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Daily Computer News and Rumors

February 17-22 2004

About News and Rumors. InfoHQ Computer News and Rumors is a daily column. It features news coverage of new PC and Mac computer hardware and software, Internet news, and other technical news items.
Every Sunday, News and Rumors features "Sunday Shopping Watch", which is a comparison and analysis of Sunday computer store advertisements.
The Daily Computer News and Rumors is an archived column, so feel free to review previous week's or month's computer news. Previous Daily Computer News articles can also be searched, by using our site search feature found in the top and bottom menu bar.

InfoHQ Daily Computer News and Rumors Article Index
Date
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Feb 22 Sunday Shopping Watch
Feb 20 Intel Outlines How Architectural Innovation Will Reshape The Information Age
Feb 20 AMD Extends New Class of Servers and Workstations with Low-Power AMD Opteron Processors
Feb 20 Toshiba Delivers Performance Packed Wireless Notebook PC with Double-Digit Battery Life
Feb 20 ATI Delivers HDTV Reception On The PC
Feb 20 Elpida Memory's 1 Gigabyte DDR2 SO-DIMM Provides Unprecedented Memory Speed
Feb 19 Intel Outlines Platform Innovations For More Manageable And Secure Enterprise Computing
Feb 19 Intel Silicon, Platform Innovations Speed Advances In Mobile Computing
Feb 19 Industry Leaders Developing First High-Speed USB Personal Wireless Interconnect
Feb 19 More than a Dozen Leading Companies Establish Memory Implementers Forum
Feb 19 Dell Launches Mobile Gaming Notebook -- Inspiron XPS
Feb 19 IBM Perfects New Method for Making Low Power, High Performance Processors
Feb 18 Intel CEO Kicks Off Intel Developer Forum
Feb 18 Dolby And Intel Launch Dolby PC Entertainment Experience
Feb 18 Intel Sees Unified Platform And Ecosystem As Key To Enabling The Digital Home
Feb 18 Rambus to Demonstrate the World's Fastest Memory Device at Intel Developer Forum
Feb 18 Cisco and IBM Unveil New Model for Business Security
Feb 17 Intel Scientists Create World's Fastest Silicon Photonics Device
Feb 17 Dell Posts Record Operating Results in Fiscal Fourth Quarter
Feb 17 HP Revamps Digital Camera Lineup
Feb 17 Entertainment Software Industry Seeks Anti-Piracy Assistance From U.S. and Foreign Governments
Feb 17 Viagra and Diet Pills Still Top of the Spam Charts

 

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Feb 22 - Sunday Shopping Watch

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

Weekly Comparison. Not a weekend of big sales. They are still some good desktop deals, but laptops have returned to regular 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 is offering 24 month no-interest financing on all Pentium 4s with Hyper Threading Technology desktop packages. They are also offering 12 month no-interest financing on all other desktop packages and laptops, and $150 mail-in rebate on advertised laptops and desktop packages.
Circuit City is offering 12 months no interest financing, and up to $150 mail-in rebates, on advertised desktop packages and notebooks.
Office Depot has rebates on advertised PCs.
CompUSA has no store-wide promotions this Sunday.
Staples has no store-wide promotions this Sunday.
Compare to Online Prices - Compare the Sunday ad prices to those being offered at DealTime, it searches over 160 online computer stores.

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Definitions. A complete desktop system/package/complete package is defined as a computer with monitor and printer or scanner.
A build-to-order system is customized at the retailer and then ordered from a computer manufacturer. In addition to the computer's stated price, you still pay sales tax and shipping charges (if you order direct from the vendor without going through the chain store, you may not have to pay sales tax and you could get a better warranty).

Caution about advertised prices. When reading advertisements, read the fine print of the ad to make sure you know what is being advertised and what it cost. For example, many advertisers will show a complete system with computer, monitor, and printer but advertise a price for the computer only.

* Prices discussed in this article. We report prices after rebates and discounts are subtracted.
Items highlighted in Black are good deals.
Items highlighted in Red means prices have gone up and the system is not a good buy this week.
Items in normal text means prices are about the same as the previous weeks.

Best Sunday Ad Deals
Category
Product Description
Price* (see above)
Prices up or Down this Week
Store
1. Best Celeron Deal
eMachines 2.7 GHz complete system with 17" monitor
$439
-
Best Buy
2. Best Celeron Deal
Compaq 2.7 GHz complete system with 17" monitor
$449
-
Circuit City
1. Best Pentium 4 System
HP 3.0 GHz Pentium 4 complete system with HT Technology, 15 inch flat panel, and DVD-RW
$1269
+$20
Best Buy
2. Best Pentium 4 System
Sony 3.2 GHz Pentium 4 Windows Media Center complete system with HT Technology, 15 inch flat panel, and DVD-RW
$1849
-
Best Buy
1. Best AMD Athlon XP System
Compaq Athlon 2800+ complete system with 17 inch monitor
$619
-
Best Buy
2. Best AMD Athlon XP System
HP Athlon 3000+ complete system with 17 inch monitor and DVD-RW drive
$719
-
Circuit City
3. Best AMD Athlon XP System
HP Athlon 3200+ complete system with 17 inch monitor and DVD-RW
$849
-
Circuit City
Best AMD Athlon 64 System
HP Athlon 3200+ complete system with 17 inch monitor and DVD-RW
$1089
-
Best Buy
1. Best Low-cost Laptop
Compaq 2.6 GHz Celeron with DVD/CD-RW
$899
+$150
Office Depot
2. Best Low-cost Laptop
eMachines widescreen Athlon 2500+ with DVD/CD-RW
$949
-
Best Buy
1. Best High-end Notebook
Compaq 2.66 GHz Pentium 4 with DVD/-RW
$1199
-
Circuit City, Office Depot
2. Best High-end Notebook
HP widescreen 2.8 GHz with DVD/CD-RW
$1449
-
Best Buy
3. Best High-end Notebook
Gateway widescreen Centrino 1.4 GHz with DVD/CD-RW
$1399
-
Office Depot
Peripherals and Software
Best Sunday Deal
Seagate 160 GB 7200 RPM Hard Drive with 8 MB buffer
$89
(after rebates)
-
Best Buy
Best Sunday Deal
BFG Asylum GeForce FX 5700 Ultra 128 MB
$149
(after rebates)
-
Best Buy
Best Sunday Deal
Sony 8X DVD-RW
$169
(after rebates)
-$20
Best Buy, Circuit City

 

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Additional Information. For additional technical information, advice on how to buy a laptop or desktop, and vendor and manufacturer links, please see our Computer Buying Advice page.

About Sunday Shopping Watch. Sunday Shopping Watch appears every Sunday (except some holidays like Easter and Christmas) in our News and Rumors column. It is a review of local (Dayton, Ohio) computer chain store advertisements. While we can not guarantee your local chain store has the same items, this article can help you make informed buying decisions.

Feb 20 - Intel Outlines How Architectural Innovation Will Reshape The Information Age. As the world moves toward digital technology and vast amounts of new digital data are created, the converged computing and communications industry will need to make significant changes to the underlying "architecture" of its products and applications to improve the way people use data.

In a speech today at the Intel Developer Forum, Intel Senior Vice President and CTO Pat Gelsinger said computing performance in the future will be defined by innovative architectural capabilities in addition to speed, to realize the full potential of digital technology.

"Our society is creating massive amounts of complex data as the world continues to go digital, but it doesn't have the capability to enjoy the full potential of this rich resource," said Gelsinger. "There is a critical need for scalable, adaptable and programmable computing architectures that have the capability to recognize, mine and synthesize all of this digital data."

For future computers to be more helpful, they will need to excel at three key abilities: the ability to recognize data patterns and models of interest to a specific user or application; the ability to "mine" large amounts of real-world data for these patterns; and the ability to analyze, or synthesize, large sets of data. These capabilities require more memory, processing power, bandwidth and storage, and will drive the need to change the basic architectural design of computing and communications devices.

New Architectural Approach for the "Era of Tera"

Gelsinger said Intel is enabling the move into the era of tera-scale computing by developing architectures that will enable computing and communication devices in the future to do the tasks that only today's supercomputers are capable of handling.

"As Intel quickly approaches billion-transistor processors, we are aggressively developing innovative ways to use the added transistors by applying new architectural approaches that will ultimately result in much more useful computers." He added that this will be done through architectures that can scale and adapt to their computing environments.

Gelsinger described some of the innovations that Intel is currently developing to make architectures scalable, including "helper-threading," a technology that increases single-thread performance by intelligently executing parallel tasks on a single processor as needed. Another example of the ability to allow architectures to scale in order handle more and more complex tasks simultaneously is the integration of multiple processing cores into one processor.

Intel also is researching new technologies that will make these new architectures more adaptable to multiple environments, applications and users. For example, Gelsinger described how Intel researchers are developing a reconfigurable radio architecture for future chips that will enable devices to communicate over various networks, whether it be 802.11a, b or g, Bluetooth or other wireless technologies.

Architectural innovations such as these, combined with the continued increase in clock speed and in the number of transistors packed on to a single chip, will ultimately determine computing performance in the future.

For more information on IDF and Intel technology, visit http://developer.intel.com.

Feb 20 - AMD Extends New Class of Servers and Workstations with Low-Power AMD Opteron Processors. AMD (NYSE: AMD) today announced an expansion of its awarding-winning AMD Opteron(TM) processor family, featuring low- and mid-power products. With the new low-power AMD Opteron processors, enterprise customers can now employ a common infrastructure based on AMD64 technology at all levels of their enterprise environments -- from high-performance clusters to blade servers.

The AMD Opteron processors HE (55 watt) and EE (30 watt) for servers and workstations, which are expected to be available in March, bring world-class 32-bit performance and easy migration to 64-bit computing to customers who demand increased compute density, investment protection for the future and the most performance per watt of any processor in their class as measured by the industry-standard benchmark suite SPEC(R) cpu2000.

"Any enterprise concerned about power usage in their data centers now has a low-power option that also offer industry-leading per watt performance, reliable security and the assurance of investment protection," said Marty Seyer, vice president and general manager of AMD's Microprocessor Business Unit. "The feedback was clear, with customers asking for AMD64 to take a leadership role in reducing operational costs through lower power options. Now enterprise customers have never before had such a broad choice for power options for both 32-bit and 64-bit solutions. AMD leads the industry with its AMD64 architecture, and in response to customer demand, we're pleased to add a broader set of power options."

"As businesses try to squeeze more processing power out of fixed-sized datacenters and power budgets, performance per watt is becoming increasingly more important to the enterprise," said Vernon Turner of International Data Corporation (IDC). "AMD answers that need with the low-power AMD Opteron processors HE and EE, offering some of the most performance per watt of any processors in their class."

The new low-power AMD Opteron processors are well-suited for the blade server market. These smaller servers can be less-expensive to acquire than traditional servers and run cooler than their full-size counterparts.

The AMD Opteron processor continues to gain wide-ranging acceptance, with increased endorsements from Fortune 1000 companies, the clustering and High Performance Computing arena, database computing and workstation customers who rely on compute-intensive applications like financial modeling, digital content creation and CAD. A listing of companies offering AMD Opteron processor-based products can be found at www.amd.com/serverpartners and www.amd.com/workstationpartners.

Pricing

The AMD Opteron processor models 846 HE and 840 EE are priced at $1,514 in 1,000-unit quantities. The AMD Opteron processor models 246 HE and 240 EE are priced at $851 in 1,000-unit quantities. The AMD Opteron processor models 146 HE and 140 EE are priced at $733 in 1,000-unit quantities. AMD is immediately taking orders for the processors, which are expected to ship worldwide within 30 days.

For more AMD news and product information, please visit www.amd.com.

Feb 20 - Toshiba Delivers Performance Packed Wireless Notebook PC with Double-Digit Battery Life. Toshiba's Digital Products Division (DPD), today introduced its next generation lightweight notebook PC, the Tecra M2 -- a stylish notebook PC designed for corporate and small-to-medium sized business customers who demand mobility and connectivity without sacrificing performance.

Weighing as light as five pounds, the Tecra M2 features impressive battery life -- up to 11.5 hours(a) (with optional extended batteries) -- in an easy to carry form factor that delivers seamless wireless connectivity options (IEEE 802.11b, g optional a/g, Bluetooth) so users can stay in touch, work faster and get more done. Meanwhile, IT managers will enjoy the Tecra-family benefits of a stable, configurable notebook with a long product lifecycle.

Packaged in a lightweight, sleek silver chassis, the Tecra M2 features a vivid 14.1-inch XGA (or SXGA+) display and NVIDIA(R) GeForce(TM) FX Go5200 32MB or 64MB VRAM graphics controller (64MB VRAM option includes optional Bluetooth capabilities, 10/100/1000 Base-TX Ethernet LAN and IEEE 1394 Firewire port), offering Tecra M2 customers high-performance graphics for displaying detailed designs and high-powered presentations in the office, on the road and everywhere in between.
With options of a high-capacity 12-cell battery and the Slim SelectBay(R) battery, mobile professionals can enjoy up to 11.5 hours(a) of battery life maximizing productivity with extended hours of mobile use.

"We've recognized for the past several years that reducing the cost and complexity of notebook PC ownership, while increasing performance and functionality, is critical to IT professionals and SMB customers," said Taro Hiyama, vice president of marketing, Toshiba DPD. "Our continued investment in the Tecra brand -- including advanced wireless connectivity, long battery life and a lightweight form factor -- reaffirm Toshiba's commitment to providing high performance notebooks that businesses of all sizes can appreciate."

Toshiba's Next Generation Tecra: Continuing its Legacy

The Tecra M2 delivers the perfect balance of portability, hardware and image stability plus high performance. Building on the success of the Tecra M1, Toshiba's Tecra M2 Series incorporates a new thin and light design combined with extended battery life, making it the ultimate road-ready notebook.

The Tecra M2 provides businesses solutions necessary to meet real business needs. With the Intel(R) Pentium M Processor, up to 1.70GHz, the sleek Tecra M2 Series is a fully configurable build-to-order product with various configurations and the perfect companion for the IT manager looking for a stable, scalable mobile PC platform. Mobile business customers will also welcome the innovative design and enhanced productivity features such as high-resolution displays, high-speed DDR SDRAM memory expandable up to 2GB, DVD-ROM/CD-RW multi-function drive and up to 80GB hard drives.

Toshiba cna be found online at www.toshiba.com.

Feb 20 - ATI Delivers HDTV Reception On The PC. Crystal clear HDTV broadcasts can be enjoyed on the PC with the new HDTV WONDER(TM) announced today by ATI Technologies Inc. (TSX:ATY, NASDAQ:ATYT).

North American customers will be able to tune in and watch high-definition television (HDTV) programs on the PC without having to purchase an expensive TV that could cost more than $2,000. HDTV in North America offers up to 5.5 times the pixels (dots that comprise the screen) as standard TV resolution resulting in amazing picture quality.

In addition to supporting analog NTSC (National Television Standards Committee) cable, the HDTV WONDER add-in video card allows consumers to experience the new ATSC (Advanced Television Systems Committee) digital, free-to-air HDTV broadcasts without having to subscribe to cable or satellite subscription services.

HDTV WONDER offers the best advanced personal video recorder (PVR) on the PC today enabling consumers to watch, pause and record both analog and HDTV programs -- powerful features beyond the capabilities of most current consumer and PC-based appliances. Additionally, HDTV WONDER leverages the PC's capabilities by offering the ability to archive content directly to DVD for personal use. HDTV WONDER complements ATI's RADEON(TM) line of video cards that deliver the industry's only full HDTV decoder and display capabilities.

"ATI is simply unrivaled in the analog PC TV space," said Godfrey Cheng, Director of Marketing, Multimedia Products, ATI Technologies Inc. "In 2004, ATI will continue to perfect our analog technologies and introduce new digital television (DTV) products such as HDTV WONDER - concrete proof of how ATI's investment in television and video technologies is coming to fruition. By leveraging our core DTV technologies and the power of the PC, ATI has delivered a PC product that has more functionality than many of today's more expensive consumer electronics devices."

Consumers in the home and office can now receive DTV content in more places than ever before. Popularly rated TV programs, such as major league sporting events, soap operas, and prime-time shows, are all broadcast in HDTV. The National Association of Broadcasters (www.nab.org) reports there are currently 1,155 DTV stations on air in 203 markets, serving 99.42 per cent of United States' TV households.

HDTV WONDER incorporates ATI's own NXT2004(TM) VSB/QAM receiver designed to receive off-air DTV signals in a wide variety of challenging terrestrial signal reception environments. NXT2004 integrates features such as advanced multipath cancellation, tuner control and all-digital carrier recovery circuitry that eliminates the need for any other external components. When combined with the award-winning software application suite, ATI's MULTIMEDIA CENTER, ATI can deliver a product that will simply revolutionize the PC and the North American TV market.

Starting this spring, HDTV WONDER will be available as a bundled purchase with selected ALL-IN-WONDER video cards and separately on www.ATI.com followed by broad distribution in retail stores. Additionally, HDTV WONDER will be offered in Hy-Tek's Tekpanel 300HD and the Tekpanel 370HD (www.tekpanel.com), wide-screen all-in-one multimedia computers for home or office. The Hy-Tek solutions offer state-of-the-art 30-inch diagonal WXGA TFT/LCD, full-color, wide screen displays to showcase the digital detail found in HDTV broadcasts.

Feb 20 - Elpida Memory's 1 Gigabyte DDR2 Small Outline-DIMM Provides Unprecedented Memory Speed. Elpida Memory, Inc. (Elpida), Japan's leading global supplier of Dynamic Random Access Memory (DRAM), today announced that it has shipped the first 1 Gigabyte DDR2 small-outline dual in-line memory module (SO-DIMM) that brings low-power, high-density, high-performance and small form-factor benefits to notebook PC applications.

Separately, Elpida has also shipped samples of its 256 Megabit DDR2 SDRAM device that will be utilized in server and desktop applications requiring lower density modules. Elpida's extensive DDR2 product line will be displayed this week at the Intel Developer Forum, February 17-19, 2004.

"DDR2 is by far the most advanced industry-standard architecture for main memory applications including notebooks, desktops, workstations and servers," said Jun Kitano, director of Technical Marketing at Elpida Memory (USA). "Elpida's new 1 Gigabyte SO-DIMM extends DDR2 architecture benefits such as high-density, high-speed performance and low-power consumption to notebook applications. Our customers can now select the optimum density device or module for their next-generation processor-based systems."

Elpida's comprehensive DDR2 product portfolio now includes devices in 256 Megabit, 512 Megabit and 1 Gigabit densities. In addition to the new 1 Gigabyte SO-DIMM, Elpida also offers unbuffered modules in 512 Megabyte and 1 Gigabyte densities, and registered modules in 512 Megabyte, 1 Gigabyte and 2 Gigabyte densities. All modules are based on 512 Megabit DDR2 SDRAM devices.

For more information, visit www.elpida.com.

Feb 19 - Intel Outlines Platform Innovations For More Manageable, Balanced And Secure Enterprise Computing. In their keynotes today at the Intel Developer Forum, Intel Corporation executives Bill Siu and Mike Fister showed how a variety of Intel-based computers - from clients to back-end servers - enable enterprises to best handle the unique computing requirements for all-sized businesses.

Bill Siu, vice president and general manager, Desktop Platforms Group, introduced the concept of the "digital office," Intel's vision to improve productivity and flexibility in a more secure and well-managed computing environment. Intel is uniquely positioned to deliver the platform capabilities and building blocks to address key corporate computing needs, including collaboration, mobility, security and manageability.

"The digital office is all about bringing value to businesses and IT departments by addressing the evolving needs of both," said Siu. "Intel is paving the way for corporations to make IT a strategic asset by bringing products and technologies to support this vision."

Innovations for the Digital Office

Siu illustrated several cross-platform technologies that Intel is developing and bringing to market to support its vision of the digital office. PCs based on the Intel® Pentium® 4 processor supporting Hyper-Threading (HT) Technology, built with Intel's industry-leading 90-nanometer (nm) process technology (formerly codenamed Prescott), and the company's next-generation chipset, codenamed Grantsdale, form the foundation of the digital office.
HT technology delivers performance benefits targeted at the way professionals use their PCs, running demanding applications simultaneously. In the future, HT Technology will be followed by multi-threading technology, involving new processor designs featuring dual cores (essentially two processors on a single piece of silicon).

In addition to technology enhancements, new desktop form factors are also on the horizon. Intel plans to debut "Balanced Technology Extended," or BTX, as a new desktop form factor specification that defines motherboard sizes and layouts. BTX will enable PC designers, for the first time, to use a standard form factor to fit new, high performance features for the digital office into aggressively compact systems.

In the areas of secure computing Intel plans to combine HT Technology, a new technology called "No Execute" (NX) memory protection and the codenamed LaGrande technology (LT) to enable improved security. The NX feature, which is already available in Intel® Itanium® 2 processors for servers, will be available in processors for clients in the second half of 2004.
Vanderpool Technology (VT), the codename for a set of hardware enhancements to the processor and chipset that help improve the resilience and reliability of the platform, is expected to deliver a more manageable office computing environment. When combined with the appropriate software, VT enables multiple, independent software environments (called partitions) inside a single PC.

Balanced Platforms Built on Enhanced Products, Technologies

As Intel integrates new capabilities into its world class silicon for the client, it must also deliver new technologies to strengthen the back-end of the digital office infrastructure.

"Balanced servers and workstations utilizing the latest platform technologies are the key to reliable, stable and high-performing enterpise solutions," said Mike Fister, senior vice president and general manager of Intel's Enterprise Platforms Group.

The Itanium 2 processor family enjoyed strong momentum in 2003, with more than 100,000 processors shipped by more than 50 systems manufacturers around the world. These systems benefited from more than 1,000 applications running on multiple production operating systems. Intel will continue to innovate on its flagship enterprise architecture with plans to achieve up to double the performance over the Intel® Xeon™ processor family at platform cost parity by 2007.

Today, Intel disclosed new Itanium 2 processors optimized for dual processor systems. In 2004, the company plans to ship Intel Itanium 2 processors at 1.4 GHz and 1.6 GHz, each with three megabytes (MB) of cache, followed by processors codenamed "Millington" next year. The first multi-core Itanium 2 processor for dual processor servers and workstations, codenamed "Dimona", will follow after Millington.

The first dual-core Itanium 2 processor, codenamed "Montecito," is due in 2005, and will be supported by Intel's third-generation chipset optimized for the Itanium processor, codenamed "Bayshore." Bayshore enables a faster front side bus (FSB) and supports PCI Express and double data-rate (DDR2) memory. Intel also announced new technologies in Montecito for enhancing cache reliability and workload performance, codenamed "Pellston" and "Foxton" technologies, respectively.

Intel also released today the Intel Xeon processor 3.2 GHz with a larger, two MB cache, delivering better performance than previous Intel Xeon processors. The next-generation Intel Xeon processor, "Nocona," is due in the first half of 2004 and will ship at 3.6 GHz with an 800 MHz FSB and support for DDR2, PCI Express and 64-bit extensions.

Helping enterprise customers consolidate servers while improving scalability, Intel also unveiled a new four-way server blade, the Intel® Server Compute Blade SBX44, based on the Intel Xeon processor MP and built in collaboration with IBM. And, for the rapidly growing small business market segment, Intel introduced the Intel® E7210 chipset, offering enhanced reliability to entry level, Pentium 4 processor-based servers.

New technologies will continue to drive opportunities in the enterprise ecosystem, such as fully-buffered DIMM (FBDIMM), DDR2 and PCI Express.

As examples of this industry-driven innovation, Dell Computer Corporation, HP, Intel and NEC Corporation today announced version 2.0 of the Intelligent Platform Management Interface (IPMI) specification, to improve server management, enhance security, and help reduce costs. Also more than a dozen leading companies joined Intel, Dell and HP in establishing the Memory Implementers Forum, a new on-line community for companies to share information focused on advancing key memory technologies such as DDR2 and FB-DIMM.

About IDF

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, visit http://developer.intel.com.

Feb 19 - Intel Silicon, Platform Innovations Speed Advances In Mobile Computing. From new audio and video experiences to closed-lid access to email, Intel Corporation today showed how the evolving capabilities of mobile computing are attracting new users and creating new opportunities for developers.

New mobile products, platform innovations and industry enabling programs are helping to grow both the overall size of the notebook market segment and the number of notebooks sold as a percentage of total PC shipments, said Anand Chandrasekher, Intel vice president and general manager of Intel's Mobile Platforms Group. Speaking at the Intel Developer Forum, Chandrasekher outlined Intel's plans to enhance Intel® Centrino™ mobile technology and the Intel Pentium® M processor. He also highlighted new concept mobile PCs with features designed to reshape mobile computing for a wide variety of users.

"In the last year, enterprise customers have repeatedly told us that a laptop based on Intel Centrino mobile technology is the best laptop available," said Chandrasekhar. "With compelling new mobile platform capabilities and the tremendous industry momentum around Wi-Fi and Intel Centrino mobile technology, we envision a rise in new and innovative applications for mobile computing in both the enterprise and the home."

Driving Momentum Through Silicon Innovation

Intel's product roadmap for 2004 will further advance the mobile computing experience with even higher performance and more wireless connectivity choices, and by enabling longer battery life in thin and light designs.
In the second quarter of 2004, Intel plans to introduce a higher-performing Intel Pentium M processor (code-named "Dothan"), and in the second half of 2004 Intel plans to update all the elements of Intel Centrino mobile technology with the "Sonoma" platform introduction.

Sonoma includes a new Intel Pentium M processor with a faster, 533 MHz front-side bus; a new Wi-Fi component that supports the 802.11a, 802.11b and 802.11g wireless networking standards; and, a new chipset code-named "Alviso." The chipset will support third-generation graphics and enable support for devices and standards such as Direct Media Interface with improved bandwidth, TV-out, high definition audio, eight USB ports, four-port PCI Express, and up to 2GB of DDR2 memory. Alviso will also support Intel High Definition Audio with low power capabilities to reduce power consumption by allowing the processor to remain in a sleep state while audio activity is happening.

Mobile PC sales are growing dramatically, with consumer laptop sales representing the fastest-growing sub-segment, according to analyst firm IDC. "With the performance enhancements and new capabilities of Dothan and Sonoma and the growth of retail system availability, Intel Centrino mobile technology-based mobile PCs will become the dream consumer notebook," said Chandrasekher.

Reshaping Mobile PCs to Reach New Users

In addition to delivering innovative silicon building blocks, Intel works closely with its customers and other developers to help accelerate the development of new and innovative mobile PCs. The Mobile Platform Vision Guide (MPVG) provides a framework for developing future notebooks based on Intel Centrino mobile technology, and Intel's concept mobile PCs serve as early demonstrations of the MPVG, highlighting innovation opportunities for the PC industry.

The 2004 MPVG featured Intel's first example of Extended Mobile Access (EMA), which enables closed-lid instant access to e-mail and other information through a secondary display on the lid of notebook PCs based on Intel Centrino mobile technology. PC manufacturer Lenovo (Legend) demonstrated a model of its EMA-capable "Vela" laptop, and Insyde Software announced software that enables EMA functions, including allowing the laptop to enter a low-power mode when the lid is closed, while remaining connected to a wireless enterprise network.

To demonstrate 2005 mobile platform concepts, Intel has developed three concept mobile PCs, code-named "Florence." The 12-inch model features EMA functionality and converts from a laptop to a tablet PC, allowing maximum flexibility to balance office and mobile demands.
The 15.4-inch model is designed to enhance worker productivity with fingerprint and smartcard security, built-in array microphones and camera for collaboration, and EMA functionality.
The 17-inch Mobile Entertainment PC allows users to communicate and be entertained around the home with a wide-screen display in a sleek, portable design; a wireless Bluetooth* keyboard; built-in voice-over-IP handset and remote control; integrated array microphones and camera; and Intel High Definition Audio for high-quality sound.

Galvanizing the Mobile Industry and Ecosystem

Along with silicon innovation and visionary reshaping of the mobile PC, Intel also works with the industry to develop new and better computing specifications and enhance the mobile ecosystem. Intel and other members of the Standards Panel Working Group (SPWG) today announced the release of the SPWG 3.0 specification, designed to help improve the notebook PC display interchangeability and time to market.
Additionally, Toshiba Matsushita Display Technology Co. announced the development of the world's first 2.38-watt, 14.1-inch XGA and 2.7-watt, 14.1-inch SXGA+ display for mobile PCs, helping to further reduce laptop power consumption and enable longer battery life.

In support of Intel Centrino mobile technology, Intel is working with independent software developers to help optimize applications to run well in both connected and unconnected environments. Intel has also developed a new "runs great on Intel Centrino mobile technology" logo to help users identify software designed specifically for mobility. To participate, software must have online and offline capabilities and meet certain power management, performance or connectivity criteria.

To further enhance the end user's wireless experience, Intel has also expanded its Wireless Verification Program (WVP) to include support for the 802.11g wireless standard. The WVP now includes more than 30,000 verified hotspots worldwide.

About IDF

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, visit http://developer.intel.com.

Feb 19 - Industry Leaders Developing First High-Speed USB Personal Wireless Interconnect. Focused on delivering the first high-speed personal wireless interconnect, Intel Corporation and other technology industry leaders have formed the Wireless USB Promoter Group. Other members include Agere Systems, HP, Microsoft Corporation, NEC, Philips Semiconductors and Samsung Electronics.

Wireless USB personal connectivity will bring the convenience and mobility of wireless communications to high-speed interconnects for multimedia consumer electronics, PC peripherals and mobile devices.

The promoter group has already begun defining the Wireless USB specification with a targeted bandwidth of 480 Mbps that maintains the same usage and architecture as wired USB as a high-speed host-to-device connection. This will enable an easy migration path for today's wired USB solutions.

The spec will be based on Ultra-Wideband (UWB) radio efforts by the MultiBand OFDM Alliance (MBOA) and WiMedia Alliance, both open industry associations that promote personal-area range wireless connectivity and interoperability among multimedia devices in a networked environment.

The 480 Mbps initial target bandwidth of Wireless USB is comparable to the current wired USB 2.0 standard, and will feature wireless high-data throughput with low power consumption for distances under 10 meters. The Wireless USB interface will deliver the benefits of high-speed wireless connectivity, security, ease-of-use and backward compatibility to customers.

Intel led the formation of the Wireless USB Promoter Group with the understanding that the USB Implementers Forum (USB-IF) would act as the trade association for the Wireless USB specification. Intel will continue to drive this initiative into the marketplace as the first commercial application to run on top of the Common UWB Radio platform. A completed Wireless USB spec is expected by year's end.

"The Wireless USB Promoter Group is committed to preserving the existing USB device and class driver infrastructure and investment, look-and-feel and ease-of-use of wired USB," said Jeff Ravencraft, Intel technology strategist and USB-IF chairman. "Wireless USB will preserve the functionality of wired USB while also unwiring the cable connection and providing enhanced support for streaming media CE devices and peripherals."

Added Microsoft Corp.'s Tom Phillips, general manager of Windows Hardware: "The Wireless USB Promoter Group is at the forefront of developing wireless USB specifications that will have widespread benefits for both our customers and the industry. Microsoft is pleased to be a part of this organization and we look forward to the solutions wireless USB interfaces will deliver."

The first Wireless USB implementations are expected to be in the form of discrete silicon that will be introduced in a number of form factors. These include add-in cards and dongles along with embedded solutions to support the technology's introduction and subsequent rapid ramp-up.

Joining the seven promoter group companies as key contributors are Appairent Technologies, Alereon Inc., STMicroelectronics and Wisair.

Intel, the world's largest chip maker, is also a leading manufacturer of computer, networking and communications products. Additional information about Intel is available at www.intel.com.

Feb 19 - More than a Dozen Leading Companies Establish Memory Implementers Forum. More than a dozen leading companies, including Dell and HP, have joined Intel Corporation today in establishing the Memory Implementers Forum, a new on-line community focused on advancing key memory technologies such as DDRII and Fully Buffered-DIMM (FB-DIMM). These memory technologies help improve power efficiency and performance.

The Memory Implementers Forum will serve as a central community for member companies to share plans, technical documents, marketing collateral and up-to-date news. A catalog will feature the latest products and technologies from across the industry as well as contact information for each member. Any company that develops memory-related products or systems using memory can join the Memory Implementers Forum at no cost with the completion of a legal agreement.

"As Moore's Law continues to drive ever-increasing processing power, the memory subsystem must keep pace with performance enhancements," said Pete MacWilliams, Intel Senior Fellow, Desktop Products Group. "The Memory Implementers Forum creates a community for discussion of opportunities and challenges across memory technologies. With the volume ramp of DDRII-enabled platforms in 2004 and the introduction of FB-DIMM interconnect technology in 2005, the Memory Implementers Forum is expected to provide a tool for successful memory technology transitions."

"Advancing standards-based memory technology is critical to delivering more scalable and balanced performance on Dell systems deployed in the enterprise," said Darrel Ward, senior manager of product planning, Dell Product Group. "This industry forum is an important vehicle to drive better memory technologies for customers, such as DDR-2 that will ship in Dell's next generation of servers."

"As a leader in technology development, HP is co-sponsoring the Memory Implementers Forum to help enable smooth transitions to next generation memory technologies," said Dwight Barron, HP Fellow, Industry Standards Servers. "We look forward to working with the industry in deploying DDR2 and future memory technologies in HP ProLiant* servers and using the Forum as a resource for memory industry discussion of next generation technology implementations."

The two primary technologies of initial focus in the Forum are DDR2 and FB-DIMM. DDR2 represents the next wave in memory with memory vendors planning product introductions to support 2004 platforms. Many DDR2 modules from across the industry have already been validated on Intel architecture client and server platforms.

FB-DIMM is a new memory interconnect technology standard for high-end memory connections. FB-DIMM transitions the memory channel to a serial interface and replaces the DIMM register with a memory buffer. FB-DIMM connections are expected to enable systems to scale the number of memory channels available to a server system. Implementations of FB-DIMM enabled DDR2 memory are expected in future Intel architecture-based platforms.

The companies that have joined the Memory Implementers Forum so far include ATP Electronics, Buffalo Technology, Corsair Memory Corporation, Denali Software, Inc., Elpida Memory, Inc., Hynix Semiconductor, Inc., IDT Corporation, Infineon Corporation, Kingston Technology, Inc., Micron Technology, Inc., Nanya Technology Corporation, Samsung Corporation and WinTec Industries Inc.

For more information about the Memory Implementers Forum or to join the Forum, visit www.memforum.org.

Feb 19 - Dell Launches Mobile Gaming Notebook -- Inspiron XPS. Dell is taking its award-winning Inspiron notebook line to the next level of performance with the introduction of the Inspiron™ XPS, its first gaming notebook aimed at enthusiasts. At a product launch here this evening, Dell told reporters that serious gamers can expect ultimate performance, a customized XPS look, and for the first time on a Dell notebook, an onsite upgradeable graphics option for a future graphics engine update. The product will list at $2,849.00.

Performance

The Inspiron XPS will include Intel® Pentium 4 (3.4 GHz) or Pentium 4 Extreme Edition (3.4 GHz) processors and the recently launched ATI MOBILITY™ RADEON™ 9700 with 128MB of memory, giving the system enough muscle to play today's popular games. The Inspiron XPS will also feature subwoofer sound, an integrated DVI port, Gigabit Ethernet1, four USB 2.0 ports, IEEE 1394 and fast hard drives.

Upgradeable Graphics, Dedicated Support

Offered for the first time on Dell notebooks, the Inspiron XPS will feature a graphics upgrade option for enthusiasts who want to stay at the top of their game with leading edge technology. And, getting the graphics card upgrade is easy.

The customer purchases the upgrade, available at a later date, and a Dell technician will be dispatched to install the graphics card at the customer's home. The service is based on the customer's schedule which eliminates the need to send the system back to Dell and experience unnecessary downtime.

Additionally, Inspiron XPS customers will have dedicated tech support manned by experienced technicians, oftentimes gamers themselves, who are knowledgeable and able to troubleshoot, diagnose and handle the most demanding inquiries. Dell also works with hardware vendors and game developers so that specific issues can be resolved.

Unique Look

New for Dell, the Inspiron XPS is designed to look distinctly different than other systems in the line. The notebook will come with one of three exclusive personalization QuickSnap color kit options that customers can use to cover the entire back of the product including Cipher (green and purple), Skullz (black-and-white skull-and-bones) and Plasma (red and black). In addition, each system will come with an exclusive backpack designed for the XPS.

"We tasked our Inspiron XPS development team with creating a notebook that pulled out all of the stops to achieve an ultimate level of mobile performance," said Gretchen Miller, director, Inspiron product marketing, Dell. "The result is a product that looks great and packs a performance punch. The Inspiron XPS is capable of taking on the requirements demanded by gamers and enthusiasts and will be supported by some of the best technicians in the industry."

For more information about the Inspiron and Dimension XPS, go to www.dell4me.com/XPS.

Additional technical information for the Inspiron XPS

Intel® Pentium 4 and Pentium 4 Extreme Edition both at 3.4GHz
512MB to 2GB DDR RAM at 400MHz
UXGA UltraSharp™ Wide Aspect Display (15.4-inch)
ATI MOBILITY™ RADEON™ 9700 128MB
10/100/1000 Ethernet1, integrated 56K2 v.92 capable modem
Optional integrated Wi-Fi (802.11b/g or 802.11a/b/g) and BlueTooth capability
DVD+RW/+R3
Choice of Hard Drives: 60GB (7200 RPM), 80GB (5400 RPM)
Integrated subwoofer
Ports include four USB 2.0, one S-Video Out, one IEEE 1394 port, and integrated DVI port
One PC Card slot
96-watt Hour Lithium Ion battery
Optional second hard drive and floppy disk drive
Included choice of 1 QuickSnap™ Color Kit cover
Exclusive XPS backpack

Feb 19 - IBM Perfects New Method for Making Low Power, High Performance Processors. IBM today announced it has developed a new method of manufacturing low power, high performance microprocessors using an industry-first combination of silicon-on-insulator (SOI), strained silicon and copper wiring technologies.

IBM is putting the technique immediately to work in volume 90 nanometer production at its 300mm manufacturing facility. The company's award-winning 64-bit PowerPC 970FX microprocessor will be the first chip built using this trio of IBM technology breakthroughs.

Early PowerPC 970FX chips produced with the new technology deliver significant power savings, while performing at an equal or higher clock speed than comparable processors. The company expects to realize even greater gains in processor efficiency as it ramps production of the new process technology.

"Our decades-long commitment to pursuing and rapidly implementing technology breakthroughs like SOI and strained silicon is paving the way for a new generation of power savvy chips," said Bernard S. Meyerson, IBM Fellow and chief technologist, IBM Systems and Technology Group. "With this fusion of IBM-pioneered technologies, customers no longer have to sacrifice performance to achieve the power savings they increasingly demand."

Today, chip designers and manufacturers are confronted by conflicting pursuits of increased processing speed and reduced power consumption. Typically, in order to achieve one of these goals, chip-makers need to sacrifice or significantly impair the other -- trading power consumption for performance (and vice versa). IBM conquered this challenge by integrating strained silicon and SOI into the same manufacturing process. This breakthrough speeds the flow of electrons through transistors to increase performance and provide an insulating layer in the silicon that isolates transistors to decrease power consumption.

PowerPC Power Tuning

IBM's versatile new PowerPC 970FX microprocessor is designed for use in a wide array of applications, from desktops to servers to storage and communications products, which require 64-bit performance and/or low power consumption from a microprocessor. Apple has announced that it will use the PowerPC 970FX in its powerful new Xserve G5 1U rack-mount server.

The 970FX also takes advantage of another new IBM-refined power saving technique--enabled through sophisticated system-wide tuning and controlling of processor frequency and voltage--which will be detailed in a presentation at the International Solid-State Circuit Conference (ISSCC) in San Francisco on February 16.

The PowerPC 970FX recently garnered the Microprocessor Report Analysts' Choice Award for Best Desktop Processor, ahead of the Intel Pentium 4 and AMD Athlon 64 FX-51. The award was announced February 5 in San Jose.

Derived from IBM's award-winning POWER4 dual-core microprocessor, the PowerPC 970FX provides users with unrivaled 64-bit computing power, allowing new applications to virtually address an astounding 18 exabytes (18 billion billion bytes) of memory while also running 32-bit applications natively to enable continued use of legacy software as they migrate to 64-bit applications. The design of the 970FX also supports symmetric multi-processing (SMP), allowing systems to be created that link multiple processors to work in tandem for additional processing power.

The PowerPC 970FX uses the same underlying IBM POWER architecture behind families of IBM microprocessors that power products ranging from consumer electronics to supercomputers.

About IBM

IBM is a recognized innovator in the semiconductor industry, having been first with advances like more power-efficient copper wiring in place of aluminum and faster SOI and silicon germanium transistors. These and other innovations have contributed to IBM's standing as the number one U.S. patent holder for 11 consecutive years. More information about IBM semiconductors can be found at: www.ibm.com/chips.

Feb 18 - Intel CEO Kicks Off Intel Developer Forum. Intel Corporation CEO Craig Barrett today described how the pervasive use of digital technology and continued technology advancement are driving the fundamental transformation of commerce, entertainment and communications worldwide. Speaking to more than 4,800 technology industry engineers, developers and designers at the Intel Developer Forum (IDF), Barrett described the changes taking place and the significant opportunities being created by technology for organizations and individuals.

"As organizations around the world look to information technology to increase productivity and performance, we're entering a period of rapid change driven by investment in new technology," said Barrett. "The transformation we're seeing with the convergence of computing and communications, with businesses continuing to embrace technology, and with the way entertainment is delivered and consumed, will begin to be applied to areas such as health care, life sciences, genomics, and new forms of computational innovation. Digital technology and silicon will be at the center of innovation as new opportunities, new fields of endeavor and new business models emerge to benefit from this transformation."

"At the same time, as digital technology becomes more pervasive, we must avoid making it overly complex for end-users. Intel and the industry must focus on developing solutions -- not just technical features -- that meet customer requirements and which can be more easily implemented at lower cost in enterprises, the digital home and in wireless communications."

The Intel Itanium® processor family is a notable example of the company's solutions-oriented approach to enterprise computing. Through industry collaboration and investments in software support and other important complementary technologies, the Itanium processor family is gaining momentum with key customers and improving business productivity. Intel sold more than 100,000 Itanium processors in 2003 and major system installations are being deployed at many Fortune 500 companies.

"Acceptance of the Itanium processor in key areas such as the financial services industry is extremely gratifying," Barrett said. "More and more firms in a variety of industries are realizing the performance, reliability, scalability, manageability and other benefits of Itanium-based platforms."

In other areas of computing, Intel is focused on meeting new opportunities by developing technologies and platforms for a broad range of customer needs that go beyond sheer chip speed. Intel has already brought to market technologies such as HyperThreading (HT) and Intel® Centrino™ mobile technology that provide end-user benefits in addition to better performance.

The company has also announced plans to bring the benefits of LaGrande technology (LT) to enhance secure computing; Vanderpool technology (VT), which would increase system reliability, flexibility and responsiveness; and other technologies to improve processing of digital media, packet processing, runtime performance, and data mining and synthesis. In the future, Intel processors will also incorporate other enhancements that will benefit the overall platform.

Beginning in the second quarter, Intel will introduce 64-bit memory extension technology to its IA-32 architecture for server and workstation processors. The 64-bit extension technology is one of a number of platform innovations Intel plans to deliver, or already is delivering to this segment of the market. Others include Intel Hyper-Threading technology, PCI Express, DDR2 memory support, enhanced power management and SSE3 instructions.

"Intel has the resources, flexibility, breadth of support and technical prowess to provide customers with the features they require for their computing needs," Barrett said. "Offering a broad lineup of solutions means that when combined with the Itanium processor family - which is designed specifically for business critical high-end server, and technical computing market segments -- we can provide leadership solutions from top to bottom in a variety of 64-and 32-bit configurations."

Intel is also focusing resources and attention on the transformation taking place in the home environment. The growing use of digital technology in the home is creating new opportunities for companies that can provide value and increased capabilities at lower cost for consumer electronic devices. Likewise, broadband wireless technology is transforming computing and communications. Much like Intel's Centrino mobile technology has changed the way businesses and individuals can now use technology, next generation cellular technologies along with new communications standards such as WiMax will further accelerate the convergence of computing and communications and improve productivity.

"Silicon technology is the engine driving the transformation of commerce, entertainment, education and science," Barrett said. "Intel's investments in R&D, manufacturing capacity and worldwide markets combined with our focus on providing customers a broad range of solutions, means the opportunities for growth and innovation are limited only by our own imaginations."

About IDF

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, visit http://developer.intel.com.

Feb 18 - Dolby And Intel Launch Dolby PC Entertainment Experience. Dolby Laboratories and Intel Corporation today announced cooperative efforts to extend the consumer electronics (CE) sound and entertainment experience to the PC based on Intel® High Definition (HD) Audio - or Intel® HD Audio for short. As part of the Dolby PC Entertainment Experience Initiative, Dolby is launching a new Integrated Audio Codec Licensing program and a PC Logo Program featuring world-class Dolby Surround Sound technologies.

The Dolby Integrated Audio Codec Licensing program is designed to enable PC audio codec companies to develop solutions that work with Intel HD Audio, Intel's next-generation audio architecture formerly codenamed "Azalia."

Intel HD Audio enables evolving usage models for today's PC audio architecture. With the introduction of this new initiative and licensing program, Dolby is opening a whole new world of PC entertainment capabilities.

A key element of the Dolby PC Entertainment Experience Initiative being unveiled at Intel Developer Forum (IDF) this week, is the Dolby PC Logo Program, which will make it easy for consumers to select a PC with the Dolby audio technologies that best meet their entertainment needs.

The PC continues to evolve into a digital entertainment platform from where consumers enjoy music, movies and games with uncompromised quality at home or on the road. With the Dolby PC Entertainment Experience Initiative and Intel HD Audio, PC users will have access and control of Dolby premier technologies as they would with home theater systems.
Using HD Audio codecs that include Dolby premier technologies, PC manufacturers will be able to offer PCs with integrated system-wide support for the following Dolby® premier technologies; Dolby Headphone, Dolby Virtual Speaker, Dolby Digital Live, and Dolby Pro Logic IIx.* Consumers will have the ability to enjoy a richer and more engaging experience from any audio source in virtually any listening mode.

Louis Burns, Intel vice president, general manager, Desktop Platforms Group, demonstrated Intel HD Audio and announced Dolby's new Integrated Audio Codec Licensing program during his keynote address today at IDF. Joining him on stage was Steve Vernon, vice president of licensing technology at Dolby Laboratories.

"Dolby Laboratories is the established leader in consumer electronic audio technologies and surround sound entertainment," Burns said. "We're excited about today's announcement as it combines the power and flexibility of the PC with Dolby's premier sound technologies to deliver a compelling customer experience for home theater, audio and gaming applications."

"The Dolby PC Entertainment Experience Initiative will provide consumers with the freedom to enjoy their entertainment the way they want to," said Steve Vernon, Dolby vice president of licensing technology. "Whether you want to listen through two speakers, a multi-channel home theater set-up or headphones, Dolby technologies are now accessible seamlessly through your PC."

The Dolby PC Logo Program is designed to make it easy for users to choose a PC with the appropriate Dolby technologies to meet their specific entertainment needs. An overview of Dolby's offerings follows:

Dolby Sound Room -- Users can enjoy a personal Dolby surround sound experience from the very best seat in the house without a complete 5.1 speaker system. Includes Dolby Digital, Dolby Headphone, Dolby Virtual Speaker and Dolby Pro Logic II technologies.

Dolby Home Theater -- Enjoy a true 5.1 speaker home theater surround sound experience that places you, your family and friends right in the middle of movie action; immerses you in music; and gives you the power to create DVDs with Dolby Digital technology. Includes Dolby Digital, Dolby Headphone, Dolby Virtual Speaker, Dolby Pro Logic II and Dolby Digital Stereo Creator.

Dolby Master Studio -- The ultimate set of audio presentation capabilities designed to bring your entertainment to life and give you the power to author DVDs with Dolby Digital technology. Amaze family and friends with 7.1 channels of surround sound - for the most natural and immersive entertainment experiences possible from DVD movies, music, games or broadcast television. Or create your own dramatic presentations and home videos on DVD with true to life Dolby Digital audio. Includes Dolby Digital, Dolby Digital Live, Dolby Headphone, Dolby Virtual Speaker, Dolby Pro Logic IIx and Dolby Digital encoding.

For more information about Dolby Laboratories or Dolby technologies, please visit www.dolby.com. For more information on IDF and Intel technology, visit http://developer.intel.com.

Feb 18 - Intel Sees Unified Platform And Ecosystem As Key To Enabling The Digital Home. Delivering a valued experience for the digital home that keeps consumers connected everywhere they go will depend on the ability to create a unified platform and a surrounding ecosystem of support, in addition to specific new consumer-focused technologies, according to Louis Burns, Intel vice president and general manager of the Desktop Platforms Group.

Speaking today at the Intel Developer Forum, Burns said the computing, consumer electronics and communications industries are merging to become one and that this new converged industry must deliver unified solutions focused around three consumer imperatives.

"First, we must make the whole experience simple," Burns said. "Devices have to work right out of the box. They have to be easy to set up, easy to turn on and off, easy to operate, and easy to access. Secondly, consumers want all their devices to connect and communicate wirelessly. Cable clutter and multiple remotes just won't cut it. Finally, content delivery must be a high-quality audio and video experience. Consumers want premium quality for their premium content.

"Our goal must be to provide a complete and satisfying experience in the digital home that consumers will value and pay for," he said. Burns also said that the digital home is about much more than entertainment.

"When we hear the phrase 'digital home,' we automatically think about entertainment, but the digital home goes way beyond entertainment and far beyond a home's four walls," he said. "What the digital home really means is access to your content any time, anywhere and on any device for entertainment, as well as for learning, personal productivity and communicating."

Research-Based Technologies for the Digital Home

Intel's investment in research and development during the recent economic downturn and its commitment to ongoing manufacturing and process innovation has given the company a strong pipeline of technologies to enable a unified platform for the digital home. Key among these new technologies is Intel's new Pentium® 4 processor built on 90nm (formerly Prescott), which is available now, and an upcoming chipset code-named "Grantsdale," which will be available in the second quarter of this year.

Developed for the mainstream consumer market segment, Grantsdale will include next generation integrated graphics optimized for high-definition video and dual independent display technology that allows independent images to be delivered to two different displays.

Grantsdale and Alderwood (an enthusiast chipset) will be the first PC client chipsets to feature DDR2 memory. This technology will provide higher bandwidth and cooler temperatures for all types of PCs, including Entertainment PCs and notebooks.

Grantsdale will also feature PCI Express, a new, higher bandwidth bus technology, and an integrated wireless access point, eliminating the need for consumers to set up and configure a separate wireless home network. Intel® High Definition Audio, formerly codenamed Azalia, will be built into the Pentium 4 Processor, Grantsdale platform to provide full Dolby 7.1 Surround Sound* for an outstanding home theater experience. At IDF, Intel and Dolby Laboratories announced they are working together to extend the CE sound and entertainment experience to the PC based on Intel High Definition Audio.

Unified Platforms for the Digital Home

In addition to the chipset building blocks, Intel is working with other industry leaders to develop unified platform designs for the digital home. An outcome of this collaboration is a platform code-named "Kessler."
Based on the Pentium 4 processor and Grantsdale running Windows XP Media Center Edition*, Kessler is an example of an Entertainment PC, a slim form factor, high-performance PC connected to a television screen. Entertainment PCs can be used to organize, consume and enjoy digital content such as music, movies, TV programming, gaming and high-definition video. The device will be capable of sharing content wirelessly and operated with a remote control instead of a keyboard. It will include a built-in TV tuner, DVD player and Personal Video Recorder (PVR) and be capable of acting as a digital media adapter.

"The Kessler platform simplifies the digital home by integrating a whole rack of multiple devices into a single unit," Burns said.

The Kessler Consumer Enthusiast platform from Innovation Alliance member FIC is an example of the industry support for the Entertainment PC concept. The platform will be available to PC manufacturers through FIC this year.

A prototype reference design from Intel code-named "Sandow" features further technology innovations such as "instant on/visually off" capability and an HDTV PVR. It should be available in 2005.

In addition to developing platforms, Intel is working with hardware, software and content and service companies to enable the complete ecosystem required to deliver on the promise of the digital home. In order to help the industry develop consumer products that work together better, Intel announced the first building block products validated for the Intel® Networked Media Product Requirements (Intel® NMPR). The Intel NMPR-validated middleware solutions available from BridgeCo, icube, Mediabolic and Oregan Networks, will enable device manufacturers to deliver interoperable consumer products in the coming months.

Intel has also been working with content and service companies to extend their services beyond the PC to other devices around the home. Intel is developing a digital home content program and guidelines to help software vendors and content providers so that consumers will be able to move content between Intel NMPR-connected devices.

Through the $200 million Intel Digital Home Fund, Intel is also investing in companies developing hardware and software, as well as connectivity and supporting technologies.

To enable the availability of the premium content for the digital home, Intel and Movielink today announced they have signed a co-marketing and technology collaboration agreement designed to accelerate the deployment of premium online movie content to multiple devices in the home as well as mobile PCs.

To bring the device and Web services worlds together, Burns announced that BEA Systems, Canon Inc., Intel and Microsoft Corporation have published a new Web services specification called WS-Discovery. With WS-Discovery, the companies are taking an important step toward enabling a rich and diverse set of devices to become fully integrated with Web services. Burns said WS-Discovery will operate whenever a device is connected to a network, leaves a network or is looking to see what else is on a network.

For more information on IDF and Intel technology, visit http://developer.intel.com.

Feb 18 - Rambus to Demonstrate the World's Fastest Memory Device at Intel Developer Forum. Rambus Inc. (Nasdaq:RMBS), a leading provider of chip-to-chip interface products and services, today announced that it will be showing the first public demonstration of Toshiba Corporation's 512-megabit XDR(TM) DRAM. The demonstration will take place in the Rambus booth (#502) at the 2004 Intel Developer Forum (IDF) being held February 17 - 19, 2004 at the Moscone Center in San Francisco. Samsung also plans to showcase its XDR DRAM for the first time at the event. Running at 3.2GHz, XDR DRAM is the world's fastest memory device, offering eight times the bandwidth of today's best-in-class main memory.

"Last December, we broke new ground once again when we were first to begin sampling the world's fastest memory," said Shozo Saito, Technology Executive of Semiconductor Company at Toshiba Corporation. "By combining our advanced expertise in trench capacitor cell technology and high speed DRAM with Rambus's ingenious chip-to-chip interface technology, we successfully developed this extraordinary chip, capable of delivering unprecedented multi-gigahertz of data to power future consumer and graphics devices."

"Providing our customers with XDR DRAMs will allow us to continue supplying the market with high-quality memory products that provide exceptional bandwidth capabilities," said Tom Quinn, vice president of Samsung Semiconductor memory sales and marketing. "We look forward to ramping XDR DRAM into high-volume production in 2004 and 2005."

XDR DRAMs are based on Rambus's XDR memory interface technology. Three of the key innovations include:

-- Differential Rambus Signaling Level (DRSL) -- a bi-directional differential signaling technology offering a high-performance, low-power, and cost-effective solution for getting bandwidth on and off chip;

-- Octal Data Rate (ODR) -- a technology that enables eight bits of data to be transferred on each clock edge, four times as many as today's state-of-the-art double data rate (DDR);

-- FlexPhase -- a circuit architecture that enables precise data transfer and simplifies system designs.

"This first demonstration of XDR DRAM is a key milestone, bringing us one step closer to providing XDR DRAM in high volume to the market," said Laura Stark, vice president of the Memory Interface Division at Rambus. "We are pleased that Toshiba and Samsung are in the process of sampling XDR DRAMs and look forward to their ramp to volume production later this year and into 2005."

XDR DRAMs are designed for high-performance broadband applications, including digital consumer electronics, network systems and graphic systems. These applications process data at very high speeds in real time, and therefore require ultra high-speed memory chips.
Toshiba recently announced it is the first to begin sampling its 512-megabit XDR DRAM. In addition to Toshiba, Rambus has licensed its XDR memory interface technology to Elpida Memory, Inc. and Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd. These manufacturers expect to ship XDR DRAM later this year and ramp to volume production in 2005. Additional information on XDR DRAM and the memory interface can be found at www.rambus.com/xdr.

Feb 18 - Cisco and IBM Unveil New Model for Business Security. IBM and Cisco(R) are collaborating to address a widespread issue within businesses -- ineffective and inefficient security resulting from piecing together multiple, disparate security products and services. Enterprises and governments realize they need a more effective way to protect their businesses from increased external hacker threats, to combat costly viruses and worms, and to control employee, customer and business partner access to internal data and applications.

As part of their long-standing strategic alliance, IBM and Cisco intend to integrate various products to help customers build self-defending environments that will span critical points of business computing -- from laptops to corporate data. This automated approach to information security can help simplify security, reduce implementation and administration costs, and bolster business productivity. This can also help customers more rapidly reap the benefits of on demand business.

As a result of this collaboration, systems, applications and networks can be protected by integrated security technologies from IBM and Cisco. Key security enforcement points within businesses can now "talk" to each other and help identify systems that are not compliant with established security policies, helping to detect when threats are imminent. When non-compliant systems or threats are detected, the IBM and Cisco security technologies can automatically adapt to security breaches and help keep associated remediation costs down.

"As a leading manufacturer of a wide range of semiconductor components and integrated circuits, National Semiconductor understands the challenges associated with applying effective end-to-end security when selecting products from disparate vendors," said Ulrich Seif, senior vice president and chief information officer for National Semiconductor. "This alliance of two industry-leading security companies helps address these security challenges, and it has the potential to not only dramatically improve security but also reduce risk and lower costs."

Initially Cisco and IBM will deliver the following:

-- Integrated user provisioning -- New integration between the Cisco Secure Access Control Server (ACS) and IBM Tivoli(R) Identity Manager software can help customers reduce the costs of managing a large number of employee, business partner and customer identities, across a broad array of networked business applications. This can reduce common security risks, such as invalid user accounts that plague an estimated 60 percent of large organizations and can lead to identity theft or intellectual capital theft. The new integration can also decrease the time it takes to enable new employees to be productive with full access to all the appropriate applications and network infrastructure.

-- Integrated endpoint security -- Businesses can now use the embedded security chip, an IBM ThinkVantage Technology used in IBM ThinkPad(R) notebooks and ThinkCentre desktops, to connect seamlessly and with enhanced security to both wired and wireless networks by using new Cisco virtual private network (VPN) solutions.
By using encrypted authentication information stored inside computer hardware, coupled with the secure connectivity provided by VPNs, companies can help prevent unauthorized remote network access. The Cisco Security Agent will also be integrated with IBM clients and servers to help provide dynamic "day zero" network attack protection from worms and viruses that have no defined signature or defense along with the reduced need to constantly update endpoint security software.
IBM also plans to offer the Cisco Security Agent through www.ibm.com when customers purchase IBM eServer xSeries(R) products from IBM. Together these new capabilities and availability options can cost-effectively deliver enhanced protection across networked business-critical services and resources.

-- Automated compliance -- IBM will also join the Cisco Network Admission Control (NAC) program and plans to integrate certain IBM Tivoli security management software with Cisco infrastructure products that are involved in the program.
The Cisco NAC program fosters enhanced security within the network by allowing customers to examine the security status of endpoints such as PCs and servers, and automatically permit or deny endpoint access to critical network and system resources based on customers' pre-defined corporate IT security policies. IBM's participation in the Cisco NAC program will extend its capability to automatically examine system and application credentials and provide more effective remediation strategies for non-compliant endpoints that could otherwise pose a security threat to businesses.

-- Security services -- IBM Global Services will provide services to help assess a customers' combined IBM and Cisco IT infrastructure; design and implement integrated security solutions to protect critical infrastructure; and services that will provide the skills to manage a customers' security operations, and administer or outsource security controls, if requested.

The IBM and Cisco global strategic alliance offers customers industry-leading, integrated e-business solutions. The two companies draw on their strengths in Internet infrastructure, e-business systems, networks, security and services to deliver end-to-end Internet business solutions to enterprises and service providers.

Availability

The IBM Tivoli Identity Manager agent for Cisco Secure Access Control Server is planned for availability in March. Integration between the IBM Embedded Security Subsystem and the Cisco VPN Client is currently available. The Cisco Security Agent is currently available on IBM clients and will be available to IBM eServer xSeries customers on www.ibm.com. Security services from IBM Global Services are also currently available.

About Cisco Systems

Cisco Systems, Inc. (Nasdaq:CSCO) is the worldwide leader in networking for the Internet. Cisco news and information are available at www.cisco.com.

Feb 17 - Intel Scientists Create World's Fastest Silicon Photonics Device. Scientists from Intel Corporation have achieved a major advance using silicon manufacturing processes to create a novel "transistor-like" device that can encode data onto a light beam. The ability to build a fast photonic (fiber optic) modulator from standard silicon could lead to very low-cost, high-bandwidth fiber optic connections among PCs, servers and other electronic devices, and eventually inside computers as well.

As reported in today's issue of the journal Nature, Intel researchers split a beam of light into two separate beams as it passed through silicon, and then used a novel transistor-like device to hit one beam with an electric charge, inducing a "phase shift." When the two beams of light are re-combined the phase shift induced between the two arms makes the light exiting the chip go on and off at over one gigahertz (one billion bits of data per second), 50 times faster than previously produced on silicon. This on and off pattern of light can be translated into the 1's and 0's needed to transmit data.

"This is a significant step toward building optical devices that move data around inside a computer at the speed of light," said Patrick Gelsinger, senior vice president and chief technology officer at Intel. "It is the kind of breakthrough that ripples across an industry over time enabling other new devices and applications. It could help make the Internet run faster, build much faster high-performance computers and enable high bandwidth applications like ultra-high-definition displays or vision recognition systems."

To date the fabrication of commercial optical devices has favored expensive and exotic materials requiring complex manufacturing, thus limiting their use to such specialty markets as wide area networks and telecommunications. Intel's fabrication of a fast silicon-based optical modulator with performance that exceeds 1 GHz demonstrates the viability of standard silicon as a material for bringing the benefits of high-bandwidth optics to a much wider range of computing and communications applications.

Inside Silicon, Light and Electronics Can Work Together

Silicon Photonics research at Intel began in the mid-1990s with efforts to test and measure transistors switching inside microprocessors optically. Although silicon appears opaque to the naked eye, it is transparent to infrared light.

"Just as Superman's X-ray vision allows him to see through walls, if you had infrared vision you could see through silicon," said Mario Paniccia, director of silicon photonics research at Intel. "This makes it possible to route infrared light in silicon, which is the same wavelength typically used for optical communications. The way electrical charges move around in a transistor when voltage is applied can be used to change the behavior of light as it passes through these charges. This led us to explore manipulating the properties of light, such as phase and amplitude, to produce silicon-based optical devices."

Why Bring Fiber Optics To The Chip?

Bandwidth. The 1GHz of today's experimental device equates to a billion bits of information traveling down a single fiber. Intel researchers think they can scale the technology up to 10GHz or faster in the future. A single photonic link can carry multiple, simultaneous data channels at the same speed by using different colors of light, just like multiple radio stations are transmitted to a car radio or hundreds of channels on a cable TV. Additionally, fiber-optic cables are immune to electro-magnetic interference and cross-talk, which makes traditional high-speed copper interconnects difficult to build.

"We have a long-term research program in place to explore how we can apply our silicon expertise in other areas with a long-term goal of developing integrated optical devices," Paniccia said.

The report on this research was published in Nature, Volume 428 dated Feb. 12. The paper, titled "A high-speed silicon optical modulator based on a metal-oxide-semiconductor capacitor," was authored by Ansheng Liu, Richard Jones, Ling Liao, Dean Samara-Rubio, Doron Rubin, Oded Cohen, Remus Nicolaescu and Mario Paniccia of Intel's Corporate Technology Group. A copy of the paper and more information about Intel's silicon photonics research can be found at www.intel.com/technology/sp.

Feb 17 - Dell Posts Record Operating Results in Fiscal Fourth Quarter. Dell (NASDAQ:DELL) continued its leading growth in enterprise computing. Shipments of PowerEdge servers jumped 40 percent from the year-ago quarter, more than double the rate for the rest of the industry. Storage revenue was 47 percent higher. And company strength was global: product shipments were up more than 30 percent in Europe, the Middle East and Africa and in Asia-Pacific and Japan, and exceeded 20 percent in the Americas.

Company revenue for the quarter ended Jan. 30 was $11.5 billion, 18 percent higher than a year ago. Net earnings were 29 cents per share, up 26 percent. Full-year sales were $41.4 billion, operating income was $3.5 billion and per-share earnings were $1.01, all Dell records.

"Dell is alone in simultaneously providing customers great value, growing faster than the industry and earning a compelling profit for investors," said Kevin Rollins, the company's president and chief operating officer. "Doing that requires a high-quality, low-cost business model and great discipline. We have both.

"Much of the industry's quarterly growth was at the low ends of the desktop and notebook categories, which offer little if any profitability. Dell met its operating targets by pursuing profitable growth."

Dell's profitability was up strongly from a year ago, both in absolute terms and as a percent of revenue. Fourth-quarter operating income was $981 million, or 8.5 percent of revenue. Operating expenses were 9.6 percent of revenue, matching a company low and down from 9.9 percent in the year-ago quarter. Below operating income, strong sales and earnings growth in markets outside the United States resulted in a lower effective tax rate.

Industry-leading profits and efficient asset management helped Dell generate $1.1 billion in cash from operations. Total cash and investments at the end of the quarter were $11.9 billion, the highest in company history.

Mr. Rollins said Dell expects first-quarter fiscal-2005 product shipments to rise more than 20 percent, ahead of anticipated industry growth. The resulting company volume should produce quarterly revenue of $11.2 billion, up about 17 percent from the prior year, and earnings per share of 28 cents, up 22 percent.

Information on Dell and its products can be obtained at www.dell.com.

Feb 17 - HP Revamps Digital Camera Lineup. HP today unveiled plans to revamp its digital camera lineup as part of an aggressive strategy to become a leading vendor. The new camera line will include the introduction of eight cameras with revolutionary consumer industrial design and exclusive HP technology to improve image processing and ease of use for mainstream consumers. Industry-first improvements include HP In-Camera Red-Eye Removal, which instantly removes red-eye from photos right on the camera without using a PC.

The revamp is the result of a significant increase in HP's digital camera research and design efforts, nearly doubling the investment dollars in the past 18 months as part of HP's overall $1 billion-plus research and development budget in imaging and printing.

Additionally, HP is bolstering its retail efforts with comprehensive online and in-store training programs for sales representatives in more than 4,500 stores across the United States. HP trainers reach approximately 15,000 store associates every week, assisting associates in understanding how HP products work better together - from capture to share to print.

"In 2004, HP digital cameras will establish a higher standard by which the mainstream digital camera market will be judged both in technologic advancements and image quality as well as ease of use," said Vyomesh Joshi, executive vice president, Imaging and Printing Group, HP. "Combined with HP's line of exceptional photo-quality printing systems that offer fade resistance for up to 115 years, we are providing consumers the means to capture, share and print true-to-life quality photos right in the comfort of their own homes."

The HP Photosmart line of digital cameras will feature a completely new look and feel, including a stylish and durable brushed stainless steel construction and a one-of-a-kind ergonomic grip for steady, one-handed shots.

To help ensure that printed photos result in picture-perfect color output, HP's new camera line also will incorporate HP Real Life technologies, a series of technical advancements that make it virtually impossible to take a bad picture.

HP Real Life technologies include:

- HP Adaptive Lighting technology, which automatically adjusts high-contrast photos to bring faces out of shadows and details out of backgrounds.
- HP Image Advice, which analyzes photos and then provides tips to users on how to adjust settings to improve future shots, thus helping the photographer learn to take better photos.
- HP In-Camera Red-Eye Removal, which instantly removes red-eye from photos right on the camera without using a PC - an industry first.
- HP In-Camera Panorama Preview, which allows consumers to take up to five pictures that are then combined into a panorama picture composition and reviewed in-camera.

A new image engine, developed through collaboration between HP and Texas Instruments, which provides outstanding image quality and feature flexibility. This image engine, based on Texas Instruments' digital media processing technology and found exclusively in HP cameras, is the power behind HP Real Life technologies, translating what the photographer's eye sees into the image captured.

The first model to feature HP Real Life technologies is the HP Photosmart R707 digital camera with HP Instant Share, a technology that makes sharing, printing and saving digital photos easy. In addition, the HP Photosmart R707 digital camera offers 5.1-megapixel resolution, 24x total zoom, 32 megabytes of internal storage and PictBridge, all of which help consumers achieve professional-quality photos.

The HP Photosmart R-series camera dock will allow users - in one, quick step - to easily share, print, e-mail and store photos and video clips. At the same time, the dock recharges the in-camera battery, in addition to an included spare battery via the dual charging bay. The HP Photosmart R-series camera dock also allows users to view digital photos on a TV with a wireless remote.

The HP Photosmart R707 digital camera and HP Photosmart R-series camera dock are expected to begin shipping in May and have estimated U.S. street prices of $349 and $79, respectively. The products will be available at www.hpshopping.com and retail outlets worldwide.

Feb 17 - Entertainment Software Industry Seeks Anti-Piracy Assistance From U.S. and Foreign Governments. Citing the continuing influence of organized crime in entertainment software counterfeiting and piracy, the Entertainment Software Association called on the U.S. government to encourage foreign governments to create and enforce anti-organized crime laws against pirate organizations. The ESA will join with other associations that make up the International Intellectual Property Alliance (IIPA) to file a "Special 301" report on the state of piracy in more than 50 countries, and will ask the U.S. government to help ensure that these countries improve protections for intellectual property rights in accord with international obligations.

A dominant theme in this year's report is the influence of organized criminal enterprises in piracy and counterfeiting operations that account for the production of millions of pirated products, including pirated PC, console and handheld games. Piracy and counterfeiting are lucrative operations, with little of the risks that accompany the areas in which organized crime groups have customarily been involved. Law enforcement authorities in many countries lack the legal and procedural tools, as well as the resources required to launch a successful investigation into these syndicates.

"We are truly appreciative of the assistance we receive from the U.S. government with respect to our piracy problems. This report and the Special 301 process are critical tools in the U.S. government's efforts to make other governments aware of the value of putting a halt to the stealing of intellectual property and fostering legitimate economies," said ESA President Douglas Lowenstein. "A key solution lies in putting an end to syndicate domination of counterfeiting and piracy. We call for the U.S. and other governments' help in creating and enforcing anti-organized crime laws against pirate organizations."

The report identifies Malaysia, Russia and China as the leading large-scale producers of infringing entertainment software product. Investigations into manufacturing and assembly facilities have also revealed connections between factories on mainland China and Taiwanese nationals who provide either the funding for these operations or the component parts required for assembly into finished pirate and counterfeit products.

The report also notes a number of emerging piracy trends, including internet cafe piracy, now widespread in certain parts of Europe and Asia. In some countries, a number of these cafes are believed to be controlled by organized criminal syndicates. The cafes not only use unlicensed and/or pirate entertainment software on their machines, they also allow customers to burn pirate material onto discs at their establishments.

The analysis is included in the Special 301 report of the Washington-based International Intellectual Property Alliance (IIPA) to be filed with the United States Trade Representative on Friday morning. The group reports on piracy conditions in these countries, and evaluates legal reform efforts that have been undertaken to improve copyright protection and enhance enforcement efforts. Under the "Special 301" trade law, the U.S. Trade Representative can impose trade sanctions following an investigation and consultation period.

The IIPA's report, which will be available at www.iipa.com, details in separate chapters the IP legal and enforcement-related deficiencies of more than 50 countries.

Feb 17 - Viagra and Diet Pills Still Top of the Spam Charts. Clearswift, the MIMEsweeper company, on February 12 announces the findings of its eighth 'Spam Index,' designed to give a snapshot picture of the nature of spam emails on a monthly basis. Spam selling Viagra and other pharmaceutical products continue to make up almost half of all spam.

This has been a consistent trend over recent months and suggests spammers are confident they will receive a high response from this kind of spam. It is also indicative of a growing tendency for people to buy drugs on the Internet, and suggests the regulation of the pharmaceutical industry is likely to become increasingly complex. The counterfeit pharmaceuticals industry, which is now thought to be worth £20bn a year worldwide, has exploited the Internet and its lack of regulatory control in order to sell substandard, adulterated or placebo drugs for profit. "Lifestyle" drugs that are tightly controlled by EU regulations, such as Viagra, provide the greatest profits for the fraudsters predominantly based in Poland, Bulgaria and Turkey.

Interestingly, spam of a pornographic or profane nature rose to its highest level since the "Spam Index" has been measured (June 2003). Although email users have become well accustomed to seeing pornographic spam in their inboxes and on the whole delete such emails before opening them, there must still be enough interest in these services to justify the spam.

"The growth in the online counterfeit pharmaceutical industry is a major problem, both for the pharmaceutical industry and those being duped into buying and taking these pills," comments Alyn Hockey, director of research at Clearswift. "The more we can do to stop spam reaching email users the better."

More information about Clearswift, its products and services is available at www.clearswift.com.

 

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