Jan 15 - ATI's RADEON 8500 powers Ultimate Gaming
Machine. ATI Technologies Inc. (TSE:ATY, NASDAQ:ATYT), a world
leader in the supply of graphics, video and multimedia solutions
is pleased to announce that the RADEON(TM) 8500 graphics powered
Voodoo PC took the top spot in CGW's (Computer Gaming World magazine)
Ultimate Gaming Machine roundup.
"We were really excited to include the RADEON 8500 in our machine
for the roundup," said Rahul Sood, President, VoodooPC. "We
were convinced that having the RADEON 8500 would give us the winning
edge - and it did!"
Voodoo PC's MONSOONEGAD-XP was the only system to feature graphics
powered by ATI's RADEON 8500. "The Monsoon beat the living
crap out of the competition in Ziff Davis's 3D WinBench 2000, scoring
an unrivaled 280," read the article, which appears in the January
2002 issue. "The Monsoon was also the only rig to achieve a
3Dmark2001 score in the 8000 range, busting out with a huge 8341."
"We're thrilled at the results of the roundup," said Toshi
Okumura, Senior Product Manager, ATI Technologies Inc. "The
Voodoo machine and the RADEON 8500 make a fantastic combination
for gamers. We're confident that as new games featuring DirectX
8.1 come to market even more of the power and features will be exposed."
"The RADEON 8500 performed very well," said William O'Neal,
Editor, CGW Magazine. "Its performance actually led us to question
how well the other systems would have performed if they had included
the RADEON 8500 as well."
The RADEON 8500 is available now with a MSRP of $299. For more information
you can visit www.ati.com. The Voodoo
MONSOONEGAD-XP is available by visiting www.voodoopc.com.
Jan 15 - Electronic Arts to
Use AMD Athlon Processor-Based Systems. AMD (NYSE:AMD) today
announced Electronic Arts, a leader in PC and console games and
the number-one game site on the Internet, is recommending AMD Athlon(tm)
XP and AMD Athlon MP processor-based desktop and workstation computers
for its worldwide studios.
Electronic Arts plans to use these systems to develop
and produce next-generation PC and console games for both the EA
SPORTS and EA GAMES brands with franchises including John Madden
Football, Harry Potter, and The Sims, and plans to implement AMD
processor-based systems in their sales, finance, marketing and administration
EA studios slated to use AMD processor-based systems
include Westwood Studios in Las Vegas, Maxis studio in Walnut Creek,
and studios in Redwood Shores, Los Angeles, Seattle, Orlando, London,
Tokyo, Vancouver, and Melbourne.
"The performance, compatibility, and reliability
of the AMD Athlon MP processor has led us to select it as part of
the workstation development solution worldwide for Electronic Arts
to help speed game design processes," said Scott Cronce, VP
and chief technology officer, Electronic Arts Inc. "Additionally,
the stability we have had with AMD Athlon XP processor-based desktop
machines has given us reason to populate them in other departments
in Electronic Arts."
For more AMD news and product information, visit www.amd.com.
Jan 15 - Domain for Individuals,
.name; Activates Today - Global Name Registry, a London based
technology infrastructure company, today launches .name, the world's
first global Top-Level Domain (TLD) exclusively reserved for individuals.
The launch of the new domain marks a breakthrough
in the expansion of the Domain Name System (DNS) and offers consumers
everywhere the opportunity to set up a unique, highly personal and
secure identity online.
.name is the first Internet domain (such as .com,
.net, .org) exclusively for the individual, as opposed to commercial
enterprises. It will deliver online the one thing that defines us
- our `name'. .name allows individuals to create their own personal
web address (www.firstname.lastname.name) and e-mail address (email@example.com)
made up purely of their name (or nickname) and .name.
Registrations for the new domain name in the first
Landrush registration period have exceeded expectations. Over 60,000
annual domain and email products have been sold globally to date,
suggesting that consumers understand the significance of owning
their `name' online for use with future digital identity services.
These sales were accrued pre soft launch in the first of a number
of sales cycles, which will culminate in a May hard launch when
real-time registrations will commence. To date, the United States
is ranked first in terms of global sales.
Andrew Tsai, CEO of Global Name Registry, comments,
"The number of registrations recorded shows great potential
for growth of the .name customer base, highlighting a great demand
for individual space on the Internet. Global Name Registry is pleased
to be able to offer consumers a Top-Level Domain that will serve
the needs of the individual online and will rapidly become the platform
for their personal digital identity."
Further details disclosed include:
- The first .name will go live on the Internet on
15th 2002 and subsequent Landrush periods will close every two
weeks thereafter. Registration is expected to occur in near
real-time in May 2002.
- If a person does not get their first-choice .name
in one of
the Landrush periods, they can reapply for a .name by using
differentiators such as middle names, initials, birth dates,
other numerals, etc.
- A .name email and web address consists of a personal
users registering both first and last names. Email forwarding
addresses are created by inserting the @ symbol between the
two names as in .
- The .name address will forward email to any address
providing easy access to a single email address for life.
- Unlike existing and new Top-Level Domains, Global
Registry is positioning .name as a catalyst for new services
and applications designed for personal communications.
- The .name Top-Level Domain will evolve into a digital
repository of information for everyday use with families and
business associates, and as a digital platform for e-commerce
- Consumers will ultimately be offered a .name address
be used as a web site, email address, mobile phone number,
personal filing cabinet and digital key for e-commerce
- Disputes regarding .name registrations may be filed
relevant .name dispute resolution policies.
An up-to-date list of Official Providers of the .name
products can be found on the Global Name Registry website at www.gnr.com
Jan 14 - Predictive Systems
Outlines Key InfoSec Threats for 2002. A host of information
security attacks, a rise in new vulnerabilities and threats of cyberterrorism
made 2001 a banner year for information security issues. However,
activity in 2002 is likely to dwarf that of the previous year, according
to Jim Jones, director of Information Security Analysis, at Predictive
Systems (Nasdaq: PRDS), a leading network infrastructure and information
security consulting firm.
"As malicious code authors implement new propagation methods,
hacker tools become more readily available and easier to use, and
the number and potency of worms and viruses grow, information security
threats and vulnerabilities will continue to increase dramatically,"
said Jones. "2002 will likely not only see an increase in exploitation
of known threats and vulnerabilities, but will also see the emergence
of significant new ones."
Based upon data reported in the firm's fourth quarter Global E-Review,
a quarterly review of threats, vulnerabilities, and identified trends,
the types of cyber behavior and security problems organizations
may see in 2002:
- Worms - 2001 saw a growth in worm frequency, variety,
sophistication, including the emergence of multi-platform worms
such as sadmind/iis and multi-exploit worms, such as Nimda. It is
likely that 2002 will bring:
- Emergence of integrated, multi-platform, multi-exploit,
multi-propagation worms, meaning worms with multiple attack
methods and larger target populations
- New propagation methods based on trust; for example, the abuse
of instant messaging systems and "buddy" lists, or the
of peer-to-peer file sharing applications.
- Lightweight worms which download only the necessary payload
from remote network locations, allowing for dynamic updating
of worm code and smaller worms; these worms will be more
flexible and stealthier than current worms.
- Zero-day worms that will exploit previously unknown
vulnerabilities for which there is no readily available patch.
- Polymorphic worms that like some viruses, can change every
time they propagate, making detection extremely difficult.
- Distributed Attack Networks - In 2002, distributed
likely go beyond denial of service attacks. For example, worms
will increasingly be used for the creation of distributed agent
networks, which will then be used for scanning systems and
exploiting vulnerabilities. In addition, there will be more
effective mechanisms for controlling the agent networks remotely,
making detection and defense more difficult.
- Continued Vulnerabilities in Critical Applications
- Since the
pressure to move products to market has generally trumped any
pressure to produce secure code, most software will continue be
sold with vulnerabilities. This presents a greater risk today,
however, as the methods for, interest in and talent concentrating
on exploiting programs has increased dramatically.
- Year of the ISACs - With the increased focus on
organizations such as Information Security and Analysis Centers
(ISACs), that encourage the anonymous sharing of information of
potential or emerging threats and vulnerabilities among industries
and the security community, will play a key role in risk
mitigation and will show an increase in membership, importance,
and effectiveness in 2002.
However, Jones pointed out that, while several new
threats and vulnerabilities are likely to emerge this year, the
outlook is not all bad. "In the wake of costly security incidents
like Code Red and Nimda, and the September terrorist attacks, more
businesses are recognizing security as a critical business function;
in addition to investing in their own security infrastructure, the
benefit of information sharing has been established and has significant
momentum among industry and government players," he said.
For additional information, visit www.predictive.com.
Jan 13 - Sunday Shopping
Watch. After New Year's pricing of new computer laptops and
desktops has not significantly changed, but deals can be found by
the informed shopper.
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, 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 have to replace
About Windows XP. It has been a little over
3 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.
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 or longer interest free
financing on desktops and notebooks. Additionally, they are giving
$100 mail-in rebates on all desktop complete packages.
City is advertising $100
mail-in rebates on Intel processor desktop packages.
Depot is offering no interest, no payment financing for 6 months
on purchases over $298.
CompUSA is offering 12 months
no payment, no interest financing on Intel Pentium 4 desktops and
Pentium III notebooks..
Staples is giving away 1 year of free
MSN with any computer purchase.
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
Compaq 1.2 GHz complete system
Best Pentium III System
Best Pentium 4 System
Sony 1.5 GHz complete system
Best Duron System
Best Athlon System
Best Athlon XP System
Compaq 1700+ complete build-to-order system
Best Low Cost Notebook
Sony AMD Duron 900 MHz with DVD
Best High-end Notebook
Compaq Intel Pentium III, 1.13 GHz with
Best High-end Notebook
Compaq AMD Athlon 4, 1 GHz with combo DVD/CD-RW
Additional Information. For additional technical
information, advice on how to buy a laptop or desktop, and vendor
and manufacturer links, please see our Computer
Buying Advice page.
About Sunday Shopping Watch. Sunday Shopping Watch appears
every Sunday (except some holidays like Easter and Christmas) in
our News and Rumors column. It is a review of local (Dayton, Ohio)
computer chain store advertisements. While we can not guarantee
your local chain store has the same items, this article should help
you to make informed buying decisions.
Jan 11 - SimpleTech First
to Market With DDR SO-DIMM for Notebooks. SimpleTech, Inc. (Nasdaq:STEC),
a technology solutions provider offering products based on DRAM,
SRAM and flash memory technologies, today announced the availability
of PC 2100 unbuffered DDR SO-DIMM modules in 200 pin format ideal
for notebook PCs.
Tested for use in the new Toshiba Satellite Pro 6000 notebook computers,
the modules in capacities of 128 and 256 MB represent the industry's
first DDR solution for notebook applications.
"As mobile computing becomes increasingly important in the
business environment, we pride ourselves on providing cutting-edge
solutions to increase computing power," said Ron Darwish, SimpleTech's
senior DRAM product manager. "These quality modules, evolved
from the standard 144 pin SO DIMM modules, are not only the first
to support Toshiba's latest platform, but set a new standard for
supporting future DDR-based notebook applications industry-wide."
The market for DDR-based products is gaining momentum in the desktop,
server and mobile computing areas, where SimpleTech's leading-edge
manufacturing capabilities and strategic vendor and customer relationships
consistently enable the company to offer the broadest base of unbuffered
and registered DIMM and SO-DIMM solutions on a first-to-market basis,
SimpleTech, Inc. is a technology solutions provider offering products
based on DRAM, SRAM and flash memory technologies. Headquartered
in Santa Ana, California, the company is a leader in the design,
development, manufacturing and marketing of custom and standard
memory solutions. For information, visit the company's web site
Jan 11 - Macworld Announces
Best of Show Awards. IDG's Macworld, the premier Macintosh magazine
and Web sites, today announced the winners of the "Macworld
Best of Show Awards," representing the most exciting new hardware
and software products announced at Macworld Conference & Expo
in San Francisco. The awards were presented by Jim Dalrymple, News
Director of MacCentral.com, Macworld's news site, and Kristina DeNike,
Lab Director of Macworld.
Company information is available at www.idg.com.
"Apple has once again revolutionized the design
of the computer with the new iMac," stated Dalrymple. "And
it's now clear that Macintosh developers strongly support Apple's
new operating system, Mac OS X. 2002 is starting out to be a great
year for the Mac."
"I was impressed that companies new to the Mac
market or that had strayed away from the market have introduced
some compelling products. CMS, Smart Technologies, e-on, and Mind
Avenue all won for the first Mac versions of their products,"
To be eligible for Best of Show consideration, products
were either making their public debut at Macworld Expo or were recently
introduced and likely to generate excitement on the show floor.
In addition, the editors had to see the products in action, although
some evaluations were based on beta versions or prototypes.
"Macworld Best of Show Awards" represent
a highly-coveted honor within the Macintosh industry and are presented
exclusively at tradeshows that feature Mac products.
The Macworld Best of Show award winners are:
Apple iMac (www.apple.com)
Apple has reinvented the iMac with an arresting design.
The monitor is on an articulated arm attached to a hemisphere base.
Improvements include a G4 processor, flat screen, and SuperDrive.
The 800MHz model will ship later this month for $1,799. (Booth 1217)
Apple iPhoto (www.apple.com)
Apple rounds out its line of easy-to-use, free multimedia
applications with iPhoto. iPhoto automatically launches when a camera
is plugged into the Macintosh then downloads the images and organizes
the thumbnails into folders and groups. This program is available
now as a free download on Apple.com. (Booth 1217)
Adobe LiveMotion 2.0 (www.adobe.com)
LiveMotion 2.0 improves on the Web graphic and animation
ActionScript to help designers create animated content in a variety
of formats, including SWF and QuickTime. This product will ship
during the first quarter of 2002 for a price of $400. (Booth 1829)
Asante FriendlyNet 5037 Accelerated Cable/DSL Router
Asante's FriendlyNet 5037 Accelerated Cable/DSL Router
allows users to share any high-speed Internet connection at up to
100 Mbps. It includes a built-in 30GB hard drive, allowing back-ups
of local hard drives or date sharing. The FriendlyNet 5037 is available
now at $1,399. (Booth 2007)
CMS ABS (www.cmsproducts.com)
The ABS drive (Automatic Backup System) is the quickest
way to back up your Macintosh. When the drive is connected to the
computer via FireWire, the ABS software launches and copies over
new or changed files. The CMS ABS works with Mac OS 8.6, and 9.x;
Mac OS X support is to come. It's shipping now for $279. (Booth
Creo Six Degrees (www.creo.com)
Six Degrees manages projects by linking e-mail messages,
word processing documents, and contact information. While the relevant
files remain in different applications and folders, the user is
able to virtually group the files to help organize and maneuver
through the data. This product will ship in July for $249. (Booth
e-on Vue d'Espirt 4 (www.e-onsoftware.com)
Vue 4 is an approachable 3-D scenery application.
The program comes with a library of 3-D objects and materials to
help beginners quickly create their first scenes. This Mac OS X-only
application supports multiple processors and OpenGL previews and
is currently shipping for a price of $200. (Booth 2531)
Kaidan 360 One (www.kaidan.com)
Kaidan has introduced the 360 One, which it co-developed
with EyeSee360. The system includes a reflective attachment for
the Nikon CoolPix 990 or 995 along with software to create a QuickTime
VR movie. With a single shot, the 360 One can create a 360-degree
movie with a 100-degree vertical field-of-view. This product will
ship in March for $995. (Booth 445)
MacSoft Sid Meier's Civilization III (www.wizworks.com/macsoft)
The sequel to one of the most popular strategy games
of all time, Civ III is a turn-based strategy game that appeals
to those who want to rule the world. Civ III is easier to learn,
more challenging, and better looking than its predecessor. This
game is available now for $50. (Booth 4227)
Mind Avenue AXELedge (www.mindavenue.com)
AXELedge is a 3-D creation application for Web authoring.
It includes character animation and scripting but does not require
programming. It runs in Mac OS 9 or X and it's currently shipping
for $990. (Booth 927)
NCSoft Lineage: The Blood Pledge (www.lineage-us.com)
Popular in Korea, Lineage is a massively multi player
online role-playing game that already has millions of user accounts
and hundreds of thousands of simultaneous players. This game will
be downloadable in February for a $15 monthly subscription. (Booth
Roxio Toast with Jam (www.roxio.com)
Jam, the industry leader in CD audio recording software,
now has a version that runs in Mac OS X. Jam 5 has new cross-fade
tools and support for 24-bit audio files. It also comes with a full
version of Peak LE. Jam now uses Toast as its CD- and DVD-burning
engine and will ship in March for $200. (Booth 935)
QPS Que 007 (www.qps-inc.com)
The portable Que 007 holds a CD-RW/DVD-ROM combo drive.
It can play a DVD movie on a computer via the FireWire connection
or on a TV via the S-video port. The case also has a PCMCIA slot
that allows you to view images from your camera media or burn the
files onto a CD-R. Shipping February, this product will cost $400.
Smart Technologies SynchronEyes 2.0 (www.smarttech.com)
Perfect for classrooms or training sessions, SynchronEyes
lets an instructor view thumbnails of up to 40 student screens.
The teacher can take control of a student's system to correct a
problem or give direction. The teacher can also broadcast the master
screen to all the students. SynchroEyes is shipping now for $1,000.
Jan 11 - ATI and Hercules
Form Strategic Partnership On High-End Graphics. ATI Technologies
Inc. (TSE: ATY, NASDAQ: ATYT), a world leader in the supply of graphics,
video and multimedia solutions, and Hercules Technologies (Euronext
Paris, Guillemot- 6672), European leader in graphics retail boards,
announced today a strategic partnership to develop a range of graphics
products, including high-end boards for the hardcore gamer and the
Hercules will market through a European Exclusive Agreement ATI's
new ALL-IN-WONDER(R) products including ALL-IN-WONDER(R) RADEON(TM)
8500DV technology in retail and distribution channels. This exciting
technology is number one worldwide and already counts for 14% of
the United States 3D retail market value (NPD Intelect/PC Data:
January to November 2001).
Hercules will also have worldwide access to the latest ATI 3D graphics
technologies, including ATI's RADEON(TM) 8500 chip. ATI products
have been designed to support the latest DirectX(R) 8.1 3D application-specific
interface (API), resulting in support for more games and delivering
the most realistic images possible on a PC screen. Hercules will
take advantage of this technology to manufacture the most powerful
high-end graphics cards in its 3D Prophet(TM) branded product offerings.
"ATI provides the most advanced technology for both 3D gaming
and digital PCTV applications. This partnership is a strategic shift
for Hercules to meet the expectations of both the digital generation
and the most demanding gamers," said Claude Guillemot, President
of Hercules Technologies. "ATI's ALL-IN-WONDER RADEON is the
leading product to combine PC and the TV, video editing and DVD
playback and proves extremely user-friendly."
"Our agreement with Hercules is proof that ATI is accepted
as a leading provider of graphics acceleration technology for the
gaming community," said David Orton, President & COO of
ATI Technologies Inc. "The combination of our proven technologies
and Hercules expertise will provide customers with the most advanced
solutions in multimedia and entertainment. This is a very important
step for ATI and its continuing success in the retail market."
Hercules products powered by ATI's ALL-IN-WONDER RADEON will begin
shipping in February 2002.
For further information, visit www.hercules.com
Jan 11 - Rambus Reports
December Quarter Earnings. Rambus Inc. (Nasdaq:RMBS) today reported
financial results for its first fiscal quarter ended December 31,
2001. Net income for the December quarter was $6.2 million (25%
of revenues), compared to $13.0 million in the same period last
year and $6.5 million in the previous quarter. Revenue for the quarter
was $24.9 million, down 28% over the same period last year and down
11% from the previous quarter.
December quarter results include $21.8 million in royalties, down
13% from the previous quarter. Royalties were down primarily due
to continuing DRAM industry price erosion during the third calendar
Operating expenses in the December quarter declined $2.3 million
from last quarter as a result of a significant reduction in litigation
costs. Costs associated with litigation were down to $4.5 million
in the December quarter versus $6.8 million in the prior quarter.
Overall, operating expenses were $17.3 million versus $19.6 million
last quarter and $15.1 million in the same period last year.
"The business climate in 2001 was marked by an extreme decline
in memory prices and a very difficult economic environment. The
fact that we were profitable demonstrates that our business model
has served us well during this turbulent year," said Geoff
Tate, CEO of Rambus Inc. "In 2002, we are looking forward to
more product introductions that incorporate Rambus innovations."
The company can be found online at www.rambus.com.
Jan 10 - SmartDisk Introduces
5 Gigabyte Hard Drive for USB 2.0. SmartDisk Corporation (Nasdaq:
SMDK) today announced the creation of the worlds smallest portable
5 Gigabyte (GB) Universal Serial Bus (USB) 2.0 hard drive, FireFly
Approximately the size of a deck of playing cards, FireFly for USB
stores up to five hours of superior quality video, more than 1,000
MP3 songs or more than 2,000 high-quality digital photographs.
SmartDisk is demonstrating the new drive in booth 13311E & F
(South Hall), Las Vegas Convention Center at the Consumer Electronics
Show and in booth 1544, Moscone Convention Center, at Macworld Conference
and Expo/San Francisco 2002, January 8-11.
Perfect for the creative mind on the go, FireFly is ideal for a
variety of digital video, audio, data backup and multimedia applications
used by consumers and professionals. FireFly stores and rapidly
transfers large volumes of music, video, photos and data to and
from desktops and laptops.
Its small, durable magnesium casing just 2.5" (W) x 4"
(D) x .5" (H) and weight of less than four ounces make it easy
to carry in a purse, a briefcase or even a shirt pocket. It supports
both USB 2.0 and USB 1.1 host systems, which means that users in
transition between the two versions can use a single FireFly on
any USB machine.
The storage capacity and compact size of FireFly for USB are incomparable
to anything on the market today, said Rod H. King, Senior Vice President,
Sales and Marketing for SmartDisk. With advancements like this,
photographers, audiophiles, consumers and professionals alike can
store and carry entire music, photo or data collections in their
FireFly for USB is priced at $299.95 MSRP for the 5 GB capacity
model, with plans underway for additional higher capacity models
in the near future. The 5 GB model will be available in February
through retailers and distributors, as well as through the company's
Web site at www.smartdisk.com.
Jan 10 - Hitachi Introduces
Its First Plasma Television Line at CES 2002. The Home Electronics
Division of Hitachi America, Ltd., a subsidiary of Hitachi, Ltd.
today announced that it will produce one of the industry's first
consumer plasma television lines in 2002.
The UltraVision 16:9 widescreen HDT20 series, including the 42"
(42HDT20) and the 32" (32HDT20), builds on the success of Hitachi's
high end UltraVision Digital television line. Integrated with two
NTSC television tuners, a full range of audio-video inputs and outputs
and full-featured remote control, Hitachi's new plasma television
line brings consumer ease and functionality to the market.
"Hitachi views plasma as an important product technology and
accordingly has invested in one of the world's premiere plasma research,
development and production facilities," said Leo Delaney, vice
president of marketing for the Hitachi America, Ltd. Home Electronics
Division. "Our 32" and 42" plasma television models
are introduced with all of the feature content and functionality
of our best selling UltraVision projection television products.
We see these high performance plasma televisions as a natural extension
of our big screen product line."
Hitachi designed the HDT20 series with consumer ease in mind. The
sets are ready to use right out of the box -- simply connect the
Audio-Video Control Center with a single cable to the display, plug
in the power cord and connect the sources to the Audio-Video Control
Center. Setting up Hitachi's HDT20 series is just as easy as any
The HDT20's feature dual NTSC television tuners and advanced split
screen capabilities. In addition, since a major attraction of plasma
television is its slim design, Hitachi developed a system that keeps
the unit sleek and light by housing the tuners and audio-video inputs
and output separate from the display. Hitachi's Audio-Video Control
Center can be positioned away from the set and is connected to the
display with one audio-video and control cable eliminating the unsightly
bundle of wires.
The 32" set's sleek silver cabinetry features a sturdy, built-in
swivel base that allows users to adjust the picture to any position
desired for viewing. The display also features two 10-watt speakers
that are built into the cabinetry design. The speakers are detachable
on the 42HTD20 model.
Jan 10 - Minolta Introduces
New DiMAGE S404 Compact Digital Camera. Minolta Corporation
expands its digital camera line with the introduction of the new
Minolta DiMAGE S404.
With a design based on the highly-regarded DiMAGE S304, the stylish
and easy to use DiMAGE S404 features a 4x optical zoom, built-in
flash, video recording capability, USB interface and Compact Flash
card compatibility. But unlike the DiMAGE S304, the Minolta DiMAGE
S404 features enhanced resolution - 4.0 million pixels for clear
sharp pictures and enlargements, and double the SDRAM buffer memory
- 32MB for faster shooting. In addition, the DiMAGE S404 inherits
some advantages from the award-winning Minolta DiMAGE 7 digital
camera such as superior GT LENS technology, CxProcess(TM) imaging
and a high speed LSI.
"The new DiMAGE S404, Minolta's top-of-the-line compact digital
camera, combines high quality images and automatic features, allowing
users to obtain the best photographic results with easy camera operation,"
said Jon Sienkiewicz, vice president, digital imaging products for
Minolta Corporation's Consumer Products Group. "It's the ideal
digital camera for a variety of applications and users --personal
or business, from novice to enthusiasts."
The DiMAGE S404 features a 1/1.8-inch type CCD with 4.0-megapixel
effective resolution. The camera incorporates a 4x zoom, all glass,
apochromatic Minolta GT LENS with anomalous dispersion (AD) glass
for color accuracy and dual aspherical elements which, combined
with a 2.2x digital zoom, provides a compact lens design with a
wide image capture range. The optical zoom lens range is from 7.15mm
to 28.6mm, equivalent to 35mm -140mm in 35mm, and with digital zoom,
the range is equivalent to 35mm - 308mm in 35mm.
For more information, visit Minolta's Web site located at www.minoltausa.com.
Jan 10 - MTV and Lan Plus
to Launch Athlon XP PC. Music Television and Lan Plus today
announced a brand new line of PCs and PC-based products geared toward
the Internet and entertainment-savvy MTV demographic.
Planned to be released in Spring 2002, these products will enable
users to watch TV, play DVD movies, listen to CDs, tune in to the
stereo and browse the Internet from a single device. The new line
of products is also designed to enhance the gaming experience. Powered
by the AMD Athlon(tm) XP processor, the computer is expected to
be equipped with a DVD/CD-RW drive, cable-ready television tuner,
radio tuner with remote and LCD monitor that provides radiation-free
entertainment and PC application viewing. This stylish product will
be available in a variety of designs and colors and will include
exclusive MTV content.
"This new product line is an ideal solution for anyone wishing
to combine all their entertainment and computing needs in one unit.
This phenomenal product virtually replaces the television, personal
computer, DVD player and music CD/FM stereo. Just think about the
impact this will have on dormitories, as well as homes and lofts
with limited space," said Bob Anderson, director of business
development at Lan Plus. "The system blends entertainment needs
and computing needs in a powerful, yet simple, design."
"We are always looking for new ways to enhance the entertainment
experience for our tech savvy audience," said Tony Calandra,
director, interactive products for MTV. "With this one product,
college students can convert their dorms into an up-to-the-minute
entertainment center where they can burn CDs, watch movies on DVD,
catch their favorite cable shows and surf on-line."
"AMD has long enjoyed an enthusiastic relationship with advanced
technology users," said Pat Moorhead, AMD vice president of
customer advocacy. "We believe this product is revolutionary
because it will deliver convergence technology that successfully
blends productivity and entertainment powered by the world's highest
performance PC processor, the AMD Athlon(tm) XP. The end result
will be a customer-centric product that delivers technology designed
for the multi-media needs of the MTV tech-savvy audience."
Jan 10 - Analyst Predicts
725% Growth in Recordable DVD Sales for 2002. During his presentation
at the Recordable DVD Council's (RDVDC) CES press conference today,
Jon Peddie, president of Jon Peddie Research, predicted that Recordable
DVD drive sales will grow from 1.3 million units in 2001 to 9.8
million in 2002, more than 30 million units in 2004, and 50+ million
in 2005. Members of the RDVDC, a coalition of 83 leading DVD technology
developers and manufacturers who are working to expand the understanding
of the DVD Forum's recordable DVD formats (DVD-RAM, DVD-R, DVD-RW),
were confident that they could meet the growing demand.
Drawing on more than 17 years of experience in analyzing the digital
marketplace, Peddie also discussed the factors that are driving
RDVD growth. "With the release of the DVD Forum's new DVD Multi
specifications and the growing number of affordably priced multifunction
Recordable DVD drives and recorders that are available, consumers
and businesses are discovering that they can be a part of the DVD
world," said Peddie.
Two key factors were cited for stimulating the RDVD market's growth:
compatibility and lower prices. The growing number of firms shipping
Forum-compliant DVD-RAM, DVD-R and DVD-RW drives and media will
bring drive prices below $400 by the end of the year, and recordable
DVD media will drop to less than $3 for a write-once 4.7GB DVD-R
disc that can be played in virtually every DVD drive and player.
Peddie pointed out that with the latest generation of DVD recorders,
consumers can capture television shows and randomly watch the shows
at their convenience. "But," he emphasized, "with
all of the digital camcorders that have been purchased this past
year, consumers want to do more than just watch videos. They want
to produce their own high-quality movies and share them on the same
medium. DVD Forum-standard recordable DVD enables consumers to quickly
and easily move their work from the camcorder to their PC to their
DVD player and the TV set. "Whether it's your own video or
a show you captured, the quality will be the same after decades
as the day it was recorded," Peddie continued. "Recordable
DVD is a great way to preserve and share wedding, birthday and family
"It won't take consumers long to realize that the new dual-technology
drives not only provide a huge amount of removable storage capacity
for photo albums and videos, they provide added value because the
same drive can be used to store, edit, backup, archive and share
documents, data and other personal/professional information,"
Peddie noted. "Video gives DVD its sizzle, but data storage
is where people will really reap all of the benefits."
Focused on making CE and PC convergence a reality, the RDVDC announced,
that it was expanding its support of DVD Forum-approved recordable
DVD formats to include the Forum's new DVD Multi standard. DVD Multi
is a set of hardware specifications developed to enable disc compatibility
for virtually all formats officially created by the DVD Forum.
At the end of the press conference, various RDVDC members demonstrated
the broad compatibility between recordable DVD camcorders, drives,
recorders and players and showed a new Recordable DVD drive that
reads and writes DVD-RAM, DVD-R, and DVD-RW media as well as CD-R/RW
media. Council members also detailed plans to stimulate the worldwide
recordable DVD market with conference and convention activities
as well as business and consumer educational/informational programs.
The DVD Forum is an industry association whose more than 230 members
include all major DVD manufacturers as well as major DVD software
developers and DVD media producers around the world. For more information,
Jan 09 - Intel Demonstrates
Desktop and Notebook Pentium 4s at CES 2002. Intel Corporation
will show the latest technologies for desktop PCs, notebooks and
handheld devices at the 2002 International Consumer Electronics
At booth no. 331, Intel will exhibit desktop PCs and applications
running on the Intel(R) Pentium(R) 4 processor at 2.2 GHz, the world's
highest-performance processor introduced on Jan. 7. The company
will also offer technology demonstrations of notebooks running on
the Intel(R) Pentium(R) 4 Processor-M, which will be introduced
in the first half of 2002. More than 25 demonstrations will feature
the latest PCs and notebooks from leading manufacturers.
"Consumers are at the center of an exciting digital world where
they have the ability to create, share and enjoy music, movies,
photography and games on their PCs anytime, anywhere," said
Ann Lewnes, vice president, Intel Sales and Marketing Group, and
director of Consumer Marketing. "From the desktop to the notebook
to the handheld device, Intel's processor and other core technologies
deliver the performance and reliability to make these experiences
The Pentium 4 processor at 2.2 GHz arrives at a time when nearly
450 million people use PCs that run at 700 MHz or less. While those
PCs were state-of-the-art four years ago, they pre-date the MP3
revolution, streaming video on the Internet, recordable DVDs, and
the online gaming phenomenon. Starting today, consumers can buy
PCs based on the Pentium 4 processor at 2.2 GHz and Microsoft's
Windows(a) XP operating system from computer makers worldwide.
Intel will demonstrate never-before-seen prototype notebooks based
on the upcoming mobile Intel Pentium 4 Processor-M. This processor
will have all of the performance attributes of its desktop counterpart,
as well as innovative low-power mobile technologies that help maximize
battery life. Due in the first half of this year, mainstream notebooks
based on this processor will provide consumers with the highest
levels of laptop performance. Many of these mobile Pentium 4 Processor-M-based
notebooks will feature wireless technologies including 802.11 and
Bluetooth enabling anytime, anywhere communication.
Additional information about Intel is available at www.intel.com.
Jan 09 - `Year of USB 2.0'
Starts Out Strong. The "Year of USB 2.0," as coined
by the USB Implementers Forum, is off to a solid start only a few
days into 2002. Entering this week, the industry has seen the launch
of the first PCs with USB 2.0 as a baseline feature, availability
of USB 2.0 drivers for Microsoft Windows XP, Intel's debut of two
USB 2.0-supporting desktop boards and other milestones key to the
technology's broad deployment.
USB 2.0 -- dubbed "Hi-Speed USB 2.0" in the marketplace
by the USB-IF -- increases the speed of the peripheral to PC connection
from 12 Mbps on USB 1.1 to up to 480 Mbps on USB 2.0, or 40 times
faster. The higher bandwidth is a major boost for such external
peripherals as CD/DVD burners, scanners, cameras and hard drives.
It also supports demanding PC user applications where multiple high-speed
devices run simultaneously, including digital image creation and
"We've kicked off 2002 on the right foot," said Jason
Ziller, Intel technology initiatives manager and USB-IF chairman.
"These early-year announcements come on the heels of more than
100 product launches since mid-2001. With availability of systems
and drivers, in addition to the add-in cards already found at many
retailers, clearly the evolution of USB 1.1 into Hi-Speed USB 2.0
is well underway."
Microsoft has made USB 2.0 support available to OEMs and system
builders, allowing PC manufacturers to ship Windows XP systems with
the drivers loaded going out the door. In addition, USB 2.0 support
will be available to Windows XP users via Windows Update by early
January 2002, enabling users higher-speed and simple connectivity
to a wide range of peripheral devices from cameras to music devices
to storage devices and more.
"Microsoft is fully committed to supporting the latest technologies
and services on the Windows platform, and has worked to develop
driver support for USB 2.0 since its inception," said Stacey
M. Breyfogle, group program manager for Windows Hardware Platform
Strategy at Microsoft Corp. "Our recent release of USB 2.0
drivers for Windows XP to our OEM partners, and their upcoming release
on Windows Update, is a huge step forward in enabling our customers
to easily connect high-speed USB devices to their PCs for exciting
new functionality and usages."
On the hardware front, Gateway on Monday launched the first PC with
USB 2.0 as a baseline feature. Other computer manufacturers are
expected to follow suit this quarter.
Out of Intel Corporation, the company on Monday launched two desktop
boards (SKUs D850MVSE and D845BGSE) that support up to five USB
2.0 ports. The higher bandwidth connections available through Hi-Speed
USB 2.0 capitalizes on the faster processing power of the Intel(R)
Pentium(R) 4 Processor. Launch of the two boards is in advance of
Intel's introduction of a USB 2.0-integrated chipset that will be
in PCs on the market later this first half 2002. This milestone,
according to Ziller, will significantly boost USB 2.0 deployment.
The USB-IF booth at Consumer Electronics Show 2002 (Booth No. 14847
in LVCC South Hall) features a demo of the just-released Gateway
Pentium(R) 4 system with USB 2.0 as a baseline feature, along with
other pioneering USB 2.0 products.
Further information, including postings of the most recent product
and technology announcements, is available by visiting the USB-IF
Web site at www.usb.org.
Jan 09 - Intel Introduces
1.4 GHz Pentium III for Servers. Intel Corporation introduced
a 1.40 GHz version of its Intel(R) Pentium(R) III server processor
with 512 kilobytes of L2 cache. The processor, based on Intel's
advanced 0.13-micron process technology, is ideal for rack-mounted
and pedestal front-end application servers, and the emerging ultra-dense
server market segment. It delivers a balance of performance and
power without sacrificing the reliability and availability that
A number of Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEMs), including Compaq,
Dell, Fujitsu-Siemens, Hewlett Packard, IBM and NEC are expected
to introduce systems this quarter based on this new Pentium III
Intel today also introduced the Intel(R) Server Board SDS2, the
Intel(R) Server Board SAI2, and Intel(R) Server Chassis SC5100 supporting
the new processor. These "building blocks" are optimized
for cost-effective and high-performance systems such as e-mail,
proxy/caching web, and database servers.
The processor's 0.13-micron process technology enables a smaller
sized chip and lower power usage along with a doubling of the L2
cache to 512Kb. This new process technology also features high-speed
copper interconnects that accelerate the flow of data inside the
processor, further increasing performance while consuming less power.
Processors built on Intel's 0.13-micron process technology consume
up to 40 percent less power and are up to 20 percent faster than
the previous 0.18-micron process.
The Server Board SDS2 integrates dual-channel Ultra160 SCSI, three
independent PCI buses, including two 64-bit/66MHz buses, dual Intel
10/100 network controllers, and up to 6GB two-way interleaved ECC
SDRAM. The SDS2 delivers cost-effective LAN-based remote management
via integrated Intel(R) Server Management without the need for a
remote management card.
The Server Board SAI2 offers dual processor support, dual independent
PCI buses, including one 64-bit 66MHz bus, dual ATA/100 channels,
one Intel ten/100 network controller, and capacity for up to 4GB
ECC SDRAM. The Server Chassis 5100 supports up to ten hot swap SCSI
drives for up to 730GB in a 5U form factor with redundant power,
and rack or pedestal form factor options, and is designed for integration
with Server Boards SDS2 and SAI2.
More information on Intel's server building blocks can be found
Jan 09 - TDK Triples the
Storage Capacity of CD-RW Drives. Extending and enhancing the
storage flexibility of CD-RW drives, TDK today announced the introduction
of the world's first CD-RW burner capable of packing 2GB of uncompressed
data on inexpensive optical discs.
Priced at just a small premium over conventional CD-RW burners,
the new TDK drive incorporates a MultiLevel (ML) read/write chip
that adds a 2GB super-size mode to its standard CD-R/RW recording
capability when used with TDK ML-R (write once) or ML-RW (rewritable)
Ideally suited to the needs of office and home users who need a
fast, affordable way to backup and archive large amounts of data,
the new TDK drive is rated at 36X/24X/40X in ML mode. This enables
users to archive 2GB of data in less than six minutes. An internal
drive with ATAPI connectivity, the new drive is Windows XP compatible
and will carry an estimated street price of just $199 when it is
released in the second quarter of this year. 2GB TDK Certified Plus
ML-R and ML-RW discs will be available to support the launch of
the drive, and will be available at estimated street prices of $1.99
and $2.99, respectively. The drive will be available in retail and
For more information about TDK, visit www.tdk.com
Jan 09 - LaCie Announces
New 120 and 160GB FireWire Hard Drives. Leveraging its expertise
in mass storage and FireWire(R) technology, LaCie announced today
two new Giga-capacity external hard drives that stream data to the
computer at a sustained transfer rate of nearly 35MB/s. With the
ability to provide a constant data stream, LaCie's 120GB 7200 rpm
and 160GB 5400 rpm FireWire drives virtually eliminate the possibility
of corrupt data or lost video frames. Reliability is further enhanced
with LaCie's unique sturdy casing for added heat and shock resistance.
Especially designed for video users, the LaCie 120GB drives can
store more than 30 hours of MPEG-2 video or 10 hours of uncompressed
DV. Available storage is even higher with the LaCie 160GB drive,
which can store more than 300 hours of CD-quality audio or a mile-high
stack of text-files.
"The demand for high-capacity hard drive storage has been overwhelming,"
said Olivier Mirloup, LaCie Storage Product Manager. "Until
now, the biggest problem has been the performance bottleneck at
the IDE drive and 1394 interface. But with our new two-chip, single
firmware interface design, we've virtually eliminated the performance
barrier because our new drives consistently deliver 35MB/s sustained
data throughput to the computer," he explained. "With
twice the transfer rate of first-generation FireWire drives, the
new hard drives open up the data pipe that today's higher-performance
video production and content development computers offer. Users
won't have to worry about data, quality or frame loss anymore when
they are using our new FireWire drives."
By enhancing the external 120GB and 160GB drives with a new built-in
FireWire controller and a 2MB buffer, LaCie provides users with
a fast, reliable means of exchanging large files such as high-resolution
photos and digital videos with no risk of data loss. Both drives
can be quickly and easily connected to the native FireWire ports
that are standard with Macintosh(R) G3, G4 and iMac DV systems as
well as PCs incorporating Windows(R) 98 Second Edition, Windows
2000 and Windows XP.
Available in February through LaCie authorized resellers and mail
order partners, the suggested retail prices for LaCie's new FireWire
hard drives are $399 for the 120GB 7200 drive and $449 for the 160GB
5400 rpm drive. Visit LaCie's Web site at www.lacie.com.
Jan 08 - Sony's New VAIO
notebook PC Cuts the Cord With Cable-Free Mobility. Plug in
anywhere and plug in longer -- all without the plug -- with Sony
Electronics' new VAIO(R) SRX77 notebook PC, announced today. This
new model's wireless connectivity and long-life battery coupled
with its exceptional digital entertainment capabilities combine
to grant users the freedom to work and play more efficiently, wherever
their business takes them.
An extension of the Sony SR line of notebook PCs built for the frequently
mobile user, the SRX77 model features integrated IEEE 802.11b wireless
capabilities for cable-free LAN connectivity.
For all-day use the new notebook PC comes with a bundled lithium-ion
battery that lasts up to six hours on a single charge, along with
a Low Voltage Mobile Intel(R) Pentium(R) III Processor 800 MHz-M
and Sony's new heat dissipating technology that saves power and
allows the machine to run cool. These feats of mobility unfold in
a svelte, compact package that weighs only 2.76 pounds and measures
only 1 inch thin.
"The VAIO SRX77 notebook PC finally cuts the cord for mobile
consumers and business professionals who demand independence from
AC adapters and phone lines without sacrificing fun and style when
they're away from home or the office," said Mark Hanson, vice
president and general manager of VAIO PC marketing for Sony Electronics.
"Three essential factors of mobility -- wireless connectivity,
long battery life and extreme portability -- added to the digital
entertainment functionality unique to VAIO PCs make the SRX77 PC
an extraordinary mobile computing solution."
The new SRX77 PC comes equipped with a 20 GB hard drive, 128 MB
SDRAM, center Jog Dial(TM) control with back button, integrated
V.90 modem, built-in stereo speakers and a bundled external CD-ROM
drive. Units ship next month with a Microsoft(R) Windows(R) XP Professional
or XP Home operating system and will be available for about $1,500.
For more information visit www.sony.com/vaio.
Jan 08 - Toshiba's Satellite
Pro 6000 Notebooks Deliver Wireless Computing. Packed with integrated
wireless capabilities and draped in a stealth-like chassis, the
Computer Systems Group (CSG) of Toshiba America Information Systems
Inc. (TAIS) introduces the Satellite Pro(R) 6000 Series.
The Satellite Pro 6000 is a no-nonsense notebook delivering powerful
performance features and common docking across all of Toshiba's
corporate notebook lines.
"The Satellite Pro 6000 Series delivers the added benefits
of both wireless connectivity and shared components, reducing IT
costs for businesses," said Oscar Koenders, vice president
of product marketing, Toshiba CSG. "Coupled with an attractive
price and a common docking solution, the Satellite Pro 6000 Series
is a welcome addition to the small and medium-size business infrastructure."
For seamless communication, the Satellite Pro 6000 Series includes
built-in integrated Wi-Fi (IEEE 802.11b) wireless capabilities (select
models only) eliminating the hassle of cords and cables and the
cost of installing a wired network. Featuring increased security
for wireless communication, the Satellite Pro 6000 Series integrates
128 Bit security protection to ensure the integrity of vital corporate
data and e-mail transmissions are not compromised.
Additionally, the Satellite Pro 6000 Series can take advantage of
optional Bluetooth(TM) connectivity, ideal for sharing presentations
and transferring documents wirelessly. The Satellite Pro 6000 Series
starts at $1,899 and will be available in January 2002.
For more information, visit the company's Web site at www.shoptoshiba.com.
Jan 08 - SanDisk Introduces
Cruzer, Pocket-size Storage Device. SanDisk Corporation (Nasdaq:SNDK)
today introduced Cruzer(TM), the world's first portable, pocket-size
storage device with removable and upgradeable flash memory cards.
The personal storage device, about three inches long, one and three-fourth
inches wide and about three-quarters of an inch thick, can be slipped
into a pocket or purse for easy transport of personal computer data
files, image files, video and audio between homes, offices and other
locations where one would like to take their personal files and
information. The Cruzer will accommodate both SD cards and MultiMediaCards,
two extremely compact size storage cards that have wide industry
The SanDisk Cruzer was introduced at the annual Consumer Electronics
Show (CES) at the Las Vegas Convention Center where SanDisk is showing
products in booth 11511.
Wes Brewer, SanDisk's director of business development, said, "It
is rare that a new storage product can be described as 'unique'.
Cruzer is unique because it is the first pocket-size, personal data
storage device that is fully compatible with both PCs and consumer
electronic devices. Up to now, all small flash storage devices were
either PC centric or consumer electronic centric and could not be
upgraded by the user. Cruzer provides the connectivity to both the
PC/notebook environment and the consumer electronic appliance and
also has a unique, stylish, highly ergonomic design."
Eric Bone, retail product marketing manager, added, "The Cruzer
is targeted at today's active, on-the-go lifestyle. Today, people
want to conveniently carry some of their music to a friend's house
to share the sounds. They want to take some new photos to a family
gathering to show them to their relatives. And those in business
surely would find it much more convenient to carry their electronic
presentation in their pocket, rather than a laptop when they travel,
and just plug the Cruzer into a USB port at their destination. The
promise of the 'network everywhere' still has not occurred and the
physical transfer of data is still highly practical with consumers.
The Cruzer allows them to carry and move that personal data in a
secure, reliable, solid-state device."
"Cruzer is the ideal truly portable personal storage device,"
said J. Gerry Purdy, Ph.D., CEO of Mobile Insights in Mountain View,
Calif. "With Cruzer, mobile professionals will have an upgradeable
storage system that can operate on millions of PCs in the world.
Cruzer benefits from the dramatic price reductions in flash memory
in the past year, which bring the price of a 128 megabyte (MB) Cruzer
to parity with the price of a 100MB Zip drive."
Cruzers initially will be available in four capacities -- 32, 64,
128 and 256MB. Consumers could, for example, store 35 to 70 songs
(depending on compression scheme used) on a 128MB Cruzer or at least
64 high-resolution images on a 64MB Cruzer. More than 40,000 pages
of double-spaced text could be stored on a 32MB Cruzer. As higher
capacity cards become available users will be able to upgrade their
Cruzers to these higher capacities.
Cruzer features Mass Storage Class (MSC) compliance, which allows
for true "Plug-and-Play" operation when used with Windows
2000, Millennium Edition (ME) and XP. MSC is natively supported
in Windows 2000, ME, XP, Apple OS 9.X and OS X which means consumers
do not need to install an extra driver to use Cruzer. Cruzers also
work with Microsoft Windows 98 and Macintosh computers with Mac
OS 8.6 and USB support. Cruzer production units will include software
passwords for enhanced protection of personal files.
It is expected that the Cruzer will be available early in the second
quarter of 2002 in many of the 38,000 retail stores worldwide where
SanDisk-branded products are sold. The device is expected to sell,
depending on capacity, at prices ranging from $59.95 to $199.95.
It is expected that the 128MB Cruzer will sell for $99.95.
SanDisk's web site/home page address: www.sandisk.com.
Jan 08 - ViewSonic Wireless
Monitor Prototype Shown at CES. ViewSonic(R) Corporation, a
worldwide Visual Technologies(TM) leader, is using the 2002 Consumer
Electronics Show (CES) to display the first Mira-enabled wireless
monitor that will enable users to experience always-on, anytime
mobile connectivity to a PC from anywhere in the home.
A prototype of the ViewSonic airpanel(TM) 150 -- a 15-inch, wireless
LCD display -- is being highlighted today in a demonstration by
Microsoft(R) co-founder Bill Gates during his keynote speech at
CES 2002. The airpanel 150 is based on Mira, a set of Windows technologies
that extend the rich capabilities of the PC to smart displays anywhere
in the home. As part of its development efforts, ViewSonic is extending
its relationship with Microsoft to ensure that its airpanel product
line optimizes the multi-media and connectivity advantages of Windows
CE.NET-based Mira technology.
With the wireless connectivity and portability of the airpanel 150,
users can enjoy computing experiences in a relaxed environment --
in any room of the home, without having to be directly in front
of their PC.
"The airpanel 150 extends the use of the home PC, allowing
family members to have a rich computing experience in and around
the home," said Marc Mcconnaughey, senior vice president, Advanced
Products Group, ViewSonic. "The combination of ViewSonic display
technology and Microsoft's Mira technology will quickly establish
new standards in home computing and entertainment capabilities,
and help drive the adoption of wireless home networking."
ViewSonic's creation of the wireless monitor category supports growing
trends in home networking. According to the Yankee Group, a Boston-based
research firm, in 2001, 35 percent of PC-owning U.S. households
were very or somewhat interested in home networking products, up
7.75 percent from 2000. Thirty-eight percent of PC owners recognized
the utility of home networks in shared high-speed connectivity and
in enabling Internet applications, while 30 percent also cited increased
efficiency derived from networks.
"ViewSonic recognizes that consumers want the freedom to experience
the power of Windows XP from anywhere in their home," said
Todd Warren, general manager of the Embedded and Appliance Platforms
Group at Microsoft Corp. "ViewSonic's airpanel will deliver
a smart display device to consumers that offers the rich functionality
of Mira in an innovative form factor that will meet this demand."
The development of the airpanel 150 is the third step in ViewSonic's
plan to deliver next generation visual technology for the mobile
and wireless market. ViewSonic is one of the very few companies
that has already started volume shipping a Windows 2000-based Tablet
PC (ViewPadTM 1000) and a Windows CE-based SuperPDA (ViewPad 100).
Both the ViewPad 1000 and ViewPad 100 are currently available through
authorized ViewSonic resellers.
Availability of the ViewSonic airpanel 150 is expected mid year
2002. Pricing is not yet available. For further information, visit
Jan 08 - Belkin Expands
Its USB 2.0 Offerings. Belkin, the leading manufacturer of computer
peripherals, accessories and Universal Serial Bus (USB) connectivity
solutions, today introduced five new Hi-Speed USB 2.0 products.
Set to join an already award-winning USB lineup at Belkin, the new
devices include the much anticipated FireWire(R)/Hi-Speed USB 2.0
PCI Card, Hi-Speed USB 2.0 2-Port PCI Card, Hi-Speed USB 2.0 Notebook
Card and Hi-Speed USB 2.0 4-Port Hub.
The Belkin FireWire/Hi-Speed USB 2.0 PCI Card (F5U508 -- ESP $119.99)
offers users access to a whole new class of USB devices by adding
three Hi-Speed USB 2.0 ports to a user's computer. At 480Mbps, the
Hi-Speed USB 2.0 ports offer users access to a bandwidth up to 40
times greater than USB 1.1. The higher bandwidth is a major boost
for such external peripherals as CD/DVD burners, scanners, cameras
and hard drives.
And, with the two 400Mbps FireWire ports, the Belkin FireWire/Hi-Speed
USB 2.0 PCI Card allows users to store or transfer large multimedia
files seamlessly to or from PC, DV camcorders, music synthesizers,
drives, and other peripherals. The FireWire/Hi-Speed USB 2.0 PCI
Card offers Plug-and-Play installation and maximizes the capabilities
of the latest real time video cameras, scanners, and portable drives.
The Belkin FireWire/Hi-Speed USB 2.0 PCI Card will begin shipping
in North America on March 8, 2002.
Next, the Belkin Hi-Speed USB 2.0 2-Port PCI Card (F5U219 -- ESP
$39.99) adds two USB 2.0 ports to your computer, bringing with it
astounding 480Mbps transfer speeds. Now, users can connect a virtually
limitless number of USB devices, with Plug-and-Play simplicity.
Offering a bandwidth 40 times greater than USB 1.1, it is the ideal
interface for transferring extremely large amounts of data from
USB 2.0-compliant products, such as real-time video cameras, scanners,
portable drives, and others. The Belkin Hi-Speed USB 2.0 2-Port
PCI Card will begin shipping in North America on Jan. 14, 2002.
For Laptop users, Belkin offers its Hi-Speed USB 2.0 Notebook Card
(F5U222 -- ESP $89.95). A quick installation provides two 480Mbps
ports -- users need simply slide the Card into their type II CardBus
slot. The Card offers Plug-and-Play setup, and works seamlessly
with Windows 98 SE, 2000, Me, or XP. Users can instantly connect
next-generation scanners, printers, high-speed storage devices and
video cameras. Linking the Card with a Belkin USB 2.0 hub lets the
user daisy-chain up to as many as 127 USB 1.1 and 2.0 devices to
their laptop. The Belkin Hi-Speed USB 2.0 Notebook Card will begin
shipping in North America on Feb. 25, 2002.
Lastly, Belkin introduces its Hi-Speed USB 2.0 4-Port Hub (F5U224
-- ESP $49.95). The USB 2.0 Hi-Speed 4-Port Hub allows you to connect
up to four ultra fast devices, such as next-generation scanners,
printers and video cameras. The Belkin Hi-Speed USB 2.0 4-Port Hub
will begin shipping in North America on Feb. 8, 2002.
For more information, visit the company's Web site at www.belkin.com.
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