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InfoHQ Computer News and Rumors

April 1-7 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 Computer News and Rumors is an archived column, so feel free to review previous week's or month's computer news by clicking on the link below. Previous computer news articles can also be searched, by using our site search feature found in the top and bottom menu bar.

InfoHQ Computer News and Rumors Article Index
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Apr 7 Sunday Shopping Watch
APR 5 TDK Introduces 40X CD-RW Drive
APR 5 Sony Develops First Megapixel Three-CCD Mini DV Camcorder
Apr 5 Other World Computing Introduces 160GB External FireWire Drive
Apr 5 Samsung Introduces Digital Network Refrigerator
Apr 5 JVC Revolutionizes Digital Cinematography With Photon Vision Systems Image Sensor
Apr 5 ADS Technologies Announces DVD Authoring Kit
Apr 4 Dell Reaffirms First-Quarter Earnings Forecast
Apr 4 Micro Solutions Announces Mini USB 2.0 CD-Rewriter
Apr 4 Worldwide PDA Shipments May Increase 18 Percent in 2002
Apr 4 Subscription-Based Video-On-Demand Has 10 Times The Usage Of Pay-Per-View
Apr 4 WLAN Chip Usage Predicted to Remain Strong
Apr 3 Intel Introduces 2.4 GHz Pentium 4 Processor
Apr 3 DIRECTV Broadband and Texas Instruments Collaborate to Deploy DIRECTV DSL
Apr 3 U.S. Cable TV Operators Continue to Jump on the Digital Bandwagon
Apr 3 Epson Lowers Prices on Stylus Photo 785epx and PhotoPC 3100z
Apr 2 IBM, Sony, SCE and Toshiba to Jointly Develop Chip-Making Technology
Apr 2 Adtron Corp. Announces SCSI PC Card Drive
Apr 2 GenPhar Announces Novel Vaccines for HIV and Hepatitis
Apr 2 Smarthome Offers Gadgets for Mom This Mother's Day
Apr 2 Prevent Your Phone Service From Being Switched
Apr 1 HP Board Does Not Nominate Walter Hewlett as Director Candidate
Apr 1 Nextel Expands Java Phone Line to Include New Rugged Design
Apr 1 NEC Solutions America Launched Today
Apr 1 SONICblue Expects to Exceed Revenue Expectations

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April 7 - Sunday Shopping Watch.

Weekly Comparison.
- Prices have gone up on 1 GHz notebooks. After hitting an all time low on March 24, 2001 of $699 (after rebates) the lowest price we see this week is $999. Pentium 4 notebooks were advertised at the same price, and prices seemed to stay about the same on Pentium III and Athlon notebooks (no they have not gone down much in price since the release of the Pentium 4).
Desktops - Pentium 4 desktops went down in price. Per today's advertised prices, you can actually buy a name-brand Pentium 4 desktop for less than a name-brand Celeron desktop e.g. CompUSA is advertising a HP 1.3 GHz Celeron system with monitor for $899 and a HP 1.6 GHz Pentium 4 complete system for $889 (both prices are after rebates).
Athlon desktops seem to be the same or a little lower.

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 giving away 6 months of free MSN with any computer purchase. They are also offering 12 months of interest free financing on all Pentium 4 desktops and on all notebooks over $598. Additionally, they are giving $100 mail-in rebates on all desktop packages, and all notebooks.
Circuit City is offering a $200 rebate towards any purchase with a 2 year sign-up to CompuServe or MSN. They are also offering 12 months of interest free financing on all desktops and on all notebooks over $598. Additionally, they are offering a $200 instant merchandise card with purchase of any Intel processor based desktop package..
Office Depot is offering no interest, no payments, for 6 months on any computer purchase over $298.
CompUSA is giving away 3 months of AOL with any notebook or desktop computer purchase.
Staples no ad this Sunday.

Shopping Alert on Lower Priced Desktops. Many lower priced Celeron 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 dollars 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 system to save a few bucks, keep in mind that in a year or two you will probably want to replace it.

About Windows XP. It has been a little over 5 months since Windows XP began to be bundled with new computers. Windows XP became available for separate purchase on October 25th. 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 desktop system/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 vendor's store. 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.

Best Deals this Sunday
Product Description
Price* (see above)
Best Celeron Deal
HP 1.1 GHz complete system
Best Buy
Best Low-cost Pentium 4
HP 1.6 GHz complete system
Best High-end Pentium 4 System
HP 2.2 GHz system with 17" monitor
Best Buy
Best Low-cost Athlon XP System
Compaq 1600+ complete system
Office Depot
Best High-end Athlon XP System
Compaq 2000+ with 17" monitor (build-to-order)
Office Depot
Best Low-cost Notebook
Toshiba 1.1 GHz Celeron with DVD
Best Buy
Best High-end Notebook
Compaq AMD 1600+ GHz Athlon 4 with DVD/CD-RW
Best Buy
Best High-end Notebook
Sony Pentium 4 1.6 GHz with DVD/CD-RW

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 should help you make informed buying decisions.

Apr 5 - TDK Introduces 40X CD-RW Drive. Today, TDK sets a blazing new pace in CD recording with the introduction of its high-speed 40x veloCD (AI-401248) CD ReWritable Drive - the industry's fastest recordable CD drive.

The TDK 40X veloCD burner is an internal ATAPI/E-IDE drive offering the ultimate in recording, rewriting, and rip speed performance. With 40x audio and data write, 12x rewrite and 48x data read speeds, the new veloCD is capable of burning an entire CD's worth of music in approximately three minutes.
Equally important for today's music-passionate computer user, the new veloCD is capable of ripping CD audio tracks at 48x (5 seconds for a standard audio track) with bit-perfect musical accuracy. And like all TDK veloCD burners, the 40x unit features Buffer Underrun Protection, which eliminates buffer underrun errors for perfect recordings every time--even during multitasking operations.

TDK Product Manager Randall Rosenbaum commented on the introduction of TDK's 40x veloCD drive: "When TDK introduced our first veloCD in 1999, we announced our intention to lead the industry in recordable CD and all digital recording technologies. We have since followed through on this commitment with a full line of unique, state-of-the-art recording products, including both hardware and software."
"Our new 40x veloCD drive reaffirms our leadership role, and provides consumers with the ultimate CD recording solution. Thanks to its advanced high-speed recording capabilities and cutting-edge software, users now have more flexibility than ever before, with the proven reliability and performance of TDK veloCD."
The new TDK veloCD (Model: AI-401248) CD-ReWriter's estimated street price is $149. For more information, visit

Apr 5 - Sony Develops First Megapixel Three-CCD Mini DV Camcorder. In a move bound to make demanding video buffs take a second look, Sony today announced the DCR-TRV950 Mini DV Handycam(R) camcorder, the industry's first three-CCD (charge-coupled device) camcorder to include one million pixels per CCD imager for high quality video recordings.

Designed for the "prosumer," the DCR-TRV950 uses Sony's Advanced HAD(TM) three-CCD system to create professional-quality video with unbeatable color clarity, detail and performance. Compared to a single CCD imager found on most consumer camcorder models, a three-CCD system, like the one with the DCR-TRV950 captures much more precise results. Each of the megapixel CCD imagers are dedicated to a primary color and separate the light that passes through the lens into individual color components for noticeably sharper images and colors.

For more true-to-life results in darker settings, the three-CCD imagers of the DCR-TRV950 use Advanced HAD technology, which allows more light to reach the imager in order to reduce common video noise that would otherwise affect video quality.

"In the TRV950, we've made a camcorder for the person who knows their way around consumer video, but who craves a professional level of quality," said Steve Haber, senior vice president of the Digital Imaging Products Division at Sony Electronics. "While not a professional camcorder, it produces results that are of a quality to be used by consumers who want to take their video footage to the next level."

The 2-pound, 2-ounce three-CCD camcorder will be available in June for about $2,500. For additional information about Sony products, visit Sony's Web site at:

Apr 5 - Other World Computing Introduces 160GB External FireWire Drive. Other World Computing (OWC), a leading provider of products and services for the Macintosh marketplace, Thursday introduced a new 160GB OWC Mercury external FireWire drive that spins at 5400 RPMs and uses an Oxford911 chipset.

The company also announced that it has lowered its prices on all OWC Mercury-brand external FireWire storage drives. Pricing for OWC Mercury drives ranges from $149.95 for a 20GB 5400 RPM drive to $519.97 for a Mercury On-The-Go 2.5-inch portable drive, with the new 160GB FireWire drive priced at $379.95.

OWC Mercury storage devices provide a fast and convenient way to add significant plug-and-play storage to personal computers and notebooks. OWC's FireWire drives feature transfer rates as high as 400 Mbps and weigh as little as 11 ounces.

The drives are compatible with Macintosh- and Windows-based systems, and feature the fastest Oxford911 bridgeboard technology available.

"OWC Mercury storage drives are specifically designed to provide extra storage capacity at high transfer rates using the latest FireWire technology," said Larry O'Connor, founder and president of OWC. "The OWC Mercury 160GB 5400 RPM drive is one of the largest external drives available, and at under $380, is one of the least expensive as well."

Other World Computing can be found on the Web at

Apr 5 - Samsung Introduces Digital Network Refrigerator. Samsung, one of the world's top refrigerator manufacturers and a digital convergence leader, brings the power of convergence to the kitchen with the introduction of the revolutionary Digital Network Refrigerator, the SR-S75F.

A complete entertainment and information center, Samsung's intelligent new side-by-side refrigerator features a 15.1" detachable LCD screen/TV and Internet connectivity to keep today's kitchen connected as never before. This cutting-edge marvel is also a state-of-the art, 27.0 cubic feet refrigerator that utilizes Samsung's patented Twin Cooling System and Super Air Flow technologies along with intelligent management control to ensure fresher and healthier storage of food and beverages.

The SR-S75F offers an endless array of the latest communication, entertainment and information features. It offers all the functions of the Internet - such as e-mail, information surfing and online shopping -- without the need for a PC. A special Messenger Function organizes communication between family members with options for text, voice or even video memos.

TV lovers can enjoy their favorite shows or news programs via the big, bright built-in Samsung 15.1" LCD screen. External inputs also allow hook up and enjoyment of a DVD Player or VCR for a complete suite of viewing options. Samsung's Digital Network Side-By-Side refrigerator puts a high-tech spin on the time-honored tradition of pasting family photos to the fridge with a built-in digital photo album that stores and shares memorable moments at the touch of a button. Favorite photos can be sent over the Internet or even programmed as screen savers.

The SR-S75F's Information Center helps organize and control everything from favorite menus to all refrigerator functions, to scheduling of important dates. The Cook Helper offers special menus for great meals and an advanced cook timing system. The Refrigerator Manger checks and maintains key operating functions for optimum performance such as temperature control, water filter indicator and other detailed info. A food storage director even lets you know exactly what is in the fridge! The built-in Schedule Manager helps keep everyone organized via an alarm system reminder of important dates.

Samsung's SR-S75F Digital Network side-by-side refrigerator features Samsung's latest technology, including the Twin Cooling system for independent control of the refrigerator and freezer via dual evaporators and fans. The system maintains optimum humidity, temperature and quick cooling performance, and eliminates any mixing of odors between the fridge and freezer. For consistent and optimum cooling throughout, Super X-Flow sensors change air direction for quick cooling whenever warmer areas are detected and Dynamic Multi Air Flow distributes cool air with multiple outlets on every shelf.

Samsung's Digital Network Refrigerator will be available later this year in a variety of sophisticated finishes. Pricing was not announced. Visit for more information.

Apr 5 - JVC Revolutionizes Digital Cinematography With Photon Vision Systems Image Sensor. Photon Vision Systems, Inc. (PVS(R)), an industry leader in designing and delivering low cost, high quality imaging sensors, supporting electronics and imaging solutions to customers worldwide, today announced the integration of its CMOS 8.3 million pixel QuadHDTV(TM) imaging sensor into JVC's Ultra High Definition TV(TM) (UDTV) color camera.
This camera utilizes three of PVS's QuadHDTV(TM) sensors to deliver 25 million pixels and operates at 30 full frames per second (progressive or interlaced, selectable). The resolution of PVS's QuadHDTV(TM) sensor is four times that of High Definition Television (HDTV), with a resolution of 3840 x 2160 pixels.

PVS's QuadHDTV(TM) sensor brings new levels of resolution and speed, as well as quality, versatility and convenience to applications such as digital cinematography, studio broadcasting, demanding security and biometrics, scientific analysis, industrial quality inspection, and others.

"We chose PVS's CMOS 8.3 million pixel QuadHDTV(TM) sensor to bring its unique imaging capabilities to our Ultra High Definition TV (UDTV) camera now under development because of PVS's notable technology and quantifiable competitive advantages," said Clark Yoshida, President, JVC Laboratory of America.
"Of all the available sensor technologies, PVS's proved superior and helps to ensure that we continue to deliver the latest innovations in presentation, broadcast, and professional equipment."

Within digital cinematography, high-resolution digital technology is replacing film as the medium for motion pictures. Movies can now be shot digitally for the big screen, digitally post- processed, and even screened digitally. Digital movies do not degrade like film, so the 1,000th viewing will be as crisp and clean as the first.
Digital moviemaking dramatically lowers production and distribution costs and speeds up post-production work. As an added benefit, digital movie cameras are lighter, more mobile and allow a higher frame rate, eliminating the familiar flicker at the movie theaters.

Prior to the introduction of QuadHDTV(TM), moviemakers and studios had to take a step backwards in resolution when choosing to transition from conventional film to the more flexible digital cameras. First generation digital movies are currently being captured with a resolution of only 1280 x 1024 pixels, enough for viewing on a computer monitor, but clearly deficient when displayed on the big screen or home theatre system.

Television is another medium that benefits from QuadHDTV(TM) technology. In a broadcast of a soccer game, for example, the entire field can be shot digitally in real time with the QuadHDTV(TM) sensor. Any action, no matter where it occurred on the field, can be recorded and played back in "instant zoom replay." This feature adds tremendous flexibility to the broadcast of the game, and, as an added benefit for producers, the QuadHDTV(TM) captures all of the action using fewer cameras than traditional filming methods.

Another exciting feature for television spectators is QuadHDTV(TM)'s ability to provide extreme "zoom" close-ups of the players and action on any part of the field. This is possible because the QuadHDTV(TM) sensor has 32 times the resolution of standard television.
From the comfort of their own homes, sports fans can now view the entire field of play, and recall instant replays and "zoom" close-ups in high definition clarity. An improvement over being present at a live game, the viewer can see more of the field, in greater detail than they could see from the stands.

Additional information on PVS and its products is available through the PVS Web site

Apr 5 - ADS Technologies Announces DVD Authoring Kit. ADS Technologies, a leader in consumer video editing solutions, today announced its latest digital video solution boasting professional DVD-authoring capabilities, PYRO(R) ProDVD.
As the prices of DVD recordable drives and DVD media have dropped, the popularity of DVD as a means of sharing and distributing video has soared. To meet the demands of this ongoing trend, PYRO ProDVD offers a professional DV-to-DVD solution including many features only available in other systems priced at $1000 or more.

Featuring ADS Technologies' PYRO IEEE 1394/FireWire card and cable for digital video capture, PYRO ProDVD also includes powerful, professional DVD authoring software, Ulead DVD Workshop, as well as Ulead Media Studio Director's Cut for video editing. With such dynamic and leading-edge technological tools at a suggested retail price of $299, this complete DV-to-DVD solution will benefit both professional videographers and hobbyists alike.

"Creating videos on DVD is a several-step process," said Mike McCoy. "First, the video must be transferred from the DV camcorder, edited on the PC then converted to MPEG-2. The finished production is authored with DVD menus and chapters then output to disc. PYRO ProDVD is designed as an all-in-one solution with the most advanced and flexible DVD-authoring features available, such as real time DV-to-MPEG-2 encoding, motion menus and selectable chapter point thumbnails."
For more information, visit

Apr 4 - Dell Reaffirms First-Quarter Earnings Forecast. More and more customers, including purchasers of server and storage systems, are choosing Dell (Nasdaq:DELL) for computing products and services.
Customers are increasingly responding to direct, one-to-one relationships and the value from leading efficiency and quality.

Those will be primary messages to investors, analysts and reporters Thursday at Dell's spring analyst meeting here. Meeting remarks start at 8:30 a.m. (ET) and will be accessible through a "live" audio Webcast, with supporting material, at

Dell will reiterate its earnings guidance of 16 cents per share for the fiscal first quarter, which ends May 3. Dell said in mid-February that Q1 unit volumes and revenue could be down 3 to 5 percent sequentially. The company now believes revenue might be down only about 2 percent, reaching about $7.9 billion.

Kevin Rollins, Dell's president and chief operating officer, said the company is using broad, fundamental operating advantages to profitably win and deliver value to customers in the midst of industry softness and change.

"Component costs fell at an unprecedented rate last year, and we gained significant new business from passing those declines to customers more rapidly than anyone," said Mr. Rollins. "Supply costs have flattened somewhat, but our competitive advantage has not.

"We've stepped up our pursuit of internal cost reductions through still-higher levels of quality and efficiency. The total opportunity to lower costs -- in areas such as product design, warranty expenses, manufacturing and call-center management -- is even greater this year than last."
Information on Dell and its products can be obtained at

Apr 4 - Micro Solutions Announces Mini USB 2.0 CD-Rewriter. Micro Solutions, Inc., the industry leader in parallel-port-attach mass storage technology, has started shipping a USB 2.0 cd-rewriter ideal for road warriors and other mobile users - the backpack bantam USB 2.0 triple play cd-rewriter.
This 16x10x24x drive includes Hi-Speed USB 2.0, parallel and PC Card connection options conveniently in one box and is a simple and practical way to add CD-R and CD-RW capabilities to a laptop or desktop computer. It also comes with SpeedyCD disc creation software developed by Micro Solutions for optimal performance with its backpack cd-rewriters.

Extremely Portable Drive

With a weight of only 20 ounces and dimensions of 1 inch (h) by 6 inches (w) by 8.5 inches (l), the backpack bantam triple play USB 2.0 cd-rewriter gives road warriors and other mobile users extremely portable, Hi-Speed CD-RW capability. The drive, which is small enough to fit in the palm of a hand, can be easily packed with a notebook or carried between home and work. "The bantam triple play is a true slim CD-RW. At only 1 inch thick and weighing in at 20 ounces, the bantam is the perfect traveler to fit in a briefcase or carry-on luggage," said Pat Barron, vice president of sales at Micro Solutions.

Exclusive Advantages

The backpack bantam triple play USB 2.0 cd-rewriter offers exclusive advantages over other manufacturers' external CD-RWs. With its Hi-Speed USB 2.0, parallel and PC Card connection options standard, it is the only mini drive that works out-of-box with all Pentium-based notebook and desktop PCs.
It also is the only drive that provides a complete, hassle-free solution for users to attain the maximum write speeds available in a drive this small on both their notebook and desktop PCs.

The backpack bantam USB 2.0 triple play cd-rewriter (model number 186100) has a manufacturer's suggested retail price (MSRP) of $249. Shipping now, the drive is sold at major retail outlets, through mail-order catalogs and Web sites, and through distribution. Visit the company's Web site at

Apr 4 - Worldwide PDA Shipments May Increase 18 Percent in 2002. After several years of rapid growth, the worldwide PDA market slowed considerably in 2001 and this more moderate level of growth is expected to continue in 2002, according to Dataquest Inc., a unit of Gartner, Inc. (NYSE: IT and ITB).

Gartner Dataquest projects 15.5 million PDAs will be shipped in 2002, an 18 percent increase from 2001 shipments of 13 million units. In 2001, the industry experienced a similar growth rate of 18.3 percent. This was considerably below 2000 shipment growth of 114 percent.

Vendor inventories were at reasonable levels entering 2002 and Gartner Dataquest expects the first half of the year to continue to be impacted by the continuing economic slump. The PDA market is expected to regain some of its strength in the second half of 2002 and growth will be even stronger in 2003 as the economy recovers and business purchases increase.

"Roughly three-fourths of all PDAs purchased worldwide in 2001 were sold to individuals who bought them with their own funds, and the remainder were purchased or reimbursed by enterprises," said Todd Kort, principal analyst for Gartner Dataquest's Computing Platforms Worldwide group.
"The increasing capabilities of these devices and the growing availability of wireless technologies are beginning to stimulate large corporate purchases as solid productivity gains are realized, based on applications such as wireless e-mail or accessing corporate databases from remote locations."

The market continues to shift toward devices with color displays, more powerful processors, and more storage capacity, and Gartner Dataquest forecasts end-user spending to increase more than 20 percent in 2002, to $4.6 billion, up from $3.8 billion in 2001. In addition, wireless technologies such as Bluetooth, WLAN, and WAN are either being built-in or added-on to an increasing proportion of handheld computers.

Competition within the PDA industry will intensify in the second half of 2002 as Palm OS 5 licensees migrate their product lines to more powerful ARM-based processors to create more head-to-head battles with Microsoft Pocket PC licensees.

"Palm OS licensees appear to have the greatest upside potential in the second half of 2002," said Kort. "Many of the more than 14 million current Palm OS users may be enticed to upgrade to new devices following the launch of Palm OS 5 if the launch is well executed and the new OS and associated devices deliver sufficiently enhanced functionality." Gartner Dataquest expects that the smaller enterprise PDA market will continue to favor PocketPC devices, but OS 5 should help Palm, Inc. become more competitive in this arena.

"At the same time, the build-out of packet-switched data networks such as GPRS and CDMA 1x will focus attention on wireless data devices and the growing competition between PDAs and smartphones," Kort said. "However, smartphones probably will not overtake PDA shipments until late 2002 or early 2003. We expect 2003 to be a strong year for growth in the PDA market, but from 2004 onward, sales of PDAs will be increasingly impacted by competition from smartphones."

The growing number of PDA vendors and a wider variety of handheld devices will stimulate demand. Considerable erosion of prices, particularly at the high end of the market will occur if Japanese vendors take advantage of the weak yen to exert downward pressure on prices, further stimulating demand.
Gartner Dataquest can be accessed on the Internet at

Apr 4 - Subscription-Based Video-On-Demand Generating 10 Times The Usage Of Pay-Per-View. The upcoming Kagan VOD (Video on Demand) Summit; April 17-18 at the Helmsley Park Lane Hotel in New York City, will bring together over 35 leading industry executives from the programming, technology and distributor sectors to explore the key issues confronting the on-demand future and to decode the economic models which underpin them.

Foremost on the agenda will be Subscription-based Video-On-Demand (SVOD).

SVOD has become one of the hottest new programming concepts in television and is generating in excess of 10 times the usage of traditional pay-per-view offerings. Not only are premium and basic cable networks transitioning some programming to SVOD, entirely new "virtual channels", which exist solely on cable headend servers, are being launched.

In general, on-demand delivery of audio and video--whether by cable, satellite or broadband connection--is at the core of the most fundamental revolution in the history of entertainment and information programming. A host of services, ranging from SVOD to movie downloads to hard disk drives imbedded into home servers and digital set top boxes (popularly known as PVRs and DVRs) are challenging everything from the way viewers interact with commercials to program length to prime time scheduling.

For more VOD Summit information visit

Apr 4 - WLAN Chip Usage Predicted to Remain Strong. Despite a slow economy, wireless LAN (WLAN) chips were a bright spot in an otherwise dismal 2001 worldwide chip market, according to In-Stat/MDR (

The high-tech market research firm reports that the number of WLAN chips sold worldwide in 2001 managed to top 8 million chipsets, up more than 23 percent from 2000. Early indications illustrate that device sales, and resulting chipset demand, are already up sharply this year when compared with the end of 2001.

2002 chipset units are forecast to exceed 14 million units, an increase of 75 percent from last year's depressed numbers.

"The incredible journey for WLAN chips is just beginning," said Allen Nogee, a senior analyst with In-Stat/MDR. "For many years, the use of WLANs has been limited to a very few specialized vertical applications. However, as new standards like 802.11a and 802.11g are introduced into both the home and the enterprise, the market will move in a new direction, gaining even greater momentum."

While the enterprise will account for the largest consumption of wireless LAN chipsets in 2002, it's the home market that will experience the largest growth rate. Not only are home users adopting WLAN devices for their conventional computer connectivity needs, but other residential uses for WLAN chips, such as wireless video pads, are starting to become popular, especially in Asia.

In-Stat/MDR also found that:

-- Despite an increase in units shipped in 2001, chipset revenue
decreased 4 percent from the previous year, to $216.9 million,
as a direct result of rapidly eroding WLAN chipset prices.
However, WLAN chipset revenue is expected to increase to
$324.5 million in 2002, an almost 50 percent increase from the
year earlier.

-- Currently in the enterprise, as in the home market, 802.11b
accounts for almost all the WLAN chipsets sold to date.
However, this will be changing very quickly. The enterprise
has anxiously awaited a faster technology to become available,
and that is currently happening in the form of 802.11a and
802.11g. Both standards offer data rates up to 54 Mbps, but
actual throughput is likely to be approximately half of that.

-- Over 13 million 802.11a chipsets will be sold into the home
market in 2006.

Apr 3 - Intel Introduces 2.4 GHz Pentium 4 Processor. Intel today introduced the Pentium(R) 4 processor at 2.4 gigahertz (GHz) -- or 2.4 billion cycles per second. Intel is now producing Pentium 4 processors using new smaller circuits and large 300mm wafers.

The Pentium 4 processor is the world's highest performance desktop processor and the highest-volume shipping microprocessor in the world. Intel now ships well over 10 times the number of Pentium 4 processors compared to its first full quarter of Pentium 4 processor production in the first quarter of 2001.

"The leadership performance and higher density of the 2.4 GHz Pentium 4 processor are the results of continuous improvements in design and process technology," said Sunlin Chou, senior vice president and general manager, Technology and Manufacturing Group. "We have enhanced our 0.13-micron process with faster transistors, smaller feature sizes, and 300mm manufacturing efficiencies, while we continue to ramp up production in multiple factories. This is part of our ongoing effort to deliver the best computing capabilities to our customers in volume."

The Pentium 4 processor is built on Intel's industry-leading 0.13-micron process technology, which has the fastest and smallest CMOS transistors available in high-volume production. Intel is also now building the Pentium 4 processor on 300mm wafers. After further optimizing the manufacturing process, Intel has begun production of Pentium 4 processors with 10 percent smaller die area. The combination of larger wafers and smaller die size will lower manufacturing cost and raise output.

Intel has five fabrication facilities in 0.13-micron production now, four running 200mm wafers and one running 300mm wafers. With improved 0.13-micron technology and 300mm wafers, Intel can provide more than five times the amount of product on a single wafer compared to that of the initial Pentium 4 processor that was shipped in November 2000. Each Pentium 4 processor chip has 512K of performance-enhancing level-two cache, 55 million transistors, and advanced (SSE2) multimedia instructions.
This processor contains the fastest and smallest (60 nanometers) CMOS transistors in mass production. This leadership in manufacturing technology results in desktop microprocessors with the highest clock rates and performance in the industry. Intel's design and manufacturing improvements will help the company as it seeks to meet its target of shipping Pentium 4 processors at 3 GHz by year's end.

Performance, Pricing and Availability

The Pentium 4 processor at 2.40 GHz delivers the world's highest Windows desktop processor performance as measured by SPEC CPU 2000 with a SPECint_base2000 score of 819 and a SPECfp_base2000 score of 806.

The Pentium 4 processor at 2.4 GHz, with 512KB level-two cache, is available now and priced at $562 in 1,000-unit quantities. Intel is also shipping boxed Intel Pentium 4 processors up to 2.4 GHz to Intel authorized distributors for system integrators worldwide. Additional information about Intel is available at

Apr 3 - DIRECTV Broadband and Texas Instruments Collaborate to Deploy DIRECTV DSL. DIRECTV Broadband, Inc. and Texas Instruments Incorporated (TI) (NYSE:TXN) today announced they are working together to deploy voice-enabled DIRECTV DSL(TM) gateways to DIRECTV Broadband's residential DSL customers. Deployment of the gateways, which will begin in late 2002, provide DIRECTV Broadband with the ability to launch Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) services to its customers. DIRECTV Broadband is a nationwide provider of integrated broadband services and is a subsidiary of Hughes Electronics Corporation (NYSE:GMH).

DIRECTV Broadband is working with TI to integrate TI's AR5V10 DSL gateway solution into a complete third generation DIRECTV DSL(TM) gateway for consumer deployment throughout the United States. TI technology will provide the data routing, support for two digital voice lines and home networking interfaces -- enabling DIRECTV Broadband to offer subscribers the delivery of voice and DSL services through the DIRECTV Broadband residential gateway. (For more information on TI's AR5V10 visit The gateways will also be equipped with home networking technology to allow the sharing of broadband content and services throughout the home.

"DIRECTV Broadband has built a foundation of enabling our customers to take advantage of innovative solutions without an additional investment in extra hardware or technician visits," said Ned Hayes, president and CEO of DIRECTV Broadband. "The ability to offer convenient and high-quality voice services utilizing a broadband connection will be a turning point for the DSL industry. By incorporating the voice service feature provided by Texas Instruments, we will soon be ready to launch a Voice over IP solution that our subscribers can use with a regular telephone. Our work to be one of the first providers to offer such a service is exciting for our company and our customers."

"The future of DSL is the addition of value-added services, such as voice, to the data network to which we are accustomed. By working with DIRECTV Broadband, we are enabling the next generation of DSL equipment and deployments to deliver voice and data over DSL with home networking to consumers," said Joseph Crupi, vice president of TI's Broadband Communications Group. "Providing customers with affordable, integrated voice and data solutions for their next-generation DSL products is enabled by TI's silicon and software portfolio and the system-level knowledge and support required to get their products to market quickly."

"Voice over Broadband can offer providers a means of expanding their service portfolios and increasing revenues," said Pat Hurley, DSL analyst with TeleChoice, Inc. "While Voice over Broadband has been deployed as a business service, deployments to residential customers have been limited due to the lack of customer self-installable equipment. The service enabled by DIRECTV Broadband and TI, which can be installed by the user without the need to bring technicians into the home, is on the cutting edge, and should be well received by customers looking for additional phone lines for home offices, teen lines and other uses."

DIRECTV Broadband can be found online at

Apr 3 -U.S. Cable TV Operators Continue to Jump on the Digital Bandwagon. Faced with stiff competition from Direct Broadcast Satellite (DBS) pay-TV services, the cable television industry is fighting back by focusing on its ability to deliver a "package" of digital services, to include digital video service, cable modem service, and even cable telephony service.

In order to provide these digital services, U.S. cable TV operators have spent over $30 billion in the past two years to upgrade their hybrid fiber-coax (HFC) network infrastructure.

According to In-Stat/MDR (, while some leading cable multiple systems operators (MSOs) have succeeded in upgrading the majority of their cable systems, cable industry capital expenditures are still forecasted to exceed $15 billion in 2002.

"Although the cable industry has never been known for rapid innovation or for embracing cutting-edge technologies, it has done an admirable job of provisioning digital cable services to households across the country," said Mike Paxton, a senior analyst with the high-tech market research firm.

Based on data from In-Stat/MDR's annual U.S. cable operator survey, some areas of growth, particularly digital cable TV services and cable modem services, have been extremely strong.

In-Stat/MDR has also found that:

-- The past year has seen significant growth in the number of 6
MHz channels available on cable TV systems. In early 2001,
less than one-third of all U.S. cable systems offered more
than 70 channels. By February 2002, the number had almost

-- Most cable operators are using these additional channels to
introduce new analog and digital video services, with a
secondary priority of broadening their cable modem service

-- Even as digital cable services become more widely available,
there is still plenty of room for U.S. digital cable service
subscriber growth. The survey highlights that the current
median penetration rate for digital cable service subscribers
(voice, video, and/or data) is only around one-quarter of all
cable TV system subscribers.

Apr 3 - Epson Lowers Prices on Stylus Photo 785epx and PhotoPC 3100z. Epson America Inc. announced today that it has reduced the price of two of its award-winning products: the EPSON Stylus Photo 785EPX ink jet printer and the EPSON PhotoPC® 3100Z digital camera. These products were Epson's first to offer PRINT Image Matching technology, which is a breakthrough technology that helps photographers easily produce the best possible prints by ensuring that digital cameras and printers work perfectly together.

The EPSON Stylus Photo 785EPX was developed for digital camera owners and delivers convenient photo printing with and without a computer, as well as compatibility with popular digital camera memory cards and Epson's patented BorderFree™ photo printing. This printer is now available for an estimated street price of $199, a reduction of $50 from its original price.

The EPSON PhotoPC 3100Z is a compact, three megapixel digital camera that offers several advanced features, as well as easy-to-use print tools that bridge gap between digital capture and digital output. With the new price reduction, this camera carries an estimated street price of $599, which is a $200 reduction.

"Epson has built a solid reputation with photographers of all levels by providing digital photography products that offer superior technology, convenience and ease of use," said Lisa Graham, product manager, photo imaging, Epson. "With these price reductions, we are able to offer an even greater value without compromising the level of quality our customers have come to expect."
More information about Epson and its products is at

Apr 2 - IBM, Sony, SCE and Toshiba to Jointly Develop Chip-Making Technology. In a unique collaboration, IBM, Sony Corporation, Sony Computer Entertainment Inc. and Toshiba Corporation have signed a multi-year agreement to jointly develop advanced semiconductor technologies based on silicon-on-insulator (SOI) and other IBM materials advances.
This will lead to the development of high-performance, low-power chips necessary for a wide range of future electronic products - - from digital consumer applications to supercomputers.
The team will spend several hundred million dollars over four years to develop new process technologies for building chips with features as small as 50 nanometers on 300 mm wafers. Smaller features mean more can be packed on a single chip. The parties plan to use this technology to create system-on-chip (SoC) designs, integrating processor, memory and communications functions, which normally are found on separate chips within a device.
The new processes are expected to be the world's most sophisticated, incorporating advanced chip-making materials pioneered by IBM, such as copper wiring, silicon-on-insulator (SOI) transistors and "low-k" insulation. The use of new designs and materials will be guided by the applications requirements of Sony, one of the world's largest consumers of semiconductors. Toshiba will contribute its high-volume manufacturing capability and SoC technology expertise to meet targeted performance and quality levels.
"The PC is no longer the driving force in semiconductor innovation," said John Kelly, senior vice president and group executive for the IBM Technology Group. "Networking and consumer electronics applications are driving the evolution of a new semiconductor industry -- one based on closer collaboration with customers. This alliance is powerful because of the talents and technologies involved; it is unique in the depth to which the customer is involved, not just in the design of chips for their products, but in the very way they are manufactured."
"Having IBM and Toshiba's technologies with Sony's vast experience and knowledge of the consumer market, truly makes this alliance a winning combination," said Ken Kutaragi, president and CEO, Sony Computer Entertainment and director, Sony Corporation. "Incorporation of these cutting-edge process technologies into various audio, visual and IT products as well as to the computer entertainment system, is expected to bring even higher competitive power to the entire Sony Group."
"Technologies like SOI are essential for high-end and low-power SoC," said Takeshi Nakagawa, corporate senior vice president of Toshiba Corporation and president of Toshiba's Semiconductor Company. "We expect collaboration on SOI process technology to advance joint-development of the next generation broadband processor, and to provide a strong underpinning to our development of leading-edge products. We will apply SOI process technology to broadband processor-based LSI for such applications as a high-speed home gateway and future low-power mobile products."
In a separate agreement, IBM will transfer the latest SOI technologies to Sony and Toshiba. The development work will be conducted by a team of scientists and engineers from all parties at the IBM Semiconductor Research and Development Center (SRDC) in East Fishkill, N.Y. Each party then will have the ability to build the advanced chips in its own manufacturing facilities, products and applications, and for its own semiconductor business customers. A significant portion of IBM's soon-to-be-completed, 300 mm wafer manufacturing facility in East Fishkill will be dedicated to these new processes.
The new alliance framework enhances Sony and IBM's existing collaborative structure by adding the strengths of Toshiba's versatile manufacturing expertise, as the second largest in the semiconductor industry. Integration of the strengths of the parties will facilitate achievement of advanced process technologies for a broad range of products and applications.
More information about the companies can be found at:,, and

Apr 2 - Adtron Corp. Announces SCSI PC Card Drive. Adtron Corp. now offers a PC Card drive as a replacement for the popular and recently discontinued Iomega(R) Jaz(R) Drive.
The versatile Adtron SCSI connected PC Card drives use hot swappable flash or disk PC Card media offering the same SCSI read/write removable media functionality as the Jaz drive. Internal 3.5-inch floppy drive bay mounted versions and external desktop versions are available.
Adtron's SCSI PC Card drives operate just like Jaz drives with the added benefit of a wide selection of PC Card manufacturers, capacities, performance and prices. Compatible PC Cards include ATA flash cards up to 2GBytes from SanDisk, Hitachi, SimpleTech and others; and hard disk cards up to 5GBytes from Toshiba; and IBM microdrives with a CompactFlash-to-PC Card adapter.
OEM pricing for the internal SCSI PC Card drive (SDDS-03) is $225 and the external drive (ASPC) is $195. Adtron also offers PC Card drives with VME, cPCI, PCI and serial RS232 interfaces.
You can find more information about Adtron at

Apr 2 - GenPhar Announces Novel Vaccines for HIV and Hepatitis. GenPhar today announced it has developed a promising genetic vaccine platform that it has adapted to create vaccines for HIV, hepatitis B, hepatitis C, Marburg virus and other agents causing infectious diseases of public health and biodefense importance.

This versatile platform has been demonstrated to induce potent and long-lasting humoral and cellular immune responses in mice and monkeys with a single vaccination. GenPhar has developed partnerships with the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and with the United States Army Medical Research Institute of Infectious Diseases (USAMRIID) for further testing including additional preclinical trials of new genetic vaccines developed with this groundbreaking universal vaccine platform in guinea pigs and monkeys.

Unlike other HIV vaccines currently in testing phases, GenPhar's multivalent vaccines have demonstrated immunogenicity for different subtypes and mutations of HIV and hepatitis B. The vaccine for hepatitis C is currently being tested by GenPhar internally. The NIH has agreed to fund and perform its own trials for GenPhar's multivalent HIV-1 vaccine in rhesus monkeys. USAMRIID signed a formal collaborative research and development agreement (CRADA) with GenPhar to procure and test a multivalent vaccine for Marburg virus in animals. Prior to securing these partnerships, GenPhar induced a full range of immune responses in mice and monkeys against viruses that cause immunosuppressive diseases.

"The prototype products which are being developed based on this platform are unprecedented," said Dr. John Dong, chief scientific officer of GenPhar. "GenPhar's vaccine platform is efficient and versatile. It constitutes a significant enhancement over existing vaccine technologies. The science underlying the vaccines makes it highly likely that results in mice and rhesus monkeys will be replicated in humans. We also believe that these vaccines will prove to have important therapeutic properties."

The vaccine platform was developed upon novel scientific concepts that resulted from years of innovative laboratory research by members of the GenPhar scientific team. The scientific approach differs substantially from those that provide the basis for existing vaccines.

GenPhar's vaccines consist of a complex vector system as a "transport vehicle" that carries genetic fragments of an infectious disease agent inserted in such a way that allows the vaccine virus to effectively mimic the disease, which in turn, triggers the body's natural immune response, but without actually causing the disease. This method allows vaccines to be created that cause the immune system to generate a strong, fully natural immune reaction to an infectious disease agent, and thereby provides natural, lifetime immunity against the targeted infectious disease agent.
Virtually no immune response is generated against the "transporter" adenovirus, allowing it to be used as the basis for many different vaccines. No other vaccine technology demonstrated to date has shown itself capable of inducing strong natural production of both highly specific neutralizing antibodies and a potent cytotoxic T-lymphocyte (CTL) or cellular immune responses.
GenPhar can be found online at

Apr 2 - Smarthome Offers Gadgets for Mom This Mother's Day. For sons, daughters and husbands looking for an alternative to the usual cards and flowers this Mother's Day, Smarthome Inc., based in Irvine, today announced its recommendations for gadget gift ideas for the 21st-century Mom this May 12.
"Traditionally, high-tech gadgets for the home have been Dad's domain," said Leo Soderman, director of marketing for Smarthome. "We believe the time has arrived for mothers to get equally innovative gifts."
The following are available from Smarthome's special Mother's Day online gift guide.

Auto-Measure Spice Carousel -- Need a quarter-teaspoon of cayenne pepper? Save Mom valuable counter space with this innovative spice carousel that doubles as a highly accurate dispensing tool. This fully stackable unit maximizes storage space by fitting easily in cupboards or on counters. Measuring spoons and messy pouring is no longer needed. It can also be mounted under a cabinet or shelf and comes with 50 preprinted spice labels. Price: $29.95

Safety Turtle Wristband -- Ease Mom's mind this summer with this unique way to protect young children from swimming pool hazards. Adults are alerted with a loud alarm if a child wearing the wristband falls into a pool. The wristband is designed to withstand rugged play and can only be removed with a key. It is easily transportable from residence to vacation home or campsite. Price: $99.95 (base station), $49.95 (wristband).

Litter-Free Cat Toilet -- Mom will never have to scoop the cat box again with possibly the most sanitary automated cat box on the market. The box connects to the laundry room drain pipe, removing waste material without any intervention. The cleaning cycle washes, flushes, deodorizes and dries the included cat litter crystals, leaving the cat's litter box clean, fresh and odor-free. Price: $299.95

Wireless Car Theatre System -- Keep kids entertained -- and Mom relaxed -- on road trips. This portable video system straps to the back of a headrest and plugs into the car's cigarette lighter. There's no built-in wiring, so it can easily be swapped between cars. Watch any VHS video through the included video cassette player on a 5.6-inch color LCD screen. Price: $699.95

Mini-Home Security Monitor -- Let Mom know who is at the door from any room in the house. Compact 1/3-inch black-and-white camera connects directly to a TV or VCR. Sixty feet of cable is included. The low-profile design keeps the home from looking like a fortress, and a built-in microphone lets the user hear as well as see what's going on outside. Powered by an adapter, it never needs batteries. Price: $69.95

Smarthome's online catalog can be found at

Apr 2 - Prevent Your Phone Service From Being Switched. Don't be an April fool. Check your phone bill this month to be sure you haven't been slammed.

Slamming is switching consumers from their preferred long distance company without their consent. It has become one of the biggest industry problems plaguing consumers. Janis Burenga, speaking for AT&T, has more on how to prevent this common phone fraud.

Three ways to avoid being slammed are, read the fine print in any sweepstakes or drawing entry form before filling it out. By signing the form, you may unintentionally authorize being switched to another long-distance company.
Tell telemarketers who contact you about changing your telephone service that you're not interested. You also have the right to ask that the telemarketer remove your number from the solicitation lists. Check your telephone bill each month. Be sure that it displays the name of your long-distance company to ensure that it hasn't been changed.

Burenga says if you've been slammed, immediately contact your chosen long distance company and ask to be switched back. Then, contact the company responsible for the switch and ask them to reimburse you for any excess charges they've billed you.
Learn more ways to protect yourself by visiting the AT&T website on slamming at

Apr 1 - HP Board Does Not Nominate Walter Hewlett as Director Candidate. Hewlett-Packard Company's (NYSE:HWP) Board of Directors today announced its candidates for nomination to the HP Board of Directors, which will not include Walter Hewlett.
The board's decision not to nominate Walter Hewlett is based on his ongoing adversarial relationship with the company, as evidenced by his recent litigation against HP, as well as concerns about his lack of candor and issues of trust.
"With the encouragement of our chairman, Carly Fiorina, I met with Walter Hewlett immediately following the shareowner meeting in an effort to re-establish a constructive working relationship," said Sam Ginn, chairman of the board's nominating and governance committee. "The nominating committee, the full HP board and an executive session of independent directors, which included Walter Hewlett, met on March 27 to continue the discussion. Based on these deliberations and representations made by Walter Hewlett in these meetings, the HP Board unanimously determined to re-nominate him.
"My fellow board members and I were therefore shocked when just hours later Walter Hewlett filed a spurious lawsuit against the company, continuing his assault on the integrity of the HP Board and management team. His recent actions have again violated basic principles of trust, and his ongoing adversarial relationship with the company undermines the board's ability to effectively conduct business."
"This board has always operated on the important governance principles of independence, deliberation and respect for a diversity of views," said Carly Fiorina, HP chairman and chief executive officer. "The board recognizes the importance of shareowner voices. We will reach out to shareowners, including our institutions and foundations, to determine the best way to assure they continue to be heard."
Commenting on Walter Hewlett's complaint, the board said, "The allegations that HP bought votes from Deutsche Bank or improperly coerced it to change its votes are false. In addition, Walter Hewlett's allegations that HP shareowners were misinformed about integration are without basis. There is more information about this merger in full view of shareowners than for any other merger in corporate history."
HP and its products can be found on the World Wide Web at

Apr 1 - Nextel Expands Java Phone Line to Include New Rugged Design. Mobile professionals who want to take their important business Java programs with them, but need a piece of equipment that can withstand tougher working conditions, have an answer with the new rugged Java(TM) technology-capable i55sr handset from Nextel Communications Inc. (NASDAQ:NXTL) and Motorola (NYSE:MOT). The Internet-ready Motorola i55sr is pre-loaded with several Java applications, meets military standards for shock and vibration resistance, and is Nextel's smallest, fully-featured durable phone.
"Our customers are accustomed to taking their important business applications with them in their phones, and we are expanding our line of phones to meet the specific needs of particular customer segments," said Blair Kutrow, vice president of product management for Nextel. "The i55sr handset is for the mobile professional who understands the power of wireless Internet and Java in a phone, but needs a phone that will hold up to an outdoor, rougher work environment."
In addition to Nextel's 4-in-1 technology, including digital wireless cellular service, Nextel Direct Connect(TM) two-way radio service, wireless Internet service and Nextel Two-Way Messaging(TM), that is available in all Nextel phones, the i55sr includes:

Advanced phone book - store up to 250 entries, with up to seven different numbers for a single name.

Datebook - input important appointments into the phone, and it will alert you when meetings are about to begin. During the meeting, the phone automatically silences the ringer and sends all calls to voice mail. After the allotted time, the ringer turns back on.

Menu Customization - set up the main menu to meet your daily needs, with your most-used features appearing first.

Speakerphone - for hands-free dialing and for impromptu on-site meetings or conference calls.

VibraCall(R) - silent notification for the noisiest of work environments.

The i55sr also includes a large screen display for easy use, last 20 numbers received/sent list, three-way calling, a two-button keypad lock to avoid inadvertent dialing of numbers, and Caller ID so you don't miss important calls.
The 6.5-ounce i55sr is available in gray or yellow and has easy-to-grip rubber over-molding. It expands Nextel's rugged phone portfolio, which also includes the r750plus, r750plus FM and the i700plus handsets.
Beginning April 1, the i55sr phone will be offered at a promotional price of $179.99. It comes with a high performance battery which provides 270 minutes of talktime and 125 hours of standby time, a rapid travel charger that enables the battery to go from no charge to fully-charged in just a few hours, a clip-on carrier and a printed User's Guide. For more information visit

Apr 1 - NEC Solutions America Launched Today. NEC Solutions (America), Inc. today began operations as the newest addition to the NEC family of companies in North America.
The newly formed company is the result of the combined resources of NEC Computers Inc., NEC Technologies, Inc. and NEC Systems, Inc. Norio Tanoue, former president and CEO of NEC Technologies, has been selected to lead NEC Solutions America as president and CEO.
Chartered with enhancing NEC's solutions business, NEC Solutions America blends the expertise of each of the companies, which includes hardware platforms, software development and systems integration. Closer working relationships between the divisions will ensure that customers' unique technological needs are satisfied quickly.
Over the next few months, the focus will be on delivering highly specialized business solutions for commercial customers in specific market segments, including information security, enterprise mobile computing, high-end media, business-to-business (B2B) software and systems integration, and professional services.
"We have already taken the first steps of integrating the operations and service aspects of the company," said Norio Tanoue, newly appointed president and CEO of NEC Solutions America. "By NEC divisions working side by side in the United States, we will now be able to leverage sales channels, product portfolios, and core technologies."

Apr 1 - SONICblue Expects to Exceed Revenue Expectations. SONICblue(TM) Incorporated (Nasdaq:SBLU) announced today that it is experiencing strong demand for its products and expects to report revenues for the first quarter that are ahead of consensus expectations of $58 million. The Company has also withdrawn its current plan to pursue a private equity-financing based on current market conditions.
"We continue to be encouraged with the demand for our products," said Ken Potashner, chairman and CEO, SONICblue. "We are also optimistic that our newly announced digital audio and video products will receive similar, positive, customer receptivity."
SONICblue confirmed that it's on track to file audited fiscal year 2001 results this week, as previously planned.

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