Jan 31 - AMD's Multiprocessor Platform Certified
for Web Serving. AMD (NYSE:AMD) today announced that AMD's multiprocessing
architecture, featuring the AMD Athlon(tm) MP processor, is now
certified by Web server manufacturers Covalent Technologies and
Zeus Technology. The certification of Enterprise Ready Server and
Zeus Web Server will help assure enterprise customers that they
can rely upon AMD multiprocessor-based platforms when serving mission
critical Web pages.
Covalent is the developer of Enterprise Ready Server,
the first comprehensive enterprise solution for the Apache Web server.
Zeus Technology, developer of Zeus Web Server, has been designing
and deploying infrastructure solutions since 1995.
"We have run our Enterprise Ready Server on an
AMD Athlon MP processor-based system and report superior performance,"
said Mark Douglas, senior vice president of Engineering at Covalent
Technologies. "Exceptional performance of our Apache-based
Web server solutions is very important and working closely with
AMD helps to ensure this."
"AMD Athlon MP processor-based platforms provide
an opportunity to deploy the Zeus Web Server to the broader enterprise
while maintaining exceptional performance," said John Paterson,
CEO of Zeus Technology. "We will continue to strengthen our
relationship to support AMD's next generation products."
"Support from the Linux community and our partners
is critical to the success of our multiprocessor technology, and
it is clearly evident from the level of commitment we have received
from Covalent and Zeus Technology," said Richard Heye, vice
president of Platform Engineering and Infrastructure for AMD's Computation
Products Group. "We will continue to work with leading software
vendors in their efforts to certify applications such as Web server
software for AMD's multiprocessing platform."
About the AMD Athlon(tm) MP Processor
The AMD Athlon MP processor is a seventh-generation
x86 processor designed for high-performance multiprocessing servers
A key advantage of AMD's multiprocessing platform
is Smart MP technology, which greatly enhances overall platform
performance by increasing data movement between the two CPUs, chipset
and memory system. Smart MP technology features dual point-to-point,
high-speed 266MHz system buses with Error Correcting Code (ECC)
support designed to provide up to 2.1GB per second per CPU of bus
bandwidth in a dual-processor system. Smart MP technology also has
an optimized Modified Owner Exclusive Shared Invalid (MOESI) cache
coherency protocol that manages data and memory traffic in a multiprocessing
The AMD Athlon MP processor features the patented
QuantiSpeed(tm) architecture, which includes a high performance
full-speed cache with hardware data pre-fetch, a fully pipelined
superscalar floating point engine, and an exclusive L2 Translation
Look-aside Buffer (TLB). The processor also incorporates 3DNow!(tm)
Professional technology, which has 51 new instructions that extend
AMD's 3DNow! technology, enabling smoother, richer and more lifelike
images, more precise digital audio and an enriched Internet experience.
The AMD Athlon MP processor is compatible with AMD's
stable Socket A infrastructure, and supports DDR memory technology.
For more AMD news and product information, visit www.amd.com.
Jan 31 - ATI Obtains Permanent
Membership in OpenGL Standards Board. ATI Technologies Inc.
(TSE: ATY, NASDAQ: ATYT) today announced that it has been voted
in as a permanent member of the OpenGL(R) Architecture Review Board
(ARB), joining existing members 3Dlabs, Compaq Computer, Evans &
Sutherland, Hewlett-Packard, IBM, Intel, Microsoft and SGI.
The ARB helps shape the world's leading cross-platform 3D Application
Programming Interface, developing standards and overseeing the certification
process for hardware and software vendors designing products to
work on OpenGL.
"ATI is excited about its election as a permanent member of
the board, after joining the group as an auxiliary member in October
1999. ATI has long been committed to the OpenGL API as it provides
the interface that allows our users to benefit tremendously from
their ATI graphics acceleration products," said Rick Bergman,
Senior Vice President of Marketing and General Manager, Desktop
Group, ATI Technologies Inc. "We are honored to be selected
for permanent membership, which will allow us to work even more
closely with the OpenGL community."
ATI began developing hardware and software products that support
OpenGL (developed by SGI) in 1995. The entire RADEON(TM) family
of products has been designed to have robust support for OpenGL,
including the latest generation of RADEON(TM) 8500 and 7500, as
well as the multimedia powerhouse combination graphics and TV-tuner
ALL-IN-WONDER(R) RADEON(TM) 8500DV. Currently, ATI is working with
the OpenGL industry leaders to adopt a common interface for the
programmable shading architectures of today and the future.
"SGI, as the creator of the OpenGL API and founder of the OpenGL
ARB, is pleased to welcome ATI as a permanent member of the ARB,"
said Shawn Underwood, Director of Product Management, Visual Computing,
SGI. "ATI is one of the leading graphics companies on the ARB,
and their support and contributions to the advancement of the OpenGL
API have helped expand its use in several segments of the PC market,
including 3D games and enterprise 3D applications."
OpenGL is a premier environment for developing portable, interactive
3D graphics applications. Since its introduction in 1992, OpenGL
has become a widely used and supported 3D graphics API, bringing
thousands of applications to a wide variety of computer platforms.
OpenGL fosters innovation and speeds application development by
incorporating a broad set of rendering, texture mapping, special
effects and other powerful visualization functions. Developers can
leverage the power of OpenGL across all popular desktop and workstation
platforms, ensuring wide application deployment.
For more information visit the OpenGL Web site at www.opengl.org.
Jan 31 - Sotheby's and
eBay Forge Strategic Online Alliance. Sotheby's (NYSE:BID)(www.sothebys.com),
the world's oldest fine arts auctioneer, and eBay Inc. (Nasdaq:EBAY)(www.ebay.com),
the world's online marketplace, today announced a strategic online
alliance. This alliance includes three major components:
1.) The companies will introduce Sothebys.com online
the eBay marketplace. Expected to open early this summer, the
site will feature the same collecting categories of fine and
decorative art, antiques, rare books, jewelry and collectibles
currently offered on Sothebys.com. All items offered will
continue to be guaranteed by sellers for authenticity and
condition. The new Sothebys.com site on eBay will be built and
hosted by eBay.
2.) Sotheby's will adopt eBay's Live Auctions technology
real-time online bidding for a significant number of Sotheby's
traditional auctions held in New York and London. This
technology will allow eBay users to participate in the
excitement of a Sotheby's traditional auction by bidding
online from their home or office.
3.) The companies will market Sothebys.com across
both online and
Once launched, the new site will replace online auctions
on Sothebys.com as well as eBay Premier, and will be accessible
from both the eBay and Sotheby's websites. Until the new destination
launches, both Sothebys.com and the eBay Premier sites will continue
to operate as usual.
Jan 31 - MUSICMATCH Introduces
Mac Music Subscription Service. MUSICMATCH(R) Inc., a recognized
leader in providing personalized music software and services, today
introduced MUSICMATCH(R) Radio MX(TM), the first and only music
subscription service for Mac owners, available through the new version
of MUSICMATCH Jukebox for the Mac (3.0) at www.musicmatch.com.
Extending its popular near music-on-demand service
to the Mac platform, MUSICMATCH delivers a completely customized
music experience through Radio MX. Mac users can now enjoy CD-quality,
"near music-on-demand" streams of music with powerful
features that let them sit back and enjoy music in a whole new way.
"MUSICMATCH Radio MX has been an overwhelming
success with Windows users, and we are very pleased to extend the
service to Mac owners," said Christopher Allen, senior vice
president of product marketing at MUSICMATCH. "For the first
time, Mac music fans have the option to subscribe to a service that
promises, and delivers, nothing less than a satisfying experience."
First and Only Music Subscription Service Available
to Mac Owners
MUSICMATCH Radio MX is the first and only subscription
service available to Mac owners. For $4.95 per month, music fans
will enjoy CD-quality, ad-free streams of customized music ranging
from the hottest bands of today and tomorrow, to the familiar sound
of music they grew up with.
Since the introduction of Radio MX in May 2001, more
than 90,000 music fans have subscribed to the service. Radio MX
leverages the company's patent-pending personalization technology,
which measures the correlations between the listening preferences
of its millions of users to deliver relevant music recommendations
and personalized streams not available in competing services.
MUSICMATCH Radio MX is available on the Mac through
both MUSICMATCH Jukebox Plus and Basic (version 3.0 required) for
$4.95 per month. MUSICMATCH Jukebox Plus costs $19.99, and versions
for both Mac and Windows are available for download at www.musicmatch.com.
Jan 30 - AMD announces New
Mobile AMD Duron Processors. AMD (NYSE:AMD) today continues
to strengthen its performance leadership for mainstream notebook
PC computing with the introduction of the 1.2GHz and 1.1GHz mobile
AMD Duron(TM) processors. Featuring AMD PowerNow!(TM) technology,
the PC industry's leading dynamic power management tool, the new
mobile AMD Duron processors can significantly extend battery life
without compromising performance.
"Our customers' success relies on AMD's powerful
products and dependable resources. Not only have we consistently
gained retail notebook market acceptance in the U.S., but we are
gaining momentum internationally as well," said Ed Ellett,
vice president of marketing for AMD's Computation Products Group.
"AMD welcomes Epson Direct and Hitachi to our growing list
of partners, as these two companies have recently announced new
notebook designs in Japan that feature mobile AMD processors."
With support for the Microsoft(R) Windows(R) XP operating
system, the mobile AMD Duron processor with AMD PowerNow! technology
enables outstanding battery life and delivers exceptional performance
on a wide range of industry-leading software, such as multimedia
and office productivity applications.
Systems based on the 1.2GHz and 1.1GHz mobile AMD
Duron processors are expected from leading manufacturers.
The 1.2GHz and 1.1GHz AMD mobile Duron processors
are priced at $160 and $130, respectively, in 1,000-unit quantities.
For complete pricing information, visit www.amd.com/pricing.
Additional information is available at www.amd.com.
Jan 30 - Fujifilm Introduces
Three New Digital Cameras. Fuji Photo Film U.S.A., Inc. continues
its FinePix reputation for delivering exceptional image quality
and performance with its new Super CCD models, the FinePix F601
Zoom, FinePix S602 Zoom and FinePix S2 Pro.
Offering a wider choice of advanced features and a
new generation of Super CCD image sensors, Fujifilm's new FinePix
cameras are again leading the growing digital camera market with
innovative technology and functionality, making the capture of outstanding
digital images a reality for photographers at all skill levels.
Fujifilm's third generation, 3.11 million-effective
pixel Super CCD image sensor systems for the high-end consumer and
advanced amateur digital camera categories reflect significant advancements
in the company's digital imaging technology history, offering picture
takers such advantages as images with 2832 x 2128 (6.03 million)
recorded pixels, ultra-high ISO sensitivities, high-quality VGA
movie recording and even better picture color.
Fujifilm's new, proprietary image processing method, known as Pixel
Data Coupling Technology, along with a new noise reduction technology
have been combined with the new Super CCD sensor system to enable
the FinePix F601 Zoom and FinePix S602 Zoom to deliver ISO sensitivities
all the way up 1600 in 1280 x 960 (one megapixel) mode with a minimal
increase in CCD "noise."
This new system also allows for a unique vertical and horizontal
"Pixel-Mixing Technology" that enables VGA-sized digital
video and frame rates faster than those typically associated with
digital still cameras, resulting in smoother, higher-quality movie
Fujifilm's new FinePix S2 Pro boasts a new professional-level
Super CCD sensor system, which at 6 million effective pixels is
capable of producing images of up to 4256 x 2848 (12.1 million)
recorded pixels for stunning, detailed pictures that are sure to
please even the most discerning photographer. The FinePix S2 Pro
also features a CCD Raw mode, which delivers the image before it
has been processed by the camera's internal algorithmic settings,
thereby liberating the pros to experiment with their pictures as
they see fit.
The FinePix F601 Zoom will be available in April 2002
at a price of $599. An optional PC-sync PictureCradle is priced
The FinePix S602 Zoom will be available for purchase in June 2002.
Fujifilm's FinePix S2 Pro will be available for purchase the second
half of 2002.
For more information on Fujifilm products, consumers can access
the Fujifilm USA Web site at www.fujifilm.com.
Jan 30 - SONICblue and
NETGEAR Announce Technology Alliance. Joining together to deliver
a complete end-to-end home networking solution for consumers, SONICblue(TM)
Incorporated (Nasdaq:SBLU) and NETGEAR(R) Inc. announced that they
have formed an industry-leading technology and marketing alliance
to provide the finest user experience for those seeking networked
digital home entertainment.
The partnership solidifies both companies' leadership positions
in the digital entertainment and home networking markets by providing
consumers with information on compatible products, services and
solutions that support a seamless home networking experience.
SONICblue is aggressively pursuing the growing home
networking market with a host of advanced entertainment products
that will leverage the home network to deliver convenience, ease-of-use
and choice. SONICblue's new ReplayTV 4000, the first broadband and
home network-enabled digital video recorder, as well as the new
Rio Advanced Digital Audio Center, take advantage of the NETGEAR
home networking environment to deliver advanced features and capabilities
that other consumer devices can not match.
The NETGEAR complete line of reliable home networking
equipment enables families to securely share a single Internet connection
with an easy-to-use Cable/DSL gateway router. Consumers can extend
connectivity today around the home using the NETGEAR wireless 802.11b,
phoneline and will soon be able to use powerline solutions. NETGEAR
offers this connectivity not only for PCs, but also for networked
entertainment devices from SONICblue.
Under the partnership, NETGEAR and SONICblue will
provide complementary technologies, solutions and products to deliver
compatible end-to-end networking and entertainment solutions for
the home. The agreement covers cross-promotions and collaboration
on the marketing of complementary products.
SONICblue Incorporated can be found at www.SONICblue.com.
NETGEAR Inc. can be found at www.NETGEAR.com.
Jan 30 - Handmark Brings MONOPOLY
To Palm Powered Handhelds. For more than 65 years the MONOPOLY(R)
game has been one the world's best selling board game with more
than two hundred million copies sold. Now you can play the MONOPOLY
game anywhere with the release of the new Handmark official MONOPOLY
game for Palm Powered devices.
Last year Handmark released the official SCRABBLE
crossword game for Palm Powered PDAs. Now the MONOPOLY game is available
for download from the Handmark web site and is also available on
CD-ROM from most major retail stores that sell Palm OS(R) based
According to Handmark marketing vice-president, Douglas
Edwards "this is huge, we've already found business executives,
home makers and students playing the SCRABBLE game for Palm OS now
everyone can also play the MONOPOLY game. The game as we've designed
it for the handheld is beautiful and easy to play. This is a great
use of the Palm OS and it's typical of the category leading national
brands Handmark will continue to bring to the platform."
It's the Real MONOPOLY game!
The highly interactive game can be played by one Palm
Powered device user competing against the handheld computer. The
human player can play against any of six unique "identities",
each having their own personality and playing style. The game is
also designed for multiple players using one or several Palm Powered
In multiple device play the built-in infrared beaming
function allows silent play in any public space as players "beam"
their move to each other's device. Games can include any combination
of computer identities and real people up to four players per game.
Score keeping is also automated so players can concentrate
on their game skills. Each player's account is totaled and current
status of all player accounts can be viewed at any time.
Availability of retail product
Retail packages are expected to be available in stores
in February. It will be offered through major retailers for $29.99
(USA estimated retail price) and in campus bookstores across North
America. The MONOPOLY game for the Palm OS platform will be available
at most retail chains where Palm Powered devices are sold.
The MONOPOLY game is also available as an online download
from the Handmark web site, www.handmark.com
Jan 29 - AT&T Wireless Services
Reports Strong Fourth Quarter. AT&T Wireless (NYSE:AWE) said
today that its total consolidated revenue grew to $3.528 billion
for the fourth quarter, an increase of 18.7 percent compared to
the year-ago quarter and increased 30.3 percent to $13.610 billion
for the full-year 2001.
"AT&T Wireless stands out in delivering solid growth despite the
challenges of a tough economic environment," said AT&T Wireless
Chairman and CEO John D. Zeglis. "For the eighth consecutive quarter,
we've met our key growth goals. Through disciplined and consistent
execution, we've grown the company more in the last 24 months than
in the previous six years. At the same time, we made critical strategic
investments to prepare for future growth."
"For 2002 and beyond we're sharply focused on a strategy to deliver
value to our shareowners and customers," added Mohan Gyani, president,
Mobility Services. "We're identifying profitable growth opportunities
and deploying the right resources, in a capital efficient way, to
be the premier mobile voice and data carrier in North America."
Minutes of use per subscriber reached a record level of 400 average
minutes per subscriber per month in the fourth quarter, an increase
from 366 minutes in the year-ago quarter and 389 minutes in the
third quarter of 2001.
Net subscriber additions in the fourth quarter, including affiliates
and a partnership market, totaled 1.1 million. At the end of the
fourth quarter, total subscribers, including affiliates and a partnership
market, were 20.8 million.
The 4Q Earnings Commentary will be available at www.att.com/wirelessir
at approximately 6:00 a.m. EST on January 29, 2002.
Jan 29 - Fujitsu Reports
FY2001 Third Quarter Loss. Fujitsu Limited, the global leader
in Internet-based information technology solutions, today reported
consolidated net sales of 1,058.7 billion yen (US$8,021 million)
for the third quarter of Fiscal Year 2001 (October 1 - December
31, 2001), a decline of 13% over the same period in fiscal 2000.
Amidst a worsening global economy, Fujitsu faced a difficult operating
environment in the third quarter.
The terrorist incidents of September 11 contributed to a deepening
downturn in the United States, while the pace of growth further
slowed in Europe and Asia, and the Japanese economic environment
deteriorated, as exports and capital expenditure contracted and
consumer spending weakened. Although inventory adjustments addressing
the worsening supply-demand balance in such areas as mobile phones
progressed, and there were indications late in the period that consumer
demand was bottoming out in the U.S. and some other regions, continuing
cutbacks in corporate investment, especially among telecommunications
carriers, along with further deterioration in a semiconductor market
that had yet to hit bottom made for a difficult quarter overall.
Fujitsu recorded a consolidated operating loss of 45.8 billion yen
(US$347 million) for the quarter, compared with an operating profit
of 7.6 billion yen in third quarter of fiscal 2000. Operating income
for services & software increased more than five-fold, boosted
by higher domestic earnings in services and progress in the restructuring
of overseas subsidiaries. An operating profit was also recorded
in information processing, where higher sales of servers and file
storage systems helped to offset the impact of lower sales of small
form factor magnetic disk drives and personal computers.
On the other hand, operating losses in telecommunications widened,
as North America-based telecommunications carriers in particular
continued to postpone new investments, leading to weaker demand
and pricing for optical transmission systems. Electronic devices
recorded a large operating loss for the quarter, impacted by a major
weakening of demand that led to lower capacity utilization levels
and severe price erosion.
In addition, in an aggressive move to restore profitability, Fujitsu
took a charge to earnings to cover the costs of exiting the business
of small form factor magnetic disk drives for desktop PCs and reorganizing
its overseas semiconductor production facilities. As a result, the
company recorded a consolidated third quarter net loss of 106.1
billion yen (US$804 million), compared to a net loss of 69.0 billion
yen in the previous corresponding period.
Revised Projections for Fiscal Year 2001
Since the last earnings projections in October, the
U.S. economic downturn has deepened, and the seriousness of structural
problems in the worldwide economy has increased. While there were
some indications that consumer spending in the U.S. may have bottomed
out toward the end of the year, since then it appears that capital
investment and consumer spending for the Japanese economy are likely
to slow. Moreover, there is no immediate prospect for recovery by
North America-based telecommunications carriers, and a turnaround
in semiconductor demand cannot be expected within this fiscal year.
Although third quarter results were roughly in line with the previous
forecast, fourth quarter financial results in such areas as electronic
devices, optical transmission equipment, personal computers, hard
disk drives and services are likely to be greatly affected by the
above-mentioned factors. In addition, the weakened yen will increase
the converted value of the costs associated with overseas restructuring
activities, and further restructuring is needed in each division.
For more information, visit www.fujitsu.com.
Jan 29 - CustomWeather
Launches MyForecast.com. CustomWeather, the leading supplier
of syndicated custom weather data, announced today the launch of
MyForecast.com, a Web site providing extensive, specialized weather
information to consumers.
This site is created by and designed for weather lovers
all over the world, who are looking for instant access to current
conditions, 15-Day forecasts, satellites photos, severe weather
alerts, real-time local Doppler radar plus much more. The site offers
the industry's most accurate weather data with over 58,000 unique
forecasts worldwide within a clean, user-friendly interface.
"Weather affects us every day. It influences
our choice of clothing and activities, and even our state of mind,"
said Geoff Flint, CEO and CustomWeather co-founder. "Making
accurate weather forecasts is critical and our aim is to help you
to plan your activities with confidence -- and to make the most
of any time spent outdoors. With the launch of MyForecast.com, we
are helping consumers all over the world plan outdoor, weather-sensitive
activities, whether relaxing at the beach, golfing, hang-gliding,
skiing or just hanging out the laundry."
For more information, log on to www.MyForecast.com.
Jan 28 - AMD Introduces
Mobile AMD Athlon 4 Processor 1500+. AMD (NYSE:AMD) today introduced
the mobile AMD Athlon(TM) 4 processor 1500+, the highest overall
performing processor for notebook PCs. The new mobile processor,
featuring QuantiSpeed(TM) architecture and AMD PowerNow!(TM) technology,
delivers the highest notebook PC application performance to meet
the demanding needs of today's business professionals. Systems based
on the mobile AMD Athlon 4 processor 1500+ are expected to be immediately
available from Compaq Computer Corporation.
Joining the AMD Athlon XP and AMD Athlon MP processors,
the new mobile processor will be identified with model numbers,
as opposed to clock speed in megahertz. In October 2001, AMD announced
the True Performance Initiative (TPI), through which AMD will assist
customers in understanding the benefits of PC performance. The TPI
also will help define a more accurate measure of processor performance
for standard applications.
"AMD's innovative technology, such as AMD PowerNow!
technology, and global partnerships enable AMD to help customers
meet their business objectives," said Ed Ellett, vice president
of marketing for AMD's Computation Products Group. "With this
new offering in our line of mobile processors, AMD continues to
deliver products that businesses and end users can rely on for performance,
power efficiency, stability and compatibility. In addition, AMD's
initiative to provide a more reliable performance metric extends
to the new mobile AMD Athlon 4 processor, continuing our commitment
to mobile customers."
"Going forward, AMD continues to listen closely
to end users that are calling for a better measure of performance,"
said Patrick Moorhead, AMD vice president of Customer Advocacy who
is driving the TPI. "AMD is working diligently to drive these
discussions in a positive manner and devise an improved measure
embraced throughout the PC industry."
AMD's mobile processors continue to deliver high performance
running the Microsoft(R) Windows(R) XP operating system. Business
and home users who rely on notebook PCs can recognize the improved
software performance and quality computing experience that results
from running Windows XP and mobile AMD Athlon 4 processor-based
notebooks. Native support for AMD PowerNow! technology in Windows
XP enables an extraordinary user experience by providing a balance
of low power computing and performance on demand.
Compaq will feature AMD mobile processors in its Compaq
Presario 700 notebook series. The Presario 700 can be ordered immediately
from the Compaq Web site at http://www.athome.compaq.com.
"The Compaq Presario 700 powered by the mobile
AMD Athlon 4 processor 1500+, featuring AMD PowerNow! technology
and QuantiSpeed architecture, provides consumers with powerful technology
that delivers exceptional performance," said Lorena Kubera,
Director of Portable Product Marketing, Compaq Computer Corporation.
The mobile AMD Athlon 4 processor 1500+ is priced
at $525 in 1,000-unit quantities. For complete pricing information,
About the Mobile AMD Athlon(TM) 4 Processor
The mobile AMD Athlon 4 processor features QuantiSpeed
architecture, which incorporates a nine-issue, fully pipelined superscalar
micro-architecture, a superscalar floating-point unit, hardware
data pre-fetch, exclusive and speculative Translation Look-aside
Buffers (TLB). Other features of the mobile AMD Athlon 4 processor
include support for AMD's 3DNow!(TM) Professional instruction set
for enhanced multimedia capabilities, and AMD PowerNow! technology
for extended battery life.
The mobile AMD Athlon 4 processor is compatible with
AMD's Socket A infrastructure, and supports the advanced 200MHz
AMD Athlon front-side bus, providing the highest bandwidth available
for notebook PCs.
Mobile AMD Athlon 4 processors are manufactured using
AMD's 0.18-micron copper process technology in Fab 30 in Dresden,
Germany. For more information, visit www.amd.com.
Jan 28 - Nintendo Announces
Global Price Drop for Game Boy Advance. Nintendo has announced
a global price drop for its best-selling, hand-held video game wonder
Game Boy® Advance, effective February 1, 2002. In the U.S.,
the new suggested retail price is $79.95, representing a 20-percent
decrease. This simultaneous global price drop is the result of production
efficiencies and decreased component costs.
The U.S. video game industry generated a record-breaking
$9.4 billion in 2001, and Game Boy Advance was responsible for more
than 20 percent of total hardware units sold. Since its release
in June 2001, Game Boy Advance has sold nearly 5 million hardware
units in North America. To stay ahead of the game, Nintendo remains
on track to ship 23.5 million Game Boy Advance and Game Boy Color
units to retail outlets worldwide during its current fiscal year,
ending March 2002.
"The new price point truly positions Game Boy
Advance as a video game system for the mass market," says Peter
Main, executive vice president, sales and marketing, Nintendo of
America Inc. "Coupled with an explosive amount of incredible
software scheduled for the year, Game Boy Advance is positioned
to become the best-selling video game hardware system of all time."
This year will see the release of more than 200 games
for Game Boy Advance, including Super Mario World: Super Mario Advance
2TM, launching on February 11th. Nintendo will also introduce innovative
new game play formats to take advantage of the new Nintendo GameCubeTM
Game Boy Advance cable. The first games to feature this game play
synergy are Sonic AdvanceTM from THQ for Game Boy Advance and SonicTM
Adventure 2: Battle from Sega for NINTENDO GAMECUBE, both launching
in February. Using this new device, players can transfer data between
the two systems, giving gamers a brand new level of game play never
"The enormous success of Game Boy Advance has
made publishing games for the system a clear triumph for us,"
says Brian Farrell, President and CEO, THQ Inc. "With this
price drop our products will now reach even more consumers."
For more information about Game Boy Advance or other Nintendo products,
visit the company's Web sites, www.nintendo.com
Jan 28 - First Ocean-Going
Wireless Computer Network Sets Sail. Most cruise passengers
have no idea what an IEEE 802.11b WIFI-compliant wireless network
even is, much less insist on one when shopping for cruises.
Unless the cruisers are from places like MIT and the Jet Propulsion
Lab (JPL), and their sailing vacation of choice is a Geek Cruise.
In 1999, Geek Cruises became the first company to combine career
development and networking opportunities for technology professionals
with the amenities of a luxury cruise. Now the Palo Alto, Calif.,
company has recorded another milestone: installing the first floating
wireless computer network, which provided unlimited, around-the-clock
Internet access for attendees of its Perl Whirl '02 ship-board conference.
"The people aboard a Geek Cruise are not typical power users,"
says Geek Cruises President Neil Bauman. "They're software
developers and computer professionals accustomed to state-of-the-art
networks like those at MIT, the JPL or Fortune 500 companies. So
in addition to the luxuries they would expect of a cruise, they
also demand high-quality information services."
Beyond allowing any attendee of the January conference with a laptop
computer and wireless adapter card to check e-mail and surf the
Internet while others surfed waves, the 11-megabit-per-second (mbps)
wireless network also let them download conference files, check
for conference updates, transfer data and stay connected to speakers
and other attendees from nearly anywhere onboard Holland America's
720-foot ms Veendam.
Future Geek Cruises will allow participants to take part in activities
using state-of-the-art groupware and weblogging. Virtual private
network systems are also planned.
"Most cruise lines provide Internet access through some sort
of shipboard cyber-cafe," Bauman says, "which is expensive
and severely limits resource availability. Geek Cruisers would rather
write code than limbo, so this is what's important to them."
The wireless local-area network (WLAN) configuration consisted of
Cisco Aironet 350 wireless access points placed in strategic locations
throughout the ship. The root access point was connected by a CAT5
Ethernet cable to a 10/100 Ethernet switch patched into the ship's
fiber optic-to-satellite connection. Each access point used the
IEEE 802.11b WIFI protocol, configured in repeater mode. Attendees
connected using any WIFI compliant 802.11b PCMCIA wireless network
adapter card. Those who needed to could rent cards.
Geek Cruises can be found online at www.geekcruises.com.
Jan 27 - Sunday Shopping
This Sunday's Special Discounts and Financing.
In addition to sales on specific items, the following store-wide
sales are advertised this week.
Best Buy is giving away 1 year of free MSN with any computer
purchase. They are also offering 12 months of interest free financing
on all computer purchases over $598. Additionally, they are giving
$100 mail-in rebates on all desktop complete packages.
City is advertising $100
mail-in rebates and 12 month no interest financing on all desktop
Office Depot is offering
no interest, no payment financing for 6 months on purchases over
CompUSA is offering a free
(after mail-in rebate) Epson Stylus C40 printer with the purchase
of any desktop or notebook computer. They are also offering 3 months
of free AOL with any computer purchase.
Staples has no ad this Sunday.
Shopping Alert on Lower Priced
Desktops. Many lower priced Celeron desktops made by
almost all computer manufacturers should be carefully investigated
Most of these low priced desktops have no AGP video expansion slot,
no onboard dedicated video RAM, no CD-RW drive, and very few empty
PCI expansion slots. These computers will be very difficult to upgrade,
and they have poorer performance than other desktops that do not
have integrated audio and video chips on the motherboard.
Often by spending $200-$400 more dollars for a Pentium 4 or Athlon
XP based system, you can get twice the performance, more features,
and you will have an upgradeable computer that will serve you well
for another 3 years.
If you choose the $700 Celeron system to save a few bucks, keep
in mind that in a year or two you will probably want to replace
About Windows XP. It has been a little over
4 months since Windows XP began to be bundled with new computers.
Windows XP became available for separate purchase on October 25th.
For more information on Windows XP visit Microsoft's
Windows XP home page.
Internet Rebates. Most stores are no longer
advertising 3 year Internet rebates. Check with your local store
before you buy. Please see our article, What
You Need to Know About Internet Rebates and Free PCs, for an
in-depth discussion of Internet Rebates.
Definitions. A complete system/package is defined
as a computer with monitor and printer or scanner.
A build-to-order system is customized at the retailer
and then ordered from a vendor's store. In addition to the computer's
stated price, you still pay sales tax and shipping charges (if you
order direct from the vendor without going through the chain store,
you may not have to pay sales tax and you could get a better warranty).
* Prices discussed in this article. Advertisers
typically deduct the $400 Internet rebate from an items true price.
We report all prices without subtracting the $400 Internet rebate,
however all other rebates and discounts are usually subtracted.
Caution about advertised prices.
When reading advertisements, read the fine print of the ad to make
sure you know what is being advertised and what it cost. For example,
many advertisers will show a complete system with computer, monitor,
and printer but advertise a price for the computer only.
Best Deals this Sunday
Price* (see above)
Best Celeron Deal
HP 1.1 GHz complete system
|Best Low-cost Pentium 4
Compaq 1.6 GHz complete system
Best High-end Pentium 4 System
Compaq 1.8 GHz complete system
Best Low-cost Athlon XP System
Compaq 1700+ complete system
|Best High-end Athlon XP System
Compaq 2000 + build-to-order system
Best Low-cost Notebook
Compaq AMD Duron 1 GHz with DVD
Best High-end Notebook
Compaq AMD Athlon 4, 1.2 GHz with combo
Additional Information. For additional technical
information, advice on how to buy a laptop or desktop, and vendor
and manufacturer links, please see our Computer
Buying Advice page.
About Sunday Shopping Watch. Sunday Shopping Watch appears
every Sunday (except some holidays like Easter and Christmas) in
our News and Rumors column. It is a review of local (Dayton, Ohio)
computer chain store advertisements. While we can not guarantee
your local chain store has the same items, this article should help
you make informed buying decisions.
Jan 25 - CMTL Reports Memory
Test Results on Intel P4 DDR Motherboards. CMTL (Computer Memory
Testing Labs), the industry's leading independent memory module
compatibility test lab, today announced that it is has successfully
completed the launch phase for memory module testing on the new
Intel D845BG and D845PT motherboards.
The boards are the first P4, DDR motherboards to be released by
Intel Corp. Included in the group of manufacturers that have successfully
passed Intel Advanced testing on the new motherboards include: ATP
Electronics, AVED Memory Products, Legend, Dane-Elec, Dataram, PNY
Technologies and Smart Modular Technologies.
Additional memory manufacturers and module part numbers can be found
on CMTL's Web site: www.cmtlabs.com.
"The boards are extremely fast, especially with the 400mhz
front side bus. There are a couple of statements of caution though.
Users must make sure they buy memory that meets JEDEC SPD EPROM
programming specifications. Improperly programmed SPD values can
result in significantly reduced system performance or failure to
boot up," stated John Deters, president, CMTL.
"There are a number of DDR motherboards that will allow just
about any memory module to function, but performance is sacrificed
in the process. If you want to design a motherboard to accept the
maximum amount of memory timing variance, then you will sacrifice
performance in the process. In high-speed memory architectures you
cannot have it both ways.
"I am continually amazed to see that there are system builders
that constantly forfeit system performance and reliability because
they wanted to save a couple of bucks by buying marginal or non-compliant
memory modules," Deters added.
CMTL-tested modules can be found by visiting participating motherboard
manufacturers' Web sites or www.cmtlabs.com.
The companies can be found on the Net at www.rim.net/,
www.nextel.com/, and www.motorola.com/iden.
Jan 25 - Nextel, RIM and
Motorola To Produce Voice-enabled Handheld. Nextel Communications,
Inc. (NASDAQ:NXTL), Research In Motion Limited (RIM) (NASDAQ:RIMM;
TSE:RIM), and Motorola, Inc. (NYSE:MOT) today announced an agreement
to develop a new Nextel/BlackBerry(TM)handheld with both voice and
This Personal Data Assistant (PDA) style form factor handheld will
operate on Nextel's national network using Motorola's iDEN(R)integrated
digital wireless network technology.
To facilitate this effort, Motorola and RIM have signed a licensing
agreement allowing specific iDEN and RIM technologies to be incorporated
into certain devices from each company.
RIM's award-winning BlackBerry wireless email solution will be integrated
with Nextel's digital cellular, Nextel Direct Connect(R) digital
two-way radio service, text and numeric paging, and Nextel Wireless
Web online services, which were recently rated number one by Cahner's
In-Stat/MDR in customer satisfaction. The device will also support
Java(TM) 2 Micro Edition (J2ME(TM)) applications.
"The combined Nextel/BlackBerry device will provide an additional
platform on which businesses can create meaningful and cost effective
applications for their mobile employees," said Tim Donahue,
Nextel's president and chief executive officer. "The wireless
email capabilities of this exclusive device will complement our
Direct Connect and packet data services, and serve as a powerful
new business tool for our customers."
"RIM and Nextel have both developed unique wireless solutions
for corporate customers," said Mike Lazaridis, president and
co-CEO at Research In Motion. "This new integrated offering,
together with our mutual commitment to Java-based wireless applications,
will provide an innovative and attractive proposition for our business
customers and development community."
"Motorola's iDEN technology gives Nextel the power to offer
wireless voice, data and application services in a single device,"
said Bill Werner, corporate vice president of Motorola and general
manager of the iDEN Subscriber Group. "Our agreement with RIM
will allow Nextel to leverage the advanced capabilities of their
nationwide iDEN network to offer customers the choice of a messaging
centric device in addition to an existing array of voice centric
More than 13,000 organizations across North America already use
BlackBerry to provide wireless email capabilities through an "always-on"
connection, and RIM recently began marketing BlackBerry to customers
in Europe. The Nextel/ BlackBerry offering will include advanced
Java(TM)-based wireless handhelds, desktop tools, enterprise server
software, and end-to-end security.
Jan 25 - Addonics Announces
Sleek ``Pocket DVD/CDRW''. Addonics Technologies today announced
a sleek new combination DVD/CDRW storage solution that plays DVD
movies or audio CDs, burns original CDs, and is barely larger than
a standard Compact Disc case.
The Addonics Pocket DVD/CDRW drive is among the smallest and most
flexible storage solutions available with its high-speed FireWire,
CardBus and USB 2.0 interfaces and interchangeable cable. The Pocket
DVD/CDRW drive features an 8x DVD player, 8x CDRW burner, and a
24x CD-ROM drive -- all packed inside a 5.62 x 5.31 x .87 inch enclosure
that weighs just 14 ounces.
Addonics bundles the Pocket DVD/CDRW drive with CD mastering software,
and MPEG-2 decoding software for DVD movie playback. The combined
DVD/CDRW allows users to buy a single drive to add DVD movie playback,
CDRW and CD-ROM functions to any computer via one USB, FireWire
or CardBus connection.
Addonics also manufactures a line of optional controllers, which
includes a USB 2.0 card, FireWire card and CardBus FireWire adapter
for upgrading notebook or desktop PCs to high speed interfaces.
The list price for Pocket DVD/CDRW starts at $399 for the USB 2.0
Visit Addonics at www.addonics.com.
Jan 24 - Rambus to Demonstrate
1200MHz RDRAM System. Rambus Inc., the leading provider of high
bandwidth chip connection technology, announced today it will demonstrate
the first PC running 1200MHz RDRAM(R) memory at the Platform Conference
in San Jose, California. In addition, Rambus will present a comparative
analysis of memory solutions. The analysis shows RDRAM is an excellent
choice for high bandwidth PCs now and in the future.
Rambus will demonstrate an overclocked PC with RDRAM Memory running
at 1200MHz. Sporting a peak bandwidth of 4.8GB/s, the system will
be running popular benchmarks to illustrate both outstanding performance
and reliable operation. The RDRAM roadmap includes adding speed
bins at 1066 MHz and 1200MHz without changes to the RDRAM design
or industry infrastructure. The RDRAM memory components used for
the demonstration are devices directly off a high volume 800MHz
For more information on RDRAM memory solutions, visit www.RDRAM.com.
Jan 24 - Visioneer Announces
OneTouch 5820 USB Photo Scanner. Visioneer, a leader in intelligent
imaging solutions, today announced the Visioneer OneTouch(TM) 5820
USB flatbed photo scanner, a complete imaging solution to creatively
preserve and share family photos digitally.
The Visioneer OneTouch 5820 USB flatbed photo scanner
features an optical resolution of 600 x 1200 dpi, 48-bit internal
color, and a 35mm transparency adapter. The software bundled with
the scanner includes ScanSoft's PaperPort Deluxe 7.0, ScanSoft's
TextBridge Pro 9.0 and MGI PhotoSuite LE.
The scanner has three convenient buttons that integrate with the
software to make emailing, copying, and storing images and text
effortless. Now sharing creations and images with family and friends
by email, through online photo services, via a website or through
colorful projects printed on an inkjet printer is easy.
"Your family photos are priceless," said
Murray L. Dennis, President and CEO of Visioneer. "Why keep
them in a shoebox where they'll fade and yellow? We have designed
a scanner that is so easy to use that there is no excuse not to
get your photos out of storage and preserved digitally forever.
With it's 48-bit color capability, the Visioneer OneTouch 5820 USB
is perfect for cost-conscious buyers who are looking for a speedy
scanner with a versatile software bundle and want to have fun sharing
their family photos."
The Visioneer OneTouch 5820 USB is available immediately, through
authorized retailers, computer super stores and online services,
mail order catalogs and from Visioneer's web site at http://www.visioneer.com.
Its suggested retail price is $99.99.
Jan 24 - EarthLink and
Compaq Reach Broadband OEM Agreement. EarthLink (Nasdaq:ELNK)
and Compaq Computer Corporation (NYSE:CPQ) today announced an agreement
to offer EarthLink High Speed Internet service to all U.S. Compaq
customers who purchase a new Presario Internet PC. Available immediately,
EarthLink's DSL services will be available to new Presario users
through the "Out of the Box Experience" (OOBE) when they
initially turn on their new PC.
"Compaq's industry-leading PC hardware and EarthLink's award-winning
Internet service and support are a strong combination," said
John Kortier, vice president of channel sales at EarthLink. "And
since EarthLink can provide high-speed Internet access to more of
the country than our competitors, we're an even more attractive
Those who opt to sign up for EarthLink High Speed Internet through
Compaq will receive all the advantages of EarthLink High Speed membership,
including eight emailboxes, eight Personal Start Pages(SM), eight
10-MB Web sites, free unlimited use of a dial-up connection, free
24/7 technical support and customer service, easy-to-use software,
For more information about EarthLink High Speed or any of EarthLink's
award-winning slate of Internet access, Web hosting and e-commerce
products and services, visit www.earthlink.net.
For more information about Compaq products and services, visit www.compaq.com.
Jan 24 - Lexmark International
Reports Annual Results. Lexmark International, Inc. (NYSE: LXK)
today announced financial results for both the fourth quarter and
full year 2001.
Fourth-quarter revenue was $1.152 billion, up 5 percent from the
same period in 2000. Diluted net earnings per share for the fourth
quarter were 46 cents on an operational basis, before non-recurring
charges associated with the company's previously announced restructuring
plan and before the non-recurring benefit from the resolution of
income tax matters. Full-year revenue for 2001 increased 9 percent
to $4.143 billion.
"These fourth quarter financial results are in line with our
previous guidance," stated Paul J. Curlander, chairman and
CEO. "Lexmark continues to gain market share, fueling our supplies-driven
business model. This makes us one of only a handful of technology
companies to consistently grow revenue and generate profit in each
quarter of 2001."
Lexmark can be found on the Internet at www.lexmark.com.
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