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Daily Computer News and Rumors

January 17-24 2003

About News and Rumors. InfoHQ Computer News and Rumors is a daily column. It features news coverage of new PC and Mac computer hardware and software, Internet news, and other technical news items.
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Jan 24 AMD CEO Stresses the Value of Collaboration At LinuxWorld Keynote
Jan 24 AMD Announces AMD Opteron Processor-Based Server Evaluation Program
Jan 24 Dell Doubles Density of Its Supercomputing Clusters
Jan 24 Fuji Photo Film Announces Fourth-Generation Super CCD Technology
Jan 24 HP and America Online to Deliver Instant Messaging to Businesses
Jan 24 Other World Computing Announces 52x-Speed CD-RW FireWire Solutions
Jan 23 SuSE Linux Brings Microsoft Office to the Linux Desktop
Jan 23 Samsung Introduces Industry's First 4 GigaByte DDR Memory Module
Jan 23 Addonics Announces Mobile 16x DVD/48x CDRW Drive
Jan 23 Bitstream Releases ThunderHawk Version 1.06 Wireless Web Browser
Jan 23 Wyse Unleashes New Wireless Tablet Thin Client
Jan 23 PNY Technologies Introduces PNY NVIDIA Quadro FX
Jan 22 AMD Reports Fourth Quarter and Annual Results
Jan 22 Transmeta Corp. Reports Financial Results for Q4 and Fiscal 2002
Jan 22 Ontario Securities Commission Accuses ATI Officers of Insider Trading
Jan 22 eBay Inc. Announces Fourth Quarter and Year End 2002 Financial Results
Jan 22 VIA Launches Seventh Generation 'Nehemiah' CPU Core
Jan 22 Filing Taxes Online Now Free for at Least 60 Percent of Americans
Jan 21 Intel Reports Fourth-Quarter and Annual Results
Jan 21 Fujifilm Releases Results on Consumer Digital Camera Printing Preferences
Jan 21 ATI and There, Inc. Team Up

Jan 21 Symantec Reports 29 Percent Revenue Growth in Fiscal Third Quarter
Jan 21 Road Runner is Broadband Market Share Leader
Jan 21 EA Ships SimCity 4
Jan 20 Intel Enhances Performance of Mobile Computing Processors
Jan 20 Dell Debuts Point-of-Sale Offering for Retail Industry
Jan 20 Transmeta Announces Security Features for x86 Microprocessors
Jan 20 Socket Announces Bluetooth GPS Navigation Kit for Pocket PCs
Jan 20 Rising Consumer Income, Low Interest Rates Propel 2003 Economy
Jan 19 Sunday Shopping Watch
Jan 17 Microsoft Launches Windows Media Series 9 Technologies
Jan 17 SanDisk Introduces Digital Photo Viewer
Jan 17 Sony Enhances Its Line-Up Of Dual RW Drives For The PC
Jan 17 DVD Recording Will Become Mainstream Consumer Product in 2003
Jan 17 Thomson Introduces RCA DVD Recorder

 

 

Jan 24 - AMD CEO Stresses the Value of Collaboration At LinuxWorld Keynote. AMD (NYSE:AMD) President and Chief Executive Officer Hector Ruiz opened the LinuxWorld 2003 conference by asserting that early and open collaboration with partners and customers are the critical drivers of true innovation, and praised the Linux community's commitment to compatibility and open standards as design objectives that put the customer first.

"In order to foster and take part in true innovation, we in the semiconductor industry cannot continue to operate on a `business as usual' basis," stated Ruiz. "I think we have to consider a new business model, one that is more collaborative and more connected -more like that of the Linux and open source community. Linux serves as a consistent reminder for the semiconductor industry that the needs of our companies should never outweigh the needs of our customers."

Upcoming AMD Opteron(TM) Processor Gaining Traction

Ruiz was joined by partners, customers and industry luminaries, including SuSE Linux; Metrowerks; Cray, Inc.; and Rhythm & Hues to demonstrate the benefits of collaboration for developers, original equipment manufacturers and end users. Ruiz announced beta availability of the 64-bit version of IBM DB2 database software for systems based on the upcoming AMD Opteron(TM) processors.

"We at AMD believe in the notion of shared success, the notion that our success should be our partners' success and vice versa," added Ruiz. "At AMD, when we started planning for our next-generation processors, we didn't start with the technology. We started by listening to our partners, our customers and our customers' customers."

With the help of partner and customer participants, Ruiz illustrated successful solutions running on AMD and Linux platforms and stressed how "playing well with others" in the Linux community has allowed AMD to deliver solutions that help maximize revenue opportunities for Linux-based businesses and their customers.

Berardino Baratta, chief technology officer and vice president of Linux Solutions for Metrowerks, a Motorola Company, joined Ruiz onstage. Baratta discussed how Metrowerks is working closely with AMD to provide powerful tools and complete software solutions to allow device manufacturers and application developers to create Linux-based handheld computing devices based on the AMD Alchemy(TM) Solutions Au1100(TM) processor.

Ruiz discussed how, based on feedback from customers and the open source community, AMD is collaborating with The Numerical Algorithms Group (NAG) and SuSE Linux to equip Linux developers with the building blocks and resources they need to take full advantage of AMD's 64-bit computing platform with Linux. This infrastructure support will enable developers in the open source community to produce production-ready applications effectively and efficiently.

Executives and engineers from Cray Inc., Rhythm & Hues Studios and Boeing Expendable Launch Systems detailed the powerful results they have achieved by combining AMD processors with Linux.

In addition, Ruiz described how industry-leading companies around the world, including Dow Benelux; Daimler Chrysler; Rambler, Russia's most popular Internet portal; and Rackspace, the world's second-largest Web hosting company, use AMD Athlon(TM) MP processors running in Linux clusters for a number of mission-critical server and workstation applications.

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

Jan 24 - AMD Announces AMD Opteron Processor-Based Server Evaluation Program. At LinuxWorld Expo 2003, AMD (NYSE:AMD) today announced it is working with technology partner Newisys and contract manufacturer Sanmina-SCI to make available a maximum of 500 AMD Opteron(TM) processor-based servers to system builders and end customers for early testing and development of applications on AMD's x86-64 technology.

The systems, based on pre-production AMD Opteron processors and Newisys "Khepri" platforms, will be available in two configurations and will be available directly from Sanmina-SCI.

The program will make available AMD Opteron processor-based servers suitable for high-end enterprise class systems and applications. Servers will feature evaluation Newisys Khepri motherboards for 2P, 1U chassis.

"The AMD Opteron processor evaluation program was developed to fulfill the significant demand from the marketplace for early evaluation AMD Opteron processor-based servers. It is designed to enable system builders and enterprise customers to experience the superior flexibility and performance offered by AMD Opteron processor-based systems," said Marty Seyer, vice president of server business segment, Computation Products Group, AMD. "The AMD 64-bit architecture and Newisys' advanced systems management capabilities is planned to allow customers to port and test code for both 32- and 64-bit environments."

"We believe AMD and Newisys technologies will dramatically change the enterprise computing environment in the near future, and we are delighted to work with AMD to offer this program through our channel partners," said Jack Steeg, SVP Sales and Marketing for Newisys. "The end-user demand that we have seen thus far has been outstanding. We have a sizeable number of strategic system builders ready to deploy these servers as soon as available. This program, with the support of Sanmina-SCI, is aimed at starting a rapid and smooth ramp to high-volume production at the time of launch."

Customers can visit www.newisys.com to see a list of system builders that have an inventory of evaluation units ready for purchase.

Jan 24 - Dell Doubles Density of Its Supercomputing Clusters. Customers deploying hundreds of standards-based servers in high-performance computing clusters (HPCC) can double the density of their servers and maximize floor space with Dell's (Nasdaq:DELL) server blades.

Dell's HPCC program offers configurations of six to 132 server-nodes with its PowerEdge 1655MC blade servers running Red Hat Linux. Customers can put up to 84 servers in a standard rack.

The company's eight to 128-node configurations of PowerEdge 2650 servers running Red Hat Linux for HPCC also support Myrinet interconnect networks from Myricom, a high-speed, low-latency interconnect technology optimized for supercomputing.

"Customers can deploy hundreds to thousands of Dell server blades in a Linux supercomputing cluster in considerably less space and for less cost for a growing number of applications," said Pete Morowski, vice president of software development and clustering in Dell's Product Group. "Dell is developing modular solutions for HPCC that provide top performance and address practical issues such as space, power, cost and deployment."

Additionally, Dell has created a new network of partners for high-performance computing to help deliver more complete solutions for customers' specialized requirements, including in such vertical industries as life sciences, energy and manufacturing. The program will consist of solutions integrators, consultants, independent hardware vendors and independent software vendors.

"Dell's HPCC partner network is an important step in delivering the many specialized computing solutions that are required in the high-performance computing market today," said Deb Goldfarb, vice president at International Data Corporation. "Dell is continuing to bring value to supercomputing with the standardized solutions that have made the industry take notice."

Founding members include: Cornell Theory Center, Cray Inc., Dell Professional Services, Emulex, Extreme Networks, Fluent, Intel, Microsoft, MPI Software Technology Inc. (MSTI), MSC Software, Myricom, Platform Computing, QLogic, Red Hat, Scali and Turboworx.

For more information on the partner network visit: http://www.dell.com/us/en/esg/topics/products_clstr_pedge_partners_ cluster_hpcc.htm.

Jan 24 - Fuji Photo Film Announces Fourth-Generation Super CCD Technology. Fuji Photo Film U.S.A., Inc. today reached a new landmark in the industry's quest for a perfectly life-like digital image.

Its proprietary Super CCD technology has created new standards for exceptional digital camera imaging quality since 2000. Now, its fourth-generation devices provide increased resolution, and extended dynamic range, creating for the first time pictures that can begin to match those taken with film. The technology will be marketed under two names - Super CCD HR and Super CCD SR - and will appear in products later this year.

Super CCD HR - High Resolution

The new Super CCD HR (high resolution) announced today incorporates a total of 6.63 million pixels into a 1/1.7" chip, performance made possible through new strides in miniaturization. Cameras equipped with this imaging device can produce up to 12.3 million recording pixels, resulting in remarkably high-resolution images.

Super CCD SR - Super Dynamic Range

Incorporating the same miniaturization technology as the HR version, the Super CCD SR also features a new configuration that produces approximately four times wider dynamic range than third-generation Super CCD. Also measuring 1/1.7" in size, the new Super CCD SR incorporates 6.7 million total pixels (3.35 million S-pixels and 3.35 million R-pixels). Super CCD SR produces a smooth and wide tonal range without losing detail in dark areas or washing out in bright areas.

"These fourth-generation Super CCD technologies represent a monumental change in the way that digital cameras read the data available in scene composition and translate that information into truer-to-film image quality," said Darin Pepple, Brand Manager of Consumer Digital Imaging Products, Consumer Markets Division, Fuji Photo Film U.S.A., Inc. "Super CCD HR and SR bring us closer than ever to reaching the same image quality with digital as with film, especially when images are printed at retail."

Why Super CCD?

Based on almost 70 years of photographic experience and technology expertise, Fujifilm recognizes the importance of resolution, sensitivity and dynamic range as factors that determine overall image quality. Super CCD, which Fujifilm developed in 1999 and introduced to the international marketplace in 2000, aimed for a balance of these enhanced performance factors.
The second-generation Super CCD, introduced in 2001, focused on enhancing resolution even further. Next, the third-generation Super CCD, introduced in 2002, successfully boosted light sensitivity. Now, the new fourth-generation Super CCD HR offers significantly enhanced resolution, while the new Super CCD SR delivers greatly expanded dynamic range.

In recent years, the industry's race to boost pixel counts has resulted in ever-smaller pixels incorporated in greater numbers without increasing chip size. In the new Super CCD HR, each pixel has been miniaturized, resulting in a total of 6.63 million total pixels in a 1/1.7" CCD. Cameras equipped with this device produce a remarkable 12.3 million recording pixels. A 1/2.7" version of the Super CCD HR incorporates 3.14 million total pixels, for 6.0 million recording pixels. In addition to greatly enhanced resolution, sensitivity has also improved over the third-generation technology.

In addition to the pixel race, the industry has pursued the creation of digital image quality that approaches that of photographic film, and has approached this problem by increasing resolution and boosting sensitivity. To date, however, among the most important image quality characteristics, even the performance of Fujifilm's previous Super CCDs fell short of film in the area of tonal range. While the pursuit of digital image quality that matches film continues to be the industry's aspiration, Fujifilm's new Super CCD SR technology is an important step in making that goal a reality.

Traditional digital cameras have difficulties reproducing high-contrast images containing both dark and bright areas, with dark areas tending to lose detail and whites washing out. Fujifilm's Super CCD was designed so that the photodiodes in each pixel could be larger, enhancing sensitivity and expanding dynamic range. The newly developed, fourth-generation Super CCD SR achieves a dynamic range approximately four times greater than its predecessor, and which produces a smooth and wide tonal range without losing detail in dark areas or washing out in bright areas.

The Super CCD SR incorporates both large, high-sensitivity S-pixels and smaller R-pixels for expanded dynamic range. By combining data from both sensor elements according to the composition of the scene, the Super CCD SR is able to deliver both high sensitivity and expanded dynamic range.

For more information on Fujifilm products, consumers can access the Fujifilm USA Web site at www.fujifilm.com.

Jan 24 - HP and America Online to Deliver Instant Messaging to Businesses. HP (NYSE:HPQ) and America Online today announced an agreement intended to further the value and convenience of enterprise-based instant messaging to businesses worldwide.

Under the distribution and development agreement, HP will integrate AOL's Enterprise AIM(TM) Services into its global messaging portfolio, helping enterprises develop agile, flexible IT environments. Enterprise AIM Services is the first business-class instant messaging offering based on the AOL(R) Instant Messenger(TM) Service, making it easier for companies to maintain a greater level of control of instant messaging.

"Messaging is the circulatory system of today's enterprise, and HP Services is integral in helping companies keep that system in perfect health," said Rene Schuster, vice president and general manager, Consulting and Integration, HP Services. "By teaming with an industry leader such as AOL, coupled with HP's strengths in IT infrastructure services, HP is able to offer an unmatched portfolio of messaging services critical to our customers' ability to effectively communicate internally as well as with customers and business partners."

While enterprises value the opportunity to have on-the-spot communication with employees and customers, they also want to ensure the security of their network. This agreement, based on a long-term relationship that has seen HP become one of the leading computing infrastructure providers to AOL, will enable the delivery of a messaging solution that is both robust and rich with functionality.

"HP is a leader in providing collaborative solutions to enterprises and understands that having instant access to colleagues for quick exchange of information is a real advantage in today's business environment," said Bruce Stewart, senior vice president, AOL Strategic Business Solutions. "By teaming with HP, a wide range of businesses can take advantage of highly integrated, enterprise-centric instant messaging applications that enable enterprises and employees to become more nimble, efficient and productive."

In addition, as a participant in AOL's new Enterprise AIM Certified Partner Program, HP will have the ability to build AIM-enabled enterprise applications that leverage the Enterprise AIM Gateway and integrate with its current suite of enterprise solutions. These applications will help HP Services enable customers to lower costs and improve the performance of enterprise messaging while responding to the changing needs of their businesses and fluctuating user bases.

The full suite of Enterprise AIM Services, from the AIM Enterprise Gateway to AOL's Private Domain Service with Authentication, are supported by AOL's instant messaging network -- the world's largest --which delivers over 1.5 billion instant messages each day and supports more than 195 million registered users of the AIM service.

HP's global hosted enterprise services, including messaging and exchange-on-demand, target enterprise, carrier and small- and medium-sized business markets. HP's offerings focus on companies that want to upgrade, extend or replace legacy e-mail systems and/or offer e-mail to workers in remote locations, as well as service providers and carriers which offer bundled or a la carte messaging.

More information about HP is available at www.hp.com.

Jan 24 - Other World Computing Announces 52x-Speed CD-RW FireWire Solutions. Other World Computing (OWC), a leading provider of products and services for the Macintosh marketplace, has introduced two new CD-RW external FireWire drives that operate at 52x speeds and allow users to burn CDs in less than 90 seconds.

"These new 52-speed CD-RW solutions are further proof of our commitment at Other World Computing to continually bring the best and fastest solutions to market with exceptional value in mind," said Larry O'Connor, president of OWC.
"We continue to try and push the technological envelope. We introduced our first 48-speed CD-RWs in November -- the Mercury Pro 48x12x48 -- and enhanced them in December by pushing the capabilities to 48x24x48. Now we've brought our first two 52-speed CD-RW drives to market. As with all of our Mercury Pro solutions, the Mercury Pro 52x24x52X CD-RW FireWire external solutions offer true `plug & play' technology and make CD creation easier than ever."

The new 52x-speed Mercury Pro drives are compatible with both Macintosh and Windows-based systems with FireWire or USB support, and feature Lite-On SMART-BURN technology. Each drive ships with 25 pieces of CD-R media, one piece of CD-RW media, Roxio Toast Lite 5.2.x and all connecting cables.

The Mercury Pro 52X CD-RWs write to industry standard 550MB (63 min.), 650MB (74 min.) and 700MB (80 min.) discs, respectively, and are capable of over-burn writes of up to 99 minutes. This functionality gives users the ability to manage large back-up jobs, archive data, make music CDs that are playable in any standard CD player, or create, edit and rewrite a variety of data formats to the discs many times over.

The Mercury Pro 52X CD-RW FireWire external solution is available today for $159.99 (USD). The FireWire/USB 2.0/1.1 version of the Mercury Pro 52X CD-RW solution is available for $179.99. The Mercury Pro 48x24x48 CD-RW FireWire external solutions are also available at prices starting at $139.99. All three CD-RW solutions are available exclusively through OWC at www.macsales.com.

Jan 23 - SuSE Linux Brings Microsoft Office to the Linux Desktop. SuSE Linux today announced the availability of three software packages -- including a desktop product that enables users to install Microsoft Office on Linux -- that significantly broaden the appeal of Linux to both consumer and enterprise users.

With the newly available SuSE Linux Office Desktop, desktop users can enjoy the full functionality of the Microsoft Office Suite of applications on a Linux operating system. Users can deploy the bundled Sun Microsystems' StarOffice 6.0, or install MS Office on their Linux desktop -- ensuring familiarity, flexibility and interoperability, while still taking advantage of the scalability and reduced total cost of ownership that Linux delivers.

"SuSE is the technology leader in Linux today," said Richard Seibt, Chief Executive Officer, SuSE Linux. "Whether it is consumers looking for the security, flexibility and lower cost of ownership on the desktop or software developers looking for a server OS that is truly multi-platform, SuSE delivers all the benefits that Linux promises."

About SuSE Linux Office Desktop

SuSE Linux Office Desktop combines the technology and user friendliness of SuSE Linux 8.1 with proven tools that facilitate the migration from Windows operating systems and applications.
The SuSE system assistant YaST2 (Yet another Setup Tool) automatically detects existing Windows 95/98/ME installations and submits a useful proposal for the reallocation of the existing hard disk space and the Linux software to install. Using the partitioning tool Acronis OS Selector, no technical experience is needed to successfully migrate to Linux without losing any data -- even with a preinstalled Windows 2000/XP.

Acronis OS Selector provides users with greater security and stability as well as the ability to install SuSE Linux on any existing Windows XP-based PC that uses an NTFS file system by re-sizing NTFS hard disk partitions -- enabling SuSE Linux users to free hard drive space and install SuSE Linux with other operating systems on a single PC. Acronis is the only system software publisher today that offers full support for all Linux file systems, including ReiserFS, Ext2, and Ext3.

SuSE Linux Office Desktop enables the continued use of existing data: StarOffice 6.0 from Sun Microsystems offers text processing, spreadsheet, and presentation applications as well as other office applications for Linux, together with mature filter functions for data exchange from/to various formats.

Codeweavers CrossOver Office 1.3.1 enables the utilization of familiar applications such as Word, Excel, and PowerPoint from MS Office 97/2000 as well as Visio 2000 and other MS applications on the SuSE desktop. For the first time, even IBM Lotus Notes can be utilized on a Linux client.

Further information can be found at www.suse.com.

Jan 23 - Samsung Introduces Industry's First 4 GigaByte DDR Memory Module. Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd., the industry-leading memory technology supplier, today announced the industry's first 4 GigaByte (GByte) Double Data Rate (DDR) Dual In-line Memory Module (DIMM). The module encompasses thirty-six 1 Gigabit (Gb) DDR synchronous DRAM (SDRAM) components that achieve 4GByte density for high-performance applications such as servers, workstations and supercomputers.

"Samsung's advanced memory solutions are poised to enable an array of next-generation systems," said Jon Kang, Senior Vice President of Memory Product Planning and Engineering, Samsung Electronics. "Through close cooperation with top-tier manufacturers, Samsung's new high-density DDR solutions will expedite the availability of advanced computing systems."

The 4GByte DDR DIMM is based on Samsung's 0.10 micron technology 1Gb DDR SDRAM component. The 1Gb DDR SDRAM offers a 266Mbps - to -333Mbps performance and will be available in -x4, -x8, and -x16 bit configurations with industry-standard 400mil TSOP2 packaging. Samsung developed the industry's first fully working 1Gb DDR SDRAM early December 2002 and plans mass production in the 2nd half of 2003.

Samsung is the industry leader in advanced memory solutions, including DDR333 and DDR400 high-speed solutions and 512Mb and 1Gb densities. According to researchers at Gartner Dataquest, the market for 1Gb DDR SDRAMs is expected to reach $7.4 billion by 2006.

More information about Samsung can be found at www.usa.samsungsemi.com.

Jan 23 - Addonics Announces Mobile 16x DVD/48x CDRW Drive. Addonics Technologies today announced its fastest and most flexible DVD player/CD burner with the release of its Mobile DVD/CDRW drive. The new Addonics Mobile DVD/CDRW drive offers value and performance with its 16x DVD player, 48x write/24x rewrite CDRW burner, and 48x CD-ROM. The 24x rewrite is the fastest rewrite speed among all the CDRWs in the market.

The new drive is also one of the fastest external combo drives available, which enables users to view feature-length DVD movies, access DVD/CD material, burn their own audio/data CDs, as well as back up and archive their computer data at the fastest speeds.

The Addonics Mobile DVD/CDRW can record data to CDRW media in five popular modes: Track at Once, Multi-session, Disc at Once, Session at Once, and Packet Writing. The drive is also compatible with seven different multimedia formats, including: CD-ROM, CD-ROM XA, CD-I, CD-DA, CD-Bridge, CD-Extra, and Video CD. Depending on the drive interface used the Mobile DVD/CDRW has a maximum data transfer rate from 600-7200 KB/sec and an access speed of 110 m/sec in CD mode and 120m/sec in DVD mode.

The Mobile DVD/CDRW is also the most flexible drive in its class with its interchangeable interface cable. Users can connect to either USB 2.0 or 1.1, FireWire ports or CardBus / PCMCIA slots on any computer by switching to the appropriate Addonics interface cable. Addonics bundles the drive with a choice of interface cable, CD mastering software, MPEG-2 decoding software for DVD movie playback, AC/DC adapter, user guide, and the option to purchase other interface cables separately.

The Mobile DVD/CDRW measures 10 x 6.2 x 2 inches, and weighs just 3.18 pounds. Bundled software supports Windows OS only. Software drivers are included for Windows 95, 98, 2000, NT, ME (Millennium Edition), and XP. No drivers are needed for USB or FireWire connections when installed under Windows Me, 2000, and XP.

The list price for Mobile DVD/CDRW is $279 for the USB 2.0 version; $289 for the CardBus/PCMCIA model; and $299 for the FireWire version.

Visit Addonics at www.addonics.com.

Jan 23 - Bitstream Releases ThunderHawk Version 1.06 Wireless Web Browser. Bitstream Inc. (Nasdaq:BITS) today announced the release of version 1.06 of ThunderHawk(TM), its wireless Web browsing technology, which adds support for Dell Axim and Compaq and HP iPAQ 5400-series personal digital assistants (PDAs).

ThunderHawk brings the desktop browsing experience to wireless devices. "ThunderHawk lets users work with all Web-based e-mail and applications. And our large virtual 800x600 screen size emulates the view that people are used to on desktop machines," explained Anna Chagnon, Bitstream president.

"Since our first release of ThunderHawk just last year, we have continued to add aggressively to the portfolio of handheld devices we support," she added. "Our wireless Web browser now allows even more people to stay connected."

ThunderHawk users have sent the company several unsolicited rave reviews. Mike LaCasella told the company, "ThunderHawk installed flawlessly, and I am able to browse all sites selected, including high-graphic sites. Thanks for a great product and great support."

Derek Alba goes even further to say, "This should be the only way to browse the Web!"

And user Dave Schur sums up all the positive feedback with this comment: "ThunderHawk is the one must-have program for the Pocket PC. It loads real Web sites much, much faster than anything else out there. All I can say is wow! ... It's beautiful."

ThunderHawk for the Pocket PC is available for a free 30-day trial and for purchase by subscription. Customers who have a Pocket PC can download, test-drive, and purchase ThunderHawk from the Bitstream Web site. To take full advantage of new features, existing customers can also upgrade versions on the site, located at http://www.bitstream.com/wireless.

Jan 23 - Wyse Unleashes New Wireless Tablet Thin Client. Wyse(R) Technology, the domain experts in server-centric computing (SCC), today introduced the Wyse Winterm(TM) 3820 TX tablet thin client for customers who demand secure and reliable mobile access to information and applications.

Based on Windows CE, the Winterm 3820 TX is the only tablet thin client managed by Wyse Rapport(TM), the industry standard in thin-client management software, which empowers IT staff to manage all Wyse thin clients from a single centralized location. The lightweight tablet satisfies a growing demand for instant wireless access to corporate networks from industries where employees require mobility within a building or campus.

Wyse's second-generation wireless tablet builds upon a legacy of leadership and innovation to provide a critical business tool that combines the utility and convenience of a mobile device. Within this burgeoning market of tablet devices in particular, Wyse addresses the needs of customers who require the security and manageability that have become a hallmark of Wyse thin clients.

"This Wyse Winterm tablet clearly demonstrates our strategy to expand beyond the desktop thin client market and provide our customers with server-centric solutions that are customized to meet their individual requirements," said Brad Rowland, director of product management at Wyse Technology. "We introduced this device to address the growing demand for mobility in the workforce for employees who cannot be strictly deskbound, such as medical professionals, factory supervisors and retail sales employees. The market is ready for a tablet thin client that provides the security, manageability, affordability and reliability our customers expect from Wyse."

With its integrated support for Wyse Rapport, the Winterm 3820 TX significantly reduces IT management costs and complexities and spares non-technical staff from any need to update or maintain their mobile device.
Wyse Rapport performs four critical desktop management functions from one or more locations: software distribution, device diagnostics, device configuration and asset management. While IT managers may appreciate its management and security benefits, Wyse's tablet thin client provides many advantages for users.

It comes with a 12.1-inch LCD touch screen, CalliGrapher(R) handwriting recognition, a virtual keyboard, the Microsoft Windows CE operating system, embedded support for Microsoft Remote Desktop Protocol 5.0 and Citrix ICA resident communications protocols, and 32 MB of internal memory for an estimated customer price of $1499. An optional eight-hour battery is available that frees users from the need to recharge or carry additional batteries during their workday.

For more information, visit the Wyse Website at www.wyse.com.

Jan 23 - PNY Technologies Introduces PNY NVIDIA Quadro FX. PNY Technologies(R) today introduced groundbreaking 3D hardware, the PNY NVIDIA(R) Quadro(TM) FX(TM) series of professional graphics solutions for workstation professionals.

Powered by NVIDIA Corporation's newest workstation graphics solution, the PNY NVIDIA Quadro FX makes real-time rendering for leading computer aided design (CAD) and digital content creation (DCC) applications an integral part of the design workflow. In February, the PNY NVIDIA Quadro FX 2000 and the PNY NVIDIA Quadro FX 1000 will be available from PNY to system integrators, distributors and value-added resellers throughout the United States and Europe.

"Partnering with a technology innovator such as NVIDIA allows us to provide the widest range of professional graphics boards for the most demanding range of CAD and DCC workstation applications," said Drew Singh, director of Quadro sales for PNY. "We will continue to empower our channel partners with the kind of hardware that defines performance and epitomizes the highest standard in quality--as the PNY NVIDIA Quadro FX series has already been met with immediate industry acceptance by leading Workstation System Integrators."

Workstation System Integrators announcing systems that include the new PNY NVIDIA Quadro FX series of professional graphics boards include: ARM Systems, BOXX Technologies, Colfax International, Core Microsystems, MaxVision, NTSI, TriStar Systems and Xi Computers.

The PNY NVIDIA Quadro FX series delivers unmatched speed and efficiency and includes an architecture that doubles previous industry leading application performance. The boards now feature full 128-bit IEEE floating-point precision that allows for the highest level of accuracy and the ultimate visual quality. Moreover, advanced Cg programmability empowers a new class of special effects for OpenGL(R) and DirectX(R) applications for real-time rendering. Lastly, the new solution is certified by the entire spectrum of CAD and DCC applications.

For additional information, visit PNY's website at www.pny.com/quadro.

Jan 22 - AMD Reports Fourth Quarter and Annual Results. AMD (NYSE:AMD) today reported sales of $686,430,000 and a net loss of $854,740,000 for the quarter ended December 29, 2002. The net loss amounted to $2.49 per share. Excluding the effects of restructuring and other charges to show the company's results from ongoing operations, the fourth quarter net loss was $235,145,000, or $0.68 per share.

Fourth quarter sales declined by 28 percent from the fourth quarter of 2001 and increased by 35 percent from the third quarter of 2002. In the fourth quarter of 2001, AMD reported sales of $951,873,000 and a net loss of $15,842,000, or $0.05 per share.

In the third quarter of 2002, AMD reported sales of $508,227,000 and a net loss of $254,171,000, or $0.74 per share.

For the full year ended December 29, 2002, sales declined by 31 percent from 2001. AMD reported sales of $2,697,029,000 and a net loss of $1,303,012,000, or $3.81 per share. AMD reported sales in 2001 of $3,891,754,000 and a net loss of $60,581,000, or $0.18 per share.

As projected, we saw increased PC processor and Flash memory sales in the fourth quarter," said Robert J. Rivet, AMD's chief financial officer. "We executed on our plan to align AMD PC processor inventory in the supply chain.

"We had record PC processor unit consumption (OEM billings, plus OEM net inventory change, plus net distributor resales) in the fourth quarter.

"We bolstered our capital structure by securing approximately $400 million in proceeds from a successful convertible offering, ending the year with more than $1 billion in cash.

"In addition, we renegotiated our long-term debt associated with our Dresden fabrication facility and, as a result, reduced our 2003 cash requirements by $200 million."

BUSINESS OVERVIEW

PC processor sales of $420 million for the quarter increased by 60 percent from the $262 million reported in the third quarter of 2002. This increase was driven by an increase in both processor units and ASPs.

AMD's fourth quarter PC processor sales reflect a richer mix of product offerings supported by new AMD Athlon(TM) XP 2400+, 2600+, 2700+ and 2800+ desktop products. AMD increased its penetration in the mobile market with record unit sales in the fourth quarter, and introduced the mobile AMD Athlon XP processor 2200+. In addition, AMD aligned PC processor inventory in the supply chain resulting in record unit consumption of AMD PC processors.

AMD expects to continue to improve its position in the market with the February introduction of the AMD Athlon XP desktop processors based on the "Barton" core and the April introduction of the AMD Opteron(TM) processors for servers and workstations. With the transition of all PC processor wafer production to 130nm technology complete, in 2003 the company will be focusing on qualifying 90nm technology. AMD plans to complete the qualification and start production of 90nm technology in the fourth quarter of this year.

AMD memory sales of $217 million were up 15 percent from the $189 million in the third quarter of 2002. Based on AMD's increased penetration in the mobile phone market, AMD Flash memory sales grew and bit shipments were a record for the third quarter in a row. The company commenced production of 130nm Flash memory in Fab 25 in Austin and JV3 in Aizu-Wakamatsu, Japan.

CURRENT OUTLOOK

AMD's outlook statements are based on current expectations. The following statements are forward-looking, and actual results could differ materially. Economic and industry conditions remain uncertain, and continue to make it particularly difficult to forecast product demand. The company's current outlook for the first quarter is based on the following projections:

-- Although historical seasonal patterns suggest PC Processor
sales will be down 5 - 8 percentage points from the fourth
quarter levels, based on a richer product mix, AMD expects
first quarter AMD processor revenue will increase and in
aggregate the company sales will be flat to nominally up.

-- We expect to realize the first benefits of our cost reductions
in the first quarter, and remain on target to reduce our
overall cost structure to below $800 million per quarter by
the second quarter.

For more information about AMD visit www.amd.com.

Jan 22 - Transmeta Corp. Reports Financial Results for Q4 and Fiscal 2002. Transmeta Corporation (Nasdaq:TMTA), designer and supplier of the energy-efficient Crusoe processor, today announced financial results for its fourth quarter and fiscal year ended Dec. 27, 2002.

Net revenue for the fourth quarter of fiscal 2002 was $6.1 million, compared with $6.4 million reported in the third quarter of 2002 and $1.5 million in the fourth quarter of 2001. GAAP net loss for the fourth quarter of 2002 was $21.7 million, or a loss of $0.16 per share.
This compares with a GAAP net loss of $21.8 million, or a loss of $0.16 per share in the third quarter and a GAAP net loss of $49.7 million, or a loss of $0.38 per share in the fourth quarter of 2001.

Net revenue for fiscal 2002 was $24.2 million, compared with $35.6 million for fiscal 2001. GAAP net loss for fiscal 2002 was $110.0 million, or a loss of $0.82 per share. This compares with a GAAP net loss of $171.3 million, or a loss of $1.33 per share in 2001.

"In the fourth quarter we sampled our next-generation processor, the TM8000, to several customers and the feedback has been very encouraging," said Dr. Matthew R. Perry, president and CEO of Transmeta.
"Customers tell us that the TM8000 provides the necessary balance of high performance, long battery life, low cost and low power consumption to fit their requirements. We believe this next-generation processor will allow us to substantially increase our target markets to include laptops with 12- and 14-inch displays, in addition to our existing markets. Volume production of the TM8000 remains on plan for the third quarter of this year.

"Design win activity was strong across many geographies and product applications in the fourth quarter. We won many TM5800 designs in Q4, especially in Taiwan, and interest in our next-generation Crusoe TM8000 processor continued to gain momentum," said Dr. Perry.

On Jan. 6, 2003 Transmeta announced its new energy-efficient Crusoe(TM) Special Embedded (SE) processors, which target a wide range of x86 embedded applications including industrial automation, scientific instrumentation, retail kiosks, point-of-sale terminals, automotive infotainment, process control and home automation systems.
"There is a growing need for processors that combine x86-compatibility, high performance, power efficiency, low heat dissipation and chipset integration to help create compact, passively cooled embedded systems. Transmeta is the only company that offers this solution," said Dr. Perry.

On Jan. 14, 2003 the company announced that it had received first silicon for a Crusoe(TM) TM5800 processor with new, proprietary technologies that enable its current and future microprocessors to increase security for wireless computing, protect sensitive data, deter intellectual property theft and deliver tamper-resistant x86 storage environments.
"As more and more people transmit and store digital data such as personal passwords, financial records, proprietary business data and national security secrets it is becoming even more important to secure these operations," said Dr. Perry. "Our new embedded security capabilities, which are unmatched by any other x86 processor, allow our customers to secure hidden storage of confidential information and accelerate encryption within a flexible processor architecture that can easily be extended to support new features and industry standards.

"We expect to achieve growth in the second half of 2003 as we begin volume shipments of our Crusoe TM8000 processor, as Tablet PCs become more mainstream, embedded products using our new Crusoe SE processors begin to sell in volume and several of our Ultra-Personal Computer customers worldwide begin to ship in volume. Our goal remains to be profitable by the fourth quarter of this year," said Dr. Perry.

To learn more about Transmeta visit www.transmeta.com.

Jan 22 - Ontario Securities Commission Accuses ATI Officers of Insider Trading. ATI Technologies Inc. (NASDAQ:ATYT)(TSX:ATY) today announced that Staff of the Ontario Securities Commission has filed a Notice of Hearing and Statement of Allegations in relation to ATI and others.
The Notice, a copy of which is attached, alleges that ATI failed to disclose information concerning the shortfall in revenues and earnings that occurred in the third quarter of fiscal 2000, as required by the listing rules of the Toronto Stock Exchange. The Notice also alleges that ATI made a misleading statement to Staff of the Commission in August 2000 regarding the events leading up to the disclosure on May 24, 2000 of the shortfall.

Seven individuals are also named in the Notice. The Notice alleges that six of these individuals, including K.Y. Ho, the Chief Executive Officer of ATI, engaged in insider trading contrary to the Securities Act.

The Company takes these allegations seriously. As previously announced, a Special Committee consisting of Paul Russo, who joined the board in January 2002, is conducting an independent review of the matters contained in Staff's allegations. Mr. Peter Dey of Osler, Hoskin & Harcourt LLP is acting as a special advisor to the Committee. About ATI Technologies

NOTICE OF HEARING

TAKE NOTICE THAT the Ontario Securities Commission will hold a hearing pursuant to section 127 under the Securities Act, R.S.O. 1990, c.S.5, as amended, at its offices on the 17th floor, 20 Queen Street West, Toronto, Ontario, commencing on the 14th day of February, 2003 at 9:30 a.m. or so soon thereafter as the hearing can be held: TO CONSIDER:

Whether in the opinion of the Commission it is in the public interest to make:

a) an order pursuant to subsection 127(1) clause 3 of the Act that the exemptions contained in Ontario securities law, particularly Rule 45-503, Part 3, Section 3.1, that exempts trades by a listed issuer of its own issues to executives, not apply to ATI for such period as is specified in the order;

b) an order pursuant to subsection 127(1) clause 4 that ATI submit to a review of its practices and procedures and institute such changes as may be ordered by the Commission;

c) an order pursuant to subsection 127(1) clause 6 that the Respondents be reprimanded;

d) an order pursuant to subsection 127(1) clause 2 that trading in securities by K.Y. Ho, Betty Ho, Jo-Anne Chang, David Stone, Mary de la Torre, Alan Rae, or Sally Daub cease permanently or for such period as specified in the order;

e) an order pursuant to subsection 127(1) clause 3 that any exemptions contained in Ontario securities law not apply to K.Y. Ho, Betty Ho, Jo-Anne Chang, David Stone, Mary de la Torre, Alan Rae, or Sally Daub permanently or for such period as specified in the order;

f) an order pursuant to subsection 127(1) clause 7 that K.Y. Ho, Betty Ho, Jo-Anne Chang, David Stone, Mary de la Torre, Alan Rae, or Sally Daub resign one or more positions that they hold or may hold as officer or directors of any issuers;

g) an order pursuant to subsection 127(1) clause 8 that K.Y. Ho, Betty Ho, Jo-Anne Chang, David Stone, Mary de la Torre, Alan Rae, or Sally Daub be prohibited from becoming or acting as a director or officer of any issuer;

h) an order pursuant to subsection 127.1 of the Act that the Respondents pay the costs of Staff's investigation and the costs of and related to this proceeding incurred by or on behalf of the Commission; and

i) to make such other orders as the Commission deems appropriate.

AND FURTHER TAKE NOTICE THAT in the event that the Commission determines that any of the Respondents have not complied with the Ontario securities law Staff will request the Commission to consider whether, in the opinion of the Commission, application should be made to the Superior Court of Justice for a declaration pursuant to subsection 128(1) of the Act, that such persons or companies have not complied with Ontario securities law and that, if such declaration be made, the Superior Court of Justice make such further orders pursuant to subsection 128(3) of the Act as it considers appropriate including an order requiring a person disgorge to the Minister any amounts attained as a result of the non-compliance with Ontario securities law.

AND FURTHER TAKE NOTICE THAT any party to the proceeding may be represented by counsel.

AND FURTHER TAKE NOTICE THAT if any party to the proceedings fails to attend, the hearing may proceed in the absence of the party and the party is not entitled to any further notice of the proceeding. Dated at Toronto this 16th day of January, 2003.

ATI can be found online at www.ati.com.

Jan 22 - eBay Inc. Announces Fourth Quarter and Year End 2002 Financial Results. eBay Inc. (Nasdaq:EBAY)(www.ebay.com), the world's online marketplace, reported financial results for its fourth quarter and year ended December 31, 2002.

eBay reported consolidated net revenues for Q4-02 totaling a record $413.9 million. Consolidated net income for the quarter was a record $87.0 million, or $0.28 per diluted share. eBay's pro forma consolidated net income, excluding certain items, was a record $87.6 million, or $0.28 per diluted share, exceeding the company's October 30, 2002 guidance for pro forma earnings per diluted share of $0.22 to $0.23.

During Q4-02, consolidated net transaction revenues increased 122% year over year to a record $396.5 million, driven by 58% year-over-year transaction revenue growth in the core eBay U.S. business, 173% year-over-year transaction revenue growth internationally, and a $72.6 million transaction revenue contribution from PayPal.

For the full year, eBay generated consolidated net revenues of $1.21 billion, a 62% increase over the $748.8 million reported in 2001. Consolidated net income increased 176% year over year to $249.9 million, or $0.85 per diluted share. On a pro forma basis, eBay reported consolidated net income of $254.9 million, or $0.87 per diluted share, a 78% year-over-year increase from the $0.49 reported in 2001.

"Our Q4 results capped our most successful year ever," said Meg Whitman, President and CEO of eBay. "Our success goes hand in hand with the success of our vibrant community of users. The strength of our community, the growth of e-commerce, and our commitment to business excellence, all led to these great results."

Business Outlook

Net Revenues -- The company now expects that revenues for 2003 could be as high as $1.9 billion, $70 million higher than the upper end of the company's most recent guidance. This higher revenue outlook derives from the strength of eBay's U.S., International and Payments businesses. From a quarterly perspective, eBay believes that Q1-03 revenues could be about $440 million, Q2-03 $460 million, Q3-03 $480 million and Q4-03 $520 million.

More information about eBay can be found at www.ebay.com.

Jan 22 - VIA Launches Seventh Generation 'Nehemiah' CPU Core. VIA Technologies, Inc., a leading innovator and developer of silicon chip technologies and PC platform solutions, today announced its new generation VIA C3 processor integrating the 'Nehemiah' core.
With its powerful PadLock™ Data Encryption Engine, this next generation VIA C3 is the first native x86 processor on the market with embedded security features that enhance the protection of sensitive corporate and personal data.

Available now at a speed of 1GHz, the new processor core is based on an advanced new CoolStream processor architecture that delivers all the necessary performance for running even the most demanding digital media applications while maintaining ultra low levels of power consumption and heat dissipation.

"The launch of the seventh generation VIA C3 processor extends our leadership in enabling the development of secure, quiet-running small form factor system designs for a rapidly growing number of exciting new lifestyle and productivity applications such as home digital media entertainment and connected computing," commented Paul Hsu, Executive Assistant to the President and Head of VIA's CPU Business Unit.
"Integration of embedded security features in the processor provides the most robust and cost-effective solution for addressing the increased demands among individuals, businesses, and government organizations for enhanced authentication and protection of their data in today's connected world."

PadLock™ Data Encryption Engine

The PadLock Data Encryption Engine has been integrated into the new generation VIA C3 processor to ensure greater confidentiality, integrity, and authenticity of electronic data either stored in the computer or transmitted over a network or the Internet, and enables a host of powerful new security applications, including heavy-duty data encryption and safer online transactions.

At its heart is an advanced Random Number Generator (RNG) that uses random electrical noise on the chip to securely produce random number values, and features a direct application level interface through a new x86 instruction. Developers can obtain random numbers directly from the hardware without having to use separate software drivers, thereby providing an inherently more secure and efficient solution than combined hardware/software RNG architectures. The RNG includes several operating modes, offering performance from 750K bits per second to as high as 6 million bits per second.

CoolStream™ Architecture

Based on the advanced CoolStream architecture, the new generation VIA C3 processor has a highly efficient design that, when coupled with the VIA Apollo CLE266 chipset, delivers performance increases of up to 20% over the current version of the VIA C3 processor in mainstream productivity applications and up to 73% for 3D graphics applications, while continuing to deliver the same benefits of low power and minimal heat dissipation.

New performance features include support for clock speeds of 1GHz and beyond, four new pipeline stages, SSE multimedia instructions, StepAhead™ Advanced Branch Prediction, an efficiency enhanced 64KB Full-Speed Exclusive L2 cache with 16-way associativity, and a full-speed FPU.

With a typical maximum design power of just over 10 watts at 1GHz, the processor runs extremely cool and delivers very low levels of energy consumption. This not only makes the processor ideal for a wide variety of low profile, small form factor devices, but also enables very low noise system design implementations that are necessary for the emerging new generation of living room digital media entertainment devices.

New Generation VIA C3™ Processor Pricing & Availability

The new generation VIA C3 processor is available now in a choice of Socket 370 CPGA and Enhanced BGA packages, priced at $45 per unit in OEM volumes.

For more information on the new VIA C3 processor, visit http://www.via.com.tw/en/viac3/c3.jsp.

Jan 22 - Filing Taxes Online Now Free for at Least 60 Percent of Americans. The federal government and software manufacturers announced a new program that will allow millions of Americans to electronically file their taxes for free.

Free File will allow at least 60 percent of Americans to prepare and file their federal taxes electronically for free.

Most taxpayers find IRS e-file faster, simpler and more convenient then mailing in forms. Since the system automatically scans the returns as they come in, the e-file error rate for individual taxpayers is less than one percent. With IRS e-file, taxpayers can receive their refunds in about half the time as traditional filers, and in as few as 10 days if they use direct deposit. Those who owe money can pay electronically with an electric transfer from their bank account or a credit card.

The IRS expects that more than 50 million taxpayers will file electronically this year. For more information and eligibility criteria for Free File, go to www.irs.gov.

Jan 21 - Intel Reports Fourth-Quarter and Annual Results. Intel Corporation today announced fourth-quarter revenue of $7.2 billion, up 10 percent sequentially and up 3 percent year-over-year.

Fourth-quarter net income was $1.0 billion, up 53 percent sequentially and up 108 percent year-over-year. Earnings per share were $0.16, up 60 percent sequentially and up 129 percent from $0.07 in the fourth quarter of 2001.

"2002 ended with a strong quarter," said Craig R. Barrett, Intel chief executive officer. "By successfully executing our strategies, it appears we have increased our market segment share in microprocessors, chipsets, graphics, motherboards, flash, PDA microprocessors and LAN-on-motherboard gigabit Ethernet connections.

"In 2003, we will continue to deploy advanced technology, further our silicon leadership, deliver industry-leading products, and improve our competitiveness and cost structure so we can continue to outperform now and when the economic picture improves."

FOURTH-QUARTER REVIEW AND RECENT HIGHLIGHTS

Product Shipment Trends (Sequential)

-- Intel Architecture microprocessor unit shipments set a record.

-- Chipset unit shipments were higher.

-- Motherboard unit shipments set a record.

-- Flash memory unit shipments were higher.

-- Ethernet connectivity product unit shipments were higher.

Intel Architecture Business

Intel increased its desktop performance leadership with the introduction of the Intel(R) Pentium(R) 4 processor at 3.06 GHz with Hyper-Threading (HT) Technology. HT Technology allows a variety of multithreaded operating systems and application software to run as though the PC has two processors, boosting performance by as much as 25 percent. The company also extended its leadership in the value segment during the quarter with the introduction of Intel(R) Celeron(R) processors at 2.2 GHz and 2.1 GHz.

In mobile, Intel began revenue shipments of its next-generation mobile processor, previously known as Banias. The company announced the Intel(R) Centrino(TM) brand name, which signifies the company's best technology for notebook computers. Intel Centrino mobile technology is comprised of the next-generation processor along with integrated wireless networking capability, chipsets and features that enable extended battery life, thinner and lighter notebook designs, and outstanding mobile performance. The Intel Centrino mobile technology components are being designed, optimized and validated by Intel to maximize the wireless mobile computing user experience, and are scheduled to be introduced in March.

For the enterprise, Intel introduced 20 Intel(R) Xeon(TM) family-related products, including seven processors at speeds up to 2.8 GHz along with new chipsets, server boards, server chassis and RAID controllers. Software momentum for the Intel(R) Itanium(R) 2 processor continued to build as Oracle and SAS delivered production versions of their enterprise applications.
The Itanium 2 processor set additional performance records, achieving the world's highest 4-way results in database, SAP application, and secure Web server benchmarks(2). According to the latest TOP500 supercomputer ranking, 56 of the world's most powerful supercomputing environments are based on Intel processors, as compared to only three systems in the 1999 ranking.

Additional information about Intel is available at www.intel.com.

Jan 21 - Fujifilm Releases Results on Consumer Digital Camera Printing Preferences. Fuji Photo Film U.S.A., Inc., today announced its Year-Two study results on consumer digital camera printing preferences, indicating the tremendous potential for digital camera developing at retail.

The study, conducted by InfoTrends Research Group for Fujifilm in September of 2002, tracked printing, storage and kiosk usage and preferences of digital camera owners as well as those planning to purchase a digital camera within a year, and compares these 2002 findings with those of August 2001.

Digital camera usage continues to grow rapidly among "wired" households - jumping from 23 percent in August 2001 to 31 percent in September 2002. Projections show that by the end of 2003, 47 percent of Internet households could own a digital camera. As sales of digital cameras rise, significant demographic shifts are taking place. For example, 71 percent of qualified participants were women - up 20 percent from last year. As well, participants were increasingly younger and less affluent than in the August 2001 study.

The study also found that there is greater recognition of the benefits of digital camera developing at retail and a continued interest by digital camera owners and would-be owners to use kiosks as a means to get prints from their digital camera.
More consumers than ever before are open to printing at retail and, in fact, would prefer to do so. An increasing number of digital camera users are visiting their local retailer to get prints. However, the majority of digital camera owners - 61 percent - do not know if their local film processing location offers digital camera developing services.

"These figures clearly demonstrate that the face of the digital camera user is changing - and it increasingly resembles the mainstream imaging consumer," said Joe Welch, Director of Marketing, Retail Digital Systems, Commercial Imaging Division, Fuji Photo Film U.S.A., Inc.
"We know that the mainstream imaging consumer is accustomed to the ease, convenience and affordability of film developing at retail. The challenge for retailers and manufacturers is to make digital camera developing just as easy, convenient and affordable as traditional retail film developing - and to drive this message home to the consumer."

Fujifilm has embarked on an aggressive, nationwide initiative to educate consumers on the availability and benefits of printing at retail. Fujifilm's Digital Camera Developing marketing initiative includes advertising support, coupon inserts in newspapers nationwide, Point-of-Sale and Promotional Packages for retailers and a dealer locator Web site (www.digitalcameradeveloping.com), which matches consumers to retail locations nearest them.

For more information on Fujifilm products, access the Fujifilm USA Web site at www.fujifilm.com.

Jan 21 - ATI and There, Inc. Team Up. ATI Technologies Inc. (Nasdaq:ATYT) (TSX:ATY), a world leader in the design and manufacture of innovative 3D graphics and There, Inc. an entertainment and communications software company that is creating a new category of online interaction, today announced their strategic marketing and development agreement.
The agreement will pair There's innovative online destination with ATI's industry leading graphics products for the ultimate in online 3D communication.

The announced agreement will include cross-promotions between the two companies including bundling of the There software in ATI products and the integration and distribution of ATI graphics products in the development and promotion of the There environment.

There, launched on January 8th at the Consumer Electronics Show, is an immersive 3D world that gives people an online destination where they can hang out with their friends, express themselves via personalized avatars, and explore and shape the world around them. Leveraging the popularity of online socializing and the growth of online games, There represents a new category of online interaction and communication.

ATI is at the forefront of the 3D graphics industry, designing and manufacturing leading edge graphics solutions and quickly making them available to all segments of the market. ATI partners with innovative and groundbreaking companies like There to revolutionize the visual computing experience. With 3D graphics capabilities available in even the most value-priced computers, the 3D world is opened up to the mass market.

"Facilitating interactions between people is the Internet's killer application, and for the first time There will make online socializing a truly engaging and 3-dimensional experience," said Tom Melcher, CEO of There, Inc. "There is not just a new way to communicate - it's an online place, with real-world physics, natural scenery and sounds, and the ability to interact freely with people and objects. All of this is now possible because of 3D graphics technologies - like the RADEON products from ATI."

"It won't be long until the entire computing experience will be 3-dimensional. This is an impressive and innovative first step in that direction," said Dave Orton, President and COO, ATI Technologies. "There delivers an environment that is fun and immersive. ATI delivers the graphics technology and power required to fully enjoy the experience."

There's free public beta test is available at www.there.com. For more information on ATI's products and product partners, please visit www.ati.com.

Jan 21 - Symantec Reports 29 Percent Revenue Growth in Fiscal Third Quarter. Symantec Corp. (Nasdaq:SYMC), the world leader in Internet security, today reported results for the fiscal third quarter 2003, ended Dec. 31, 2002.
Symantec posted revenue for the quarter of $376 million, a 29 percent increase compared to $290 million for the same quarter last year. Performance was driven by double-digit growth in all regions around the world and continued strength in the company's consumer and enterprise security offerings.

"We continue to see traction across the breadth of our enterprise security solutions with double-digit growth in antivirus, firewall/VPN and vulnerability management sales and more than 200 percent growth in our services business," said John W. Thompson, Symantec chairman and CEO. "In addition, our consumer business continues to overachieve, and for the first time in the history of the company, international revenues surpassed domestic revenue."

International revenues grew 39 percent over the same quarter last year and represented 50.4 percent of total revenue in the third quarter. Latin America led regional sales performance with a revenue growth of 51 percent year-over-year followed by 46 percent growth in Europe, Middle East and Africa, 31 percent growth in Japan, 28 percent growth in Asia Pacific, 21 percent growth in the United States and 16 percent growth in Canada.

For more information, please visit www.symantec.com.

Jan 21 - Road Runner is Broadband Market Share Leader. New research data on consumers' use of broadband Internet service indicate that Road Runner is the Internet Service Provider (ISP) used by the greatest number of broadband customers.

AOL is the overall share leader among ISPs (when all connection types and speeds are included), but it accounts for a smaller percentage of broadband customers than does Road Runner. These findings come from a July 2002 consumer telecommunications study by Solomon-Wolff Associates.

"For the past three research periods, Road Runner has been the largest provider of high speed broadband services, as reported by consumers," said S. Joey Wolff, partner, Solomon-Wolff Associates. "Our results show that Road Runner accounts for 15 percent of all households using broadband."

Broadband services now account for more than one out of three Internet households, and this has been increasing consistently during the past four years, according to Solomon-Wolff Associates. In the past year alone, use of broadband increased by 43 percent.

"We project that broadband will account for half of all household Internet connections by the end of 2003," said Wolff. "This is one of the only areas in consumer communications which is still showing major growth."

This data is developed from the bi-annual communications survey conducted through the Solomon-Wolff consumer survey Web site, www.consumerviews.com in July 2002. A random sample of 6,800 participants from Solomon-Wolff's online database of more than 250,000 Internet users completed a detailed questionnaire.

Jan 21 - EA Ships SimCity 4. Electronic Arts (Nasdaq:ERTS) today announced the release of the long-awaited 4th generation of the PC game SimCity(TM), SimCity(TM) 4. Featuring new simulation and graphics engines, new regional game play and the new ability to track the lives of individual Sims as they go about their daily routine, SimCity 4 is the most realistic, powerful and personal SimCity experience ever.

"In SimCity 4 a city comes to life like never before," said Lucy Bradshaw, Executive in Charge of Production at Maxis(TM), developers of the #1 selling PC game of all time, The Sims(TM). "This is the most responsive, personal and satisfying SimCity yet."

Right from the start, players experience new God-like powers of creation as they lay the groundwork for their cities by molding mountains, carving valleys, seeding forests and laying rivers. With these new landscape creation features, players can now construct the most realistic metropolis imaginable.

Unlike earlier games in the series, SimCity 4 cities do not live in isolation from the world, they are part of an entire region. Each city a player creates becomes part of an ever-growing tapestry of municipalities that, once connected by transportation networks, share and compete for resources. Depending upon the choices made by a player, this multi-city game play can result in a variety of outcomes within that region.

For the first time ever, players can follow a Sim as they go about their life in the city. Players can personalize their Sim and immediately move him or her into any area and watch them experience life in the city, first hand. Is he or she enjoying a happy existence in an urban utopia or enduring a futile fight for survival in the inner-city? A player's Sim provides valuable clues to improving the city.

SimCity 4 carries an ESRB rating of "E" for everyone. It is available in stores now for a suggested retail price of US $49.99 or by direct order from the EA Store(SM) at www.ea.com.

For more information on SimCity 4, please visit www.simcity.com.

Jan 20 - Intel Enhances Performance of Mobile Computing Processors. Intel Corporation today delivered six new mobile processors, including its highest-performing mobile processor to date, the Mobile Intel(R) Pentium(R) 4 Processor-M at 2.4 GHz. Additionally, Intel announced an integrated graphics chipset for the mobile PC processor family: the Intel(R) 852GM.

Systems based on the new mobile processors are available from leading computer makers worldwide.

High-Performance Integrated Graphics

Intel introduced the Intel 852GM integrated graphics mobile chipset, which brings advanced levels of performance and flexibility to PC users. When combined with either the Mobile Intel Pentium 4 processor or the mobile Intel(R) Celeron(R) Processor, the chipset delivers the advantages of Double Data-Rate (DDR) 266/200 memory capability and a 400 MHz system bus.
The chipset includes six integrated, Hi-Speed Universal Serial Bus (USB) 2.0 ports, which offer 40 times more bandwidth than USB 1.1. PCs equipped with Hi-Speed USB 2.0 capabilities allow users to quickly and easily add peripherals to PCs.

The Intel 852GM chipset supports advanced mobile power management features that help extend battery life, including Enhanced Intel SpeedStep(R) technology, Intel's Deep Sleep and Deeper Sleep.

Benefits of Intel's Mobile Processors

Intel provides a complete family of mobile processors that offers the right combination of high performance and low power consumption to meet the requirements of every notebook market segment. Intel's family of mobile PC processors gives consumers more choice by enabling PC makers to design notebooks of every shape and size.

The Mobile Intel Pentium 4 Processor-M family of mobile processors delivers great performance for full-size, thin-and-light and desktop-replacement notebooks. Notebooks powered by these processors allow users to take advantage of processor-intensive applications such as business multi-tasking, collaborative workgroups, video encoding, digital media and gaming.

The Mobile Intel(R) Pentium(R) III Processor-M enables PC makers to design sleek form factors with good performance and great battery life. Intel also offers the Low Voltage and Ultra Low Voltage Mobile Intel Pentium III Processor-M, which are optimized for mini, sub-notebooks and Tablet PCs -- the smallest systems providing extreme mobility. The Mobile Intel Pentium III Processors are ideal for the Tablet PC market segment, as they provide the best balance of performance and low power.

New Processors

The new processors include:
Mobile Intel Pentium 4 Processor-M at 2.40 GHz
Ultra Low Voltage Mobile Pentium III Processor-M at 933 MHz
Ultra Low Voltage Mobile Pentium III Processor-M at 900 MHz
Mobile Intel Celeron at 2 GHz
Low Voltage Mobile Intel Celeron at 866 MHz
Low Voltage Mobile Intel Celeron at 800 MHz.

Additional information about Intel is available at www.intel.com.

Jan 20 - Dell Debuts Point-of-Sale Offering for Retail Industry. Dell (Nasdaq:DELL) today formally introduced a standards-based Point-of-Sale (POS) offering, enabling medium to large retailers to more economically manage their businesses.

A provider of technology and services to 19 of the top 20 U.S. retailers, Dell also announced today that it has successfully installed and upgraded the POS hardware, software and peripherals of more than 1,100 systems in 588 stores nationwide for The Wet Seal, Inc. (Nasdaq:WTSLA), a specialty retailer of fashionable and contemporary apparel and accessory items.

Dell's retail program matches industry-leading Dell(TM) desktops, servers, storage and networking products and services with leading peripherals appropriate for each customer. A typical Dell POS configuration includes a Dell Optiplex(TM) desktop, a flat panel or CRT display with standard or touch screen, keyboard with programmable keys, barcode scanner, thermal receipt printer and cash drawer. Pricing for a Dell POS configuration starts at $1,794.

Dell has developed alliances with independent software vendors Retek, AutoGas, GERS and MSS Global to provide software that, when powered by Dell's infrastructure technologies, automates store operations including customer sales transactions, inventory management, payments, accounting, customer data and corporate communications. This streamlined approach, from the point-of-sale register to the back office to the data center, enables retailers to more effectively manage store operations.

"Dell worked with us to identify the best register and peripherals for our needs and pricing qualifications, and together we achieved a nearly flawless success rate on first time installations," said Ron Hunt, operations manager, management information systems, The Wet Seal, Inc. "This was particularly important to Wet Seal as each system had to be up and running when the store opened the following day."

A leader in entering mature, technology-driven markets with open standards to drive costs down and efficiencies up, Dell's retail systems provide an alternative to proprietary technology, which typically costs more to acquire and support, and limits operational flexibility. With standards-based equipment, retailers can efficiently implement and integrate POS, networking, server and storage systems throughout all aspects of their business at low costs.

"We're following our retail customers' requests to bring their stores the same high performance and low cost of ownership we've already brought to their corporate office and datacenters," said Joe Marengi, senior vice president, Dell Americas. "Dell's POS offering is an illustration of how Dell's direct model, which provides customers with customized products and services, works well in retail, a market that requires a seamless integration of technology, software and services across multiple locations."

For more information about Dell's retail business, visit www.dell.com/retail.

Jan 20 - Transmeta Announces Security Features for x86 Microprocessors. Transmeta Corporation (Nasdaq:TMTA) today announced that it has received first silicon for a Crusoe(R) TM5800 processor with new, proprietary technologies that enable the company's current and future microprocessors to increase security for wireless computing, protect sensitive data, deter intellectual property theft and deliver tamper-resistant, x86 storage environments.

As the demand for transmitting and storing digital data continues to increase, so does the need to secure these operations, especially when managing confidential information ranging from personal passwords and financial records to proprietary business data and national security secrets.

"Today's corporate and government information technology managers are concerned about data security in computer systems and across networks," said Tim Bajarin, president, Creative Strategies. "By addressing security at the chip level, Transmeta is taking an important leadership role on this critical issue facing the marketplace and the computer industry."

Transmeta's Crusoe processors and accompanying Code Morphing(TM) software, with the support of third-party technologies, provide robust security features to address emerging requirements for securing sensitive data and intellectual property. Embedding these features in the main processor provides increased security over existing multi-chip solutions.

"As computer users worldwide become more mobile and communicate via wireless technologies, the threat of information theft becomes a major concern to consumers, businesses and governments," said Dr. Matthew R. Perry, president and CEO, Transmeta Corporation. "Transmeta has met this challenge by leveraging the company's unique software and hardware processor design to enable embedded security capabilities unmatched by any other x86 processor."

Transmeta's new security technologies are planned for customer availability in the second half of 2003. These technologies include secure hidden storage of confidential information, encryption acceleration and a flexible processor architecture that can easily be extended to support new features and industry standards, such as the Advanced Encryption Standard (AES).

To learn more about Transmeta visit www.transmeta.com.

Jan 20 - Socket Announces Bluetooth GPS Navigation Kit for Pocket PCs. Socket Communications, Inc. (NASDAQ:SCKT)(PSE:SOK), the Mobile Connection(TM) Company, today announced the availability of its Bluetooth GPS Navigation Kit featuring Socket's MyNavigator(TM) complete in-car navigation software for Pocket PCs, as well as the Socket Bluetooth GPS Receiver (announced November 18, 2002).

With the latest map information and a highly intuitive user interface, drivers can plan their trips quickly and be on the road safely without having to read a handheld map or cryptic instructions. Large graphics and clear voice prompts ensure drivers can stay focused on their driving. The software provides turn-by-turn instructions and map support for the U.S. and U.K. European maps will be added in the near future.

"By combining Mobility Friendly(TM) software with the smallest GPS receiver available for Pocket PCs, our Bluetooth GPS Navigation Kit lets people make a single purchase that enables them to quickly and easily get where they want to go without having to deal with cumbersome cables," said John Doub, director of External Bluetooth Products for Socket. "Built with the mobile user in mind, MyNavigator has the most intuitive user interface on the market and includes an array of helpful features including missed-turn correction, on-the-fly route modifications, almanac functionality, and speed alerts settings, enabling drivers to focus on their driving and not on where the next turn will be."

"GPS assisted PocketPC road navigation is a fast-evolving area. It's very exciting to see a solution where a lot of thought was put into optimizing the user experience by offering extended features while maintaining excellent usability," said Guillaume Perrotin, founder of GpsPasSion.com, an online site dedicated to GPS on the Pocket PC. "The Bluetooth GPS Navigation Kit is a very compelling solution thanks to its entirely wireless concept and feature - and usability-rich software."

Pricing and Availability

Socket's Bluetooth GPS Navigation Kit will be available February 10, 2003 through Socket's website (www.socketcom.com) and through Socket's worldwide distribution channels for a suggested retail price of U.S. $529.

Jan 20 - Rising Consumer Income, Low Interest Rates Propel 2003 Economy. After a year of constant economic ups and downs, the National Retail Federation (NRF) released its forecast today, predicting that 2003 GAFS sales (general merchandise stores, apparel stores, furniture and home furnishings stores, electronics and appliances stores, and sporting goods, hobby, book and music stores) are estimated to increase 5.6 percent from last year.

According to its Retail Sales Outlook Report, NRF cites gains in consumer income and low interest rates as major contributors to growth in 2003.

"The economy has been going through a 'soft spot' in activity which will give way to accelerated growth this year," said NRF Chief Economist Rosalind Wells. "2003 will not be a year of exceptional strength, but rather of solid advance. GAFS sales trends will parallel overall economic activity and improve during the year."

Wells said that this year's economy will be characterized by both strengths and weaknesses. However, she said, "we see more positives emerging than negatives." Wells said that one particular strength is that consumers' income is rising. "By any measure of consumer income, people have money to spend," she said. Increased productivity and low interest rates are also positive factors in 2003.

Concerns in the outlook include weak labor markets and "geopolitical risks." Though higher productivity is considered a strength, companies have been hesitant to hire additional workers because they are able to raise their output with the same amount or fewer staff than before. Wells said that "geopolitical risks"--or, the uncertainty which surrounds the Iraq conflict and terrorism--is the largest obstacle to accelerated economic growth.

Although 2003 economic growth is expected to increase more than 2002, retailers will continue to face the same challenges. "Until the economy gets through this 'soft spot,' retailers will need to use their ingenuity to attract shoppers to their stores," she said. "Consumers will still feel compelled to seek out the best deal for their money."

GAFS sales rose an estimated 5.4 percent in 2002. For more information on NRF, visit www.nrf.com.

Jan 19 - Sunday Shopping Watch.

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

Weekly Comparison. It's a very good week to go out and buy a computer. CompUSA has some very good computer prices and they are offering 18 month no payment, no interest, financing which is a very good deal.

Laptops - Laptop prices are much lower this week.

Desktops - Desktop prices are lower this week.

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 laptops.
Circuit City is offering $100 gift cards with all AMD processor desktop packages and with all laptop purchases. They also have 12 month no-interest financing on all laptops.
Office Depot has 6 months no payment, no interest financing for new computer purchases over $298.
CompUSA has 18 month 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 desktop packages and on Pentium 4 processor notebooks. They are also offering an additional $150 off all Toshiba notebooks.
Staples has no ad this Sunday.
Compare to Online Prices - Compare the Sunday ad prices to those being offered at DealTime, it searches over 160 online computer stores.

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

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

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

Best Sunday Ad Deals
Category
Product Description
Price* (see above)
Prices up or Down this Week
Store
Best Celeron Deal
HP 2.2 GHz complete system
$699
-
Best Buy
1. Best High-end Pentium 4 System
Compaq 2 GHz complete system
$829
-
CompUSA
2. Best High-end Pentium 4 System
Compaq 2.40 GHz complete system
$979
-$200
CompUSA
3. Best High-end Pentium 4 System
Compaq 2.53 GHz complete system with DVD-RW
$1379
-
CompUSA
Best Low-cost Athlon XP System
Compaq 1800+ complete system
$629
-
Circuit City
Best High-end Athlon XP System
Compaq 2600+ complete system
$929
CompUSA
1. Best Low-cost Notebook
Toshiba 1.5 GHz Celeron with DVD
$749
-$150
CompUSA
2. Best Low-cost Notebook
Toshiba 1.8 GHz Celeron with DVD/CD-RW
$999
-$150
CompUSA
3. Best Low-cost Notebook
HP 2 GHz Pentium 4-M with DVD/CD-RW (build-to-order)
$999
-
Best Buy
1. Best High-end Notebook
Toshiba 2 GHz Pentium 4-M with DVD/CD-RW
$1299
-
CompUSA, Best Buy
2. Best High-end Notebook
Toshiba 2.4 GHz Pentium 4-M with DVD/CD-RW
$1499
-
CompUSA, Best Buy
Peripherals
Best Sunday Deal
Western Digital 7200 RPM 60 GB Hard Drive
$69
(after rebates)
-
CompUSA
Best Sunday Deal
Audigy MP3+ Sound Card
$69
(after rebates)
-
CompUSA
Best Sunday Deal
Western Digital 7200 RPM 180 GB Hard Drive
$200
(after rebates)
-
CompUSA
Best Sunday Deal
ATI Radeon 9500 Pro
$199
(after rebates)
-
CompUSA
Best Sunday Deal
ATI All-in-Wonder Radeon 8500 DV
$149
(after rebates)
-
Best Buy
Best Sunday Deal
Memorex 52X CD-RW
$49
(after rebates
)
-
Best Buy

 

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

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

Jan 17 - Microsoft Launches Windows Media Series 9 Technologies. Microsoft has announced the final availability of several new digital media technologies.

For digital media viewing, Microsoft announced the final availability of Windows Media Player 9 Series, the newest version of Microsoft's digital media player. With more than 100 new features and improvements, Windows Media Player 9 is designed to be faster, more flexible, and easier to use.

And for digital video editing, Microsoft has two new releases. Microsoft announced the availability of Windows Movie Maker 2 for Windows XP, which offers more than 130 new video effects, titles, and transitions to help even novice PC users create high quality home movies.
The software company also released Plus! Digital Media Edition, the ultimate photo, music, and movie enhancement pack for Windows XP. Plus! Digital Media Edition delivers new ways to create digital photo albums, share digital music, and more.

Digital media storage is getting more advanced as well. With industry partner Matsushita Electric Industrial Co. Ltd. (Panasonic), Microsoft announced the availability of the first three Panasonic DVD players to offer built-in support for HighMAT technology.

Jointly developed by the two companies, HighMAT is designed to dramatically improve storage and playback of digital photos, music, and video on recordable media such as CD-RW, and significantly improve interoperability of digital media content between PCs and electronic devices such as CD players, car stereos, and DVD players.
In addition, 11 companies announced their intent to support the new technology in future products. HighMAT is now supported in both the new Windows Media Player 9 Series and the new Windows Movie Maker 2 for Windows XP for CD creation.

For more information visit www.microsoft.com.

Jan 17 - SanDisk Introduces a Digital Photo Viewer. SanDisk Corporation (Nasdaq:SNDK) today introduced the SanDisk Digital Photo Viewer (DPV) that provides a simple, fast and convenient way to view photos taken with a digital camera on a television screen. Digital photographers can now instantly view and share their digital images with family and friends.

The SanDisk DPV allows consumers to remove the storage card directly from their digital camera, plug it into the photo viewer and instantly view images on their TV. It has media slots that accept all the popular digital camera storage cards including CompactFlash(R), SmartMedia(TM), MultiMediaCard, SD and MemoryStick(R).
The unit is slightly smaller than a VHS cassette and easily attaches to most TV sets or projectors. It includes a remote control to view multiple pictures in preview mode, delete, rotate and zoom. It also provides the setup for a customized slide show of digital images stored on the card.

"SanDisk's Digital Photo Viewer expands the number of options available to consumers to view and share the images captured with their digital camera," said Nelson Chan, SanDisk's senior vice president and general manager, retail business unit.
"While digital photos are easy to view on a PC or laptop computer, many more households worldwide have a TV set than a PC or an Internet connection. The SanDisk DPV in the family room TV environment is friendlier and allows group interaction that makes sharing digital images with friends and family such an enjoyable experience. We have made the SanDisk Digital Photo Viewer as easy to use as possible to broaden its appeal. We believe that products such as SanDisk's Digital Photo Viewer are important in accelerating the global mass market adoption of digital cameras."

The viewer supports JPEG files, which are the most common form of file format used by digital cameras, at resolutions up to 6 megapixels. For easy use, the viewer can display multiple languages (English, French, Spanish, German, Italian, Chinese and Japanese) and can switch between NTSC and PAL formats. It includes a two-year warranty.

The SanDisk Digital Photo Viewer will have a suggested retail price of $79. It will be available in mid-February in many of the 50,000 retail stores worldwide that carry SanDisk branded products.

SanDisk's web site/home page address: www.sandisk.com/press.

Jan 17 - Sony Enhances Its Line-Up Of Dual RW Drives For The PC. Sony Electronics is building upon its leadership in the DVD-recordable market with a new generation of its Dual RW drives, the first combination drives for the PC to support the DVD+RW, DVD+R, DVD-RW and DVD-R formats.

The internal DRU-500AX and the external DRX-500ULX drives are capable of recording to both 4X compatible DVD+R and DVD-R discs at up to 4X speeds, offer enhanced software for mastering and drag-and-drop file management, and playback DVD recordable media faster than before.

Like their first-generation predecessors, the new Dual RW drives encompass four DVD recording formats for recording functionality and playback compatibility. By supporting all the popular DVD recordable/rewritable formats, the Dual RW drives allow computer users to transfer home movies from tape to DVD discs, customize and edit them for a personal touch, and then play them back in nearly all consumer DVD players and DVD-ROM drives without worrying about format variations.

Sony's DRU-500AX and DRX-500ULX models are also the industry's first to support both up to 4X DVD+R and DVD-R recording when using 4X speed media, making them among the fastest on the market. Users can now create write-once discs in approximately half the time of drives writing at 2X speeds.

The new drives additionally support up to 2.4X DVD+RW/+R recording and 2X DVD-RW recording, as well as 24X CD-R and 10X CD-RW recording (using high-speed CD-RW discs), making them ideal all-in-one recording devices.

The internal Sony DRU-500AX drive comes with an ATAPI interface for easy installation inside a PC, while the external Sony DRX-500ULX drive features both an i.LINK (IEEE 1394) and a USB 2.0 interface for simple set-up and maximum flexibility.

The DRU-500AX and the DRX-500ULX DVD/CD rewritable drives will be available in February for an estimated retail price of under $350, and under $430, respectively. The DRU-500A and DRX-500UL first generation models are currently available.

Sony DVD/CD rewritable drives are sold through retailers and resellers nationwide, mail order catalogs, and select online shopping sites, including www.SonyStyle.com.

Jan 17 - DVD Recording Will Become Mainstream Consumer Product in 2003. DVD recording equipment will become a mainstream consumer product in 2003 as lower prices and increasing supply spur consumers to add DVD recording capability to their home entertainment centers and computers, the chair of the DVD+RW Alliance predicted today.

And Maureen Weber said three issues will play a key role as consumers decide which of the competing DVD recording formats to pick when they're buying DVD recording equipment -- functionality, simplicity and compatibility.

"All three are major strengths of the Plus format," said Weber who heads the DVD+RW Alliance that supports the Plus format for DVD recording. Weber spoke at a news conference at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas.

Weber noted that the research firm In-Stat/MDR predicts DVD recorder sales will approach one million units in the United States for the first time this year and more than four million units worldwide, with triple-digit growth in sales expected through 2005.

Weber said mass-volume manufacturers are beginning to build DVD recording equipment, another sign that sales of DVD recording equipment will increase dramatically this year.

Three leading mass-volume manufacturers -- Daewoo Electronics, Tae Young Telstar and Mico Electric -- displayed DVD +R/+RW recorders at CES.

"It's significant they've picked +R/+RW for the equipment they're bringing to the mass market," Weber said. "It's a vote of confidence in the market appeal of the Plus format."

The sharp increase in the sales of DVD recording equipment comes at a time when the Plus format is making huge gains in market share for DVD recorders and DVD drives.

Weber said third-quarter sales figures (latest available) for DVD recorders for home entertainment systems showed Plus format recorders with half of the sales in the United States, three-fourths of the sales in Europe and two-thirds of the sales in the Asian-Pacific market outside of Japan.

She noted that Plus-format DVD drives for computers quadrupled in worldwide market share during the first nine months of last year -- from 10 percent in 2001 to more than 40 percent at the end of September 2002. With computer giants Dell, Hewlett-Packard and Compaq beginning to put Plus-format drives into their machines the Plus format's market share is likely to increase significantly, she said.

"Other formats were in the market before us," Weber said. "The fact that we've increased our share of the market so quickly is real testimony to the appeal of the Plus format."

"The three criteria consumers are likely to use in selecting a format for their DVD recording equipment -- functionality, simplicity and compatibility -- all represent areas in which the +R/+RW format is exceptionally strong," Weber said.

"An independent study by IntelliKey Labs in September shows +R/+RW with a compatibility advantage in all categories tested," she noted. "And the Plus format has by far the most robust and easiest to use recording and editing features on the market. The differences are startling."

Further details about the DVD+RW Alliance and supporting companies can be found at www.dvdrw.com.

June 17 - Thomson Introduces RCA DVD Recorder. Thomson (Euronext Paris: 18453) (NYSE: TMS) today announced it will deliver an RCA DVD +RW/+R recorder priced to encourage mainstream consumers to enter this fast-growing home entertainment product category. The full-featured recordable DVD player, Model DRC8000N, will carry a suggested retail price of $599 when it ships this June.

"Recordable DVD is the next step in the DVD evolution," said Mark Redmond, Vice President, Worldwide Audio and Video. "Consumers will quickly realize the advantages and value that a DVD recorder offers, and with affordable prices reaching a mass market level, we expect DVD recorder sales to capture a significant share of overall DVD player sales," he added.

The +RW format offers numerous features and benefits that provide consumers with time saving and easy operating capabilities.

"Backward compatibility is essential to ensure a rewarding consumer experience. This format was developed from the beginning for both consumer DVD recording and PC data storage applications. This means that +RW/+R discs can be played in most DVD-ROM drives and DVD players currently on the market. In fact, a recent compatibility study of write-once and rewritable formats conducted by Intellikey Labs, an independent DVD quality control company, showed that the +RW and +R products achieved higher compatibility results," Redmond stated.

Other key advantages of the +RW/+R format include the ability to append and edit video right on the disc and support of editing, overwrite, partial overwrite and append, thus enabling users to record video using the DRC8000N recorder and data using a DVD+RW/+R PC drive on the same disc. There is only one recording mode necessary for both video and data and the finalization time for a DVD+R disc is the fastest of all DVD recording formats.

Combining the recording ability of a VCR and the digital quality of a DVD, the RCA DVD recorder allows consumers to record their favorite television shows and home videos onto a DVD.
This is the first DVD recorder to incorporate the easy to navigate GUIDE Plus+ interactive TV guide and with one touch record, recording off air programs is simple. The DRC8000N records in six modes: one, two, 2.5, three, four and six hours. In addition, when using the timer record function, the DRC8000N offers an option to automatically set the quality level to the best quality that fits the available space.

Special features include title and chapter creation for easy access to recorded materials; chapter hide/unhide, which allows the user to automatically skip playback of selected sections of a recording; text title labeling; user selectable disc write and title write protection and quick disc erase. The recorded discs will playback on most DVD players and the unit plays all DVD and audio CDs.

More than just a recording device, the DRC8000N incorporates mp3 decoding and Digital PhotoView, which enables playback of JPEG files from a CD-R/RW disc in a rotating slide show format with mp3 playback during the slide show. A USB input connects to a flash card reader for transfer of the digital photos, mp3 files and can decode from flash card without copying to disc for playback and preview.

For more information visit www.rca.com.

 

 

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