Jan 16 - Apple Introduces New Powerbook with 17 inch
Screen. Apple® today unveiled the 17-inch PowerBook® G4,
the worlds first notebook computer with a 17-inch display, the
largest ever in a notebook. Encased in a durable aluminum alloy enclosure,
the new PowerBook measures only 1-inch thin and weighs just 6.8 pounds.
The new 17-inch PowerBook G4 is also the first notebook to offer built-in
AirPort® Extreme 54 Mbps 802.11g wireless networking, new high-speed
FireWire® 800, a backlit keyboard with ambient light sensors,
and built-in Bluetooth for wirelessly connecting to cell phones and
other Bluetooth equipped peripherals.
taking another giant leap beyond PC notebooks with the worlds
first 17-inch notebook, miraculously engineered into an ultra-light
aluminum alloy enclosure thats only 1-inch thin, said
Steve Jobs, Apples CEO. Many users are going to wonder
why they even need a desktop computer anymore.
The 17-inch PowerBook delivers the screen space and performance previously
found only in desktop computer systems. The new PowerBooks stunning
17-inch screen displays 1440-by-900 super-crisp pixels in a widescreen
16:10 aspect ratio. The 17-inch PowerBook is the most powerful Apple
portable ever with a 1 GHz PowerPC G4 processor, new high-speed architecture,
fast NVIDIA graphics and a slot-loading SuperDrive for playing
and burning CDs and DVDs. Housed in a lightweight and durable aluminum
alloy enclosure just 1-inch thin and weighing only 6.8 pounds, the
new 17-inch PowerBook G4 model is the thinnest Apple notebook ever,
and lighter than most competitors 15-inch and 16-inch notebooks.
The 17-inch PowerBook G4 includes the worlds first fiber-optic
backlit keyboard, as well as ambient light sensors that control the
brightness of the display and automatically regulate the keyboard
backlighting. In low light, the 17-inch PowerBook G4 automatically
illuminates the backlit keyboard and lowers the display brightness,
reducing eye strain and extending battery life. As light levels increase,
the display brightness is re-adjusted automatically and the keyboard
backlighting is turned off. This truly integrated display and lighting
solution is an industry first, and will be warmly greeted by professionals
who spend long hours in front of computer screens in low light conditions.
The 17-inch PowerBook G4 is the most wirelessly connected notebook
ever, with both AirPort Extreme and Bluetooth wireless networking
built in. AirPort Extreme is based on the new 802.11g standard and
transmits data wirelessly at up to 54 Mbpsalmost five times
the data rate of previous wireless technologiesyet is fully
compatible with the millions of 802.11b devices in use around the
world. Built-in Bluetooth provides wireless connections to Bluetooth-enabled
peripherals such as cell phones and PDAs. Apples new iSync software
is included, so customers can automatically synchronize address books
and calendars between Macs and Bluetooth capable cell phones.
The new 17-inch PowerBook G4 includes a full complement of I/O ports,
including two powered FireWire ports, one FireWire 400 port and one
FireWire 800 port so customers can quickly transfer uncompressed digital
video to high-capacity storage devices. And, it continues to be the
only notebook to offer built-in Gigabit Ethernet (10/100/1000BASE-T).
The new 17-inch PowerBook G4 is the leader in mobile performance,
offering 1MB of level 3 cache and 512MB of fast Double Data Rate (DDR)
memory running at 333 MHz. Combined with the power of Apples
UNIX-based Mac® OS X version 10.2 Jaguar, the new
17-inch PowerBook G4 runs professional applications including Adobe
Photoshop up to 51 percent faster than a 2.2 GHz Pentium 4-based notebook.
The new 17-inch PowerBook G4 comes with the NVIDIA GeForce4 440 Go
graphics processor and 64MB of dedicated video memory capable of delivering
880 million textured pixels per second and advanced transform and
Pre-installed on every 17-inch PowerBook G4, Jaguar enhances
the mobile experience with unique features including Instant On, which
wakes the PowerBook from sleep in just one second; Automatic Networking,
which automatically switches the network connections between Ethernet,
802.11 and modem; and advanced power management through Energy Saver
Profiles for industry-leading battery life.
Every new PowerBook G4 includes Apple's iLife applications,
an integrated suite of award-winning software including iTunes
3 for managing digital music, iPhoto 2 for organizing and sharing
digital photos, iMovie 3 for digital movie-making, and iDVD
3 for creating and burning Hollywood-style DVDs.
Pricing & Availability
The new 17-inch PowerBook G4 is expected to be available in February
through the Apple Store® (www.apple.com),
at Apples retail stores and Apple Authorized Resellers for a
suggested retail price of $3,299 (US).
Additional build-to-order options for the new PowerBook G4 include
the ability to upgrade to up to 1GB of DDR RAM. AirPort Extreme Base
Station and the AppleCare® Protection Plan are also available
for the new 17-inch PowerBook G4 for an additional price.
Jan 16 - Apple Introduces Its Smallest
Notebook Ever. Apple® today unveiled the new 12-inch PowerBook®
G4 with a brilliant 12-inch, active-matrix display housed in a lightweight,
durable aluminum alloy enclosure weighing just 4.6 pounds.
The sleek new 12-inch PowerBook G4 offers a speedy 867 MHz PowerPC
G4 processor, fast NVIDIA graphics, a standard slot-loading Combo
(DVD-ROM/CD-RW) optical drive, built-in Bluetooth, and industry-leading
battery life of up to five hours on a single charge, all for just
new 12-inch PowerBook G4 is a jewel, said Steve Jobs, Apples
CEO. Its the smallest and most affordable PowerBook Apple
has ever created and the most compact full-featured 12-inch notebook
in the world.
Offering a brilliant 12-inch, active-matrix display with a 1024-by-768
pixel resolution, the new PowerBook G4 measures just over 1-inch thin
and weighs just 4.6 pounds. The new 12-inch PowerBook G4 has a 867
MHz PowerPC G4 processor with Velocity Engine and offers 256MB
of fast Double Data Rate (DDR) memory (expandable to 640MB) and a
fast NVIDIA GeForce4 420 Go graphics processor with 32MB of dedicated
DDR RAM for incredible 3D graphics and display performance.
The standard slot-loading Combo optical drive lets customers watch
DVDs and burn both data and music CDs. Customers can also build-to-order
their 12-inch PowerBook G4 with a slot-loading SuperDrive for
playing and burning both CDs and DVDs.
The new 12-inch PowerBook G4 includes built-in Bluetooth for wireless
connections to Bluetooth-enabled peripherals such as cell phones and
PDAs. Apples new iSync software is also included, so customers
can automatically synchronize address books and calendars between
Macs and Bluetooth devices.
The new 12-inch PowerBook G4 also includes built-in antennas and a
card slot to support AirPort® Extreme, Apples next-generation
wireless networking based on 802.11g. 802.11g can transmit data at
up to 54 Mbps, almost five times the data rate of previous wireless
technologies, yet is fully compatible with the millions of 802.11b
Wi-Fi devices currently used around the world.
Pre-installed on every 12-inch PowerBook G4, Apples Mac®
OS X version 10.2 Jaguar enhances the mobile experience
with unique features including Instant On, which wakes the PowerBook
from sleep in just one second; Automatic Networking, which automatically
senses the active network port and switches the network connections
between Ethernet, 802.11 and modem; and advanced power management
through Energy Saver Profiles for industry-leading battery life of
up to five hours on a single charge.
Every new PowerBook G4 includes Apple's iLife applications,
an integrated suite of award-winning software including iTunes
3 for managing digital music, iPhoto 2 for organizing and sharing
digital photos, iMovie 3 for digital movie-making, and iDVD
3 for creating and burning Hollywood-style DVDs.
Pricing & Availability
The new 12-inch PowerBook G4 is expected to be available later this
month through the Apple Store® (www.apple.com),
at Apples retail stores and Apple Authorized Resellers for a
suggested retail price of $1,799 (US).
Additional build-to-order options for the new 12-inch PowerBook G4
include: up to 640MB of DDR RAM; the SuperDrive (DVD-R/CR-RW) optical
drive; the AirPort Extreme Base Station and AirPort Extreme Card;
and the AppleCare® Protection Plan.
Jan 16 - New Belkin 54g Wireless Networking
Products. Belkin Corporation, the leading manufacturer of connectivity
solutions, today introduced its complete lineup of 2.4GHz/54Mbps 54g
Wireless Networking products.
Consisting of a 54g Wireless Cable/DSL Gateway Router
(F5D7230-4 - ESP $149.99), 54g Wireless Network Access Point (F5D7130
- ESP $139.99), 54g Wireless Notebook Network Card (F5D7010 - ESP
$79.99), and 54g Wireless Desktop Network Card (F5D7000 - ESP $79.99),
these highly anticipated wireless networking products for the Small
Office/Home Office (SOHO) market space are set to begin shipping in
North America on January 15, 2003.
The Belkin 54g Wireless Networking products run at speeds of up to
54Mbps and operate on the same 2.4GHz frequency band as 802.11b Wi-Fi
products. Backward-compatible with existing Wi-Fi-certified IEEE 802.11b
products and with other products that display the 54g mark, the complete
range of 54g Wireless Networking products from Belkin will be backward-compatible
with current wireless 802.11b products already installed and will
continue to be operational and interoperable with new wireless 54g
products being added to a home or business network.
What sets the Belkin line of 54g Wireless Networking products apart
from the competition is their included software programs. Designed
to assist the end user in using these products, Belkin includes its
Easy Install Wizard, which eliminates the need for users to deal with
complicated information such as IP addresses and host names in order
to connect the router to the Internet, and takes the guesswork out
of setting up a router.
Once the user inserts the CD into the computer's CD-ROM drive, the
Easy Install Wizard takes over the job of determining what type of
connection is being used and setting up the router to connect to the
Internet Service Provider. Once the router setup is finished, the
user has an option to set up more computers, or just begin surfing
the Internet. The Easy Install Wizard is compatible with Windows®
98, 98 SE, Me, 2000, and XP. Compatibility with Mac® OS 8.6 and
above will be available February 2003.
In addition to the Easy Install Wizard, all Belkin routers can be
set up manually through a web interface if the user requires more
Another highly touted feature included with the Belkin 54g Router
is the Belkin Parental Control: Web Content Filter Software Program.
This software allows users to protect their children and family members
from potentially harmful web content and to guard employees on the
job from objectionable websites. The Belkin Parental Control Software
is a powerful tool that allows users to simply select access rights
from over 30 categories of possible questionable websites; it does
not require the user to add each individual website to restricted
New sites are automatically checked for content the very first time
access is requested, giving users complete control as to when, where,
and to whom access is barred or allowed. An optional activity report
is available, providing users with complete web-content monitoring.
For more information, visit the company's website at
Jan 16 - Immersion Brings
Touch Feedback to Cell Phones and PDAs. Immersion Corp. (Nasdaq:IMMR),
a leading developer and licensor of haptic feedback technology, is
bringing its force feedback technology to cell phones and other handheld
After years of research, Immersion's haptic engineers have developed
technology currently included in a new cell phone prototype, illustrating
the value that touch adds to these devices.
"Immersion's haptic technology allows users to physically feel
their interactions with games, messages, ring tones, menus, and other
user interface elements," said Jeffrey Eid, VP of Consumer Markets
"As the standard in PC and console gaming and now emerging in
the cell phone and PDA markets, our touch feedback technology delivers
an intuitive and engaging human interface to create the highest level
of realism, interaction, and fun for the user."
The current cell phone prototype replaces the typical "on/off"
pager motor in a standard cell phone with Immersion's hardware and
control software to deliver high-fidelity touch sensations. A key
difference with the Immersion implementation is the ability for developers
to independently control both vibration strength and frequency, creating
a wide range of sensations.
Using haptic emoticons, such as a high-five, a smile or a growl complements
talking and text messages. Games come alive as users feel the difference
between the crisp, sharp strike of a well-hit golf ball in contrast
to the twang felt when a drive is shanked. Users can personalize their
handhelds by choosing specific vibe-tones associated with incoming
callers, messages or other alerts. Haptic cues can also be used to
confirm the user's selection of various menu items on the handheld,
which makes navigation easier.
Market leaders in the gaming and PC industries, including Logitech,
Microsoft, Saitek and Belkin were among the first to license Immersion's
haptic technology. Currently there are more than 100 haptically-enabled
peripherals and more than 500 game titles on the market.
Immersion can be found online at www.immersion.com.
Jan 16 - SanDisk Introduces Wireless-Memory
Combo Cards. SanDisk Corporation (Nasdaq:SNDK) today introduced
a line of wireless Wi-Fi (802.11b) cards with the world's first card
products to include both memory and wireless communications technology.
announcement marks SanDisk's entry into the wireless communications
market and comes at a time when Wi-Fi, also known as WLAN for wireless
local area networks, is emerging as the main worldwide wireless standard.
Market watchers at Gartner Inc. report that some two million mobile
surfers in North America already use Wi-Fi, and it expects that number
to double by next year.
The Connect product line includes four products -- dual-function
128 megabyte (MB) CompactFlash(R)(CF) and 256MB SD cards that combine
Wi-Fi and flash memory as well as single-function CF and SD cards
with Wi-Fi connectivity. SanDisk plans to add 256MB cards to the CF
Connect product line by the middle of 2003.
Nelson Chan, SanDisk senior vice president and general manager of
SanDisk's retail business unit, said, "Access points that allow
mobile computer users to wirelessly connect to their email and the
Internet are rapidly being deployed around the world -- from hotels,
airports and universities to cafes, coffee shops and corporate campuses.
With these new SanDisk Connect cards, people on the go can quickly
transmit and receive data, images and music from any of those thousands
He added, "The cards bring wireless connectivity to a host
of new products including handheld and notebook computers, digital
cameras and MP3 players. By combining both flash memory and wireless
communications in one card, people going on a business or pleasure
trip can load up the card with family pictures, data files, spread
sheets and Power Point presentations and have everything they need,
plus wireless connectivity, on one card.
"This is becoming quite important to consumers and business
users because many handheld and notebook computers have only one card
slot and users are forced to decide between using the slot for connectivity
or for storage. These SanDisk Connect cards solve that problem."
The new Connect cards also allow users to download files to their
mobile computers while connected to their email or the Internet. Today,
computer owners sometimes cannot download files to their systems because
the main memory in the computer is already full. With a Connect card
plugged in, they can download their files to that cards if main memory
is no longer available.
SanDisk's web site/home page address: www.sandisk.com.
Jan 16 - DVD Movie Sales Drive Video
Industry to Record Breaking Year. The stellar success of DVD has
propelled home video to become America's most popular entertainment
medium, surpassing consumer spending on movie tickets, music, video
games and mass-market books.
U.S. consumers spent more than twice as much buying and renting DVDs
and VHS as they did going to the movies. In 2002, consumers spent
$20.3 billion buying and renting DVDs and VHS versus $9.3 billion
moviegoers spent at the theatrical box office.
DVD now represents 57 percent of 2002 home video consumer spending,
driven by DVD retail sales which increased 61 percent to $8.7 billion
(compared with $5.4 billion in 2001). Consumers spent an additional
$2.9 billion renting DVDs (more than double the $1.4 billion in 2001),
bringing total DVD spending to $11.6 billion versus $6.8 billion in
2001, an increase of 71 percent.
Numerous DVD titles broke sales records in 2002 with many selling
at least four million copies. Some of these titles include (in alphabetical
order): "American Pie II" (Universal Studios Home Video),
"Austin Powers in Goldmember" (New Line Home Entertainment),
"Beauty and the Beast" (Buena Vista Home Entertainment),
"Black Hawk Down" (Columbia TriStar Home Entertainment),
"Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone" (Warner Home Video),
"Ice Age" (Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment), "Lilo
and Stitch" (Buena Vista Home Entertainment), "The Lord
of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring" (New Line Home Entertainment),
"Men in Black II" (Columbia TriStar Home Entertainment),
"Minority Report" (DreamWorks Home Entertainment), "Monsters,
Inc." (Buena Vista Home Entertainment), "Ocean's Eleven"
(Warner Home Video), "Spider-Man" (Columbia TriStar Home
Entertainment), "Star Wars - Episode II: The Attack of the Clones"
(Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment) and "Training Day"
(Warner Home Video).
"Consumers have made it clear -- DVD is their favorite way to
enjoy entertainment at home. On average, each DVD household bought
more than 15 DVD titles last year," said Emiel N. Petrone, chairman
emeritus, DVD Entertainment Group. "By the end of 2003, DVD will
be in more than half of U.S. homes, allowing even more consumers to
experience the extraordinary video and audio quality DVD offers."
According to figures compiled by Ernst & Young on behalf of the
DVD Entertainment Group, approximately 260 million units of DVD software
shipped in the fourth quarter of 2002, a 90 percent increase over
those shipped in the same quarter last year. In excess of 685 million
software units were shipped in 2002 -- more than the previous five
years combined -- bringing the total number of units shipped to 1.36
billion since launch.
Interested consumers can reach the DVD Entertainment Group at www.dvdinformation.com.
Jan 16 - SanDisk Introduces Memory Stick
PRO. SanDisk Corporation (NASDAQ: SNDK) today introduced the SanDisk
Memory Stick® PROTM, a new Memory Stick form that incorporates
a variety of advanced capabilities to enable Memory Stick PRO-optimized
devices to capture and play back DVD-quality video in real time as
well as store CD-quality music, high resolution digital images and
other applications that require high performance and large capacities.
The new format, which was jointly developed by Sony and SanDisk, includes
additional features to secure personal content and data loss prevention
in the event of accidental removal of the card during file recording.
Stick PRO cards initially will feature capacities up to one gigabyte
(GB). They will be identified by a unique metallic gold color but
are otherwise identical in physical size and shape to the current
generation of purple Memory Stick cards.
"SanDisk has invested its expertise and intellectual property
in its partnership with Sony to make the Memory Stick PRO a reality,"
said Nelson Chan, senior vice president and general manager of SanDisk's
Retail Business Unit. "We believe that the key features of the
Memory Stick Pro card-high performance, large capacities and advanced
security features-will significantly enhance the consumers' usage
experience for storing their music, photos and videos on their optimized
In addition, Memory Stick PRO cards feature advanced capabilities
that will, when combined with devices that are optimized for the Memory
Stick PRO format, ensure greater reliability by preventing data loss
due to sudden power loss or accidental removal of media while recording
or transferring files. Memory Stick PRO media can be safely removed
during a file transfer process without the risk of damaging the file
structure on the media.
For security, consumers can protect their personal data on the Memory
Stick PRO cards with a file protection mechanism that prevents unauthorized
access to the files in the event the card is lost or stolen. For commercial
content providers, the new format includes the MagicGateTM copyright
technology, which provides secure protection of commercial and copyrighted
content, such as digital music and, in the future, video and games.
The SanDisk Memory Stick PRO cards will be available in 256 megabytes
(MB), 512MB and 1 gigabyte (GB) capacities. They are expected to be
available in April at many of the 50,000 retail stores world wide
where SanDisk-branded products are sold at prices ranging from $189
SanDisk's web site/home page address: www.sandisk.com.
Jan 15 - Intel to Help
Bring `Portable Media Players' to Market. Intel Corporation today
announced that it is working with Microsoft Corp. to develop a portable
media player (PMP) hardware reference design for the new Microsoft
Media2Go software platform. As a result of the Intel and Microsoft
collaboration, Samsung Electronics and ViewSonic Corp. will develop
Intel(R) XScale(TM) technology-based PMPs running the Media2Go* platform
that will allow consumers to enjoy video and other types of media
anywhere they want.
Called the portable video player in its early development, the PMP
is a new type of mobile entertainment product pioneered by Intel.
PMPs will be small enough to fit in a coat pocket and will allow people
to take video, still pictures and music with them anywhere they go
-- on the plane, train, or bus, to the gym, or hand it to the kids
sitting in the back seat of the car during a long drive. Intel-based
PMPs will feature high-quality video playback using an Intel(R) XScale(TM)
technology-based processor. The different types of media can be transferred
to a PMP from a PC or a Personal Video Recorder using a fast Hi-Speed
USB 2.0 connection.
Intel and Microsoft are working together to develop an initial hardware
reference design based on Intel XScale technology and Microsoft's
Media2Go software platform. Media2Go is based on Microsoft's Windows
CE .NET operating system and offers consumers the ability to enjoy
their videos, music and photos on-the-go.
"Intel and Microsoft are paving the way for device manufacturers
to deliver compelling PMP products to consumers quickly and cost-effectively,"
said Peter Green, general manager of Intel's Extended Computing Division.
"Microsoft Media2Go helps make it easier for users to bring media
content from the PC to the PMP and takes advantage of the high performance
and low power consumption of Intel's XScale processors."
Samsung Electronics and ViewSonic Corp. will develop Intel XScale
technology-based PMPs running the Microsoft Media2Go software platform.
Both companies will develop PMPs and build on Intel's technology enabling
work over the last two years in key areas such as video playback and
device architecture. Intel has been working with numerous consumer
electronics manufacturers and software providers for more than a year
to help bring Intel XScale technology-based PMP products to market.
"Just as VCRs gave consumers the freedom to view content when
they wanted to, PMPs will give consumers the freedom to consume content
where they want to," Green said. "By working with companies
like Samsung and ViewSonic to build these new devices on Intel XScale
technology-based processors, we can ensure that wherever they go,
consumers will have a high-quality media experience."
Additional information about Intel is available at www.intel.com.
Jan 15 - ViewSonic Announces Initiative
To Enter Portable Video Player Category. ViewSonic® Corp.,
a worldwide Visual Technologies leader, today announced plans
to participate in a Microsoft® and Intel® initiative to create
a new category of mobile devicesthe portable video player.
Visual Technologies leader will extend its brand through the creation
of a portable video player, tentatively called the ViewSonic PVP (Portable
Video Player), designed to build upon its current offerings in the
entertainment arena, including the M2000 and M1000 Digital Media Centers
that are also being announced at CES. The ViewSonic PVP combines the
functionality of a MP3 jukebox, a portable DVD player and a digital
photo albumall in a single portable devicemaking it the
most complete method for users to enjoy all their favorite digital
content while on the go.
Among the first portable media players built upon Microsofts
Media2Go platform, the ViewSonic PVP features a 3.5-inch 240X320 color
display and a 10GB hard drive that is large enough to store up to
seven hours of video content.
Over the last few years, ViewSonic has taken great steps in
making visual technology portable through products such as our Tablet
PCs, Pocket PCs and Smart Displays, said Marc McConnaughey,
senior vice president, Advanced Technology Group, ViewSonic. The
ViewSonic PVP combines this mobile experience with our growing multimedia
capabilities to bring consumers the freedom to play and view all of
their digital content with one compact device.
ViewSonics creation of the product stems from the desires of
more than 50 percent of U.S. PC households that want to use their
computer to listen to music, write CDs and view photos, according
to Forrester Researchs Consumer Technographics May 2002 report.
With the ViewSonic PVP, consumers can access these entertainment files
when in or outside the home.
Expected to be available in the fall of 2003, the ViewSonic PVP will
be sold through authorized ViewSonic resellers. For further information,
please contact ViewSonic Corporation at www.ViewSonic.com.
Jan 15 - Toshiba Notebooks
to Support Microsoft's Windows XP Media Center. Toshiba's Computer
Systems Group (CSG) today announced that it will support Microsoft's
Windows XP Media Center Edition operating system on future Satellite(R)
Series notebook PCs.
Available later this year, Toshiba's Media Center notebook PC will
bring personal entertainment, digital convergence and single remote
capabilities into a solitary mobile computing device for consumers
at home or on the go.
"Pairing a Toshiba Satellite notebook with Microsoft's Windows
XP Media Center Edition completely demonstrates how new technology
touches various parts of our lives in the home, and ultimately arms
consumers with more functionality," said Oscar Koenders, vice
president of product marketing and worldwide product planning, Toshiba
CSG. "The design of Toshiba's next generation Satellite notebook
is our vision of how customers will use computers in the future --
from recording TV programs and watching DVDs to managing video, music
and photo collections."
"As a leading vendor for portable computers, Toshiba's support
of Windows XP Media Center Edition on future notebook PCs will provide
consumers with unprecedented opportunities to enjoy entertainment
wherever and whenever they want," said Rick Thompson, vice president
of the Windows eHome Division at Microsoft Corp. "Toshiba shares
Microsoft's vision of unlocking the power of computing to help people
realize their full potential."
The ultimate digital convergence notebooks, Toshiba's Satellite Series
features the best performance and multimedia experience at the best
price. With an all-in-one design, the Satellite Series delivers impressive
graphic-display capabilities allowing users to experience sophisticated
graphics and extreme multimedia performance. Features include a 15-inch
diagonal display and the NVIDIA(R) GeForce4(TM) 460 Go(TM) graphics
processing unit with 64MB of dedicated graphics memory, offering the
fastest 3D mobile graphics performance in the industry.
Visit Toshiba at www.toshiba.com.
Jan 15 - Verbatim 4x ``Producer'' DVD+R/RW
Burner Shipping. Verbatim(R) Corp. and Peripherals Group Inc.,
the exclusive licensor of Verbatim optical hardware products and a
subsidiary of CenDyne Inc., jointly unveiled Verbatim 4x "Producer"
DVD+R/RW drive at CES, Booth #18000 today.
Able to burn a full-capacity 4.7GB +R disc in about 15 minutes, the
new 4x DVD+R/RW drive delivers a whole new world of high-speed recording
and playback plus unmatched player compatibility for both video and
Verbatim 4x Producer is based on the DVD+RW format, which was established
to ensure optimum data playback across all popular DVD playback devices.
Broad compatibility makes the new Verbatim 4x drive ideal for sharing
digital photos, video, multimedia presentations and data files.
In addition to enhancing playback compatibility, the drive's support
for lossless linking allows different users to write (and read) additional
data and video segments without finalizing the sessions.
Offering cost-effective DVD/CD storage flexibility, the new Verbatim
4x Producer supports 4x DVD+R write speed, 2.4x DVD+RW rewrite speed,
and 12x DVD read speed. Smaller files, such as MP3 files, can be stored
on low-cost 700MB CD-Rs at up to 16x speed or on CD-RW discs at up
to 10x speed. CD playback is at 40x.
Backed by a one-year warranty and toll free technical support, the
Verbatim 4x Producer DVD+R/RW internal drive is available now at leading
computer and consumer electronics retailers for a suggested retail
price of $299.
Visit the company's Web site at www.verbatim.com.
Jan 15 - eMachines Unveils Latest Array
of High Value PCs. eMachines(R) Inc., the second-leading vendor
of desktop PCs sold through U.S. retailers, announced its line-up
of affordable, high performance PCs for the beginning of 2003 at the
Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas.
Starting at $399, with no rebates required, eMachines' new quartet
of PCs offers consumers an affordable way to do everything from everyday
computing to multimedia entertainment, as well as add multiple systems
for the home or office.
For the benefit of multimedia enthusiasts, eMachines includes separate
CD-RW and DVD drives within all of its models starting at $499.
The company has also upgraded its $599 and $649 systems with an Office
Multimedia Keyboard that provides short-cut buttons for commonly used
computer functions, such as copy, cut and paste, speaker volume, CD
and DVD controls, e-mail retrieval and Internet browser commands.
Its $399 and $499 systems now include a multimedia keyboard with
short-cut buttons for speaker volume control, Internet browser launch
and e-mail retrieval.
"With this line-up, eMachines continues to provide consumers
the highest value PCs in the industry backed by a Customer Care program
on par with any PC vendor," said Wayne Inouye, president and
CEO of Irvine, Calif.-based eMachines. "We continue to see a
tremendous response from our customers to the removal of our manufacturer's
"They appreciate the fact they can walk out the door of a retail
store with a fully configured PC at a remarkable price."
eMachines supports its line-up of PCs through a comprehensive Customer
Care program comprised of one-year parts, labor and technical support
in addition to several other service options, including an End-User
Replaceable Parts Program, five-day Depot Repair, and nationwide authorized
All of eMachines' new PCs are currently available at major consumer
electronics retail outlets nationwide as well as direct from eMachines'
Web site at www.emachines.com.
Jan 15 - Hitachi DVD Camcorders Focus
on Portability and Performance. The Home Electronics Division
of Hitachi America, Ltd., a subsidiary of Hitachi, Ltd. (NYSE:HIT),
www.hitachi.com/tv, introduced two new DVD camcorder models.
The new models, the UltraVision Digital(R) DZ-MV350A and DZ-MV380A,
reduce the camcorders chassis by roughly half the size of previous
models. Both models also include high-speed USB2.0 interface for fast
uploading and downloading of information to and from a PC and a flash
memory card slot for still images.
"Hitachi's new DVD camcorder models maintain the 2002 break-through
design for recording DVD-R and DVD RAM while making it more convenient
to carry and easier to record," said Leo Delaney, vice president
of marketing for Hitachi America, Ltd., Home Electronics Division.
"With DVD-R format discs compatible with most DVD players on
the market, consumers can make a recording and simply drop the disc
into a DVD player to watch their home movies instantaneously."
SLIM DESIGN, EASY NAVIGATION
Along with the camcorder's slim, sleek design, consumers will find
easier operation with a new color viewfinder and high resolution 120k
pixel 2.5" LCD screen. The new LCD has almost twice as many pixels
as last year's model making it easier to view in even bright conditions.
Additionally, the camcorder's intuitive disc navigation system provides
random access to clips without the danger of accidentally erasing
information. Thumbnail images guide the user through each clip segment
without the need to fast forward or rewind -- simply select the thumbnail
representing the beginning of the desired scene and play.
When recording onto a DVD-RAM disc, users can edit their movies in
the camera. This sophisticated system allows consumers to re-order
scenes and add special transition effects including fades and wipes
without the need for a computer. Additionally, with the USB2.0 connection,
video can be uploaded to a PC and edited with the included PC software.
After editing, the video can be transferred back to the camcorder
and burned onto a DVD-R for playback on most DVD players. Additionally,
if the PC has a compatible 4.7G byte DVD-RAM or DVD-ROM drive, the
user can simply place the DVD-RAM disc in the drive and download the
information directly to the PC.
The DZ-MV350A measures 2.24 x 3.50 x 5.20 inches and weighs 1.29
lbs. It is slated for release in the second quarter, 2003, at a retail
price of $999.95. The DZ-MV380A measures 2.36 x 3.66 x 5.79 inches
and weighs 1.35 lbs. The unit is also slated for a second quarter,
2003, release and will retail for $1,099.95.
For more information, visit www.hitachi.com.
Jan 15 - Sonic Unveils PrimeTime DVD
Recording Software for Windows Media Center Edition. Sonic Solutions
introduced Sonic PrimeTime(TM), the first PC software application
that works seamlessly with Microsoft Windows XP Media Center Edition
(MCE) to burn TV shows and other video content to DVD.
Like Windows XP Media Center, Sonic PrimeTime employs a 'ten foot'
user interface with large menus. The application takes advantage of
the Media Center PC's remote control so that a user can browse and
select their favorite shows and record them to DVDs that can be played
back on standard set-top DVD players and PCs. DVDs recorded by Sonic
PrimeTime also include Sonic's OpenDVD(TM) technology so that they
can easily be re-edited at a later time.
"Sonic PrimeTime makes great use of the design innovations and
user-friendliness of Windows XP Media Center Edition," said Kevin
Eagan, General Manager for the Windows eHome Division, Microsoft.
"Sonic's software solution will enable consumers with a Media
Center PC equipped with a DVD burner to store personal content onto
DVDs with just one click of the Media Center remote control."
Sonic PrimeTime can be launched using the Media Center-compatible
remote control by simply clicking a button on the Media Center start
menu. Incorporating the same user interface design as Windows XP Media
Center Edition, Sonic PrimeTime's large on-screen menus make it easy
to record TV shows, including program information from the Media Center
electronic program guide, as well as browse through videos and slideshows.
Discs recorded with Sonic PrimeTime are compatible with set-top and
PC-based DVD players whose installed base has grown to over 250 million
Sonic PrimeTime incorporates OpenDVD technology, so that DVDs created
in PrimeTime can be opened, edited and re-burned using MyDVD(R) or
other OpenDVD-compliant applications. With the ability to update and
further customize their DVDs, Sonic PrimeTime users can continually
add to their collections of recorded programs, for example, putting
new episodes on their DVDs each week.
Sonic PrimeTime also includes a built-in Bit Budget(TM), which makes
it easy to see how much space is available on each recorded DVD. Once
PrimeTime starts burning a DVD, the user can return to watching TV
or listening to music on the Media Center PC.
"Sonic PrimeTime is the first application designed for Media
Center PC users, and revolutionizes the way people will create DVDs
at home," said Mark Ely, Vice President and General Manager at
Sonic. "Building on the enthusiastic support Media Center PCs
have quickly received, Sonic PrimeTime makes it possible to move seamlessly
from enjoying a TV show, a wedding video or a vacation slideshow,
to burning this program content to DVD. Anyone that can record to
VHS tape can now make a DVD at home."
Sonic PrimeTime will be available for purchase at a suggested U.S.
list price of $59.99 from Sonic (http://www.sonic.com/)
in March 2003.
Jan 15 - Logitech Announces Face Tracking
Software for Web Cameras. Logitech(R)(Nasdaq:LOGI)(SWX:LOGN) is
now making it possible for web camera users to remain the center of
attention during video sessions.
Logitech's new Face Tracking software automatically tracks a person's
face, keeping it centered within the camera's field of view. Soon,
Face Tracking will begin shipping with all mid to high-end Logitech
webcams that feature digital zoom -- QuickCam(R) Zoom ($79.95), QuickCam
Pro 4000 ($99.95), and QuickCam for Notebooks Pro ($99.95).
For existing owners of these web cameras, a free download of Face
Tracking is included in Logitech Image Studio(TM) 7.3 software, which
can be found at www.logitech.com/imagestudio.
Logitech Face Tracking, powered by A4 Vision, tracks a combination
of skin tones, shapes and movement to lock onto a person's face. This
new feature takes digital zoom to the next level by automatically
enabling the camera to pan, tilt and zoom-in on a person's face --keeping
it centered during a video instant messaging session or when recording
a video email. Face Tracking is controlled by the broadcaster's computer,
and can be quickly and easily enabled or disabled at any time.
"When you're trying to make your Internet communication truly
up close and personal, you want to be able to add natural movements
and facial gestures without worrying about manually zooming in and
zooming out. Face Tracking, another example of Logitech's easy to
use, feature rich webcam software, ensures a great user experience,"
said Spencer Johnson, director of Product Marketing for Logitech's
"In the case of video instant messaging the ability for our cameras
to automatically track a person's face makes the video IM experience
more satisfying for the millions of people that use it every day."
For more information on Logitech and its products, visit the company's
web site at www.logitech.com.
Jan 14 - AMD and IBM to Jointly Develop
Advanced Chip Technologies. AMD (NYSE: AMD) and IBM (NYSE: IBM)
today announced the two companies have entered into an agreement to
jointly develop chip-making technologies for use in future high-performance
The new processes, developed by AMD and IBM, will be aimed at improving
microprocessor performance and reducing power consumption, and will
be based on advanced structures and materials such as high-speed silicon-on-insulator
(SOI) transistors, copper interconnects and improved "low-k dielectric"
The agreement includes collaboration on 65 and 45nm (nanometer; a
billionth of a meter) technologies to be implemented on 300mm (millimeter)
"We are set to commence production of our 90nm solutions in
the fourth quarter of 2003, so we are now expanding process-technology
development efforts for our next generation of processors targeted
at 65nm and below," said Bill Siegle, senior vice president,
technology operations and chief scientist at AMD. "By collaborating
with an industry leader like IBM, AMD can deliver industry-leading
performance and functionality for our customers while reducing the
rapidly escalating cost of technology development."
AMD and IBM will be able to use the jointly-developed technologies
to manufacture products in their own chip fabrication facilities and
in conjunction with selected manufacturing partners. The companies
expect first products based on the new 65nm technologies to appear
"Today's marketplace demands the most advanced chip designs
and materials technologies," said Bijan Davari, IBM Fellow and
vice president, technology and emerging products, IBM Microelectronics
Division. "Our work with AMD is all about speeding our joint
technologies into products, and helping reduce the time-to-market
The development will be supported by AMD and IBM engineers working
together in IBM's Semiconductor Research and Development Center (SRDC)
in IBM's East Fishkill, N.Y. facility. Work is expected to begin by
January 30, 2003.
For more AMD news and product information, visit www.amd.com.
More information about IBM Microelectronics can be found at: www.ibm.com/chips.
Jan 14 - ViewSonic Introduces New Line
of Digital Media Center PCs. Combining computer, audio and video
into one platform, ViewSonic(R) Corp., a worldwide Visual Technologies(TM)
leader, today announced the launch of its NextVision M series of Digital
The first offerings in the M series line, the M2000 and M1000, both
use the Microsoft Windows XP Media Center Edition operating system,
which transforms these PCs into multimedia home entertainment systems.
"We created the M series line of Digital Media Centers to serve
as the nerve center of a home entertainment network," said Donna
Ogilvie, director, business development, Advanced Technology Group,
ViewSonic. "This latest addition to our rich line of visual technologies
presents users with an opportunity to centralize and share their favorite
entertainment information from one convenient source."
The NextVision M2000 includes a 160GB hard drive and a high-powered
2.8 GHz Pentium 4 processor, multiple in and outputs, along with USB
and Firewire ports for additional connectivity. With the M2000, consumers
can consolidate the Digital Video Recorder, CD/DVD player/writer,
MP3 Music library and digital or video photography albums into one
centralized home entertainment system with the power of a fully functional
Users can burn movies and music to DVDs and CDs, record up to 140
hours of their favorite TV programs through a personal video recorder
and show family photo slide shows with musical accompaniment. In addition,
the M2000 comes equipped with SPDIF output that allows for surround
sound capabilities to further enhance the home theater experience.
Continuing its mission to meet the needs of a wide variety of consumers,
ViewSonic has also created the NextVision M1000. This value configuration
includes the same core integrated audio and video capabilities as
the M2000 at a lower price point, making the Digital Media Center
more affordable for a budget conscious consumer. Featuring 80GB of
hard drive storage, the M1000 will ship with an Intel 2.4 GHz Pentium
4 Processor and includes a DVD player/CD-RW drive.
The M2000 and M1000 offer users the utmost in home entertainment
versatility. Both models can be placed in a horizontal position as
a component in a home entertainment system or in a more traditional
vertical orientation on a floor or desktop to fit the decor of any
home setting. Front access inputs and outputs eliminate the hassle
of moving your entertainment system in order to connect additional
devices such as game systems.
ViewSonic's M2000 will feature an estimated street price (ESP) of
$1895 after a $100 mail-in-rebate and will be available through select
retail outlets, mail order and PC reseller channels beginning mid-February
2003. The M1000 will have an ESP of $1395 after a $100 rebate and
will be available in March. Both are backed by a one-year limited
warranty on parts and labor.
For further information, visit www.ViewSonic.com.
Jan 14 - PENTAX Debuts Compact
Digital Camera. Remember the classic question, "Is it smaller
than a breadbox?" on the `50s television quiz show "What's
My Line?" In this 21st century, photographic consumers may ask,
"Is it smaller than an Altoids(R) tin?" Because the newest
digital camera from PENTAX, the OptioS, is so small that it fits into
an empty Altoids(R) tin.
PENTAX debuts the OptioS on January 9 at the annual International
Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas, they'll be using Altoids(R)
mint containers and decks of playing cards to show that this advanced-stage
camera is smaller than both items. CES is the marketplace where the
latest in consumer equipment, gadgets and household items are unveiled
to the buying public.
The OptioS is the smallest PENTAX 3.2 megapixel camera,
but don't let the dainty size fool you. OptioS has a 3X zoom lens,
sharp image resolution and a tough aluminum alloy case.
"This is one well-built camera, which just happens
to be the right size for a shirt pocket or purse," said PENTAX
marketing V.P. Jim Leffel.
The OptioS will be shipped to major camera retailers
around the end of March 2003. Leffel expects demand to be strong because
of the PENTAX reputation for quality.
How does PENTAX load so much into such a small space?
Carrying on the strong PENTAX optics tradition, the OptioS features
a patented sliding lens zoom mechanism that allows the camera's powerful
3X optical lens to fully recede up and away into the camera housing,
flush with the body frame. This novel system helps protect the lens
and reduce the size of the OptioS by almost 60 percent compared to
the PENTAX Optio330RS. A new Multi Chip Module in the circuit board
and the redesigned chamber have further minimized free space in the
Despite the size, OptioS is packed with features found
only on larger, higher-priced digital cameras: a movie mode with sound
playback, a voice recording mode for attaching 30-second memos to
selected images, a well-placed 1.6-inch LCD monitor, approximately
11MB of built-in memory and a powerful rechargeable lithium-ion battery.
More information can be found at www.pentaxusa.com.
Jan 14 - Wire-Free Electricity
to Deliver Full Power to Home & Office Appliances. From desktop
to countertop, consumers can now enjoy the convenience and safety
of Wire-Free Electric Power technology at their homes as MobileWise
introduces true "full-power" wire-free electricity for home
This is the next step in the evolution of the MobileWise Wire-Free
Electricity technology, recently named a "Product-of-the-Year"
by Electronic Products Magazine, a trade publication providing product
and technology information for today's decision making engineers.
MobileWise has further developed its technology to offer the general
consumer market an easy, safe, universal power delivery interface.
Various home countertop appliances and electronics can now receive
full power from a Wire-Free Electricity Base(TM), powered with MobileWise
Current Wire-Free Electricity Bases deliver 120 watts of power -ample
power for some appliances. In fact, MobileWise technology itself can
now deliver any amount of power needed into appliances and mobile
devices. The only limitations on power delivery are regulatory, such
as those placed by Underwriters Laboratories (UL). MobileWise will
offer even more powerful Bases, delivering about 300 watts of power-to
the consumer market in various size, shapes and configurations. The
new Bases will be available in the first half of 2003.
MobileWise technology's ubiquitous power delivery capabilities have
sparked a great interest from furniture, automobile and other manufacturing
industries. Some are planning to embed Wire-Free Electricity Bases
in their products to be offered to consumers worldwide during 2004.
"MobileWise technology is more than a simple charging solution
for mobile devices - there's no 'trickle charge' here," said
MobileWise CEO Andy Goren while displaying various appliances powered
by MobileWise technology. "Our technology can already power certain
home appliances and electronics such as flat panel TVs and other devices
that have no internal battery - it is as if the device is connected
directly to the wall. With the pending introduction of even more powerful
Bases, further applications for our technology will be enabled."
In the fall of 2002, MobileWise, a fabless semiconductor company,
introduced a solution to the Last Wire(TM) problem - the dependency
on regularly plugging in mobile devices or appliances for electric
power. With MobileWise chip technology and its derivative products,
consumers no longer need multiple chargers, adapters and cords. Its
technology is already embedded into chipsets that are sold to leading
mobile, networking and power accessories OEMs. The technology has
been well received, and MobileWise was invited to participate in "What's
Hot at Comdex" as part of the 8th Annual Bear Stearns Comdex
MobileWise chipsets enable a sophisticated wire-free electric power
management and delivery to multiple mobile devices with a variety
of power needs, delivering safe, convenient, instant power. The first
MobileWise application is the Wire-Free-Electricity Base. Once a MobileWise-enabled
device is placed anywhere on the Base, it will be powered and charged
as if it is plugged to an electric outlet. The Wire-Free-Electricity
Base can simultaneously power multiple devices with varying power
MobileWise recently announced that Acer, one of the world's top 10
branded PC vendors, is working towards incorporating MobileWise technology
into the design of its newest mobile computing products, expected
to reach the market by this spring.
Headquartered in Palo Alto, California, MobileWise, Inc. (www.mobilewise.com)
is a fabless semiconductor company that offers the first commercial
safe wire-free electric power technology.
Jan 14 - Samsung's New SCD5000, MiniDV
Camcorder and Digital Still Camera. Samsung Electronics today
unveils the SCD5000, the latest in Samsung's line of digital convergence
products that seamlessly combines the benefits of a MiniDV digital
camcorder with a four mega-pixel digital camera.
Unlike other similar products that have either poor resolution for
stills or extremely limited recording time and quality for motion
pictures, the SCD5000 performs superbly at both functions.
The SCD5000's unique swivel lens mechanism permits easy switching
between the two functions; one side of the assembly houses the camcorder
lens and sensor and the other side holds the mechanism for the digital
The digital still camera function creates sharp images with 4.13
mega-pixel CCD resolution. Compared to most digital camcorders that
store low-resolution still images at 640 x 480 pixels, the SCD5000
produces 2272 x 1704 images suitable for large size prints. Additionally,
the SCD5000's embedded strobe allows still picture taking in low light
conditions. Other features include a 3x optical zoom for camera and
swivel lens assembly. The images can be stored in Memory Stick media
and transferred through USB ports.
As a digital camcorder, the SCD5000 features 680K pixel CCD, MiniDV
and MPEG-4 recording. The lens allows users the option of a 10X optical
or 800x digital zoom. Samsung's proprietary Power Nite Pix function
greatly improves picture quality under unfavorable light conditions.
And the SCD5000's two-inch trans-reflective LCD viewfinder ensures
optimal clarity even under direct sunlight. Captured footage is transferred
through the IEEE1394 (FireWire) connector.
"Samsung Electronics' SCD5000 balances two digital devices without
compromise. It is a high-performance device, both as a digital still
camera and a digital camcorder," said Mr. Man-Yong Shin, Executive
Vice President & General Manager, Digital Video System Division
of Samsung Electronics. "With the introduction of the SCD5000,
Samsung has made the vision of digital convergence become a reality
for digital video and photo enthusiasts."
More information can be found at www.samsung.com/wow.
Jan 14 - Evolution Robotics
Introduces Breakthrough Solution for Robot Navigation. Evolution
Robotics(TM) Inc., a leading provider of state-of-the-art robotics
software technologies and a 2003 CES Innovations Award Honoree, today
announced a first-of-its-kind, breakthrough navigation technology
for robot localization and mapping.
The Visual Simultaneous Localization and Mapping technology
(vSLAM(TM)) enables a robot to determine its own position relative
to its environment. This technology is a major achievement in robot
navigation, enabling manufacturers to develop a new generation of
useful robotic products with more intelligence than previously possible.
Using only a low-cost camera and wheel encoders as sensors, vSLAM
is a very affordable solution for localization and mapping - it can
mean the difference between using a $50 web cam and a $5000 laser
range finder. The significance of this technology is that it now enables
manufacturers to develop practical and useful robotic products for
the mass consumer market.
"Our vSLAM technology for localization and mapping brings us
a large step closer to realizing our vision of a robot in every home
and workplace. For the first time, it is possible to integrate reliable
navigation technologies into personal robots at an affordable cost,
which we hope will result in a new generation of products that were
previously inconceivable", commented Paolo Pirjanian, Chief Scientist
at Evolution Robotics and former roboticist with Jet Propulsion Laboratories,
who directed the R&D efforts for the development of vSLAM.
Because of its low cost and robust performance in realistic environments,
the vSLAM technology is particularly well-suited for use in consumer
and commercial applications including patrolling for security, package
delivery, autonomous vacuuming or floor-care, and material handling.
With this novel approach to localization and mapping, the robot builds
a visual map consisting of a set of unique "landmarks" created
as the robot explores its environment. A landmark is an image of a
scene that is uniquely identified using a sophisticated vision algorithm
developed at Evolution Robotics. As the robot revisits mapped areas,
it uses recognized landmarks to estimate its own position. Furthermore,
it gradually updates and refines the map allowing it to adapt to changes
in the environment such as rearranged furniture or objects.
"The key to our success in providing a reliable, yet cost-effective,
solution to localization is the use of vision processing, in combination
with sophisticated probabilistic methods for position estimation",
commented Drs. Luis Goncalves and Niklas Karlsson, two of the lead
scientists behind the invention.
Evolution Robotics offers vSLAM and other breakthrough robotics technologies
to OEMs interested in building new personal robot products, or embedding
robotics capabilities into existing products.
Evolution Robotics(TM) can be found online at www.evolution.com.
Jan 14 - Smartphones to
Dominate Wireless Handset Market By 2008. A migration trend is
emerging among wireless users toward feature rich devices that incorporate
color screens and advanced data and messaging applications, including
navigation, multimedia messaging (MMS), and instant messaging, among
The primary catalysts of this trend are a combination of factors.
For one, wireless handset penetration continues to grow, moving the
market from one characterized by initial penetration to that of replacement
with next generation devices. Secondly, wireless operators are under
increased pressure to drive higher average revenue per subscriber
(ARPU) and are doing so by adding data services and "infotainment"
content available to newer technology handsets.
"With handset makers and wireless operators developing new devices
and compelling services, the replacement cycle will shorten, accelerating
growth in the handset," states Kenil Vora, an analyst with ABI.
"Key to maintaining this growth is the successful deployment
- and timing - of feature-rich devices and related services."
Inside The Numbers
According to a new study by Allied Business Intelligence (ABI) the
number of replacement handsets shipped will grow from 211 million
in 2002 to 591 million units in 2008, representing nearly 85% of all
shipments worldwide at that time.
The study, "Wireless Handsets, Smartphones and Communicators
--The Convergence Of The Cell Phone & PDA And The Emerging 3G
Network" also indicates that, of the estimated 406 million handsets
shipped in 2002, only about 15% incorporated color displays. This
number is expected to jump to 97% by 2008.
Details can be found on the web at www.alliedworld.com.
Jan 13 - Intel Announces
Centrino Mobile Technology. Intel Corporation said today Centrino(TM)
mobile technology is the new brand name for its upcoming wireless
mobile computing technology.
The new brand signifies Intel's best technology for notebook computers,
based on a new mobile processor microarchitecture and wireless capability
as well as features designed to enable extended battery life, thinner
and lighter form factors, and outstanding mobile performance.
The technologies represented by the Centrino brand
will include a microprocessor (formerly
code-named "Banias"), related chipsets and 802.11 (Wi-Fi)
wireless networking capability. These components are designed, optimized
and validated by Intel to maximize the wireless mobile computing experience.
The Centrino brand marks the first time Intel has branded a combination
of technologies under one name.
Centrino mobile technology is planned for introduction
in the first half of this year.
"The Centrino brand signifies a new generation of mobile PCs
that will change where and how people compute," said Pam Pollace,
Intel vice president and director, Corporate Marketing Group. "Whether
at work, at home, at an airport or a cafe, Centrino mobile technology
will bring the freedom and flexibility of being unwired."
The new Centrino mobile technology brand name will
be represented by a new logo carrying the famous Intel Inside(R) mark.
The logo, featuring a striking magenta color and a completely new
shape, suggests flight, mobility, and forward movement.
Intel, the world's largest chipmaker, is also a leading
manufacturer of computer, networking and communications products.
Additional information about Intel is available at www.intel.com.
Jan 13 - HP Delivers New
High-performance Notebook Series. HP (NYSE:HPQ) today introduced
two new powerful, wireless-ready notebook PCs -- the Compaq Presario
2100 and 2500 series. Both offer a striking design and high performance
geared to the mobile user at a great value without compromising on
In keeping with HP's goal of making wireless Internet access easy,
customers who purchase select models of the Compaq Presario Notebook
2500 series are eligible to receive 2,000 free minutes of T-Mobile(R)
HotSpot(SM) high-speed wireless Internet service.
"Our new notebooks PCs are about giving customers a great wireless
experience," said Kevin Frost, vice president of worldwide notebook
marketing, HP Personal Systems Group. "We integrated WiFi technology
into notebooks and partnered with T-Mobile to help mobile users --from
small office professionals to students -- experience an extraordinary
Compaq Presario Notebook 2100 Series
The Compaq Presario Notebook 2100 series offers advantages customers
need for work, school or home use with a high level of performance
for productivity or digital entertainment use. Sporting a sleek design
in two-tone graphite and silver, the Compaq Presario 2100 is an attractive
and mobile notebook at 1.5-inch thin and weighing as light as 6.7
Customers have a choice of wireless options for home and small office
environment, up to a 15-inch display, outstanding ATI Mobility Radeon
graphics -- all at an incredible value. The 2100 series comes with
a full range of Intel(R) Celeron(R) and Mobile Pentium(R) 4-M processors
as well as the fastest AMD Athlon XP processor with PowerNow! technology.
Estimated U.S. pricing for the Presario 2100 starts at $899 after
$100 mail in rebate.
Compaq Presario Notebook 2500 Series
Designed for excellent desktop performance, the Compaq Presario Notebook
2500 offers fast desktop processors -- the Intel Pentium 4 processor
up to 2.8 GHz. The notebook also includes up to 15-inch high-resolution
TFT display, ATI Mobility Radeon integrated graphics, IEEE 1394 input
and wireless connectivity making it the ideal portable system for
the home and home office.
In addition, the notebook features an integrated 10/100 Ethernet
LAN, 56 Kbps v.90/v.92 modem, port replicator connector, 802.11b networking
(on select models) and easy-to-use one-touch buttons for instant access
to Web sites and applications.
Estimated U.S. pricing for the Compaq Presario Notebook 2500 series
starts at $1,399.
The Compaq Presario 2100 and 2500 series are available to customize
with a full range of options. The products also can be purchased through
HP's "Built for You" kiosks located in participating retailers,
through the Web at www.hpshopping.com.
Jan 13 - Viewsonic Introduces High Resolution
LCD TV Monitors. Continuing its commitment to bringing customers
more versatile and affordable display solutions, ViewSonic® Corp.,
a worldwide Visual Technologies leader, today introduced two
distinct lines of LCD TVs that provide consumers complete solutions
for converging their computer and television into a multifunctional
ViewSonic's VT series provides a component-type approach to LCD
TV for consumers seeking high performance when viewing PC data, video
and TV content on an LCD. The NextVision N series of LCD TVs
offers an integrated option that delivers the functionality of a computer
display and a TV in one compact form factor.
Launching with an estimated street price of $499, the VT550 is the
initial model in a series of LCD TV systems that gives consumers flexibility
in how they configure their personal theaterTM display system. With
1024x768 resolution and an UltraBrite panel providing up to
500 nits of brightness, the 15-inch VT550 is designed not only to
be a great multimedia monitor, but also an excellent high resolution
LCD TV, including features such as integrated stereo speakers, an
external head phone jack and internal and external microphone connectors.
Over the next few months, ViewSonic will add 17- and 19-inch HDTV
compatible versions to its VT series.
Consumers looking for an integrated LCD TV solution can realize
their desires with the company's N series of displays. As the newest
additions to the series, both the 15-inch N1500 and 18-inch N1800
feature built-in TV tuners.
With brightness levels of up to 500 nits, the N1500 will be available
at a manufacturers suggested retail price (MSRP) of $699 and with
450 nits of brightness, the N1800 will have an MSRP of $999. Both
displays support 1024x768 resolutions, feature integrated 3-watt speakers
and can be utilized as a primary computer, TV or entertainment display.
These latest offerings join ViewSonic's first LCD TV display-the
N1700w which also takes the integrated approach to LCD TV, but features
a 16:9, wide screen format and features picture-in-picture (PIP) capabilities.
The N1700w will ship with a manufacturers suggested retail price (MSRP)
of $999 and offers a 17-inch wide screen and enhanced viewing with
a 1280x768 resolution and more than 450 nits of brightness.
For further information, visit www.ViewSonic.com.
Jan 13 - 1394 Trade Association Cites
First FireWire 800 Products. Leaders of the 1394 Trade Association
today said the arrival of the first computer and storage products
built with the new ultra high speed FireWire 800 multimedia bus offers
consumers the industry's best-ever audio-video connectivity, and sets
the stage for a new, exciting era of networking based on the enhanced
IEEE 1394b standard.
Product announcements at the annual MacWorld Conference in San Francisco
came from Apple Computer, with its new Powerbook G4, with its 17-inch
display and FireWire 800; Maxtor Corp., with its new 200GB FireWire
800 concept hard drive; and LaCie, with its new line of desktop d2
FireWire 800 drives, ranging from 200GB to 500 GB.
All the new FireWire 800 products are based on the `b' version of
the IEEE 1394 multimedia standard, developed by the 1394 Trade Association.
1394b delivers speeds starting at 800 megabits/second, scalable to
1.6 Gigabits/second, then to 3.2 Gigabits/second. It also extends
the distance that FireWire-equipped devices can send video and audio
to more than 100 meters over CAT-5, plastic fiber and other media.
"These first FireWire 800 products signal the emergence of a
new era for 1394/FireWire," said James Snider, executive director
of the Trade Association. "At 800 megabits per second, we are
pushing data transfer rates in desktops and notebooks to levels never
before possible. Based on my conversations with industry insiders,
2003 will be a strong year for FireWire 800 consumer and computer
products, with significant growth expected in 2004."
The 1394 Trade Association is a worldwide organization of consumer
electronics, computer and peripheral product leaders dedicated to
the advancement and application of the IEEE 1394 standard.
For more information, please visit the TA web sites at www.1394ta.org.
Jan 13 - HDTV UpConverter Maximizes Consumer
Investment in HDTV Televisions. ADS Tech (www.adstech.com), a
leader in consumer video solutions, today announced the launch of
With the HDTV UpConverter, home-theater aficionados can take full
advantage of their high definition, progressive scan televisions and
enjoy brilliantly sharp, life-like video content from most video sources.
HDTV UpConverter converts standard interlaced video (480i or 480p)
and standard definition television signals into HDTV, progressive-scan
resolutions of 480p, 720p or 1080i to provide users with cinema-quality
video for an exhilarating home-theatre experience.
This product is ideal for those who have invested in the cost of
an HDTV-capable television but who are limited to the standard broadcast
quality content still used by most stations and cable companies. In
addition, with this device users can experience high-definition video
from legacy, interlaced video equipment -- VCRs, cable TV boxes, DVD
players, satellite receivers and video game devices. HDTV UpConverter
will ship in February with an estimated street price (ESP) of $499.
Millions of consumers have already purchased television sets that
are HDTV "ready." The problem is that most of these sets
do not include an HDTV tuner, so the television does not receive any
HDTV resolution content and looks little better than standard televisions
that are a fraction of the price.
In addition, most households have multiple video sources -- VCRs,
cable TV boxes, DVD players, satellite receivers and video game devices
-- that deliver only standard definition interlaced video (480i) signal
(even if the signal is sent to an expensive HDTV capable TV). The
result is that the consumer never gets to enjoy the full potential
of their HDTV investment because there is no High-Definition video
content to watch.
The HDTV UpConverter solves these issues with CinemaView Technology
developed by ADS Tech. CinemaView Technology turns a standard definition
interlaced video signal into pure 1280 x 720 progressive scan or 1920
x 1080 interlaced HDTV resolution video with superior image scaling
by utilizing pixel-by-pixel motion adaptive de-interlacing without
introducing motion artifacts.
CinemaView Technology also utilizes inverse 2:2/3:2 film processing
to provide "cinema-like" progressive scan images from film
originated content like DVD movies and many TV shows.
HDTV UpConverter will be available through ADS Tech's network of
online and retail channels worldwide in February 2003. The unit will
sell for an ESP of $499.
For more information, visit www.ADStech.com.
Jan 12 - Sunday Shopping Watch.
Best Sunday Deals - See our Best
Sunday Ad Deals Table below for specific system prices.
Weekly Comparison. Prices made minor changes
from last week.
Laptops - Prices slightly higher than last week's.
Desktops - Prices were slightly lower than last
This Sunday's Special Discounts and Financing.
In addition to sales on specific items, the following store-wide sales
are advertised this week. (Note that these
ads are for the Dayton, Ohio area. Prices or offerings may be different
where you live.)
Best Buy is offering 6 months of free MSN with any computer purchase.
They also have 12 month no-interest financing on all laptops. In addition
they are giving mail-in rebates of $100 on all desktop packages and
Circuit City is offering
$100 instant savings on all desktop packages and laptop purchases.
They also have 12 month no-interest financing on all desktop packages
has 6 months no payment, no interest financing for new computer purchases
CompUSA has 6 months no payment,
no interest financing for any purchases over $198. They are also offering
3 free months of AOL with any computer purchase. In addition they
have $100 instant savings on all AMD Athlon XP notebooks.
Staples has no store-wide promotions
to Online Prices - Compare the Sunday ad prices to
those being offered at DealTime, it searches over 160 online computer
InfoHQ Related Shopping Pages
- Our latest shopping advisories on buying digital cameras and camcorders,
desktop computers, and laptops.
Upgrade Guide - All about upgrading to Windows XP.
What You Need to Know
About Dial-up Internet Service Rebates - The pros and cons of
'free' Internet service deals.
Definitions. A complete desktop system/package/complete
package is defined as a computer with monitor and printer
A build-to-order system is customized at the retailer
and then ordered from a computer manufacturer. In addition to the
computer's stated price, you still pay sales tax and shipping charges
(if you order direct from the vendor without going through the chain
store, you may not have to pay sales tax and you could get a better
Caution about advertised prices.
When reading advertisements, read the fine print of the ad to make
sure you know what is being advertised and what it cost. For example,
many advertisers will show a complete system with computer, monitor,
and printer but advertise a price for the computer only.
* Prices discussed in this article. We report
prices after rebates and discounts are subtracted.
Items highlighted in Black are good deals.
Items highlighted in Red means prices have
gone up and the system is not a good buy this week.
Items in normal text means prices are about the same as the previous
Best Sunday Ad Deals
Price* (see above)
Prices up or Down this Week
Best Celeron Deal
Compaq 1.7 GHz complete system
1. Best High-end Pentium 4 System
HP 2 GHz system with
17 inch monitor
2. Best High-end Pentium 4 System
Compaq 2 GHz complete system
3. Best High-end Pentium 4 System
Sony 2.40 GHz complete system
1. Best Low-cost Athlon XP System
Compaq 1800+ with
17 inch monitor
2. Best Low-cost Athlon XP System
Compaq 2000+ with
17 inch monitor
1. Best Low-cost Notebook
HP 1.6 GHz Celeron with DVD
2. Best Low-cost Notebook
HP 1.7 GHz Celeron with DVD/CD-RW
3. Best Low-cost Notebook
Compaq Athlon XP 1800+ with DVD/CD-RW
Best Buy, CompUSA
1. Best High-end Notebook
Compaq Pentium 4-M 1.8 GHz with DVD/CD-RW
2. Best High-end Notebook
Sony Pentium 4-M 2.4 GHz with DVD/CD-RW
and 16" screen
Best Sunday Deal
Western Digital 7200 RPM 100 GB Hard
Best Sunday Deal
Western Digital 7200 RPM 180 GB Hard
Best Sunday Deal
ATI Radeon 9700 Pro
Best Sunday Deal
ATI All-in-Wonder Radeon 9700 Pro
Best Sunday Deal
TDK 48X CD-RW
Best Sunday Deal
Sony 48X 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 can help you make
informed buying decisions.
Jan 10 - Intel XScale Technology
Smart Displays Enable Home Wireless PC Access. Intel Corporation
announced today that top makers of wireless Smart Displays -- Abocom,
Fujitsu, Lite-On, MSI, Philips, Tatung, TriGem and ViewSonic -- have
selected Intel(R) XScale(TM) technology based processors to power
new products that help enable wireless PC access throughout the home.
Retail availability for these Smart Displays running on Intel XScale
technology is expected this month from ViewSonic and Philips, with
products currently targeted to be released later this year from Fujitsu
Smart Displays are wireless flat-panel displays that are used as
monitors when docked to a base
desktop PC, but when detached, become a mobile monitor using 802.11b
wireless LAN technology to access information and applications from
the desktop PC from anywhere in the home. The devices are based on
Microsoft Windows technology and work with your home PC operating
on Windows XP Professional with service pack 1.
"Intel XScale technology based processors provide the high-performance
needed for Smart Display devices to access applications and data from
the base PC," said Michael Iannitti, director, Intel Extended
Computing Division. "The XScale application processor is specifically
designed for low-power consumption to help enable long battery life
for these devices."
"The design and mobility of the ViewSonic airpanel V110 and
V150 Smart Displays, coupled with Intel XScale technology based processors,
deliver a unique experience for anywhere, anytime wireless access
to the home PC," said Marc McConnaughey, senior vice president,
Advanced Technology Group, ViewSonic Corp. "We selected the Intel
PXA250 processor operating at 400MHz for high performance and low-power
consumption that results in a long battery life of up to four hours."
Additional information about Smart Displays, XScale technology-based
application processors and the Intel Smart Display Reference design
can be found at http://developer.intel.com.
Jan 10 - Dolby Digital EX
Technology Ups the Ante for Home Surround Sound. With approximately
50 DVD-Video titles presently encoded with Dolby(R) Digital EX technology,
and an additional 20 first-run movies scheduled to be released on
DVD in 2003, Dolby Digital EX technology, referred to in cinemas as
Dolby Digital Surround EX(TM), is transforming the home theater experience.
Dolby Digital EX technology employs highly advanced Dolby matrix
decoding to add a third surround channel to Dolby Digital 5.1-channel
soundtracks. Located at the center back position, this additional
rear surround channel complements the left and right surround channels
of Dolby Digital 5.1-channel audio to produce an intensified degree
of realism, further immersing movie viewers in the on-screen action.
Thousands of cinemas worldwide are now equipped with Dolby Digital
Surround EX technology--the most rapidly adopted new sound format
in cinema history.
Recent Dolby Digital EX releases on DVD-Video include Monsters Inc.,
The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring (Extended Version),
Austin Powers in Goldmember, and Star Wars: Episode II--Attack of
the Clones. Dolby Digital EX releases currently showing in theatres
include Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, James Bond: Die Another
Day, and The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers.
"Watching a movie or DVD-Video encoded with Dolby Digital EX
technology is an experience in enhanced spatial audio, almost indistinguishable
from reality. It's about powerful flyovers; sensing, for example,
alien creatures or jungle animals circling to your rear; or clearly
distinguishing conversations and street noise as they seem to occur
directly behind you," said Craig Eggers, director of consumer
channel marketing, Dolby Laboratories.
"The ability of Dolby Digital EX technology to add spatial and
directional cues to the home theater experience is resulting in the
release of more DVD titles encoded with Dolby Digital EX, and more
hardware manufacturers adopting Dolby Digital EX decoding technology
in their audio receiver and home-theater-in a-box products."
Dolby Digital EX Technology Enhances Movie Atmosphere and Action
Speakers positioned to the rear of the viewer reproduce the third
surround channel enabled by Dolby Digital EX technology. In a cinema,
these speakers are located directly behind the audience. For the third
surround channel to be reproduced in a home theater, Dolby Digital
EX encoding must be included in a receiver or preamp/processor, and
the audio reproduced via a rear surround speaker and appropriate signal
Feature films released in Dolby Digital Surround EX include the encoded
third surround channel in subsequent DVD-Video offerings, as well
as during 5.1-channel Dolby Digital satellite and terrestrial television
broadcasts. When a home theater system has a receiver or preamp/processor
equipped with Dolby Digital EX decoding, viewers can experience the
movie soundtracks as they were intended to be heard, with the increased
spatial realism created by the additional surround channel.
Dolby Digital EX software programming is fully backwards compatible
with all existing Dolby Digital 5.1 decoder products.
For more information about Dolby Laboratories or Dolby technologies,
please visit www.dolby.com.
Jan 10 - Sales of U.S. Consumer Electronics
to Hit New Record in 2003. Sales of consumer electronics products
will total a record $99.5 billion in 2003, marking a 3.5 percent increase
over 2002, according to figures released today by the Consumer Electronics
The figures were issued as part of CEA Market Research's annual U.S.
Consumer Electronics Sales & Forecasts report.
The association also announced that 2002 sales are estimated to total
$96.2 billion rising a healthy 3.7 percent over 2001. The 2002 figure
is slightly higher than CEA's initial projections forecast in January
"Consumer electronics continue to capture the imagination and
meet the needs of the American consumer," said CEA President
and CEO Gary Shapiro.
"From digital video to gaming, from wireless to in-car electronics,
from home networking to digital imaging, our industry's products provide
consumers with instant access to information and entertainment and
enable them to stay connected - making the world a better place. As
an industry, we are raising the world's standard of living and increasing
people's knowledge and their ability to communicate. More, we continue
to stand as an essential cog in the national economy even in these
Digital products continue as the primary driver behind industry growth.
In the video category, stand-alone DVD players maintain their march
as the fastest growing technology of all time, now in 35 percent of
U.S. homes. Unit sales totaled 17.6 million in 2002, up 39 percent
on the back of new combination DVD/VCR players.
Sales will climb an additional 14 percent in 2003, reaching 20.1
million units on dollar sales of $2.6 billion.
Sales of digital TV (DTV) sets and displays exceeded CEA forecasts
in 2002, as shipments totaled 2.683 million units. By the end of 2003
consumers will have invested more than $15 billion in DTV products
with sales for the year reaching 3.8 million units on dollar sales
of $5.5 billion.
Consumer interest in flat panel televisions will result in strong
gains in related categories in 2003. Sales of plasma sets will rise
by 40 percent in 2003 with dollar sales totaling $616 million, up
from $453 million in 2002. Sales of LCD televisions will jump from
965 thousand units in 2002 to 1.1 million units in 2003 on dollar
sales of $111 million.
Rapid Adoption of Digital Audio
While the audio category faces declines across several products,
the category also is benefiting from rapid consumer adoption of digital
products. Despite continuing debates over home recording rights, MP3
players shot past all estimates for a breakaway year in 2002.
Unit volume sales leapt to 1.7 million, a 56 percent increase over
2001, and are expected to rise another 26% to 2.1 million units for
Fueled by the massive adoption of DVD, Home Theater in a Box also
is bringing growth to the audio industry. Unit volumes will increase
by a further 10% in 2003, bringing total sales to 3.4 million units,
even as lower wholesale prices bring revenues to just over $1 billion.
In digital imaging, digital camera sales will total more than 11
million units in 2003, up 26 percent from 2002, on dollar sales of
PC Sales Back on the Upswing
Two categories once thought to have reached a plateau will see growth
in 2003. Growth in PC sales is expected to finally come back into
positive territory in 2003 as unit sales rise roughly 4 percent and
dollar sales total $11 billion as digital media and increasing PC
specs are helping drive a new upgrade cycle.
Sales of wireless telephones will increase by 6 percent to 60 million
units on dollar sales of $8.8 billion.
CEA also forecasts that the electronic gaming market will total over
$12 billion in 2003 with sales of gaming software increasing by 17
percent to $9.2.
Finally, as Americans continue to be concerned about their security,
sales of home security systems are expected to see a seven percent
increase in 2003, rising from $1.9 billion to $2.1 billion.
"The future of our industry is bright, even as some individual
companies face challenges" said Shapiro. "Twenty years ago
our industry sales were $14.1 billion. In 2003, we will be close to
$100 billion in sales. The consumer technology market has a solid
record of growth, and we have every reason to be optimistic going
forward. Despite economic uncertainties, consumers are finding compelling
reasons to upgrade from analog to new digital products."
Visit www.eBrain.org to obtain a full
copy of the report.
Jan 10 - LG.Philips LCD Demonstrates Latest
TFT-LCD Advancements at CES 2003. LG.Philips LCD Co., Ltd., a
leading innovator in thin-film-transistor liquid crystal display (TFT-LCD)
technology, will showcase its broad portfolio of TFT-LCD products
for LCD TVs, desktop monitors and other applications during CES 2003
in Las Vegas.
All of LG.Philips LCD's TFT-LCDs for TVs (including 17W and larger)
to be demonstrated at the show feature LG.Philips LCD's proprietary
Super-In-Plane-Switching (S-IPS) technology, enabling a rich actual-picture
performance including the world's widest viewing angle, high and stable
contrast ratio, as well as a faster response time in conjunction with
over driver circuit (ODC)* technology, as compared to other TFT-LCDs
currently on the market.
The company will be featuring the following display modules at the
52-inch Wide HDTV-4 for HDTVs
The largest TFT-LCD to ever be demonstrated, the 52W has a superior
resolution of 1920 x 1080, and features 2.07 million pixels -- more
than seven times that of a standard definition (SD) television and
twice as many as that found in many HDTVs -- delivering the best image
available for TFT-LCDs. Utilizing S-IPS, the 52W also features the
world's widest viewing angle (176 degrees), with a minimum of color
shift, and incorporates a modern, "wide" aspect ratio of
42-inch Wide XGA LCD for HDTVs
LG.Philips LCD's 42W delivers superior resolution with a modern "wide"
aspect ratio shape. The 42W boasts a wide-viewing angle of 176 degrees
with S-IPS, an unparalleled brightness of 500 cd/m2, and a gray-to-gray
(GTG) fast response time of 12 ms, which is needed to deliver the
bright, crisp images and fine detail essential for supporting digital
broadcasting. In addition to its slim form factor (56 mm in thickness),
this new display offers a high maximum contrast ratio (600:1).
30W Wide XGA LCD for HDTVs and Large Information Displays
Developed for today's HDTV market, the 30W boasts a wide viewing
angle of 176 degrees with S-IPS, brightness of 450 cd/m2 and resolution
of 1280 x 768. In addition to its large screen size and slim form
factor (50.9 mm), this display also offers a high contrast ratio (500:1)
and aspect ratio of 16:9.6.
23-inch Wide XGA LCD for Monitors and HDTVs
The 23W has a WXGA resolution of 1280 x 768 and a wide viewing angle
of 176 degrees in all directions with S-IPS -- reducing gray scale
inversions and ensuring color integrity, regardless of the viewer's
position. The 23W's slim design (only 34.5 mm thick) requires less
workspace, while the display itself consumes less power, emits lower
electromagnetic radiation and lessens end-user eyestrain, compared
to a CRT-based solution of similar resolution and size.
20.1-inch VGA LCD for LCD TVs
The LC201V02 boasts LG.Philips LCD's side-mounting technology (shifting
screws from the front to the side), making possible the competitively
slimmer and compact design that is less than 25 mm thick. The LCD
also features a brightness of 450 cd/m2, a contrast ratio of 500:1,
a GTG response time of 16 ms and a viewing angle of 176 degrees in
all directions with S-IPS.
17-inch Wide XGA LCD for Desktop Monitors and TVs
LG.Philips LCD's new 17W display is designed for new wide-format
PCs, as well as PC TV applications. The wide-format display offers
1280 x 768 resolution, a color saturation of 72 percent, a brightness
of 450 cd/m2, and a GTG response time of 16ms. Furthermore, it is
extremely thin, at only 25 mm. It also boasts a wide-viewing angle
of 176 degrees thanks to S-IPS.
13-inch VGA LCD for TVs
Utilizing LG.Philips LCD's patented side mounting technology, the
LC130V01 is only 17.5 mm thick -- enabling for slimmer and more compact
TVs. This display also features a high brightness of 450 cd/m2, an
impressive response time of 16 ms and a contrast ratio of 400:1.
Information on the company is available at www.lgphilips-lcd.com.
Jan 10 - Maya 4.5 Personal
Learning Edition Available for Free Download. Alias|Wavefront,
an SGI (NYSE: SGI) company, announced today that the highly anticipated
Maya 4.5 Personal Learning Edition software is now available
for free download.
Building on the success of the first release of Maya Personal Learning
Edition software, Alias|Wavefront is continuing its commitment
to make Maya® software accessible to everyone interested in learning
digital content creation.
"Maya Personal Learning Edition lets anyone experience and learn
the same 3D software used to create such major computer graphic rich
film productions as Spiderman and The Lord of the Rings series,"
said Bob Bennett, General Manager of Product Development at Alias|Wavefront.
Maya Personal Learning Edition Highlights
A significant highlight of Maya 4.5 Personal Learning Edition is
the enhancement to the watermark which is no longer visible when working
in wire frame mode, allowing users to concentrate on developing their
modeling skills. Also with this new release, it is possible to import
different data types -- including files from the commercial version
of Maya. This gives users access to the many Learning Tools from Alias|Wavefront
as well as after-market books and the huge virtual Maya community
on the web.
The Maya 4.5 Personal Learning Edition includes all new features
found in Maya Complete 4.5 software, so users can experience
the full power of the software. New modeling tools, Subdivision surfaces,
integrated 3D Paint and numerous User Interface (UI) and workflow
enhancements are a few of the features that Maya 4.5 Personal Learning
Edition users can take advantage of, for free.
The Maya Personal Learning Edition Experience
Support for those using Maya Personal Learning Edition takes the
form of a web-based resource center, that provides full access to
enhanced video tutorials, discussion forums, system requirements and
content exchanges, where users can share work and download free sample
files. There is also a Maya Personal Learning Edition gallery where
artists can exhibit their projects. The Maya Personal Learning Edition
resource center can be accessed at www.aliaswavefront.com/maya/ple/resource.
Jan 09 - New Toshiba Notebooks
Combine Power and Performance at Low Cost. Toshiba's Computer
Systems Group (CSG) today announced the Satellite(R) 2430/2435 and
2410/2415 Series of portable computers providing customers an affordable
platform to play CDs, watch DVDs and perform multimedia applications
with pricing starting below $1,500.
"Toshiba clearly understands the need to remain mobile without
sacrificing the performance and features of a desktop PC," said
Oscar Koenders, vice president of product marketing and worldwide
product planning, Toshiba CSG. "Our mobile expertise has allowed
us to develop notebook PCs that integrate high-end multimedia features,
large displays and powerful performance all at a low cost to the customer."
Satellite 2430/2435 Series
Toshiba's Satellite 2430/2435 Series integrates desktop-caliber features,
perfect for putting together a multimedia presentation, surfing the
Web or backing up large amounts of data.
Features include the Intel(R) Pentium(R) 4 Processor, 2.40GHz, 512MB
of DDR memory, Harman/Kardon(R) stereo speakers, a built-in DVD-ROM/CD-RW
multi-function drive and the NVIDIA(R) GeForce4(TM) 420 graphics processing
unit, 32MB, to handle work and play applications.
For quickly downloading holiday photos or transferring data, the
notebooks include a built-in i.Link(R) (IEEE 1394) port and a Secure
Digital(R) slot. Three USB 2.0 ports are also integrated delivering
faster data transfer rates with a variety of peripheral devices.
Satellite 2410/2415 Series
The Satellite 2410/2415 Series combines performance and affordability
for students, families or small to medium-sized businesses. With built-in
DVD-ROM and CD recording capabilities --plus instant access to the
Internet via 10/100 Ethernet, v.92 modem and optional wireless connectivity
-- the Satellite 2410/2415 Series meets the computing demands of today's
Priced at less than $1,500, the Satellite 2410/2415 Series is powered
by the Intel Mobile Pentium 4 Processor-M, 2.0GHz, 256MB DDR SDRAM,
a 15-inch diagonal TFT display, NVIDIA(R) GeForce4(TM) 420 Go graphics,
16MB and built-in DVD-ROM/CD-RW multi-function drive for multimedia
and data backup needs.
The Toshiba Satellite 2415 and 2435 Series are available direct via
www.shoptoshiba.com and Toshiba's retail distribution channels including
computer superstores and consumer electronic stores. The Satellite
2410 and 2430 Series are available through Toshiba's traditional channels
and at www.shoptoshiba.com.
Jan 09 - Palm Handheld Sales Surpass
20 Million Mark. Palm Solutions Group today said it has sold more
than 20 million handhelds to consumers, mobile professionals and businesses
around the world. Spurred by the sales of its two new products, the
Palm Zire and Tungsten T handhelds, Palm branded
devices continue to be the world's most popular handhelds.
The introduction of the original Pilot handheld from Palm in 1996
ignited a revolution in handheld computing around the world. The simplicity,
tiny size, low price tag and long battery life of Palm products -
along with the unprecedented one-button backup to a personal computer
- led to rapid adoption of the device and its Palm successors.
Because Palm products let people stay connected to their most important
information, they have become valuable tools to corporate executives
and mobile professionals worldwide, expanding quickly into the consumer
markets and winning the hearts of customers from college students
to soccer moms. Palm remains the world's favorite handheld by being
easy to use, expandable, wearable and highly mobile.
The enduring advantage of a Palm handheld is that information is only
a tap or two away versus the PC-style experience of complex dialog
boxes and multiple, confusing steps to accomplish a basic task.
Last year, Palm branded handhelds commanded 39.4 percent of the worldwide
personal companion handheld device market, according to IDC. This
year, the company's market share has stayed constant, even though
the competitive landscape has attracted more than 10 Palm Powered(TM)
licensees and more than 20 Microsoft Pocket PC-based devices. Still
a nascent market, Palm research shows that in the U.S. alone there
are more than 63 million individuals interested in purchasing handheld
Information about Palm, Inc. is available at www.palm.com/aboutpalm.
Jan 09 - HP Introduces Its Fastest DVD
Writers Ever. HP (NYSE:HPQ) today introduced two new DVD writers
that allow users to easily preserve, edit and share video and data
faster than ever before. Twice as fast as the company's previous writers,
the devices are capable of writing an entire DVD in as little as 15
Using a DVD write-speed of up to 4X, the HP DVD 300i internal DVD
writer and the HP DVD 300e external DVD writer enable users to quickly
preserve and edit video, store data, record music and back up and
transport information on DVDs and CDs.
The HP DVD 300i and HP DVD 300e are built on the +R/+RW format, allowing
greater compatibility with DVD players and DVD-ROMs tested. The +R/+RW
format also provides consumers video-editing flexibility with simplified
writing and editing methods such as saving direct to disc and editing
Both the internal and external drives enable users to back up and
archive data, store digital photos on DVD and create a personal video
archive on high-capacity DVD+R discs featuring up to 4.7 gigabytes
of storage capacity. Both drives support direct-to-DVD recording from
a digital camcorder with a few clicks of a mouse. The HP DVD 300e
drive also offers the flexibility of working through either an IEEE1394
(fire-wire) or USB 2.0 connection, both of which are included.
"HP is committed to providing users with compatible, easy-to-use
technology without sacrificing performance," said Kim Burch,
DVD product manager, HP Personal Systems Group. "The HP DVD 300i
and HP DVD 300e simplify writing and editing of video and make saving
data faster and more flexible."
The HP DVD 300i internal DVD writer is expected to be available at
major retail outlets in the United States later this month at an estimated
U.S. street price of $299, while the HP DVD 300e external DVD writer
is expected to be available at major retail outlets in the United
States in February at an estimated U.S. street price of $399.
More information about HP is available at www.hp.com.
Jan 09 - ViewSonic Announces Availability
of Airpanel Smart Displays. ViewSonic(R) Corp., a worldwide Visual
Technologies(TM) leader, today announced immediate availability of
its airpanel(TM) V110 and V150 Smart Displays that enable anywhere,
anytime mobile connectivity to a PC in the home.
The airpanel V110 and V150 Smart Displays, 10-inches and 15-inches
respectively, are wireless touch screen monitors intended for remote
mobile use throughout the home, while the 15-inch V150 has the additional
capability of serving as the primary desktop monitor. Both airpanel
Smart Displays will be offered with everything the consumer needs
to get the devices up and running right out of the box, including
integrated wireless 802.11 Wi-Fi(TM), a USB wireless adapter solution
and an upgrade to the Microsoft(R) Windows XP Professional operating
ViewSonic is also extending mobile connectivity to consumer electronics
in the home. Customers who purchase an airpanel V110 or V150 prior
to March 31, 2003, are eligible to receive a free solution to integrate
Universal Electronics' Nevo(TM) home control software (a $299 value).
Nevo enables consumers to connect, control and interact with their
vast array of home electronics and systems through one powerful yet
easy-to-use, visual interface--in this case, on their airpanel Smart
"It was just a year ago that Microsoft and ViewSonic introduced
the first Smart Display prototype, a new device that would allow consumers
to access their familiar Windows XP experience from anywhere in the
home," said Todd Warren, general manager of the Embedded and
Appliance Platforms Group at Microsoft Corp.
"ViewSonic has taken that concept and in just 12 months brought
the ViewSonic Smart Display to market, which includes an innovative
home control solution that will further enhance the consumer experience."
Both Smart Displays feature a high luminance, full-color, touch screen
display based on Windows CE for Smart Displays technology and interoperability
with Windows XP Professional on a home PC. In addition, both include
a 400MHz Intel(R) XScale(TM) technology-based processor for added
speed, power savings and efficiency, 32MB of ROM Flash memory, 64MB
SDRAM and built in 802.11b wireless technology for easy wireless access
to a home PC. The long-life battery lasts up to 4 hours.
The airpanel V110 and V150 are currently available at leading online
and storefront retailers, including CompUSA, Amazon.com, Buy.com,
Fry's Electronics and RCS, for estimated street prices of $999 and
For consumers who are already using XP Professional and who have
their own wireless access point, ViewSonic will offer a 10-inch airpanel
Smart Display without those items included in the box later in the
first quarter. The free solution to integrate Nevo will begin shipping
to eligible owners early second quarter.
Additional information about ViewSonic Smart Displays can be found
Jan 09 - Epson Unveils Perfection 3200
Scanners. Epson is once again raising the bar for consumer scanners
with the introduction of the EPSON Perfection 3200 PHOTO/3200 PRO.
These new scanner models replace the popular EPSON Perfection 2450
PHOTO scanner and offer the resolution one finds in most 35mm slide
scanners, making it one of the most versatile scanners in the industry.
This new scanner is available in two configurations -- the EPSON Perfection
3200 PHOTO and 3200 PRO -- and will be available for $399 and $599,
Both the EPSON Perfection 3200 PHOTO and 3200 PRO offer maximum hardware
resolutions of 3200 x 6400 dpi and 48-bit color depth for remarkable
color accuracy and powerful, high-speed scanning. In addition, they
boast faster scanning speeds than the predecessor model on all tasks:
from negatives, photos and slides to transparencies, graphics and
"The EPSON Perfection 3200 scanners provide customers with the
most advanced consumer scanner technology available today at an incredibly
reasonable price," said Ali Atash, product manager, consumer
scanners, Epson. "Not only does the scanner offer outstanding
features, but the software bundles that are included with both the
PHOTO and the PRO models offer a tremendous value and endless creativity
for a variety of customers."
Both scanners can be purchased through Epson authorized dealers,
consumer electronic stores, mail order, distribution and on the Epson
Store Web site (www.epsonstore.com).