Feb 28 - Panasonic Introduces World's Most Connected
Convertible Tablet PCs. Panasonic Computer Solutions Company,
the leading provider of ruggedized portable computers, today elevated
the bar of both notebook and tablet computing with the introduction
of two convertible Toughbook(R) CF-18 notebook/pen tablet PC models.
Utilizing an advanced mobility platform and technology for maximum
performance with minimal battery drain, the CF-18 features a tilting-and-swiveling
10.4-inch high-visibility XGA display panel that flips and closes
over the unit's keyboard to become a fully functional, rugged Microsoft(R)
Windows(R) 2000 Professional or Windows(R) XP Professional Touchscreen
PC tablet, or--in the digitized-screen variant--a state-of-the-art
Windows(R) XP TabletPC.
Toughbook 18 is quite simply in a class by itself," said Rance
Poehler, president of Panasonic Computer Solutions Company. "It
will redefine the tablet PC category while setting new standards for
versatility in notebook computing. Panasonic has leveraged its years
of experience and engineering to design a tablet PC which provides
the durability demands for both white and blue collar applications.
The 'convertible' nature of the Toughbook 18 makes it ideal for use
from claims adjusters to hospital nurses while also being able to
withstand the pounding from Panasonic's Military and Public Safety
customers. The Toughbook 18 can be carried up a latter, hung on a
wall as a tablet, or mounted in a vehicle like a standard notebook,"
"It also offers our customers--some of whom regularly find themselves
in situations where reliable communication is literally a life and
death matter--more simultaneous connectivity options than any other
computer in its class, notebook or tablet PC. No longer does a Department
head or IT manager have to decide between wireless LAN, Bluetooth,
CDMA, or GPS access. Now a company can have many options working simultaneously,
in an under-four-pound computer that they can depend on to keep them
connected in even the most unforgiving operating environments.
As a provider of portable computing systems to some of the most demanding
industrial, public service and military organizations in the world,
we have always defined ourselves by our ability to deliver high-performance,
rugged computers for use anywhere, anytime, under any conditions,"
comments Poehler. "Typical retail notebook computers have failure
rates as high as 20 percent, according to Gartner. In my opinion,
retail plastic tablet computers with no ruggedization, will experience
even higher failure rates than notebook PCs. Carrying into the field
a plastic tablet PC with an unprotected glass LCD display is an accident
waiting to happen and will present its user with a costly learning
experience," further notes Poehler.
Resetting the Baseline of Portable Performance & Power Management
The Toughbook(R) CF-18's advanced system micro-architecture incorporates
numerous specialized circuits designed to streamline operations, increase
real-word computing efficiency and prolong battery life. Predictive
analysis is used to pre-load instructions based on past program behavior
for smoother, faster transitions between operations; a "merge"
circuit combines diverse operations into a single executable instruction;
power-optimization enhancements minimize voltage swing and eliminate
battery drain by idle components; and internal tracking technology
allows the processor to execute program instructions without interruption.
Communications enhancements include the ability to move from a wired
to a wireless LAN connection without exiting applications and improved
data throughput, operating range, and responsiveness on Bluetooth(TM)
Full Pen Tablet Functionality With Maximum OS Flexibility
The Toughbook CF-18 Convertible is available in two models; a Windows(R)
2000 Professional or Windows(R) XP Professional Touchscreen PC notebook
that converts to a tablet using standard pen extensions or proprietary
Windows-compatible applications and a Windows(R) XP TabletPC Edition-based
notebook with a magnetically digitized display that converts to a
100-percent TabletPC-compliant pen tablet.
The digitized screen in the Windows(R) XP TabletPC Edition model
allows users to incorporate handwritten input into Microsoft(R) Office
applications, annotate documents imported from a server or other computer,
instantly change screen views from portrait to landscape mode and
use pen "gestures" to perform such functions as pointing,
clicking, selecting and dragging. Other features integrated into the
CF-18 TabletPC Edition include handwriting-to-text conversion, speech
recognition (English, Japanese and simplified Chinese), and Microsoft(R)
ClearType(R) technology for maximum text readability.
Innovative LCDs Make Everything Clear Day Or Night
Screen readability, a determinant factor in the usefulness of all
portable computers, is especially critical in tablet applications
where the user must be able see well enough to write, draw and complete
forms on the screen rather than just read text. An optional, transflective
LCD display on the CF-18 Touchscreen PC delivers extraordinary brightness
in all operating environments by automatically balancing ambient light
and system backlight, while the TabletPC Edition's magnetically digitized
display is precision engineered to optimize handwriting recognition,
drafting and other freehand data-entry tasks.
A Notebook Or Tablet This Convertible Is Mil-Spec Tough
From the bottom of its cast-magnesium-alloy case--manufactured by
Panasonic in its own state-of-the-art metal fabrication facility--to
the top of its screen, the CF-18 has been designed to provide the
durability standards that Toughbook(R) customers have come to expect.
Both the screen and hard drive are impact isolated and the entire
computer has been designed for compliance with MIL STD 810F requirements
for four-corner and flat-side shock and vibration absorption, and
liquid, dirt and dust ingress protection in extreme operating environments.
Newest Member Of The Industry's First Family Of Rugged Computers
The Toughbook CF-18 is the newest model in the industry's most complete
line of rugged, portable computers for vertical applications. In addition
to a full line of notebook computers ranging from the rugged, big-screen
Pentium 4-powered CF-50, to the battle-hardened full-size CF-28, to
the high-durability ultra-portable CF-T1, Panasonic offers such specialized
models as the Permanent Display Removable Computer (PDRC) for police
car mounting, the Toughbook(R) 07 MDWD wireless "wearable"
computer, and the Toughbook 01 handheld terminal.
An Array of Wireless & Wired Network Protocols
The Toughbook CF-18 offers integrated Bluetooth(TM) Class 1, IEEE
802.11b, CDMA 2000 RTT and GPRS Class 8 wireless connectivity options,
an integrated Global Positioning Satellite (GPS) receiver, 100Base
TX/10 BaseT wired LAN support and a 56K V90-compliant modem. Other
I/Os include two Type II PC Card slots (or one Type II/ one Smart
Card slot), serial port, ext. video port, USB 2.0 (x2) inputs, and
audio input and output.
Pricing & Configuration
CF-18BDKZZMM XP TabletPC Edition version $3200. CF-18BHKZZDM Touchscreen
PC version $3200. Information on Panasonic's full line of notebook
PCs for the mobile professional can be obtained at www.panasonic.com/toughbook.
Feb 28 - HP Continues Market Share Growth
in U.S. Printer Market. HP (NYSE:HPQ) has captured 59 percent
of the overall printer market in the fourth quarter of calendar year
2002 -- maintaining its No. 1 position and extending its market share
growth for the third consecutive quarter --according to IDC's U.S.
Quarterly Printer Tracker issued today.
The most notable growth areas were the inkjet and color page printer
categories in which HP gained 15 and 12 points in unit share year
over year, respectively.
"HP's results from the holiday season were phenomenal and demonstrate
that our photo printers, business ink and color laser printing systems
provide an extremely competitive combination of technology and value.
We clearly remain the printer company of choice," said George
Mulhern, senior vice president, HP Imaging and Printing Group. "These
numbers are important indicators of HP's sustained market leadership
and more importantly show that printing is increasingly viewed as
a critical component of the overall IT environment."
The IDC U.S. Quarterly Printer Tracker shows that the HP Color LaserJet
2500, HP's first sub-$1,000 color laser printer series, expanded HP's
leadership position to 61 percent unit share, a growth of 12 points
year over year. Low-priced color page printers, such as the HP Color
LaserJet 2500 that entered the channel in the fourth quarter of 2002,
are credited with driving volume growth in the overall color page
printer segment. The HP Color LaserJet 2500 printer provides businesses
an industry-leading combination of price and performance.
In the inkjet segment, HP maintained its position as the market leader
with 58 percent market share, which is up 15 points year over year
and is also the third consecutive quarter of gains. HP offers a wide
range of devices in this category ranging from value-priced single
function printers to HP Photosmart and business-level inkjet printers,
in addition to brands from Compaq and Apollo.
HP also maintained its monochrome (black and white) leadership position
with 72 percent market share in a consolidating market.
HP completed its acquisition of Compaq Computer Corporation on May
3, 2002. More information about HP is available at www.hp.com.
Feb 28 - SiS, Samsung, ASUS and Rambus
Announce Joint Development of 4-Channel RDRAM Performance Chipset.
Industry leaders Silicon Integrated Systems Corp. (SiS), Samsung Electronics
Co., Ltd. (Samsung), ASUSTeK Computer Inc. (ASUS) and Rambus Inc.
(Nasdaq:RMBS) announce the cooperative development of the next-generation
RDRAM-based chipset, the SiSR659, which is targeted at the performance
computing and multimedia gaming markets.
"SiS is pleased to partner with Samsung, ASUS and Rambus to
develop leading-edge chipsets with RDRAM technology," said Stephen
Chen, Senior Vice President at SiS, a leading provider of core logic
and graphics chips. "SiS is committed to delivering the highest
performance products at great value to our customers."
The R659 chipset represents the second offering from SiS's family
of RDRAM products. Incorporating high-speed interface and memory controller
technology from Rambus, the R659 chipset drives four channels of 1200MHz
RDRAM memory resulting in 9.6GByte/sec of memory bandwidth. This represents
a 50% higher performance gain than competing dual-channel DDR chipsets.
The chipset also includes architectural enhancements for higher performance
through faster response time, as well as up to 16GByte of total memory
"This joint development effort combines advanced core logic
design with superior memory expertise and manufacturing excellence,"
said Tom Quinn, Vice President of Marketing, Samsung Semiconductor
Inc., the industry-leading memory technology supplier. "The 4-channel
RDRAM architecture will support outstanding system performance with
an easy transition path to higher performance computing."
The next generation RDRAM chipset achieves unmatched performance
using standard commodity RIMM modules available today and already
supported by the industry. This latest RDRAM solution from SiS pairs
the SiSR659 with the SiS964 south bridge, which integrates USB 2.0
with up to 8 ports and Serial ATA features.
"Performance is the foundation throughout all of Asus' product
offerings," said Jerry Shen, Vice President at ASUS. "The
4-channel RDRAM chipset, combined with our expertise in supplying
high-quality, high-performance boards, makes this an exciting solution
for use with today's fastest processors."
Sample delivery of the SiSR659 is scheduled for the third quarter
For more information, visit www.sis.com.
Feb 28 - Cypress Samples Next-Generation
USB Embedded Chips. Cypress Semiconductor Corp. (NYSE:CY) -- the
industry leader in USB -- today announced a new family of next-generation
USB embedded host controllers. Featuring 16-Bit RISC controllers,
large memory and low power, the devices make it possible to develop
embedded applications -- including cell phones, PDAs, printers, cameras
and music players --that can connect to each other without the need
for a host computer.
(CY7C67300) is a multi-port embedded host/peripheral controller targeted
at the non-handheld market--including set-top boxes, DVD players,
Internet appliances, wireless access points, print servers and KVM
switches. EZ-Host contains a high-performance 16-bit RISC microcontroller;
two USB serial interface engines (SIEs), each individually configurable,
with two ports per SIE; and a configurable I/O block that can connect
to numerous standard interfaces.
EZ-OTG(TM) (CY7C67200) contains most of the functionality of EZ-Host
but is customized for mobile devices -- including cell phones, PDAs,
video and still cameras, MP3 players and mass storage devices. Supporting
the USB On-the-Go (OTG) protocol, EZ-OTG enables true "plug-and-play"
connectivity between portable devices. EZ-OTG contains two USB SIEs,
with one port per SIE, and a power-boost circuit that operates down
Both EZ-Host and EZ-OTG can operate as either hosts or peripherals,
depending on the application. Both contain 16 kbytes of RAM, making
possible custom applications; multiple CPU interfaces; and on-board
BIOS to handle a portion of the USB processing. The embedded processor
eliminates the need for an external CPU in many applications. Cypress
has leveraged its industry leading SRAM technology to provide a device
with added functionality while remaining cost competitive with other
solutions in the marketplace.
To enable the advanced capabilities the devices, Cypress provides
all of the necessary support, including a complete development kit
with programming tools, Linux drivers, frame work firmware, and functional
examples. Real Time Operating System (RTOS) support, including availability
of a USB stack and class drivers, simplifies the total solution development
"EZ-Host and EZ-OTG give designers a new level of flexibility
and control," said Cathal Phelan, vice president of Cypress's
Personal Communications Division. "They enable new applications
in systems without an existing CPU, and act as a co-processor in applications
with a CPU, enabling additional functionality and enhanced system
performance. Their large on-board memory space lets designers embed
custom code to produce tailored applications without incurring the
cost of an ASIC. They're the most flexible USB host/peripheral solutions
on the market, and at a very attractive price."
"Cypress is taking the right approach," said Brian O'Rourke,
senior analyst with Instat/MDR. "The high-growth opportunities
for USB in the future will be the ones that move USB away from the
PC. This includes portable applications such as cell phones and PDAs
as well as non-PC form factors like set-top boxes."
These dual-role devices comply with the USB 2.0 specification, support
both full- and low-speed traffic and are fully compatible with the
USB On-the-Go Supplement. Both devices give OEM customers the ability
to create a true USB mobile and/or embedded host device that can perform
select host functions independent of a PC but that can also operate
as a peripheral to a PC.
USB On-The-Go (OTG): The new USB Standard for Embedded Devices
OTG is a new supplement to the USB 2.0 specification aimed at the
portable market. Cypress Semiconductor has extended its position as
industry leader in USB peripheral technology by taking a leading role
in the OTG working group and in defining the specification.
Development Kits and devices are currently sampling to qualified
More information about Cypress is accessible online at www.cypress.com.
Feb 28 - Mobile User Lifestyle Survey
Results. AvantGo(R), Inc. (Nasdaq: AVGO), a leading provider of
mobile enterprise software, today released results from its 2003 Mobile
Lifestyle Survey -- delivered to users on their mobile devices to
determine their preferences, buying patterns, interests and activities.
The survey sought to uncover trends among those who regularly carry
and use a personal digital assistant (PDA). The results may surprise
brand managers and marketers looking to reach that key male, age 25-50
audience. The study found that mobile device users in 2003 are mostly
male, well educated and well paid with varied interests in sports
and travel, for example.
"They are an elusive group for marketing professionals to reach
--25- to 50-year-old males -- yet they can wield significant influence
on the purchasing of products and services," said Neil Versen,
vice president of sales at AvantGo.
Profile of a Mobile User in 2003: He's Male, Educated and Active
Of those surveyed in the 2003 Lifestyle Survey: Eighty-four percent
are male. Sixty-nine percent are between 25 and 50 years of age, with
40% between 35 and 50. They are well educated with more than two-thirds
completing college, a masters or a PhD degree. Over half have an annual
household income above $60,000, with a full 26% over $100,000. And,
if you think they are just geeks, think again. They are sports fans,
watching football (51%), basketball (28%), baseball (23%) and NASCAR
(13%), and on any given day you may find over 80% of them participating
in outdoor sports, including golfing (19%), hiking (17%) and cycling
Other characteristics of the mobile user in 2003 include:
-- They come from a variety of industries, and the majority of
these PDA users own both their homes and their cars. However,
nearly a third are in the market to purchase a new vehicle in
less than one year.
-- They travel for both business (with 12% averaging more than 10
business trips a year) and for pleasure (with 24% taking over
three vacations per year).
-- When they aren't traveling, they are busy using wireless
services from a variety of carriers and a combination of their
desktop and laptop computers to conduct online purchases of
books (60%), PC software (56%) and CDs/music (49%). In the
next six months, among the items they intend to purchase are
new PCs, appliances and cameras.
-- Of course, they all own a PDA that almost two-thirds purchased
for themselves, while others were a gift or provided by their
About the Mobile Lifestyle Survey
The 2003 Mobile Lifestyle Survey is based on responses from 1,450
My AvantGo users. The self-administered survey was completed over
a two-week period in February 2003 and delivered on mobile devices
via the My AvantGo service. Respondents were self-selecting. For further
information, visit www.avantgo.com.
Feb 28 - Master of Orion III PC Game Ships.
Infogrames, Inc. a leading global publisher of interactive entertainment
software, announced today that the highly-anticipated and long-awaited
sequel in the space epic Master of Orion(R) 3 has been experiencing
pre-orders significantly above expectations, and the game will ship
out to retail stores globally, to more than 20 major countries around
the world, on February 25, 2003.
"The pre-sells for Master of Orion 3 have exceeded our highest
expectations," says Rich Snyder, Buyer, PC entertainment-Electronics
Boutique. "This product is tailor-made for our target consumer
and our store managers are eagerly awaiting the release on February
25. We expect our stores to be full of MOO fans next week and beyond."
In Master of Orion 3, the sequel to one of the best-loved strategy
games of all time, players assume the biggest role ever. No longer
do players merely represent petty interplanetary dictators. Players
become the controlling power behind an entire galactic civilization;
the dictators, presidents, councils, and overlords that come and go
are merely pawns in the player's arsenal. One must use these governments,
their citizens, and their leaders to secure the destiny of their civilization,
to manipulate policies of freedom and oppression in both foreign and
domestic arenas. It is not enough to be an able economist or a great
starship captain to succeed in Master of Orion 3; considerable political,
administrative, research, and espionage skills must be applied to
claim the title of Master of Orion.
Featuring a robust Single Player game and up to 8-player simultaneous
turn-based Multiplayer, Master of Orion 3 is the definitive 5X Space
Strategy game; Explore, Expand, Exploit, Exterminate and now Experience
grand strategy as you never have before.
Master of Orion 3 is being developed by veteran developer of classic
strategy games Quicksilver Software, Inc and features a wide range
of multi-player and solitaire play options, 16 highly-distinctive
alien races, crisp graphics and an intuitive user interface. Master
of Orion 3 is available for Windows 98/ME/2000/XP PCs.
For more information, visit www.infogrames.com.
Feb 27 - Intel Discusses
Future Enterprise and Communications Infrastructure Growth. Rapid
industry innovation is speeding the rate at which new enterprise and
communications infrastructure technologies become mainstream server
and communications products, setting the stage for future industry
growth, according to Intel Corporation executives.
Speaking to an audience of technology industry engineers, developers
and designers, Intel Senior Vice President Mike Fister and Executive
Vice President Sean Maloney explained how innovations such as WiFi,
PCI Express(TM), Intel(R) Itanium(R) architecture, Hyper-Threading
Technology and Advanced Telecommunications Computing Architecture
(AdvancedTCA) are helping to quickly drive new products to market.
The adoption of these technologies then sets the stage for future
"More than anything, aligning the industry around key technologies
leads to innovation on a grand scale," said Fister. "Intel's
building block approach is driving innovation at a pace that other
models can't match, and that translates to new technologies, introduced
more quickly, at lower prices. Corporations can then adopt the new
technologies and use them for competitive advantage," said Fister.
Intel Innovation For Enterprise Data Centers
Fister showcased one of Intel's key innovations in enterprising computing
with the company's first public demonstration of PCI Express technology.
The early silicon, operating at 2.5 gigabits per second (Gbps), illustrates
the type of technology that will help lead the industry toward new,
cost-efficient enterprise products. Intel is planning top-to-bottom
support for PCI Express in its enterprise chipsets beginning in 2004,
and new Intel storage and communications products incorporating PCI
Express are expected at the same time. New enterprise chipsets planned
for 2004 with support for PCI Express technology and DDR2 memory include
a four-way Intel(R) Xeon(TM) processor MP chipset and a Xeon processor
chipset for two-way servers. These products help round-out Intel's
enterprise chipset portfolio.
PCI Express solves challenging enterprise I/O bandwidth issues and
lowers system design costs, as it requires fewer overall chips to
implement. It also provides a unified way for enterprise interconnect
technologies such as InfiniBand and Ethernet to work together. Combined,
these features help lower system costs and increase reliability.
Intel's continued innovation in manufacturing will come to the enterprise
front later this year as the company moves to Xeon processors for
dual-processor servers and workstations built on Intel's 90 nanometer
(nm) process technology. Intel has accelerated its Xeon processor
roadmap, and new products for dual-processor server and workstations
with 1MB of cache are due in the third quarter of 2003.
In 2004, Intel will offer two new additions for multi-processor servers
including a Xeon processor MP with 4MB of cache and a new processor
built on Intel's 90-nm process technology. Itanium 2 processor plans
include the introduction of a low-voltage version of the product (Deerfield)
in the second half of this year. It features similar performance to
today's Itanium 2 processors for dual-processor high performance computing
and targeted front-end applications, but at half the power. Future
products include Itanium 2 processors with 9MB of L3 cache in 2004,
followed by dual-core processors in 2005 (Montecito).
Reducing Costs for Communications Products
Maloney discussed Intel's role in providing communications building
blocks used throughout the Internet infrastructure. This includes
communications products for homes and offices, equipment for access
and edge operations of the Internet and equipment for the Internet's
"Intel is a leading supplier of communications building blocks,
ranging from WiFi products to network processors, used throughout
the Internet infrastructure," said Maloney. "By working
with Intel and embracing modular communications platforms, the industry
will be able to deliver communications products for homes and businesses
in increasingly rapid fashion at lower costs."
For homes and offices, Intel today announced three new network processors,
the Intel(R) IXP420, IXP421 and IXP422. These network processors are
optimized for applications such as WiFi, wireless fidelity technology
that allows wireless Internet access. Linksys, a leader in networking
for homes and small/medium businesses, today announced that it is
using the IXP422 in its new generation of Linksys(a) Wireless Access
Points. Additionally, broadband, security and voice-over-IP applications
share a common architecture and development environment with the previously
announced IXP425 network processor.
To further simplify design, reduce costs, provide increased performance
and improve time to market for equipment makers, Intel is focused
on creating modular communications platforms. Intel's network processors
and IA-based processors are designed to work within these modular
communications platforms based on the AdvancedTCA specification. AdvancedTCA
defines the size and shape of boards and other elements used in communications
equipment and helps reduce design cycles.
For the optical backbone of the Internet, Maloney disclosed new details
regarding Intel's tunable laser technology. This technology promises
to deliver significantly lower costs and increased flexibility in
deploying dense wavelength division multiplexing (DWDM) solutions.
DWDM can allow service providers to significantly increase network
bandwidth as needed.
The Intel Developer Forum is the technology industry's premier event
for hardware and software developers. Held worldwide throughout the
year, IDF brings together key industry players to discuss cutting-edge
technology and products for PCs, servers, communications equipment,
and handheld clients. For more information on IDF and Intel technology,
Feb 27 - Intel Announces First Network
Processor Product Line for Home and Small to Medium Enterprise Applications.
Intel Corporation today introduced three new network processors that
address the needs of many wired and wireless applications for the
home, small office/home office (SOHO) and small- to medium-enterprise
(SME) market segments.
The new Intel(R) IXP420, IXP421, IXP422 network processors provide
developers with a choice of integrated data, voice and security features
to meet the requirements of high-performance, cost-sensitive applications.
With their Intel XScale(TM) core, these processors combine performance
headroom to support rich application services with the time-to-market
benefits of a common architecture.
The Intel IXP4XX product line provides equipment makers with a wide
range of WAN and LAN interfaces for a variety of applications. The
IXP422 network processor is designed for residential gateways, wireless
access points and SME routers and switches, including support for
cryptography. The IXP421 network processor enables data plus Voice
over IP (VoIP) applications and the IXP420 network processor is optimized
for broadband access applications such as home gateways and SOHO routers
used with external modems.
"Intel continues to focus on providing network processor solutions
that are increasingly cost effective and power efficient for our customer's
applications and that extend from home and small office equipment
to service providers' core switching equipment," said Nick Finamore,
general manager, Intel Network Processor Division. "In addition,
we continue to expand our extensive ecosystem of complementary products
through the Intel Communications Alliance (ICA). Complementary silicon,
operating systems, development tools and application solutions are
increasingly available from members of the alliance."
The Intel IXP4XX product line is already being adopted by network
equipment providers like Linksys, a developer of secure and high performance
wireless devices for business and hot spot environments.
"Today we are announcing a new generation of Linksys Wireless
Access Points for small/medium business (SMB) users based on the IXP422
and as the leader in wireless networking solutions for the home, SOHO
and SMB environments, we believe the IXP422's combination of high
performance, scalability, and cost effectiveness can help Linksys
extend our leadership with an advanced line of SMB wireless products,"
said Victor Tsao, president and CEO, Linksys.
"A key benefit of the Intel product line is that we were able
to start developing products last fall around the Intel(R) IXP425
network processor knowing that the IXP422 would be both hardware-
and software-compatible and that we could go into volume production
quickly when the IXP422 was available."
For more information on IDF and Intel technology, visit http://developer.intel.com.
Feb 27 - Infineon Announces
Availability of DDR400 Components. Infineon Technologies AG (FSE/NYSE:IFX)
today announced the availability of a family of unbuffered DIMMs (dual-in-line
memory modules) in 128MB (megabyte), 256MB and 512MB densities.
Based on 256Mb (megabit) Double-Data-Rate 400 Mbps (DDR400) memory,
the modules have been validated as compliant with Intel specifications
and designed to meet the requirements of the proposed JEDEC PC3200
3.2 GBps (gigabyte-per-second) bandwidth specification for use in
the main memory of high-performance desktop PCs and workstations.
"We will see DDR400 support the highest performance Pentium(R)
4 processor desktop and workstation systems in 2003. We are pleased
that Infineon will support our roadmap by offering Intel compliant
DDR400 memory for these applications," said Pete MacWilliams,
Intel Senior Fellow.
"Our leading-edge fab process, with its high number of die per
wafer, allows us to produce modules in volume almost instantaneously
when the market begins to emerge," said Heinz Florian, Vice President
of Marketing and Logistics for Infineon Memory Products. "By
the end of this year, we expect that DDR400 will be the memory of
choice for high performance desktops and workstations, and we are
pleased to be able to support the transition to these next generation
Price and Availability
Produced in the 0.14 micron process running in full production volume
throughout Infineon's 300mm and 200mm DRAM fab cluster, the PC3200
DIMMs and memory chips are available now. Sample pricing for the DIMMs
ranges from US$30.00 to US$100.00, depending upon density. The 256
Mb DDR400 components are priced at US$6.00 in sample quantities.
Additional information about Infineon's DDR400 memory chips and PC3200
DIMMs can be found at http://www.infineon.com/highspeed-DDR.
Feb 27 - WLAN Smart Card Consortium To Specify
Secure Wireless LAN Mobility Management. A major new initiative
to define specifications for world-wide access to wireless LAN networks
with smart card security and related capabilities has been launched
with the creation of the WLAN Smart Card Consortium.
One major challenge that has hampered Wireless Internet growth to
date is secure mobility management. This challenge can be resolved
using smart card properties. Indeed, smart cards can provide functions
for worldwide wireless security, quality of service, roaming, and
To reach this goal, the WLAN Smart Card Consortium endorses existing
standards and defines new specifications where needed to provide world-wide
access to wireless LAN networks with smart card security, privacy,
roaming, convenience, and related capabilities.
19 companies and institutions have joined the consortium as Founding
Members, including major infrastructure providers, card and chip manufacturers,
start-ups, and academic institutions.
"The WLAN Smart Card Consortium is off to a very strong start.
The world-wide potential of WLAN can be unleashed by using smart cards
for security, roaming, and a full set of personalized services,"
says Bertrand du Castel, Pro Tempore President of the consortium.
"We were very pleased with the results of the first meeting
of the WLAN Smart Card Consortium in Paris," said Dan A. Cunningham,
President and CEO of Raak Technologies. "And, we are pleased
to be hosting the second meeting of the WLAN Smart Card Consortium
in Austin, Texas, April 8-10."
"In order for the WLAN market to take off, there is a strong
need to improve security, control access and protect user identity,
which is where the strength of the smart card lies. The first challenge
of the WLAN smart card consortium is in specifying the use of the
card in order to facilitate smart card adoption. This is therefore
an important initiative for Gemplus and why we intend to have an active
participation," said Hubert Coyne, Gemplus representative in
the WLAN smart card consortium.
"Keeping in mind that technology should be affordable, easy-to-use
and scalable, the potential of the smart card to provide security,
authentication, inter-network operability and additional end-user
functionality to wireless LANs is unlimited," noted Tony Fascenda,
CEO, Koolspan. "Koolspan looks forward to contributing to the
success of the Consortium and is honored to be a founding member."
For more information on the WLAN Smart Card Consortium,
Feb 27 - World's First Legal
Site for Music File-Sharing to Launch in Holland. PGR BV, a Dutch
Internet services company, today announced the launch of The Honest
Thief, a new file sharing service based in the Netherlands.
Additionally, in a joint effort with a consortium of
legal experts, The Honest Thief is beta testing new business software
to be licensed to file sharing providers. The company website goes
public today at www.thehonestthief.com
and The Honest Thief's new file sharing solution will be available
in Q2. The Honest Thief is the first Dutch company to take advantage
of a recent Dutch appeals court ruling that paved the way for the
Netherlands to become the world's first legal haven for file sharing
On March 28, 2002 judges Coeterier, Cornelissen and Sorgdrager from
the Gerechtshof in Amsterdam, an appeals court, ruled that the users
of internationally popular Kazaa are illegally infringing upon copyrights,
not Kazaa itself. Kazaa is a legitimate service that operates much
like a copy machine or a CD burner. That is, the user not the device
is liable because a device cannot own a copyright and only the user
chooses to legally purchase or to illegally download a song.
According to Nielsen/NetRatings figures, 13 million Americans and
6.4 million people in Europe visited Kazaa's Web site in October.
In opposition to these file-sharing fans, the IFPI (International
Federation of the Phonographic Industry) claims that 99 percent of
all music files exchanged on the net is illegal and that in May 2002
there were about 500 million files available for copying at any one
Mark Mulligan, Jupiter Research analyst, recently commented in a
BBC News article that the music industry would never fully be able
to eradicate illegal file sharing. "There will always be those
willing to develop alternative illegal services," said Mulligan.
"It has got to be accepted that file sharing will always be there
just as shoplifting is accepted as wastage in the retail sector."
"Call it file sharing or shoplifting, here in Holland we call
it good business," said Pieter Plass, founder of The Honest Thief.
"We Dutch are a free thinking people and we've never been the
type to legislate morality. With our file sharing service and our
new software, we hope The Honest Thief will become to file sharing
what the Swiss are to banking."
For more information, visit the website www.thehonestthief.com.
Feb 27 - Intel Silicon Research Aims
to Accelerate Convergence of Computing and Communications. Pat
Gelsinger, Intel senior vice president and chief technology officer,
outlined Intel's plans to accelerate convergence of computing and
communications through advanced research in integrated silicon. Gelsinger
said that silicon-based technologies with integrated computing and
communication functions will help to expand Moore's Law into new areas,
thereby delivering new capabilities and customer benefits for at least
the next decade.
"We envision a future in which every piece of silicon inside
PCs, PDAs, cell phones or other electronic device will include computing
technologies but also connect to multiple wireless networks and roam
between them," Gelsinger said. "Intel researchers are expanding
Moore's Law into new areas beyond traditional computing through advanced
research and uncovering new opportunities, uses and benefits for silicon
technologies that integrate computing and communications."
Gelsinger described some of these technologies under development
in Intel's research and development labs, including silicon radios
and "context aware" computing. Intel is pursuing the development
of radios based on the company's low-power CMOS silicon manufacturing
process. Gelsinger said that Intel is closer to realizing its goal
of developing "reconfigurable radios" that would automatically
identify and connect to a number of wireless networks -- including
802.11, Bluetooth and Ultra Wideband -- enabling any device powered
by one of these chips to have wireless capabilities across many different
Gelsinger also said that Intel continues to make progress on research
to make software applications "location-aware" by integrating
technologies like global positioning system and wireless LAN. For
example, context-aware applications would allow consumers to get the
latest information on weather or road conditions, and alter their
plans or route instantly and wherever they are.
Bringing Silicon-Based Technology Benefits to Health Care
"Above and beyond our continued efforts to accelerate the convergence
of computing and communications through silicon research, Intel is
actively expanding our research and expertise to focus on the life
sciences and health care industry," Gelsinger said. "By
bringing the benefits of low-cost, silicon-based technologies to health
care, we can potentially improve the quality of life for the world's
aging population and help to enable the early detection of disease."
Through social science research and development of technology prototypes,
Intel's Proactive Health Research team is exploring the benefits that
silicon-based technologies could bring to the health and wellness
needs of people in their homes and everyday lives. A key focus area
is using a sensor network embedded throughout the home to help elders
-- especially the growing worldwide demographic of people 60 years
and older -- to receive better care in their homes. Intel is working
with households dealing with Alzheimer's disease today to understand
if the sensors, combined with powerful computing and complex algorithms,
can effectively send reminders or prompts through a variety of devices
throughout the home to assist the elderly and to mitigate some of
the workload of in-house caregivers. The proactive health research
project is a collaborative effort with university researchers, industry
labs and government agencies to understand how technology can support
behaviors that help prevent disease, foster independence and improve
Separately, Intel's Precision Biology research team is exploring
ways to apply Intel technologies to the analysis of biological molecules
such as DNA and proteins, with the goal of inventing new types of
diagnostic instrumentation that can lead to improvements in human
health. As part of Intel's leading silicon manufacturing capabilities,
the company has developed an extensive set of molecular analysis capabilities
that permit it to detect trace contaminants that enter the semiconductor
fabrication process. Intel also has developed a world-class capability
to view, create, and modify nano-scale physical structures and devices.
Precision Biology is an advanced research effort that seeks to apply
these technological capabilities in new ways to create highly sensitive
and accurate biosensors that can aid in the detection, diagnosis,
and treatment of disease. For example, by sculpting silicon nano-structures
in a way that will cause molecules to march single-file past sensors
that classify them, Intel researchers hope to someday detect unique
molecular-scale signatures associated with diseases such as cancer.
These types of future capabilities would dramatically lower the cost
and increase the reach of life-saving diagnostic tools throughout
The Intel Developer Forum is the technology industry's premier event
for hardware and software developers. Held worldwide throughout the
year, IDF brings together key industry players to discuss cutting-edge
technology and products for PCs, servers, communications equipment,
and handheld clients. For more information on IDF and Intel technology,
Feb 27 - Semiconductor Industry Will Need
to Wait Until Second Half of 2003 to See Stronger Growth. The
worldwide semiconductor market is forecast to grow 8.9 percent in
2003, with revenue totaling $167 billion, up from $153.4 billion in
2002, according to quarterly forecast estimates by Dataquest Inc.,
a unit of Gartner, Inc. (NYSE:IT) (NYSE:ITB).
A slowdown in the market at the end of 2002 continued into the first
quarter of 2003, but Gartner Dataquest analysts said that business
spending on IT will return in the second half of 2003, which will
fuel demand. While the cell phone handset application segment continues
to be the major driver in the market, the second phase of the market
recovery requires a healthier PC market.
"There are early signs that the long-awaited corporate PC replacement
cycle may indeed be about to begin, but it is too early to say that
significantly increased semiconductor sales to this sector are guaranteed,"
said Richard Gordon, principal analyst for Gartner Dataquest's semiconductor
"There remains doubt about the business imperative that dictates
upgraded PCs are required to improve business productivity, so we
will likely have to wait until the third quarter of 2003 before we
can gauge the strength of capital spending on IT."
Looking longer term, Gartner Dataquest analysts said a combination
of pent-up demand and under-investment in fab capacity is likely to
act to spur semiconductor unit shipment growth and to stabilize device
pricing making prospects for strong growth in 2004 and 2005.
More information on Gartner Dataquest's semiconductor research can
be found in the Gartner Semiconductor Focus Area at http://www.gartner.com/1_researchanalysis/focus/semimkt_fa.html.
Feb 26 - Intel Describes
Performance, Innovation and Roadmap Updates. Intel Corporation
today disclosed performance capabilities and technical details for
the upcoming Intel(R) Centrino(TM) mobile technology to be used in
laptop PCs. The company also described key technical features for
Intel's next generation desktop PC microprocessor, codenamed Prescott,
and outlined plans for upcoming desktop chipsets, while highlighting
several products based on Intel(R) XScale(TM) technology.
The disclosures were made at the Intel Developer Forum, Spring 2003
where Intel representatives also described how the company's technology
advancements integrating computing and communications functions, would
benefit consumers and businesses.
Intel Extends Mobile and Desktop Product and Performance Leadership
Anand Chandrasekher, vice president and co-general manager of Intel's
Mobile Platforms Group, said the upcoming Intel(R) Centrino(TM) mobile
technology will be introduced March 12 at speeds up to 1.6 GHz.
Intel Centrino mobile technology-based notebook PCs running at 1.6
GHz deliver higher performance and enable longer battery life than
comparable 2.4GHz Intel(R) Pentium(R) 4 Processor-M notebooks, according
to tests running commonly used PC software applications. Intel Centrino
mobile technology includes an Intel(R) Pentium(R) M processor, an
Intel(R) 855 chipset and an Intel(R) Pro/Wireless 2100 network connection.
"The new architectural design enables Intel Centrino mobile
technology to deliver a higher level of performance, at lower frequencies
because the design innovations deliver performance in a power-friendly
way," said Chandrasekher. "These design innovations enable
the delivery of cutting-edge performance, longer battery life and
wireless connectivity that mobile users need."
Intel will continue increasing its desktop and mobile processor performance
leadership later this year by introducing products built using Intel's
advanced 90-nanometer (nm) manufacturing technology, enabling higher
performance chips with lower operating voltages at a lower cost per
unit. In the second half of this year, Prescott and the second-generation
microprocessor for the Intel Centrino mobile technology family will
be manufactured on 90-nm technology.
Prescott will feature enhancements to Intel's Hyper-Threading Technology
and the Intel(R) NetBurst(TM) microarchitecture. In addition, new
features include an 800 MHz front side bus and a 1 MB L2 cache. The
second-generation microprocessor for the Intel Centrino mobile technology
family will offer higher frequencies than its predecessor and incorporate
several architectural advances, boosting overall system performance
as Intel quickens the pace of innovation.
In addition to delivering high performance microprocessors, Intel
will introduce two chipsets, codenamed Springdale and Canterwood,
during the first half of the year. These new chipsets are designed
to deliver a balanced platform with innovative features valued by
home and office PC users. The Canterwood chipset will support Hyper-Threading
Technology and have new features such as dual channel DDR400 memory
support, a fast 800 MHz system bus, AGP8X and integrated Serial ATA/RAID.
Canterwood-based platforms will enable the highest levels of performance
for Intel(R) Pentium(R) 4 processor-based desktop PCs.
The Springdale chipset is designed to deliver improved productivity,
stability and reliability for corporations' desktop PCs. Features
include Intel's next generation integrated graphics, soft RAID, a
new architecture designed to increase Gigabit Ethernet networking
performance, dual channel DDR400 memory and Intel Stable Driver Technology.
Intel also announced a new program called Granite Peak where Intel
chipsets will be compatible with Intel's leading-edge desktop and
mobile microprocessors for six quarters. This will help corporate
IT organizations deploy standardized hardware and software configurations
over longer periods of time.
"Standardized computing equipment helps corporate IT managers
decrease the complexity of managing a diverse PC base, saving them
time and money," said Louis Burns, vice president and co-general
manager of Intel's Desktop Platforms Group. "Our new Granite
Peak program, combined with our high performance Pentium 4 processors
with Hyper-Threading Technology and the Springdale chipset will enable
corporations to improve employee productivity and reduce the IT support
burden by providing a stable platform."
Burns showed several Intel Digital Home building blocks, including
a new reference platform, codenamed Statesboro, with a Linksys Digital
Media Adapter based on an Intel reference design, which allows wireless
distribution of digital media throughout the home. He also showed
Intel's new 2004 concept platform, codenamed Powersville, which provided
end-user valued features for both the digital home and office.
Enabling Wireless Mobility Worldwide
Intel also discussed several industry-enabling programs in place
to provide a better mobile experience for Intel Centrino mobile technology-based
Chandrasekher said that the Intel Communications Fund already has
invested $25 million in more than 15 wireless networking companies
in order to help accelerate wireless network deployment worldwide.
Intel also is working with hotel chains, telecommunications service
providers and retail outlets and conducting extensive verification
of public WiFi network access points, commonly called hotspots, for
use with Intel Centrino mobile technology. Several thousand hotspots
will be verified by year-end.
Intel also is focused on further integrating computing and communications
functions in wireless handheld devices including cell phones. The
company's efforts to develop high performance, integrated wireless
silicon products are accelerating the transition from voice-only phones
to advanced devices that combine voice and data.
"The past week marked several significant milestones for us,"
said Gadi Singer, vice president of the Wireless Computing and Communications
Group and general manager of Intel's PCA Components Group. "We
introduced a cellular processor that combines advanced processing,
leading communications technologies and flash memory into a single
chip, announced several new design wins, and unveiled industry-enabling
efforts with several wireless carriers."
In addition, top phone makers, including Maxon Telecom, Co., Ltd.,
MiTAC International Corporation and Hitachi Ltd. have selected Intel
processors based on the Intel(R) XScale(TM) technology for upcoming
data-enabled cell phones. Intel and Microsoft also announced the immediate
availability of the Intel(R) PXA262 cellular phone reference design
running the Windows Smartphone operating system and featuring Intel(R)
XScale(TM) technology and integrated Intel(R) On-Chip Flash memory
that utilizes Intel's advanced MCP stacking technology.
The Intel Developer Forum is the technology industry's premier event
for hardware and software developers. Held worldwide throughout the
year, IDF brings together key industry players to discuss cutting-edge
technology and products for PCs, servers, communications equipment,
and handheld clients. For more information on IDF and Intel technology,
Feb 26 - Fuji Announces Digital Cameras
With New Fourth-Generation Super CCD. Fuji Photo Film U.S.A.,
Inc. today unveiled the first digital camera to carry its fourth-generation
Super CCD HR (High Resolution), the FinePix F410.
The camera, which has 3.1 million effective pixels, provides first-time
digital camera users with increased resolution, sensitivity and color
reproduction, and produces high quality images. In addition, the camera's
sleek and lightweight design is sure to win style points from consumers.
camera's Super CCD HR sensor uses 3.1 million effective pixels on
its 1/2.7" chip, and can produce high-resolution images with
2,816 x 2,120 (6.0 million) recorded pixels. This allows consumers
to print crisp and vivid prints up to 11 x 14 inches in size using
Fujifilm's Digital Camera Developing services at retail outlets nationwide.
"It is with great pleasure that we bring our proprietary Super
CCD HR technology to the FinePix F410 series cameras," said Eric
Thorng, Senior Marketing Manager of Consumer Digital Imaging Products,
Consumer Markets Division, Fuji Photo Film U.S.A., Inc. "Now,
first-time digital camera users can experience the increased resolution,
sensitivity and truer-to-life color reproduction serious hobbyists
enjoy, in a palm-sized, ultra-stylish and easy-to-use camera."
One of two new consumer digital cameras announced today, Fujifilm's
FinePix F410 digital camera offers the following array of features:
-- Improved resolution -- The FinePix F410's fourth-generation
Super CCD HR sensor system enables the digital picture-taker
to capture images with rich, vibrant colors that radiate in
prints. The camera's 3.1 million effective pixels produce
files of 6.0 million pixels, for a truer-to-life 2,816 x 2,120
pixel output file.
-- Movie recording with sound -- The camera captures AVI digital
video with sound for short clips that can be replayed for
friends and family at later dates. The camera can record
98-second 320 x 240 pixel movies with a 16MB xD-Picture Card,
and 5.6 minutes for 160 x 120 pixel movies.
-- Palm sized, stylish and compact -- The FinePix F410's sleek
design packages a 3x optical and 4.4x digital zoom in its 3.3"
(w) x 2.7" (h) x 1.1" (d) metal body, and weighs 5.8 ounces
without battery and xD-Picture Card(TM).
-- In addition, the camera offers users: full PC-Cam/Video
conferencing capabilities, a multi-language menu, and comes
with ImageMixer VCD for FinePix 1.0 software so that consumers
can create CD albums and video CDs by burning images onto
CD-Rs, viewable on most PCs and DVD players.
The FinePix F410 comes bundled with an NP-60 lithium-ion battery,
USB cable, shoulder strap, 16MB xD-Picture Card(TM), AC Power Adapter/Battery
Charger, FinePixViewer v4.0, ImageMixer VCD for FinePix 1.0 software.
The camera will be available for purchase in April 2003 at the suggested
list price of $499.99. In addition, an optional cradle is available
for easy power recharging, and streamlined file transferring. The
cradle also provides a stable platform for the camera's PC-Cam function.
Capturing pictures with quality approaching that of film, with 2,832
x 2,128 (6.03 million) recorded pixels, and dramatically increased
dynamic range, the new Fujifilm FinePix F700 represents a new frontier
in digital photography. The Fujifilm FinePix F700 is the first 6.2
million effective pixel (S-pixel: 3.1 million, R-pixel: 3.1 million)
consumer digital camera on the market today.
of two new Fujifilm digital cameras announced at PMA 2003, the FinePix
F700 is intended for photo enthusiasts who want a near-film quality
print experience from digital imaging products. The FinePix F700 produces
digital pictures that stay truer to life than ever before, thanks
to its Super CCD SR technology, which doubles the number of pixels
on the chip.
The SR sensor offers 3.1 million large pixels (S) with high sensitivity
to light, and 3.1 million smaller pixels (R) with low sensitivity
to light, resulting in a dynamic range of four times that of previous
Super CCDs. Fujifilm combines this new technology with the traditional
color integrity and overall high quality imaging Fujifilm is best
known for, allowing consumers to capture truer-to-life images.
The FinePix F700's sleek metal body echoes traditional film-camera
design with centralized placement of its viewfinder, lens and 1.8
inch LCD screen. Its 6.2 million effective pixels (S-pixel: 3.1 million,
R-pixel: 3.1 million) can produce high-resolution images with 2,832
x 2,128 (6.03 million) recorded pixels. In addition, the FinePix F700
offers on-demand continuous auto-focus, three color modes, manual
functions, advanced movie recording capabilities, diminished shutter
lag, and at 1.2 seconds, one of the fastest start-up times on the
market. The FinePix F700 also comes with a cradle for easy downloading
"The FinePix F700 is representative of Fujifilm's focus -leading-edge
technology combined with an enjoyable user experience. The camera's
sleek and familiar form factor, combined with its increased dynamic
range, heightened sensitivity, and unique functions will make it the
new camera of choice for consumers who seek the highest standard in
picture quality," said Eric Thorng, Senior Marketing Manager
of Consumer Digital Imaging Products, Consumer Markets Division, Fuji
Photo Film U.S.A., Inc.
The FinePix F700 comes bundled with an NP-40 battery, USB/AV cable,
hand strap, 16MB xD-Picture Card, AC Power Adapter/Battery Charger,
Picture Cradle, FinePixViewer 4.0, and ImageMixer VCD for FinePix
1.0 software. The camera will be available for purchase in spring
of 2003 at the suggested list price of $599.95.
For more information on Fujifilm products, consumers can access the
Fujifilm USA Web site at www.fujifilm.com.
For answers to frequently asked questions and software download, consumers
can access Fujifilm's technical support Web site at www.fujifilmsupport.com.
Feb 26 - Intel Reveals PCI Express Product
Plans. Intel Corporation today announced the delivery of enabling
programs and new product plans aimed at accelerating development and
delivery of PCI Express(a) technology across computing and communications
Intel revealed its plans to incorporate PCI Express into products
starting in 2004, including next generation enterprise, desktop and
mobile chipsets and platforms, network processors, fully featured
I/O processors for high-performance RAID, Ethernet components, Ethernet
adapters, storage subsystems, and server boards and platforms.
Additionally, Intel announced plans to open a PCI Express Interoperability
Lab and publish a Web-based PCI Express Solutions Catalog. The lab
will be open to the industry by June of this year for first interoperability
testing of PCI Express products with Intel processors, chipsets, and
The PCI Express Solutions Catalog, hosted on the Intel Developer Network
for PCI Express technology, offers a Web-based venue for leading vendors
to provide information on their PCI Express tools, products and designs
to other Intel Developer Network members. The Intel Developer Network
is open to the industry and an excellent tool for developers for PCI
"Development around PCI Express technology is gaining broad-based
momentum across desktop, notebook, enterprise, and communications
platforms," said Louis Burns, vice president and co-general manager,
Intel Desktop Platforms Group. "Intel is focusing its work with
the industry on delivering time-to-market PCI Express solutions in
line with platform delivery in 2004. The Interoperability Lab and
the Intel Developer Network's Solution Catalog provides a comprehensive
industry enabling effort to match the needs of leading developers
in all market segments."
PCI Express technology was one of the focus areas at the Intel Developer
Forum, Spring 2003 held last week. With a comprehensive technical
track of classes, a 15-vendor community showcase featuring the latest
in PCI Express product development, a hands-on PCI Express lab, a
panel, and press/analyst briefings, conference attendees received
a comprehensive education on this emerging I/O technology and its
development progress since specification ratification in July 2002.
The PCI Express architecture is a high-speed, general-purpose, serial
I/O interconnect that provides a unifying standard, consolidating
the number of I/O interconnects within a platform.
With the demands of emerging computing models exceeding the capabilities
of the traditional PCI bus and platform capabilities, such as 10 GHz+
CPU speeds, faster memory, higher-speed 3D graphics, one Gigabit and
10 Gigabit Ethernet, broadband and multimedia, and the enterprise
serial interconnect transition, there is a need for much greater internal
system bandwidth and rich feature set for the next decade.
The specification was approved and published in July 2002 by the PCI-SIG,
which owns the industry promotion, support and maintenance.
For more information on IDF and Intel technology, visit http://developer.intel.com.
Feb 26 - PCI-SIG Delivers PCI Express Specification
Extensions. The PCI-SIG(R), the Special Interest Group responsible
for PCI Express(TM) Architecture, PCI Conventional(TM), and PCI-X(TM)
industry-standard I/O technologies, announced today the delivery of
the release candidate 1.0 PCI Express Bridge specification and release
candidate 1.0 Mini PCI Express Card specification for member review.
Early access to specifications, including the member review period,
offers PCI-SIG members an advantage in early development of PCI Express
The PCI Express Bridge specification enables PCI-SIG members to deliver
PCI Express products utilizing existing PCI technology, extending
the investment in existing PCI technology while accelerating time
to market for PCI Express solutions.
The MiniCard specification complements the PCI Express Card Electromechanical
form factor and is expected to be implemented in a wide variety of
wired and wireless communication peripherals meeting requirements
of the Build-to-Order (BTO) and Configure-to-Order (CTO) business
model for mobile computers. The specification provides an alternate
solution to the existing Mini PCI form factor serving these markets.
The MiniCard and Bridge specifications augment the 1.0 PCI Express
specifications completed in July 2002.
"The completion of the Bridge and Mini specifications provide
the industry standard blueprints for PCI Express designs," said
Tony Pierce, PCI-SIG chairman. "The breadth of development of
PCI Express specifications showcases the vast market opportunity for
the new technology. We look forward to working with the industry in
delivery of PCI Express solutions."
"The Mini PCI Express specification extends the benefits and
value of this new form factor to our growing membership worldwide,
and is evidence of the PCI Express architecture's flexibility and
versatility for the multiple market segments we serve," said
Al Yanes, president of the PCI-SIG. "We plan to leverage our
best-in-class industry enabling and compliance programs to ensure
that the entire industry will benefit from a plethora of compliant
and interoperable products based on the Mini PCI Express specification."
"The PCI Express Bridge specification provides the industry
a method to kick start development plans while mitigating risk in
technology transition," said Ajay Bhatt, chair of the PCI Express
Technical Working Group. "With the delivery of the two specifications,
the PCI-SIG is continuing on its promise of extending the life of
PCI technology to serial implementations."
Visit the PCI-SIG web site at: www.pcisig.com.
Feb 26 - Intel's Digital Home Vision Moves
Closer to Reality. Intel Corporation announced new industry building
blocks that bring the vision of the Digital Home closer to reality.
Available immediately are Digital Home reference and concept platforms,
and ten powerful UPnP* tools that underscore Intel's support of the
Digital Home vision.
"We know that consumers are readily anticipating the day when
PCs and consumer electronics work together easily and reliably,"
said Louis Burns, vice president and co-general manager, Intel Desktop
Platforms Group. "People want to be able to move their digital
media content effortlessly between PCs and CE devices for maximum
flexibility and enjoyment. And they're looking to Intel to make it
happen. By providing the developer community with these enabling tools,
developers will be able to design and build PCs that easily and seamlessly
distribute digital media throughout the home."
The "Statesboro" reference platform will assist OEMs and
motherboard makers to develop new PC systems this year that broadcast
digital photos and music to TVs and stereos throughout the consumer's
home. Statesboro is an implementation tool designed for developers
that showcases the 2003 Digital Home vision.
The reference platform is a complete, validated system solution featuring
key technologies in support of the Digital Home usage models, as described
in the Desktop Platform Vision Guide for 2003. These technologies
include: Intel(R) 3.06GHz Pentium(R) 4 Processor with Hyper-Threading
Technology, "Springdale" chipset, Dualband 802.11 Wireless
NIC, Serial ATA Hard Disk Drive, Dual Channel DDR Memory, and a DVD/CD-RW
Optical Disk Drive.
The new concept platform, codenamed "Powersville", showcases
additional levels of Digital Home experiences, such as wireless streaming
video and personal video recording, which consumers can expect as
included PC features in the 2004 time frame. Powersville is designed
to provide an early demonstration of experiences and technologies
in order to highlight innovation opportunities for the PC industry.
At IDF Fall 2002, Intel showcased a new PC peripheral, called a digital
media adapter, that creates the link between PC and CE devices. It
can receive digital media from the PC using 802.11 wireless networking
and UPnP technologies, and can connect to TVs and stereos using standard
A/V cables -- much like a DVD player.
To further accelerate the development of digital media adapters and
Digital Home enabling PC platforms, Intel is announcing the immediate
availability of a variety of UPnP technology tools.
Greatly reducing development time for makers of devices and applications,
these UPnP tools include support for several operating system and
authoring environments: Device Spy, Device Sniffer, Service Author,
Device Validator, Device Relay, Network Light, AV Media Controller,
AV Wizard, AV Media Server and AV Renderer. These are available at
Additional details on these building blocks and toolkits are available
on Intel's developer website at http://developer.intel.com/technology/digitalhome.
Feb 26 - PolyFuel Unveils Fuel Cell Technology.
PolyFuel Inc., a leading provider of direct methanol fuel cell technology
(DMFC) for portable devices and laptop computers, today unveiled its
latest prototype at the Intel Developer Forum (IDF). Anand Chandrasekher,
vice president of Intel's Mobile Platform Group, displayed a working
prototype of PolyFuel's newest DMFC technology to more than 4,000
IDF attendees today at the San Jose Convention Center.
During his keynote presentation, Chandrasekher discussed PolyFuel's
DMFC technology that enables unlimited runtimes for mobile computing
with a hot-swappable fuel cartridge. The PolyFuel solution enables
hot-swapping of fuel cartridges without interruption of applications
running on the mobile PC.
A Portable Power Crisis
Limited battery life is one of the primary complaints of users of
portable devices such as laptop computers, personal digital assistants,
and mobile phones. At the same time, consumers continue to place greater
demands on these devices, which in turn require manufacturers to incorporate
applications that consume even greater amounts of power. While battery
technologies have made significant strides in the past 15 years, even
the best batteries only power one to two hours of heavy usage.
PolyFuel has created the first fully-integrated direct fuel cell
system designed to provide superior performance in portable devices
and laptop computers. PolyFuel's DMFC technology offers several advantages
over traditional lithium ion batteries, including:
-- Continuous power: unlimited unplugged run times
-- Hot-swappable fuel cartridge
-- Increased portability
-- Environmentally safe, recyclable fuel cartridge
-- No capacity degradation with reuse and recharging
"Demand for `always-on' power is growing exponentially as the
mass market adoption of portable devices and laptops increases,"
said Jim Balcom, President and Chief Executive Officer of PolyFuel.
"Direct methanol fuel cell technology is the answer to the portable
power crisis we, as an industry, are currently facing. Soon, users
will to be able to operate their notebooks indefinitely, without plugging
in, by simply hot-swapping a fuel cartridge. The benefits of fuel
cell technology to the consumer are enormous."
For more information, please visit www.polyfuel.com.
Feb 25 - Intel CEO Barrett
Says Moore's Law To Drive Technology Advancement. Intel CEO Craig
Barrett said that the desire for advanced technology -- enabled by
silicon innovation and Moore's Law -- remains as strong as ever.
The global expansion of the Internet, exponential growth of data
traffic, continued adoption of electronic commerce, wireless communications
and conversion of consumer devices and content to digital technology,
continue unabated despite the high-tech recession of the last two
Speaking before about 4,000 developers, engineers and other technical
experts at the Intel Developer Forum, Barrett also announced plans
to invest $2 billion to convert an existing Intel manufacturing facility
in Chandler, Ariz. to create the company's fifth 300mm wafer fabrication
facility worldwide. The new fab will run 65-nanometer (nm) process
technology and is expected to be completed by the end of 2005. Advanced
silicon manufacturing capabilities like those planned for the converted
fab will deliver on the promise of Moore's Law to enable products
that combine computing and communications functions and provide outstanding
value to customers.
"The global desire for advanced technology by consumers, businesses,
governments and other organizations has not slowed," said Barrett.
"The last two years have shown more clearly than ever that innovation
and technology continue to move forward, even in the face of a weak
economy. Businesses and governments in both mature and emerging markets
worldwide are viewing technology infrastructure as critical to their
competitiveness over the long run."
Intel will bring a number of new products to market this year that
serve as examples of how investing in innovation and advanced technology
can better meet user requirements and provide new capabilities. As
one example, Barrett referenced the company's recent introduction
of its "wireless-Internet-on-a-chip" device that will help
bring low power, high performance computing and communications functionality
to the cell phone industry. Another is the upcoming launch of Intel(R)
Centrino(TM) mobile technology, which will enable a new generation
of mobile PCs that will change where and how people compute and will
bring new levels of freedom to mobile computing, as users enjoy the
benefits of being unwired.
"These products and others we will deliver this year are the
result of Intel's commitment to innovation and investment in technology,
research and development, manufacturing capabilities, and digital
computing and communications architectures," said Barrett. "Each
is a reminder of the value of technology that focuses on market requirements
and bringing value to the customer."
Also this year, Intel will rely on its strengths as a technology
leader to enhance existing products, quickly ramping its 90-nm process
technology with its next generation Prescott and Dothan desktop and
mobile processors. The new processors will benefit from 90-nm technology
through smaller die size, better performance, and in the case of Dothan,
the ability to drive longer battery-life and other features important
to wireless computing. Intel's 90-nm technology will also serve as
the foundation for strategic communications components in the future.
"The importance of Moore's Law, and its promise of smaller,
more powerful products built at lower cost, remains the focus of continuing
investments by those in our industry who are determined to remain
competitive," said Barrett. "For Intel, the path is clear.
The fundamental value of silicon innovation and integration is certain
for future product generations ahead, as it continues to create customer
benefits and serve as the foundation for outstanding new products."
In his keynote speech Barrett also described projects that extend
current technologies and break new ground in emerging areas in order
to keep Intel one generation ahead in key technology areas and user-driven
market segments. While offering new promise, this next level of innovation
will create new challenges for the developer community. Such challenges
include security solutions, software that runs seamlessly across multiple
devices and the creation of products that are easier to use.
"By continuing to innovate and by working together to take on
the challenges of the future, the opportunities for our industry are
limitless," said Barrett. "Success will come from continuing
to push technology to create new benefits, new uses and new levels
of value for customers."
Additional information about Intel is available at www.intel.com.
Feb 25 - Samsung Electronics
Unveils Camcorder Phone. Last August, Samsung Electronics became
the first Korean electronics maker to introduce a mobile phone with
built-in camera that can shoot motion pictures, store them in the
phone memory and play them back on-screen.
This week, the company is coming out with a new camcorder phone model
(SPH-V3000) with a greatly extended film clip capability.
The SPH-V3000 can be used with the wireless Internet service offered
by Korea Telecom Freetel. A real-time streaming format enables the
user to view regular or cable TV broadcasts.
The new model can shoot and store up to 30 minutes of video. It comes
with a 262,000-color TFT-LCD and dynamic sound User Interface that
enables the user to enjoy an assortment of sounds simply by pressing
The SPH-V3000 features a 110,000-pixel CMOS camera and the screen
size has three adjustable sizes (two sizes when in recording mode).
There are also ten brightness settings and as many as 200 still images
can be stored in the memory. The multimedia messaging service feature
will send and receive voice and text messages as well as images and
Wireless data transmission can be as high as 2.4Mbps, and the product
supports the downloading of screen savers and ring tones from the
Internet as well as other value-added functions.
Samsung Electronics officials predict camcorder phones to make up
10-15% of the Korean mobile phone market this year. To meet this surging
demand, the company will expand its camcorder phone line to include
models with external 256-color organic electro-luminescence display
and models that can be used for videoconferencing.
For more information, please visit www.samsungelectronics.com.
Feb 25 - Marvell and Intel
Corporation Demonstrate Serial ATA II Port Multiplier Technology.
Marvell(R) (Nasdaq:MRVL) and Intel jointly demonstrated the industry's
first system featuring Serial ATA Port Multiplier technology, a building
block defined in the Serial ATA II specification designed to enable
new applications for Serial ATA technology in servers, networked storage,
desktop PCs, and in mobile and consumer electronic computing applications.
The demonstration utilized Marvell hardware and Intel(R) software
drivers to set a record for storage capacity for a single Serial ATA
port. This achievement represents a tremendous step forward for the
Serial ATA II specification.
"With today's demonstration, the Serial ATA Working Group achieved
an important milestone in the development of the Port Multiplier specification,"
stated Jason Ziller, Serial ATA Working Group Chairman and Intel technology
manager. "Our collaboration on this demo with Marvell, a leader
in Serial ATA technology, has been critical to reaching this significant
"Marvell is pleased to collaborate closely with Intel to make
this first Port Multiplier demonstration a reality," commented
Dr. Alan J. Armstrong, Vice President of Marketing for Marvell's Storage
Business Group. "Since Marvell's introduction of the first Serial
ATA product, the Company is committed to continue driving Serial ATA
technology advancements. Today's demonstration is evidence that Marvell
continues to enable the Serial ATA market by delivering timely, high
This demonstration comprises a desktop PC with a Promise Technology
SATA150 TX4 Host Adapter. This Host Adapter features a PCI-based four
port Serial ATA Host Controller jointly developed by Marvell and Promise
Technology. A single 1.5 Gigabit per second (Gbps) Serial ATA port
on the Host Adapter is connected to the Marvell Port Multiplier inside
a shoebox-sized 0.8 Terabyte desktop storage enclosure containing
four Maxtor(R) DiamondMax(TM) Plus 9 200 Gigabyte Serial ATA Hard
Disk Drives (HDD).
The Maxtor Serial ATA drives feature the Marvell 88i8030 Serial ATA
Bridge chip, and each HDD is connected via a point-to-point 1.5 Gbps
connection to the Port Multiplier. Movies can then be streamed from
all of the hard drives in this configuration. Without the efficient
port expansion enabled by the Port Multiplier, this configuration
would require all four Host Adapter ports to be connected to a single
HDD. With hard disk drive storage capacities doubling roughly once
every year, it is expected that the capacity of configurations such
as this will far exceed 1 Terabyte in the near future.
A Port Multiplier multiplexes an active host controller port connection
to multiple hard drive connections, while utilizing the full bandwidth
of the host port connection. Port Multipliers are extensible up to
15 device connections and can include a 3.0 Gbps host port, or uplink,
to accommodate the bandwidth required by up to 15 storage devices.
Today's demonstration featured a Port Multiplier with four device
port connections. In addition to its efficient port expansion properties,
the Port Multiplier can further accelerate Serial ATA's penetration
into various applications by segregating signaling domains for system
configurations with both internal and external signaling, and by acting
as a repeater or re-timer to improve signal integrity in configurations
with long cable lengths or back plane PCB traces, or in environments
with multiple connectors.
This new Serial ATA element will be deployed in a variety of applications
ranging from storage enclosures to high-end desktop systems and mobile
computing platforms. Today's demonstration illustrates how Port Multipliers
can be used in enterprise and SOHO storage enclosures where connectivity
to a multiple hard disk drives in a low port count and thus cost efficient
manner is important.
Port expansion is also important in higher-end enterprise systems
where connectivity to very large numbers of disk drives can be achieved
in a simplified, scalable manner. For example, an array of 64 HDDs
can be connected via an 8-port host controller, such as the Marvell
88SX5080 PCI-X to Serial ATA Host Controller, and eight, eight-port
In the desktop PC space, by connecting a Port Multiplier to the Serial
ATA port of a motherboard chipset, users can benefit from the cost
effective addition of Serial ATA connectivity without moving this
storage to the PCI bus, thus allowing additional Serial ATA drives
to reside under the same software stack as the PC's primary storage.
As the industry moves towards Serial ATA II devices, Phase II speeds
of 3.0 Gbps, users will be able to capitalize on the greater bandwidth
offered by the Port Multiplier's direct 3.0 Gbps connection versus
the 2.66 Gbps theoretical maximum bandwidth of the 32-bit, 66 MHz
PCI 2.2 bus, commonly used in desktop applications.
Finally, in the mobile computing space where laptop docking stations
are widely deployed, a Port Multiplier can be embedded inside the
docking station to allow for single, greatly simplified Serial ATA
connection between a laptop's chipset and multiple peripheral devices
residing in the docking station itself. These docking station-based
peripherals can include Serial ATA HDDs and Serial ATA ATAPI devices
such as DVD drives.
Marvell can be found online at www.marvell.com.
Feb 25 - 3Dlabs to Boost Professional
Graphics Performance with PCI Express. 3Dlabs(R) Inc., Ltd., a
leading innovator in professional visual processing, today announced
plans to provide Wildcat(R) graphics accelerators that leverage the
enhanced capabilities of PCI Express(TM), an emerging industry interconnect
By working closely with Intel(R), 3Dlabs is designing a new generation
of Visual Processor Units (VPUs) to complement the improved CPU processing
power and interconnect bandwidth that PCI Express delivers, allowing
professional users to increase productivity.
"Professional graphics performance is enhanced by balanced pipeline
design, and PCI Express is enabling us to design VPUs that complement
the enhanced system capabilities to raise the bar for workstation
productivity," said Neil Trevett, senior vice president of market
development for 3Dlabs. "We welcome the opportunity to work closely
with Intel to ensure that PCI Express graphics and system availability
is coordinated to facilitate a smooth industry transition to this
exciting new interconnect standard."
"The graphics industry is expected to make a rapid transition
to PCI Express taking advantage of the technology's increased performance
characteristics," said Jim Pappas, director of initiative marketing
for Intel's Enterprise Platform Group. "We're happy to see 3Dlabs
announce their plans for PCI Express enabled adapters and look forward
to working with them on delivery of time to market PCI Express graphics
About PCI Express
PCI Express is a low-cost, highly scalable, I/O interconnect technology
that can be used to replace existing PCI, AGP and other bus systems.
This third generation technology currently runs at 250MBps per lane
in either direction, providing 16GBps bandwidth in a 32-lane configuration.
The PCI Express architecture provides I/O connectivity for graphics
solutions while leveraging the recent increases in memory and processor
subsystems. PCI-SIG is the Special Interest Group that owns and manages
the PCI Express specification as an open industry standard.
For more information on 3Dlabs products, visit www.3Dlabs.com.
Feb 25 - Next Generation of Home Network
Adopters Will Choose Wireless Technologies. Wireless solutions
have enticed over one-half of future home networking adopters, according
to Parks Associates. Specifically, more than 50% of Internet households
interested in purchasing a home network in the next 12 months prefer
a wireless networking solution, comprising over 1.5 million of the
3 million households likely to adopt home networking in 2003.
"Consumers have gained an appreciation of wireless connectivity
through their use of cellular phones and cordless handsets,"
said Michael Greeson, senior analyst and director of broadband research
for Parks Associates. "Although Ethernet was the first choice
of early network adopters, wireless solutions will dominate the next
wave of home networks. Freeing the PC from a tether is as natural
as liberating the telephone from the wall jack."
Parks Associates estimates that by year-end 2003, more than 9.5 million
households will have a home network deployed, with close to 2 million
of these households using wireless networking technology. By 2006,
more than 7 million U.S. households will have a home network with
Parks Associates' latest consumer study, Broadband Access @ Home
III, is the largest long-form Internet survey conducted in the U.S.
to date, with more than 10,500 Internet households participating.
The study includes surveys of 4,500 narrowband and 6,000 broadband
households and offers statistically significant samples for most residential
services, including digital cable, satellite TV, Internet, home networking,
Internet telephony, home security, home management, and many others.
For additional information, visit www.parksassociates.com.
Feb 25 - Overture to Acquire Search Engine
AltaVista. Overture Services, Inc. (Nasdaq:OVER), the world's
leading provider of Pay-For-Performance search to Web sites across
the Internet, and AltaVista Company, a pioneer in Web search technology,
and a majority owned operating company of CMGI, Inc. (Nasdaq:CMGI),
today announced that they have signed a definitive agreement under
which Overture will acquire AltaVista's business for $140 million
in cash and stock.
The acquisition will enable Overture to offer a significantly enhanced
Web search solution to portals, Internet service providers (ISPs)
and other destination sites, as well as additional marketing opportunities
to the company's large base of advertisers. AltaVista's advanced algorithmic
search technology, which crawls the Web and returns relevant search
results in response to users' queries, strategically complements Overture's
market-leading technology in commercial search.
Additionally, AltaVista's Web site will allow Overture to test and
refine new products and services in a live setting, and its suite
of search-related technology patents will help support Overture's
entry into algorithmic search.
The company will pay AltaVista in Overture common stock currently
valued at $80 million, plus $60 million in cash, and will assume certain
of AltaVista's liabilities. The purchase, which is subject to customary
approvals and certain other conditions, is expected to close in April
and be accretive to Overture's earnings by mid-2004.
AltaVista's advanced Web search capability is powered by its precise,
algorithmic matching technology. Supported by this technology, AltaVista
offers paid inclusion products, which ensure that businesses' Web
sites are included in its index. Overture said it plans to enhance
AltaVista's paid inclusion products and offer its advertisers additional
high-return marketing vehicles intended to drive targeted customer
Overture said it plans to use the AltaVista Web site as a way to
test new search services and marketing products for its advertisers.
The company also said it plans to syndicate these products to its
global distribution network, as well as potential new partners.
For more information, visit www.overture.com.
Feb 25 - Cirrus Logic and Oregan Networks
Demonstrate Intel UPnP-Enabled DVD Players. Demonstrating the
numerous consumer benefits of networked digital entertainment, Cirrus
Logic Inc. (Nasdaq:CRUS), a leading semiconductor supplier of digital
entertainment solutions, and Oregan Networks Ltd., a leading provider
of middleware solutions for delivering interactive services to digital
entertainment devices, have collaborated to demonstrate advanced media
and interactive services on next-generation Enhanced DVD players and
other digital home entertainment devices, including wireless audio/video
clients and multimedia home gateways.
Cirrus and Oregan are demonstrating a network-enabled Enhanced DVD
system based on the Cirrus CS98200 family of chipsets combined with
Oregan's embedded browser and IP-TV middleware. Working together,
the two companies demonstrate the ability for devices to stream MPEG-format
audiovisual content over any wired or wireless IP network, as well
as playing regular movies from DVD, utilizing the Universal Plug 'n'
Play (UPnP) industry standard.
UPnP enables fully automatic discovery of content and services on
any UPnP-enabled device within a home network. Regardless of whether
the content is stored on an UPnP-enabled PC, PVR or MP3 player, the
technology permits remote access, presentation and control of that
content from any other UPnP-supported device within the home.
"There is tremendous momentum within the entertainment industry
to bring interactivity into the living room through DVD-based systems,"
said Terry Ritchie, vice president of Video Marketing, Cirrus Logic.
"Through our CS98200 chip solution, Cirrus was the first company
to demonstrate the hardware and software technologies that will make
the next generation of interactive DVD experiences possible in the
living room. We remain committed to driving new market opportunities
and unique consumer benefits that Enhanced DVD enables."
The networked Enhanced DVD platform will allow consumers to use their
television to view photos and movie videos stored on their PC, or
play MP3 files through DVD-Audio systems. All content is discovered
automatically and offered through a series of intuitive menus on the
TV, without the need to interact directly with the PC.
Mark Perry, chief executive officer of Oregan Networks, said, "This
is the first time such a compelling feature set has been delivered
to consumer DVD players at a cost level accessible to even low-end
models. This is further substantiation of high-performance embedded
software technology, including Oregan's Web browser and IP-TV technology,
offering consistent performance and cost advantage over incumbent
The Oregan IP-TV middleware also allows access to the G-cluster game
system, to enable streaming of video games over an IP network. This
server-centric gaming system brings existing PC video games to CS98200-based
DVD players, set-top boxes and other thin clients. Games are executed
on a server, with the audiovisuals transmitted to the DVD player in
MPEG format over the network and game control commands being returned
to the server, all in real-time. The Enhanced DVD player effectively
becomes a powerful on-demand games console.
"The Enhanced DVD player is a very exciting opportunity. It
opens up another generic household device for our service," said
Thomas Schmidt, vice president of Strategy and Development at G-cluster.
"It brings households who can't or won't pay for gaming hardware
into the market for advanced video games."
More information about Cirrus Logic is available at www.cirrus.com.
More information about Oregan Networks is available at www.g-cluster.com.
Feb 24 - HP Announces Affordable
New Pavilion Desktop PCs. HP (NYSE:HPQ) extended its HP Pavilion
desktop PC line to include the HP Pavilion 754n and 764n, providing
customers the first HP PC with DVD+R/+RW for less than $1,000 and
the first six-in-one media card reader in the Pavilion line.
"The HP Pavilion line continues to offer customers the latest
digital media advancements -- meeting their demands for a powerful
home computing system at a great value," said Sam Szteinbaum,
vice president and general manager, HP North America Consumer Computing.
"By bringing to the Pavilion line our six-in-one card reader,
which we introduced on the HP Media Center PC, we are making it easier
for consumers to transfer information to and from their favorite digital
The six-in-one media card reader, positioned on the front of the
PC, enables consumers to easily transfer data from all common flash
media formats. For example, the reader will enable consumers to plug
the memory card from their digital camera directly into the Pavilion
764n PC to download the images, without the need for an external card
reader or special printer. Those photos can then be edited with the
HP Pictures and Video Toolkit and printed or burned onto a DVD for
enjoyment on a television with a standard DVD player.
With standard DVD+R/+RW, CD-RW drives and increased processing and
storage capacities as compared to previous Pavilion models, the two
new PCs are ideal for consumers looking for powerful, cost-efficient
systems for photo and music sharing and storage, and high-resolution
graphic and video editing.
DVDs created using the DVD+RW rewritable and DVD+R write-once disks
can be viewed on many DVD players and DVD-ROM drives -- the most compatible
format on the market.
Additionally, the 764n features the NVIDIA GeForce MX 440 graphics
card, offering consumers exceptional graphics performance with 128
MB DDR graphics memory.
HP Pavilion 754n and 764n Desktop PCs
The Pavilion 754n features an Intel(R) Pentium(R) 4 processor 2.53
GHz; 80 GB Ultra DMA hard disk drive, integrated Intel Extreme graphics
with up to 64 MB shared video memory, and available AGP slot for graphics
card upgrades. With an estimated U.S. street price of $999, the PC
is expected to be available in retail stores and on www.hpshopping.com
beginning Feb. 16.
With an estimated U.S. street price of $1,199, the HP Pavilion 764n
features an Intel Pentium 4 processor 2.66 GHz, 120 GB Ultra DMA hard
disk drive, six-in-one card reader and 128 MB NVIDIA GeForce4 MX 440
graphics card. It is expected to be available in retail stores and
on www.hpshopping.com beginning March
Feb 24 - NEC Solutions America Delivers
Industry's Thinnest and Lightest Tablet PC. NEC Solutions (America),
Inc., a leading provider of business solutions and services for the
high-end commercial and professional markets in North America, today
announced availability of the NEC Versa LitePad(TM), the industry's
thinnest and lightest Tablet PC. The Versa LitePad offers mobile users
a totally new means of communication with a new "digital paper"
platform for the enterprise market.
to combine the natural convenience of pen-based computing with the
productivity advantages of Microsoft's new Windows XP Tablet PC Edition
operating system, the Versa LitePad represents a new generation of
"pure" Tablet-based computing solutions for grab-and-go
professionals in vertical markets like healthcare, field sales and
professional services where users require a solution that's easy to
use in a variety of mobile environments. In addition, NEC has equipped
the Versa LitePad with customized software and powerful new business
applications aimed at helping companies reduce training time and increasing
Thinnest, Lightest Tablet PC
With its sleek shape, silver magnesium casing and "slate"
blue color the Versa LitePad is perfect for executives who require
a professional and functional device in board meetings, but has the
thin and light form factor for field mobile users. It has an ultra
slim profile of 11.7-inches long by .6-inches thick and is a feather-light
2.2 pounds -- lighter than any other slate Tablet PC on the market
today and designed for extreme mobility.
A primary feature of the Versa LitePad is its 10.4-inch wide-angle
display, which allows a user to interact with the product like it
was "digital paper," electronically capturing handwritten
notes and radically simplifying daily business collaborations. Its
innovative form factor allows professionals to use the system in places
where traditional desktops and notebooks are not practical.
"With the Versa LitePad, we are capturing the natural, intuitive
form of using pen and paper and applying that familiarity into a mobile
solution that creates a computing experience unlike any product on
the market today. There is now a solution available that by virtue
of its design, is extremely easy to use, easy to carry and easy to
support," said Larry Miller, vice president and general manager,
Mobile Solutions Division of NEC Solutions America.
"The vision of NEC Solutions America is to provide a solution
for the enterprise market that will offer a tool designed to lower
costs and productivity downtime, but increase overall ROI for the
mobile user and company's bottom line."
The Versa LitePad ships equipped with an Intel(R) Ultra-Low-Voltage
Mobile Pentium(R) III Processor at 933MHz-M with 256MB memory to maximize
performance. In addition, recognizing the need to balance performance
with extreme mobility, NEC engineered the Versa LitePad with integrated
both Wireless LAN 802.11b and 802.11a to provide ultimate connectivity,
plus a traditional built-in Mini PCI LAN for fast connections to both
wired and wireless networks.
Availability & Pricing
The Versa LitePad is available now through select resellers, including
Amazon, CDW and PC Connection with standard configurations starting
at $2,399. For more information about Mobile Solutions, please go
Feb 24 - Nintendo Pushes for Trade Sanctions
to Combat Global Video Game Piracy. Nintendo of America Inc. is
seeking assistance from the United States Trade Representative in
Washington D.C. to increase efforts to combat "serious weaknesses
in the intellectual property regimes" in China, Paraguay and
Mexico, all of which are greatly impacting Nintendo business worldwide.
Nintendo, its publishers and developers are being injured by the
continued manufacture and sale of counterfeit Nintendo products resulting
in nearly $650 million in lost sales in 2002.
"China remains the world's principal site for manufacturing
of pirated cartridge-based video games, and Paraguay is a major transshipment
point for regional distribution of pirated goods in the Western Hemisphere,"
explains Jodi Daugherty, director, anti-piracy, Nintendo of America.
"In Mexico, Nintendo has been battling with a pirate over its
famous Game Boy(R) trademark for 10 years."
Nintendo is asking the Chinese government to pursue criminal prosecutions
and impose sanctions against the counterfeiters. Last year, Nintendo
confiscated nearly one million pieces of pirated products and video
game components in China from 135 retail and manufacturing facilities,
almost all in the Guangdong Province. Also, many of the items were
destined for export across the globe to Europe, Latin America and
Nintendo's commitment to eradicating piracy in Paraguay is viewed
as being more important now than ever, as reports from The Washington
Post (October 2001) and CNN (November 2002) link pirating crimes to
financing of the international terrorist organization Hezbollah. Nintendo
is urging the Paraguay government to renew the bilateral Memorandum
of Understanding agreed upon in 1998. More than 4.4 million illegal
Nintendo products have been confiscated in Paraguay since the bilateral
trade agreement was signed -- the greatest number of infringing Nintendo
products seized in the Western Hemisphere.
Counterfeit Nintendo games also are readily available in most Mexican
metropolitan areas. Two months ago, during the area's largest recent
seizure, the Mexican Attorney General captured 20,000 pirated Game
Boy Advance cartridges in Manzanillo. Relying heavily on border enforcement
and assistance from both Mexican and U.S. Customs authorities, Nintendo
is calling for important changes within Customs to control corruption
and toughen penalties for offenders. Nintendo also seeks to resolve
a trademark dispute that has been languishing in the Mexican court
system for over a decade.
Additionally, Nintendo cites concerns of protecting its intellectual
property rights in Chile, the European Union, Hong Kong, South Korea,
Taiwan, and Venezuela.
For more information about Nintendo or any Nintendo product visit
the company's Web site www.nintendo.com.
Feb 24 - Rambus Unveils Redwood, the Industry's
Fastest Parallel Bus Logic Interface. Rambus Inc. (Nasdaq:RMBS),
a leading developer of chip-to-chip interface products and services,
today introduced its parallel bus logic interface family, codenamed
Redwood. Ideal for high volume, low-cost systems, the Redwood family
of interface products offers a per pin data rate of 400MHz to 6.4GHz,
enabling it to run up to ten times faster than best-of-class processor
busses available today.
The Redwood parallel bus interface family addresses intra-board applications
including processor, chipset and network chip connections. It is optimized
for low latency and low power parallel bus applications, and enables
the highest-pin bandwidth to reduce overall package, board, and system
Additionally, Redwood can be backwards compatible with existing LVDS-based
standards such as HyperTransport, SPI-4 and RapidIO, allowing for
easy integration into next-generation products. In order to achieve
backwards compatibility, Redwood offers customers a range of frequency
and voltage support.
"Redwood technology is a perfect addition to our portfolio of
logic interface solutions as it provides our customers' with high
performance, parallel bus connections that complement our RaSer family
of high-performance serial link interfaces," said Kevin Donnelly,
vice president of Rambus' Logic Interface Division. "Furthermore,
Redwood's flexible and scalable architecture allows us to customize
solutions to further enhance the performance of our customers' products."
Elements integrated into the Redwood technology include a 400 MHz-6.4
GHz data rate range, low-voltage differential signaling, backwards
compatibility with existing standards, FlexPhase(TM) timing calibration
circuit technology, and dynamic current and termination capabilities.
Combined, all of these technologies allow Redwood to achieve up to
6.4 GHz speeds for low-cost systems.
The Redwood family of parallel bus logic interfaces is available
now for licensing. Additional information on Redwood can be found
Feb 24 - Phoenix Technologies Unveils cME.
Phoenix Technologies Ltd. (Nasdaq:PTEC), the company driving the global
core systems software standard in billions of PC systems and connected
digital devices for nearly a quarter-century, has introduced the Phoenix
Core Managed Environment(TM), or cME, heralding a new standard for
the way essential applications and device-critical services can be
built into digital products, making them always protected and always
Phoenix cME dramatically improves OEMs' and system builders' opportunity
to enhance the user experience with computer systems and other digital
products by providing new levels of reliability, security and simplicity,
all built in at the core of the device.
"Phoenix cME addresses the needs of increasingly connected and
digitally dependent users," said Albert E. Sisto, Chairman, President
and CEO of Phoenix. "Now they can access diagnostics and self-healing
capabilities, Internet access, and recovery utilities, even after
a major system malfunction. In conjunction with our industry partners,
Phoenix is changing the user experience at its very core while allowing
enterprise systems providers to help reduce support costs for their
customers and to deliver brand-differentiated products across a wide
variety of platforms."
Phoenix cME is a standards-based set of enabling technologies and
applications built into the foundation of PCs and other digital products.
Residing both within the system firmware and within a protected area
of the hard drive, these technologies and applications are always
available and always secure because they do not depend on the operating
system or user action.
In the PC and server environments, Phoenix cME enables the creation
and management of a secure "host protected area" (HPA) of
the hard drive, where Phoenix cME Certified applications reside --
the Phoenix FirstWare(TM) product family. These applications help
diagnose and recover PCs if the operating system malfunctions. Phoenix
cME provides the most secure HPA on the market, and for the first
time, it enables third-party developers to write their own applications
for storage in this tamper-proof area.
For more information visit www.phoenix.com.
Feb 24 - Adobe Ships Photoshop Album.
Adobe Systems Incorporated (Nasdaq:ADBE) today announced the immediate
availability of Adobe(R) Photoshop(R) Album, new Windows(R)-based
software that extends the legendary Photoshop product line to millions
of digital camera users who need an easy way to find, fix, share and
preserve their lifetime of photos.
Recognized by TechTV as the best new photography and imaging product
at last month's International Consumer Electronics Show (CES), Photoshop
Album software gathers thousands of digital photos for viewing in
one convenient place -- the photo well -- and automatically organizes
them by date. No matter where pictures are stored on a computer, it's
simple to find any photo using the timeline view, which displays photos
taken over a period of time, or the detailed calendar view, which
shows the exact day and month when each moment was captured.
Photoshop Album is the only consumer digital photography product
to take full advantage of the ubiquity of Adobe Acrobat(R) Reader(R)
and the Adobe Portable Document Format (PDF), creating a universally
accessible way to share digital photos with friends and family. Most
importantly, Photoshop Album is equipped with one-click photo backup
to CD and DVD to ensure that memories can be preserved for future
An easy-to-follow wizard helps users create slide shows, printed
cards, calendars, and photo albums. Direct links to online partners,
Shutterfly and MyPublisher.com, allow users to order high-quality
prints and linen-covered hardbound photo books. Online services may
"Photoshop Album takes digital photography far beyond film.
It makes it easier and more fun to do what users want to do today
with pictures," said Alexis Gerard, president of Future Image
Inc. "Since the product thinks the way picture takers do, users
will appreciate unprecedented control and access to their entire lifetime
of photos, along with sharing options that enable visual communication
with loved ones around the world."
Consumers can now purchase Photoshop Album for US$49.99 on www.Adobe.com
as well as at major retail outlets.
Feb 24 - Toshiba and Iomega Offer Mobile
PC Users Data Back-Up Solution. Toshiba's Storage Device Division
(SDD), the industry pioneer in small form factor hard disk drives
(HDDs), and Iomega Corp. (NYSE:IOM), a global leader in portable data
storage, today announced they will arm mobile professionals with an
easy-to-use system for protecting important data.
Iomega(R) Automatic Backup software will now be bundled with Toshiba's
removable 5GB PC Card hard drive -- offering laptop users a "set-and-forget"
solution for backing up business/personal files.
"This bundled solution provides users with an additional level
of comfort when creating digital files at the office or on the go,"
said Maciek Brzeski, vice president of marketing at Toshiba SDD. "Today's
computer users are constantly working with precious digital productions
that can now be backed up and protected automatically."
Toshiba's 1.8-inch removable PC Card drive slides into the Type II
slot found on the sides of laptops, PDAs and other digital gear --allowing
users to share or save files between devices. With the addition of
Iomega's Automatic Backup software, critical data -- from business
documents to home videos to digital scrapbooks -- can now be preserved
automatically based on back-up schedules set by the user, or simply
on the fly.
"The beauty of Iomega Automatic Backup software is its flexible
and convenient approach to file protection," said Jet Martin,
product general manager of Software Solutions, Iomega. "Combined
with Toshiba's portable hard disk drive, the hassles of data protection
are removed. Users fall in love with Iomega Automatic Backup software
the first time it prevents a data disaster, since it gives them peace
of mind that their important files are safe."
With Iomega Automatic Backup software, users can designate a file,
folder or entire drive for back-up protection. Users simply set up
the process one time, and then as files are changed and saved the
software automatically backs up a copy to the Toshiba drive.
Toshiba's 5GB PC Card hard disk drive with Iomega Automatic Backup
software is available now for $249 on www.shoptoshiba.com.
For additional information, visit www.harddrives.toshiba.com.
Iomega Automatic Backup software is also sold separately for $39.95.
For more information, visit www.iomega.com.
Feb 23 - Sunday Shopping
Best Sunday Deals - See our Best
Sunday Ad Deals Table below for specific system prices.
Weekly Comparison. Prices went down a
little compared to previously advertised prices.
This Sunday's Special Discounts and Financing.
In addition to sales on specific items, the following store-wide sales
are advertised this week. (Note that these
ads are for the Dayton, Ohio area. Prices or offerings may be different
where you live.)
Best Buy has 12 month no-interest financing on all desktop packages
and laptops. In addition, they are giving $100 mail-in rebates on
all desktop packages and laptops.
Circuit City is offering
$100-$200 mail-in rebates, and 12 months no-interest financing, on
all Pentium 4 desktop packages and Pentium 4 laptops.
has 6 months no payment, no interest financing for new computer purchases
CompUSA has an Unadvertised
Specials ad that you need to print and bring to your local store
to receive the savings.
Staples has no store -wide sales this
to Online Prices - Compare the Sunday ad prices to
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Definitions. A complete desktop system/package/complete
package is defined as a computer with monitor and printer
A build-to-order system is customized at the retailer
and then ordered from a computer manufacturer. In addition to the
computer's stated price, you still pay sales tax and shipping charges
(if you order direct from the vendor without going through the chain
store, you may not have to pay sales tax and you could get a better
Caution about advertised prices.
When reading advertisements, read the fine print of the ad to make
sure you know what is being advertised and what it cost. For example,
many advertisers will show a complete system with computer, monitor,
and printer but advertise a price for the computer only.
* Prices discussed in this article. We report
prices after rebates and discounts are subtracted.
Items highlighted in Black are good deals.
Items highlighted in Red means prices have
gone up and the system is not a good buy this week.
Items in normal text means prices are about the same as the previous
Best Sunday Ad Deals
Price* (see above)
Prices up or Down this Week
Best Celeron Deal
Best Low-cost Pentium 4 System
Sony 2.0 GHz complete system with DVD-RW
1. Best High-end Pentium 4 System
HP 2.53 GHz complete system with DVD-RW
2. Best High-end Pentium 4 System
HP 2.8 GHz complete system
1. Best Low-cost Athlon XP System
Compaq 1800+ complete system
2. Best Low-cost Athlon XP System
Compaq 2200+ complete
Best High-end Athlon XP System
Compaq 2600+ complete system
1. Best Low-cost Notebook
HP 1.7 GHz Celeron with DVD/CD-RW
2. Best Low-cost Notebook
Compaq Athlon XP 1800+ with DVD/CD-RW
1. Best High-end Notebook
Sony 2.0 GHz Pentium 4-M with DVD/CD-RW
2. Best High-end Notebook
Compaq 2.4 GHz Pentium 4-M with DVD/CD-RW
Best Sunday Deal
Grand Theft Auto II
Best Sunday Deal
PNY GeForce 4 Ti 4200 64 MB
Best Sunday Deal
ATI Radeon 9000 Pro
Best Sunday Deal
KDS 17" Xtreme flat monitor
Best Sunday Deal
TDK 52X CD-RW
Best Sunday Deal
Western Digital 180 GB 7200 RPM hard
Best Sunday Deal
Western Digital 40 GB 7200 RPM hard drive
Best Sunday Deal
Maxtor 80 GB 7200 RPM hard drive
Best Sunday Deal
Maxtor 60 GB 7200 RPM hard drive
(after rebates, with ad)
Additional Information. For additional technical
information, advice on how to buy a laptop or desktop, and vendor
and manufacturer links, please see our Computer
Buying Advice page.
About Sunday Shopping Watch. Sunday Shopping
Watch appears every Sunday (except some holidays like Easter and Christmas)
in our News and Rumors column. It is a review of local (Dayton, Ohio)
computer chain store advertisements. While we can not guarantee your
local chain store has the same items, this article can help you make
informed buying decisions.