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Daily Computer News and Rumors

April 01-07 2003

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. 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
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Apr 07 American Power Conversion Announces New Low Cost Broadband Power Protection
Apr 07 ASI Launches In-Flight Email From $1.00
Apr 07 Alias|Wavefront Announces Maya 5
Apr 07 LucasArts' Annnounces Jedi Academy for PC and Xbox
Apr 06 Sunday Shopping Watch
Apr 04 HP Introduces New Pavilion PCs for Digital Media Enthusiasts
Apr 04 Addonics Announces Serial ATA Storage Product Family
Apr 04 Dolby Introduces Dolby Pro Logic II Encoding for Broadcast Television
Apr 04 Dell Begins Worldwide Manufacturing of Entry-Level Dell EMC Storage Systems
Apr 03 ATI Ships RADEON 9800 PRO
Apr 03 AMD Researchers Achieve Key Transistor Developments
Apr 03 ATI's New TV WONDER PRO Delivers Cost-Effective Digital VCR Solution
Apr 03 ADS Tech Announces Dual Link USB 2.0 and FireWire Combo Product Line
Apr 03 Wind Chill Being Replaced by More Accurate RealFeel Temperature
Apr 02 AMD and Fujitsu Announce New Flash Memory Company
Apr 02 Envision Unveils 19'' LCD Monitor
Apr 02 I/OMagic Announces Dual Function `MediaStation Writer'
Apr 02 Ricochet Launches $29.95 High-Speed Access Plan
Apr 02 Fabless Semiconductor Survey Indicates a Six Percent Sequential Decrease in Wafer Prices
Apr 01 America Online Launches AOL For Broadband
Apr 01 Adobe Unveils New DVD Authoring Application
Apr 01 Worldwide Semiconductor Sales Down 3.3% in February
Apr 01 Intermec Introduces Rugged Tablet PC
Apr 01 AuthenTec's TruePrint Technology Enables Biometric Security for New Samsung Notebook PC

 

 

 

Apr 07 - American Power Conversion Announces New Low Cost Broadband Power Protection. American Power Conversion (APC) today announced the Back-UPSÒ ES 725, a complete broadband power protection solution for home networking equipment. The unit offers high-level surge protection for high-speed Internet lines including cable modem, DSL (Digital Subscriber Line), telephone, Ethernet, single line phone/fax, modem and DSS (Digital Subscriber Service) systems and provides battery backup for your desktop PC, monitor, hubs/routers and other electronic equipment in case of a power failure. According to IDC, 49.2 million online U.S. households are projected to have broadband (cable modem or DSL) access by 2006.

"This newly designed unit offers users great value with up to 60 minutes of runtime and eight outlets to accommodate several peripherals, all for under a hundred dollars," said Joe Loberti, general manager, APC Consumer Network Solutions Group. "Users have been looking for a cost-effective solution not only to protect their networking investments, but to provide them with availability and data protection as they use their home systems for more critical functions including family planning, home banking and investing."

The Back-UPS ES 725 comes equipped with USB (Universal Serial Bus) connectivity and includes APC's PowerChute® Personal Edition software, an easy-to-use, safe, system shutdown software with sophisticated power management functions for use with Windows (XP, ME and 98) and Macintosh OS X operating systems.

APC's new Back-UPS ES 725 is currently available in North America and carries a suggested retail price of $99.99 USD.

Visit APC's website at www.apc.com.

Apr 07 - ASI Launches In-Flight Email From $1.00. ASI Entertainment, Inc (OTCBB:ASIQ) will launch a revolutionary pricing model for in-flight passenger email at the international airline Inflight Passenger Entertainment and Communications (IPEC) conference in London next week.

Based on ASI's unique software system "Data3mail", airlines will be able to offer access to in-flight email for as little as $1.00.

Ron Chapman, ASI's CEO, believes that "email should be based on pricing similar to Internet cafes. Our research indicates that the majority of travellers are used to paying between $3.00 - $5.00 to send or receive email using the global webmail network." Data3mail offers a comparable service using ASI's proprietary software format, which greatly reduces file sizes to compensate for the higher satellite transmission costs.

Unlike all other systems, there will be "no connection fee" and for only $1.00 passengers can check their inboxes while flying anywhere in the world. ASI believes this is a very important feature for the business traveller who during a long flight may only want to check to see if an important email has arrived. For a few dollars more, they can select the exact emails they wish to upload and by using the Data3mail Spam filter, make sure they only pay for the emails they want. Pricing to send emails will start from $3.50.

Over 2000 aircraft have the Global Data3 capability providing an existing market for the Data3mail system. Data3mail is undergoing flight test programs with 2 major international airlines and is expected to gain considerable attention at the IPEC conference being held in London between 7 to 9 April 2003.

For further information, go to ASI's websites at www.data3mail.com and www.asiq.com.

Apr 07 - Alias|Wavefront Announces Maya 5. Alias|Wavefront™, an SGI (NYSE: SGI) company, announced today Maya® 5 - the latest version of its Oscar® award-winning 3D software. With the eighth release of its flagship software, Alias|Wavefront delivers a host of innovative new ways to create digital content along with numerous customer suggested productivity enhancements. Improvements added to both Maya Complete™ and Maya Unlimited™ software will energize artist and programmer workflows in such creative industries as game development, broadcast graphics, web content creation, design visualization and film production.

"Our team has beta tested the new features in Maya, including the new fur clumping capabilities and the new wakes and ponds features in Maya Fluid Effects," said Jami Levesque at Meteor Studios. "Maya 5 is definitely going to be integrated into our current pipeline and will be used extensively in our future projects. The ease of use improvements in this release will simplify our artists' workflow and the unified rendering options will allow us to choose which renderer is best for the effects we're looking to achieve."

"We took feedback from our extensive community and built a new version of Maya that simplifies workflow, boosts productivity and puts more creative possibilities into their hands," said Bob Bennett, General Manager, Product Development, Alias|Wavefront. "We've also 'future-proofed' Maya by working closely with leading Hardware companies and expanded Maya's ability to work with other applications such as Adobe Illustrator, Macromedia Flash and programs that read or write AutoCAD DWG files."

Maya Complete for the Windows, IRIX®, Linux® and Mac OS X operating systems, is priced at $1,999* and includes modeling, rendering, animation, dynamics, Maya Artisan, Maya Paint Effects, mental ray for Maya and Maya Embedded Language (MEL), an open interface for programming and scripting.
Maya Unlimited for the Windows, IRIX and Linux operating systems, is priced at $6,999 and includes all features in Maya Complete along with Maya Fluid Effects, Maya Fur, Maya Cloth™ and Maya Live™. Maya will be available to purchase in May 2003 through the Alias|Wavefront network of authorized resellers or online at: www.aliaswavefront.com.

Version upgrades for Maya Complete are priced at $899 and for Maya Unlimited at $1,249.

Apr 07 - LucasArts' Annnounces Jedi Academy for PC and Xbox. Continuing the epic legacy of the critically and commercially acclaimed Jedi Knight action game series, LucasArts, a Lucasfilm Ltd. company, announces Star Wars(R) Jedi Knight(R): Jedi Academy(TM) for Windows PC and the Xbox(TM) video game system from Microsoft. Expected for release fall 2003, this latest chapter in one of interactive entertainment's most celebrated game series extends the partnership between LucasArts and Activision, Inc. (Nasdaq:ATVI), through its developer Raven Software.

Star Wars Jedi Knight: Jedi Academy is the follow up to Star Wars(R) Jedi Knight(R) II: Jedi Outcast(TM), the best selling premium priced PC game in America, United Kingdom, and Germany upon initial release in 2002.

Star Wars Jedi Knight: Jedi Academy is a dynamic single and multiplayer action experience featuring an all-new epic story. Players are immersed in the role of apprentice at Luke Skywalker's Jedi Academy where they learn the power -- and danger -- of the Force. Amidst a multitude of complex and richly detailed Star Wars environments, including twice as many unique locales as those in Star Wars: Jedi Outcast, players face a variety of powerful and insidious enemies.

For the first time in a Jedi Knight series game, Star Wars Jedi Knight: Jedi Academy allows players to create and customize their own characters by choosing various characteristics including species, gender, clothing, and physical attributes such as hair and facial features. In addition, players can create a custom lightsaber, selecting from hilt and blade color. As apprentices progress in their training, different lightsabers will become available, such as the double-bladed lightsaber or dual lightsabers.

"With the overwhelming success and critical acclaim of Star Wars: Jedi Outcast, continuing an alliance with Activision and Raven Software was a clear and very easy decision," says Simon Jeffery, president of LucasArts. "As they did with its best selling predecessor, Raven will bring to Star Wars Jedi Knight: Jedi Academy innovative, dynamic, and challenging game play that honors the well-respected legacy of the series."

Star Wars Jedi Knight: Jedi Academy will be published and distributed by LucasArts in North America. Activision will publish and distribute the game in all other territories worldwide.

For mor enformation, visit www.lucasarts.com.

Apr 06 - Sunday Shopping Watch

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

Weekly Comparison. This Sunday all retailers seem to be over their war jitters and are once again heavily advertising a variety of systems. They are good buys in all categories.

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.)

Best Buy is now offering 3 months of Earthlink with any desktop or laptop purchase. They are also offering $100 mail-in rebates on all desktop packages and laptops and 12 month no-interest financing.
Circuit City is offering 12 months no-interest financing and $100 gift cards on all desktop packages and laptops.
Office Depot has no interest, no payment, 6 month financing for purchases over $298.
CompUSA has no interest, no payment, 12 month financing for purchases over $598. Plus they have $100 rebates on Intel Pentium 4 computer and monitor bundles, and on Intel processor notebooks. They also have a $50 on Athlon XP computer and monitor bundles.
Staples has no flyer, but does have a few in-store specials which you can view online.
Compare to Online Prices - Compare the Sunday ad prices to those being offered at DealTime, it searches over 160 online computer stores.

InfoHQ Related Shopping Pages

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Windows XP Upgrade Guide - All about upgrading to Windows XP.

What You Need to Know About Dial-up Internet Service Rebates - The pros and cons of 'free' Internet service deals.

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 Sunday Ad Deals
Category
Product Description
Price* (see above)
Prices up or Down this Week
Store
Best Celeron Deal
None Advertised
     
1. Best Low-cost Pentium 4 System
Compaq 2.4 GHz with 17" monitor and DVD/CD-RW
$799
-$100
Staples
2. Best Low-cost Pentium 4 System
HP/Compaq 2.53 GHz with 17" monitor and DVD/CD-RW
$999
-
CompUSA, Office Depot
1. Best High-end Pentium 4 System
HP 2.53 GHz Media Center with 15" flat panel
$1699
-
CompUSA
2. Best High-end Pentium 4 System
HP 2.66 GHz Media Center with 15" flat panel
$2049
-
Best Buy
3. Best High-end Pentium 4 System
Sony 2.66 GHz complete system with 15" flat panel
$1379
Best Buy
1. Best Low-cost Athlon XP System
Compaq 2400+ computer with 17" monitor
$749
-
CompUSA
2. Best Low-cost Athlon XP System
Compaq 2600+ complete system
$949
-
CompUSA
1.Best Low-cost Notebook
Toshiba 1.6 GHz Celeron with DVD/CD-RW
$899
-
CompUSA
2.Best Low-cost Notebook
HP Athlon XP 2000+ with DVD/CD-RW
$999
-
Circuit City
3.Best Low-cost Notebook
Toshiba 2.2 GHz Celeron with DVD/CD-RW
$1099
-
Best Buy
1. Best High-end Notebook
Compaq 2.4 GHz Pentium 4-M with DVD/CD-RW
$1299
-
Staples
2. Best High-end Notebook
Toshiba 2.6 GHz Pentium 4-M with DVD/CD-RW
$1549
-
Best Buy
3. Best High-end Notebook
Sony 2.4 GHz Pentium 4-M with DVD/CD-RW
$1599
-
Circuit City
4. Best High-end Notebook
Toshiba 2.4 GHz Pentium 4-M with DVD-RW
$1799
-
Office Depot
5. Best High-end Notebook
Toshiba 1.4 GHz Centrino with DVD/CD-RW
$1999
-
CompUSA
6. Best High-end Notebook
Sony 1.3 GHz Centrino with DVD/CD-RW
$2399
-
CompUSA
Peripherals
Best Sunday Deal
Western Digital 7200 RPM 60 GB hard drive
$59
(after rebates)
-
CompUSA
Best Sunday Deal
Maxtor 7200 RPM 80 GB hard drive with 8 MB buffer
$79
(after rebates)
-
Office Depot, Staples
Best Sunday Deal
TDK 4X DVD-RW
$269
(after rebates)
-
CompUSA
Best Sunday Deal
Memorex 52X CD-RW
$49
(after rebates)
-
Office Depot
Best Sunday Deal
Sound Blaster Audigy MP3+
$69
(after rebates)
-
CompUSA
Best Sunday Deal
Asylum GeForce4 Ti4200 64 MB
$79
(after rebates)
-
CompUSA
Best Sunday Deal
Radeon 9700 Pro 128 MB
$299
(after rebates)
-
CompUSA
Best Sunday Deal
Asylum GeForce4 Ti4200 128 MB
$109
(after rebates)
-
Best Buy
Best Sunday Deal
Maxtor 7200 RPM 60 GB hard drive
$59
(after rebates)
-
Best Buy

 

InfoHQ Quick Jumps to Upgrades from DealTime - Click to check on latest prices
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  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
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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.

Apr 04 - HP Introduces New Pavilion PCs for Digital Media Enthusiasts. HP (NYSE:HPQ) today announced a new series of notebook PCs with DVD+R/+RW drives and four HP Pavilion desktop PCs with rewritable CD or DVD drives, all of which are ideal for enjoying digital music and editing photos or videos.

The HP Pavilion ze5300 series notebook PCs with rewritable DVD drives provide users the power, connectivity and convenience demanded by today's multimedia applications in a full-functioned device that doubles as a mobile entertainment center when connected to compatible DVD players.

HP Pavilion desktops offer a full range of powerful, easy-to-use PCs packed with hardware and software tools to make digital entertainment capture and editing a snap. The new models include the first desktop PC with a DVD+RW drive priced under $900.

"The new HP Pavilion lineup offers customers the ability to capture, create and share digital video and pictures, enjoy music and play games in the home or on the go," said Sam Szteinbaum, vice president and general manager, North America consumer computing organization, HP Personal Systems Group. "By utilizing DVD+R/+RW drives, we provide consumers a platform that has high compatibility with DVD players and DVD-ROMs to create an awesome multimedia experience."

Pavilion ze5300 Notebook -- A Portable Entertainment Studio

The ze5300 series uses the DVD+R/+RW format, which is compatible with more DVD players tested than other formats and is the only DVD recordable format to support partial overwrite and still maintain compatibility.

With the ze5300 series, consumers can use the menu screen from a digital video camera to record directly to a DVD or CD disc without having to edit movies first. And they can add digital still pictures to video to create a slide show -- and then record it on a DVD.

In addition to the ability to edit, record and play DVDs, the Pavilion ze5300 series has a drive that can store up to 4.7 gigabytes of data on each disc. This equates to the storage capacity of up to seven CD-R/RW discs.

With a choice of powerful Intel(R) Pentium(R) 4 or Celeron(R) desktop processors and integrated ATI Mobility Radeon graphics controller with 4X AGP 3D performance, the HP Pavilion ze5300 provides desktop convenience and functionality in a stylish, mobile design.

Estimated U.S. pricing for the HP Pavilion ze5300 series notebook configured with a 2.66-GHz Intel Pentium 4 processor, 512-MB RAM, 40-GB hard drive, 802.11b integrated wireless, DVD+R/+RW optical drive and 15-inch SXGA+ display is $1,725 (after $100 rebate) without a floppy disc drive.

DVD+R/+RW is currently available on configure-to-order HP Pavilion ze5300 series notebooks. The notebooks can be customized with a full range of options and purchased through the Web at www.hpshopping.com.

Pavilion Desktops -- A Digital Media Experience for Most Every Budget

The new lineup of HP Pavilion desktop PCs, loaded with features to make digital media quick and easy to enjoy, includes the HP Pavilion 505n, 515n, 725n and the 735n -- which features a rewritable DVD and CD combo drive for under $900.

Ready to manage digital photography right out of the box, the HP Pavilion 505n desktop PC features an Intel Celeron 2.2-GHz processor to support daily computing tasks and make basic computing a breeze. The 505n also includes a 60-GB hard drive, 256-MB DDR (double data rate) memory, a 48x CD-RW drive and integrated Intel Extreme UMA graphics with up to 64-MB shared video memory. At an estimated U.S. street price of $519, the 505n is expected to be available in retail stores and on hpshopping.com beginning April 6.

With an estimated U.S. street price of $599, the HP Pavilion 515n PC is ideal for viewing DVD movies and managing digital photography. The 515n includes an Intel Celeron 2.3-GHz processor, an 80-GB hard drive with ample storage for music, digital photography and data, 256-MB DDR memory, a 48x CD-RW drive for CD creation and playback, a 16x DVD-ROM for watching movies, and integrated Intel Extreme UMA graphics with up to 64-MB shared video memory. The HP Pavilion 515n is expected to be available in retail stores and on hpshopping.com beginning April 6.

The HP Pavilion 725n desktop PC offers photo and video editing capability at a competitive price, featuring an AMD Athlon XP 2400+ processor, a large 80-GB hard disk drive, 512-MB DDR memory, 48x CD-RW and 16x DVD-ROM drives, front- and rear-access IEEE 1394 ports, NVIDIA 64-MB GeForce4 MX graphics with 64-MB allocated video memory and a six-in-one media card reader for quick and easy transfer of digital data from all common flash media formats. With an estimated U.S. street price of $699, the 725n is expected to be available in retail stores and on hpshopping.com beginning April 13.

The HP Pavilion 735n desktop PC is an affordable DVD creation and video editing station, with DVD+RW/CD-RW drive (a DVD writer and CD writer combination drive) priced under $900. The 735n features an AMD Athlon XP 2600+ processor, 512-MB DDR memory, NVIDIA GeForce4 MX graphics with 64-MB allocated video memory and front- and rear-access IEEE 1394 ports for excellent video editing performance.

The 735n also includes a large 80-GB hard drive, a DVD+RW/CD-RW combo drive, a 48x CD-ROM drive and a six-in-one media card reader. At an estimated U.S. street price of $899, the 735n is expected to be available in retail stores and on hpshopping.com beginning April 13.

They also are broadband-ready, enabling users to cruise the Internet using a built-in V.90 56K modem or a 10/100 Ethernet adapter for high-speed cable or DSL connections.

More information about HP is available at www.hp.com.

Apr 04 - Addonics Announces Serial ATA Storage Product Family. Addonics Technologies became the first storage developer to announce a complete family of high-speed Serial ATA storage solutions, which includes a line of ATA host controllers, IDE/ATAPI conversion boards, external hard drive kits and RAID solutions to support Serial ATA's 150-MB/sec transfer rate.

The initial roll out features seven different Serial ATA solutions, and includes the first external Serial ATA storage solutions. The new Addonics Serial ATA product line includes:

-- IDE to Serial ATA Converter (ADIDESA) - $35 MSRP

-- Serial ATA PCI Host Controller (2 ports) (ADSA2) - $39 MSRP

-- External Serial ATA Upgrade Kit (AKBSA) - $59 MSRP

-- Combo External Serial ATA Upgrade Kit (AKCOMSA) - $89 MSRP

-- Serial ATA Combo Hard Drive (AEMED35SA) - $115 MSRP

-- Serial ATA Removable Combo Hard Drive (AERHD35SA) - $105 MSRP

-- Combo RAID System (AERAID35SA) - $169 MSRP

With limited models of Serial ATA hard drives available and no Serial ATA ATAPI device in the market, Addonics offers converters and cable solutions to enable standard IDE hard drives and ATAPI devices to be used as internal Serial ATA or External Serial ATA storage device.
Addonics External Serial ATA storage solutions provide users with external storage devices without compromising performance in the data bus. Addonics has even added BUS power to its cable design so that low power storage devices can be powered directly from the External Serial ATA port. Customers who already have Addonics external data storage equipment can transition to Serial ATA with a minimal investment.

Serial ATA also improves the system airflow by utilizing a new thin cabling system to simplify the connection between the host controller and the data storage devices. Serial ATA devices can also be hot swapped without shutting down or restarting the system, and no software changes are required. The new interface also makes it more cost-effective to integrate RAID and multidrive systems into present storage applications.

Addonics Offers the First External/Removable Serial ATA Solutions

Addonics has several external solutions for easily upgrading to Serial ATA. The External Serial ATA Upgrade Kit adds an external Serial ATA port via a system's PCI slot or the standard DB9 connector hole available on back of many computer chassis. The Addonics Combo External Serial ATA Upgrade Kit has the same features, but includes the Serial ATA PCI Host Controller for users who do not have a Serial ATA port in their system.

With either kit, customers can use any Addonics storage devices in the company's Pocket and Mobile series, which includes the Addonics Pocket DVD, CDRW, DVD/CDRW, DVD-R/RW, CD-ROM, Mobile DVD/CDRW, Mobile CDRW, Pocket ExDrive, Combo Hard Drive, CD DigiCopier or DVD DigiCopier. In addition, the booting support in Serial ATA also enables systems to boot from the Addonics external storage devices.

For a hard drive solution, the Addonics Serial ATA Combo Hard Drive, and the Serial ATA Removable Combo Hard Drive Kit are the most flexible hard drive kits on the market. With these kits, any standard 3.5" IDE hard drive can become an external Serial ATA hard drive, a removable hard drive, or become part of a high performance RAID system. There are no special tools required to install a hard drive into either kit.

As an external hard drive, the Combo Hard Drive can be connected to any computer or equipment via the Serial ATA interface. By installing the drive cradle that comes with either kit into a 5 1/4" drive bay, you can use the Combo Hard Drive as a removable IDE hard drive. You can also attach the optional Addonics IDE-Serial ATA converter to the Drive Cradle and turn it into a high performance hot swappable Serial ATA hard drive. The Serial ATA Combo Hard Drive includes the Combo Hard Drive enclosure, Combo Hard Drive Desktop Drive Cradle, the External Serial ATA upgrade kit and 110/220 AC/DC adapter.

The Serial ATA Removable Combo Hard Drive is bundled with Addonics' IDE-Serial ATA converter, Serial ATA PCI host controller, drive enclosure, and Desktop Drive Cradle.

Addonics Can Upgrade or Convert any IDE/ATAPI Device to Serial ATA

The Addonics IDE-Serial ATA converter is the most cost effective solution for converting standard IDE and ATAPI devices to the new Serial ATA interface standard. It has been designed to mount to the back of any IDE hard drive or ATAPI device such as DVD-R/RW, CDRW, DVD-ROM. The IDE-Serial ATA converter can also mount onto the Addonics Combo Hard Drive desktop drive cradle, the Pocket ExDrive Drive cradle and the company's growing list of Addonics internal devices.

The Addonics IDE-Serial ATA converter, when used with the Addonics Combo HD Drive cradle or Pocket ExDrive Drive cradle, can also add hot swap function to any IDE hard drive. Coupled with the built-in RAID 0/1 support on the new Addonics Serial ATA PCI host controller, users can add high performance RAID to any desktop PC or server with no additional hardware or software. The Addonics' solution reduces the cost and complexity of a traditional RAID system, which makes it a mainstream application rather than a power user or server application.

For users who want a simple Serial ATA upgrade, the Addonics Serial ATA PCI Host Controller instantly adds two Serial ATA ports to any desktop computer via a PCI slot. No software drivers or complicated switches or jumper settings are required. The Addonics Serial ATA PCI host controller is compatible with all ATA33/66/100/133 hard drives and ATATPI devices. It includes on board RAID 0 (Mirroring and Duplexing) and RAID 1 (disk stripping) support.

Addonics Brings RAID to the Mainstream With New Kit

The Addonics Combo RAID System combines the flexibility of the Addonics Combo Hard Drive and the built in RAID function of the Serial ATA interface. It is the most innovative RAID solution for building a high availability or a high performance storage system using the latest Serial ATA technology. The kits includes: two IDE-Serial ATA converters; one Serial ATA PCI host controller with on-board RAID Level 0/1 support; two Combo Hard Drive enclosures; and two Combo Hard Drive Desktop Drive Cradles.

System requirements for all new products in the Addonics Serial ATA product line include a Pentium 486 or greater; minimum 32MB RAM; 10MB minimum free hard disk space; and one of the following operating systems -- DOS 5.0, Windows 3.1 / 95 / 98SE / NT/ 2000 PRO/ Me / XP. All Addonics Serial ATA solutions are scheduled to begin shipping 4/7/03.

Addonics products are available through major catalog companies, resellers, VARs and distributors, including StorageUSA.com, Amazon.com, PC Connection, CDW, Buy.com, Provantage.com, Insight, Ingram Micro, and Ma Lab.

Visit Addonics at www.addonics.com.

Apr 04 - Dolby Introduces Dolby Pro Logic II Encoding for Broadcast Television. Dolby Laboratories will debut Dolby® Pro Logic® II encoding for television broadcast at the 2003 NAB show in Las Vegas (booth SU4555). Dolby Pro Logic II encoding allows networks to broadcast a high-quality, matrixed, five-channel surround sound signal through any existing analog or digital stereo medium, complementing the Dolby Digital 5.1 experience delivered on HDTV and DTV services.

Dolby Pro Logic II decoding, rapidly becoming a standard feature in A/V receivers and home-theater-in-a-box (HTIB) systems, transforms any high-quality two-channel source content (such as compact discs, MP3 files, and stereo broadcasts) into a lush surround sound experience. When Dolby Pro Logic II encoding is applied by a broadcaster or content provider, and later decoded by a Dolby Pro Logic II receiver in the home environment, listeners are afforded an even more exact and realistic surround sound experience.

"We are introducing Dolby Pro Logic II encoding to the broadcast industry to enable broadcasters to deliver dynamic five-channel surround sound over their existing analog or digital stereo infrastructure," said Tom Daily, Marketing Director, Professional Audio, Dolby Laboratories. "For the ultimate television experience, many broadcasters include Dolby Digital 5.1 audio. However, Dolby Pro Logic II processing offers the next-best solution for stations not currently able to make the transition to true discrete 5.1-channel audio. Our goal is to provide a variety of solutions to meet the audio needs of every broadcaster."

About Dolby Pro Logic II

Dolby Pro Logic II technology provides full-bandwidth, five-channel sound for applications ranging from home theater systems to PC audio, game consoles, and in-car entertainment devices. Dolby Pro Logic II incorporates recent advances in matrixed surround decoding to achieve better channel separation than previously possible. Broadcasters and content creators can use Dolby Pro Logic II technology to provide a surround sound experience for viewers of stereo TV services with no change to the broadcast delivery infrastructure. For game developers, Dolby Pro Logic II allows next-generation game consoles to deliver five-channel sound with virtually no cost to the host CPU.

Dolby Pro Logic II is also fully backward-compatible with Dolby Surround Pro Logic technology, and can optimally decode the thousands of commercially available Dolby Surround movies and television shows with enhanced surround spatiality. In addition, Dolby Pro Logic II converts any high-quality stereo programming, especially music, into a natural, immersing surround sound experience.

For more information about Dolby Laboratories or Dolby technologies, visit www.dolby.com.

Apr 04 - Dell Begins Worldwide Manufacturing of Entry-Level Dell EMC Storage Systems. Dell (Nasdaq:DELL) today announced that it has begun manufacturing Dell EMC CX200 storage systems worldwide, and has introduced new entry-level storage area network (SAN) "bundles" to support the business-critical application needs of small- and medium-sized businesses.

Growing businesses are increasingly moving to high-availability networked storage to provide maximum uptime for their applications. The new SAN bundles based on the Dell EMC CX200 storage system are ideal for small-scale database applications, including Oracle9i(tm) Database. In addition, as customers' data requirements grow, the modular architecture of Dell EMC storage arrays allows customers to scale their systems to meet changing business needs. To simplify the management of Dell EMC storage systems, customers can use VisualSAN(tm) software to monitor and control the SAN from a central console, as well as troubleshoot issues through online support tools.

"Since we announced our strategic relationship over a year ago, more than 2,500 new customers have realized the performance, value and cost advantages of purchasing Dell EMC storage systems," said Russ Holt, vice president and general manager of Dell's storage business. "Applying our world-class manufacturing and supply chain efficiencies is helping to further drive down the cost of managing business-critical applications -- making networked storage affordable for organizations of all sizes, across all industries."

Dell, which co-brands a full range of storage systems including the Dell EMC CX200, CX400 and CX600, is EMC's largest partner, Holt said.

Pricing and Availability

Customers can choose Dell EMC CX200 SAN bundles for Oracle and Microsoft SQL Server databases, as well as for file and print management and backup applications in both Red Hat Linux Advanced Server and Microsoft Windows environments. Pricing for specific applications depends on customers' deployment requirements. For example, a Dell EMC CX200 storage system configured for two PowerEdge(tm) servers with three years of service and support is available for prices starting at $19,500. Dell also offers training, planning and implementation services to help customers design and deploy their SAN.

For more information on Dell EMC networked storage solutions, services and storage consolidation tools, visit www.dell.com/emc.

Apr 03 - ATI Ships RADEON 9800 PRO. ATI Technologies Inc. (TSX: ATY) (NASDAQ: ATYT) is now shipping its RADEON(TM) 9800 PRO visual processing unit (VPU). Boards based on the world's fastest VPU have shipped to OEM, retail, distribution and online customers, fulfilling ATI's promise of delivering product within 30 days of the March 6 launch.

The RADEON 9800 PRO VPU is the only visual processor to run at full speed and full precision all of the time, providing excellent performance and visual quality without compromise. Numerous positive reviews and awards from leading online and print technology publications have generated huge demand for the graphics boards. A limited quantity pre-order campaign on ATI's web site (www.ati.com) saw excellent demand for the RADEON 9800 PRO, selling out in a matter of days. Products for customers who pre-ordered RADEON 9800 PRO boards begin shipping today.

"Once again we promised and we delivered. Consumers and all of our channel partners are about to get their hands on the fastest, best image quality graphics cards available," said Rick Bergman, Senior Vice President, Marketing and General Manager, Desktop, ATI Technologies Inc. "We will ship our RADEON 9600 and RADEON 9200 products later this month, delivering on that promise as well."

Graphics boards based on the RADEON 9800 PRO VPU, from ATI and its numerous board partners, will be available in systems from the world's leading OEMs and system integrators. For more information on ATI's partners or products, please visit www.ati.com.

Apr 03 - ATI's New TV WONDER PRO Delivers Cost-Effective Digital VCR Solution. ATI Technologies Inc. (NASDAQ:ATYT)(TSX:ATY) today announced the new TV WONDER(TM) PRO, which provides a digital VCR and electronic program guide (EPG) plus improved video capture quality. Available this spring, the new TV WONDER PRO plugs easily into any PCI (peripheral component interconnect) slot, available on almost all PCs.

The TV WONDER(TM) family lineup now includes the new TV WONDER(TM) PRO - Remote Control Edition for $99, the new TV WONDER PRO for $69, the new TV WONDER(TM) VE - Remote Control Edition for $79, and the existing TV WONDER(TM) VE for $49.

The TV WONDER family enables MULTVIEW(TM) dual TV tuner input that provides Picture-in-Picture support for any ALL-IN-WONDER(R) since ALL-IN-WONDER(R) RADEON(TM) using ATI's MULTIMEDIA CENTER 8.1 or later.

"Customers are demanding enhanced desktop PCs with very affordable intelligent TV features," said Godfrey Cheng, Director of Marketing, Multimedia Products, ATI Technologies Inc. "ATI has the products to meet that growing need, including the TV WONDER family, by offering a Digital VCR with a no-fee EPG, quality signal reception, low computer system demands and more. People can stay entertained and informed as they watch TV on their PCs or while working or browsing the web."

For more information on ATI's partners or products, please visit www.ati.com.

Apr 03 - ADS Tech Announces Dual Link USB 2.0 and FireWire Combo Product Line. ADS Tech a leader in consumer video solutions, today launched the Dual Link product line for PC's and Mac's at the National Association of Broadcasters (NAB) show. In response to the growing popularity of digital video editing and resulting need for data storage, ADS Tech has designed Dual Link products to combine and simplify USB 2.0 and FireWire connectivity. Dual Link offers high-speed performance and Plug and Play ease of use for both USB 2.0 and FireWire video devices and storage solutions.

Dual Link Drive Kit (PC & Mac)

ADS Tech's newest hardware device, Dual Link Drive Kit, is designed to allow users to easily add external FireWire or USB 2.0 drives to their existing desktop systems.

The kit is perfect for adding multi-gig storage capacity to a system (via hard drive addition) or equally ideal for turning a CD or DVD drive into a portable, self-contained unit. Users simply plug their drive into the sleek smoke and gray casing, and the drive mounts automatically.

Super fast and reliable, the drive kit provides two 400-Mbps FireWire ports and one 480-Mbps USB 2.0 port -- each offering sustained data transfer rates of up to 35-Mbps. The kit also includes a pop-out front bezel to cover a hard drive or it can be removed for CD/DVD drive installation.

The Dual Link Drive Kit ships in April at an estimated street price (ESP) of $99.

Dual Link PCI Card (for PC & Mac desktop systems)

For desktop users who wish to bring their systems current with the latest in high-speed connectivity, ADS Tech introduces the Dual Link PCI Card. This card, when added to a computer, gives users the flexibility and convenience of three USB 2.0 ports and two FireWire ports.

With these high-speed interfaces, users can easily connect to the latest high-bandwidth devices such as hard drives, CD/DVD burners, DV camcorders and other video capture devices. With data transfer rates of up to 480-Mbps (USB 2.0) and 400-Mbps (FireWire), this card allows users to benefit from up to 127 daisy-chained USB 2.0 devices and up to 63 daisy-chained FireWire devices.

The Dual Link PCI Card begins shipping immediately and will be offered for an ESP of $99.

Dual Link Cardbus (for PC & Mac laptops)

Similar to the Dual Link PCI Card (above), the Dual Link Cardbus is designed expressly for the mobile road warrior and allows this user group to take advantage of the latest in high-speed connectivity --even on the go. With many power laptop users now taking their work and hobbies on the road, this cardbus is the perfect way to get the fastest speeds from a laptop.

With two high-speed USB 2.0 Plug and Play ports (one USB 2.0 powered and one non-power) and one high-speed FireWire Plug and Play port, laptop users no longer have to feel left behind when it comes to accessing their high-bandwidth peripherals. The cardbus also ships with Ulead's VideoStudio 6.0 for powerful video editing. The Dual Link Cardbus is now available at an ESP of $99.

For more information, visit www.ADStech.com.

Apr 03 - AMD Researchers Achieve Key Transistor Developments. AMD (NYSE:AMD) researchers have become the first in the semiconductor industry to achieve critical research milestones for next-generation transistor development.

In lab work to be fully unveiled in June, AMD researchers have created and demonstrated a high-performance transistor that is up to 30% faster than the best published PMOS (P-channel metal-oxide semiconductor) transistor today. The transistor employs proprietary AMD technologies involving what is commonly referred to as Fully Depleted Silicon-on-Insulator.

In related research, AMD researchers have also become the first in the industry to demonstrate a strained silicon transistor achieving 20-25% higher performance than conventional strained silicon devices through the successful use of metal gates.

These achievements are key milestones in AMD's aggressive process technology roadmap, enabling the design of future microprocessors that can meet customers' top requirements.

"By staying at the forefront of research on transistors that operate with higher performance, less current leakage and lower voltage requirements, we are providing AMD design teams with the building blocks they need to create the solutions customers want," said Craig Sander, vice president of process technology development at AMD.

These latest research achievements are expected to play a critical role in semiconductor manufacturing in the second half of this decade. Both will be presented in detail at this year's VLSI Symposium June 11 and 12 in Kyoto, Japan, where AMD will publish the research for the first time. For further information, see the VLSI web site at www.vlsisymposium.org.

Apr 03 - Wind Chill Being Replaced by More Accurate RealFeel Temperature. Do you want to know what it really feels like outside this winter?

AccuWeather, Inc., the world's best-known commercial weather service, has the only real answer: the exclusive AccuWeather RealFeel Temperature™. It replaces the misleading Wind Chill factor available from the government's National Weather Service.

AccuWeather's leading meteorologists have spent the past 20 years researching a more accurate indicator of how weather phenomena conspire to make us feel miserable, comfortable or just bearable. The resulting RealFeel Temperature is a patent-pending formula that calculates the first index to provide a true measure of how a person will perceive the temperature and weather, given appropriate dress and activity.

"AccuWeather's RealFeel Temperature is unique in that it accounts for the effects of seven different weather phenomena," says Dr. Joel N. Myers, president and founder of AccuWeather, Inc. "Unlike the Wind Chill index, the RealFeel Temperature measures how the weather really feels by factoring in not just ambient temperature and wind speed, but also solar intensity, humidity, precipitation, elevation and cloudiness."

According to Dr. Myers, part of the problem with the Wind Chill factor is that it is based on concepts developed some 50 years ago by a team of geologists interested in arctic weather. Their measure was based on studies of how quickly water froze in an outdoor container.

"Meteorology has advanced greatly since that time," says Myers. "Yet, each day, millions of Americans rely on an outmoded measure and make bad decisions based on it. While the National Weather Service has updated their Wind Chill index recently, it still often overstates how cold it feels, and thus needlessly discourages outdoor activities in the winter. That hurts a variety of businesses."

As an example, consider a winter day with a temperature of 30 degrees, no wind, and a clear, sunny sky. The RealFeel Temperature accounts for the sunshine and correctly indicates that it will feel like a more temperate 44 degrees. Since the Wind Chill index ignores the sunshine, it only reports the apparent temperature as a cold and discouraging 30 degrees. Add a 10 mph wind to the scenario, and the Wind Chill estimate of perceived temperature drops from 30 to 21. The RealFeel Temperature properly balances the offsetting effects of wind and sun and correctly estimates the perceived temperature as a more moderate 26 degrees.

Dr. Myers is so confident of his new measure that AccuWeather.com, his firm's industry-leading weather Web site, now offers it with every forecast, and AccuWeather TV and radio weathercasters across the country are adopting this new, more accurate measure as a way of expressing how cold and warmth actually feel.

"Our goal is to set the record straight and provide average Americans more accurate information which can help them live better lives," says Dr. Myers. "If in five years, no one remembers the Wind Chill, all the better. It's time to retire this antiquated index, and the RealFeel Temperature is the best indicator yet for measuring how warm or cold it really feels."

The RealFeel Temperature Index was developed in cooperation between Dr. Myers and AccuWeather Expert Senior Meteorologists Elliot Abrams, Dr. Joseph Sobel, Michael Steinberg and Evan Myers. The exclusive AccuWeather RealFeel Temperature is available for free by logging onto AccuWeather's Web site at www.accuweather.com.

Apr 02 - AMD and Fujitsu Announce New Flash Memory Company. AMD (NYSE:AMD) and Fujitsu Limited (TSE:6702) ("Fujitsu") today announced they have executed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to establish a new Flash memory semiconductor company headquartered in Sunnyvale, California.
A Japan headquarters will be located in Tokyo. The new company, to be called FASL LLC, will be based on the integration of AMD and Fujitsu's Flash memory businesses, including their existing joint manufacturing venture, Fujitsu AMD Semiconductor Limited. The new company is expected to begin operations in the third quarter of this year.

The combination of a customer-centric approach, industry-leading technology expertise, integrated manufacturing, and a streamlined business model is intended to create the pre-eminent global Flash memory provider.

"Customers are looking for a strong, collaborative partner in the Flash memory category, and that's what we intend to create with this new company," said Hector Ruiz, AMD president and chief executive officer.
"AMD and Fujitsu have a long history of cooperation. Our joint manufacturing venture, which commenced in 1993, has been a model of success for U.S.-Japanese joint ventures. Today we are taking that relationship to the next level. I believe this new flash memory company will have all of the necessary ingredients, including scale of operations and revenues, to contend for market leadership. This is the right move, at the right time, for both our customers and our companies."

The MOU provides for:

-- AMD to own a 60% interest in the new company and Fujitsu to own a 40% interest; the financial results will be consolidated in AMD's financial statements

-- Contributions of gross assets with a net book value in excess of $2.5 billion

-- AMD to appoint the CEO of the company, Bertrand Cambou, AMD senior vice president, Memory Group

-- Fujitsu to appoint the first chairman of the board, Masamichi Ogura, Fujitsu corporate senior vice president & group president, Electronic Devices Business Group

-- A board of directors consisting of ten members, six appointed by AMD and four appointed by Fujitsu

-- A marketing arrangement whereby the new company will sell
Flash memory products through AMD and Fujitsu and their
respective sales forces, under a product brand name to be
announced by the start of operations of the new company

-- An initial global workforce of approximately 7,000.

"We expect this new company to be a more formidable competitor in the Flash memory business," said Masamichi Ogura, Fujitsu Limited corporate senior vice president and group president of Fujitsu's Electronic Devices Business Group.
"By joining together in a more comprehensive alliance, we can improve our market position through consolidated research and development efforts, as well as benefit from greater access to each other's technology and manufacturing expertise. Both AMD and Fujitsu share a common goal to make FASL a market leader in the Flash memory business and today's MOU is an important step towards reaching that goal."

For more information about AMD, visit www.amd.com. For more information about Fujitsu, please see: www.fujitsu.com.

Apr 02 - Envision Unveils 19'' LCD Monitor. Envision Monitors has expanded its award-winning line of computer monitors for the home and small office market.

The EN9110 is a 19" ultra-thin LCD monitor that is both feature-rich and affordable.

The EN9110 is a value-priced monitor with the advanced features and performance of high-end display technologies. With its expansive 19" screen, DVI-D digital input and sharp 1280 x 1024 resolution, the EN9110 offers pristine image quality. Other features include one-touch display adjustments and plug and play functionality.

For users who want to conserve energy, the EN9110 consumes 60% less power than comparable CRT monitors and has earned the EPA ENERGY STAR(R) rating. For the space-conscious, the EN9110 can be used as a wall-mounted display, with a separate VESA compatible bracket or arm, as well as a desktop monitor.

"Envision is committed to providing its customers with the latest technology at the best prices," said Michael Lien, retail sales director for Envision. "With the introduction of the EN9110, small office and home users finally have an affordable LCD monitor option with high-end features such as DVI-D digital input and a 19" display."

Envision's EN9110 19" LCD monitor is now available at major retailers including all 1,100+ Staples locations. The estimated street price is $749. All Envision monitors are backed by a three-year parts and labor warranty.

For more information, visit www.envisionmonitor.com.

Apr 02 - Fabless Semiconductor Survey Indicates a Six Percent Sequential Decrease in Wafer Prices. The Fabless Semiconductor Association (FSA), a premier semiconductor trade organization, today announced the results of its quarterly wafer pricing survey. The 2003 Q1 survey gauged the average price paid per wafer by 134 fabless companies and integrated device manufacturers (IDMs). Not surprisingly, the responses indicate a six percent sequential decrease in average wafer prices from 2002 Q4 to 2003 Q1.

"With lackluster wafer demand and low foundry utilization rates in Q4 2002, wafer pricing has fallen over the past several months," said Jodi Shelton, co-founder and executive director of the FSA. "This is not surprising, given that the foundry sector is being flooded with new players, causing competitive pricing to become a key factor in customer retention strategies. We expect to see continued pricing pressure in 2003."

The 2003 Q1 report is available via the FSA's Web site at www.fsa.org.

Apr 02 - I/OMagic Announces Dual Function `MediaStation Writer'. I/OMagic Corporation (OTCBB: IOMG), a leading developer and marketer of optical storage and digital entertainment devices, today announced that it is expanding its data storage line-up with the release of a unique new magnetic device known as the 'MediaStation Writer.'

"I/OMagic closes the gap between digital image photography and optical storage needs by integrating a 6-n-1 flash card reader into its external CD-RW drive," said Tony Andrews, vice president of Engineering and Product Development for I/OMagic Corporation. "The MediaStation Writer is a sleek, modern-looking compact unit that features a three-way adjustable lighting system and was designed for maximum use of space."

The MediaStation Writer is a first-of-its-kind external CD-RW drive plus 6-n-1 flash media reader combination device.
Highlights of the product are the proprietary design with the adjustable lighting system, and the dual function, lightning fast 52x24x52 external USB 2.0 CD-RW drive, and the onboard reader that supports up to six different types of flash media including: Compact Flash (CF), IBM Micro Drive, PCMCIA-ATA, Multimedia (MMC), Secure Digital (SD), Memory Stick (MS) and Smart Media (SM). The MediaStation Writer is also Windows XP, 2000, Me and 98 Plug 'n Play compatible.

I/OMagic Corporation has received commitments from some of the nation's largest retailers for the MediaStation Writer. The Company expects it will appear on retail shelves by May 2003 with an MSRP of $159.00.

For more information, visit the I/OMagic Web site at www.iomagic.com.

Apr 02 - Ricochet Launches $29.95 High-Speed Access Plan. Ricochet Networks, Inc. today launched Ricochet Access, a new service plan that lets customers keep their email address while bringing their own access for just $29.95 a month. The new service offers simple broadband Internet access over Ricochet's proprietary high-speed wireless data network providing unlimited access and 24/7 customer service. It's the most affordable way for people to access the Internet wirelessly at speeds five times faster than dial-up, on average.

For dial-up users who want high-speed Internet access and want to keep their AOL, EarthLink, Hotmail, MSN, Qwest or Yahoo! email addresses, Ricochet Access is an ideal solution. The Ricochet Access $29.95/month price plan requires the purchase of an external Ricochet modem or an internal PC-card modem that configures and connects your home desktop PC or laptop to the Internet in minutes.

For users who want everything they need from an Internet service provider at a price that's comparable to traditional "tethered" broadband service and less than the cost of dial-up Internet and a second phone line, there's Ricochet Complete. For $44.95 a month, Ricochet Complete provides unlimited Internet access including up to 10 free email accounts, Web mail, 10 Mb of personal Web space, national dial service and 24/7 toll-free customer support.

Both service plans require the purchase of an external Ricochet modem or an internal PC-card modem for $99.95. For the month of April 2003, new customers can sign up for Ricochet Access or Ricochet Complete and receive a FREE $99.95 Ricochet modem with rebate by signing up for a six-month service commitment.

For more information, please visit the Web site at www.ricochet.com.

Apr 01 - America Online Launches AOL For Broadband. America Online, Inc., the world's leading interactive services company, today announced the beginning of a major campaign to grow membership and usage of its AOL(R) for Broadband service. The new initiative is built around four key elements:

-- The Company's first-ever marketing campaign for broadband,
|featuring new television advertising, a new deal with Infinity
Broadcasting's 183 radio stations, and a 50-city mobile
marketing tour;

-- New pricing that highlights the value of AOL for Broadband
using a "bring your own access" (BYOA(TM)) plan, including
special incentives for AOL members who upgrade to broadband
service;

-- A range of new content agreements and cornerstone programming
initiatives that add to AOL's leadership in providing
exclusive, on-demand, and compelling online programming --
with offerings that would cost more than $50 per month if
purchased separately; and

-- The introduction this week of AOL(R) 8.0 Plus with features
designed to further optimize the broadband experience by
focusing on what members want most: help to get what they want
online effortlessly; enhanced communications tools; a safer
Internet experience; and even more robust entertainment
offerings.

AOL for Broadband is available to consumers nationwide over any high-speed connection, as well as through bundled plans offered in partnership with leading cable and DSL providers. Currently, approximately 2.7 million U.S. AOL members use the AOL for Broadband service despite little marketing to date for broadband and none for the "bring your own access" option.

The service offers the Internet's best selection of multimedia content -- such as CD-quality radio, and video clips including movie trailers, sports highlights, and live news reports -- all seamlessly integrated with AOL's hallmark easy-to-use features such as AOL Mail, Instant Messenger(TM) and the Buddy List(R) feature plus the best safety and security features in the industry, including AOL Parental Controls.

Lisa Hook, President of AOL for Broadband, said: "With our dedicated marketing, new pricing, expanded content and enhanced features, AOL for Broadband is on the move. Nobody can match what AOL offers broadband consumers, because no one else has AOL's ability to create unique and compelling interactive experiences, our wealth of exclusive content, or our commitment to listening to consumers and delivering real value to them. With our BYOA service, we're available anyplace consumers want us, and can market aggressively to the millions of consumers who already have broadband connections --whether or not they're already AOL members."

For additional information about AOL for Broadband, members can visit AOL Keyword: Broadband where they can learn about broadband and place an order. Or visit www.aolbroadband.com.

Apr 01 - Adobe Unveils New DVD Authoring Application. Adobe Systems Incorporated (Nasdaq:ADBE) today announced Adobe(R) Encore(TM) DVD, a professional DVD authoring application that extends the Adobe digital video product line. Adobe Encore DVD software lets professional videographers, DVD authors and independent producers create sophisticated, multi-language DVDs with stunning interactive menus, multiple audio tracks and subtitles.
Adobe's latest video application combines an integrated authoring environment; a flexible, creative design interface; and unrivalled integration with Adobe Photoshop(R), the most widely used application in DVD authoring.

Adobe will debut the product during its keynote Super Session at the National Association of Broadcasters (NAB) tradeshow on Monday, April 7 in Las Vegas.

Interactive Menus and Design Tools

Adobe Encore DVD includes a comprehensive set of design tools and a powerful menu editor, adding a new level of creativity to the DVD authoring process. The integration between Adobe Encore DVD and Photoshop allows users to edit menus, without flattening or re-rendering Photoshop files that make up the menu backgrounds for the majority of professionally-produced DVDs. Changes are instantaneous, easily reversible, and save hours of production time. The sophisticated menu designer also provides access to Photoshop text design tools -- to edit, style and align text within the project window.

Getting started with Adobe Encore DVD is straightforward and intuitive with pre-designed button and menu styles that incorporate motion and still backgrounds. A simple interface within Adobe Encore DVD provides full control over navigation, allowing authors to specify playback behavior for their DVDs. A customizable library palette lets users save their favorite button and background designs for future use. In addition, Adobe Encore DVD automatically creates chapters from recognized marker points in Adobe Premiere and can import After Effects AVI files to create motion menu loops.

"Our research indicates the DVD authoring market is exploding this year with a CAGR of 391%. Adobe's introduction of Adobe Encore DVD couldn't come at a better time," said Dr. Jon Peddie, president of Jon Peddie Research, a leading multimedia market research firm. "By incorporating professional-level control with entry-level functionality, Adobe is positioned to fill the needs of professional videographers at either end of the spectrum, allowing virtually anyone to create and burn their own professional DVDs."

Pricing and Availability

Adobe Encore DVD for Windows XP is expected to ship in the United States in the third quarter of 2003. The estimated street price is US $549. Adobe Encore DVD will be available for purchase from Adobe.com, retail outlets and Adobe certified resellers. Information regarding international pricing and support policies is available on the Adobe website at www.adobe.com.

Apr 01 - Worldwide Semiconductor Sales Down 3.3% in February. Worldwide semiconductor sales totaled $11.8 billion in February 2003, a 3.3% decrease from the $12.2 billion in revenue reported in January 2003 and an 18% increase from the $10.0 billion recorded in February 2002, the Semiconductor Industry Association (SIA) reported today.

"The recovery in the semiconductor industry that has been underway for more than fifteen months appears to have stalled in February," said SIA President George Scalise. "Demand has softened in the markets that drove growth throughout the past year, including PC's, global wireless and consumer. The traditional seasonally flat first quarter has been further impacted this year by geopolitical uncertainty. We expect demand to strengthen as we approach the second half of the year resulting in growth for the year in double digits," Scalise stated.

He went on to say "although capacity utilization at the leading edge is a strong 89%, excess capacity at the trailing edge is exerting pricing pressure and impacting revenue across the market at this time."

On a unit volume basis, year-over-year chip sales have continued to rise by double digits for the past ten months, with an average of 25% per month from July of 2002 through February of 2003. Year over year revenue comparisons also remain favorable, as the industry has climbed out of the downturn, with an average 18-20% gain over the seven months through February 2003.

More information about the SIA can be found at www.sia-online.org.

Apr 01 - Intermec Introduces Rugged Tablet PC. Intermec Technologies Corp. today introduced the CT60, a new rugged tablet personal computer designed to bring the ease of a tablet PC to mobile workers no matter what their work environment.

The Intermec CT60 performs flawlessly in freezing temperatures, pouring rain and other demanding situations. It delivers reliable mobile computing power on the job, whether that's behind a desk, on the road or in the field. Its "grab and go" capabilities mean it can be moved from its docking station to remote use without powering down.

The CT60 operates Microsoft Corp.'s Windows XP Tablet PC Edition operating system and contains a Mobile Intel Pentium III Processor-M for speed and productivity. Windows XP Tablet PC Edition allows users to run full Windows-based applications using a pen or speech, annotate documents, and create handwritten documents using digital ink. It is fully compatible with other Intermec computers with Windows-based operating systems. The CT60 is available with 256 or 512 MB RAM, 20 or 40 GB hard drive, dual hot-swappable batteries and built-in wireless connectivity, all critical features for seamless operations, real-time information exchange and improved productivity.

The unit is protected by a fully sealed, vacuum-tested, milled aluminum housing. "Ours is the only rugged tablet PC with a milled-aluminum housing," said Dave Grainger, chief executive of Walkabout Computers, which manufactures the CT60. "It won't bend or flex and is so rugged you could drive a truck over it."

"Intermec's rugged tablet PC demonstrates the capability and resources Windows XP Tablet PC Edition can bring to the mobile worker," said Robert Williams, group manager, business development of the Tablet PC at Microsoft Corp. "Together, Microsoft and Intermec make it simple: the full power of a PC in a more mobile and versatile form factor that will deliver increased productivity and real-time information to frontline workers everywhere."

The combination of wireless communications capabilities, full Windows power, rugged design and the ability to move from docking station to work location without powering down make the CT60 a formidable productivity tool.

"Our customers expect more, and we deliver," said Intermec Vice President Mike Colwell. "Our partnerships with Walkabout and Microsoft mean our customers can trust they are getting Intermec-strength ruggedness, Intermec's legendary commitment to customer service, and cutting edge capabilities from quality-driven technology companies."

Visit Intermec's web site at www.intermec.com.

Apr 01 - AuthenTec's TruePrint Technology Enables Biometric Security for New Samsung Notebook PC. AuthenTec, Inc., the leader in advanced biometric fingerprint sensors, today announced the integration of its EntrePad AES3500 fingerprint sensor featuring TruePrint(TM) technology with Samsung's ultra-light, super-thin X10 notebook PC.
Samsung's X10 notebook PC offers users the ability to conveniently secure notebook and data with the touch of a finger, in the first and only biometrically enabled Centrino laptop on the market.

The X10 is the latest high-performance notebook PC from Samsung featuring Intel's Centrino mobile PC platform and a CDRW/DVD combo drive, along with AuthenTec's EntrePad AES3500 fingerprint sensor, which provides user identification and authentication, protecting the user's notebook PC and personal data.
The AES3500 sensor is part of a new, integrated biometric touchpad product offering from Synaptics, the Fingerprint TouchPad module, which provides an integrated security solution with a touch of the finger, enabling the user to securely access the notebook PC, Windows(R), email, the Web, corporate or personal data and more.

The AES3500 sensor is based on AuthenTec's patented TruePrint technology, which reads below the surface layer of the skin to the live layer, where the true fingerprint resides. Uniquely, TruePrint is the only fingerprint technology capable of capturing anyone's fingerprint under virtually any condition. Used to replace PINs, passwords, and physical access cards and keys, the Company's silicon and TruePrint-based sensors provide the most convenient and reliable fingerprint security solutions available today for the PC/mobile, wireless, access control and automotive markets.

"The collaboration between Samsung and AuthenTec offers the consumer an advanced, affordable biometric security option when purchasing his or her next notebook PC," said Steve Mansfield, vice president of marketing with AuthenTec. "Our technology has progressed to the point where a customer can now buy a state-of-the-art security feature and simultaneously eliminate the hassle of having to remember PINs or passwords - for a nominal price to the original equipment manufacturer."

For more information about AuthenTec, visit www.authentec.com.

Mar 31 - HP Introduces New Compaq Presario Desktop and Notebook PC Lineup. HP (NYSE:HPQ) today introduced a full line of Compaq Presario PCs, including the newly designed Compaq Presario S3000 series desktops and the Compaq Presario 2500 and 2100 series notebooks with integrated 54g wireless LAN technology.

The new notebooks provide higher data transfer speeds over longer distances than other wireless LAN technologies while providing backward compatibility to existing 802.11 standards, thus enabling mobile customers to significantly enhance their productivity from work, home or on the go.

The redesigned Compaq Presario S3000 series desktop PCs feature high-capacity hard drives and DVD or rewritable CD drives at affordable prices -- making them perfect for work, school or play.

"Our continued investment in the Compaq Presario brand --including advanced wireless connectivity for Compaq Presario notebooks and digital recording capabilities in all Compaq Presario desktops --reaffirms HP's commitment to providing consumers the latest technologies at great values," said Sam Szteinbaum, vice president and general manager, HP North America Consumer Computing.

New Compaq Presario Notebook PCs

Designed to work with new wireless networks based on the draft 802.11g specification as well as existing 802.11b wireless networks, the Compaq Presario 2500 series notebook PCs let customers take advantage of speeds up to almost five times faster (54 Mbps) than current 802.11b wireless networks.

Faster file sharing, a richer digital media experience or a more advanced head-to-head gaming experience are only a few of the benefits users can experience when operating in an 802.11g environment. This next-generation wireless technology is also more secure, supporting various security features including 128-bit WEP (wired equivalent privacy) encryption.

Delivering desktop-class performance, the Compaq Presario 2500 notebook PC features fast Intel(R) Pentium(R) 4 processors up to 2.8 GHz. The notebook is an ideal portable system for the home and home office user that requires exceptional performance with its up to 15-inch high-resolution TFT display, ATI Mobility Radeon integrated graphics, IEEE 1394 input and wireless connectivity.

The Compaq Presario 2100 series notebook PCs offer advantages customers need for work, school or home use with a high level of performance for productivity or digital entertainment purposes. Sporting a sleek, attractive design in two-tone graphite and silver, the mobile notebook is 1.5-inches thin and weighs as light as 6.7 pounds.

The notebook includes up to a 15-inch display, ATI Mobility Radeon graphics and a full range of Intel Celeron(R) and Mobile Pentium 4-m processors. The notebook also offers double data rate (DDR) system memory configurations up to 1 GB and a Type I/II/III PC card slot that ensures expandability. Selected models also include an IEEE-1394 high-speed digital video port.

Estimated U.S. pricing starts at $1,094 after $100 mail-in rebate for the Compaq Presario 2500 series with 54g and at $819 after $100 mail-in rebate for the Compaq Presario 2100 series with 54g.

Compaq Presario S3000 Series Desktop PCs

The Compaq Presario S3000 series -- which includes the S3000NX, S3100NX, S3200NX and S3300NX -- features a sleek new design that makes these PCs a stylish addition to any home, home office or den.

The Compaq Presario S3000NX is an affordable PC that gives consumers the power and speed to enhance productivity, conveniently burn their own music CD collection or quickly and easily surf the Web. At an estimated street price of $449 after a $50 mail-in rebate,(2) the Compaq Presario S3000NX features an AMD Athlon XP 2000+ processor to support daily computing tasks, 256-MB DDR memory, a 40-GB hard drive, a 48x CD-RW drive, 32-MB integrated graphics and an open AGP slot.
The S3000NX desktop PC is expected to be available in retail stores and on hpshopping.com beginning April 6.

The perfect tool to handle everything from music and games to school work and the household budget, the Compaq Presario S3100NX features an AMD Athlon XP 2200+ processor, 256-MB DDR memory, 32-MB integrated graphics, an 80-GB hard drive, open AGP slot, a CD-RW/DVD-ROM combo drive for recording digital music, watching DVD movies or backup and storage of home office or creative projects.
At an estimated U.S. street price of $539 after a $50 mail-in rebate, the S3100NX desktop PC is available today in retail stores and on hpshopping.com.

For consumers demanding a powerful machine and fast performance at a competitive price, the Compaq Presario S3200NX features an AMD Athlon XP 2400+ processor, 256-MB DDR memory, a 48x CD-RW drive, a 16x DVD-ROM drive, 32-MB integrated graphics and an open AGP slot.
With a high-capacity 120-GB hard drive, this PC has ample room to download, create and save digital music, photo and video collections. At an estimated U.S. street price of $619 after a $50 mail-in rebate, the S3200NX desktop PC is now available in retail stores and on hpshopping.com.

With a 128-MB NVIDIA GeForce4 MX440 graphics card, the Compaq Presario S3300NX provides advanced graphics performance for complex gaming and home office projects. The system features an AMD Athlon XP 2600+ processor, 512-MB DDR memory, ample storage with a 120-GB hard drive, a 48x CD-RW drive and a 16x DVD-ROM drive to replicate data CDs or listen to music, watch favorite DVD movies and for data backup and additional storage.
At an estimated U.S. street price of $769 after a $50 mail-in rebate, the S3300NX desktop PC is expected to be available in retail stores and on hpshopping.com beginning April 6.

Both series can be customized with a full range of options. The products can be purchased through HP's "Built for You" kiosks located in participating retailers, through the Web at www.hpshopping.com.

Mar 31 - ATI's ALL-IN-WONDER 9000 PRO Available In North America. ATI Technologies Inc. (TSX:ATY, NASDAQ:ATYT) today announced the North American availability of ALL-IN-WONDER(R) 9000 PRO, a cost-effective multimedia video card that combines great game graphics with intelligent TV-on-the-PC PVR (personal video recording) functionality.
In addition to availability in major computer retail outlets and on ATI.com, ALL-IN-WONDER 9000 PRO is also an option for purchase from Dell Computers.

Available for (US)$199, ALL-IN-WONDER 9000 PRO provides incredible 3D games graphics performance. Users can benefit from the free interactive program guide and ATI's TV-ON-DEMAND(TM) to record and timeshift their favorite TV programs.

"ATI's ALL-IN-WONDER 9000 PRO enables desktop PC users to keep current with late-breaking TV news or with their favorite TV programs," said Rick Bergman, Senior Vice President, Marketing and General Manager, Desktop, ATI Technologies Inc. "Favorite TV shows and home movies, recorded by the ALL-IN-WONDER 9000 PRO, can be archived to DVD. In addition, ALL-IN-WONDER 9000 PRO provides a great multimedia computer experience by combining eye-popping game graphics including support for Microsoft(R) DirectX(R) 8.1, with high quality video editing and enhanced TV viewing."

ALL-IN-WONDER 9000 PRO offers the following features:

-- ATI's MULTIMEDIA CENTER 8.1 offers a full range of critically-acclaimed multimedia functions including:

-- Enhanced TV-ON-DEMAND(TM) PVR for instant replays, pausing
live TV or recording live broadcasts for later viewing;

-- mulTView(TM) - Enables dual TV tuner capabilities such as
Picture-in-Picture when combined with ATI-TV WONDER(TM) or
TV WONDER(TM) VE;

-- THRUVIEW(TM) - Allows for translucent viewing of TV, DVD
(digital versatile disk) and video file playback;

-- VIDEOSOAP(TM) - Delivers advanced filtering to reduce
noise, improve sharpness and soften focus as desired to
provide the highest quality video compression for PVR and
personal video editing functions;

-- FULLSTREAM(TM) - Uses pixel shaders, based on innovative
technology in RADEON(TM) 9000 PRO, to remove blocky
artifacts from streaming video and provides sharper image
quality and greater scalability; and,

-- Closed Caption Search within TV-ON-DEMAND complements the
popular "Hotwords" functionality with the PVR allowing the
computer to search for content of interest whether it
happens in the future or the recent past;

-- REMOTE WONDER(TM) offers remote control via RF (radio
frequency) for instant easy access to all the multimedia
features (TV, video, DVD - and more) from another room in the
house or office (requires USB - universal serial bus) - thus
providing a 30-foot User Interface in the palm of your hand;

-- ATI's THEATER(TM) 200 - Provides exceptional video and stereo
audio quality viewing during live TV and video input and
capture - all based on technologies from ATI's digital
television research and development;

-- Gemstar's GuidePlus+ provides an intelligent free integrated
program guide (North America only) allowing user to view and
search TV listing by category, actor/performer, or date.
Schedule and record programs at the click of a mouse - all the
benefits of a PVR without the monthly fees;

-- RADEON(TM) 9000 PRO (video processor unit) and 64MB (megabyte)
DDR memory - Designed for exciting 3D graphics and gaming;

-- VIDEOSHADERS(TM) - Uses programmable pixel shader technology
to accelerate video processing and provide better-looking
visuals;

-- Security/monitoring camera functionality (using attached
separate camera);

-- Stereo TV-tuner with 125 channels;

-- Analog video capture and editing in MPEG-2 format at up to
720x480x30 fps NTSC and 720x576x25 fps PAL/Secam;

-- Support for DirectX(R) 8.1 pixel shaders and OpenGL(R) and,

-- Backed by quality ATI customer support and a 3-year limited warranty, ALL-IN-WONDER 9000 PRO supports Windows(R) XP,
Windows(R) 2000, Windows(R) Me, and Windows(R) 98/98 SE
(Windows Me driver can be installed on Windows 98/98SE).

Visit their Web site at www.ati.com.

Mar 31 - Evergreen Introduces New Low Cost TeraByte HotDrive. Evergreen Technologies, Inc., a leader in PC performance upgrades since 1989, today announced the latest additions to its portable, external HotDrive(TM) storage products.

The new TeraByte HotDrive(TM) delivers a full 1000GB of high-speed external data storage in a compact, portable enclosure. Customers can also take advantage of a user expandable 250GB HotDrive(TM) which provides an initial 250GB and can be field upgraded to terabyte capacity. The TeraByte HotDrive(TM) can easily be connected to any PC with an available PCI slot and Windows 9x/ME/NT4.0/2000/XP Red Hat, Turbo, SuSE, Caldera Linux or FreeBSD operating system.

The TeraByte HotDrive(TM) is compact, measuring 10" H x 7" W x 15" D, for convenient addition to any office or workspace and allowing transport between PC systems. Integrated Serial ATA RAID technology facilitates speedy back-up of extremely large amounts of data, support for small home and office networks and data-intensive applications such as audio and video production and editing, CAD design, database management and more. The HotDrive(TM)'s four drive bays are fully removable for simple interchange or addition of hard drives as desired.

The TeraByte HotDrive(TM) is supported by a complete range of operating systems, requires only an available PCI slot and installs in minutes. Both new HotDrive(TM) options come with a complete step-by-step installation guide, PCI connectivity card, all necessary cabling and a one-year warranty.

Pricing of HotDrives(TM) :

TeraByte Capacity $2499.99(list) $1999.99 (direct web purchase)

250GB Capacity $1499.99(list) $999.99 (direct web purchase)

"With today's operating systems, software applications and small area networks demanding more and more system storage, external hard drives have become a common PC accessory. Storage demands vary from user to user, however," said Mike Magee, president and CEO of Evergreen. "Our line of high speed, external HotDrives(TM) attempts to deliver a solution for every need, whether it be data transfer flexibility, large capacity, ease of portability or low cost. The TeraByte HotDrive(TM) and 250GB Expandable HotDrive(TM) are the perfect products to round out Evergreen's present offerings by affordably meeting high-capacity user needs."

Besides the new TeraByte HotDrive(TM) HotDrive and the 250GB Expandable HotDrive(TM), Evergreen continues to offer its complete line of USB 2.0 Pocket HotDrives(TM). Users can obtain up to 60GB of additional storage capacity with USB 2.0 only connectivity in a compact 3" Wide x 3/4" High x 5.5" Deep enclosure.

For more information, visit www.evergreennow.com.

Mar 31 - Toshiba Introduces New TLP-T720/T721 Series Wireless Projectors. Toshiba's TLP-T720/T721 Series projectors provide mobile professionals with a powerful tool to deliver high-impact presentations.
With its integrated Wi-Fi (IEEE 802.11b) functionality and networking capabilities, the TLP-T720/T721 Series offers users the freedom of "cable-free" presentations, as well as the flexibility for multiple presenters to connect to the projector wirelessly.
The T720/T721 Series also offers an on-the-go professional the option to deliver a"PC-free" presentation by simply adding a flash memory card. Toshiba's T720/T721 Series projectors boast an impressive 2,400 ANSI lumens at a very competitive price.

FEATURES: TLP-T720/T721 Series

-- 2,400 ANSI lumens
-- Integrated document camera (TLP-T721 model only)
-- Resolution: XGA 1024 x 768
-- Device technology: LCD 0.9" XGA panel x 3
-- Contrast Ratio: 400:1
-- Input Signals: NTSC, PAL, SECAM, HDTV/DTV/DVD, VGA,
SVGA, XGA, SXGA(a) and UXGA(a) ((a) compressed)
-- External Monitor Loop-Through
-- Automatic Keystone Correction
-- Digital Zoom: Computer video (RGB) up to 10x.
Component video up to 3x.
-- Noise Level: 32dBA
-- Speaker: 1.0 Watt Monaural
-- Size: 11.7" x 9.8" x 3.8"
-- Weight: 7.5 lbs. (TLP-T720) and 9.1 lbs. (TLP-T721)

AVAILABILITY: Toshiba's new projectors are available April 2003 at www.shoptoshiba.com or through Toshiba enterprise sales team and authorized Toshiba distributors, dealers, retailers or mail-order partners.

PRICING: TLP-T720: $3,199 Estimated Street Price (ESP)(b) TLP-T721: $3,999 (ESP).

 

 

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