Jan 08 - AMD Ignites the New Year New Mobile and
Desktop AMD Athlon 64 Processors. AMD (NYSE: AMD) kicked off 2004
with today's introduction of the new Mobile AMD Athlon(TM) 64 processors
3200+, 3000+ and 2800+, the world's only Windows(R)-compatible 64-bit
mobile PC processors for mainstream notebook computers.
The new mobile processors mark the latest addition to the award-winning
AMD Athlon 64 processor family and feature outstanding mobility, industry-leading
32-bit performance and 64-bit capability.
AMD also announced the addition of the AMD Athlon 64 processor 3400+
for desktop PCs and desktop-replacement notebooks, designed to give
customers the ultimate experience on today's digital media applications.
"AMD continues to lead the industry toward pervasive 64-bit
computing with the launch of the new Mobile AMD Athlon 64 processors,
enabling the industry's first 64-bit-capable mainstream notebook computers,"
said Marty Seyer, vice president and general manager, Microprocessor
Business Unit, AMD. "The AMD Athlon 64 family of processors puts
eye-popping 64-bit power on desktops and notebooks along with best-in-class
Leading computer manufacturer HP is among the more than 60 computer
manufacturers and system builders supporting the AMD Athlon 64 processor
family. "HP remains committed to offering consumers leading-edge
technology, such as the AMD Athlon 64 processors, on our configure-to-order
desktop PC line, giving our customers access to the latest technology
at competitive prices," said Sam Szteinbaum, vice president and
general manager, North America Consumer Computing, HP. "With
our customized PC offerings, we are giving customers the choice to
build the right PC for their needs."
For the new Mobile AMD Athlon 64 processors, notebook computer manufacturer
eMachines will have systems available in January. "eMachines
is proud to partner with AMD in extending 64-bit computing to mainstream
notebook computers. Together we are delivering to notebook users the
latest technology and the highest performance at a value price,"
says Ed Fisher, senior vice president, Global Sales Operations for
eMachines. "Sales of our AMD Athlon 64 processor-based desktop
products are already exceeding our expectations and we expect similar
results for our M6000 Series notebook launching in January."
"Because mobile customers increasingly use laptops for digital
media applications that demand incredibly high levels of performance,
they are increasingly concerned with premature obsolescence,"
said Rob Enderle principle analyst for the Enderle Group. "AMD's
new mobile 64-bit processors address this concern directly while maintaining
a competitive price that is a solid value in any market and almost
unheard of in mobile computers."
The Next Step in Performance for Desktops and Desktop-Replacement
AMD also announced the AMD Athlon 64 processor 3400+ for desktop
PCs and desktop-replacement notebooks. The processor will be supported
by HP's configure-to-order desktop PC line in early 2004. The AMD
Athlon 64 processor 3200+ began appearing in configure-to-order Compaq
Presario 8000Z desktop PCs in November and as an option in configure-to-order
HP Pavilion a450e desktop PCs in December. Fujitsu Siemens Computers
and Fujitsu Ltd. will have desktop systems available immediately.
"The AMD Athlon 64 processor puts great performance in our consumer
systems," said Peter Esser, executive vice president, Volume
Products at Fujitsu Siemens Computers. "This processor helps
preserve our customers' software investment by efficiently running
existing applications while allowing them to transition to 64-bit
computing at their own pace."
"The AMD Athlon 64 processor 3400+ brings outstanding 32-bit
performance and 64-bit capability to our high-end, compact desktop
PC FMV-DESKPOWER C90GW/C, announced today," said Kuniaki Saito,
general manager, Fujitsu Limited Desktop and Workstation Products
and Personal Computer Peripherals Divisions, Personal Systems Business
Group. "Fujitsu is committed to providing PC offerings that best
suit our customers' needs. The AMD Athlon 64 processors help us enable
All desktop AMD Athlon 64 processors feature AMD's Cool'n'Quiet(TM)
technology, designed to detect when full power is not needed and automatically
adjust system power consumption, enabling a cooler, quieter system.
The AMD Athlon 64 processor 3400+ for desktop-replacement notebooks
is designed for high-performance computing and wireless connectivity
and offers AMD PowerNow!(TM) technology for advanced power management
and optimized system battery life in addition to compatibility with
all available wireless LAN solutions. High-performance system builders
Alienware and Voodoo have both announced plans to release notebook
systems based on the AMD Athlon 64 processor 3400+ for desktop-replacement
notebooks in the first quarter of 2004.
64-bit Computing: The Next Frontier for ISVs
The AMD Athlon 64 processor 3400+ is designed to help consumers make
the most of the digital media products, from digital cameras to digital
music players that topped their wish lists in the recent holiday season.
Independent software vendors are eager to develop for the 64-bit environment
enabled by AMD64 technology. ISVs are among the more than 250 infrastructure
partners supporting the AMD64 platform.
"People want more performance from their computers when it comes
to digital media applications," said Jerome Rota, DivX Networks'
co-founder and codec team lead. "We are optimizing our official
video encoding product, Dr. DivX, for the AMD64 platform and expect
it to be available later this quarter. With it, consumers can create
DivX video from any source faster than ever before because AMD64 technology
can speed the process by as much as 18 percent."
"We are pleased to announce that the Nero 6.0 Ultra Edition
supports the AMD Athlon 64 family of processors," said John Tafoya,
vice president of Business Development at Ahead Software. "More
than 120 million users have selected Nero to burn their digital media
to CDs and DVDs. The new AMD Athlon 64 processor 3400+ provides a
powerful boost for the most processor intensive tasks."
For gamers and game developers, the 64-bit environment enabled by
AMD64 technology transforms virtual worlds into dynamic environments
that offer more realism than ever before.
"AMD64 opens a whole new world for developers and gamers. The
power of 64-bit computing means gamers can wait until they see the
whites of their opponents' eyes before firing," said Mark Rein
of Epic Games. "It simply means a level of realism that, until
now, has existed only in the real world."
AMD64 Technology Paves the Way for Pervasive 64-bit Computing
The award-winning AMD Athlon 64 family of processors extends the
power of AMD64 architecture to desktop and notebook computers. The
AMD64 technology follows the evolutionary path of the industry-standard
x86 architecture, allowing development of a unified 64-bit computing
infrastructure designed to be fully compatible with the pervasive
x86 architecture. AMD64 technology allows customers to protect their
investments by continuing to use their 32-bit software until they
decide to migrate to new, 64-bit software.
Pricing and Availability
More than 60 manufacturers and system builders worldwide feature
systems based on the AMD Athlon 64 family of processors. Mobile AMD
Athlon 64 processors 3200+, 3000+ and 2800+ are priced at $293, $233
and $193, respectively, in 1,000-unit quantities. The AMD Athlon 64
processor 3400+ for desktop and desktop-replacement notebook computing
is priced at $417 in 1,000-unit quantities.
For more information visit www.amd.com.
Jan 08 - Toshiba's New Desktop Replacement
Notebooks Offer Major Features at Minimal Prices. Toshiba's Digital
Products Division (DPD) today introduced the Satellite A45 Series
of notebook PCs that delivers the features of a desktop PC at a very
low price. Designed for cost-conscious consumers, families and students,
the Satellite A45 Series offers the perfect combination of power,
performance and multimedia functionality.
Packaged in a newly designed electric blue chassis, the Satellite
A45 Series comes fully equipped with integrated Wi-Fi (802.11g) wireless
connectivity (except the Satellite A45-120), so users can enjoy surfing
the web on a wireless home network or at a local public hotspot.
The high-end notebook in the series (the Satellite A45-250) comes
standard with a DVD+-R/+-RW drive, allowing users to view or copy
DVDs using either the + or - format -- eliminating the concern about
To complement any multimedia experience, the Satellite A45 series
come standard with new SRS(R) TruSurround XT(TM) sound technology
from SRS Labs providing exceptional bass-thumping home theater surround
sound audio during DVD and CD playback. The notebooks also include
Microsoft(R) Office OneNote(TM), enabling users to easily capture
and organize notes more efficiently.
The Satellite A45-120 is the perfect entry-level notebook including
a built-in DVD-ROM/CD-RW multi-function drive, Intel(R) Celeron(R)
processor and ample storage space.
In addition, the mid-range Satellite A45-S150 notebook offers increased
memory (512MB) for more storage capabilities, integrated wireless
connectivity and a faster processor to offer greater horsepower when
creating multimedia presentations or watching DVD movies. The Satellite
A45-S150 is a welcome addition to any college dorm room or home office
environment and also includes a TV-out port -- simply plug the notebook
into any size TV to expand your viewing area.
The most powerful member of the series, the Satellite A45-S250 is
fully loaded with enough speed, memory and performance to suit even
the most advanced computer users' needs. The Satellite A45-S250 is
a multimedia powerhouse, fully equipped to handle audio, video and
data from a number of sources and formats.
With breakaway features such as i.Link(R) (IEEE 1394) and a built-in
Secure Digital(TM) (SD) slot, the Satellite A45-250 is set-up to easily
transfer files from a variety of consumer electronic devices including
digital cameras, video cameras, and Pocket PCs. The Satellite A45-250
also includes a multi-format DVD recordable drive to burn transferred
data to a DVD. Also, by incorporating both the + and - formats, the
Satellite A45-250 ensures compatibility with all DVD sources.
Starting as low as $1,049, Toshiba's Satellite(R) A45 Series mobile
PCs are perfect for budget conscious consumers, students and families
that demand performance. The Satellite A45 Series is now available
at www.shoptoshiba.com and retail
distribution channels including computer superstores and consumer
Jan 08 - Palm Introduces Sequel to Top-selling
Zire Handheld. Adding value to the top-selling original Palm(TM)
Zire(TM) handheld while holding its $99 price steady, Palm, Inc. (Nasdaq:
PALM) today introduced the Palm Zire 21 handheld, with more software,
a faster processor and four times greater memory.
The Zire 21 handheld -- with an estimated U.S. street price of $99
-- is an affordable and easy way for the first-time handheld-buyer
to juggle daily tasks surrounding work, family and social activities.
Zire 21 Handheld Benefits and Features
Four times the storage capacity of the original Zire handheld with
8MB of memory (7.2MB user available);
Faster access to information with new 126MHz Texas Instruments OMAP
Newest versions of Date Book, Address Book, Note Pad and To Do List
with the latest Palm OS(R) software, Version 5.2.1; and
New Software Essentials now included on the installation CD.
"The Zire 21 handheld is Palm's sequel to the fastest-selling
handheld in history," said David Christopher, vice president
of product management for Palm Solutions Group. "With the same
great price and ease of use, the sequel offers more memory for data
and applications, as well as faster performance. We expect the Zire
21 handheld to be another hit with first-time users and gift-givers."
With four times more memory than the original Zire handheld, the
Zire 21 handheld's 8MB (7.2MB user available) adds room for storing
years of appointments and thousands of contacts, with additional space
for choosing from more than 19,000 applications, ranging from business
software to exercise logs and shopping-list managers.(1)
Running on a new and faster 126MHz Texas Instruments OMAP processor,
the Zire 21 handheld speeds access to information. Designed to meet
the demands of students, families and people on the job, the Zire
21 handheld offers faster interactions and easy-to-learn-and-use applications.
With the latest Palm OS software, Version 5.2.1, the Zire 21 handheld
features classic Palm PIM (Personal Information Management) applications
with an emphasis on value and simplicity. Palm's famous, easy-to-use
PIM applications (Date Book, Address Book, Note Pad, To Do List, Memo
Pad, and Calculator) allow users to quickly keep track of important
information. Recurring appointments need only be entered once. Helpful
reminder alarms alert users to meetings or appointments.
New valuable software essentials are included on the Zire 21 handheld
installation CD. Users can keep track of birthdays and anniversaries,
automobile maintenance, passwords, and expenses, as well as read an
eBook and play games with software included in the box.
The Zire 21 handheld is available now in most countries worldwide
via consumer-electronics outlets, major retail chains and online e-stores.
Information about Palm, Inc. is available at www.palm.com/aboutpalm.
Jan 08 - AT&T Wireless and palmOne
DeliverTreo 600 Smartphone to Customers Nationwide. AT&T Wireless
(NYSE:AWE) and palmOne, Inc. (Nasdaq: PLMO) today announced the immediate
availability of the Treo(TM) 600 smartphone, an integrated wireless
smartphone with a built-in QWERTY keyboard that runs over AT&T
Wireless Next Generation GSM/GPRS network. The Treo 600 smartphone
combines a world-class phone, a Palm OS(R) organizer, messaging, email,
and web-browsing capabilities into a single compact device.
The Treo 600 smartphone is available from AT&T Wireless for $499.99,
after a $50 instant rebate, when customers purchase qualified service
plans starting at $12.99 per month. The Treo 600 smartphone is available
through AT&T Wireless' various sales channels and online from
Handspring.com. For a limited time, palmOne is also offering all Treo
communicator owners the ability to upgrade to a Treo 600 smartphone
for only $399 exclusively at www.Handspring.com.
"We are delighted to be working with AT&T Wireless to deliver
this world-class smartphone to their customer base nationwide,"
said Joe Sipher, vice president of product and carrier marketing for
palmOne. "Treo 600 represents a breakthrough in the design and
functionality of a smartphone device, and we are working closely with
AT&T Wireless to make sure our applications are seamlessly integrated
into their network services, giving customers the best possible voice
and data application experience."
"In today's competitive environment, business customers with
the ability to stay connected to their information while mobile have
a clear advantage over those who don't," said Jeff Bradley, senior
vice president of business data solutions at AT&T Wireless. "With
the Treo 600, mobile professionals now have access to one of the most
advanced smartphones available -- and a simple and powerful solution
to access corporate information throughout North America and across
the globe.(2) We're very pleased to add this device to our portfolio,
especially ahead of this year's holiday shopping season."
The Treo 600 smartphone is one of the first quad-band smartphones
(850/900/1800/1900 MHz) that allows customers to make and receive
calls and use data services on GSM/GPRS networks worldwide. A full
list of roaming countries is available at www.attwireless.com.
The Treo 600 smartphone operates on the Palm OS 5.2 operating system,
providing everything you need to stay organized, including calendar,
contact list, to-do list, and memo pad. The Palm OS allows customers
to take advantage of thousands of existing applications, including
games, office document readers, multimedia applications, and valuable
utilities for both personal and business needs.
The Treo 600 smartphone provides a robust and easy-to-use POP3 email
solution and comes preconfigured with settings for several popular
ISPs, or users can set up the Treo 600 smartphone to access their
own POP3 accounts.
The Treo 600 smartphone supports attachment handling, including access
to Microsoft Word and Microsoft Excel compatible documents. In addition,
through agreements with Good Technology and Visto Corporation, AT&T
Wireless is now offering corporate email solutions that provide businesses
with access to Microsoft Outlook or Lotus Notes email behind their
Customers can also send and receive text messages in a powerful new
way that allows users to see the "chain" of previous text
content --similar to an instant messaging experience.
The Treo 600 smartphone provides access to a variety of advanced
multimedia features. An integrated VGA camera works with AT&T
Wireless Multimedia Messaging Services (MMS), which allows customers
to send/receive images, annotate messages and add system sounds such
as ringtones to their notes. The Treo smartphone includes MP3 playback
functionality. Additional information about the Treo 600 smartphone
can be found at www.attwireless.com/palm.
Jan 08 - Pacific Digital Introduces Blue
Lightning CD-RW Burner & DVD-ROM for Gamers. Pacific Digital
Corporation expanded its storage product line today when it added
two new Pacific Digital "Blue Lightning" drives: a 52x24x52
CD-RW Burner and a 16x48 DVD-ROM for PC Gamer systems.
The internal "Blue Lightning" 52X CD-RW drive comes bundled
with CD creation software, a complete solution for data backup, storage
and distribution, the new drive can be used for everything from sharing
data and music to archiving 700MB of content on one disc. The
"Blue Lightning" 52X burner is fast and reliable. It writes
to CD-R at 52x; and to CD-RW at 24x speeds. It reads CD formats at
The internal "Blue Lightning" 16X DVD-ROM drive comes bundled
with WinDVD video playback software, making a complete solution for
CD and DVD playback. The fast new drive supports reads DVD+RW, DVD+R,
DVD-RW, DVD-R, and DVD-ROM formats at 16X, and reads CD formats at
"As the drive operates, the Blue LEDs in the transparent bezel
light up. Now Gamers can mod their case with the latest gear from
Pacific Digital," said Tony Tate, vice president of sales at
Pacific Digital. "The uniqueness of the product has created a
buzz and the product catches your eye."
The internal DVD-ROM drive (U-30214) is available now at an MSRP
of $59. The internal 52X CD-RW drive (U-30204) is also available now
at an MSRP of $59. The new drives will soon be available at Amazon.com,
Buy.com, Computers4sure, PC Nation, PC Mall.com, HardDrive.com, as
well as Ingram Micro which distributes to resellers and other dealers
listed on the Pacific Digital Web site at www.pacificdigital.com.
Jan 07 - Dolby Laboratories Highlights
Key Trends to Drive Audio Market at CES. Dolby Laboratories continues
to demonstrate its commitment to provide innovative, high-quality
audio solutions in key growth areas of the audio market at the 2004
International Consumer Electronics Show (CES), held January 812
in Las Vegas. This year, Dolby identifies four exciting industry market
trends that will underscore the growth and adoption for Dolby's premier
"Leveraging our expertise and heritage in providing superior
surround sound for the motion picture industry, Dolby is committed
to providing highly compelling industry-leading audio technologies
targeted at the home theater, gaming, personal computing, automotive,
and broadcast markets," said Ron Vitale, Director of Marketing,
Consumer Division, Dolby Laboratories. "We see tremendous opportunity
for Dolby to lead the way in 2004, as the markets for personal surround
sound, DVD recording, high-definition television (HDTV), and mobile
electronics gain significant traction, and consumers recognize the
excitement and value of a high-quality audio entertainment experience."
Personal Surround Sound
The first of these market trends points to the increasing consumer
desire to enjoy surround sound entertainment in environments that
may not be conducive to multichannel audio setups. Dolby's Personal
Surround Sound initiative is focused on delivering a surround sound
listening experience in environments such as these, where a multichannel
speaker system is not possible or practical.
Dolby® Virtual Speaker and Dolby Headphone technologies enable
users to listen to music, watch movies, and play video games, all
while enjoying the enveloping surround listening experience of a 5.1-channel
speaker system through just two speakers, or any pair of stereo headphones.
Denon Electronics Ltd., Pioneer Corporation, and Sony Vaio are just
a few industry leaders that have adopted these technologies. More
than ten leading consumer electronics manufacturers are expected to
unveil products incorporating Dolby personal surround sound technologies.
The second major market trend relates to the unprecedented growth
of DVD recording. "DVD recorders will be big in 2004, and will
essentially replace the market for video cassette recorders,"
said research analyst Adrienne Downey of Semico Research.
"We predict global sales of 13.3 million DVD recorders in 2004,
compared with just 3.5 million in 2003." Beyond just being a
VCR replacement, next-generation DVD recording devices are also expected
to integrate a hard disk drive (HDD) with personal video recording
Armed with these devices, consumers can record their favorite TV
programming for playback or archival, and can record, edit, and organize
original content from a digital camcorder or VHS tape. Dolby Digital
technology in these products preserves the integrity of the recorded
audio signal while maximizing available disk space for other features,
such as video. Because Dolby Digital is the audio standard for DVD-Video
discs, DVDs that users record will play back on DVD-Video players.
Dolby Digital is not only the standard audio format for DTV, and
the de facto standard for digital satellite broadcasts, but it is
also the designated audio format for HDTV in North America. The HDTV
market is the third promising growth area for consumer electronics
hardware manufacturers and retailers.
The Consumer Electronics Association (CEA) projects that 5.8 million
DTV units will be sold in the US in 2004, 8.3 million in 2005, 11.9
million in 2006, and 16.2 million in 2007. Some 85 percent of those
sales will go toward HDTV products, which reinforces the CEA's long-held
belief that HDTV will be consumers' choice in the analog to DTV transition.
This growth, coupled with the increase in 5.1-channel high-definition
content and broadcasts, will enable consumers to experience a rich,
highly encompassing surround sound experience that complements the
vibrant high-definition picture. One simple digital audio connection
from your digital television set or set-top box to your A/V receiverequipped
with Dolby Digitalmakes it all possible.
Beyond the home environment, mobile entertainment is another market
arena poised for steady growth. Dolby surround technologies have migrated
from the cinema to the home theater and broadcast, and are now enabling
surround sound in automotive environments as part of Dolby's "Surround
in MotionTM" initiative. Consumers recognize that their vehicles
provide an ideal environment for multichannel sound, and are demanding
enhanced in-car entertainment options.
Many automobiles are already equipped with multispeaker sound systems
that are easily upgraded for surround playback. In 2004 and beyond,
Dolby mobile entertainment technologies, including Dolby Pro Logic®
II, Dolby Digital for DVD-Video playback, and DVD-Audio with MLP LosslessTM
technology, will be integrated into a variety of original equipment
manufacturer (OEM) and aftermarket products. Acura, Aston Martin,
and Volvo have introduced OEM-branded vehicles offering a selection
of Dolby audio technologies.
In addition, leading manufacturers of aftermarket automotive productsincluding
Alpine, Kenwood, and Pioneerhave introduced a variety of Dolby
technologies that satisfy consumers' entertainment listening habits.
For more information about Dolby Laboratories or Dolby technologies,
please visit www.dolby.com.
Jan 07 - DISCover PC Game
Consoles Launched at CES. Digital Interactive Systems Corporation
(DISC) today formally debuted the first next-generation game console,
DISCover®, at the International Consumer Electronics Show (CES).
DISCover PC Game Console technology gives Apex Digital and Alienware®
a way to enter the lucrative $13 billion game console market without
having to spend hundreds of millions to first develop their own proprietary
games. Apex Digital and Alienware DISCover consoles play thousands
of unmodified PC games on a television or home entertainment system.
Apex Digital, Inc., the world's largest manufacturer of DVD players,
will introduce its ApeXtreme DVD player/DISCover Game Console for
which Apex is a 2004 CES Innovations Award honoree. Alienware, the
leading manufacturer of high-end gaming PCs, will unveil its Media
Center PC and DISCover Game Console.
"A console designed to play PC games on a TV may find an audience
among PC gamers looking for a unique and new type of game experience,"
said Schelley Olhava, IDC analyst, Consumer Markets, Gaming. "Historically
serious gamers have shown a willingness to try new technologies, and
if happy with the experience, will gladly spread the word among the
mainstream gamer audience."
"Windows XP Embedded delivers the power of the Windows operating
system in componentized form, enabling embedded developers to rapidly
build reliable and advanced embedded devices," said Jane Gilson,
group product manager in the Embedded Devices Group at Microsoft Corp.
"As a Microsoft Windows Embedded Partner, DISC exemplifies how
Windows XP Embedded enables manufacturers to quickly create home entertainment
appliances that can play unmodified PC games and access digital entertainment."
Only DISCover offers true console capabilities for unmodified PC
games. Users simply drop a game CD into a console and start playing
using DISCover's Drop & Play technology. DISCover technology
works transparently to automatically configure games for no-hassle
convenience. This enables gamers playing on home entertainment systems
(including HDTVs) to enjoy a new level of audio and visual excitement.
"The success of any game console depends on the number of titles
it offers," said Avi DorEl, president of DISC. "The videogame
console that offers the most games is always the most popular. Yet
even the market leader only offers a limited number of proprietary
titles compared to the thousands of titles available to the DISCover."
In addition, while the major videogame console vendors are just beginning
to develop online gaming capabilities, DISC is partnering with GameSpy
to immediately enable DISCover users to gain access to the world's
largest community of online PC game enthusiasts via a built-in "DISCover
"GameSpy and DISCover will be able to bring the excitement of
online gaming to an entirely new community," said Jonathan Epstein,
president of GameSpy Industries. "By using GameSpy's Arcade,
DISCover console users will be instantly connected to the world's
largest enthusiast online gaming community."
For more information about Apex Digital Inc. go to www.apexdigitalinc.com.
For more information, please visit www.alienware.com.
Jan 07 - CMS' Award-Winning External
Serial ATA Backup System for Desktops Now Shipping. CMS Products
Inc. (formerly CMS Peripherals), the leader in backup and storage
solutions for notebook and desktop computers, today shipped the Velocity
Series backup system for desktop computers. With capacities ranging
between 80GB and 200GB and a starting price of $299 MSRP, the Velocity
Series is now available through major distributors, corporate resellers,
mail order and direct from the company's Web site, www.cmsproducts.com.
Named "Best of COMDEX/Las Vegas 2003" in the Peripherals
Category, the Velocity Series is the industry's first comprehensive,
all-in-one backup solution to incorporate a Serial ATA interface,
providing users with complete backup, restore, disaster recovery capabilities
and an externally bootable backup system. With the implementation
of Serial ATA technology, the Velocity Series is capable of clocking
transfer rates of up to 1.5Gb per second meaning users can backup
20GB of data in less than 20 minutes compared to more than 60 minutes
with USB 2.0 or FireWire interfaces.
"The combination of Serial ATA technology and CMS' comprehensive
BounceBack software makes the Velocity Series the industry's first
externally bootable, high speed and economical backup solution,"
said Eric Robinson, vice president of engineering, CMS Products. "The
Velocity Series promises to revolutionize the backup world by delivering
innovation and unsurpassed levels of performance."
The integration of Serial ATA technology also makes the Velocity
Series the first externally bootable device for Windows operating
systems. An externally bootable system provides instant disaster recovery
after hard drive or operating system failure. CMS will offer an optional
Serial ATA controller card, making the technology compatible for desktops
not supporting the Serial ATA interface on the motherboard.
The Velocity Series is compatible with both Windows 2000 and Windows
XP operating systems and includes a 3-year warranty. Visit CMS' Web
site at www.cmsproducts.com.
Jan 07 - Belkin Announces Bluetooth
Wireless Desktop. Keep your desk uncluttered and free of wires
with the Bluetooth Wireless Desktop from Belkin. The Desktop lets
you enjoy the freedom and convenience of wireless computing. It comes
packaged with a Bluetooth Wireless Keyboard, Bluetooth Wireless Optical
Mouse, and Bluetooth USB Adapter. The package will begin shipping
in North America on February 2, 2004 and is priced at $129.
The Bluetooth Desktop provides simple control of your computing devices
and features a comfortable, ergonomic design.
The Keyboard gives you the accuracy and high performance of a conventional
keyboard along with freedom from cables. It adds functionality with
nine keys for multimedia control and eight for Internet access.
The Mouse allows you to navigate your desktop with optical precision.
Designed to set up quickly, it requires no desktop receiver and works
with a PC that supports the HID profile and that is enabled with Bluetooth
The USB Adapter enables your computer with Bluetooth technology to
let you connect up to seven Bluetooth devices, including your keyboard
and mouse, as well as printers and PDAs simultaneously.
Works at distances of up to 10m (33ft.)
Consumes less power, extending battery life
Keyboard offers 104-button support
Mouse navigates easily using 4 buttons and the scroll wheel
Belkin products are available through www.belkin.com
as well as through a network of major distributors, resellers, and
Jan 07 - 2004 Sales of Consumer Electronics
to Set New Record. Manufacturer-to-dealer sales of consumer electronics
products will total a record $101 billion in 2004 - a five percent
increase over 2003 - according to figures released today by the Consumer
Electronics Association (CEA). These figures were issued as part of
CEA Market Research's semi-annual U.S. Consumer Electronics Sales
& Forecasts report.
CEA also announced that estimated year-end sales for 2003 total $96.3
billion, marking a modest increase of two percent over 2002 figures.
The 2003 estimate for year-end sales exceeds the previous forecast
CEA released in July 2003.
"Consumer electronics continue to win over American consumers
by providing the tools to create, educate, entertain and connect,"
said Gary Shapiro, CEA president and CEO. "Be they digital imaging
or electronic gaming products, new wireless devices or the next generation
of in-car electronics, cutting-edge digital video or digital audio
products - again and again, consumers have shown that they look to
our industry to provide them with the tools to access information,
culture, friends, family and the vast world of possibilities."
In the video category, total sales of digital television (DTV) products
account for some $6.1 billion of industry revenues in 2003 on nearly
4 million units, representing an increase in dollar sales of 44 percent
and an increase of 56 percent in units over 2002 figures.
New display technologies have helped boost the tremendous growth in
sales of DTV products, with sales of plasma television estimated to
reach nearly $1.5 billion in revenues for 2003, up from $515 million
just one year ago.
LCD television sales during 2003 will total $651 million, compared
to $246 million in 2002. In 2004, CEA projects another banner year
for DTV product sales, with total shipments of more than 5.7 million
units on dollar sales of $8 billion. Sales of plasma displays are
expected to generate $2.2 billion in 2004 and revenues of LCD displays
are projected to increase to more than $1 billion.
Sales of stand-alone DVD players continued to maintain its position
as the fastest selling technology of all time during 2003 with factory-to-dealer
shipments of some 22.1 million units on dollar sales of more than
$3 billion for the year, up from 17 million units and $2.4 billion
in revenues during 2002. Currently, 50 percent of U.S. households
now own at least one DVD player - a figure that is expected to increase
in 2004, as CEA projects DVD player unit sales to reach more than
23.8 million units by the year's end.
Manufacturer-to-dealer sales of direct-to-home satellite systems
totaled 9.7 million units on dollar revenues of nearly $1.4 billion
in 2003 and sales of personal video recorders (PVRs) skyrocketed with
increases of more than 239 percent over 2002 to $193 million in revenues.
The audio category also is benefiting from rapid consumer adoption
of digital products, in spite of facing declines across several products.
MP3 players shot past all estimates for a record-setting year in 2003,
despite continuing debates over home recording rights.
Factory-to-dealer shipments of MP3 players totaled 3.8 million units
during 2003, an increase of 121 percent compared to 2002, and are
expected to rise again in 2004 to more than 5.1 million units. Dollar
revenues of MP3 players for 2003 leapt to $556 million, a 171 percent
increase over 2002. CEA projects dollar revenues of MP3 players to
increase another 27 percent to $706 million for 2004.
In digital imaging, digital camera sales will total some $3.4 billion
in revenues for 2003, up 22 percent from 2002, with unit sales of
12.5 million. With digital cameras in a strong growth mode, household
penetration has quickly approached the one-third mark, with 33 percent
of U.S. households now owning at least one digital camera.
Two categories once thought to have reached a plateau - PCs and wireless
phones - saw growth in 2003. PC sales finally have returned to positive
territory in 2003 as unit sales rose roughly 15 percent and dollar
sales total $12.5 billion, with digital media and increasing PC specs
helping drive a new upgrade cycle. Also in 2003, sales of wireless
telephones increased by 20 percent to 70.5 million units on dollar
sales of almost $9.2 billion.
Data cited in this release is included in the U.S. Consumer Electronics
Sales & Forecasts: 1999-2004, available at no cost to CEA members.
Non-member may purchase this report for $149 from CEA Market Research.
For a list of available reports and purchasing information, visit
Jan 06 - Transmeta Debuts Crusoe® TM5700/TM5900
Processors. Transmeta Corporation (NASDAQ: TMTA), the leader in
efficient computing, today introduced its Crusoe TM5700 and TM5900
microprocessors, creating a new standard in ultra-compact, efficient
The new processors feature an integrated Northbridge
and are available in a 21mm x 21mm package for increased design flexibility
and to enable smaller form factors for x86-compatible, energy efficient
mobile and embedded computing.
The small footprint of the Transmeta Crusoe TM5700/TM5900
processors make it ideal for applications that require high performance
processing within small and thermally constrained environments, including
thin clients, blade servers, printers, copiers, point-ofsale terminals,
smart displays, portable consumer devices, ultra-personal computers
(UPCs) and set-top boxes.
The TM5700/TM5900 have already begun sampling with
Transmeta's customers and will be in production in January 2004.The
Crusoe TM5700/TM5900 processors are another significant step in advancing
the cause of efficient computing, said Dr. Matthew R. Perry,
president and CEO of Transmeta.
By delivering a solution that is 50 percent smaller than our
existing Crusoe TM5800 processors, Transmeta allows system designers
to further leverage the high performance and low-heat dissipation
characteristics of Transmetas proven hardware and software architecture
for a wide range of new smaller form factor, fan-less designs.
The TM5700 and TM5900 processors are a continuation
of the Crusoe product line and provide the established low-power and
high-performance characteristics of Crusoes highly efficient
128-bit VLIW (very long instruction word) engine, which issues up
to 4 instructions per clock cycle. The Crusoe architecture includes
fully integrated on-chip Northbridge core logic, reducing chip count
and power requirements and decreasing the size and cost of the PC
The new processors offer up to 1 GHz of x86-compatible
performance and incorporate integer and floating-point execution units,
separate 64 Kbyte instruction and data caches, a large 512 Kbyte (TM5900)
or 256 Kbyte (TM5700) L2 writeback cache, a 64-bit DDR SDRAM memory
controller, and a 32-bit PCI controller.
Transmetas LongRun® power management technology
further reduces thermal constraints by dynamically adjusting the operating
voltage and clock frequency of the processor core based on application
demands and intelligently adapting processor operation to system thermal
Additionally, a small form factor Mini-ITX motherboard evaluation/reference
platform based upon the TM5900 processor will be available in Q1 2004.
This highperformance, low-power platform comes with schematics, design
guides, processor specifications, device drivers and all other requirements
for evaluation and initiating product designs.
To learn more about Transmeta, visit www.transmeta.com.
Jan 06 - Dell Offers Zero-Percent
Financing for Consumers. Is 2004 the year you plan to get an MP3
player for the gym, a handheld to get organized, and an LCD television
to watch the Super Bowl? And save money? If so, it looks like 2004
may be your year.
For the first time, Dell tomorrow -- Saturday -- will begin offering
well-qualified consumer customers in the United States 12 months of
no-interest financing(a) on everything from personal computers to
the company's new line of consumer electronics products, including
digital music players, handhelds and LCD televisions. The offer runs
through Friday, January 30.
The financing offer, combined with Dell's direct, build-to-order
business model, are further indications of Dell's commitment to offering
technologies that are not only simple to use, but easy to buy.
Information on Dell and its products can be obtained
Jan 06 - Play Your MP3 Player
Through Your Car or Home Stereo. Listen to music from your MP3
player through Belkin's improved FM stereo receiver. The Belkin TuneCast
II FM Transmitter, an enhanced version of the TuneCast I, connects
portable music players to your car or home stereo using FM radio waves.
The TuneCast II will begin shipping in January of 2004 in North America.
The TuneCast II scans all FM frequencies 88.1-107.9MHz (as opposed
to just four frequencies that other transmitters offer) and selects
the best frequency for your music experience. It also memorizes up
to four FM frequencies to give you easy and quick access to your favorite
The TuneCast II also features a unique Auto ON/OFF function, which
frees you from manually toggling your TuneCast II's ON/OFF switch
by simply powering on when an audio signal is detected. If there is
no signal detected for a period of 60 seconds, your TuneCast II will
switch off. This innovation preserves battery life while making your
mobile audio experience simpler.
Just plug the TuneCast II into the headphone jack of your iPod ,
PDA, MP3, CD, or cassette player; or connect it to your PC or laptop
computer. Tune your car stereo or receiver to any clear FM frequency,
and enjoy your music experience with more sound and fewer wires.
Belkin products are available through www.belkin.com
as well as through a network of major distributors, resellers, and
Jan 06 - Other World Computing Launches
New Mercury Extreme G4/1.25GHz Processor Upgrade. Other World
Computing (OWC) today announced a new Mercury Extreme G4/1.25 Gigahertz
(GHz) processor upgrade that is guaranteed by OWC to run at actual
clock speeds of up to 1.467GHz.
Today's announcement was made by OWC at the Macworld Conference &
Expo, being held January 5-9, 2004 at the Moscone Center in San Francisco,
where the company is exhibiting in booth #2233.
This addition to the popular line of AGP processor upgrades replaces
OWC's prior 1.25-1.26GHz Mercury Extreme model and uses Motorola's
new PowerPC G4 7455B 1.25GHz processor. It is immediately available
online from OWC for only $429.99, allowing the new cards to offer
top-notch performance at a mid-range price point.
"We've found that Motorola has been very conservative with the
speed marked on its 1.25GHz G4/7455B processors," said Larry
O'Connor, president of OWC. "We've been able to establish a design
and burn-in process allowing us to guarantee that our new Extreme
model using this processor will safely operate at speeds of up to
"We are very confident that all our Mercury Extreme models are
priced to give the maximum performance for the price, but this new
1.25-1.467GHz card offers even more for the money. It's already an
'extreme' value for a 1.25GHz card, and the fact that you can run
it at up to 1.467GHz is simply an incredible added bonus."
The OWC Mercury G4 Extreme line offers cost-effective, easy to install
plug and play solutions to increase the performance of Apple PowerMac
G4 models. Requiring no software enablers, OWC's Mercury Extreme processor
upgrades are completely compatible with all Macintosh software and
operating systems. Additionally, these upgrades can make it possible
to utilize certain application features or run entire applications
that require higher processing speeds than many stock processors provide.
OWC Mercury Extreme G4 processor upgrades are backed by a three-year
warranty and a 30-day 100 percent money-back guarantee. Each Extreme
G4 processor upgrade features 256 Kilobytes of 1:1 L2 cache on-chip
and 2 Megabytes (MBs) of high-speed SPD or DDR L3 Cache. They are
compatible with Apple PowerMac G4 AGP Graphics (Sawtooth), Gigabit
Ethernet, Digital Audio and Quicksilver models and support Mac OS
9.2.1 and higher, as well as all OS X versions up to and including
the latest 10.3.x "Panther" versions.
For complete specs and additional information on the Mercury Extreme
G4 line, please visit www.macsales.com/Extreme.
Jan 06 - Konica Minolta Introduces Next
Generation Single Lens-Reflex 5 Megapixel Digital Camera. Building
upon the success of the highly acclaimed DiMAGE 7 series of digital
cameras, Konica Minolta Photo Imaging U.S.A., Inc. introduces the
new 5 megapixel SLR-type DiMAGE A1 digital camera. The DiMAGE A1 was
designed with todays creative digital photographer in mind.
Featuring the worlds fastest AF speed among 5-megapixel SLR-type
digital cameras, a fast built-in f/2.8 3.5 7x optical zoom
lens, a top shutter speed of 1/16,000 of a second, dual-focal macro
system, extra-fine image-quality option, new CxProcess II and 3-D
Predictive Focus Control, Subject Tracking AF, Anti-shake function,
and compatibility with portable and studio flash systems, the DiMAGE
A1 exploits the power of digital imaging by providing the tools photographers
need to express their creativity and solve visual problems.
In addition, Konica Minolta has also introduced new remote imaging
software for use with the DiMAGE A1, the new DiMAGE Capture software,
for enhanced creative capabilities.
The new DiMAGE A1 digital camera represents the next generation
in quality and performance from Konica Minolta, said Jon Sienkiewicz,
vice president of marketing, Konica Minoltas Camera Division.
The DiMAGE A1 is built for creative digital photographers who
demand the highest quality images and versatility in a compact, easy-to-use
The new DiMAGE A1 is built around a high-precision electro-optical
system designed to maximize image quality. The system starts with
a 5.3 megapixel 2/3-type progressive primary-color CCD with 5.0 million
effective pixels for fine high-resolution images. The DiMAGE A1 uses
14-bit A/D conversion to record the richness and infinite subtleties
The DiMAGE A1s fast f2.8 f3.5 7x optical zoom lens is
an advanced apochromatic (APO) lens employing anomalous dispersion
(AD) glass to minimize chromatic aberration at all focal lengths and
produce sharp, contrasty images. With a focal range of 7.2mm to 50.8mm,
it is equivalent to a 28mm to 200mm 35mm zoom lens. The DiMAGE A1
zoom has a dual-focal macro system that allows the lens to be set
at the wide-angle or telephoto position to take advantage of different
Fore more information about Konica Minolta Photo Imaging U.S.A.,
Inc., its products and services, visit www.ph.konicaminolta.us.
Jan 04 - Sunday Shopping
Best Sunday Deals - See our Best Sunday
Ad Deals Table below for specific system prices.
Weekly Comparison. After Christmas shopping deals
continue on computers and peripherals.
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 12 month no-interest financing on all desktop
and laptop purchases, and $100 mail-in rebates on advertised laptops
and up to $150 mail-in rebates on advertised desktop packages.
Circuit City is offering
12 months no interest financing on advertised desktop packages and
notebooks, and up to $150 mail-in rebates on advertised laptops and
has no store-wide promotions this Sunday but has some very good sale
prices on computers.
CompUSA has an Unadvertised
Specials promotion on its site which you need to print and take
into your CompUSA store.
Staples has no store-wide promotions
to Online Prices - Compare the Sunday ad prices to
those being offered at DealTime, it searches over 160 online computer
InfoHQ Related Shopping Pages
- Our latest shopping advisories on buying digital cameras and camcorders,
desktop computers, laptops, and other computer items.
Upgrade Guide - All about upgrading to Windows XP.
What You Need to Know
About Dial-up Internet Service Rebates - The pros and cons of
'free' Internet service deals. Also see our latest InfoHQ Tech Watch
PC and Free Internet Deals.
Definitions. A complete desktop system/package/complete
package is defined as a computer with monitor and printer
A build-to-order system is customized at the retailer
and then ordered from a computer manufacturer. In addition to the
computer's stated price, you still pay sales tax and shipping charges
(if you order direct from the vendor without going through the chain
store, you may not have to pay sales tax and you could get a better
Caution about advertised prices.
When reading advertisements, read the fine print of the ad to make
sure you know what is being advertised and what it cost. For example,
many advertisers will show a complete system with computer, monitor,
and printer but advertise a price for the computer only.
* Prices discussed in this article. We report
prices after rebates and discounts are subtracted.
Items highlighted in Black are good deals.
Items highlighted in Red means prices have
gone up and the system is not a good buy this week.
Items in normal text means prices are about the same as the previous
Best Sunday Ad Deals
Price* (see above)
Prices up or Down this Week
1. Best Celeron Deal
eMachines 2.6 GHz complete system with
Best Buy,Circuit City
2. Best Celeron Deal
Compaq 2.7 GHz system with 17" monitor
Best Pentium 4 System
HP 2.6 GHz Pentium 4 system with DVD/CD-RW
Best AMD Athlon XP System
HP Athlon 3000+ complete system with
17 inch monitor
1. Best Low-cost Laptop
Compaq 2.4 GHz Celeron with DVD/CD-RW
2. Best Low-cost Laptop
HP Athlon 2400+ with DVD-RW
3. Best Low-cost Laptop
Toshiba 2.8 GHz Celeron with DVD/CD-RW
4. Best Low-cost Laptop
Compaq Athlon 2500+ with DVD-RW
Best Buy, Circuit City
1. Best High-end Notebook
Sony Pentium 4 2.8 GHz with DVD-RW
2. Best High-end Notebook
Gateway 1.4 GHz Centrino with DVD/CD-RW
Peripherals and Software
Best Sunday Deal
Western Digital 120 GB 7200 RPM Hard
Drive with 8 MB buffer
Best Sunday Deal
Seagate 160 GB 7200 RPM Serial ATA Hard
Best Sunday Deal
Maxtor 200 GB 7200 RPM Hard Drive with
8 MB buffer
Best Sunday Deal
ATI Radeon 9600 XT 128 MB
Best Sunday Deal
ATI Radeon 9800 Pro 128 MB
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 02 - America Online Releases
'Top 10 Spam' List of 2003. Dubious education offers, pharmaceuticals,
body enhancing hormones, and shady finance-related offers ranked as
the most widely recognized junk email subject lines of 2003 by AOL
'spamwatchers' protecting the service from spammers on behalf of its
The AOL Postmaster team in northern Virginia has calculated the Top
10 most widely sent spam email subject lines - or 'headers' - on the
AOL service in 2003 after reviewing data forwarded by AOL members
during the year, much of it collected in the aggregate via use of
the popular "Report Spam" button in AOL.
"We want to encourage AOL members and all online users to take
this important data and use it to improve their online email experience,"
said Charles Stiles, Manager of the Postmaster Team within AOL's Anti-Spam
Operations group. "Taking this Top 10 list of most often-used
subject lines in spam emails and placing them in AOL's 'Custom Word
List' is a great online New Year's resolution to make - and it's much
easier to tackle than a lot of other resolutions people feel compelled
to make in the offline world!"
"I'd also urge our members, as part of their online New Years
resolution, to continue to be our allies in our ongoing fight against
spam and spammers in 2004 by actively and regularly clicking on AOL's
popular 'Report Spam' button on their email inbox, to continually
develop and add to their 'Custom Word List' in Spam Controls, and
to check their 'Spam Folder' regularly to make sure their personal,
adaptive spam filters are fine-tuned and customized for maximum effectiveness,"
Stiles added. Members can access the Spam Folder at AOL Keyword: Spam
Folder, or by clicking the easily accessible "Spam Folder"
link on their mailbox in AOL 9.0 Optimized.
Information about setting up and using a Custom Word List can be
found at AOL Keyword: Spam Controls. The Custom Word List anti-spam
feature is available for members using AOL software versions 6.0,
7.0, 8.0, 8.0 Plus, and 9.0 Optimized.
Stiles offered up 'expert tips' for online consumers who are interested
in improving their email experience by building a Custom Word List
of terms that show up most often in the subject lines of junk emails.
"First of all, when setting up any kind of anti-spam list, be
as precise as possible and use your creativity to out-guess and out-smart
spammers at their own game. That means setting up spam mail controls
to block multiple variations of a particular word that you often see
in spam subject lines.
"Second, look at the messages you report as spam, and make a
list of the words used most often in those messages' subject lines
- then add those words to your Custom Word List within Spam Controls.
You can start by using AOL's own new Top 10 list for 2003.
"Third, when it comes to spam in your email inbox - report it,
report it, report it! AOL can block spam better when our members report
spam more often. Clicking on the 'Report Spam' button also trains
our members' adaptive spam filters and helps their AOL software 'learn'
what members' individual, personal email preferences are."
Stiles also outlined what made spam-fighting in 2003 unique at the
grassroots level for the AOL Postmaster team: "There are many
ways in which spammers were using techniques of fraud and falsification
to attempt to get their junk email past AOL's anti-spam filters.
"We continue to see lots of interesting patterns used by spammers,
such as: 'randomized characters' in the email subject line; the use
of word variations, including 'whitespace' insertions within words,
to elude spam screens; misspellings of common spam terms; numeric
substitutions for certain letters within common junk email words -
such as a number '3' for an 'E' and a number '1' for an 'I', and a
number '0' for a 'o'; and even the use of characters from the Cyrillic
alphabet in email subject lines."
At the same time, AOL announced it had blocked a total of almost
500 billion - or a half-trillion - spam emails from getting to the
inboxes of its members during the 2003 calendar year. Using its advanced,
finely-tuned spam-blocking filters, AOL estimates that by blocking
this number of spam emails, it has detected and deleted prevented
an average of 15,000 spam emails from getting into the inboxes of
each AOL member. That amounts to an average of 40 less spam emails
daily per AOL account.
The Company also reached a new high when it blocked 2.4 billion spam
emails in a single day using its spam filters. During the 2003 year,
AOL members also set a record for the amount of spam emails they reported
to the Company in a single day at 20.4 million. AOL also reaffirmed
that it routinely blocks 75%-80% of all Internet inbound email as
spam, preventing it from reaching members' email inboxes.
AOL's 'Top 10 Spam Email Subject Lines' of 2003:(1)
1. Viagra online (also: xanax, valium, xenical, phentermine, soma,
celebrex, valtrex, zyban, fioricet, adipex, etc.)
2. Online pharmacy (also: "online prescriptions"; "meds
3. Get out of debt (also: "special offer")
4. Get bigger (also: "satisfy your partner"; "improve
your sex life")
5. Online degree (also: "online diploma")
6. Lowest mortgage rates (also: "lower your mortgage rates";
7. Lowest insurance rates (also: "lower your insurance now")
8. Work from home (also: "be your own boss")
9. Hot XXX action (also: "teens"; "porn")
10. As seen on oprah (1) - Source: AOL. This list is unscientific,
and is not in any specific order. The cited email subject headers
are not ranked by volume.
AOL can be found online at www.aol.com.
Jan 02 - Online Shopping Performance Improves
Slightly in Final Rush to Christmas. As the online gift buying
season drew to a close last week and retail research organizations
report huge increases in online retail sales for the holiday season
overall, Keynote Systems (Nasdaq:KEYN), The Internet Performance Authority(R),
issued its final press release reporting on the performance of the
Keynote E-Commerce Transaction Performance Index this online holiday
For the week beginning Monday, December 22 and ending Sunday, December
28, Keynote's E-Commerce Transaction Index showed that the overall
average response time for completing a transaction was 13.86 seconds,
while the success rate for completing a transaction was 97.33 percent.
These are the best overall averages since Keynote first began issuing
press releases reporting on the Index's performance this holiday shopping
season (beginning the day after Thanksgiving).
The best performing sites on the index the Week of December 22 had
average response times of 7.26 and 8.49 seconds, and success rates
of 99.73 and 99.47 percent. The worst performing sites on the index
had average response times of 24.71 and 24.14 seconds, and success
rates of 93.43 and 94.54 percent. A transaction is defined as a Web
site's ability to allow a consumer to click through a number of pages
and successfully make a purchase.
As a means of comparison, the low point for response time this online
holiday shopping season occurred the week of December 8 when the average
response time was 15.03 seconds. The low point for success rate occurred
the week of December 1 when the average success rate for completing
a transaction was 93.68 percent. The most likely reason for the overall
performance improvement of the Index the week of December 22 is that
less people were shopping online the closer it got to Christmas. People
shopping on December 22nd and after were likely in long shopping lines
in brick and mortar stores, rather then click and mortar ones.
Growth figures make it abundantly clear that Internet use is becoming
as ubiquitous as the telephone or the television, not only for obtaining
information but also for conducting the personal business of our lives.
The National Retail Federation predicts that 2003 holiday retail sales
will be better than the previous three years and that online spending
alone will increase to $95.6 billion the full year of 2003 up from
$75.7 billion in 2002, giving the category 5 to 7 percent of total
For the period November 17 to December 25, Visa USA reported non-travel
online retail sales increased 45 percent over the same period last
year to $9 billion with year-to-date sales as of December 25 up 37
percent, ComScore Networks reported e-commerce sales reached $11.72
billion from November 1 to December 26, a 29 percent jump from the
same period in 2002.
"This level of rapid growth, however, can be a double edged
sword for retailers if they are not prepared to handle the online
onslaught," said Roopak Patel, senior Internet analyst in Keynote's
Public Services group. "With consumers' increasingly heading
to the Web for holiday shopping and other purchases, it is essential
that retailers prepare their sites for larger loads all year, but
especially during holiday periods."
Index results for the top performers and the worst average for the
week can be found at www.keynote.com/solutions.
Complete results of the Index can be found on E-Commerce Times at
Jan 02 - Falcon Northwest Standardizes
On NVIDIA Graphics For FragBox Gaming Systems. NVIDIA Corporation
(Nasdaq: NVDA), the worldwide leader in visual processing solutions,
announced today that Falcon Northwest has standardized on NVIDIA®
GeForce FX graphics processing units (GPUs) in the stylish and
portable Falcon Northwest FragBox line of gaming PCs. The FragBox
ships with the NVIDIA GeForce FX 5600 Ultra GPU, while the NVIDIA
GeForce FX 5950 is the GPU of choice in the FragBox Pro.
"After exhaustive testing and troubleshooting, it is clear that
NVIDIA is the way to go with our FragBox line." said Kelt Reeves,
President of Falcon Northwest. "NVIDIA provides the FragBox with
graphics solutions that are not only faster than the competition,
but run cooler and with much better reliability in the harsh environment
of a small form-factor PC."
"Falcon Northwest caters to a demanding clientele with their
high-performance, custom-built PCs," said Jeff Fisher, executive
vice president of worldwide sales for NVIDIA. "The blazing speed,
cinematic image quality, and unmatched stability of our GeForce FX
line is exactly what Falcon Northwests customers require."
The Falcon Northwest FragBox is designed to pack an amazing amount
of computing power into a fast, lightweight, and affordable package.
The small 12-inch by 8-inch case is light enough to carry to a LAN
party and stylish enough to be the show piece of a home entertainment
The Falcon Northwest FragBox line, equipped with NVIDIA GeForce FX
graphics, can be purchased at www.falcon-nw.com.