Dec 20 - IBM Test-Tube Quantum Computer Makes History.
Scientists at IBM's Almaden Research Center (NYSE:IBM) have performed
the world's most complicated quantum-computer calculation to date.
They caused a billion-billion custom-designed molecules in a test
tube to become a seven-qubit quantum computer that solved a simple
version of the mathematical problem at the heart of many of today's
data-security cryptographic systems.
"This result reinforces the growing realization that quantum
computers may someday be able to solve problems that are so complex
that even the most powerful supercomputers working for millions
of years can't calculate the answers," said Nabil Amer, manager
and strategist of IBM Research's physics of information group.
In today's issue of the scientific journal Nature, a team of IBM
scientists and Stanford University graduate students report the
first demonstration of "Shor's Algorithm" -- a method
developed in 1994 by AT&T scientist Peter Shor for using the
futuristic quantum computer to find a number's factors -- numbers
that are multiplied together to give the original number. Today,
factoring a large number is so difficult for conventional computers
-- yet so simple to verify -- that it is used by many cryptographic
methods to protect data.
A quantum computer gets its power by taking advantage of certain
quantum properties of atoms or nuclei that allow them to work together
as quantum bits, or "qubits," which serve simultaneously
as the computer's processor and memory. By directing the interactions
between qubits while keeping them isolated from the external environment,
scientists enable a quantum computer to perform certain calculations,
such as factoring, exponentially faster than conventional computers.
When factoring large numbers using a conventional computer, each
added digit roughly doubles the time to find the factors. In contrast,
the quantum factoring time increases by only a constant increment
with each additional digit.
The simplest meaningful instance of Shor's Algorithm is finding
the factors of the number 15, which requires a seven-qubit quantum
computer. IBM chemists designed and made a new molecule that has
seven nuclear spins -- the nuclei of five fluorine and two carbon
atoms -- which can interact with each other as qubits, be programmed
by radio frequency pulses and be detected by nuclear magnetic resonance
(NMR) instruments similar to those commonly used in hospitals and
The IBM scientists controlled a vial of a billion-billion (10**18)
of these molecules so they executed Shor's algorithm and correctly
identified 3 and 5 as the factors of 15. "Although the answer
may appear to be trivial, the unprecedented control required over
the seven spins during the calculation made this the most complex
quantum computation performed to date," Amer said.
"Now we have the challenge of turning quantum computation into
an engineering reality," said Isaac Chuang, leader of the research
team and now an associate professor at MIT. "If we could perform
this calculation at much larger scales -- say the thousands of qubits
required to factor very large numbers -- fundamental changes would
be needed in cryptography implementations."
While the potential for quantum computing is huge and recent progress
is encouraging, commercial quantum computers are still many years
away. NMR-based quantum computers are laboratory experiments. The
first quantum computing applications would likely to be co-processors
for specific functions, such as solving difficult mathematical problems,
modeling quantum systems and performing unstructured searches. Word
processing or simple problem-solving tasks are more easily handled
by today's computers.
Photos and more information can be found on the Web at: http://www.research.ibm.com/resources/news/20011219_quantum.shtml.
Dec 20 - AT&T Broadband
to Merge With Comcast Corporation. AT&T (NYSE: T) and Comcast
Corporation (NASDAQ: CMCSA, CMCSK) today announced that their Boards
of Directors approved a definitive agreement to combine AT&T
Broadband with Comcast in a transaction that values AT&T Broadband
at an aggregate value of $72 billion. The transaction will create
the world's pre-eminent broadband services company and is expected
to be tax-free to shareowners.
The new company, to be called AT&T Comcast Corporation, will
be one of the leading and most powerful communications, media and
entertainment companies in the world. It will have approximately
22 million subscribers and a major presence in 17 of the United
States' 20 largest metropolitan areas, including Atlanta, Boston,
Chicago, Dallas-Forth Worth, Denver, Detroit, Miami, Philadelphia,
and San Francisco-Oakland. It will be the world's leading provider
of broadband video, voice and data services with annual pro forma
revenue of approximately $19 billion. The combined company will
have a presence in 41 states with approximately 5 million digital
video customers, 2.2 million high-speed data customers and one million
cable telephony customers.
AT&T Comcast Corporation will begin life with a clear mandate
to aggressively expand the availability of those services throughout
its service areas, including plans to bring a choice in local telephone
service to more than 38 million homes passed by its cable systems.
The new company's telephony footprint will have national reach and
its scale will allow it to develop and deploy new broadband applications
such as video on demand and interactive television.
AT&T's decision, which received unanimous approval and full
support by its Board of Directors, culminates a rigorous process
that began last July when the AT&T Board directed management
to assess strategic and financial alternatives for its Broadband
unit to create long-term shareowner value.
"AT&T Comcast will create value for its customers, shareowners
and employees by bringing more services to more people more quickly,"
said C. Michael Armstrong, Chairman and CEO of AT&T. "This
is a leap forward in realizing a vision that thousands of AT&T
people have worked toward - bringing greater choice in affordable
broadband video, voice and data services to even more American homes.
AT&T Broadband and Comcast can accomplish more together than
we could alone. Our shareowners and our employees will both benefit
from the industry-leading growth we will achieve."
Brian L. Roberts, president of Comcast Corporation, said, "Bringing
together AT&T Broadband and Comcast, creates a company with
a national footprint and a powerful growth platform uniquely positioned
to efficiently deliver content and entertainment to its customers.
I look forward to working with Mike and the AT&T Broadband team
to achieve the full potential of this tremendous new company."
The companies' web sites can be found at www.att.com
Dec 20 - Electronic Component
Orders Continue Upward Trend. Incremental improvements across
a wide range of product categories pushed November electronic component
orders slightly up, according to the monthly index from the Electronic
Components, Assemblies & Materials Association (ECA).
The slow upward trend that began in late summer is expected to continue
until the end of the year and into 2002.
"Our data indicates that the upward trend will continue but
not accelerate greatly," says Bob Willis, ECA president. "Gradual
improvements into the first half of 2002 will make any recovery
moderate at best."
The Electronic Components, Assemblies & Materials Association
(ECA) represents manufacturers and producers of passive and active
electronic components, component arrays and assemblies, and materials
and support services. It is a sector of the Electronic Industries
Alliance (EIA), comprising more than 2,100 members that represent
80 percent of the $550-billion U.S. electronics industry. For more
information, visit www.ec-central.org.
Dec 20 - Dell, National Cristina
Foundation Urge Consumers to Donate Old Computers. Dell (Nasdaq:DELL)
and the National Cristina Foundation (NCF) are encouraging new computer
buyers this holiday season to consider donating their used computer
to help organizations across the country re-use it to help less
Consumers can donate their used computers through Dell Exchange
Donated systems are typically placed with non-profit or public agencies
in the donor's local area. There is no cost to the consumer and
the donation can be a tax deduction.(a)
"Donating a used computer is perhaps one of the easiest ways
to embrace the spirit of giving this holiday season," said
Dr. Yvette Marrin, president of the National Cristina Foundation.
"Our organization's motto is 'old computers have the power
to give new life' and we want to encourage consumers across the
country to not let their old computers gather dust at home but rather
help organizations in their communities use that 're-use power'
to help others."
This month, Dell and NCF mark the one-year anniversary of their
partnership through which hundreds of computers donated by individuals
are being re-used by organizations nationwide.
Dec 19 - High-Speed Internet
Service Provided Via Digital Television Station. In the first
step of a national rollout, Clear Channel Wireless, a division of
Clear Channel Worldwide (NYSE:CCU), announces the launch of a new
high-speed Internet service, Delta V ("del-ta vee"), which
uses the WKRC-TV digital television signal.
Using a latent portion of the digital television signal, Delta V
enables home and small business Internet users who cannot get high-speed
access to download files from the Internet at 256 kilobits per second
(Kbs), up to six times the speed of a normal dial-up connection.
Delta V's use of the television signal is especially important to
those Internet users whose location precludes them from high-speed
Internet access. Further, it is not dependent on specific wires
or distance requirements.
"As entrepreneurs, we saw the holes in the high-speed Internet
service coverage map," said Leon Brown, chief operating officer
of Clear Channel Wireless. "As broadcasters, we saw the opportunity
to provide a service to the unserved users in those areas while
delivering free, high definition television to the viewing public.
Delta V is an answer to both of those diverse public needs."
As part of their digital television (DTV) rollout, WKRC-TV -- a
pioneer in DTV development -- will provide the bandwidth for Delta
"As Cincinnati's leading television station, we at WKRC-TV
believe that Delta V will provide our tri-state community with an
important service," said Christopher Sehring, WKRC-TV's vice
president and general manager. "Delta V is a terrific example
of how two technologies can be integrated to create a new product
that will benefit many. It is fitting that Cincinnati, one of our
nation's most wired cities, should be at the technological forefront
with this rollout."
Currently, Delta V is only available in the Cincinnati area. Clear
Channel Wireless plans to offer Delta V in television markets throughout
the United States in the coming year.
More information about the service is available at www.deltav.tv.
More information about WRKC can be found at www.wkrc.com.
Detailed information on how the system works can be obtained at
Dec 19 - 4D WebMail Public
Beta 2 Released. 4D, Inc., publishers of the 4th Dimension RAD/RDBMS
Environment and 4D WebSTAR Server Suite, today announced the second
public beta release of 4D WebMail, a Web-based email client. Built
entirely in 4th Dimension, 4D WebMail beta is available today from
"4D WebMail is a great working example of the power and flexibility
of 4D," explained Brendan Coveney, president and CEO, 4D, Inc.
"Now anyone with a browser, anywhere on the planet can manage
their email with search tools, attachment handling, address books
and a great deal more. We're proud to demonstrate the power of 4th
Dimension with this full-featured email client."
As a cross-platform browser plug-in, 4D WebMail is compatible with
SMTP or POP3 email servers and supports Virtual Hosts. 4D WebMail
can be used from any browser to read, reply, forward, send and file
email. Easily administered and customized, 4D Webmail contains a
built-in address book, search capability and file management. Users
can send and receive attachments, plus tailor their own mail formatting,
signatures, and other user information.
The 4D WebMail v1 public beta 2 can be downloaded from http://www.4DWebMail.com/.
Dec 19 - Statistics Show
2001 as Worst Year for Semiconductor Industry. Semiconductor
vendors have struggled through the worst industry decline in the
history of the market, as 2001 worldwide semiconductor revenue declined
33 percent to $152 billion, according to preliminary statistics
by Dataquest Inc., a unit of Gartner, Inc. (NYSE: IT and ITB). All
of the top 10 semiconductor vendors experienced revenue declines
ranging from 19 percent to 49 percent (see Table 1).
"The entrepreneurial model of building
and investing in new technology went bust in 2001. A downturn of
this magnitude will be difficult for many companies to recover from
in 2002," said Mary Olsson, chief analyst for Gartner Dataquest's
worldwide semiconductor group. "As is evident in the sizeable
declines by most of the top vendors, the industry has undergone
tremendous destabilization. We expect further consolidation of the
industry during 2002."
Preliminary Top 10 Worldwide Semiconductor Vendors by Revenue
(Millions of U.S. Dollars)
2001 2001 Market 2000 2000 Market 2001-2000
Revenue Share (%) Revenue Share (%) Growth (%)
Intel 23,499 15.5 30,298 13.3 -22.4
Toshiba 7,136 4.7 10,864 4.8 -34.3
STMicroelectronics 6,360 4.2 7,890 3.5 -19.4
Samsung 6,320 4.2 10,585 4.7 -40.3
Texas Instruments 6,000 3.9 9,202 4.1 -34.8
NEC(1) 5,389 3.5 10,643 4.7 -49.4
Motorola 5,000 3.3 7,678 3.4 -34.9
Hitachi 4,724 3.1 7,286 3.2 -35.2
Technologies(2) 4,538 3.0 6,711 3.0 -32.4
Semiconductor 4,440 2.9 6,275 2.8 -29.2
Total Market 152,000 100.0 227,000 100.0 33.
Note (1): DRAM revenue associated with Hitachi and NEC production
is attributed to Elpida.
Note (2): In some cases, such as Infineon's, Gartner Dataquest's
vendor estimates differ from those publicly reported by a company as
it is Gartner Dataquest policy to include or exclude revenue
associated with acquired or divested companies or business units for
the whole calendar year, regardless of when the acquisition or
divestment took place.
Source: Gartner Dataquest (December 2001)
NEC experienced the strongest
decline as its 2001 revenue dropped more than 50 percent from 2000.
Gartner Dataquest analysts said this was attributed to the shift
in NEC's DRAM revenue to Elpida, the Hitachi/NEC joint venture DRAM
company, as well as declining product revenue, including ASIC/ASSPs.
In spite of the difficult economic situation,
semiconductor production for digital consumer products, such as
DVDs, digital cameras and game consoles, was good this year compared
to other applications.
"While 2001 has been the worst year
ever for the industry, start-ups continue to emerge and some companies
continue to invest in wireless data, networking, and wireless interactivity.
These markets will become the growth drivers during the next five-years
and beyond," Olsson said. "Thus, in spite of the serious
nature of the downturn, the industry has kept an eye on the future."
For more information, visit www.gartner.com
Dec 18 - Toshiba Announces Reorganization
of Memory Business. Toshiba Corporation and Micron Technology,
Inc. (NYSE:MU) today announced the signing of a memorandum of understanding,
the key points of which include the sale of the assets of Toshiba's
wholly-owned Dominion Semiconductor, L.L.C., located in Manassas,
Virginia, to Micron and the withdrawal by Toshiba from the commodity
Toshiba will cease its involvement in the commodity DRAM business
to focus resources on high value-added memories, including flash
and application-specific memories. The two companies have agreed
to proactively discuss future collaboration in the development and
sales of non-commodity and high-value-added DRAMs.
Mr. Takeshi Nakagawa, president and CEO of Toshiba's Semiconductor
Company, said: "We have decided to withdraw from commodity
DRAM business, which means that Micron's business strategy fits
ours. This, alongside respect for one another's technological capabilities,
allowed us to quickly close a deal, even though we had never worked
with one another before. Negotiations took place in an atmosphere
of mutual understanding and respect, which, I am sure, will make
it possible for us to strengthen our relationship. I look forward
to a future opportunity to discuss business collaboration."
Mr. Steve Appleton, President, CEO and Chairman of Micron Technology,
Inc said, "This transaction clearly demonstrates Micron's commitment
to further strengthen its memory business in the face of a significant
industry downturn. Similar to prior transactions, we believe this
acquisition will better position Micron to more cost-efficiently
produce our products and to establish new customer relationships
throughout the world. We look forward to developing a closer relationship
Dec 18 - Unisys Study Reveals
New Digital Divide Emerging Among Businesses. A new "digital
divide" has reached businesses, with a sizable rift now in
place between companies that are seeing powerful returns on investment
(ROI) from their information technology spending versus those that
are not, according to a study commissioned by Unisys.
The divide stems from how smartly companies spend their information
technology (IT) dollars rather than how much they spend, the survey
Despite the technology industry downturn, nearly three quarters
of respondents said their companies are more willing to invest in
IT now than they were a year ago. In addition, nearly 40% of respondents
stated that next year's IT budget is likely to increase while 43%
said it will remain the same as this year's budget.
In fact, IT investment remains a priority for companies, regardless
of their technology ROI, according to the study.
The Unisys Information Technology ROI Study, conducted in October
and November, surveyed senior-level IT professionals from a range
of industries across the United States. By aggregating respondents'
perceptions of their companies' ROI from technology investments,
as well as ROI from overall IT innovation, the survey showed that
companies fall into three categories:
-- ROI Surgers (43.5%), who are experiencing positive
-- ROI Stagnants (42.5%), who are experiencing nominal ROI; and
-- ROI Strugglers (14%), who are experiencing negative ROI.
In addition, the study revealed that Surgers, Stagnants
and Strugglers are not separated by their overall IT investments,
but by how strategically they deploy their IT dollars. Interestingly,
the Surgers claimed to be making smarter IT decisions, while Stagnants
and Strugglers acknowledged that their companies should make smarter
IT investment decisions.
For more information on the company, access the Unisys home page
on the World Wide Web at www.unisys.com.
Dec 18 - SONICblue Unveils
Rio Advanced Digital Audio Center. SONICblue(TM) Incorporated
(Nasdaq:SBLU) today unveiled its Rio Advanced Digital Audio Center
-- a revolutionary home stereo component that lets consumers instantly
store, organize and access their entire personal CD and digital
music collections. Integrating seamlessly into existing stereo systems,
the Rio Audio Center delivers superb digital sound quality and functions
as a music distribution center for downloading music to portable
Rio players or playing music on companion Rio Receivers spread throughout
As simple to use as a CD player, but as smart as a PC, the Rio Audio
Center stores more than 650 CDs in an easy-to-use stereo component.
Find the songs you want instantly, create unlimited play lists and
fill your home with high-quality digital sound. The Rio Audio Center
will even write music to a CD, transfer music to Rio portables or
play music on Rio Receivers spread throughout the home.
"Designed as a core component for the ultimate home audio experience,
the Rio Audio Center redefines home audio capabilities," said
Andrew Wolfe, Ph.D., chief technology officer, SONICblue. "The
Rio Audio Center delivers unmatched support for networking or downloading
music to additional components and is one of the only solutions
available with sound quality that meets the expectations of home
Manufacturer's suggested retail price for the Rio Advanced Digital
Audio Center is $1,499.95. The Rio Audio Center is currently available
for pre-order via SONICblue's website and -- for a limited time
-- every Rio Audio Center sold will ship with a free Rio Receiver
companion product (a $199.95 value). Initial shipments for all pre-orders
will not begin until late January 2002. For more information on
purchasing a Rio Audio Center, including detailed Rio Audio Center
product specifications, please visit SONICblue's website (www.SONICblue.com).
Dec 17 - AMD Introduces 1
GHz Mobile AMD Duron Processor. AMD (NYSE:AMD) today demonstrates
its performance leadership for mainstream notebook PC computing
with the introduction of the 1GHz mobile AMD Duron(TM) processor.
Featuring AMD PowerNow!(TM) technology, AMD's leading dynamic power
management tool, the mobile AMD Duron processor can significantly
extend battery life without compromising performance.
Compaq Computer Corporation is immediately offering its Compaq 700
series notebooks powered by the 1GHz mobile AMD Duron processor.
"AMD's powerful products and dependable resources continue
to enable our customers' success. Since their early 2001 debut,
AMD mobile processors have continued to gain popularity in notebook
markets worldwide," said Ed Ellett, vice president of marketing
for AMD's Computation Products Group. "Mobile AMD Duron processors
provide businesses and consumers with the performance, stability
and compatibility they can trust for everyday notebook computing."
The 1GHz AMD mobile Duron processor is priced at $160 in 1,000-unit
quantities. For more information, see www.amd.com.
Dec 17 - Plextor Delivers
External USB 24/10/40 CD-RW Drive. Plextor(R) Corp., a leading
developer and manufacturer of high-performance CD-related equipment
and software, today announced the immediate release of the 3-in-1
PlexWriter(TM) 24/10/40U CD-RW optical disk drive. As one of the
fastest CD-RW drives available on the market today, the new external
drive delivers industry leading performance with 24X CD-Write, 10X
CD-Rewrite, and 40X-max CD-Read speeds.
The PlexWriter 24/10/40U connects via the Universal Serial Bus (USB
2.0) to any laptop or desktop computer (PC or Mac), making installation
faster and easier than ever before. The new PlexWriter is also Plug
& Play compatible with Windows(R) 98SE/ME/2000/XP(TM), as well
as MAC OS 8.6 (USB 1.1) and MAC OS X (USB 2.0). Users can typically
begin recording custom CDs within minutes of opening the box.
The portable PlexWriter 24/10/40U CD-RW drive with the HI-SPEED
USB 2.0 interface is scheduled for shipment to distributors and
resellers at the end of December 2001. The Manufacturer's Suggested
Retail Price (MSRP) for the PlexWriter 24/10/40U external CD-RW
drive is $229. All retail packages include unlimited toll-free technical
support and one-year full warranty. The company can be found online
Dec 17 - Evergreen Announces
New 2.5'' Pocket HotDrive. Evergreen Technologies, Inc., a leader
in PC performance upgrades since 1989, today announced the latest
addition to its fireLINE family of high speed IEEE 1394 and USB
The new fireLINE 1394 and USB 2.0 Pocket HotDrive delivers up to
40GB of high speed external data storage which PC and Mac users
can quickly add to any desktop or laptop simply by plugging the
drive into an available 1394 or USB (either 1.1 or the new 2.0 standard)
port. (For users without these connections, Evergreen offers a complete
array of 1394 and USB 2.0 connectivity cards for desktop and laptop
Evergreen's fireLINE 1394 and USB 2.0 Pocket HotDrive has a light
weight, compact 2.5" case that fits in a pocket, making it
a good storage solution for users on the go who frequently back
up dense amounts of data, and who need to share data between multiple
systems quickly. With both PC and Mac compatibility, it is also
an excellent vehicle for users to transfer data between the two
The Evergreen fireLINE 1394 and USB 2.0 product line is available
through national distributors, retailers, PC mail order catalogs
and directly from Evergreen's website. These product lines are covered
by a one-year warranty. For more information, visit www.evergreennow.com.
Dec 17 - Track Santa's Journey
Live On the Web. Following its 47-year tradition, the North
American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD) will again track Santa
Claus as he makes his annual journey delivering toys on Christmas
Eve. Along with conducting its critical mission of protecting U.S.
and Canadian airspace, NORAD performs this special duty for children
around the world every Dec. 24. The "NORAD Tracks Santa"
site is designed by Analytical Graphics, Inc. (AGI) and is hosted
on the Web by America Online, Inc.
Visitors to the interactive Web site -- found at www.noradsanta.org
and AOL Keyword: Track Santa -- will receive video and audio reports
throughout Christmas Eve day. The site focuses on 25 key stops the
Jolly Old Man makes around the globe, beginning in the Aleutian
Islands and ending in Hawaii with visits to Moscow, Paris, New York
City, San Francisco and other cities in between. The "live"
video clips start on Dec. 24 at 4 a.m. (ET).
Dec 14 - Intel Settles K7
Patent Infringement Case With Via. Intel Corporation today announced
it has reached a settlement agreement with Via Technologies Inc.
in a pending patent litigation related to chipsets that support
Advanced Micro Devices microprocessors. The agreement was reached
after Via redesigned its products in an effort to avoid infringing
on Intel's patents.
Under terms of the settlement, Intel will drop its patent infringement
suit regarding U.S. Patent Nos. 5,926,651 and 5,051,622, which was
scheduled for trial on Jan. 22. Intel retains all of its rights
to the patents and could bring suit at a later time if future infringement
occurs. This settlement does not affect litigation between Intel
and Via pending in U.S. District Court in Delaware, U.S. District
Court in Texas, in the United Kingdom, in Germany or in Hong Kong,
with respect to the Via P4X266 chipsets and the C3 microprocessor.
Additional information about Intel is available at www.intel.com.
Dec 14 - Covad Expected
to Exit Bankruptcy. The U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the District
of Delaware approved the reorganization plan for Covad Communications
Group, Inc. (OTCBB:COVD) and Covad anticipates that it will exit
from its pre-negotiated bankruptcy around December 20, 2001, the
expected date the plan becomes effective.
The reorganization plan completes the pre-negotiated bondholder
agreement that eliminates $1.4 billion of high-yield and convertible
bondholder debt for approximately $257 million, or $0.19 on the
dollar of face amount or accreted bond value, plus approximately
$13 million in previously restricted cash and 15 percent ownership
of the company. Shareholders will retain approximately 80 percent
of the company.
All classes entitled to vote did so in favor of the plan by the
margins required for acceptance by each class. The record date for
voting for the plan was October 25, 2001. The record date for determining
note holders entitled to distributions under the plan will be today.
The confirmation of the reorganization plan also satisfies one of
the conditions for the closing of Covad's recently announced funding
agreements with SBC Communications Inc. (NYSE:SBC). The agreements,
valued at $150 million, are expected to add to Covad's existing
available cash, to provide the funding Covad expects it will need
to finance growth to cash flow positive operations targeted for
the second half of 2003.
"We believe we are the first of the emerging telecommunications
companies to exit successfully from bankruptcy with existing shareholders
maintaining a majority interest," said Charles E. Hoffman,
Covad president and CEO. "Covad's reorganization of its parent
company was designed solely to eliminate debt and we will soon be
fully funded. We will continue to control our costs while providing
a growing suite of services. These are huge steps in our revitalization
program and will put us in a great financial position for 2002."
Covad Communications Group, Inc.'s operating companies, which provide
DSL services to customers, were not included in the court-supervised
proceeding and continued to operate in the ordinary course of business
without any court imposed restrictions throughout the approximately
four month process. Covad Communications Group, Inc. filed for reorganization
on August 15, 2001. Covad can be found onlione at www.covad.com.
Dec 14 - Adobe Systems Reports
Fourth Quarter Results. Adobe Systems Incorporated (Nasdaq:ADBE)
today reported financial results for its fourth quarter and fiscal
year ended November 30, 2001.
For the fourth quarter of fiscal 2001 Adobe achieved revenue of
$264.5 million, compared to $355.2 million reported for the fourth
quarter of fiscal 2000 and $292.1 million reported in the third
quarter of fiscal 2001.
In fiscal 2001, Adobe achieved revenue of $1.230 billion, compared
to $1.266 billion in fiscal 2000.
"Despite ongoing weakness in the global economy, Adobe continues
to generate outstanding profit margins. In fiscal 2001, Adobe delivered
a pro forma operating margin of 33 percent for the year," said
Bruce R. Chizen, president and chief executive officer of Adobe.
During the fiscal year, Adobe achieved 41 percent annual growth
in its Adobe(R) Acrobat(R) business. Commenting on Adobe's future
growth opportunities, Chizen added, "Adobe is driving the transformation
from paper-based processes to electronic workflows." Adobe
Systems Incorporated can be found online at www.adobe.com.
Dec 13 - HP Leads the Way
to Mobile Information Access. Hewlett-Packard Company (NYSE:HWP)
today announced a series of wireless Internet services that lead
the way in making mobile communication more convenient and productive
for business users. The services, offered with industry-leading
companies, provide users with faster, easier wireless Web browsing
and flexible, secure remote access to business applications and
Various HP Pavilion and Omnibook notebook PCs and HP Jornada handheld
PCs are the first to offer Bitstream's ThunderHawk full-featured
wireless Internet browsing technology, BlueKite's high-speed wireless
Web browsing and WebEx's Access Anywhere for on-the-go access to
desktop applications and network resources. HP's business customers
also will enjoy GoAmerica's Mobile Office, the first-of-its-kind
customizable solution that allows mobile professionals to conduct
"HP understands the growing need for mobility, and these innovative
wireless solutions transform the way people work and live,"
said Pendy Pendyala, general manager, HP Wireless and Internet Services
Division. "Collaboration with these leading companies on mobile
industry firsts demonstrates HP's commitment to making a truly mobile
world a reality."
According to the 2001 Wireless Mobile Corporate Survey from Yankee
Group, about 50 percent of companies have or will have wireless
connectivity within two years, with an additional 26 percent planning
to adopt the technology in more than two years. The survey also
shows that corporations are more willing to pay for wireless data
than in the past.
Transforming the Mobile Computing Experience
HP is the first handheld vendor to offer Bitstream's
ThunderHawk technology, which allows HP Jornada personal digital
assistant (PDA) users to view and surf the Web as they do on a desktop
ThunderHawk's wireless Internet browsing technology gives HP Jornada
540 and 560 Pocket PC users wireless access to full Web pages that
maintain full text and image legibility. The technology allows the
PDA's 320 x 240 LCD screen to legibly display the 640 x 480 VGA
screen of a normal Web page.
As the first to provide BlueKite's optimization software on notebook,
handheld and Pocket PCs, HP is enabling its customers to wirelessly
browse the Internet at speeds up to five times faster than non-optimized
With BlueKite's intelligent caching and compression technology,
HP Omnibook and Pavilion notebook PC and HP Jornada 540 and 560
Pocket PC and 720 handheld PC customers can experience wireless
Web speeds equivalent to a 56 kbps dial-up connection, while using
eight times less bandwidth than before.
Improved Personal Productivity
By allowing business users to access desktop applications,
company networks and documents remotely, HP will become the first
company to offer WebEx's Access Anywhere service to notebook and
handheld PC customers.
With this service and the power of the WebEx global communications
network, business customers can enjoy flexible and secure access
to important desktop files and applications -- not just e-mail --
when away from their PCs. HP plans to launch beta programs for its
HP Omnibook and Pavilion notebook PCs and HP Jornada 560 customers
in January and February, respectively, with a full launch scheduled
for spring 2002.
HP also has furthered its relationship with GoAmerica by offering
the GoAmerica Mobile Office solution to HP's smart handheld and
notebook PC business customers. With Mobile Office, HP empowers
its business customers to conduct business wirelessly with a single,
customizable solution that allows simple, secure and quick access
to vital business documents.
Mobile Office allows users to open and read corporate e-mail attachments
and access vital documents from customer relationship management,
enterprise resource planning or sales force automation applications
as well as corporate intranets. Mobile Office is available now for
HP handheld and notebook PC business customers.
More information about all these wireless Internet services is available
Dec 13 - Transmeta Corporation
Updates Fourth Quarter Outlook. Transmeta Corporation (Nasdaq:TMTA)
today announced that it is updating the outlook for its financial
performance for the fourth quarter ending December 28, 2001.
"In our last quarterly conference call and press release, we
indicated that we would offer a December update about the production
ramp of our new TM5500 and TM5800 Crusoe products and our financial
guidance for the fourth quarter of 2001," said Murray A. Goldman,
chairman and CEO, Transmeta Corporation. "Although our unit
shipments of TM5500 and TM5800 products increased during the month
of November, we fell substantially short of our production goals.
As a result, we currently expect that our revenue for the fourth
quarter of 2001 will be approximately $1.0 million."
"We are disappointed by these results," Goldman added.
"Unfortunately, we concluded that it was necessary to make
metal mask revisions in order to achieve our volume manufacturing
goals using the new 0.13 micron manufacturing process, which in
turn had a significant effect on our ramp schedule. In the meantime,
we are continuing to manufacture our new products in small volumes
until our new mask set is in production, and our production plan
contemplates volume production for customer shipments in early February."
A conference call will be webcast through Transmeta's website at
Dec 13 - Socket Bluetooth
Connection Kit Receives ``Nokia OK'' Logo. Socket Communications
Inc. (Nasdaq:SCKT)(PCX:SOK), The Handheld Connection Company, today
announced its Bluetooth Connection Kit received the "Nokia
OK" logo. Award of the logo followed rigorous testing by Nokia
labs, and assures customers of compatibility with Nokia's Bluetooth-enabled
mobile phone handsets, such as the 6210 and 6310 models.
"Our Bluetooth Connection Kit provides customers with seamless
connectivity between Windows CE-based handheld computers and a Nokia
Bluetooth-enabled mobile phone," said Peter Phillips, director
of product marketing for Socket Communications. "We are very
pleased our product met Nokia's stringent requirements, and that
we are the first company awarded `Nokia OK' status for its Bluetooth
Today, Socket also announced additional software feature enhancements
for connecting to Bluetooth-enabled mobile handsets from Ericsson
and Motorola, as well as Bluetooth-enabled printers, improving customers'
ease-of-use. Software upgrades include a convenient dialer feature,
enabling customers to quickly initiate a call to a Bluetooth-enabled
mobile handset from a Pocket PC after "tapping and holding"
on the contact name in the Contact Manager application.
Customers who have purchased a Socket Bluetooth Connection Kit can
to download updated drivers, at no additional cost. The Bluetooth
Connection Kit is available in the U.S. and Europe immediately through
Socket's web site, as well as through Socket's normal worldwide
distribution channels for a suggested retail price of $179. Visit
www.socketcom.com for product and
Dec 13 - Symantec Provides
Anti-Virus Protection to Palm Users. Symantec Corp. (Nasdaq:SYMC),
the world leader in Internet security, today announced the release
of Symantec AntiVirus 2002 for Palm OS, the world's premier anti-virus
software specially adapted and optimized for handheld devices and
now compatible with the latest Palm and Windows operating systems.
Symantec AntiVirus 2002 for Palm OS safeguards critical data on
the Palm operating system against potential attacks by viruses and
other malicious code. This product meets the needs of handheld device
users by being compact, easy to install, easy to use, easy to keep
updated via HotSync(R).
Symantec AntiVirus 2002 for Palm OS is also included in the new
Norton AntiVirus 2002 Professional Edition, the leading virus protection
solution for small businesses and professionals.
Symantec AntiVirus 2002 for Palm OS is available for download from
www.SymantecStore.com for US$39.95.
Current users of Norton AntiVirus may purchase Symantec AntiVirus
2002 for Palm OS for $29.95 after a $10 mail-in rebate.
Dec 12 - AMD Unveils Athlon
MP Processor 1900+ and AMD-760 MPX Chipset. AMD (NYSE:AMD) today
expanded its offerings for the commercial market with the introduction
of the AMD Athlon(TM) MP processor 1900+ and the AMD-760(TM) MPX
chipset, providing high performance in demanding server and workstation
The high-performance AMD Athlon MP processor 1900+ with QuantiSpeed(TM)
architecture and Smart MP technology continues AMD's commitment
to help improve performance while also lowering total cost of ownership.
AMD's solution integrates seamlessly into existing infrastructures,
and provides the stability and manageability IT managers desire.
"AMD is committed to providing commercial solutions designed
to deliver the reliability, compatibility, manageability and high
performance needed to meet the growing demands of the business market,"
said Ed Ellett, vice president of Marketing at AMD. "With its
advanced architectural features such as QuantiSpeed architecture
and Smart MP technology, the AMD Athlon MP processor 1900+ provides
the multiprocessing server and workstation markets with a highly
reliable processor capable of meeting and exceeding business needs."
Motherboards featuring the AMD-760 MPX chipset, with its improved
high-speed peripheral connections, are planned to be available initially
from Abit, Asus, GigaByte, MSI and Tyan. The chipset is designed
to support all AMD Athlon(TM) MP processors for additional platform
"By working closely with several leading motherboard manufacturers,
AMD is able to help create various options for IT purchasers to
make the best choice for their business needs," said Richard
Heye, vice president, Platform Engineering and Infrastructure at
AMD. "It's important to us that customers get the advanced
levels of performance they need from their server and workstation
"ASUS is proud to launch the A7M266-D, a high-quality dual
Socket A motherboard featuring the AMD-760(TM) MPX chipset,"
said Jonathan Tsang, vice president of ASUS. "With its advanced
features and innovative design, the A7M266-D is an exceptional platform
for the AMD Athlon MP processor 1900+."
"The GIGABYTE Technology GA-7DPXDW motherboard featuring the
AMD-760 MPX chipset is an awesome platform for servers and workstations,
especially with its support of 66MHz/64-bit/32-bit PCI bus slots,"
said Etay Lee, vice president of Networking and Communication, GIGABYTE
Technology. "The GA-7DPXDW motherboard supports the AMD Athlon
MP processor 1900+ with QuantiSpeed architecture, and with other
features including four DDR module slots, three PCI 32/33, IDE RAID,
and 10/100 LAN. We feel it offers an exceptional platform for today's
"The ABIT WA-2A motherboard featuring the AMD-760 MPX chipset
offers extended performance through support of 66MHz/64- and 32-bit
PCI bus slots," said Edwin Lin, general manager, ABIT Computer
Corporation. "With support of other features, including onboard
LAN and DDR memory support, we feel the WA-2A motherboard combined
with the AMD Athlon MP processor 1900+ with QuantiSpeed(TM) architecture
offers an exceptional platform for power users."
"The MSI K7D Master-L motherboard featuring the AMD-760 MPX
chipset is an outstanding solution for the commercial market,"
said Joseph Hsu, president of MSI. "The K7D Master-L motherboard
currently includes an AGP Pro slot, two additional 66MHz/64-bit
PCI slots, and features MSI's exclusive D-LED and Live Driver. We
feel the K7D Master-L is an outstanding motherboard for servers
and workstations, and is an excellent platform for the AMD Athlon
MP processor 1900+."
"After the huge success delivering the first motherboards supporting
the AMD Athlon MP processor, Tyan continues its strong partnership
with AMD through our support of the AMD-760 MPX chipset," said
Don Clegg, vice president of Sales and Marketing for Tyan. "Our
AMD multiprocessor platforms complement our existing AMD product
lineup, and provide exceptional features for today's workstation,
server, and power PC systems."
AMD expects worldwide availability of the new AMD-760 MPX chipset
in the first quarter of 2002 and AMD Athlon MP processor 1900+ in
the fourth quarter of 2001.
About the AMD-760(TM) MPX Chipset
The AMD-760(TM) MPX chipset is a high performance,
two-way multiprocessor core logic solution for the AMD Athlon MP
family of processors, offering Multi-Processor eXtended (MPX) performance
compared to its predecessor, the AMD-760 MP chipset. The AMD-760
MPX chipset offers extended performance through a 66MHz/64-bit/32-bit
PCI bus and a feature-rich peripheral bus controller that provides
PCI-to-PCI bridging capability.
The AMD-760(TM) MPX chipset consists of two chips--the AMD-762(TM)
system controller (northbridge), and the AMD-768(TM) peripheral
bus controller (southbridge). The AMD-760 MPX chipset unleashes
the power of DDR memory technology, which combines with other sophisticated
core logic in data, memory and I/O control as well as system and
power management to provide a powerful solution for server and workstation
platforms. The AMD-760 MPX chipset supports up to two AMD Athlon
MP processors with independent 266MHz front side buses, as well
as PC2100 DDR memory and AGP 4x graphics.
About the AMD Athlon(TM) MP Processor
The AMD Athlon MP processor is a seventh-generation
x86 processor designed for high-performance multiprocessing servers
A key advantage of AMD's multiprocessing platform is Smart MP technology,
which greatly enhances overall platform performance by increasing
data movement between the two CPUs, chipset and memory system. Smart
MP technology features dual point-to-point, high-speed 266MHz system
buses with Error Correcting Code (ECC) support designed to provide
up to 2.1GB per second per CPU of bus bandwidth in a dual-processor
system. Smart MP technology also has an optimized Modified Owner
Exclusive Shared Invalid (MOESI) cache coherency protocol that manages
data and memory traffic in a multiprocessing environment.
The AMD Athlon MP processor features the patented QuantiSpeed(TM)
architecture, which includes a high performance full-speed cache
with hardware data pre-fetch, a fully pipelined superscalar floating
point engine, and an exclusive L2 Translation Look-aside Buffer
(TLB). The processor also incorporates 3DNow!(TM) Professional technology,
which has 51 new instructions that extend AMD's 3DNow! technology,
enabling smoother, richer and more lifelike images, more precise
digital audio and an enriched Internet experience.
The AMD Athlon MP processor is compatible with AMD's stable Socket
A infrastructure, and supports DDR memory technology. For more information,
Dec 12 - Intel Software
Accelerates Development of ``Human-like'' Computer Vision. Intel
Corporation researchers have released at no cost software that allows
developers to build computers that can view the world the way people
do -- in stereo.
The software, which enables computers to recognize "depth"
as well as "flat" images, enhances a wide variety of vision
applications including gesture recognition, object tracking and
face recognition. The software is available through the Open Source
Computer Vision Library (OpenCV 2.1), a toolbox of over 500 imaging
functions that helps researchers develop computer vision applications.
Existing 2D computer vision applications recognize scenes as single
flat color fields. The new stereoscopic code will enable computers
to use depth information to breakout individual objects and surfaces
in a scene. In addition, the new 2.1 release includes an optional
interface so all OpenCV functions can be imported into Matlab, one
of the most widely used software development tools for computer
"Intel wants to make computers aware of the visual world. Until
we introduced OpenCV last year, the lack of common tools kept this
from happening," said Justin Rattner, Intel Fellow and director
of Microprocessor Research, Intel Labs. "With the addition
of stereo capability and a Matlab interface, OpenCV 2.1 is certain
to drive an explosion of vision-based applications, such as toys
that respond to a child's movements and monitors that warn safety
and security people of life-threatening behavior.
"The OpenCV main website is located at: http://www.intel.com/research/mrl/research/opencv/.
Anyone interested in joining the user group needs to register with
Yahoo groups at http://groups.yahoo.com/
and then can subscribe by sending email to OpenCVemail@example.com.
Dec 12 - Hitachi Introduces
Value-priced 17" LCD Monitor. Hitachi America, Ltd., a subsidiary
of Hitachi, Ltd. (NYSE: HIT) has added a high-performance 17"
LCD monitor to its value line. The new CML171 targets corporate,
home, general business and SOHO user. It features TFT (Thin Film
Transistor) Technology, which delivers high-quality and distortion-free
images in a sleek design that conserves desktop space.
The CML171 features 230-nit brightness and a 300:1 typical contrast
ratio with a prime resolution of 1280 x 1024. Continuing Hitachi's
tradition of providing high quality - even on its value priced product-
the CML171 provides high quality images, crisp text and numerous
Featuring an auto-adjust function for quick, beautiful image adjustments,
the CML171 also provides speakers and a microphone integrated into
the front bezel. With a full of 17" viewing area (338 x 270
mm) the panel weighs 15.7 lbs and has a 7.9" depth including
the base. The panel meets the VESA FPMPMI (Flat Panel Monitor Physical
Mounting Interface) standard, which enables wall mounting with third
party mounting arms. It also features a Kensington Security Port.
The TCO 99' approved CML171 complies with the world's strictest
standards for low radiation, safety, ergonomics & power management.
The CML171 display is compatible with both PCs and Macs and features
on-screen controls for color temperature, clock, phase, brightness,
contrast and more. The CML171 will begin shipping to Hitachi's authorized
monitor distributors on December 18, 2001. The MSRP is $699.00.
Information is available on the World Wide Web at www.hitachidisplays.com.
Dec 12 - Interactive Media
Corporation to Release 5 in 1 USB Card Reader. Interactive Media
Corporation announced the release of its new Kanguru5 in 1 USB Card
The Kanguru5 in 1 Card Reader is a compact, lightweight, and easy
to install storage device for PC's, notebooks and Macs. It houses
three separate slots that utilize 5 different media types. Supported
media types include: Type I/II CompactFlash(TM), SmartMedia(TM),
MultiMedia(TM) Card, IBM Micro Drive(TM), and Secured Digital(TM)
All three of the Kanguru5 in 1 slots can be used simultaneously
for exchanging data. The Kanguru5 in 1 Card Reader works with Windows
98/2000/ME, Mac (OS8 and above) and Linux 2.4.1. Once installed,
media automatically appears under the "My Computer" icon
as additional drives, allowing easy access to all your information!
An excellent accessory for digital cameras and PDA or Pocket PC
users, The Kanguru5 in 1 requires no external power, is hot swappable
and retails for around $50.
Interactive Media Corporation, located in Ashland, Massachusetts,
is a manufacturer of innovative, high quality storage and multimedia
devices. For more information on Interactive Media Corporation,
visit their website at www.interactivemediacorp.com.
Dec 12 - ICQ Announces New
Versions of Instant Messaging. ICQ ("I Seek You"),
the world's most popular online communications community and international
service from America Online, Inc., today announced new versions
of its ICQ instant messaging product that make this powerful online
communications tool available to more people, in more places and
on more platforms and devices than ever before. Supporting the Company's
'ICQ Anywhere' strategy, the new Web-based ICQ Lite lets users access
their ICQ account from the browser on any Internet-enabled computer
and ICQ 3.0X for Mac brings the full power of ICQ to Mac OSX users.
Since its pioneering role in offering the first Internet instant
messaging software in 1996, ICQ has evolved into a complete communications
portal with over 115 million registered users worldwide.
"The new versions of ICQ make it even easier and more convenient
for users to stay in touch in real time from wherever they are and
in a variety of different ways. By extending ICQ's availability
to anywhere there is an Internet connection and to additional platforms,
more users can access ICQ's powerful, feature-rich communications
tools anytime they need," said Jim Bankoff, President of AOL
ICQ Lite revolutionizes how and when users can access their ICQ
account by allowing them to log on from the Web with any Internet-enabled
computer in the world. By leveraging the new server-based contact
lists introduced with 2001b, ICQ Lite frees users from relying solely
on the host PC where the ICQ client has been installed. By visiting
the ICQ Lite homepage at http://lite.icq.com,
users can immediately send instant messages, access their contact
lists, send SMS text messages to cell phones and much more.
Dec 11 - ATI's ALL-IN-WONDER
RADEON 8500DV Now Shipping. ATI Technologies Inc. (TSE:ATY,
NASDAQ:ATYT), a world leader in the supply of graphics, video and
multimedia solutions, today announced that the ALL-IN-WONDER(R)
RADEON(TM) 8500DV multimedia graphics board is now shipping to retail
stores in North America.
With a manufacturer's suggested list price of (US) $399, the ALL-IN-WONDER
RADEON 8500DV is the latest addition to the award-winning, marketshare-leading
"ALL-IN-WONDER RADEON 8500DV was designed to maximize entertainment
and creativity on the PC, complementing home theaters and desktop
digital creation projects," said Blair Birmingham, Group Product
Manager, TV PC Multimedia Products, ATI Technologies Inc. "Once
again, ATI offers customers a single video card for a variety of
different multimedia applications - all backed by great ATI graphics
and video leadership, plus strong ATI support and quality design."
ALL-IN-WONDER RADEON 8500DV offers many new and highly
-- IEEE 1394 standard DV (digital video) connection,
giving digital video enthusiasts the ability to connect digital
camcorders and other IEEE 1394 devices;
-- Remote control via RF (radio frequency) for quick and easy access
to all the cool TV, video, DVD (digital versatile disk) and gaming
features of ALL-IN-WONDER RADEON 8500DV from another room in the
house (requires USB (universal serial bus);
-- ATI Multimedia Center 7.5 that provides a full range of multimedia
functions: DVD Player; TV with fully integrated Interactive Program
Guide; Video CD Player; File Player; CD Audio Player; and Media
-- Optional future upgrade - Component output (also known as YPrPb)
to connect ALL-IN-WONDER RADEON 8500DV to Digital TVs for superior
visual quality (North America only).
Other ALL-IN-WONDER RADEON 8500DV features include:
-- Revolutionary all-in-one 3D, TV and video experience;
-- RADEON(TM) 8500 GPU (graphics processor unit)
(megabyte) DDR (double data rate) memory for incredible 3D
-- Stereo TV-tuner with 125 channels;
-- Analog and digital video capture and editing;
-- Gemstar-TV Guide's GUIDE Plus+(TM) system, an
program guide (North America only), to view and search TV
listings by category, actor/performer, or date - all the
benefits of a Personal Video Recorder (PVR) without the
-- Enhanced TV-ON-DEMAND(TM) PVR for instant replays,
TV or record live broadcasts for later viewing;
-- Teletext support in Europe;
-- DVD video playback with Dolby(R) AC-3 digital
-- First multimedia graphics board to fully support
new DirectX 8.1 specification, an integral part of the new
Microsoft Windows(R) XP operating system; and,
-- Backed by quality customer support from ATI, ALL-IN-WONDER
RADEON 8500DV offers support for Windows(R) Me, Windows XP,
and Windows(R) 2000.
For more information, visit www.ati.com.
Dec 11 - Philips Semiconductors
Delivers More Than Three Million Bluetooth Units. Philips Semiconductors,
a division of Royal Philips Electronics (NYSE:PHG)(AEX:PHI), today
announced that it has shipped more than three million Bluetooth(TM)
chipsets worldwide. The first- and second-generation Bluetooth chipsets
from Philips Semiconductors have helped pioneer wireless connectivity
in business and consumer solutions worldwide.
In 1999 Philips Semiconductors became the first chip manufacturer
to introduce commercially available Bluetooth baseband solutions
to the wireless market, and the company launched a complete system
solution in early 2000. The company continues to lead the drive
to deliver Bluetooth wireless technology for customers' voice and
As the market has developed, Philips Semiconductors has continued
to offer highly integrated, high-volume Bluetooth solutions. By
supplying key competencies in all of the emerging wireless technologies
-- including Bluetooth, IEEE 802.11a/b, ZigBee and 1394 -- the company
is able to provide complete chipsets for wireless applications together
with the system-level expertise needed to provide optimal hardware
and software solutions to customers.
"This announcement demonstrates our ability to reliably ship
high volumes of Bluetooth chipsets," said Francisco Ferrer,
product line manager, Personal Area Networks, at Philips Semiconductors.
"Philips Semiconductors has continued to ramp-up Bluetooth
shipments throughout 2001, and in 2002 we expect to see massive
market growth as Bluetooth wireless technology enters new markets."
Bluetooth is a low-cost, radio-based technology that provides an
open standard for short-range wireless communications. Designed
to enable wireless transmission of data signals, Bluetooth technology
eliminates the need for cables. The technology is already capable
of connecting a wide range of communications devices such as handsets,
PDAs and computers, and is revolutionizing connectivity in electronic
For more information, visit www.semiconductors.philips.com.
Dec 11 - Sprint and Toshiba
Join Forces to Deliver Wireless Connectivity. Sprint (NYSE:FON)
(NYSE:PCS), which operates the largest all-digital, all-CDMA nationwide
network in the United States, today announced an agreement with
Toshiba America Information Systems, Inc. (TAIS), Computer Systems
Group (CSG), to work together to bring mobility solutions to business
customers that help increase their productivity and competitive
Toshiba will act as an authorized original equipment manufacturer
(OEM) to resell Sprint PCS wireless data products and services to
business customers as part of the Sprint PCS Business Solutions
"Our relationship with Toshiba provides a tremendous opportunity
to provide flexible options for business customers looking for simple,
affordable mobility solutions that increase productivity, reduce
costs, enhance customer service and provide a powerful competitive
advantage," said Jed Dodd, vice president, sales operations,
Sprint PCS. "More importantly, Sprint PCS is committed to providing
end-to-end solutions to business customers through the Sprint PCS
Clear Wireless Workplace. Our agreement with Toshiba enables us
to further extend our reach to the enterprise market to make these
solutions available through a well-connected and extensive business
"Working together with Sprint PCS is a key part of the Toshiba
Mobility Strategy aimed at keeping our customers connected and productive
wherever they are on the Sprint PCS nationwide network," said
Rod Keller, executive vice president, Toshiba CSG. "Whether
accessing critical data, or sending email while waiting for a flight,
the combination of a Toshiba notebook with a Sprint PCS Wireless
Web Modem is a powerful productivity package that ultimately impacts
the bottom line."
Beginning in the first quarter of 2002, business customers will
be able to purchase the Sprint PCS Wireless Web Modem through Toshiba's
business sales force. Using the Sprint PCS Wireless Web Modem, business
customers can access the Internet, intranet or other corporate applications
on their Toshiba notebooks when they are mobile anywhere on the
Sprint PCS nationwide network, turning downtime into productive
time. The device fits into a PCMCIA Type II slot on a Windows-based
laptop or handheld device to provide wireless connectivity without
cables or wires.
For more information, visit www.shoptoshiba.com
Dec 11 - Most Professionls
Will Adopt Portable Wireless Solutions by 2005. Over the next
three to five years, Internet users expect to access the Internet
by using a variety of wireless devices. For business Internet users,
the top devices mentioned were wireless modem (56 percent), a cell
phone (51 percent), a PDA (50 percent) or a laptop computer (43
percent). Residential Internet users expect to connect with many
different devices including laptop computers (35 percent), cell
phones (33 percent) and wireless modems (32 percent).
Furthermore, two-thirds of business users and nearly one-half of
residential users show a high level of interest in portable wireless
Additional Research Results
- Outside North America, wireless is becoming a substitute
for wireline residential use. Coupled with the demand for broadband
Internet access, this creates an international market of more than
700 million wireline users that can be served with broadband wireless
- One-half of the business Internet users surveyed have high-speed
Internet connections at work. Over the next five years, there are
increasing expectations for high-speed and wireless Internet access
as Internet penetration reaches 80% in the business sector.
- Desktop computers and laptops are the most common devices used
by businesspeople to connect to the Internet. Increasingly, cell
phones and PDAs are becoming more common. 29% currently access using
a cell phone and 15% currently access using a personal digital assistant
- The majority of Residential Internet users currently connect to
the Internet with dial-up modems. In the next five years, many expect
to change to higher-speed or wireless access. 83% of Residential
Internet users connect via a dial-up modem. In the next five years,
65% of Residential Internet users expect to have a different primary
means of connection: cable modem (23%), DSL (13%), wireless (22%).
Dec 10 - MicronPC Introduces
Two New High Performance Notebooks. MicronPC, a Gores Technology
Group company, today announced the introduction of two new wireless-ready
notebook computers -- the TransPort(R) GX2 and the TransPort XT2
The TransPort GX2 desktop-replacement notebook has a 3-spindle design
that emphasizes performance, flexibility, ease-of-use and advanced
biometric security technology. The TransPort XT2 offers a powerful
and highly flexible notebook in a lightweight 2-spindle form factor.
"The TransPort GX2 and TransPort XT2 notebooks combine cutting-edge
mobile performance and built-in wireless connectivity in sleek but
durable new industrial designs," said Paul Petersen, vice president
of product marketing and development for MicronPC. "These new
products reflect MicronPC's strong commitment to offer our small/medium
business and government customers the highest computing power available
to the mobile professional today including new security features
and a wide variety of notebook accessories."
The TransPort GX2 and TransPort XT2 notebooks have
built-in 802.11b wireless-ready capability, facilitating the sharing
of information by users in an existing wireless network environment.
Today's typical notebook user relies heavily on connecting to the
Internet, accessing network resources such as printers and servers,
exchanging files, swapping e-mails, and updating calendar and scheduling
tasks. Organizations can provide individual users the freedom to
work more conveniently from almost anywhere by implementing a wireless
network solution from MicronPC that includes TransPort GX2 or TransPort
XT2 notebooks, access points, and installation services.
To address the growing security concerns of many
IT managers, MicronPC has integrated a multi-layered user authentication
system using fingerprint recognition biometrics into the TransPort
GX2. Biometrics security systems -- such as fingerprint-readers,
retina-scanning lasers and similar technologies -- are much more
difficult to breach than traditional password user-authentication
systems. This provides increased security for an organization's
intellectual property, and confidential customer and personnel information.
A high degree of flexibility and security is integrated
into the design of the TransPort GX2. Available in two LCD sizes
-- a 14.1-inch XGA (1024x768) TFT and a 15-inch SXGA+ (1400x1050)
-- the TransPort GX2 allows for full-screen, clear resolution scaling
from 640x480 and up. Unlike preceding GX/GX+ models, the TransPort
GX2 will also support a second battery in the modular device bay,
thus virtually doubling the system's battery life. Additionally,
it includes up to 30GB hard drive capacity, ATI M6 graphics, and
an IEEE 1394 FireWire port plus 2 USB ports that let you expand
the capability of your notebook by connecting to a wide variety
of accessories and peripheral devices. A TransPort GX2 sample configuration
is provided below:
-- The Intel(R) Mobile Pentium(R) III-M processor
1GHz featuring Intel SpeedStep(TM) technology (1.2GHz processor
-- 15.0-inch SXGA+ Active Matrix display
-- 256MB PC133 SDRAM
-- 20GB hard disk drive
-- Integrated 56k v.90 modem
-- Integrated 10/100 Ethernet
-- Floppy diskette drive
-- External module bay and IDE module bay cable
-- Microsoft(R) Windows(R) XP Professional and three-year depot
-- Price: $2,249
More information can be found at www.micronpc.com.
Dec 10 - Sims Digital Launches
Voice Recorder/FM Radio. Sims Digital today launched their new
Voice Pen SVR-S1545FM, which holds over 16 hours of high quality
voice recording and includes the ability to listen, record, archive,
and email live FM programming. With the included Digital Clock and
Alarm function, users can pre-set a time in which to record the
FM program automatically and then either listen to, upload to the
their PC or quickly email their recordings or voice messages to
colleagues, friends, or family. Recipients of the voice mail receive
the message as an email, including the message player software,
which instantly launches when opened to play the message.
Voice Pen SVR-S1545FM may be used by speaking into the built in
microphone or can be used to record a meeting by using the included
plug-in microphone. Users may also record a phone conversation with
the included phone adapter and immediately email the message to
a business associate who could not be present.
"We see this as an incredible tool for business professionals,"
said Richard Oh, marketing manager for Sims Digital. "To have
the ability to record a live FM programming or business meeting
and then immediately email the meeting to others has just not been
so easy until now."
Voice Pen SVR-S1545FM comes with many useful functions, like VOR,
Microphone Sensitivity Selection and Intro Scan. Included with the
Voice Pen are such accessories as Voice Manager Software, Ear Phones,
Phone Adapter, Microphone, Line Out, USB Cable, and Batteries. Voice
Pen SVR-S1545FM is now available at www.simsdigital.com
and local retail stores for the MSRP of $249.00.
Dec 10 - Digital Global Network
Unveils Small MP3 Player. Digital Global Network, the company
behind the popular MPIO digital audio products in the U.S., today
introduced the newest of their MP3 Players, the MPIO-DMK.
Packing a full 128MB of internal memory, the MPIO-DMK is about the
size of a lipstick or key holder, weighs only 29 grams and can be
comfortably held inside the palm of your hand, latched on the provided
belt-clip, arm-strap or worn as a necklace to allow users to enjoy
over 2 hours of music.
Both PC and Mac compatible, the DMK includes such features as USB
support for quick download speed of 5.5 Mbps and backlit LCD displaying
track information in several languages, such as English, Spanish,
German, Japanese, Korean, Chinese and French.
The MPIO-DMK MP3 Player is truly one of the smallest MP3 players
that have yet to be introduced to the market, said Joseph
Lee, President of DGN. With the incredible small size and large
memory capacity, this player offers the best of both worlds for
The MPIO-DMK is available now for purchase for $179.00 for the 64MB
version and $209.00 for the 128 MB Version.
For more information visit www.mpio.com.
Dec 9 - Sunday Shopping
Watch. This is the eleventh Sunday since Microsoft's newest
operating system, Windows XP, began to be bundled with new computers.
Finally we are seeing pricing starting to go down on low-end systems.
Retailers are offering significant discounts on desktops and laptops.
Windows XP became available for separate purchase on October 25th.
For more information on Windows XP visit Microsoft's
Windows XP home page.
This Sunday's Special Discounts and Financing.
In addition to sales on specific items, the following store-wide
sales are advertised this week.
Best Buy is giving away 1 year of free MSN with any computer
purchase. Additionally, they are advertising $100 mail-in rebates
on all desktop packages and no interest financing until January
2003 on all computers $299 and up.
City is advertising $100
instant rebates on all Pentium 4 and AMD desktop packages and no
interest financing until January 2003 on all desktop packages and
notebook computers. They are also offering $100 mail-in rebates
on AMD processor notebooks.
Office Depot has no store-wide
sales this Sunday (individual items may be on sale).
CompUSA is offering $100 off
any advertised Pentium 4 1.5 GHz or 1.7 GHz complete system. They
are also offering no interest financing until January 2003 on purchases
Staples No ad this Sunday.
Rebates. Most stores are no longer advertising 3 year Internet
rebates. Check with your local store before you buy. Please see
our article, What You Need to Know
About Internet Rebates and Free PCs, for an in-depth discussion
of Internet Rebates.
Definitions. A complete 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).
* Prices discussed in this article. Advertisers
typically deduct the $400 Internet rebate from an items true price.
We report all prices without subtracting the $400 Internet rebate,
however all other rebates and discounts are usually subtracted.
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.
Best Deals this Sunday
Price* (see above)
Best Celeron Deal
HP 1.1 GHz complete system
Best Pentium III System
Best Pentium 4 System
Sony 1.5 GHz complete system
Best Duron System
Best Athlon System
HP 1.3 GHz complete system
Best Athlon XP System
Compaq 1800+ with LCD monitor complete system
Best Low Cost Notebook
Toshiba 1 GHz Celeron with DVD
Best High-end Notebook
Sony Athlon 4 1 GHz with CD-RW/DVD
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 the highlights 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 to make informed buying decisions.
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