Feb 28 - Intel Demos Future Processors at IDF.
Intel Corporation today highlighted innovative new technologies
that will deliver better experiences for users of desktop computers,
mobile PCs and wireless computing devices.
The technologies include Intel's next generation desktop
processor and the forthcoming mobile Intel(R) Pentium(R) 4 processor
-- M, along with details of 2.5 and 3G communications processors
for wireless devices.
Intel executives, in remarks at the Intel Developer
Forum, Spring 2002, also outlined the progress of several industry
initiatives such as 3GIO, a high speed interconnection technology
between devices within the computer; the Intel(R) Personal Client
Architecture (PCA) developer network, a support network for wireless
developers; and a new Mobility Enabling Program, designed to enhance
the future of mobile PCs.
Desktop PCs: the Digital Home
In remarks to the developer community, Louis Burns,
vice president and co-general manager, Desktop Platforms Group disclosed
plans for Intel's upcoming desktop processor, code-named Prescott.
The processor, slated for 2003, is Intel's next generation processor
based on the Intel(R) NetBurst(TM) microarchitecture. Prescott will,
among other things, include Hyper-Threading technology, an Intel
technology that allows operating systems to view a single physical
processor as if it were two, significantly increasing platform performance.
Additionally, Burns demonstrated a Pentium 4 processor running at
clock rates up to 4 GHz.
"The Intel(R) Pentium(R) 4 processor has become
the desktop platform of choice for both consumers and business,"
said Burns. "Intel is driving a number of innovative technologies
over the next year that will accelerate the digital convergence
at home and continue to enhance our desktop platform capabilities,
including higher performing processors and revolutionary new form
Burns discussed technology that enables small form
factor computer systems without comprising performance or scalability.
He announced a new initiative to standardize form factors for systems
based on 3GIO building blocks. Intel plans to support the 3GIO architecture
across a wide range of product segments with initial silicon scheduled
to be available in the second half of 2003.
Mobile PCs: On The Go
Anand Chandrasekher, vice president and general manager,
Mobile Platforms Group, highlighted Intel's efforts in the mobile
market and outlined the future of mobile PCs where secure wireless
connectivity, high performance and increased battery life offer
a variety of new usage models for consumer and business. He urged
the industry to design technologies and mobile PCs that address
and reinforce this vision and announced the Intel Mobility Enabling
Program, an Intel-led initiative to bring the industry together
to create guidelines for a new generation of mobile computers.
"Intel is leading the industry to support the
Mobility Enabling Program," said Chandrasekher. "Together
the industry can deliver exciting new platforms that meet the promise
of anytime, anywhere computing and secure connectivity."
Additionally, Chandrasekher discussed technical benefits
of the forthcoming mobile Intel Pentium 4 Processor -- M and demonstrated
the processor's performance with the first public demo of a soft
decode of 1080i (HDTV quality) content on a notebook PC. While incorporating
all the advanced technologies of its desktop counterpart, the mobile
Intel Pentium 4 Processor -- M will also include mobile-specific
features such as Enhanced SpeedStep(TM) technology, and Deeper Sleep
for low power state and small mobile packaging for thinner, lighter
Banias, the code name for Intel's next generation
mobile processor architecture, will also incorporate these technologies
along with other innovative features designed specifically for mobile
computing. Banias will be available in the first half of 2003 and
will be based on a new core chip design. Chandrasekher demonstrated
a working sample of a chipset, code named Odem, designed for the
mobile market segment, which will be introduced along with the Banias
Wireless Devices: Anywhere, Anytime
Ron Smith, Intel senior vice president and general
manager, Wireless Communications and Computing Group, focused developers'
attention on Intel's wireless client product strategy. Intel's wireless
products are built around three core technologies -- the Intel(R)
XScale(TM) microarchitecture for applications processing, the Intel(R)
Micro Signal Architecture for signal processing and Intel Wireless
Flash Memory. These technologies are optimized for higher performance
and lower power consumption for users of wireless devices. These
technologies are the key ingredients of the Intel(R) Personal Internet
Client Architecture, Intel's development blueprint for designing
wireless handheld communication products that combine voice communications
and Internet access capabilities.
Future wireless technology from Intel will integrate
communications functions, outstanding processing power and leadership
memory features onto a single "Wireless Internet on a Chip,"
-- the foundation for Intel's GSM/GPRS (2.5G) and WCDMA (3G) communications
processors currently under development. Intel has a 3G communications
processor test chip in its labs and will be introducing a 2.5G version
based on the Wireless Internet on a Chip technology later this year.
"Our next-generation technology will provide
new levels of performance at low levels of power to enable a class
of wireless Internet applications that will help drive the next
wave of growth for the wireless industry," said Smith.
For more information on IDF and Intel technology, visit http://developer.intel.com.
Feb 28 - AMD Affirms First
Quarter Guidance. Robert Rivet, senior vice president and chief
financial officer of AMD (NYSE:AMD), said today that AMD continues
to expect that sales in the first quarter of 2002 will be in the
range of $900 million, which would result in a small net loss for
Rivet said he expects that sales of AMD PC processors
will be in line with seasonal patterns for the first quarter. He
also said that the company remains on track to return to profitability
in the second quarter and to achieve profitability for the year
as a whole.
Rivet spoke at the Robertson-Stephens conference in
San Francisco, California. Information about AMD is available on
the Internet via the World Wide Web at www.amd.com.
Feb 28 - Timex Watch to Feature
Speedpass System. New technology may soon allow you to carry
your wallet on your wrist, and purchase everything from gas at the
pump to fries at McDonald's simply by waving your watch. It will
mean the ultimate in convenience, without the need to carry cash
or credit cards.
Just released in test, the new Speedpass(TM) Timex
watch looks and functions just like a regular watch. But -- shades
of Dick Tracy --inside the timepiece is a miniature Speedpass radio
frequency transponder that is capable of allowing customers to instantly
pay for purchases at Exxon and Mobil gasoline stations nationwide
and at over 400 Chicagoland McDonald's restaurants. The new watches
will be tested in the Chicago area over the next two months.
Today, most Speedpass customers use a miniature device
that attaches to a key chain. The new Speedpass-enabled watch gives
customers a hands-free option that allows them to pay for purchases
by simply waving their watch in front of an electronic reader located
at the pump, the checkout counter or the drive through.
"Timex is committed to the philosophy of helpful
innovation through watch advancements that truly make life a little
easier, a little less complicated," stated Phil Brzezinski,
director of advanced products at Timex. "We are equally committed
to working with the best technology partners. The new Timex watch
with Speedpass is an excellent example of a watch where those two
strategies come together to benefit the consumer."
ExxonMobil (NYSE:XOM) research reports that more than
92 percent of the 5 million people who use Speedpass devices are
highly satisfied with the technology. First introduced in 1996 at
the fuel pumps of Mobil-branded service stations, Speedpass is now
accepted at over 7,000 Exxon- and Mobil-branded service stations
and 400 Chicagoland McDonald's. Drug, grocery and video chains may
also soon be equipped with the Speedpass system.
Feb 28 - AMD Announces SuSE
Linux Support for Hammer Processor. AMD (NYSE: AMD) today announced
that SuSE Linux AG, one of the world's leading providers of the
Linux operating system, has submitted enhancements to the official
Linux kernel to support AMD's x86-64 instruction set. The Linux
kernel is the fundamental source code upon which all Linux operating
systems are based.
AMD's next-generation processor, code-named "Hammer",
is designed to provide unprecedented levels of performance for both
32-bit and 64-bit software applications. "Hammer" processor-based
systems will grant business and home users the benefit of long-term
investment protection as these systems are designed to enable seamless
transition from a 32-bit to 64-bit environment. AMD expects to begin
shipping the first version of the "Hammer" family of processors
at the end of 2002.
SuSE Linux AG has been the primary developer working
to add support of AMD's x86-64 technology to the Linux kernel, Linux
development tools, and other Linux software. AMD expects the changes
to be incorporated into Linux's retail operating systems based on
the Linux kernel version 2.6 or later.
"We are excited to be working with AMD to support
their next-generation processors based on the x86-64 technology.
We have reached an important milestone today towards the future
availability of 64-bit Linux operating systems on the `Hammer' platform,"
said Andreas Jaegar, lead project manager, SuSE Linux AG.
"With support for AMD's future processors in
the official Linux tree, Linux users everywhere will appreciate
being able to run their native x86-64 applications and their existing
32-bit x86 applications," said Linus Torvalds, creator of Linux.
More information on SuSE Linux can be found at http://www.suse.com.
Feb 27 - AMD Demonstrates
Next-Generation `Hammer' Processor. AMD (NYSE:AMD) today demonstrated
their vision of the future of computing with their next-generation
processor, codenamed "Hammer."
"Great architectures are built on strong foundations,
and 'Hammer' is rock solid. Based on AMD's x86-64 technology, the
'Hammer' processor will be the industry's first and only 64-bit
processor for x86 computing, and is designed to offer unparalleled
performance on both 32-bit and 64-bit software," said Ed Ellett,
vice president of Marketing for AMD's Computation Products Group.
"Beyond performance, 'Hammer' will give users a smooth migration
path to the 64-bit software of tomorrow, all the while preserving
the billions of dollars of today's 32-bit software applications."
"Hammer" processors are expected to be AMD's
first x86 processors to have a fully integrated DDR memory controller
and "Hammer" processor-based solutions are expected to
be the first to incorporate a full HyperTransport(tm) technology-based
chipset. Both technology advancements help remove bottlenecks and
speed the flow of information through the PC. The "Hammer"
processor family will also be extremely versatile, with processor
versions planned to power systems from thin-and-light notebooks
to 8-way enterprise servers.
AMD's demonstration featured "Hammer" running
both a 64-bit Linux and 32-bit Microsoft(R) Windows(R) operating
system. The AMD "Hammer" processors were manufactured
on 0.13 micron, Silicon on Insulator (SOI) technology, which together
enable higher performance and lower power consumption.
"'Hammer' remains true to AMD's traditions. We're
innovating within industry standards, innovating with compatibility,
and innovating with users in mind," said Fred Weber, chief
technical officer of the Computation Products Group of AMD. "Because
it is based on the long-established x86 instruction set architecture,
software developers, engineers and IT personnel don't have to start
over from scratch."
AMD expects to begin shipping the first version of
the "Hammer" family of processors at the end of 2002.
For more AMD product information, visit www.amd.com.
Feb 27 - Intel Unveils
New XScale Network Processors. Intel Unveils New XScale Network
Processors. Intel Corporation today unveiled a family of network
processors and a processor for networked storage application based
on the advanced Intel(R) XScale(TM) technology.
Combined with the recent introduction of Intel XScale core-based
processors for handheld communications devices, today's announcement
demonstrates the versatility of Intel's XScale technology.
The new Intel XScale technology-based products include
the industry's broadest line of network processors, which are up
to 16 times faster than previous offerings. The network processors
are designed for applications extending from the home and office
to service providers' central switching office. Intel also unveiled
an integrated I/O processor, boasting more than twice the speed
of previous Intel I/O processors, aimed at reducing the cost and
complexity of designing networked storage devices.
"These products combine the best Intel has to
offer -- the performance and low power of the Intel XScale cores,
Intel's advanced manufacturing processes, the broadest ecosystem
support in the industry, and the advanced feature sets that equipment
makers are demanding," said Sean Maloney, executive vice president
and general manager of the Intel Communications Group.
The new family includes the Intel(R) IXP2800 network
processor for network core applications, such as ultrahigh-speed
switch/routers; the Intel(R) IXP2400 network processor for multiservice
switches and similar equipment at the network edge; and the Intel(R)
IXP425 network processor for equipment that brings digital subscriber
line (DSL), cable Internet service and wireless networking to homes
The common thread in the new products is the Intel
XScale technology, which combines high performance and programming
flexibility so developers can add powerful features, with reduced
power consumption so products will not overheat in densely packed
equipment racks. For more information on IDF and Intel technology,
Feb 27 - Conexant Announces
World's First Bluetooth-Enabled Digital Camera Platform. Conexant
Systems, Inc. (Nasdaq:CNXT), a worldwide leader in semiconductor
system solutions for communications applications, today announced
that it is demonstrating the industry's first Bluetooth(TM)-enabled
digital still camera platform this week at the Photo Marketing Association
(PMA) conference in Orlando, Fla.
The company's comprehensive solution combines a camera
processor, baseband controller and Bluetooth radio, plus all necessary
firmware for capturing and wirelessly transmitting images from digital
still cameras to Bluetooth-enabled devices such as personal computers,
mobile phones, PDAs and printers. This dramatically simplifies the
sharing and printing of digital photographs.
Standards-based Bluetooth connectivity for digital
cameras promises to eliminate the need for costly and proprietary
camera docking stations for personal computers, as well as opening
up a whole new world of connectivity to non-PC devices for viewing,
communicating and printing digital pictures.
"The Internet continues to transform the way
people capture, store and share digital images," said John
Gerard, director of marketing for Conexant's Digital Imaging Group.
"Conexant is leading the way with Bluetooth-enabled solutions
that provide the new direction for image transfer using cellular
handsets, digital still cameras, personal digital assistants and
other wireless devices."
During the demonstration, images captured on Conexant's
Raptor II CX11637 Bluetooth-enabled digital still camera platform
are transferred using Conexant's CX81400 baseband controller and
CX72303 Bluetooth radio, and connected to Lumero's FotoConnected(R)
MediaShare technology for viewing. Lumero's software will deliver
the resulting images to any type of display device connected to
the Internet through any wired or wireless standard. To learn more,
Feb 27 - Fujitsu Unveils
World's Smallest Touch Screen Notebook. Fujitsu PC Corporation,
a wholly-owned subsidiary of Fujitsu Limited (TSE:6702), today announced
the release of its newest addition to the LifeBook notebook line
with the LifeBook(R) P-1000.
The LifeBook P-1000 is the smallest touch screen notebook PC available
and is designed to support special-purpose applications, such as
healthcare, and sales and field-force automation. To further enable
these high-mobility users, the LifeBook P-1000 offers outstanding
battery life and wireless LAN capability.
The LifeBook P-1000 increases customer choice by offering
a full Windows PC-based solution at pricing comparable to Windows
CE-based notebooks. With the LifeBook P-1000 and the LifeBook B
Series, Fujitsu now offers two touch screen-enabled notebook PCs
to meet diverse customer pricing and functionality requirements.
The LifeBook P-1000 is a single-spindle design that measures only
9.1 inches wide by 6.2 inches deep by 1.36 inches high and weighs
only 2.2 pounds.
Despite its compact form factor the LifeBook P-1000
features an 8.9-inch wide-format XGA TFT display with a touch screen.
This combination of a 15:9 aspect ratio display and Fujitsu's touch
screen technology provides users with the maximum viewing area and
a unique method to navigate and to easily access and update data.
Increasing its functionality, Fujitsu's new ultra-light LifeBook
P-1000 will be one of the first notebooks in its class to offer
integrated WiFi(TM)-compliant wireless LAN capabilities (IEEE 802.11b),
allowing users to stay connected in the field and office. Users
have the option of a built-in modem and wireless LAN option or built-in
modem and integrated 10/100 base-Tx Ethernet.
"The new LifeBook P-1000 reaffirms Fujitsu's
commitment to our customers who require touch screen capability
for their productivity applications," said Sara Nelson, vice
president of marketing for Fujitsu PC Corporation. "More companies
than ever before are enlisting the services of technology to automate
their everyday business activities. We are confident this new addition
will provide the functionality and portability required in this
consistently expanding environment."
Like Fujitsu's LifeBook P Series P-2000, the LifeBook
P-1000 also incorporates the services of a Crusoe(TM) processor
from Transmeta Corporation (NASDAQ: TMTA). (The LifeBook P-2000,
winner of COMDEX Fall 2001's Best Notebook and Best of Show awards,
is the world's smallest, full-featured notebook PC incorporating
a built-in combo drive.)
The notebook is powered by Transmeta's 700MHz Crusoe TM5500 Processor
with LongRun(TM) Power Management specifically designed to save
energy while still providing full processing power in battery-mode.
The LifeBook P-1000 offers users two different battery configurations,
including the standard main Lithium ion battery for up to 4.5 hours
of battery life or high-capacity main battery increasing computing
life up to 9 hours.
The LifeBook P-1000 will ship at the end of February
in two recommended configurations and is also available via Fujitsu's
Configure To Order (CTO) program. With an estimated street price
starting at $1,499, the mini-notebook will be initially offered
through Fujitsu's reseller channel. Fujitsu can be found online
Feb 27 - AOL Selects Inktomi
Personal Edge to "Speed" Web Content. Inktomi Corp.
(Nasdaq:INKT), developer of scalable network infrastructure software,
today announced Inktomi(R) Personal Edge(TM), new software that
extends Inktomi's leading infrastructure technology to the desktop
for accelerated Web performance over the last mile.
AOL has selected Personal Edge to provide AOL members
with substantial performance enhancements. With this software, service
providers and enterprises can significantly speed the delivery of
Web content over the last mile to their end users. An independent
test has proven that Personal Edge software speeds the delivery
of Web pages by more than 30 percent.
With Web performance ranked as the number one consumer priority
in selecting or retaining an ISP, the new Inktomi software enables
service providers to compete more effectively by reducing customer
churn, increasing the profitability of their existing customers
and extending the life of their last-mile network investments.
"AOL has selected Inktomi Personal Edge as part
of our continued commitment to deliver the best online experience
for AOL's community of more than 33 million members worldwide,"
said Mark Muehl, vice president for Internet Operations at AOL.
"AOL has already been independently measured as having the
fastest Web performance in the online industry, and Inktomi's innovative
Personal Edge technology will even further enhance our members'
online experience in this key area. Internal testing of Inktomi
Personal Edge on the America Online service has demonstrated more
than 30 percent acceleration in display times for Web content, and
we look forward to offering this optimized performance to our worldwide
community of members."
While broadband usage continues to grow, analysts
predict that more than 50 percent of all Internet users will still
be accessing the Internet via a dial-up connection in 2005. Keynote
Systems recently reported that the average time for dial-up users
to access the 40 top consumer sites has increased by almost seven
seconds since 1999, to an average of more than 21 seconds today.
Web performance problems are not unique to dial-up users as broadband
users can experience slowdowns resulting from network over-subscriptions
and satellite users must contend with the inherent latency of satellite
distribution. Personal Edge software is designed to overcome the
last-mile bottleneck for dial-up, broadband, satellite and enterprise
The Inktomi Personal Edge suite consists of the following
-- Personal Edge Agent: Works with the Web browser
to speed up static and dynamic Web page delivery through intelligent
caching at the desktop that is coordinated with a parent cache located
in the network. (Note that this caching
(copying) of Web pages will use up space on your hard drive and
will actually slow your system down unless you go back to view a
page again. --Ed)
-- Personal Edge Page Server: Limits the amount of
data transmitted to a user by sending only updated information in
response to subsequent requests for a Web page.
-- Personal Edge Extension: Provides the communication
link between a Traffic Server parent cache and the other Personal
For more information on Personal Edge, visit: www.inktomi.com/products/cns/personal_edge.html.
Feb 27 - Dexxa Recalls a
Speaker 80 Model. Dexxa are recalling Dexxa Speaker 80, with
model number M/N S-LL8. The model number is found on a sticker at
the rear of the main speaker unit:
Defective wiring inside the product may pose a risk
of electric shock or fire.
Please disconnect this product from the electricity
supply and from your computer.
To arrange the return of this product with a full
refund, please telephone:
+49 0800 1 860 508
Please note that only Dexxa 80 speakers with the above
model number are affected. Dexxa 80 Speaker with any other model
number are NOT affected and should not be returned.
Further information on this recall, including pictures
of the product involved, can be found at: www.dexxaweb.com.
Feb 26 - Samsung 19-Inch
TFT-LCD Sets New Standard on the Desktop. Samsung Semiconductor,
Inc. today announced the availability of a 19-inch high-resolution
SXGA (1,280 by 1,024 pixels), Patterned Vertical Alignment(TM) (PVA)
TFT-LCD display that it is positioning as the next-generation desktop
standard for high-end PCs.
PVA technology provides Samsung's new 19-inch TFT-LCD
display with a high contrast ratio of 500:1; an enhanced brightness
of 250 nits; a fast 25ms response time, capable of running full-frame-rate
video; and a wide 170-degree conical viewing angle for easy readability.
Samsung's plans to market the new 19-inch PVA TFT-LCD
display as the next-generation desktop standard for high-end PCs
and expects the availability of the new display to increase the
company's lead in the TFT-LCD market. This will enable the company
to achieve its goal of selling 200,000 19-inch PVA TFT-LCDs in 2002
and 500,000 units in 2003. Samsung's extensive manufacturing capacity
enables the company to produce nine 19-inch TFT-LCDs from a single
substrate on its fifth-generation production line.
(PVA) Technology Samsung's patented Patterned Vertical
Alignment (PVA) TFT-LCD display technology has its liquid crystal
molecules aligned at 90 degrees vertically to the electrodes. The
passage of an electric field deflects the molecules off-vertical,
producing the required image. The deflection required for this is
much less than that required for traditional LCDs, allowing faster
operation. This results in a display with a higher contrast ratio,
a wider viewing angle, and a faster response time that allows it
to run full-frame-rate video.
Samsung officials forecast that the new 19-inch TFT-LCD
display will accelerate the industry trend towards standardization
of flat-panel TFT-LCD displays for PC desktop use, a movement driven
by TFT-LCD displays' much smaller bulk, lighter weight, lower power
consumption and lower heat generation, than that of CRT displays
commonly in use today.
With a 23 percent overall market share, Samsung is
the world's leading producer of large TFT-LCD displays. The company
has more than a 60 percent market share of 17-inch TFT-LCD displays
and has been the industry's leading large panel display manufacturer
In 1997, Samsung introduced the industry's first 17-inch
TFT-LCD display, which succeeded the 15-inch TFT-LCD as the desktop
display standard. The company recently introduced the world's first
40-inch TFT-LCD television display and continues to lead the industry
in TFT-LCD technology. Samsung offers the most extensive TFT-LCD
display product portfolio which spans the entire range from 1.8-inch
For more information, please visit : www.samsungusa.com/semiconductors.
Feb 26 - Eurologic Systems
To Demonstrate Serial ATA Storage Technology . Eurologic(TM)
Systems, a leading worldwide provider of network storage solutions
for the vertical, channel and server markets, is continuing to advance
the development, co-validation and marketing of high-quality, Serial
Advanced Technology Attachment (S-ATA) network storage solutions
for the enterprise and departmental-level markets and will be demonstrating
these technologies at the Intel Developer Forum in San Francisco,
Early feedback from customers on the technology further
validates the belief shared by Eurologic and Intel - that S-ATA
solutions will deliver the performance and cost advantage that the
market is demanding. Eurologic is continuing to work closely to
integrate S-ATA I/O building block technologies from Intel into
Eurologic's cutting-edge storage systems technology.
"We are seeing that S-ATA is set to create a
new value point for the market, providing advanced-level capabilities
at a new price point "Said Ken Claffey, Product Manager for
Eurologic Systems. "By offering customers a comprehensive feature
set at a significantly lower cost, S-ATA will enable customers to
choose the storage solution that is most appropriate for their application
and market. At this stage and in the coming months the industry
will need to work together to support the development of this technology
through to the delivery of fully functional S-ATA based solutions."
About Serial ATA
A high performance storage connectivity interface,
Serial ATA will have initial transfer rates of up to 1.5Gb/sec with
future plans to support a 6Gb/sec transfer rate. In addition, Serial
ATA delivers a number of new features and improvements, including
thinner and longer cabling, better cable connections, lower power
requirements, and lower pin counts.
"The shared vision of Eurologic and Intel will
bring to the market a S-ATA solution that combines value with performance"
Said Scott Goble, Intel's Director of Advanced Development. "We
will continue to work with the industry to ensure our customers
have a clear time to market advantage with tested and validated
solutions, at an attractive price point." Eurologic and Intel
will demonstrate S-ATA technology at the Intel Developer Forum,
to be held in San Francisco, California, from February 25-28.
For more information, visit Eurologic's web site at www.eurologic.com.
Feb 26 - Samsung RDRAM
Has Highest PC Bandwidth. Samsung Semiconductor, Inc., the world
leader in advanced technology semiconductor memory, announced today
it is supplying the RDRAM(R) devices to demonstrate RIMM(TM) 4200,
the world's highest bandwidth PC memory module, at the Intel Developers
Forum in the Rambus booth #404.
The RIMM 4200 module integrates two RDRAM memory channels
to deliver 4.2GB/s of memory bandwidth from a single module. Using
standard RDRAM components, RIMM 4200 modules operate with existing
RDRAM controllers and enable single module upgrades of dual channel
memory systems. As both memory channels are upgraded at the same
time, RIMM 4200 modules provide a very simple and straightforward
way to increase the memory capacity of an RDRAM-based PC.
"As the leading provider of RDRAM solutions,
Samsung is the first to produce the next speed bin of current production
RDRAM devices running at 1066 MHz," said Tom Quinn, vice president
of marketing, Samsung Semiconductor, Inc. "This, in combination
with the dual channel RIMM configuration, delivers the highest performance
available to date from a single PC memory module."
"Once again Samsung demonstrates their technological
leadership in the semiconductor memory arena with their 1066 MHz
and 1200 MHz RDRAM which they are sampling right now," said
Frank Fox, vice president of the RDRAM Solutions Division at Rambus
Inc. (Nasdaq:RMBS). "With Samsung's long-term support, RDRAM
is clearly the memory technology of choice at forward-looking companies
demanding optimum price-performance PC systems."
For more information, visit www.usa.samsungsemi.com.
Feb 26 - Alias/Wavefront
Announces Free Use of 3D Computer Graphics Engine. Alias/Wavefront(TM),
an SGI (NYSE:SGI) company and leader in 3D software for the entertainment
and design markets, today announced that it has made available the
Maya Personal Learning Edition(TM) which provides users of Microsoft(R)
Windows(R) and Mac(R) OS X with free access to a personal-use, non-commercial
version of its award-winning Maya(R). This 3D animation software,
was used to produce visual effects and character animations in the
Oscar nominated films Lord of the Rings, Pearl Harbor and Shrek.
Maya Personal Learning Edition gives 3D graphics and
animation students, current industry professionals, and those interested
in breaking into the world of computer graphics (CG) an opportunity
to explore the award-winning Maya Complete(TM) software, in a non-commercial
capacity. Current support for those using Maya Personal Learning
Edition takes the form of a web-based resource center that provides
access to learning materials, discussion forums, content exchanges
where users can share work and download free sample files, and galleries
in which Maya Personal Learning Edition users may exhibit their
projects. The resource center also becomes available effective immediately
"A risk free way to learn Maya on my own? It's
an incredible thought," enthuses Alias/Wavefront Ambassador,
Mark Sylvester. "Making Maya easily and instantly available,
with a full feature set, is a major step forward in our efforts
to promote continuing education for the marketplace. Animators have
precious little time on the job to expand their skills - now they
can learn more about Maya at their convenience. Students can easily
find out if a new media career could be in their future. I'm thrilled
that there is finally a program that allows animation enthusiasts
around the globe access to the world's most sought after 3D animation
Maya Personal Learning Edition
Maya Personal Learning Edition grants anyone with
the desire to learn more about Maya, or 3D computer graphics in
general, a free version of Maya for personal, non-commercial use.
It is Alias/Wavefront's intention to enable users to renew their
Maya Personal Learning Edition licenses annually. Those using the
Personal Learning Edition will have full access to the toolsets
of Maya Complete including NURBS modeling, animation, inverse kinematics,
Maya Artisan(TM), Maya Paint Effects(TM), particles, dynamics and
Maya's advanced rendering capabilities. Also included is the capability
to author and preview interactive 3D content for Macromedia(R) Director(R)
8.5 Shockwave(R) Studio via special implementations of the Maya
Shockwave 3D Exporter(TM) and the Maya Real-Time Author(TM).
Maya Personal Learning Edition users are contractually
confined to personal, non-commercial applications; moreover, the
display of a watermark on images and the use of a special non-commercial
file format enforce these restrictions. Also, Maya Personal Learning
Edition does not ship with the Maya API and cannot be used with
standard plug-ins. Use of the software is restricted to personal,
non-commercial applications only: educational institutions and training
facilities should contact their local sales office for more information
about Alias/Wavefront's academic programs or visit the "just
for schools" section of the Alias/Wavefront website at www.aliaswavefront.com/maya/students.
Pricing and Availability
Maya Personal Learning Edition may be downloaded free
of charge beginning today at www.aliaswavefront.com/freemaya.
By the end of March, CD copies will be available from the Alias/Wavefront
online store, www.aliaswavefrontstore.com
at a cost of USD $5 plus shipping and handling.
Feb 26 - 1394 Trade Association
to Show Latest PC Storage Technology. The 1394 Trade Association
will provide demos of the latest FireWire technology in booth 122
at the Intel Developers' Forum in San Francisco's Moscone Center
New storage products equipped with the IEEE 1394 standard,
which is marketed as FireWire(TM) and i.LINK,(TM) will be on site.
"Despite the current economic slowdown, the 1394 standard continues
to make steady progress in the consumer electronics, PC and peripherals
markets, with more new 1394-equipped products every month,"
said Trade Association Executive Director James Snider. New technical
developments this year include the arrival of the 1394b version
of the standard, with its 800 Megabit/second bandwidth and 100-meter
distances, along with support for 1394 in the XP platform.
For more information, please visit the 1394 Trade
Association web site at www.1394a.org.
Feb 25 - IBM Creates World's
Fastest Semiconductor Circuits. In a keynote address here today,
IBM announced it has created the world's fastest semiconductor circuit,
operating at speeds of over 110 GigaHertz (GHz) and processing an
electrical signal in 4.3 trillionths of a second.
The circuit was built using IBM's latest silicon germanium (SiGe)
chip-making technology, extending basic silicon to speeds never
thought possible. IBM is now making the technology, dubbed "SiGe
8HP," available to top-tier communications equipment makers
to help increase the speed of today's networks.
The first chips built with the technology are expected to appear
later this year.
"Many chip-makers are just starting to show they can build
SiGe transistors, while we're into our fourth generation of the
technology," said Dr. Bernard Meyerson, IBM Fellow and vice
president of the IBM Communications Research and Development Center
in his keynote address to the 2002 Compound Semiconductor Outlook
Conference. "We're translating SiGe's benefits into real customer
applications. With multiple SiGe technologies, a full suite of design
tools, and a significantly expanded R&D operation, we have the
resources to help anticipate and meet our customers communications
Sierra Monolithics, Inc. has been working with IBM on SiGe integrated
circuit designs for a variety of communications applications since
1996 and will be one of the first companies to design circuits based
on IBM's new technology.
"IBM continues to push Silicon Germanium technology to new
levels," said David Rowe, co-founder and chief technology officer
for Sierra Monolithics. "IBM's experience in reliable SiGe
process technology and SMI's heritage in high-frequency analog mixed
signal IC design, give us an edge in bringing products to market
for incredibly high performance applications."
For more information on IBM products and services, visit: www.chips.ibm.com.
Feb 25 - Sony's Vision
for the Future of Photography is ``All Digital''. Sony Electronics
demonstrated its "all digital" vision for advancing the
photography industry and put its entire line of digital cameras,
camcorders, photo printers, and flat-panel LCDs on display here
at the 2002 Photo Marketing Association (PMA) Exposition this week.
"All of us here at PMA share one overriding objective,"
said Greg Young, general manager of digital still camera marketing
for Sony Electronics, as he spoke before the photography industry's
largest gathering. "And that is to unleash imagination and
spark the creative genius in everyone so that more people take more
pictures more often."
Young pointed out that the massive consumer acceptance
of digital cameras and camcorders has created new opportunities
for the entire industry as people demand new ways to share, store,
print and display their photographs.
Emerging Digital Lifestyles
The big difference between film and digital photography
has to do with what Young called "emerging digital lifestyles"
in which digital imaging is woven into the fabric of people's lives.
During the presentation today, he demonstrated several untraditional
avenues for displaying digital images, including Sony's CLIE(TM)
handheld, an Xplod(TM) car stereo system, and the new line of WEGA(R)
televisions -- calling them all "21st Century photo albums."
"Each has the ability to display crisp, clear,
high-resolution digital images directly from media removed from
digital cameras," Young said. "Digital imaging isn't a
novelty anymore. It's a tool for making a very personal imprint
Print by Sony(TM)
One emerging opportunity Sony is focusing on this
year is the demand for high-quality photo print alternatives. For
consumers, the latest breed of Sony digital photo printers can "develop"
and print digital photos in moments, without having to connect to
Four such Sony digital photo printers are on display
at PMA 2002. The diminutive DPP-MP1, along with the DPP-SV55, DPP-SV77
and DPP-SV88 (with CD-R/RW) digital photo printers, all enable photographers
to view, edit and enlarge images without connecting to a PC. These
easy-to-use printers feature high-resolution dye sublimation technology,
which helps create rich, borderless 4" x 6" and 3 1/2"
x 4" bordered prints in about 90 seconds.
Digital Still Cameras
Among the other products being displayed here are
Sony's new line of digital still cameras, including the Cyber-Shot(R),
FD Mavica(R) and CD Mavica(R) cameras with the capability to take
photographs with up to five megapixels of resolution, capture MPEG
video, and easily connect to a television, desktop PC or laptop
"Sony offers three different digital camera lines,
which all offer their own benefits," Young said. "The
CD Mavica product line in particular is a great option for those
looking to step up to digital, because it conveniently burns digital
photos directly onto a CD in the camera -- a relatively inexpensive
and highly compatible digital medium."
Sony is also showcasing its entire line of Handycam(R)
digital camcorders at PMA, ranging from the popular MiniDV(TM) models
to new MICROMV(TM) units that are small enough to fit in a coat
According to Young, "Sony's digital camcorders
are designed with Worry-free(R) features, to make them easy for
people to pick up and use. They also come with advanced digital
effects, extended battery life and, on some models, wireless connectivity."
Sony can be found online at www.sony.com.
Feb 25 - Adobe Introduces
Photoshop 7.0. Adobe Systems Incorporated (Nasdaq:ADBE), the
leader in network publishing, today announced Adobe(R) Photoshop(R)
7.0, a major upgrade to the world's professional image editing standard.
Photoshop 7.0 boasts an extensive set of new features that allow
photographers, Web and graphic designers to work more efficiently,
explore new creative options and produce the highest quality images
for print, Web and other media. Native on Mac(R) OS X and Microsoft(R)
Windows(R) XP, Photoshop 7.0 provides enhanced multi-processor support
and interoperability with other native Adobe applications.
Photoshop 7.0 software delivers a comprehensive toolset
that helps users meet any creative or production challenge. The
new Healing Brush revolutionizes the process of retouching images,
effortlessly removing dust, scratches, blemishes and wrinkles, while
automatically preserving shading, lighting, texture and other attributes.
The new File Browser allows users to quickly locate, organize and
visually manage images, as well as view EXIF information from digital
cameras, including date captured, exposure settings, and associated
metadata (such as creation and modification dates).
The creative tools in Photoshop 7.0 help design professionals
generate compelling visual effects and stay ahead of the competition.
A new painting engine lets users create custom brush presets, simulate
techniques like pastels and charcoal, and add special effects such
as grass and leaves, while the new Pattern Maker plug-in can create
patterns such as rocks and sand. An enhanced Liquify plug-in provides
even greater control over image warping with zoom, pan and multiple
"Photoshop 7.0 does a beautiful job of building
on the advances of previous versions to make 7.0 the most powerful,
most amazing, and most useful release of Photoshop ever," said
Scott Kelby, president of the National Association of Photoshop
Professionals. "The new Healing Brush may be the single coolest
tool in Photoshop ever, and when you use it, all you can do is shake
your head and say, 'How in the world does it do that?' It's that
Including ImageReady(R) 7.0, the advanced Web component,
Photoshop 7.0 provides new output enhancements so Web designers
can apply extra compression to images while maintaining the quality
of text and vector shape layers, as well as exercise greater control
over how transparency is maintained online. New support for the
WBMP format enables optimization for display on PDAs and other wireless
devices. For interactive authoring, ImageReady software now allows
all slices, rollovers, image maps and animations in one palette,
and an expanded set of rollover types allows for the creation of
more effective navigation bars.
To streamline the management and updating of large
image libraries, Photoshop 7.0 integrates with Adobe AlterCast(R),
Adobe's dynamic imaging server software. Photoshop 7.0 supports
Adobe's XMP (Extensible Metadata Platform), an open framework that
standardizes the creation and processing of content across publishing
workflows. Photoshop 7.0 is also tightly integrated with Adobe Illustrator(R),
Adobe InDesign(R), Adobe GoLive(R), Adobe LiveMotion(TM), Adobe
Premiere(R), Adobe After Effects(R) and Adobe Acrobat(R).
Pricing and Availability
In the United States and Canada, Adobe Photoshop 7.0
will ship in the second quarter of 2002 for all platforms. The estimated
street price is US $609. Registered users of earlier versions of
Photoshop can upgrade to version 7.0 for the new reduced price of
US $149. Upgrades from Adobe Photoshop Elements and Photoshop LE
are available directly from Adobe for $499. Information about other
language versions, as well as pricing, upgrade and support policies
for other countries, is available on Adobe's Web site at www.adobe.com/products/photoshop.
Feb 25 - Minolta’s DiMAGE
Digital Camera Line Offers Something for Everyone. Minolta Corporation
has a full line of digital cameras the DiMAGE line
which provide superior image quality without compromise, and meet
the varied demands of todays consumers digital photography
needs and budgets.
These new digital cameras rely on the application
of Minoltas core competencies in superior autofocus technologies,
light metering and exposure control, color metering, compact zoom
lens design, digital image processing technology and ultra miniaturization.
said Jon Sienkiewicz, vice president, digital imaging products,
Minolta Corporations Consumer Products Group. From Minoltas
new stylish and ultra-compact DiMAGE X to the high resolution SLR-type
DiMAGE 7 to the easy-to-use DiMAGE S404, theres a camera available
for every photographer at every budget.
Minolta DiMAGE X
The new Minolta DiMAGE X is the smallest, lightest
and thinnest digital camera in the world.* The unique design of
the 3x optical zoom lens allows it to move, or “zoom,” vertically
within the camera body. That means that when the lens moves from
wide angle to telephoto, it always remains inside the camera body.
The 3x optical zoom lens is equivalent to a 37mm - 111mm on a 35mm
camera, and with the incorporation of the DiMAGE X’s 2x digital
zoom, the camera has up to a 6x seamless zooming capability.
Minolta DiMAGE S404
The new DiMAGE S404 is Minoltas top-of-the-line
compact digital camera, combining high quality images and automatic
features which allows users to obtain the best photographic results
with point-and-shoot design and easy camera operation.
Based on the popular design of the DiMAGE S304, the
DiMAGE S404 features a 1/1.8-inch type CCD with 4.0-megapixel effective
resolution. The camera incorporates a 4x zoom, all glass apochromatic
Minolta GT LENS with anomalous dispersion (AD) glass for color accuracy
and dual aspherical elements which, combined with a 2.2x digital
zoom, provides a compact lens design with a wide image capture range.
Minolta DiMAGE 7 and DiMAGE 5
The DiMAGE 7 and DiMAGE 5 share Minoltas new
technological developments designed to provide high-quality images
as well as a wide array of digital functions for creative photography.
Many advanced features that were found only on high-end professional
digital cameras are now offered at more affordable prices.
The award-winning DiMAGE 7, with 5.0 megapixel resolution
(effective number of pixels), is equipped with a 2/3-inch type CCD
with a total of 5.24 million pixels. The DiMAGE 5 features 3.2 megapixel
resolution (effective number of pixels) based on a 1/1.8-type CCD
with a total 3.34 million pixel resolution.
For more information, visit Minoltas Web site
located at www.minoltausa.com.
Feb 24 - Sunday Shopping
Weekly Comparison. This Sunday prices fell back down on 1
GHz notebooks. Prices went down $200 from $1099 to $899.
Pentium 4 desktops went up about $100, the low-priced Celeron desktop
stayed the same at $599, and Athlon XP desktops are again being
advertised this Sunday.
This Sunday's Special Discounts and Financing.
In addition to sales on specific items, the following store-wide
sales are advertised this week. (Note that
these ads are for the Dayton,Ohio area. Prices or offerings may
be different where you live.)
BestBuy.com is giving away 1 year of free MSN with any computer
purchase or you can get a $200 shopping spree if you sign up for
24 months of MSN. They are also offering 12 months of interest free
financing on all desktop computer purchases over $598 or 18 months
of interest free financing on all notebooks $299 and up. Additionally,
they are giving $100 mail-in rebates on all desktop complete packages.
City is advertising $100
mail-in rebates on all desktop complete packages and Intel processor
notebooks. They are also giving away 1 year of free CompuServe with
all notebook and desktop complete package purchases.
is offering $100 mail-in rebates on all Pentium 4 desktop packages
and Pentium III notebooks.
CompUSA has no ad this Sunday.
Staples is also giving away 1 year
of free MSN with any computer purchase.
Shopping Alert on Lower Priced
Desktops. Many lower priced Celeron desktops made by
almost all computer manufacturers should be carefully investigated
Most of these low priced desktops have no AGP video expansion slot,
no onboard dedicated video RAM, no CD-RW drive, and very few empty
PCI expansion slots. These computers will be very difficult to upgrade,
and they have poorer performance than other desktops that do not
have integrated audio and video chips on the motherboard.
Often by spending $200-$400 more dollars for a Pentium 4 or Athlon
XP based system, you can get twice the performance, more features,
and you will have an upgradeable computer that will serve you well
for another 3 years.
If you choose the $700 Celeron system to save a few bucks, keep
in mind that in a year or two you will probably want to replace
About Windows XP. It has been a little over
4 months since Windows XP began to be bundled with new computers.
Windows XP became available for separate purchase on October 25th.
For more information on Windows XP visit Microsoft's
Windows XP home page.
Internet Rebates. Most stores are no longer
advertising 3 year Internet rebates. Check with your local store
before you buy. Please see our article, What
You Need to Know About Internet Rebates and Free PCs, for an
in-depth discussion of Internet Rebates.
Definitions. A complete 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 Low-cost Pentium 4
HP 1.6 GHz complete system
Best High-end Pentium 4 System
Sony 1.8 GHz complete system
Best Low-cost Athlon XP System
Compaq 1700+ complete system
Best High-end Athlon XP System
HP 2000+ build-to-order system with 17"
Best Low-cost Notebook
Toshiba 1 GHz Celeron with DVD
Best High-end Notebook
Sony AMD Athlon 4, 1.2 GHz with combo DVD/CD-RW
Additional Information. For additional technical
information, advice on how to buy a laptop or desktop, and vendor
and manufacturer links, please see our Computer
Buying Advice page.
About Sunday Shopping Watch. Sunday Shopping Watch appears
every Sunday (except some holidays like Easter and Christmas) in
our News and Rumors column. It is a review of local (Dayton, Ohio)
computer chain store advertisements. While we can not guarantee
your local chain store has the same items, this article should help
you make informed buying decisions.
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