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Feb 28 NVIDIA Introduces GeForce3 For The PC
Feb 28 Intel Innovative PC Awards Expand to Include Mobile and Business Designs
Feb 28 Production-Ready USB 2.0 Products to be Paraded at Intel Developer Forum
Feb 28 Intel introduces new Low Voltage Mobile Pentium III 700
Feb 28 Toshiba announces Ultra-Light, Ultra-Slim Portege 3490CT
Feb 27 Kentron Technologies Showcases Quad Band Memory Technology at IDF
Feb 27 NVIDIA Expands Family of GeForce2 Go Mobile GPUs
Feb 27 Intel Announces Technical Features of Wireless Web Tablet
Feb 27 In-System Design Demos First Compliant USB 2.0 Peripheral Chip
Feb 27 Intel Unveils World's First Single-Chip Gigabit Ethernet Controller
Feb 26 Intel Developer Forum Conference Starts Today
Feb 26 Micron Announces Chipset Development Supporting DDR Memory and Intel's Pentium III Server Processor
Feb 26 Free Multipass Software Gives Palm Users Better Security
Feb 25 Sunday Shopping Watch
Feb 24 Lucent Technologies Confirmed as Leader in Emerging DSL Equipment Markets
Feb 24 Visioneer and HP Each Hold 32% Market Share in U.S. Retail Scanner Sales
Feb 23 NVIDIA Introduces GeForce3 for Macintosh
Feb 23 Compaq announces new Athlon Presarios with DDR RAM
Feb 23 Novatel Wireless and Sprint to Deliver High Speed Wireless PC Card for PalmV
Feb 23 Dell Leads in Workstation Shipments Worldwide
Feb 22 Panasonic Third-Generation Toughbook is Wireless and GPS-Ready
Feb 22 Redefines its Free Internet Service
Feb 22 Xircom Expands Wireless Portfolio With Debut of GPRS PC Card
Feb 22 U.S. Robotics Completes Testing of 56K V.92 Modem Standard
Feb 21 IBM Announces ThinkPad TransNote, World's First Portfolio Notebook Computer
Feb 21 MIPS Technologies Unveils Next-Generation Smart Card Technology
Feb 21 IPWireless Deploys Groundbreaking Broadband Wireless Technology
Feb 21 Intel Announces First E-Marketplace for Product Dealers
Feb 20 Central Command Offers Free Online Virus Protection
Feb 20 Hitachi and PolyTrax Successfully Test High Speed Power Line Modem
Feb 19 Nokia Provides Wireless Broadband for Homes in North America
Feb 18 Sunday Shopping Watch
Feb 17 ALi Announces Intel Pentium 4 Processor Chipset Licensing Agreement
Feb 17 Covad Postpones Earnings Call
Feb 16 Dell Reduces Workforce by 4 Percent
Feb 16 New Intel Pentium 4 Processor Advertising Campaign to Begin Soon
Feb 16 Registry Magic Demonstrates First Ever Bluetooth Hotel Guest Services
Feb 16 Worldwide Mobile Phone Sales Increased 46 Percent in 2000

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February 28 - NVIDIA Introduces GeForce3 For The PC. Just 5 days after the original announcement for the Macintosh platform, NVIDIA Corporation (Nasdaq:NVDA) announced today the GeForce3(TM) GPU (graphics processing unit) for the PC.
The GeForce3 GPU is based on a radical new graphics architecture that will offer breakthrough graphics to multiple markets, including the desktop PC and the Macintosh(R) platforms. This groundbreaking GPU includes the same core technology as NVIDIA's highly anticipated Xbox GPU (XGPU) for Microsoft's Xbox(TM) game console.
"Over the next several years we will create dramatic advances in 3D technology," stated Jen-Hsun Huang, president and CEO of NVIDIA. "Rich 3D graphics are the essence of a variety of digital appliances, from workstations to PCs to game consoles, like Microsoft's Xbox. The GeForce3 GPU represents a quantum leap forward in computer graphics and will redefine these platforms."
GeForce3's nfiniteFX(TM) engine includes hardware support for the vertex and pixel shading technology recently licensed to Microsoft for DirectX(R) 8. This breakthrough technology will dramatically change the visual quality and performance of Microsoft-based PC and console platforms.
NVIDIA's nfiniteFX Engine The GeForce3 GPU's nfiniteFX engine gives developers the ability to program a virtually infinite number of special effects and custom looks. Instead of every developer choosing from the same hard-coded palette of capabilities and ending up with a generic look and feel, application developers can specify personalized combinations of graphics operations and create an unlimited list of their own effects. Two architectural advancements enable the nfiniteFX engine's programmability and its multitude of effects: Vertex Shaders and Pixel Shaders.
Vertex Shaders inject personality into characters and environments. The vertex processing capabilities allow characters to move and show facial emotion, materials to stretch, and the scene to come alive. By customizing the skinning and motion, developers can create an appropriate personality, intensifying the impact of the visualization or animation.
Pixel Shaders create ambiance with materials and surfaces that mimic reality. Amazingly realistic material effects replace the artificial, computerized look with high-impact organic surfaces. Characters now have facial hair and blemishes, golf balls have dimples, a red chair gains a subtle leather look, and wood exhibits texture and grain. By altering the lighting and surface effects, artists are able to manipulate colors, textures, or shapes and generate complex, realistic scenes.
Exciting new PCs equipped with GeForce3 will be available next month. See the related story on the GeForce3 for Mac below.

February 28 - Intel Innovative PC Awards Expand to Include Mobile and Business Designs. Intel Corporation today announced the expansion of the Intel Innovative PC Awards to include mobile and business desktop designs that raise the bar in performance, personality and simplicity.
At a ceremony held at Spring Intel Developer Forum (IDF), Vice President and General Manager Louis Burns, Intel Desktop Platforms Group, presented Innovative PC Awards for the Compaq iPAQ, Compaq Presario 800, Dell Latitude C800, Fujitsu-Siemens Jetson, Samsung SENS 760, Sony Digital Studio PCV-RX380DS and SOTEC AFiNA AV.
Compaq iPAQ The iPAQ comes legacy-free but contains a port adaptor to address older component needs. Six Universal Serial Bus (USB) ports provide plug-and-play expansion and don't require getting under the desk to add peripherals. Easy one-tool access ensures security while at the same time providing quick and pain-free access to internal components. This easy experience is enhanced by an Intel Pentium(R) III processor running at 850 MHz and backed by 128 MB of RAM. Instantly Available power management ensures the PC is always available and always ready while consuming very low power.
Compaq Presario 800 The Compaq Presario 800 offers stylish color, a lightweight design and has one-touch features for a unique experience in mobility. Designed for convenience and ease of use, it has easy one-touch Internet and e-mail access and features a four-way scroll button for easy use of applications. The rewriteable compact disk (CD-RW) drive provides an easy way to transfer files, create music CDs and experience fun entertainment. There is a Personal Computer Memory Card International Association (PCMCIA) card slot and two USB ports to allow quick and easy expansion. Sleek style, innovative technology and easy one-touch applications make this system an Innovative PC notebook.
Dell Latitude C800 Defying the trend of "less is more," Dell's Latitude C800 comes packed with enough features to be the envy of the desktop. Users can watch DVD movies through its large video screen, making them forget it is a notebook. An S-video output port allows users to extend the DVD experience or a presentation to a TV screen. This versatile notebook still takes computing seriously with its Pentium III processor at 850 MHz and 128 MB of RAM. An integrated wireless antenna makes the Dell Latitude ready for a wireless solution.
Fujitsu-Siemens Jetson The Fujitsu-Siemens Jetson's attractive silver industrial design is not only sleek, but also functional. Front panel ports provide the user with a quick and easy way to connect peripherals. A quiet fan delivers a computing experience without distraction. Although compact, the Jetson does not sacrifice performance with its Intel Pentium III processor at 933 MHz, and 128 MB of RAM.
Sony Digital Studio PVC-RX380DS The blue power light on the Sony Digital Studio is the first sign that this system doesn't lack personality. It also doesn't lack power with its high-performance Pentium(R) 4 processor at 1.5 GHz. The attractive lavender trim and covered drives present a smooth, uncluttered front view. The combination hardware and software package packs a video, photo and audio production studio into a small box. Other features include 128 MB RAM, four USB ports and two Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) 1394 connectors that provide plenty of flexibility for adding external peripherals. The keyboard boasts five user-definable keys, allowing users to tailor to their needs.
Samsung SENS 760 The Samsung SENS 760 is a laptop with style, class and incredible features. It combines true business features with a consumer flair to create the ultimate in mobility. It's thin, light and makes for easy transport to and from the home and office. The docking station ensures access to peripherals when users need them, and they can be left at home when they don't. Business applications are fun and powerful with the Samsung SENS. With three USB ports and the Intel Pentium III Processor 500 MHz, it provides the technology necessary to be effective in the ever-changing business world.
SOTEC AFiNA AV The SOTEC AFiNA AV's metallic silver and blue case immediately captures attention. This trendy little PC appeals to the entertainment aficionado. An audio optical port makes this PC ready for connecting to a home stereo system. The AFiNA AV's innovative combination of PC functionality and consumer electronics components make it truly a PC designed for the living room. This playful PC packs a punch with its Intel Pentium III processor at 866 MHz and 128 MB of RAM. A remote control is included to control the DVD and video features of the PC.
About the Intel Innovative PC Recognition Awards The Innovative PC Awards were first given at Fall 1999 IDF and have grown to receive worldwide recognition. As part of the Intel ease of use initiative, Intel works with the PC industry to make mobile, business and consumer PCs easier for people to use. The Innovative PC Awards are a way to highlight superior PC designs that measurably advance PC setup, use, expansion and maintenance.
For more information about the Intel Innovative PC Recognition program, visit

February 28 - Production-Ready USB 2.0 Products to be Paraded at Intel Developer Forum. USB 2.0, which to consumers is better known as "Hi-Speed USB," is among the new technologies being showcased this week at the Spring 2001 Intel Developer Forum (IDF) in San Jose.
Through product demonstrations, displays and technical sessions, USB 2.0 will affirm to thousands of developers that the technology which extends the speed of the peripheral-to-PC connection up to 40 times over existing capabilities is market ready. This milestone comes exactly two years - or four IDF conferences -- since the formation of the USB 2.0 Promoters Group, which was responsible for the USB 2.0 specification. The group consists of Agere Systems (formerly Lucent), Compaq, Hewlett-Packard, Intel, Microsoft, NEC and Philips Semiconductors.
During IDF, the USB Implementers Forum pavilion will host many USB 2.0-enabled hosts, hubs and peripheral devices that are on the cusp of market introductions, some as early as this spring. The peripheral devices, some of which were just prototypes at last August's IDF, include scanners and various kinds of storage, including CD/RW, hard drives and DVD. Many of these products are powered by silicon that has already been certified by passing the USB-IF compliance testing, including NEC host controllers and In-System Design IDE bridge chips. Packaging for these and other certified products bear the new "Hi-Speed USB" logo, one of two new emblems introduced by the USB-IF at Comdex in November.
Products using the increased bandwidth of USB 2.0, which extends the speed of the peripheral-to-PC connection to up to 480 Mbps (up from 12 Mbps on USB 1.1), may display a blue, white and red logo bearing the words "Certified" and "Hi-Speed." Peripherals running at 12 Mbps are identified with a logo that is identical except for the absence of the "Hi-Speed" banner; many products such as keyboards, mice, joysticks and audio speakers do not require the faster speed of the new USB 2.0 technology. The USB-IF is starting to promote the benefits of the new logo in the retail channel in addition to such industry events as IDF.
This week at IDF, several exhibiting companies will announce the introduction or production of Hi-Speed USB products. These include NEC announcing volume production of a USB 2.0 host controller device, and MicroTek announcing and demonstrating a Hi-Speed USB scanner using NetChip Technology's NET2270 USB 2.0 device controller. Gain Technology announced that Intel is licensing its Hi-Speed Digital PHY technology to Gain for inclusion in new Gain Hi-Speed Macrocell products. Several other retail product vendors, including Belkin and Orange Micro, have already announced retail add-in cards and hubs that will start shipping over the next few months.
The non-profit USB Implementers Forum Inc. was formed to provide a support organization and forum for the advancement and adoption of USB technology. The USB-IF facilitates the development of high-quality, compatible USB devices, and promotes the benefits of USB and the quality of products that have passed compliance testing. Further information, including postings of the most recent product and technology announcements, is available by visiting the USB-IF Web site at

February 28 - Intel introduces new Low Voltage Mobile Pentium III 700. Intel Corporation today announced a new addition to its family of low-power processors for small mobile PCs.
The Low Voltage mobile Pentium(R) III processor 700 MHz featuring Intel(R) SpeedStep(TM) technology delivers the best performance, lowest power consumption and extended battery life to new categories of mini-notebooks weighing less than 3 pounds. This processor is shipping in volume today with systems available from leading PC vendors.
"Intel is absolutely committed to developing mobile processors and technologies to deliver the best mobile experience," said Don MacDonald, marketing director of Intel's Mobile Platforms Group. "This power-efficient mobile processor consumes less than 1 watt of power while delivering the best performance and extended battery life available today for mini notebooks."
Intel's Low-Power Technologies All of Intel's mobile processors are specially engineered to meet the performance, power, cooling and size requirements of mobile PCs. The Mobile Pentium III processor featuring Intel SpeedStep technology can dynamically switch clock frequency and voltage, depending on whether the computer is running on batteries or is plugged into AC power.
When running in Battery Optimized Mode, the processor runs at a lower frequency and lower voltage, significantly lowering CPU power consumption while still delivering high performance. When a user plugs into an AC outlet, the notebook automatically switches to Maximum Performance Mode, increasing the frequency significantly. Users also have the freedom to select the Maximum Performance Mode even while running on batteries. Making the switch is as easy as clicking an icon at the bottom of the screen -- and no reboot is required.
In addition, Intel's 0.18-micron process technology enables processors to operate at the lowest voltage in the industry while Intel's QuickStart technology can instantaneously start or power down the processor to minimal power levels when the processor is not in use -- even between keystrokes while typing.
Intel's new Low Voltage mobile Pentium III processor featuring Intel SpeedStep technology at 700 MHz is the fastest mobile processor for mini-notebooks. In Maximum Performance Mode the processor runs at 700 MHz and operates at 1.35 volts. In Battery Optimized Mode both clock frequency and voltage are scaled down and the processor runs at 500 MHz, at 1.1 volts, while consuming less than 1 watt of average power.
In 1,000-unit quantities, in Ball Grid Array (BGA) packaging, the Low Voltage mobile Pentium III processor 700 MHz featuring Intel SpeedStep technology is priced at $316. The processor features a 100 MHz system bus; 256 Kilobyte full-speed Advanced Transfer Cache; Advanced System Buffering; and Streaming SIMD extensions for higher system performance. Intel can be found on the Web at

February 28 - Toshiba announces Ultra-Light, Ultra-Slim Portege 3490CT. The Computer Systems Group (CSG) of Toshiba America Information Systems, Inc. (TAIS) today announced the arrival of the ultra-thin Portege 3490CT portable computer.
Measuring a mere .08-inches thin and weighing only 3.4-pounds, the Portege 3490CT builds on the award-winning Portege 3000 series platform and adds the new low voltage Mobile Intel Pentium III 700MHz processor, 20 billion byte hard drive and expanded memory. The system is designed to support mainstream business applications, offers up to nine hours of battery life (with optional high capacity battery slice) and allows customers to stay productive anytime, even in limited workspace conditions such as airline seating.
The Portege 3490CT offers several compact and lightweight storage and expansion accessories. The product comes standard with a LAN Port Replicator, which features Ethernet connectivity and a full array of ports. The optional Multimedia Port Replicator offers one SelectBay(R) modular bay for use with Toshiba's slimline DVD-ROM, second hard disk, Zip(R) and LS120 SelectBay drives, and a full array of connectivity for desktop expansion and additional storage requirements. Additionally, the slimline SelectBay DVD-ROM, Zip and LS120 drive modules are compatible with Toshiba's Tecra(R) notebook line, maximizing a user's investment with the added bonus of interoperability between product lines.
Available through, traditional distribution channels, VARs and mail order partners at $2,499 (Windows 2000); $2,399 (Windows 98).

February 27 - Kentron Technologies Showcases Quad Band Memory Technology at IDF. Kentron Technologies, a leader in advanced memory platforms, will showcase its innovative QBM (Quad Band Memory) technology; QBM is a technology that doubles the bandwidth of today's fastest memory ICs. The demonstration will take place at Kentron's booth (No. 828) at the Intel Developer Forum, February 26 - March 1, 2001 at the San Jose Convention Center.
Kentron will demonstrate how QBM increases overall system performance by doubling the transfer data rate between the processor and main memory. Applications such as Network Servers, Routers, Telecommunications and Internet hardware can utilize QBM to reduce memory bottlenecks. QBM may also be applied to wireless, portable and point-to-point applications in the graphics and consumer marketplace.
QBM consists of two standard SDRAM DDR devices operating simultaneously in separate banks at nominal speed (100 7/8133Mhz). One of the banks is synchronized with host clock while the other bank operates with a 90-degrees phase difference. The data input/output from each bank is tied to a FET. The FET operates like a switch to pack data from both banks along the same bus. This "bit packing technique" yields 4 bits of data for every clock cycle vs. 2 bits/cycle with standard DDR operation and 1 bit with standard SDRAM. Kentron Technologies can be found on the Web at

February 27 - NVIDIA Expands Family of GeForce2 Go Mobile GPUs. NVIDIA(R) Corporation (Nasdaq:NVDA) today introduced the NVIDIA GeForce2 Go(tm) 100 and 200 GPUs designed for the mainstream mobile market.
Featuring a 45% reduction in package size for thin and light notebooks, the GeForce2 Go 100 and 200 mobile GPUs are designed to provide mainstream notebook computers with the 3D, 2D and multimedia performance previously available only on desktop PCs.
Featuring the smallest package ever for a notebook PC graphics processor, GeForce2 Go solutions use less real estate than competing solutions with integrated memory. Utilizing dynamic software and hardware power management techniques, GeForce2Go 100 is also an extremely power efficient solution consuming as little as 0.5 watts.
The GeForce2 Go family now offers three GPUs - the original GeForce2 Go (128-bit SDR solution); GeForce2 Go 100 (32-bit DDR solution); and the GeForce2 Go 200 (64-bit DDR solution). Based on the award-winning GeForce2 Go architecture, introduced in November 2000, GeForce2 Go 100 & 200 feature an extremely small GPU package. This new package paired with discrete memory, gives OEMs the flexibility to pack the graphics subsystem into the limited spaces - common in notebook motherboard designs.
The GeForce2 Go GPUs delivers unmatched performance for notebook systems. The hardware transform and lighting processor on the GeForce2 Go offloads computationally intense geometry calculations from the CPU and produces up to 17 million triangles per second. The GeForce2 Go 100/200 dual pixel pipeline renders up to 250/286 million pixels per second. And the Geforce2 Go delivers this industry-leading performance while running at only 1.575V, resulting in the lowest dynamic power consumption. NVIDIA can be found on the Web at

February 27 - Intel Announces Technical Features of Wireless Web Tablet. Intel today announced key technical features of the wireless Intel(R) Web Tablet, a unique Internet device that shares the home PC's Internet connection, processing power and printer to allow consumers to access the Web from anywhere in the home.
Previewed at the 2001 International Consumer Electronics Show as a concept product that extends the value of the home PC, the Intel Web Tablet is based on the Intel StrongARM(a) SA-1110 processor and Intel StrataFlash(TM) memory; Wind River's WindStorm(a), VxWorks real-time operating system and Personal Jworks(a); the Espial Escape(a) embedded browser and Espial Espresso(a) Graphical User Interface (GUI) component tool kit; and BeComm's Strings(a) software for rich audio.
"To deliver a compelling wireless Internet experience, Intel selected technologies that will create a small, lightweight, high-performance device with a long battery life," said Michael Reed, director of marketing, Internet Tablet Operation, Intel. "The result is an innovative device that extends the value of powerful PCs, such as those based on the Intel Pentium(R) 4 processor, by allowing consumers to take the Web from the spare bedroom to the kitchen, family room or backyard."
The Intel Web Tablet is also based on Intel StrataFlash memory, a high-speed, low-power, high-density writable memory. Using the 3V Intel StrataFlash memory for code and data storage -- instead of a hard disk -- extends tablet battery life, improves performance, and enhances data integrity and security.
Intel intends to introduce the tablet in North America later this year. For more information on the Intel Web Tablet, please visit

February 27 - In-System Design Demos First Compliant USB 2.0 Peripheral Chip. In-System Design Inc. (ISD), a system-on-chip design company specializing in digital bridging solutions, is displaying the industry's first certified USB 2.0 I/O device for mass storage applications at the Intel Developers Forum.
Sample quantities of the ISD-300, which is based on NEC's USB 2.0 SERDES transceiver core and ISD's fourth-generation digital USB bridge technology, are currently available to electronics OEMs.
The introduction of the ISD-300 follows on the heels of strong interest in the ease-of-use and performance benefits inherent in USB 2.0 -- interest that is being driven by continued demand for laptop and sub-notebook computers, as well as an increase in the manufacture of lower cost, closed-box PCs. With a 40x increase in performance over USB 1.1, USB 2.0 is capable of supporting external storage devices at speeds equivalent to internal ATA drives.
"We have a solution today that meets the time-to-market demands of OEMs," noted Jack Wood, USB 2.0 Program Manager for In-System Design Inc. "Aside its inclusion on the USB-IF Integrators List, the ISD-300 is based on a flexible state machine architecture, which eliminates CPU integration headaches and the need for firmware development --another benefit in enhancing time-to-market performance for our OEM customers."
Visit the In-System Design Inc. Web site at

February 27 - Intel Unveils World's First Single-Chip Gigabit Ethernet Controller. Intel Corporation today began sampling the world's first single-chip Gigabit Ethernet controller, an advanced semiconductor device used to help direct the flow of data across networks.
The new single-chip controller will help accelerate the deployment of Gigabit Ethernet networks by greatly simplifying the design process for systems designers.Gigabit Ethernet networks allow the transmission of one billion individual bits of information per second. Gigabit Ethernet products from other companies require a complex board-level design to accommodate the multiple chips needed to carry out the same functions as Intel's single-chip solution.
The Intel(R) 82544EI Gigabit Ethernet Controller is about the size of a quarter and is more than 50 percent smaller than previous generations of controllers. In addition, the new device uses 50 percent less power, generates less heat and can help improve the reliability of systems. This makes it easier and less expensive for original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) to build Gigabit Ethernet network connections directly into servers, workstations or networking devices using a type of connection called LAN-on-motherboard (LOM).
The Intel 82544EI Gigabit Ethernet Controller also includes support for the PCI-X bus, to provide faster and more efficient networking. PCI-X helps alleviate communication bottlenecks within systems, improving the overall performance of the network.
Intel's single-chip controller provides support for copper- or fiber-based connections at speeds of 10, 100 or 1000 Mbps. Additional information is available at 82544ei.htm.

February 26 - Intel Developer Forum Conference Starts Today. Per Intel, "The Intel Developer Forum Conference, Spring 2001 is the premier event for hardware and software developers seeking vital technology insight and a competitive advantage. With over 250 sessions and labs, attendees will receive the essential technical information needed to build exciting new products.
Here are just a few of the areas that will be addressed: voice portals, carrier class Ethernet, handheld clients, InfiniBand, AGP 8X, peer to peer developments, optical communications, and 802.11b wireless solutions. Developers who want to tune their enterprise, Java or MPEG4 applications for the latest platforms will find answers and tools for success at IDF.
And, of course, IDF will serve up the very latest on Intel® Pentium® 4 and Intel® Itanium™ based platforms, together with the latest on the new Intel® XScale™ microarchitecture."
For more information of IDF visit Intel's web site.

February 26 - Micron Announces Chipset Development Supporting DDR Memory and Intel's Pentium III Server Processor. Micron Technology, Inc., (NYSE:MU) today announced a prototype of Copperhead (MT8LLN21PADF-A), its chipset utilizing DDR SDRAM memory technology and supporting the newest Intel(R) Pentium(R) III processors for the entry-level server market.
This chipset is the result of an agreement Micron and Intel signed in late 2000.
"Copperhead is designed to support Intel's next-generation processor and meet the needs of today's most demanding users," said Jeff Mailloux, Micron Technology, Inc.'s Director of Computing and Consumer. "Copperhead demonstrates Micron's commitment to provide our customers with resources to develop system-level products taking advantage of emerging DRAM technologies. As part of this agreement, we worked with Intel to incorporate new features and technologies into our product to benefit our customers."
Micron's Copperhead (MT8LLN21PADF-A) chipset supports up to 8GB of DDR 200 or 266 SDRAM memory and features a PCI-X bus as well as a 64-bit PCI 2.2 bus. Copperhead (MT8LLN21PADF-A) targets the entry-level server space. Micron expects availability of customer samples in the first half of calendar 2001 with production to follow later in the year. Micron is demonstrating a Copperhead-based system this week at the Intel Developer Forum Conference.
To learn more about Micron Technology, Inc., visit its web site at

February 26 - Free Multipass Software Gives Palm Users Better Security. Blueice Research has launched the Multipass security product allowing users of handheld computers to easily store and organize sensitive information without running the risk of unauthorized persons viewing it.
"Due to their high availability and their small size, mobile devices are prone to being lost or stolen. This places a strong requirement on the protection of sensitive information stored in the device," says Thomas Holmstrom, CEO of Blueice Reasearch.
The Multipass security client is a software product that protects sensitive information with strong encryption ensuring that only an authorized user can access the protected data. This provides a significantly higher level of security than a scenario where the information is merely protected with a PIN code.
The Multipass is available free of charge for personal use. It can be used in on-line mode when accessing applications via wireless technology. In this scenario the Multipass stores digital certificates and keys allowing for strong user identification and the digital signing of transactions.
Multipass v1.2 supports Palm OS 3.5 and higher. More platform support will soon be added an details of this are available from the Blueice Research web site. Download Multipass at

February 25 - Sunday Shopping Watch.
Special Discounts and Financing. In addition to special sales listed below, stores have special prices on items today and Monday for President's Day.
Best Buy
has a $100 instant rebate on all in-store desktop computer packages at speeds of 800 MHz or less. They are also offering no interest for 12 months on build-to-order systems and notebooks.
Circuit City has a $100 instant rebate on all in-store Intel Celeron desktop packages and notebooks. They also have a $150 bonus rebate on all build-to-order systems and notebooks.
Office Depot has no special store-wide sales this weekend.

CompUSA has no ad this Sunday.

Staples has no special store-wide sales this weekend .
Internet Rebates. All stores continue to offer the 3 year, $400 Internet Rebates. 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 built-to-order system is customized and 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).
* 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
Product Description
Price* (see above)
Best Celeron Deal
HP 700 MHz complete system
Best Buy, Circuit City
Best Low Cost Pentium III System
None advertised
Best High End Pentium III System
Compaq 933 MHz complete system
Best Buy, Circuit City
Best Pentium 4 System
Sony 1.3 GHz complete system
Circuit City
Best Duron System
Compaq 800 MHz Duron complete system
Best Buy
Best High End Athlon System
Compaq 1 GHz DDR build-to-order complete system
Best Buy
Best Low Cost Notebook
Compaq 700 MHz Celeron
Circuit City
Best High End Notebook
Sony 700 MHz Pentium III with DVD
Best Buy, Circuit City

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 have the same items, this article should help you to make informed buying decisions.

February 24 - Lucent Technologies Confirmed as Leader in Emerging DSL Equipment Markets. Lucent Technologies (NYSE: LU) today announced that new research by industry analysts affirms the company's worldwide leadership in the business-focused, symmetric digital subscriber line (SDSL) market. The reports also confirm Lucent's leading market positions in the emerging voice over DSL (VoDSL) and multi-tenant unit (MTU) DSL equipment markets.
No. 1 in SDSL
Lucent, the only major DSLAM vendor with leading market positions in both the business- and consumer-oriented DSL markets, was ranked No. 1 in SDSL port shipments for the fourth quarter of 2000 by Synergy Research Group, Dell'Oro Group, and Infonetics Research.
All three research firms listed Lucent as the top supplier of SDSL ports for the full year of 2000. According to Dell'Oro Group, Lucent's SDSL market share as measured by port shipments during the fourth quarter of 2000 increased to 58.6 percent, more than 46 points higher than its nearest competitor.
Looking ahead, Lucent is well-positioned to maintain its leadership in the business DSL market with its support of the new SHDSL (single-line high bit rate DSL) standard.
SHDSL, recently ratified by the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) as the first worldwide symmetric DSL technology standard, is expected to promote wide-range deployment of DSL for business services, which typically require symmetric (equal upstream and downstream) bandwidth. IDC expects SHDSL to represent 66 percent of the business DSL equipment market in 2004, up from essentially nothing in 2000.
"We expect SHDSL to be an important catalyst to DSL rollouts over the coming year," said Brad Baldwin from IDC. "Lucent's demonstrated leadership in the symmetric DSL market puts them in a prime position to sell into this space with a standards-compliant solution for SHDSL."
No. 1 in VoDSL
By measure of voice ports shipped, Lucent was the No. 1 vendor in the burgeoning VoDSL market in the fourth quarter of 2000, according to the Dell'Oro Group. This metric looks at the number of POTS (plain old telephone service) ports shipped on DSL integrated access device (IAD) systems. Likewise, Synergy Research Group ranked Lucent No. 1 in the IAD market by measure of both revenues and units shipped.
No. 1 in MTU
Infonetics also reported Lucent as the No. 1 vendor selling into the multi-tenant unit (MTU) DSL space. In this emerging market space, DSL equipment is deployed directly in commercial buildings rather than the carrier's central office (CO). This enables service providers to provide DSL to additional customers and at higher performance than possible with CO deployment since the equipment is closer to the customer. This proximity to the customer helps to solve the distance restrictions inherent in delivering DSL service.
For more information on Lucent Technologies, visit its Web site at

February 24 - Visioneer and HP Each Hold 32% Market Share in U.S. Retail Scanner Sales. Visioneer, a leader in intelligent imaging solutions, today announced that the company and their associated brands captured approximately 32% of the market share in U.S. Retail sales for color flatbed scanners according to PC Data.
"The PC Data numbers confirm the market's preference for Visioneer's high-quality, easy-to-use OneTouch flatbed scanners," said Murray L. Dennis, CEO and President of Visioneer, Inc.
"Unlike other button scanners that just launch the scanning software, the OneTouch buttons automate the entire process from scan-to-finish. It's the OneTouch technology that sets us apart in the market." "Visioneer has consistently been among the market share leaders in the retail scanner market for more than 2 years. Between HP and Visioneer, they accounted for 64% of the U.S. Retail market during the 4th quarter of 2000," said Stephen Baker, Vice-president of Technology Products Research and Analysis at PC Data.
During the month of December, the OneTouch 8100 was one among three Visioneer scanners listed in the top five best-selling SKU's. In addition, the OneTouch 8100 scanner has joined the ranks of other Visioneer OneTouch scanners as being the industry's third most-popular selling SKU for the entire year. This is, in part, due to its 42-bit color depth and 600 x 1200 dpi resolution, and its ease-of-use design with the press of a button to accomplish the most common of scanning tasks.
PC Data reported HP's Q4 of 2000 market share in U.S. Retail sales for color flatbed scanners was 32.2% while Visioneer and their associated brands held 31.7%. The third ranking brand owns only 13.3%. PC Data tracks and reports the sales of every software and hardware SKU by collecting sales data through various retail channels, providing the most comprehensive and reliable market research available for almost every computer-related product sold.
Visioneer and its products can be found on the World Wide Web at HP is located on the Web at

February 23 - NVIDIA Introduces GeForce3 for Macintosh - Providing the catalyst for a new graphics revolution, NVIDIA(R) Corporation (Nasdaq:NVDA) today introduced the world's most advanced graphics processor, the GeForce3TM GPU for the Macintosh(R) platform at Macworld Expo Tokyo 2001.
Powered by the new NVIDIA nfiniteFX(TM) engine the new GeForce3 GPU enables users to experience a rich, interactive environment. 3D scenes have ambiance with GeForce3 because objects appear photo realistic and custom lighting heightens drama and emotion. Characters and living creatures have organic behavior and unique expressions -- their personality emerges. Programmability and performance are the catalysts for this graphics revolution.
"This announcement comes just one month after the first NVIDIA-based Macintosh launch," stated Jen-Hsun Huang, president and CEO of NVIDIA. "We are excited to have the first public showing of GeForce3 at MacWorld Tokyo in Steve Jobs' keynote address. The combination of our new leading-edge technology with Apple's is going to send shock waves throughout the Macintosh community."
"Apple is proud to be able to introduce the most powerful graphics processing unit on the planet first on a Mac," said Philip Schiller, Apple's vice-president of Worldwide Product Marketing. "The all-new Power Mac G4 with Velocity Engine, when combined with the incredible NVIDIA GeForce3 GPU, delivers industry-leading computing and graphics performance to Mac customers."
About the GeForce3 - The GeForce3 is the world's most advanced GPU with more than 57 million transistors and the ability to perform more than 800 billion operations per second and 76 billion floating point operations per second (FLOPS). The GeForce3 GPU achieves an astounding 3.2 billion antialiased samples per second fill rate -- more than four times the performance of the award-winning GeForce2 Ultra and more than seven times the processing power of any competitive consumer graphics product. As do all of the GeForce family products, GeForce3 drives the most extreme resolutions and color depths of up to 2048x1536x32.
In addition, GeForce3 is:
-- The first fully programmable GPU -- the nfiniteFX(TM) Pixel Shader processor and Vertex Shader processor give developers the ability to program a virtually infinite number of special effects and custom looks.
-- The first high-resolution antialiasing (HRAA) GPU, featuring NVIDIA's patented Quincunx AA mode, for high-resolution, high-quality, high-performance multisampling capabilities.
-- A platform for advanced transform and lighting features, enabling more complex, visually exciting objects and scenes. -- OpenGL(R) 1.2 compatible.
-- Available in 64MB DDR SDRAM configuration that supports both the innovative Apple(R) Display Connector and the industry standard VGA connection.
Another key feature of GeForce3 is its high-definition video processor (HDVP) that enables a variety of crystal-clear HDTV solutions when combined with a mainstream CPU and a low-cost DTV receiver. The HDVP allows mainstream high-performance processors to support all 18 Advanced Television Standards Committee (ATSC) formats with a simple, cost-effective DTV receiver card.
Geforce3 graphics on the Power MacTM G4 will be available next month as a configure-to-order (CTO) option at the Apple Store ( and through Apple resellers. NVIDIA can be found on the Web at

February 23 - Compaq announces new Athlon Presarios with DDR RAM. AMD (NYSE:AMD) today announced that Compaq Computer Corporation (NYSE:CPQ) is now offering the Presario 7000Z, model 7QS, a 1.2GHz AMD Athlon(tm) processor-based platform that uses the innovative AMD-760(tm) chipset that supports DDR (Double Data Rate) memory technology.
DDR memory allows a PC to take full advantage of the proven performance of the AMD Athlon processor by increasing peak data throughput.
"This system allows people to experience the next generation of memory technology," said Pat Moorhead, vice president of Marketing at AMD's Computation Products Group. "With the addition of DDR memory, an AMD Athlon processor-based system can provide faster graphics and a better overall computing experience that brings the Internet to life. This system has twice the data-moving power, and a purchaser can find that he or she can get things done faster than ever before. We're pleased that Compaq has chosen to offer this exceptional platform."
"With the powerful combination of AMD Athlon processing and DDR memory technology, the Presario 7000Z is designed to satisfy the needs of even the most demanding users who require outstanding system performance for gaming, digital video editing, streaming audio and video and graphics applications," said Mark Vena, director of Compaq's CTO Desktop Product Marketing.
DDR memory is an evolutionary new technology that can double a PC's available memory data transfer rate while remaining comparable in cost to its predecessor, Synchronous Dynamic Random Access Memory (SDRAM). AMD supported DDR technology with the launch of its AMD-760(TM) chipset last October.
The Compaq Presario 7000Z will also be available with a 1.1GHz and 1GHz AMD Athlon processor and with a 266MHz or 200MHz front-side bus.
The Compaq Presario 7000z is available immediately through Compaq's "Built for You" kiosks at participating retailers, and on Compaq's Consumer Web site at
AMD can be found on the Web at

February 23 - Novatel Wireless and Sprint to Deliver High Speed Wireless PC Card for PalmV. Novatel Wireless, Inc. (Nasdaq:NVTL), a provider of wireless data communications access solutions, and Sprint PCS (NYSE:PCS), the fastest-growing all-digital, all-PCS voice and data nationwide wireless network, today announced plans to release the Merlin(TM) Wireless PC Card, based on Code Division Multiple Access (CDMA) technology for Sprint PCS and a handheld solution for the Palm V(R). The solution will enable the PC card to work in-conjunction with the Palm V(R).
"We are very pleased to announce that Sprint PCS has chosen Novatel Wireless to deliver the first 1xRTT PCMCIA upgradeable CDMA PC Card and a sleeve for the Palm V," said John Major, CEO of Novatel Wireless. "Sprint PCS continues to build on its market leadership by offering high-speed data solutions via the Sprint PCS Wireless Web for Business. Our innovative products will provide Sprint customers with 3G next generation connectivity products that enhance productivity for the professional on the go."
The PCMCIA Card solution will support 2G IS95A initially at launch and will be the first PC Card to offer software upgradeable to 1xRTT -- one of the first steps to 3G for Sprint PCS ensuring the fast, secure transfer of wireless data and a rich wireless Internet browsing experience using both PCs and PDAs. High-speed, next generation wireless technology will allow mobile users to access the Internet and corporate enterprise applications at speeds of up to 144 kbps.
This new device will become an integral part of the Sprint PCS Wireless Web for Business -- a portfolio of products and services aimed at providing solutions for enterprise customers to wirelessly extend their corporate applications to the mobile workforce. The companies can be found on the Web at and

February 23 - Dell Leads in Workstation Shipments Worldwide. Dell (Nasdaq:DELL), the world's leading direct computer systems company, holds the No. 1 position for workstation unit shipments worldwide in the fourth quarter of 2000, according to estimates by IDC.
Dell also captured the top spot for workstation shipments in Western Europe for the first time during the quarter -- making its Dell Precision Workstations the first product line from Dell to reach No. 1 in the market.
For calendar year 2000, Dell was No. 1 in worldwide total workstation marketshare with 25 percent and led in both unit shipments and revenue growth, at 54 percent and 47 percent respectively. Dell was one of only two Microsoft(R) Windows NT(R) vendors to show growth in both shipments and revenue for the year. The total workstation market includes branded personal Intel(R)/Microsoft Windows NT-based workstations as well as traditional UNIX/RISC-based workstations.
"Dell has become the unit leader in the United States, and the workstation market as a whole, by consistently executing on a clearly-defined strategy and aggressively targeting new market segments," said Kara Yokley, workstation research analyst, IDC. "Most recently, Dell has been gaining share in the small and medium business space, and extending its reach beyond the United States and into other markets, such as Europe."
"The market's direction is clear. Customers are moving away from proprietary, channel-based UNIX solutions to embrace both the value and ease of Dell's direct model and the dedicated focus of our workstation offerings," said Jeff Clarke, vice president and general manager, Dell Precision Workstations. "We plan to maintain this momentum by bringing new technology to market quickly, expanding our graphics line up and focusing on emerging global markets."
Dell and its products can be found on the World Wide Web at

February 22 - Panasonic Third-Generation Toughbook is Wireless and GPS-Ready. Panasonic Personal Computer Company, a Division of Matsushita Electric Corporation of America, and its parent company the Matsushita Electric Industrial Company of Japan (NYSE: MC), the world's leading provider of ruggedized notebook PCs, today announced the release of the Toughbook(R) CF-28, the industry's fastest, most versatile, fully ruggedized notebook.
The first entry in Panasonic's third-generation of moderately priced magnesium-alloy encased, shock-and-water resistant notebooks, the Mobile Pentium(R) III Processor 600MHz featuring Intel(R) Speedstep(TM) technology-powered Toughbook CF-28 features Panasonic's new SuperSheet(TM) shock damper, four times the water-resistance rating of previous models, ultra-high output 13.3-inch or 12-1-inch TFT with touchscreens, a key lock anti-intrusion system, integrated wireless and network communication capability and streamlined configuration and expansion options. Featuring a completely redesigned chassis, improved moisture seals, low-profile hard-drive protection, enhanced heat-management technology, anti-loosen hinges, elastomer corner protectors and a bonded scratch-and-mark-resistant exterior coating, the CF-28 is poised to add new pages to the Toughbook line's already legendary durability record.
"The CF-28 is both an evolutionary step up in Toughbook design, and it is also a revolutionary computer using proprietary technology to create a combination of performance, durability and flexibility never before seen in a two-and-a-half-inch thick, nine-pound portable computer," says Panasonic Personal Computer Company's President, Rance Poehler.
"Doing all its own engineering and producing the Toughbook chassis and most of its major components in its own factories makes Panasonic unique in the notebook computer industry. Introducing two-step-ahead technologies like the Sunbright(TM) display, polymer shock damper and fan-and-vent-free equalized heat-dissipation system without significantly increasing prices would be impossible if it weren't for our dedication to building it ourselves, further notes Poehler."
Model CF-28MC: Mobile Pentium(R) III Processor 600MHz featuring Intel(R) SpeedStep(TM) technology, 256KB on-die L2 cache, 128MB SDRAM (384MB max.), 20GB HDD, 13.3" 1024 x 768 TFT anti-reflective color LCD with touchscreen, 4MB VRAM, enhanced pressure-sensitive touchpad with signature-capture support, 56KBps modem. 2.5" (H) x 10.8" (D) x 11.9" (W), 9 lbs. Estimated Street Price: $ 4,799.
Model CF-28MB: Mobile Pentium(R) III Processor 600MHz featuring Intel(R) SpeedStep(TM) technology, 256KB on-die L2 cache, 128MB SDRAM (384MB max.), 20GB HDD, 12.1" 800 x 600 TFT Sunbright(TM) transflective TFT color LCD touchscreen, 4MBVRAM, enhanced pressure-sensitive touchpad with signature-capture support, 56KBps modem. 2.5" (H) x 10.8" (D) x 11.9" (W), 8.9 lbs. Estimated Street Price: $ 4,899.
Information on Panasonic's full line of notebook PCs for the mobile professional can be obtained at

February 22 - Redefines its Free Internet Service. today announced a new Internet access service (ISP) tailored to reward online shoppers with Internet connections and special discounts.
BlueLight's new ISP launches March 1 and includes two convenient tiers and a series of special offers through the BlueLight Rewards(TM) program, such as a month or more of free service for simply purchasing products on the online shopping site.
At launch, BlueLight will provide its more than six million current Internet service subscribers the opportunity to seamlessly migrate to the new ISP.
BlueLight aims to become the Internet service of choice for the online shopper. The new ISP will include two tiers of service designed with the customer in mind. With the average American spending 11.25 hours a month on the Internet (Veronis Suhler, 2001), the tiers meet the needs of all users, from the casual Web surfer to the serious Internet fan.
Tiers include:
-- BlueLight Basic Free Internet Service: 12 hours free access per month
-- BlueLight Premier Internet Service: 100 hours per month for $9.95
In addition, BlueLight ISP users will receive bonus offers when they shop at the web site. For a limited time, users who purchase any item at will receive one month of free Internet access. In addition, shoppers will be able to earn more free months for every $50 spent before tax and shipping, per individual order over $100, for a maximum of six free months.
Full service and bonus offer details will be available at

February 22 - Xircom Expands Wireless Portfolio With Debut of GPRS PC Card. At the 3GSM World Congress today, Xircom, Inc. (Nasdaq:XIRC), the leading provider of mobile information access products, introduced its CreditCard(TM) GPRS solution, a Type II PC card that provides wireless wide-area network (WWAN) connectivity for notebook PC users.
Xircom's new CreditCard GPRS solution will provide true mobility for notebook PC users with "always on" wireless Internet and corporate network access from virtually any location at speeds rivaling today's analog modems.
"For the first time, any time, anywhere wireless access for notebook users is now as simple as inserting a PC card into a laptop," said Fred Kern, senior director of marketing, Access Products Business Unit for Xircom. "We believe that Xircom's CreditCard GPRS solution will have a dramatic impact on the way mobile professionals work and conduct business."
Using Xircom's CreditCard GPRS solution, mobile professionals will be able to recreate their office environment at the airport, a hotel or anywhere there is GPRS coverage in the world. Based on "2.5G" wireless technology, Xircom's solution provides continuous access to the Internet and corporate networks, creating the ability to immediately receive real-time information.
General Packet Radio Service (GPRS) is a platform for wireless communications that uses packet-switched networks instead of traditional circuit-switched networks, which eliminates the need for call set-up time. GPRS supports bandwidth on demand and is well suited for accessing real-time information such as corporate data, e-mail and the Internet.
Xircom will debut the CreditCard GPRS solution at 3GSM World Congress in Cannes, France, February 20-22, 2001 in booth C16. The CreditCard GPRS solution will be available in the third quarter of 2001 and is expected to have a suggested retail price of approximately $450 US. Visit Xircom on the Web at

February 22 - U.S. Robotics Completes Testing of 56K V.92 Modem Standard. U.S. Robotics, provider of the world's No. 1 selling modem brand, today announced it has successfully completed 56K V.92 standard interoperability testing with major network equipment providers, including Cisco, Texas Instruments and CommWorks.
The new analog modem standard enables shorter connection times, faster upload speeds and seamless call handling, significantly improving users' Internet experiences. In order for a user to experience the V.92 features, both the user's computer and server it dials into (an Internet Service Provider or remote access server) must be equipped with V.92 modem technology.
The new V.92 standard enables the following features:
-- Modem On Hold. Users can suspend a data call, answer an inbound telephone call, and then re-establish the data call without losing the connection. This feature permits fuller utilization of a single phone line, removes the need for a second line and eliminates time lost when the user's modem disconnects from the Internet. Users must be subscribed to call waiting from their local telephone company to take advantage of this feature.
-- Quick Connect. Quick Connect shortens a modem's connection time by remembering the line conditions to the dial-up server. It then uses that information to connect quickly without going through the training sequence. Users will be able to re-establish a connection significantly faster than with the previous standard, reducing the waiting period to establish a connection. The increase in connection speed depends on local line conditions.
-- V.PCM-Upstream. With the new standard, modems can now allow faster upstream communication with upload speeds reaching 48,000 bits per second (V.90 upstream speeds were limited to 31,200 bps). This feature allows faster and smoother uploading and sending of large e-mail messages, documents, spreadsheets, presentations or photos. With U.S. Robotics' custom software interface, users will be able to easily trade lower download speeds for higher upload speeds each time they log on to the Internet.
The V.92 modem standard was ratified by the International Telecommunications Union (ITU) in November 2000. Companies such as Cisco, CommWorks and Texas Instruments outfit ISPs and remote access providers with server modems and are expected to incorporate V.92 technology this year.
U.S. Robotics products are expected to begin shipping by the end of the first quarter. For further information regarding U.S. Robotics and its products, visit its Web site at

February 21 - IBM Announces ThinkPad TransNote, World's First Portfolio Notebook Computer. IBM today announced the general availability of the ThinkPad TransNote(a), the world's first portfolio notebook which combines a mobile computer with a digital notepad in a stylish package that features one of the industry's most radical design changes since the clamshell.
The ThinkPad TransNote allows highly mobile users to integrate paper-based information into the digital workspace easily and efficiently. The ThinkScribe(a) digital notepad, digital pen and Ink Manager(a) Pro software capture handwritten ideas on paper and transfer them to the computer, where they can be managed, organized and searched. The TransNote can be used to share handwritten information via e-mail, word processing documents and presentations, and can even manage handwritten "to do" lists.
The TransNote offers an effective solution for mobile professionals, such as executives, sales reps, bankers, and attorneys, as well as users who fill out customized forms. Target industries include finance, insurance, medical, government, real estate, higher education, legal and others.
Weighing less than 5.5 lbs. and 1.3 inches thin (complete with digital pen and paper pad), the ThinkPad TransNote is ready for wireless connectivity through optional 802.11b wireless LAN or Bluetooth PC Cards for short-range workgroup collaboration. Models are available for both right- and left-handed users.
Product features include:
- A pivoting 10.4-inch FlipTouch screen, allowing the display to be used flat, or raised exposing the keyboard. Both the screen and image can be inverted to share work with other users.
- A ThinkScribe digital notepad and digital pen, which automatically saves handwritten notes and transfers them to the computer. Its 2MB of flash memory can save up to 50 pages of notes, even with the PC off, and transfer them once the system is turned on.
- Ink Manager Pro software, a note management system, allows users to save notes, retrieve them easily, and insert them into e-mail, word processing documents and presentations. The software also manages "to do" lists and phone messages.
- A unique FlexFold(a) design that allows users to compact the system in one fluid motion to use either side independently, even while standing.
- Page, file and action selector controls providing fast, easy system management.
The TransNote is powered by a low-voltage Intel Mobile Pentium III processor at 600 MHz, 64MB of memory, a 10GB hard disk drive and a choice of Microsoft Windows 98SE or Windows 2000 Professional operating systems. The portfolio notebook also features integrated Ethernet and 56K modem, two USB ports, a video port, a port replication port and PC Card and CompactFlash slots.
The ThinkPad TransNote will be available later this month in the United States and Canada. Worldwide availability varies by country. Prices range from $2,999 for a model preloaded with Microsoft Windows 98 to $3,099 for a model preloaded with Windows 2000.
The notebook computers are available directly from IBM via the Internet at

February 21 - MIPS Technologies Unveils Next-Generation Smart Card Technology. Leading the charge in creating flexible and innovative technologies for the burgeoning smart card market, MIPS Technologies, Inc. (Nasdaq:MIPS, MIPSB) today introduced the SmartMIPS(TM) architecture, a new licensable architecture designed to become the industry standard for next-generation smart card processors.
Today's announcement by MIPS Technologies follows the company's joint announcement in July 2000 with Gemplus SA (Gemenos, France) (Nasdaq:GEMP) to create an architectural standard for next-generation smart card chips.
Gemplus is the world's number one provider of smart card-based solutions. MIPS Technologies today also introduced the new MIPS32(TM) 4KSc(TM) smart card core, a high-performance embedded 32-bit processor, jointly defined with Gemplus, that implements the new SmartMIPS architecture for ultra-low power advanced smart card applications.
The drive to consolidate consumer information on a single secure platform, combined with a dramatic increase in applications requiring a host of personal data, has exploded the demand for smart card technologies. Existing smart card technology, based on 8- and 16-bit chips with proprietary operating systems, is not powerful enough to provide consumers with the security and convenience needed for personal transactions. The next generation of 32-bit smart cards, based on the proven MIPS32(TM) architecture, will offer consumers higher levels of security while hosting multiple applications on a single card.
About Smart Cards.
Smart cards, which have an embedded microprocessor chip, are able to store hundreds of times more information than a traditional magnetic stripe card and can be programmed to perform multiple applications. Advanced data encryption and a secure operating system running on the smart card stops unwanted discovery and corruption of private data, thus preventing consumer fraud and preserving personal privacy.
Though nearly unknown to the average U.S. consumer until recently, smart cards are integral to commerce and the delivery of services in Europe - and increasingly Asia - where they are being used in mobile phones, as stored-value cards for public phones, health-care provider ID cards and more. In the U.S., the most widespread application of smart cards to date is as employee key cards that verify an employee's identity and control access to company facilities. Most users though are unaware they are using a smart card.
In the near future it will be possible to use only one smart card - a "computer on a card" - for applications such as accessing medical information when visiting a doctor's office, opening a bank account, conducting online transactions, using vending machines and interacting with home Internet devices such as set-top boxes and residential gateways.
As an access-control device, smart cards make personal and business data available only to the appropriate users. Although most commonly embedded in plastic cards, smart cards are also found in tags, fobs and watches and can even be embedded in packaged liquids and implanted into animals.
During the next five years, industry analysts predict dramatic growth for smart cards - especially in cards that enable users to conduct e-commerce and provide secure access to computer networks. According to market research firm Dataquest, more than 500 million microprocessor-based smart cards were shipped in 1999. Dataquest forecasts by 2004 more than 1.75 billion microprocess-based smart cards will be shipped. The first push in the U.S. is likely to come from forward-thinking financial, retail, and service institutions. Among their incentives are improving the effectiveness of marketing programs, increasing customer loyalty, reducing Internet fraud, and decreasing the cost of delivering services.
The Technology Behind the SmartMIPS Architecture.
Founded on the proven MIPS32 RISC architecture, the SmartMIPS architecture is an application specific extension that is optimized for smart card applications with cryptography, code compression, Sun Microsystems' Java Card(TM) technology and Microsoft Windows for Smartcards. (See product data sheet on the SmartMIPS architecture). SmartMIPS-based 32-bit smart cards allow the development of multi-application smart cards while bringing down system costs through a reduction in die size, power consumption and component count. Integrated cryptography enhancements eliminate the need for dedicated coprocessors. The SmartMIPS architecture's cryptography enhancements bring a higher level of security to the MIPS32 4KSc smart card core.
MIPS Technologies, Inc. can be found on the Web at

February 21 - IPWireless Deploys Groundbreaking Broadband Wireless Technology. IPWireless, the leading next-generation broadband wireless technology company, today unveiled its groundbreaking fixed and portable wireless technology solution designed to provide true high-speed portable access (up to 6 Mbps) to the Internet. Today's announcement marks the rollout of the IPWireless "total network solution" technology in Greensboro, NC, representing the first-ever beta test of very high-speed, customer "plug and play," broadband wireless Internet access service.
With IPWireless' new technology, users can experience at lightning speed the best multimedia applications the Internet can offer. Untethered from phone lines or cable, this broadband technology enables portable fixed access to the Internet, so that whether at a PC in the home or on-the-go with a laptop computer, users are always connected. IPWireless brings to market a superior wireless solution that delivers - today - the promise of broadband Internet access "anytime, anywhere."
IPWireless' technology is designed in compliance with worldwide broadband TDD 3G UMTS standards yet represents a significant advance over all other forms of wireless. This very high-speed next-generation broadband technology, introduced for the first time by IPWireless, is optimized for both fixed and portable Internet access. IPWireless' technology currently operates in the 2.5 - 2.7 GHz wireless spectrum in the U.S. and can also be applied to international spectrum in the IMT 2000 band (2 GHz) as required. The technology offers superior data transmission speeds (up to 6 Mbps), non line-of-sight and in-building penetration, portability, customer "plug-and-play," ubiquity of coverage, fast deployability, carrier-grade reliability, and very high spectrum efficiency.
Unlike alternative wireless and landline technologies, IPWireless' superior solution enables low cost network build-out and can be rapidly deployed using existing cellular sites and supporting infrastructure. In addition to supporting plans to build-out a network in the U.S., IPWireless will sell its total network solution to international carriers to enable global deployment of next-generation broadband wireless technology.
For more information, visit IPWireless on the World Wide Web at

February 21 - Intel Announces First E-Marketplace for Product Dealers. Intel Corporation today announced the Intel(R) Business Advantage Portal, an effort to enable approximately 10,000 Intel(R) Product Dealers to offer more cost-efficient and complete PC and server solutions.
The Intel Business Advantage Portal, a business-to-business e-marketplace, brings together Intel's dealers with third party suppliers, giving dealers the opportunity to earn rebates and commissions on PC products and e-Business-related services. Intel developed the new program to address the changing demands on dealers, such as declining margins and the lack of resources to offer total PC solutions to their customers.
The Intel Business Advantage Portal is a way Intel Product Dealers can differentiate themselves in the new and very competitive worldwide Internet economy," said Jim Yasso, vice president and general manager of Intel's Reseller Products Group. "It's another example of the business development advantages we offer to our Intel Product Dealers."
The Intel Business Advantage Portal can help to build dealer profitability and gives dealers greater flexibility on pricing through rebates and commission on third party products. Dealers can match specific PC products and services to the needs of their customers, thus increasing business competitiveness while achieving cost efficiency. Additional information about Intel is available at

February 20 - Central Command Offers Free Online Virus Protection. Central Command, a leading provider of PC anti-virus software and computer security services, and its partners today announced the availability of AVX Scan Online, a free, easy to use, security and virus protection service that changes the way virus protection is being used, delivered and maintained worldwide.
Incorporating the latest virus protection technologies, AVX Scan Online is the world's first online virus scanner accessible entirely through an Internet web browser. AVX Scan Online virus scans for over 48,000+ viruses, worms, trojans and other malicious applications. It includes optional features to virus scan inside of archives, memory, boot sectors, system processes, e-mail databases, and network drives.
"We are pleased to be releasing AVX Scan Online today as a free service. This on-demand virus protection service no longer requires time-consuming software installations, updating or upgrading and maintenance. It includes the most current virus detection technology and is maintained by our Emergency Virus Response Team for new virus outbreaks. Central Command has made the decision to release this as a free service to reduce the number of global virus infections that have been occurring and give everyone the ability to be virus free. Our virus protection is now easily accessible from anywhere, at anytime," said Keith Peer, President and CEO of Central Command Inc.
"Because we designed this for use by everyone, the AVX Scan Online is intuitive and user-friendly, AVX Scan Online is being offered as a free service to all corporate, government, educational, SOHO, mobile and home users worldwide at" concluded Peer.
AVX Scan Online requires Windows 95/98/Me/ NT/2000 or Linux, and Microsoft Internet Explorer 4.0 + or Netscape 4.x

February 20 - Hitachi and PolyTrax Successfully Test High Speed Power Line Modem. Following extensive testing, PolyTrax Information Technology AG and the Japanese firm of Hitachi LTD Power and Industrial Group have demonstrated the high performance achieved by a newly-developed power line capable (PLC) modem.
The prototype of the high speed PLC modem proved its capability for Internet access with a maximum transmission rate of 2.4 Mbps and an average rate of 1.5 Mbps, even in extremely busy power networks and that it can be used to bridge the "last mile". What was previously only achieved in non-approved frequency ranges is now possible for the first time anywhere in the world under the frequency and transmission regulations applicable in Japan.
The test procedure for the newly-developed high speed PLC modem was carried out under actual conditions in a Research & Development complex of the Japanese Hitachi City: the test teams here found that significant demands were already being made on the power network capacity through computer networks, lighting systems, cleaning machinery and other components, typical for large office and industrial administration buildings. In various test assemblies here the prototype reached an average transmission speed of 1.5 Megabits per second. During this process the high speed PLC modem demonstrated communication stability and no restriction to its performance even with numerous devices and equipment in simultaneous use via the power network.
The PLC modem, developed on the basis of the multi-carrier process Orthogonal Frequency Division Multiplex (OFDM), at a maximum speed of 2.4 Megabits per second, meets the frequency regulations applicable in Japan. Using USB interfaces, the modem is suitable for all standard PCs and provides for Internet access from any PC network based Power Line Technology.
Dr. Werner Pohl, founder of the company and Chairman of PolyTrax, sees enormous potential in the successful performance tests, particularly for energy companies who will be able to offer additional Internet services and multi-media content: "The combination of PLC technology and fibre optic cables in the area of the "last mile" can be utilised in the broadband range, for example for the low-cost distribution of films and music."
Polytrax can be found on the Web at

February 19 - Nokia Provides Wireless Broadband for Homes in North America. Nokia (NYSE:NOK) today announced that it has successfully completed its first commercial trials with its new Nokia RoofTop(TM) Wireless Routing wireless broadband network solution.
Nokia will begin delivering the Nokia R240, an all-in-one outdoor router, and the Nokia RoofTop(TM) Router Management System (RMS), a solution that simplifies the installation and monitoring of the wireless network, to North American carriers and Internet Service Providers (ISPs) in the second quarter of 2001.
Nokia's wireless routing technology will allow service providers to deploy affordable infrastructure to residential and small office/home office (SOHO) markets so consumers in areas that do not have access to high-speed Internet access can receive a high-speed, always-on Internet connection.
The Nokia RoofTop solution simplifies line-of-sight difficulties inherent in residential neighborhoods by routing around obstacles such as buildings and trees. Combining 802.11 RF components with specialized wireless software, the Nokia AIR Operating System, Nokia RoofTop Wireless Routing is the first wireless broadband solution that is both affordable and viable for the price-sensitive residential broadband market.
Advanced TelCom Group Inc. (ATG), an Integrated Communications Provider (ICP) headquartered in Santa Rosa, Calif., has been in trials with the Nokia RoofTop solution for the past five months. ATG provides local telephone, Internet and data services, as well as domestic and international long distance to small and medium sized customers, telecommuters, and home based businesses in underserved mid-sized markets across the United States.
"Nokia's RoofTop Wireless Routing solution has allowed ATG to reach residential broadband Internet customers we would not have been able to reach with a copper wired solution," said Scott Mindemann, vice president of wireless technologies for ATG. "The mesh network was quick and cost-effective to deploy and ATG has been impressed with its performance and our customer satisfaction in the trial."
Nokia pioneered its unique mesh-designed network, built with Nokia RoofTop(TM) Wireless Routers, to model the wired structure of the Internet. As these wireless routers only require line-of-sight to another router in the network, instead of a direct connection all the way to a base station, the networks can be rapidly deployed in diverse geographical locations and are more robust and far-reaching than existing broadband network solutions.
For additional information about Nokia's wireless broadband solutions, visit the Nokia Booth No.1125 in the San Francisco Moscone Convention Center at Broadband Wireless World Forum 2001, or at

February 18 - Sunday Shopping Watch.
Special Discounts and Financing. In addition to special sales listed below, stores have special prices on items today and Monday for President's Day.
Best Buy
has a $100 instant rebate on all in-store desktop computer packages. They are also offering no interest for 12 months on build-to-order systems and notebooks.
Circuit City has a $100 instant rebate on all Toshiba notebooks. They also have a special 2 day $100 mail-in rebate on all desktop complete systems and notebooks.
Office Depot has no special store-wide sales this weekend.

CompUSA is offering no interest for 12 months on purchase of $499 or more of Sony computer and video products. They also have a special 2 day $100 instant rebate on Intel processor desktop systems.

Staples has a $100 mail-in rebate on all desktop complete systems and notebooks.
Internet Rebates. All stores continue to offer the 3 year, $400 Internet Rebates. 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 built-to-order system is customized and 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).
* 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
Product Description
Price* (see above)
Best Celeron Deal
HP 700 MHz complete system
Best Low Cost Pentium III System
Compaq 866 MHz complete system
Best High End Pentium III System
HP 1 GHz complete system
Best Pentium 4 System
Sony 1.3 GHz complete system
Best Duron System
Compaq 750 MHz Duron complete system
Circuit City, Staples
Best High End Athlon System
MicronPC 1.2 GHz build-to-order with 17 inch monitor
Best Buy
Best Low Cost Notebook
Compaq 600 MHz Celeron
Best High End Notebook
HP 700 MHz Pentium III with DVD
Best Buy, CompUSA

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 have the same items, this article should help you to make informed buying decisions.

February 17 - ALi Announces Intel Pentium 4 Processor Chipset Licensing Agreement. Acer Laboratories Inc. (ALi), the world's leading integrated circuit solutions provider, today announced it has signed a Pentium(R) 4 processor chipset licensing agreement with Intel Corporation.
ALi's Pentium 4 processor chipset license is built upon a continuation of its existing Pentium(R) II processor and Pentium(R) III processor chipset licenses. The license agreement grants ALi legal rights to design, manufacture, and promote chipset products supporting Pentium 4 processors for high performance desktop computers.
"Given its unrivaled performance and functionality for the end user, Intel's Pentium 4 processor will have a positive impact in the global PC industry," said Dr. Chin Wu, president of ALi. "Today's announcement emphasizes ALi's commitment to provide our customers with cutting-edge technology."
ALi is available on the web at

February 17 - Covad Postpones Earnings Call. Covad Communications (Nasdaq:COVD), the leading national broadband services provider utilizing DSL (Digital Subscriber Line) technology, today announced it will postpone its previously scheduled year end conference call to coincide with the filing of its SEC Form 10-K. Covad had previously announced its intention to release its year-end operating results on February 27, 2001.
The postponement will permit the company additional time to review complex accounting issues related to revenue recognition, SAB-101 accounting, restructuring charges and asset impairments.
The postponement will also allow the company to complete a review of its internal procedures and controls in these areas.
Revenue Recognition: As part of the process of preparing its year-end results, the company has undertaken a review of the internal procedures and controls it uses to implement its service contracts and bill its customers. To insure that the company is correctly recognizing revenue, Covad is reviewing its Internet Service Provider (ISP) contracts, billing and credits for current and prior periods. This review may affect previously reported financial results, but more time is required to complete the analysis.
SAB-101: The company is required to adopt SAB-101 accounting procedures in its year-end results and to apply SAB-101 for the full year 2000. As previously disclosed, the effect of SAB-101 will be to materially reduce revenue and increase EBITDA loss of the company, but more time is required to complete the analysis.
Restructuring Charge: The company previously announced several cost cutting measures including the closing of facilities and the layoff of approximately 800 employees in 2000. At that time, the company indicated that it expected to take a restructuring charge of approximately $20 million as a result of these actions. The company has identified additional charges associated with these cost cutting actions and now believes that its total restructuring charge will be substantially larger than $20 million, with a portion allocated to 2000 and the remainder allocated to 2001. Additionally, the company continues to aggressively pursue additional cost cutting opportunities. Further analysis is required to confirm the amount and timing of these various charges.
Asset Impairment: The company previously announced the closing of approximately 200 central offices (COs.) The number of COs currently projected to be closed is now approximately 260. Additionally, the company has suspended applications in progress for approximately 500 additional COs. These measures will result in a write down of the company's network assets, but further analysis is required to confirm the amount and timing of such a write down.
Also, as a result of the reduction of network assets attributable to Covad's purchase of BlueStar Communications, Covad is also considering a write down of BlueStar tangible and intangible assets, including goodwill.
"We have made a number of significant changes to our business in the past several months to put Covad on a quicker path to profitability," said Chuck McMinn, chairman of Covad. "Accurately accounting for these changes is essential, and we simply need the extra time to ensure we review these changes and report them correctly."
Covad can be found on the Web at

February 16 - Dell Reduces Workforce by 4 Percent. Dell (Nasdaq:DELL) announced today that it is eliminating about 1,700 regular full-time positions, mostly in administrative, marketing and product-support functions in its Central Texas operations, as part of ongoing refinement of the lowest-cost, most customer-focused business in the global computer-systems industry.
According to the company, the reductions will help extend its fundamental competitive advantages despite soft global economic conditions and overall demand for computer systems. Dell has said it is best positioned to lead and benefit from further industry consolidation. Many of the reductions involve positions made redundant by the recent reorganization of several Dell business units, the company said. Others are the result of Dell's lower expectations for industry and company growth. Reductions are being made at all organizational levels.
At the end of its fiscal fourth-quarter 2001 two weeks ago, Dell employed 22,000 people in Central Texas and 40,200 worldwide. Company operations in Middle Tennessee and international locations are not affected by today's action.

February 16 - New Intel Pentium 4 Processor Advertising Campaign to Begin Soon. Intel Corporation will launch a $300 million Pentium(R) 4 processor worldwide marketing campaign, starting Feb. 19. Intel will kick off the campaign with new TV commercials featuring the nationally renowned theater troupe, Blue Man Group.
The advertising is designed to raise awareness and excitement for the new Intel Pentium 4 processor. The marketing campaign will introduce a new tagline, "The Pentium 4 processor. The center of your digital world." Powerful PCs, such as those based on a Pentium 4 processor, are now being connected to the Internet and combined with a vast array of new digital entertainment and information devices, making the PC the centerpiece for today's music, imaging and video experiences.
"The Pentium 4 processor is ushering in the Extended PC era where powerful PCs are at the center of your digital world," said Pam Pollace, Intel vice president and director of Worldwide Marketing Operations. "This new campaign, featuring Blue Man Group's innovative and creative style, is very synergistic with the Intel brand and enables us to introduce the Pentium 4 processor in a fun, fresh new light." The three, 30-second television ads, titled "Tubes," "Light Bulbs" and "Raising Four," will showcase Blue Man Group unveiling an iconic "4" in a variety of unexpected ways. The ads feature music created by Blue Man Group. The campaign will also include Blue Man Group in a number of online ads and retail demos. The advertising will run through May.
"Blue Man Group's emphasis on visual communication provides global appeal for the new Pentium 4 processor advertising," Pollace said.
Intel can be found on the Web at

February 16 - Registry Magic Demonstrates First Ever Bluetooth Hotel Guest Services. Registry Magic, Inc. (Nasdaq:RMAG) will display the hospitality industry's first ever demonstration of hotel guest services using Bluetooth wireless technology at the Holiday Inn Wall Street on February 20th , 2001.
Using Registry Magic's Consumer Payment Network, guests will have the ability to check in and out, make payments at in-house restaurants, secure access to their rooms, and utilize the Internet, using Bluetooth wireless technology. Registry Magic's patented, proprietary software and hardware, coupled with Ericsson's Bluetooth R520m mobile phone and access point technology, will enable guests to significantly enhance the convenience, security and speed of their customer experience.
The opening of the Bluetooth services in the Hotel is scheduled to take place in conjunction with the Internet World Wireless show on February 21th - 23rd, 2001. Registry Magic will also be displaying its applications in Ericsson's booth at the show.
In addition, the Holiday Inn Wall Street opening will promote use of the Registry Magic Consumer Payment Network. The Network enables any mobile phone with Bluetooth capabilities to become a "one-stop" device with which to perform everyday consumer interactions such as conducting purchases, inter-person communication, and identity validation. The Consumer Payment Network and its associated technologies will allow the replacement of many of the types of cards found in a wallet, such as credit cards, loyalty cards, and identification cards.
For more information, visit

February 16 - Worldwide Mobile Phone Sales Increased 46 Percent in 2000. Worldwide mobile phone sales totaled 412.7 million units in 2000, a 45.5 percent increase over 1999 results, according to Dataquest Inc., a unit of Gartner Group Inc. (NYSE: IT and ITB).
Despite some "hiccups" within the industry and its key supply channels, overall shipments continued to perform well throughout 2000.
"However, persistent rumors of a market slowdown that dogged the industry throughout the year started to prove true toward the end of 2000," said Bryan Prohm, senior analyst for Gartner Dataquest's worldwide telecommunications group. "The afterburners that propelled several years of consistently high growth rates now suddenly seem to have been switched off. Indeed, there is some significant stock carry-over to the beginning of 2001, meaning the number of total shipments in 2000 was about six million units lower than previous estimates."
Nokia strengthened its lead as the No. 1 vendor in the market during 2000 with shipments growing 66 percent over 1999. Some of the company's success was attributed to a strong second half in 2000 when 59 percent of sales occurred.
Gartner Dataquest analysts said 2000 was a transitional year for the mobile phone industry, and they identified a number of issues that affected growth in the industry. Global capacity caught up with demand. Lowered barriers to entry allowed an influx of smaller manufacturers that were able to exploit demand in some of the key Far Eastern markets, such as China. Wireless application protocol (WAP) failed to impress increasingly savvy mobile users, and thus what had been anointed as the catalyst for the next wave of terminal sales growth turned out to be a little more than a ripple. Finally, mobile operators began to shift attention away from straightforward subscriber acquisition to a greater focus on lifetime customer loyalty.
Visit Gartner's Telecom Marketplace Resource Center at

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