingly saturate the interface.

"Streamlining the artistic feedback loop through enhanced interactivity is paramount to the creative process," said Phil Miller, vice president of Discreet's Animation Products Group. "We are excited about AGP 8x because it has the potential to dramatically accelerate the creation of incredible experiences and effects using such products as 3ds max. AGP 8x will extend our users' reach into the realm of the impossible, substantially increasing throughput from the CPU workhorse to the graphics adapter that communicates visually with the artist or designer."

Jason Ziller, Intel technology initiatives manager, said "the continuous progression of discrete AGP graphics, from 2x to 4x to 8x, will enable graphics hardware vendors to drive more and more vertices processing and pixel synthesizing capability, and lead the software developer community to deliver superb 3-D characterization, digital content creation, editing, and production."

Intel plans to launch two chipsets supporting AGP 8x for both dual processor and uni-processor workstations in the fourth quarter of 2002. A variety of systems and boards based on these chipsets, as well as AGP 8x graphics cards, are displayed this week at IDF in the Workstation Technology Showcase. Intel intends to follow these workstation platforms with a mainstream desktop chipset for back-to-school 2003.

AGP 8x technology is intended to be the last parallel interface step that meets the industry's requirements before transitioning to a PCI Express-based serial graphics solution in 2004. The PCI Express architecture is a high-speed, general-purpose, serial I/O interconnect that provides a unifying standard, consolidating a number of I/O interconnects within a platform.

Additional information about Intel is available at www.intel.com.

Sep 12 - EPSON Announces Global Positioning System -GPS- Compact Flash Type-II Card. EPSON Electronics America (EEA), today announced the first in a family of Global Positioning System (GPS) receiver modules.

Combining GPS and PC Card technologies, the S4E39850 is a compact and highly accurate GPS card to receive satellite signals for current position, traveling velocity and traveling directions. The Compact Flash (CF) Type-II interface enables end-users of portable computers, organizers and personal digital assistants (PDAs) to experience all the benefits from the already established $12 billion Global Positioning System.

EPSON's S4E39850 enables processing of GPS signals and requires only 165mW at 3.3V, making it a leader in power conservation. By combining with map software, the S4E39850 is ideally suited to convert existing PDAs into personal mapping and automobile navigation systems.

The CF-GPS card provides both basic CF Type-II interface as well as PCMCIA extension while emulating normal COM ports that process serial data.

Availability

The S4E39850 CF Type-II GPS solution includes hardware and software from EPSON and is available now. Visit EPSON Electronics America on the Web at www.eea.epson.com.

Sep 12 - Intel Awards Best in Mobile, Business and Desktop PC Designs. Intel Corporation today announced the winners of the 2002 Intel Innovative PC Awards. With the largest field of entrants to date, the Intel Innovative PC Award recognizes innovation in best-of-class categories among Intel(R) Pentium(R) 4, Mobile Intel(R) Pentium(R) 4 -M and Mobile Intel(R) Pentium(R) III - M processor-based consumer desktops, business desktops and mobile PCs.

At a ceremony held at the Intel Developer Forum, Fall 2002 (IDF), Louis Burns, vice president and co-general manager, Intel Desktop Platforms Group, presented Innovative PC Awards to the following systems: Acer TravelMate 100*, Gateway 700XL*, IBM ThinkPad X30*, Legend Tianqui 9220*, Legend Kaitan 6800*, Panasonic CF-R1 Let's Note Light*, Toshiba Portege 4010* and Samsung Sens P10*.

"Over the past few years, the Innovative PC Award program has grown in scope to include more diverse PC platform entries from worldwide participants," said Burns. "The Intel Pentium 4, Mobile Pentium 4 and Mobile Pentium III processor-based PCs recognized this year clearly take PC innovation to a new and exciting level."

As part of Intel's PC Ease of Use Initiative, the first innovative awards were given at IDF, Fall 1999 to recognize PC designs that measurably improve set-up, usability, expansion and maintenance. Through work with the industry and global PC manufacturers, Intel has expanded the award to include innovative design, new features and five distinct mobile sub-categories in addition to ease of use.

Acer TravelMate 100 (Slate / Tablet Mobile PC category)

The TravelMate 100 won the Slate/ Tablet mobile PC category. It is a convertible Tablet PC that integrates a user's natural and practical needs and revolutionizes the conventional way of using a mobile PC with the direct pen-input feature. Moreover, the embedded wireless and convertible panel make the TravelMate 100 a genuine mobile PC. A Mobile Intel Pentium III processor running at 700 megahertz (MHz) enhances this easy-to-use experience.

Gateway 700XL (Consumer Desktop Category)

The Gateway 700XL is a feature rich consumer desktop, offering cutting edge performance with all of the latest technology. All of this is powered by the Intel Pentium 4 processor running at 2.8 gigahertz (GHz). DVD-R, 18" LCD Flat Panel display and an optional five piece sound system with sub-woofer help make this machine a true multimedia powerhouse. A total of six USB ports give the user many connectivity options.

Legend Tianqui 9220 (Consumer Desktop Category)

The Legend Tianqui 9220 offers both tremendous power for consumer PC users as well as accessibility with many front access I/O options. The system features a unique, integrated monitor power cable -- just plug the main system in and the entire system is ready for use. Equipped with the Intel Pentium 4 processor running at 2.4 GHz, this system has the power for all of the latest consumer applications. Six total USB ports, four of those being USB 2.0 in the front panel, make connectivity a snap.

Legend Kaitan 6800 (Business Desktop Category)

Legend also won in the Business Desktop category. The Kaitan 6800 offers power and ease of use features in a small footprint desktop system backed by the Intel Pentium 4 processor running at 2.4 GHz. Wireless keyboard and mouse keeps the desktop free and clear of cables. Six total USB ports, four of those being USB 2.0 in the front panel, make connectivity a snap.

IBM ThinkPad X30 (Mini-notebook Mobile PC Category)

The IBM ThinkPad X30 is the winner of the mini-notebook category -- extra-light, extra small, and extra portable. The system is equipped with the Intel Mobile Pentium III processor running at 1.2 GHz. The X30 also features a tough but light titanium composite cover. As a mini-notebook, the ThinkPad X30 bridges the world of functionality and portability.

Toshiba Portege 4010 (Thin and Light Mobile PC Category)

With the new low voltage Intel Mobile Pentium III processor running at 933 MHz and featuring Enhanced Intel(R) Speed Step(R) technology, the Portege 4010 offers computing power while providing up to 7.6 hours with primary and optional Slim SelectBay* battery. Other SelectBay devices include DVD, CD-RW. A 1394 port enhances expandability and functionality.

Samsung SENS P10 (Full-size Notebook Mobile PC Category)

The Samsung SENS P10 is a full sized notebook mobile PC with style, class and innovative features. Equipped with the Mobile Intel Pentium 4 processor running at 2.0 GHz, this notebook contains some very consumer friendly features such as closed-lid CD audio control with external viewable LCD (Audio DJ), MP3 capability, and alternative memory options such as memory stick.

Panasonic CF-R1 "Let's Note Light" (Sub-notebook Mobile PC Category)

The "Let's Note Light" is a compact yet powerful and stylish design. Powered by the Intel Mobile Pentium III processor running at 800 MHz, this ultra compact system is packed with features such as a 20 gigabyte (GB) hard disk drive and 128 megabyte (MB) RAM. This model is currently available in Japan.

For more information on IDF and Intel technology, visit www.intel.com.

Sep 12 - Intel Outlines Future Banias Mobile PC Platform. Intel Corporation released information on its upcoming mobile PC platform, codenamed Banias, which features an entirely new processor microarchitecture. The forthcoming platform is designed to provide extended battery life, outstanding performance, new thin and light form factors, and simple, seamless wireless connectivity.

Additional technical details were released on the Banias microarchitecture, on the platform's integrated 802.11a/b dual band wireless local area network (WLAN) solution, and on a number of software solutions that improve security and decrease the complexity of wireless networking. Intel also introduced the Intel® 82540EP Gigabit Ethernet Controller, the first Gigabit Ethernet controller optimized for mobile designs.

"Mobile PCs with the Banias platform will provide simple, untethered, cutting-edge wireless performance in a choice of cool new form factors," said Anand Chandrasekher, vice president, Intel's Mobile Platforms Group.
"With the Banias platform, Intel is taking a holistic approach to designing for mobility - from the way the Banias microarchitecture was designed from the ground up for low power consumption and high performance, to the way that the other platform components work in concert to deliver better wireless mobility, to the work that Intel is doing with other companies to address wireless security and ease-of-use issues."

New Mobile Architecture

The new Banias micro architecture delivers leadership performance with lowest power within the notebook form factor. Intel today provided details on four new technologies to increase performance and reduce power consumption including; Advanced Branch Prediction, Micro-Op Fusion, a Power Optimized Processor System Bus and Dedicated Stack Manager.
Advanced Branch Prediction analyzes a program's past behavior and predicts which operations it is likely to request in the future, resulting in higher performance. When several operations are ready to execute at the same time, Micro-Op Fusion technology merges them into a single operation, which improves both performance and power efficiency.

Unlike many current systems, which provide power to components even when they are not in use, Power Optimized Processor System Bus implements architectural and circuit innovations that allow lower voltage swing and tight buffer management resulting in lower power consumption by providing power only where it is needed.
Additionally, the Dedicated Stack Manager uses dedicated hardware to keep track of internal accounting, allowing the processor to execute program instructions without interruption. When combined, these technologies significantly improve performance without sacrificing battery life.

Seamless Wireless Connectivity
The Banias platform ties together the convergence of computing and communications with dual band wireless connectivity. The Banias platform integrates a dual band wireless solution that delivers both 802.11a and 802.11b wireless connectivity at 54Mbps and 11Mbps respectively.
This solution is backward compatible with existing WLAN infrastructure and enables access to a broad range of networks including corporate, home and wireless hot spots in airports, hotels, restaurants and other public locations. It can automatically connect via the fastest connection available at the given location.

Intel's wireless solution in a Banias platform is designed to work in concert with the CPU and chipset and is designed, tested and validated to delver best in class experience. The Banias platform will be first to deliver on all four mobility vectors: performance, battery life, connectivity and form factor innovation.

In addition, Intel® PROSet utility software will enable Banias platform users to move seamlessly from a wired connection to a high-speed wireless LAN connection without having to shut down applications.

The Intel wireless LAN component of the Banias platform will include a solution that significantly improves the simultaneous operation of Bluetooth™ and 802.11b wireless technologies in mobile PCs. This will minimize the potential for conflicts between the two wireless technologies and provides optimal data throughput, operating range, and responsiveness on both 802.11b and Bluetooth wireless networks.

Gigabit Optimized for Mobile Platforms

Intel also introduced the industry's first Gigabit Ethernet controller developed to meet the high-performance, low-power demands of mobile PCs. The Intel® 82540EP Gigabit Ethernet Controller has automatic power-down features that reduce power by up to 75 percent over the currently available Gigabit Ethernet controller, yet enable seamless transfer between wired and wireless connections.
The new Gigabit controller is being validated with the Banias platform, to shorten the design-qualification process. The Intel® PRO/1000 MT Mobile Connection delivers 10/100/1000Mbps network connection over standard Category-5 copper cable and will automatically negotiate to run at the fastest speed possible.

The Intel® 82540EP Gigabit Ethernet Controller is pin-compatible with Intel's latest 10/100 LAN on motherboard (LOM), which means that mobile PC manufacturers can provide 10 times the throughput without having to redesign their motherboards.

For more information on IDF and Intel technology, visit www.intel.com.

Sep 11 - Intel President Otellini Demonstrates New Technology at IDF. Silicon will be the driving engine that will bring new capabilities to the computing and communications industries, predicted Intel President Paul Otellini at the opening day gathering of the Intel Developer Forum, Fall 2002.

"While the computing and communications industries are going through their largest correction in history, investments in emerging technologies, exciting products and more robust infrastructure continue," noted Otellini, who said that collectively, the industry is now poised to deliver new products and services that provide real innovation and customer benefit.

"We are on the cusp of creating exciting new technologies that allow all computers to communicate and all communication devices to compute. This will be fueled by silicon advances that enable new levels of integration," Otellini said. "Intel's advanced 90-nanometer silicon technology will bring logic and communications capabilities together on the company's manufacturing lines for the first time ever. Silicon is the convergence engine that powers a new era of computing."

Otellini explained that today, powerful personal computers and servers join with high performance networks, mixing gigabit Ethernet LANs, fiber optic transport systems and modular communications infrastructures to connect the world together. Communications gear such as handheld devices, cell phones, network processors and emerging devices now provide tremendous computational abilities. He explained that Intel's role would be to expedite this convergence by delivering silicon-based platforms and common development environments.

Technologies and Products

To illustrate the trend toward convergence, Otellini demonstrated key technologies and products that Intel is developing such as Intel's new Banias platform, which comes to the marketplace in the first half of next year. Banias represents Intel's first microprocessor and platform designed from the ground up for mobile customers. Banias addresses all aspects of mobility, enabling great power utilization, high performance, small form factors and wireless connectivity.

In addition, Otellini demonstrated an Intel(R) Pentium(R) 4 processor operating at 3 gigahertz (GHz), telling the audience it would be available this year with Hyper-Threading (HT) Technology. HT Technology was previously only available for enterprise-based servers. HT Technology allows a multithreaded software program to run as though it has two processors at its disposal, though only one processor is physically in place. HT Technology can deliver up to 25 percent more performance for many mainstream consumer and business applications with no additional cost.

Otellini also outlined LaGrande Technology (LT), which will be integrated into Intel processors in the future. LT technology will be the core hardware technology that helps create a safer computing environment for e-Business, enabling protected execution, memory and storage. Such hardware-based strengthening is critical for more secure computing environments.

While architectural enhancements are important, Intel intends to continue its lead in raw speed. Otellini demonstrated a new high-frequency mark for processors, running a Pentium 4 processor at 4.7 GHz.

Intel's enterprise efforts were also highlighted as Otellini showed ten tons of Intel(R) Itanium(R) 2-based servers on stage, which Otellini referred to as a high tech version of "heavy metal." He demonstrated how a partitioned (Unisys ES7000*) Itanium 2-based server could be upgraded while in operation - the industry refers to this operation as a "hot swap." Using the Itanium 2-based, 16-way server, Otellini pulled out a 4-processor Itanium 2 node and instantly upgraded it to a 4-way Madison node, showing an instantaneous performance boost. Madison, the third generation of the Intel Itanium Processor Family and is scheduled to come to the marketplace next year.

To support software developers, Otellini announced the Intel Software College, a variety of classroom and online courses for developer training in areas such as Intel's four architectures, platform technologies and software development tools for several operating systems.

About IDF

The Intel Developer Forum is the technology industry's premier event for hardware and software developers. Held worldwide throughout the year, IDF brings together key industry players to discuss cutting-edge technology and products for PCs, servers, communications equipment, and handheld clients. For more information on IDF and Intel technology, visit www.intel.com.

Sep 11 - ATI Joins Intel's Developer Network for PCI Express. Continuing its close involvement with Intel's platform development, ATI (NASDAQ:ATYT) (TSX:ATY) today announced that it has joined Intel's Developer Network for PCI Express(TM). Working closely with Intel's engineering team, ATI helped develop the specification for PCI Express technology, which is intended to become the industry standard graphics bus interface for Intel-based PCs and workstations over the next few years.

PCI Express provides greater bandwidth with its higher performance and advanced architecture as well as new features, including Virtual Channels, Quality of Service, and Isochrony that make it an ideal graphics interconnect for ATI's next-generation industry-revolutionizing graphics technologies. The increased complexity and programmability of graphics cards like the new RADEON(TM) 9700 PRO demand more bandwidth to deliver the cinematic-quality, life-like images rendered in real time that Intel's PCI Express-based platforms will deliver in the near future.

"Intel's technology leadership and close working relationship with ATI's engineers has been of significant benefit to both the evolution of PCI Express technology as an industry standard and our own development of PCI Express architecture based products," said Rick Bergman, Senior Vice President, Marketing and General Manager, Desktop.

"Our participation in Intel's Developer Network for PCI Express demonstrates our continuing commitment to work closely with Intel's engineering team, with the end goal of providing the best graphics products that will maximize the benefits from technological advancements like PCI Express technology."

Visit ATI at www.ati.com.

Sep 11 - SONICblue and Intel Team Up to Create Portable Entertainment Device. SONICblue(TM)Incorporated (Nasdaq: SBLU) and Intel Corporation today announced that they are working together to develop the ReplayTV(R)Portable Video Player (PVP), a new product that will allow people to enjoy digital entertainment on the go.

The product, currently in development, combines the performance and low power consumption of Intel(R) XScale(TM) technology-based processors with SONICblue's Emmy award-winning ReplayTV platform. The pocket-sized device will allows users to watch time-shifted television programs transferred from their SONICblue ReplayTV, as well as play video, audio and photos transferred from a PC.

Intel will provide key technology building blocks, including Intel XScale technology-based processors and advanced video codecs developed by Intel's Emerging Platforms Lab. Intel will also supply a reference implementation of a PVP device. SONICblue will combine Intel's technologies with its knowledge and understanding of digital entertainment to create a final product that enhances SONICblue's ReplayTV line.

"Our customers have been saying for years that once they get a ReplayTV they hate to watch TV without one," said Dr. Nikhil Balram, vice president, Connected Home Products, SONICblue Incorporated. "The next logical step for us was to create a portable version, and working with Intel was a natural fit. Expanding upon their technology will allow us to accelerate our typical development time and reach our customers faster."

SONICblue's PVP will house a large capacity hard drive and support multiple audio and video formats, including native ReplayTV files, so recorded television content can be transferred directly from ReplayTV set-top boxes for portable enjoyment. The SONICblue ReplayTV PVP will also connect to a PC so that users can transfer and play personal, MP3 and other commercially available multimedia content from their PC. The high-performance and low power consumption of the Intel XScale technology-based processors will enable users to enjoy high-quality video for several hours without recharging the battery.

"Intel XScale technology provides a great engine to power mobile multimedia devices such as PVPs," said Shane Wall, general manager of Intel's Emerging Platforms Lab. "The combination of our technologies with SONICblue's expertise in digital entertainment will deliver products that offer a great, new experience in portable entertainment."

The SONICblue ReplayTV PVP is slated to be available to the public in 2003.

For additional details as they become available please visit www.sonicblue.com. Intel XScale processors are part of the Intel(R) Personal Internet Client Architecture (Intel(R) PCA). Intel PCA provides low power, high performance building blocks for mobile devices. For more information visit www.intel.com/PCA.

Sep 11 - AMD Announces Technology to Enable Performance Leap in Future Transistors. AMD (NYSE: AMD) today announced it has fabricated the smallest double-gate transistors reported to date using industry standard technology. These transistors, measuring ten nanometers, or ten billionths of a meter in length (gate), are six times smaller than the smallest transistors currently in production. AMD's research breakthrough could foster the placement of a billion transistors on the same size chip that currently holds 100 million transistors, enabling a vastly richer computing experience.

Transistors are the miniscule on/off switches that make up the integrated circuits in today's microprocessors. A double-gate transistor structure effectively doubles the electrical current that can be sent through a given transistor. The Fin Field Effect Transistor (FinFET) design relies upon a thin vertical silicon "fin" to help control leakage of current through the transistor when it is in the "off" stage. This design combination allows for the creation of new chips with enhanced performance and ever-shrinking geometries.

"Transistor development is essential to the creation of higher-performing products for our customers," said Craig Sander, AMD's vice president of Technology Development. "The entire semiconductor industry is working to meet the increasing challenges of developing new transistor designs that are smaller and higher-performing and yet can be manufactured with minimal deviation from today's industry standard manufacturing processes. The FinFET transistor indicates we can continue to deliver very high performance products while preserving the basic technology infrastructure our industry relies upon."

AMD's laboratory demonstration of ten nanometer Complementary Metal Oxide Semiconductor Fin Field Effect Transistor (CMOS FinFET) is the outcome of collaborative research between AMD and the University of California, Berkeley with support from the Semiconductor Research Corporation (SRC). The devices were fabricated in AMD's Submicron Development Center.

For more AMD news and product information, visit www.amd.com.

Sep 11 - Belkin Ships New Routers with Easy Setup Wizard. Belkin Corporation, the leading manufacturer of connectivity solutions, today announced that it will begin shipping its Easy Setup Wizard, a revolutionary install software program, with two newly redesigned broadband Internet routers this fall.

What sets the Belkin routers apart from the competition is their included Easy Setup Wizard. The software, which eliminates the need for users to deal with complicated information such as IP addresses and host names in order to connect the router to the Internet, takes the guesswork out of setting up a router.
Once the user inserts the CD into the computer's CD-ROM drive, the Easy Setup Wizard takes over the job of determining what type of connection is being used and setting up the router to connect to the Internet Service Provider. Once the router setup is finished, the user has an option to set up more computers, or just begin surfing the Internet. The Auto Install Wizard is compatible with Windows® 98, 98 SE, Me, 2000, and XP. Compatibility with Mac® OS 8.6 and above will be available in December 2002.

In addition to the Easy Setup Wizard, all Belkin routers can be set up manually through a web interface if the user requires more advanced configurations.

Product Specifications:

The new 11Mbps Wireless Cable/DSL Gateway Router (F5D6231-4) features an integrated 4-port 10/100Base-T Ethernet switch, which allows users to connect wired computers to their wireless network. With both a Network Address Translation (NAT) firewall and Stateful Packet Inspection, the routers protect networks from outside intrusions by hackers.

Advanced features include IPSec pass-through, which allows the user to work from home using Virtual Private Networking (VPN), and DMZ hosting, which, among other things, lets users play accelerated games over the Internet by placing the gaming computer outside of the firewall. It offers 11Mbps data transfer rates, and data and network security for user peace-of-mind by providing 64/128-bit WEP data encryption. This keeps data private by using encryption keys, which are known only to the network users to scramble the data being sent over the air.

A wired version (F5D5231-4 - MSRP $79.99) and a wireless 802.11b version (F5D6231-4 - MSRP $149.99), both ideal for home networking and the sharing of a broadband Internet connection, are set to start shipping in North America on November 1, 2002. Visit the company's website at www.belkin.com.

Sep 10 - Intel Accelerates Delivery of the Digital Home With Extended Wireless PC Initiative. Intel Corporation announced an initiative that will aid distribution of digital media throughout the home. The Extended Wireless PC Initiative, the first step in delivering on the Digital Home vision, will provide key building blocks and toolkits to the developer community, allowing them to easily and seamlessly distribute PC digital media to TVs and stereos throughout the consumer's home.

"Consumers really value the power and flexibility of digital media, whether they're taking digital photos, creating MP3 music files or recording family events on digital video, and the PC has become the universal and indispensable tool for storing and editing digital media," said Louis Burns, vice president and co-general manager, Intel Desktop Platforms Group. "The goal of the Extended Wireless PC Initiative is to take consumers one step closer to the vision of Digital Home by allowing them to sit back, relax and enjoy their favorite digital media throughout their home."

Critical to the media distribution is a new PC peripheral called a digital media adapter, which creates the link between PCs, TVs, and stereos. It can receive digital media from the PC using 802.11 wireless networking and UpnP* technologies, and can connect to TVs and stereos using standard A/V cables -- much like a DVD player.
Consumers can purchase the digital media adapter bundled with a new PC, use a simple remote control to navigate through menus on their TV screen and select the PC digital media they want to receive. This tightly integrated approach to digital media distribution will be easy to install, perform multiple functions, and be offered at attractive consumer price points.

To accelerate the development of digital media adapters and extended wireless PC platforms by the second half of 2003, Intel is announcing the immediate availability of toolkits for developers.

Details on these building blocks and toolkits are available on Intel's developer website at http://developer.intel.com/technology/digitalhome.

Sep 10 - Minolta Introduces New Dimage 7Hi Digital Camera. Minolta Corporation expands its digital camera line with the introduction of the new sleek and stylish Single Lens-Reflex (SLR)-type Minolta DiMAGE 7Hi.
Based on the award-winning DiMAGE 7 and incorporating improved features from its sister model - the top-of-the-line DiMAGE 7i - the new DiMAGE 7Hi has been further enhanced with features such as a built-in flash synchronization terminal making it a versatile digital imaging tool in the studio and on location, as well as everyday use.

With a 5-megapixel resolution, 7x optical, 2x digital zoom lens and superior GT Lens technology, the DiMAGE 7Hi is a complete digital imaging center that can control all the essential elements for high-quality photography: sharpness, exposure, contrast, color, and saturation.
With 12-bit A/D conversion and Minolta's image-processing technology, CxProcess, what you see will be what you get. In addition, image quality choices have been improved with the inclusion of a new extra-fine image setting.

"With the introduction of the new DiMAGE 7Hi, Minolta makes it easier and more affordable to bring digital imaging into the studio," said Jon Sienkiewicz, vice president of marketing, Minolta Corporation's Consumer Products Group.
"Differing from its sister model, the DiMAGE 7i, this new camera's built-in flash synchronization terminal and extra-fine image setting are sure to please the professional level photographer as well as advanced amateurs looking for the best digital photography has to offer. Building on the success of the award-wining DiMAGE 7 series of digital cameras Minolta is proud to now offer a broad line of high quality digital cameras each designed for different applications and different users."

The new DiMAGE 7Hi features a 2/3 inch-type CCD image sensor with 5-megapixel effective resolution. The camera incorporates a 7x zoom apochromatic Minolta GT LENS with two anomalous dispersion (AD) glass elements for color accuracy and dual aspherical elements which, combined with a 2x digital zoom, provides a compact lens design with a wide image capture range. The optical zoom lens range is 7.2mm - 50.8mm (equivalent to 28mm -200mm in 35mm).

The DiMAGE 7Hi will be available to consumers in September 2002 with an estimated street price of $1,299. For more information, visit Minolta's Web site located at www.minoltausa.com.

Sep 10 - Silicon Wave and Intel to Develop Coexistence Solution For Bluetooth and Wi-Fi Wireless. Silicon Wave, a leading supplier of silicon for Wireless Personal Area Networks, announced today they are working with Intel(R) Corp. to develop technology that enables the simultaneous operation of Bluetooth(TM) and Wi-Fi (IEEE 802.11b) wireless technologies in notebook PCs.

Silicon Wave's Bluetooth implementation will be based on its SiW1700(TM) series chipset, which is Bluetooth Specification Version 1.1 qualified.

Bluetooth and Wi-Fi are complementary wireless technologies that share the same 2.4GHz ISM band. When the two technologies operate at the same time, for example when Bluetooth applications are used while the user is connected to the network over Wi-Fi, interference may occur.
The coexistence solution will ensure that end users experience optimal data throughput, range and responsiveness on wireless LANs while maintaining connectivity with other PCs or peripherals enabled with Bluetooth wireless technology such as keyboards, mice, printers, PDAs, cameras and Smart Phones.

"Silicon Wave continues to lead and innovate in delivering pragmatic solutions that answer PC users' demands for seamless and simultaneous operation of both Bluetooth and Wi-Fi wireless technologies," said Michael Yin, director of Bluetooth product marketing for Silicon Wave. "We are committed to providing real-world solutions for the interference issues in wireless PC platforms."

"This joint effort will deliver solutions that support the coexistence of Bluetooth and Wi-Fi wireless technologies," said Ticky Thakkar, director of platform architecture for Intel's Mobile Platform Group. "Our next generation wireless mobile computing platform will allow users to successfully use both technologies simultaneously."

Silicon Wave's Web site is located at www.siliconwave.com.

Sep 10 - Pocket PC PDAs to Surpass Palm OS PDAs in 2004? PDA growth rates slowed substantially in 2001 -- from 80% in 2000 to 30% in 2001, with U.S. growth dropping below 10%. According to eTForecasts, PDA growth rates in 2002 will slow further as the U.S. recession impacts other regions.
eTForecasts also reports that growth rates in 2003 will pick up, but it will be 2004 until PDA growth tops 20%. Worldwide PDA sales may exceed 60M units in 2008.

Palm has been the leading PDA platform the last five years, but it is seeing increasing competition from Pocket PC, Symbian and Linux. With current trends Palm will lose its worldwide lead in 2004, but will retain U.S. leadership until 2008.

The long-term winner depends on which of the major PC, electronics and cell phone manufacturers adopt which PDA platform. Sony is the only major company that is supporting Palm and Sony's success is primarily in the U.S. Palm sorely needs additional allies in international markets such as China and Europe.

"The Palm OS lead is evaporating because the major PC companies are adopting the Pocket PC platform and Palm is running out of major companies that have the worldwide marketing clout to reverse this trend," says Dr. Egil Juliussen, the author of the report. "Palm will need several major electronics companies to adopt the Palm OS in the next year to have any chance of retaining its lead."

For more information see www.etforecasts.com.

Sep 10 - Logitech Announces New Generation of Cordless Desktop Peripherals. Logitech (Nasdaq:LOGI)(Switzerland: LOGN, LOGZ), international market leader in the manufacture and marketing of cordless computer peripherals, today introduced a new line of cordless desktops: keyboards that feature enhanced multimedia controls, and advanced Internet navigation tools, coupled with matching cordless mice.
With the introduction of these new Cordless Duos, Logitech offers even more options and features to meet the diverse needs of today's computer keyboard and mouse users. Logitech Cordless Duos are currently available worldwide.

Key features of this year's line-up include enhanced F-key functionality and Fast User Switch under Windows(R) XP. In addition, specialized Internet hot keys provide instant Web access and navigation as well as access to favorite folders. Logitech's proprietary iNav(TM) console, found on the Cordless Elite Duo, is an integrated navigation tool that allows the user to easily scroll, zoom, access files on the hard drive and browse bookmarks on the web.

The line-up includes the following:

-- Cordless Elite Duo(TM), flagship product of the new family, is
a redesign of the world's best selling keyboard, the
Logitech(R) Cordless Freedom(TM) Optical, in an eye-catching
slate gray and black, the keyboard now features enhanced F-key
functions along with specialized navigation tools and
multimedia controls and a comfortable Zero Degree Tilt(TM)
low-profile design. The keyboard ships with a black and silver
premium Cordless MouseMan Optical. $99.95.

-- Cordless Navigator Duo(TM) carries a new color scheme of
bright white with silver accents and a Zero Degree Tilt design
for comfort and style. The attractive color layout of this
keyboard makes it well suited for those that want a keyboard
and mouse designed to reflect their lifestyle. This Duo
includes Logitech's most popular Cordless Optical Mouse as
well as enhanced F-key functions and a multimedia push-button
control center within easy fingertip reach. $79.95.

-- Cordless Access Duo(TM) is a white and silver ensemble with a
completely new design that now incorporates Zero Degree Tilt,
multimedia and Internet control. Paired with a Cordless Wheel
Mouse, this uniquely designed keyboard is for the consumer
looking for value and quality at a new low price point of
$59.95.

For more information about Logitech and its products, visit the company's web site at www.logitech.com.

Sep 09 - Broderbund Expands Desktop Publishing With Print Shop 15 Line. Broderbund(TM), a leading publisher of home productivity and digital media software today announced the release of The Print Shop(R) 15 line: The Print Shop(R) Deluxe 15, The Print Shop(R) for Broadband 15 and The Print Shop(R) Pro Publisher(TM) Deluxe 15.

Utilizing cutting edge technologies, such as advanced photo editing, robust video editing and revolutionary project sharing, users are able to easily create professional-looking projects. In addition to major feature enhancements and a whole new look, The Print Shop line has been extended. It now offers the first desktop publishing software in a version for broadband. Also new, is the expansion of The Print Shop Pro Publisher Deluxe 15 product, which has been designed to target small businesses with a 70% business-related content upgrade.

The Print Shop, best known for its quality and ease of use, has sold more than 17 million units since its introduction in 1984. The Print Shop has always made it easy for users of all levels to create and personalize simple projects such as greeting cards and banners. The Print Shop 15 line offers all of the tools, templates and tutorials to allow users to easily create more sophisticated projects such as family photo albums, business newsletters, personal websites and much more.

"As technology grows, so does The Print Shop. What was once left to the professionals is now easily accessible for consumers," says Joe Roberts, president of Broderbund. "We are very excited about The Print Shop 15 line -- for the first time we are able to offer consumers video editing, the ability to save projects as a PDF file and many more features that make creating print and electronic projects fun and easy."

The Print Shop Deluxe 15

The Print Shop Deluxe 15 is targeted to the home computer user who appreciates the ease with which they can create sophisticated print and electronic projects -- whether it's personalizing a quick start photo greeting card, editing a home video or creating stationary for the home office. The Print Shop Deluxe 15 has a suggested retail price of $49.99.

The Print Shop Deluxe for Broadband 15

The Print Shop Deluxe for Broadband 15 has all of the art and templates found in The Print Shop Deluxe 15 plus features created specifically for taking advantage of high-speed Internet connections.
This version offers flexibility and convenience in downloading all art and templates. Since all of the content resides online, there is no disk swapping. The Print Shop Deluxe for Broadband 15 has a suggested retail price of $49.99.

The Print Shop Pro Publisher Deluxe 15

Designed with the small business user in mind, The Print Shop Pro Publisher Deluxe 15 offers a robust desktop publishing product with business content. This product has the same features as The Print Shop Deluxe 15 plus customized project types such as 4-page brochures, menus and customizable forms. The Print Shop Pro Publisher Deluxe 15 has a suggested retail price of $99.99.

For more information visit www.broderbund.com.

Sep 09 - One Out of Five Americans Feel the Internet is 'Most Essential' to Their Lives. When compared with traditional media, one out of five Americans feel that the Internet is the "most essential" medium to their lives, according to a new study by Arbitron Inc. (NYSE:ARB) and Edison Media Research.

According to the study, "Internet 9: The Media and Entertainment World of Online Consumers," Americans chose the Internet and TV (34 percent and 35 percent, respectively) as the most "cool and exciting" medium. Nearly half (46 percent) of 12-to-34 year-olds chose the Internet, with 29 percent choosing TV as the "most essential" medium to their lives.

The study also revealed that weekly "Streamies" - those who have watched or listened to streaming media online in the past week -bought more than one and a half times the number of compact discs in the past year than the average American.

In addition, weekly Streamies go to movie theaters considerably more often (3.19 times) than the typical consumer (1.85 times) in the past three months. Of particular interest to movie marketers, nearly two-thirds (62 percent) of video Streamies have viewed movie trailers or previews online, making trailers and previews the number one content for video Streamies.

"This research indicates that those who consume streaming media most frequently are also the same group that tends to buy more CDs and attend more movies," said Bill Rose, vice president and general manager, Arbitron Webcast Services, Arbitron Inc.
"While some in the entertainment industry have viewed streaming as a threat, the study shows that it really represents a tremendous opportunity. Marketing music on streaming media channels provides access to a lucrative group of record buyers that could be an important key to revenue growth for record labels. Similarly, movie studios have the opportunity to reach frequent movie-goers by promoting their new films via webcasting."

The study also confirms that superfast at-home broadband connections continue to grow despite the slowing economy. Residential broadband adoption has doubled in the last 18 months, jumping from 13 percent of those with at-home Internet access in January 2001 to 28 percent in July 2002. Furthermore, this growth trend appears to be far from over. According to the study, one out of five of those with dial-up home Internet access intends to convert to broadband in the coming year.

Additional findings from the Internet 9 study include:

-- Access to the Internet has leveled off at approximately 70
percent of all Americans. Despite the slowing growth of
Internet adoption, the average daily time spent online
continues to steadily increase, approaching one hour per day.
In July 2002, Americans reported spending an average of 58
minutes online per day, up from 41 minutes in July 2001.

-- Monthly Streamies are more educated and affluent than average
consumers. More than half (57 percent) have a household income
over $50,000, compared to 38 percent of the total population.
Nearly half (45 percent) have a college degree or higher level
of education compared to 32 percent of the total population.

-- The upscale, savvy nature of Streamies translates into buying
power. Monthly Streamies spent $895 online in the past year,
compared to $596 for online users as a whole.

The study may be downloaded free of charge via the Arbitron and Edison Media Research Web sites at www.arbitron.com and www.edisonresearch.com.

Sep 09 - US Chess Champion Challenges Chessmaster 9000. Ubi Soft Entertainment, one of the world's largest video game publishers, and The Internet Chess Club (Chessclub.com), the world's premiere online chess destination, today announced that reigning US Chess Champion, Grandmaster Larry Christiansen, will play Chessmaster(R) 9000 in a four game match played over two days via live internet broadcast.

These games will be broadcast on Chessclub.com's website. The games will take place on Saturday and Sunday, September 28-29, 2002, with the first beginning at 10 a.m. Eastern Daylight Time and a second game beginning at 6 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time each day. Mr. Christiansen will take on four different Grandmaster-level personalities from the Chessmaster 9000 retail product, finally facing The Chessmaster on Sunday at 6 p.m.

Celebrated chess players will provide on-going commentary during each of the games, including reigning Women's US Chess Champion and Grandmaster Jennifer Shahade, and Grandmaster Joel Benjamin. Additionally, Yasser Seirawan, Grandmaster and co-founder of America's Foundation for Chess will provide post-event written analysis of the four game match.

"Pitting the reigning US Chess Champion against the best-selling computer chess product of all time should make for some very exciting games as chess enthusiasts enjoy a front row seat to witness two great chess competitors in action," said Karen "KC" Conroe, group brand manager for Ubi Soft Entertainment.
"Larry Christiansen has proven himself repeatedly through the years as one of the world's best chess players, but we're confident he'll find Chessmaster 9000 to be a most challenging and worthy opponent when they square off on September 28."

"Chessmaster has long been recognized as both a powerful chess engine and the world's finest interactive chess product," said Larry Christiansen. "I look forward to putting this new edition to the test at the end of this month. Bring it on!"

"Chessclub.com is happy to be hosting this exciting event," said Daniel Sleator, president and founder of the Internet Chess Club. "We have a long tradition of broadcasting major chess events, such as the Kasparov versus Deep Blue."

"As co-founder of America's Foundation for Chess, I'm delighted to be a part of an event that will expand the profile and reach of the game of chess," said Yasser Seirawan. "US Chess Champion Larry Christiansen will find it challenging to battle against the four personalities of the Chessmaster program. One is hard enough! Chess fans should enjoy my analysis which will capture the hidden thoughts of the players."

The schedule for Christiansen vs. Chessmaster 9000 is as follows:

-- Saturday, September 28: Match 1 starts at 10:00 am EDT
Match 2 starts at 6:00 pm EDT

-- Sunday, September 29: Match 3 starts at 10:00 am EDT
Match 4 starts at 6:00 pm EDT

To learn more visit www.chessclub.com.

Sep 09 - Sentrybay Introduces Viralock To Combat Spread of E-Mail Viruses. ViraLock ™, the first software that prevents the spread of e-mail-borne viruses, will be introduced by SentryBay at the Networld + Interop & COMDEX tradeshow in Atlanta, Sept. 10-12.

For use by individuals and small businesses--and with a network version in development--the new software encrypts addresses found in e-mail programs so that a virus cannot replicate by sending itself out through e-mail. While current anti-virus software blocks known viruses from entering, ViraLock prevents all viruses, known or unknown, from using e-mail addresses to spread themselves from an infected computer.

"ViraLock is the missing half of the anti-virus solution," says Marcus Whittington, vice president of marketing for SentryBay. Priced at US $19.95, the software can be downloaded after Oct.15 at www.viralock.com.
ViraLock is compatible with all major anti-virus software products like Norton AntiVirus and McAfee VirusScan and supports Microsoft Outlook and Outlook Express with future versions available for Netscape, Eudora, Pegasus Mail and Juno.

"Anyone who has ever been hit by a virus like the Love Bug, Melissa or Klez has experienced the embarrassment, cost and damage to reputation from passing a virus to business contacts, family and friends. Also at risk is the potential loss of confidential information," says Whittington.
"With ViraLock installed, viruses that penetrate software defenses cannot escape." ViraLock stops virus replication by encrypting all e-mail addresses found in e-mail programs. Unable to find a usable address, a virus that has entered a computer is stopped from exiting.

Most viruses enter a computer through e-mail. Current anti-virus solutions focus on detecting and preventing virus contamination. The user must continually update the software to ensure maximum protection - which is still never 100%. Once the anti-virus defense is penetrated, the virus does its damage, then rapidly replicates using the user's own e-mail address book and stored e-mail messages to send itself to the user's business and personal contacts - infecting and damaging all their computers. The process then repeats itself. The potential for damage is huge. "But with ViraLock installed, this problem is solved," Whittington says.

Sep 08 - Sunday Shopping Watch.

Best Sunday Deals - See our Best Sunday Ad Deals Table below for specific system prices.

Weekly Comparison. System prices were higher in almost all categories compared to last week.

Notebooks - Notebook prices went down slightly compared to last week, however prices remained high in the high-end laptop category.
Desktops - All desktop prices were higher this week. No stores advertised AMD Athlon desktops.

This Sunday's Special Discounts and Financing. In addition to sales on specific items, the following store-wide sales are advertised this week. (Note that these ads are for the Dayton, Ohio area. Prices or offerings may be different where you live.)

BestBuy is offering 6 months of free MSN with any computer purchase and 12 month no interest financing on all computer purchases $299 and up.
Additionally, they are giving $100 mail-in rebates on all desktop packages and notebooks.
Circuit City is now giving away 3 months of free AOL (instead of a free year of CompuServe) on any in-store computer purchase. In addition they are offering 12 month no interest financing on all computer purchases.
Office Depot has 6 month no interest, no payment financing for purchases over $298.
CompUSA has no ad this Sunday.
Staples is offering $200 off any computer purchase with 2 year MSN contract.
Compare to Online Prices - Compare the Sunday ad prices to those being offered at DealTime, it searches over 160 online computer stores.

Shopping Alert on Lower Priced Desktops. Many lower priced Celeron/Duron desktops made by almost all computer manufacturers should be carefully investigated before purchase.
Most of these low priced desktops have no AGP video expansion slot, no onboard dedicated video RAM, no CD-RW drive, and very few empty PCI expansion slots. These computers will be very difficult to upgrade, and they have poorer performance than other desktops that do not have integrated audio and video chips on the motherboard.
Often by spending $200-$400 more for a Pentium 4 or Athlon XP based system, you can get twice the performance, more features, and you will have an upgradeable computer that will serve you well for another 3 years.
If you choose the $700 Celeron/Duron system to save a few bucks, keep in mind that in a year or two you will probably want to replace it.

Note on the "Loaded Celeron" Intel Celerons at speeds of 1.7 GHz or faster are potentially upgradeable to Pentium 4 processors. Slower Celerons are not socket compatible with the Pentium 4.
These faster Celeron systems are more like a low end Pentium 4 system as they often include: 400 MHz bus speed, DDR RAM, CD-RW or DVD drives, and flat screen monitors.

About Windows XP. It has been a little over 10 months since Windows XP began to be bundled with new computers. Windows XP became available for separate purchase on October 25, 2001. For more information on Windows XP see our Windows XP Upgrade Guide.

Internet Rebates. Most stores are no longer advertising 3 year Internet rebates. Check with your local store before you buy. Please see our article, What You Need to Know About Internet Rebates and Free PCs, for an in-depth discussion of Internet Rebates.

Definitions. A complete desktop system/package/complete package is defined as a computer with monitor and printer or scanner.
A build-to-order system is customized at the retailer and then ordered from a computer manufacturer. In addition to the computer's stated price, you still pay sales tax and shipping charges (if you order direct from the vendor without going through the chain store, you may not have to pay sales tax and you could get a better warranty).

Caution about advertised prices. When reading advertisements, read the fine print of the ad to make sure you know what is being advertised and what it cost. For example, many advertisers will show a complete system with computer, monitor, and printer but advertise a price for the computer only.

* Prices discussed in this article. We report prices after rebates and discounts are subtracted.
Items highlighted in Black are good deals.
Items highlighted in Red means prices have gone up and the system is not a good buy this week.
Items in normal text means prices are about the same as the previous weeks.

Best Ad Deals this Sunday
Category
Product Description
Price* (see above)
Prices up or Down this Week
Store
Best Celeron Deal
HP 1.4 GHz complete system
$619
+$50
Circuit City
Best Low-cost Pentium 4
HP 2.0 GHz complete system
$1119
+$50
Best Buy
Best High-end Pentium 4 System
Sony 2.26 GHz complete system
$1299
+80
Best Buy
Best Low-cost Athlon XP System
None advertised
Best High-end Athlon XP System
None Advertised
1. Best Low-cost Notebook
Toshiba 1.5 GHz Celeron with DVD/CD-RW
$1249
-
Best Buy
2. Best Low-cost Notebook
Compaq Athlon XP 1400+ with DVD/CD-RW (build-to-order)
$999
-$50
CompUSA
Best High-end Notebook
Compaq Pentium 4-M 2.0 GHz with DVD/CD-RW
$1799
-$100
Office Depot
Peripherals
Best Sunday Deal
Seagate 80 GB 7200 RPM ATA 100 hard drive
$89
(after rebates)
+$10
Best Buy
Best Sunday Deal
PNY GeForce4 Ti 4400 128MB DDR Video Card
$199 (after rebates)
first
time
listed
Best Buy
Best Sunday Deal
TDK 40X CD-RW
$39
(after rebates)
first
time
listed
Best Buy

 

InfoHQ Quick Jumps to Upgrades from DealTime - Click to check on latest prices
Video Cards ATI Radeon
  GeForce4 FX
Hard Drives Maxtor
  Western Digital
  Seagate
CD-RW Drives 40x/48x Write Speed
DVD-RW Drives DVD+RW/CD-RW
CPUs All AMD Athlon XP CPUs
  All Intel Pentium 4 CPUs
Antivirus Software All Manufacturers
Firewall Software All Manufacturers
All Other Products DealTime

 

Additional Information. For additional technical information, advice on how to buy a laptop or desktop, and vendor and manufacturer links, please see our Computer Buying Advice page.

About Sunday Shopping Watch. Sunday Shopping Watch appears every Sunday (except some holidays like Easter and Christmas) in our News and Rumors column. It is a review of local (Dayton, Ohio) computer chain store advertisements. While we can not guarantee your local chain store has the same items, this article can help you make informed buying decisions.

 

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