Jul 31 - Samsung Introduces .Net Compatible Processors for PDAs.
Samsung Semiconductor, Inc., a leader in System-On-A-Chip LSI technology,
today announced a new line of embedded ARM-based Application Processors,
specifically designed to support Windows CE .NET version 4.1, the
latest release of the Microsoft embedded operating system.
This update enhances Windows CE .NET with key new features used to
empower next-generation portable wireless devices. The powerful pairing
of the two technologies will enable consumers to run a host of Microsoft
software applications, formerly reserved for PC and laptop use, on
wireless mobile devices, including PDAs and Smartphones.
The market availability of the Application Processors is the result
of a strategic relationship between Samsung and Microsoft Corp. Both
companies share a commitment to bring next-generation wireless technology
to market and have worked closely together to test and validate Samsung's
Application Processors. As a result, popular Microsoft applications,
including Word, PowerPoint, Excel and Adobe Acrobat can now run on
today's wireless mobile devices.
The incorporation of Samsung and Microsoft technologies enables multimedia
applications, including gif and jpg image files to run on Windows
CE .NET. Samsung has also added a 2D graphics accelerator, camera
interface, image scalar and a color space converter to its Application
Processors to support the next-generation Internet Protocol in Windows
Powered wireless mobile devices.
"This is a significant day in wireless technology," said
Dr. Hyung Lae Roh, senior vice president of Samsung's System-on-a-Chip
Division. "With Samsung Application Processors and the updated
Windows CE .NET, consumers can enjoy wireless connectivity by running
their favorite Microsoft software applications on PDAs and Smartphones.
The digital convergence era is here now."
"OEMs building next-generation mobile computing devices need
high-performance solutions to bring their products to market,"
said Keith White, senior director of the Embedded and Appliance Platforms
Group at Microsoft Corp. "By including support for Windows CE
.NET in its line of Application Processors, Samsung ensures a more
rapid development process and enables developers to include industry-leading
multimedia and browsing functionality in computing devices such as
PDAs, Web pads and Smartphones."
"Samsung is committed to meeting the ever-increasing consumer
demands in the next-generation wireless market," said Dr. Hyung
Lae Roh. "Our plan is to be first-to-market with leading-edge
System LSI components in a wide range of configurations and densities."
For more information, visit www.usa.samsungsemi.com.
Jul 31 - VIA Announces P4PB 266E Mainboard.
VIA Technologies, Inc, a leading innovator and developer of silicon
chip technologies and PC platform solutions, today announced the VIA
P4PB 266E mainboard for the Intel® Pentium® 4 processor platform,
the first motherboard from VIA to feature the highly versatile VIA
Apollo P4X266E chipset.
Based on the VIA Apollo P4X266E chipset, the successor of the highly
acclaimed Apollo P4X266A, the P4PB 266E mainboard features 533MHz
front side bus support for the latest high-speed Intel® Pentium®
4 processors and the rich 2D/3D graphics performance of AGP4X, as
well as supporting today's "must have" features such as
DDR266 SDRAM memory, USB 2.0, six channel audio, and ATA/133.
The six USB 2.0 ports on the VIA P4PB 266E enable seamless connectivity
to all the latest high speed multimedia devices and peripherals such
as digital video cameras, MP3 players, and the next generation of
scanners and printers while also providing backwards compatibility
with established USB 1.1 standard devices.
An onboard VIA VT1616 audio codec provides six channels of studio
quality, crisp, digital surround sound and supports both optical and
S/PDIF outputs. The P4PB 266E is bundled with a S/PDIF connector bracket
that fits neatly into any available PC chassis I/O expansion slot.
The S/PDIF brackets enables digital to digital signal transfers between
devices thus eliminating the signal degradation associated with traditional
An onboard Smart Card connector enables easy implementation of PC
Smart Card reader solutions. Smart Card solutions offer businesses,
government, and individuals the highest level of security for applications
such as online transactions, credit cards, electronics cash and identification
The VIA P4PB 266E is available now through VPSD global distribution
partners. For further details visit www.viavpsd.com.
Jul 31 - SOYO Announces New P4X400 DRAGON
Ultra Motherboard. SOYO Computer, Inc. today announced its latest
motherboard for enthusiasts of Intel® Pentium® 4 based systems
who strive for both performance and superb features.
The P4X400 DRAGON Ultra motherboard continues the DRAGON legend with
VIA's P4X400 chipset and many advanced integrated features. Doubling
the speed of the current graphics support, P4X400 officially brings
8X AGP to the Intel® platform, providing incredible graphics bandwidth
at 2100MB/sec. Another break through feature is the new DDR400 support,
enabling Intel® Pentium® 4 processors with 533 MHz FSB to
perform at exceptional levels. On board connectivity features include
USB 2.0/1.1, IDE ATA-133, and 10/100 Mbps Ethernet. For the enthusiasts,
several overclocking options are provided to bring the best performance
out of the P4X400 DRAGON Ultra.
Echoing the recent trend in see-through system cases, SOYO's new
DRAGON offering will go on to make a fashion statement with its platinum
finish. The new P4X400 DRAGON Ultra will feature a platinum-colored
PCB and a translucent chipset fan for building a stylish system.
Maximizing VIA's new chipset, the SY-P4X400 takes advantage of its
support for DDR memory modules at 400MHz. The enhanced chipset solves
bottlenecks created by increasing processor speeds, and accelerates
the memory bandwidth by close to 20% to 3.2 gigabits per second (GB/sec),
compared to DDR333's 2.7 gigabits per second (GB/sec) and DDR266's
2.1 gigabits per second (GB/sec)
In addition to higher memory bandwidth from the VIA chipset, another
significant offering in the SY-P4X400 is its full support for 8X AGP.
The addition of AGP 3.0 interface to the chipset's North Bridge brings
unparallel graphic realism to the Pentium® 4 platform. PC gamers
and graphics professionals can now take full advantage of the increased
visual performance offered by this new DRAGON model.
Using high quality components, SOYO has integrated a wide array of
on-board features to add performance and value. The P4X400 DRAGON
Ultra features an on board CMI 8738 audio chip to provide crisp 6-channel
digital surround sound. The sound chip eliminates the need for a sound
card, and also supports optical & S/PDIF output. S/PDIF audio
connector is a standard bundling feature in the DRAGON line of motherboards.
The bundled S/PDIF card allows digital audio signals to be transferred
from one device to another without having to convert them first to
an analog, thus maintaining the integrity of the digital signals.
The MSRP of the P4X400 DRAGON Ultra is $155 (U.S.). For more information,
Jul 31 - Fujifilm Introduces the xD-Picture
Flash Memory Card. Fuji Photo Film Co., Ltd. a leader in innovative
imaging and information products and services, along with Olympus
Optical Co., Ltd., has developed the new xD-Picture Card, a high-capacity
flash memory format for digital cameras.
The xD-Picture Card will be the smallest storage format of its kind
on the market - comparable in size to a penny, measuring just 0.79"
x 0.98" x 0.07" and weighing less than one-tenth of an ounce
-with the potential for up to 8GB storage capacity in a single card.
This unprecedented combination of small size and large capacity will
allow Fujifilm and other companies to manufacture sleeker and lighter
digital cameras than ever before. Both Fujifilm and Olympus plan to
offer cameras compatible with the xD-Picture Card this fall.
In addition, the xD-Picture Card was designed to minimize power consumption,
saving battery life and with fast read/write capabilities for smoother
digital camera operation. PCMCIA and CompactFlash adapters will be
available at the time of camera introduction, allowing use of xD-Picture
card in a variety of cameras and other devices from multiple manufacturers.
The name "xD-Picture Card" was inspired by "eXtreme
Digital", suggesting the excellence of this new memory media
for recording, storing, and transporting audiovisual information.
Production will be consigned to Toshiba Corporation.
Fujifilm's xD-Picture Card features include:
- Storage Capacity - Initially, Fujifilm xD-Picture Cards have
16MB, 32MB, 64MB and 128MB capacities, with a 256MB card
planned for later this year. The media's roadmap shows storage
capacity potential of up to 8GB.
- Extremely Compact - Comparable in size to a penny (0.79" x
0.98" x .07") and weighing a less than one-tenth of an ounce,
the xD-Picture Card is the smallest storage media format
- Read/Write Speeds -The xD-Picture Card will have fast
read/write speeds. A 16 or 32MB card can record data at
1.3MB/sec. A 64MB card or higher can record data at 3MB/sec
and both offer a read speed of 5MB/sec.
- Power Consumption - xD Picture-Card was designed to consume
minimal power. Users will benefit from the convenience and
savings of longer battery life on a single charge.
- Compatibility - PCMCIA and CF Card Adapters will be available,
allowing use of xD-Picture Card in a variety of cameras and
For more information on Fujifilm products, access the Fujifilm USA
Web site at www.fujifilm.com.
Jul 31 - Zone Labs Announces Immediate
Availability of ZoneAlarm 3.1. Zone Labs(R) Inc., a leading creator
of endpoint security solutions, today announced the immediate availability
of ZoneAlarm(R) version 3.1, which offers basic Internet security
with its award-winning personal firewall protection for PCs. ZoneAlarm
3.1 continues to offer strong security at no cost for personal and
non-profit use. The new version includes a redesigned, more intuitive
user interface and improved logging of Alerts.
The revamped user interface of ZoneAlarm 3.1 creates a smoother user
experience, making it even more intuitive for all users, no matter
their skill level. ZoneAlarm 3.1 offers varied settings ranging from
'set and forget' security for users seeking easy, instant security
to greater control and customization of settings for more tech-savvy
users. ZoneAlarm's Help system has been rewritten to include context-sensitive
help that's always a single click away. Information is easy to find
and written for beginner users, but also includes advanced detail
for expert users.
A redesigned, more informative AlertAdvisor(SM) feature includes
more information about alerts generated by ZoneAlarm, whether those
alerts signal inbound communication attempts that are blocked by the
firewall or outbound communication attempts on the part of Trojan
horses or other malicious code that sneaks onto a PC. In addition,
ZoneAlarm 3.1 now offers logging facilities for real-time analysis
of these alerts.
"Zone Labs believes that every Internet user deserves peace
of mind whether using the Internet for work, study or play,"
said Frederick Felman, vice president of marketing, Zone Labs. "With
ZoneAlarm 3.1, Zone Labs continues its commitment to a safe and secure
Internet by providing free, basic Internet security so every Internet
user has the peace of mind which they deserve."
According to a new report by IDC, Zone Labs leads the software firewall
market in the fast-growing personal firewall category. With over 17
million copies of its software distributed, Zone Labs sets the de
facto standard for Internet security. Zone Labs' solutions span the
entire spectrum of customer needs including basic Internet security
with ZoneAlarm, powerful protection in an easy-to-use package for
'personal firewall purists' with ZoneAlarm Plus, advanced security
and privacy features with ZoneAlarm Pro, and comprehensive endpoint
security management with Zone Labs Integrity(TM), the company's enterprise
endpoint security platform.
Pricing and Availability
ZoneAlarm 3.1 supports Windows(R) 98, SE, Me, NT, 2000 and XP. ZoneAlarm
is free for personal and non-profit use and is available immediately
for download from the Zone Labs web site at www.zonelabs.com.
Jul 30 - Crucial Introduces Radeon 8500LE
128MB Video Card. Crucial Technology, a division of Micron and
one of the world's largest direct memory upgrade providers, introduced
today the Crucial(R) Radeon(TM) 8500LE 128MB video card powered by
ATi and featuring Micron(R) double data rate (DDR) synchronous DRAM
"Installing a new video card is easy and it's the ideal method,
in addition to adding more RAM, to get your computer ready for the
latest graphic-intensive software," said Crucial Technology Technical
Support Manager Mike Sanor. "In particular, gamers and those
who use software for manipulating digital images or video will enjoy
smoother and more realistic graphics with the new Crucial Radeon 8500LE
The Crucial Radeon 8500LE video card features 128MB of high-quality
Micron DDR SDRAM, 400-MHz RAMDAC, DVI-out, dual-display capability,
and a six-foot S-video cable, allowing the video card to connect to
a S-video-compatible television display. The video card is available
on Crucial's Web site at www.crucial.com and is currently priced at
US$134.99. The Crucial video card comes with a limited lifetime warranty,
free second-day shipping within the contiguous US (for a limited time),
and Crucial's renowned customer service and technical support.
Crucial Technology is a division of Micron Semiconductor Products,
Inc., which is a wholly owned subsidiary of Micron Technology, Inc.
Crucial sells high-quality RAM upgrades, flash memory cards, and video
cards on its Web site at www.crucial.com.
Jul 30 - MicronPC Announces Affordable
Pentium 4 Notebook. MicronPC, a Gores Technology Group company,
expands their line of highly successful TransPort(R) notebook computers
with the introduction of the value-priced TransPort V1000 notebook
With configurations starting at $1,199.00, the TransPort V1000 is
the lowest-priced notebook computer offered from MicronPC. And, with
configurations that include Intel's(R) Pentium(R) 4 processor, the
TransPort V1000 is also a powerful desktop-replacement notebook.
MicronPC has come up with a solution, according to Paul Petersen,
vice president of product marketing and development for MicronPC.
"The V1000 doesn't sacrifice solid performance or a full-feature
set for affordability. Whether deploying in a mobile lab using wireless
technology, or across a fleet of business professionals, the V1000
is a versatile, affordable choice."
About the TransPort V1000
The TransPort V1000 comes standard with a 14.1" LCD screen,
weighs just 7.5 lbs and offers flexibility, performance and affordability.
The V1000 features choice of Intel(R) Celeron(R) or Pentium(R) 4 processors,
up to 40Gb hard drive, up to 1024MB of PC2100 DDR memory, integrated
modem, network interface card, 4 USB ports and optical device options
including CD, DVD, CD-RW, or CD-RW/DVD Combo drive.
The TransPort V1000 is available for order directly from MicronPC
July 30 - OWC Itroduces External DVD-RW/CD-RW
Drives. Other World Computing (OWC), a leading provider of products
and services for the Macintosh marketplace, Monday introduced the
Mercury Pro DVD-R/RW, CD-R/RW FireWire solutions.
These are the first external FireWire solutions that allow users
to author and burn DVDs using Apple's DVD authoring tool, iDVD. The
Mercury Pro drive also works with Apple Studio Pro, iTunes, Roxio
Toast, CharisMac Discribe, as well as many other CD/DVD authoring
The Mercury Pro plug-and-play drives are compatible with both Macintosh-
and Windows-based systems, and feature a Pioneer DVR-104 drive mechanism,
built-in headphone jack, and power eject. Each drive comes with five
pieces of DVD-R 2x media, 25 pieces of CD-R media, one piece of CD-RW
media, and all connecting cables.
"Our DVD-R/CDRW drives are the first available FireWire solution
to allow people to fully utilize iDVD," O'Connor said. "Prior
to this, iDVD could only operate using internal Apple/Pioneer Superdrives.
Our Mercury Pro DVD solution provides users with everything they need
to create, organize, share and store any digital content.
The Mercury Pro DVD-R/RW, CD-R/RW writes to industry standard 4.7GB
DVD-R discs at up to 2x speeds, 4.7GB DVD-RW discs at 1x, up to 700MB
CD-R discs at 8x, and up to 700MB CD-RW discs at 4x speeds giving
users the ability to manage large back-up jobs, archive data, or create,
edit and rewrite to the discs many times over.
For $399.95, customers today can purchase the Mercury Pro DVD-R/RW,
CD-R/RW complete FireWire external solution. A FireWire/USB 2.0 version
is also available for $429.95. Both drives are available exclusively
through OWC at www.macsales.com.
Jul 30 - IBM Technology Gives New Hondas
a Voice. IBM today announced it has provided enhanced voice recognition
technology for a revolutionary new navigation system that will be
a feature in select 2003 model Honda Accords.
With this system, drivers can ask for directions and hear responses
over the existing car audio system, allowing them to easily and efficiently
reach their destinations without having to look at maps or stop and
ask for directions.
The new Accord, completely redesigned, will include the "Touch
by Voice" navigation system powered by IBM's Embedded ViaVoice
technology and software developed jointly by IBM and Honda R&D.
This latest in a series of deals for IBM in pervasive computing and
Telematics represents IBM's ongoing commitment to deliver products
that meet customer expectations in a wireless world. The new system
has a vocabulary of approximately 150 English-language commands and
can recognize a range of accents.
To get directions, the driver uses the "talk" button, located
on the steering wheel. The system can recognize commands such as "find
nearest gas station," "find nearest ATM" or "find
nearest Italian restaurant." It also provides driving directions
to and from any specified address or location.
The technology is integrated into the car's audio system, so driving
instructions can be heard over the speakers. The Touch by Voice human
voice recognition system is designed to minimize need for keyboard
entry. The system also links to climate control systems for added
The Honda Accord, one of the best-selling cars in America over the
past 10 years, is all new for the 2003 model year and adds new style,
performance and sophistication to the lineup. The new Accords are
due to begin reaching Honda dealerships Sept. 9.
IBM can be found on the Web at www.ibm.com.
Jul 30 - Pioneer Announces Portable
DVD/CD/Video CD Player. Pioneer Electronics (USA) Inc., the recognized
leader in industrial video/optical disc technology, today announced
that it will begin shipping the PDV-LC20 portable DVD/CD/Video CD
player in the United States, Canada and South America this month.
The portable player supports playback of replicated DVD-Video discs,
DVD-R, DVD-RW, CD-R, CD-RW, CD-Audio and Video CD discs. The PDV-LC20
is the ideal device to use in conjunction with Pioneer's PRV-9000
Pro DVD-Video Recorder.
DVD-RW discs created in the PRV-9000's Video Recording (VR) mode
can be played back on the PDV-LC20 player, providing PRV-9000 users
with a transportable and cost-effective playback solution for videos
ranging from one to six hours in length.
The PDV-LC20 is a thin, lightweight and complete DVD playback and
viewing solution. Weighing only one pound, four ounces and measuring
7-1/2 x 1-3/8 x 5-5/8 (W x H x D), the PDV-LC20 can be taken virtually
anywhere. In addition, the 7-inch active matrix 16-to-9 LCD screen
has the ability to flip the video image 180 degrees for ease of viewing
The PDV-LC20 can be purchased for a suggested price of $1,100. Pioneer
Electronics (USA) Inc.'s Web address is www.pioneerelectronics.com.
Jul 29 - Samsung Gains 30 Percent in Brand
Value; Dell +12 Percent. For the second year in a row, BusinessWeek
has teamed up with Interbrand, a leading brand consultancy, to publish
a ranking of 100 of The World's Most Valuable Brands by dollar value.
Despite a dismal financial year for scores of companies, several brands
Of brands that are in the beleaguered telecommunications, consumer
electronics and semiconductor sectors, Samsung (#34) turned in a stellar
30 percent increase in brand value, to $8.3 billion, from $6.4 billion
in 2001. Rival telecomm brands, Nokia (#6) and Ericsson (#71), declined
14 percent and 49 percent, respectively, and AT&T (#17) lost 30
percent of its brand value, knocking it out of the top ten.
Among technology brands, Dell (#31) was a standout, with a 12 percent
increase in brand value, while its competitor in the PC category,
Compaq (#27), lost 21 percent of its brand's value. Germany's SAP
brand (#42) is the only other technology solutions provider to have
increased in brand value, turning in a admirable gain of seven percent.
In examining what some brands have done to succeed in the teeth of
their industries' declines, Interbrand CEO Chuck Brymer said, "In
a category of largely undifferentiated brands, Samsung has excelled
at delivering superior product design, and has effectively communicated
with customers in a brand-focused way. And Dell's brand has always
been about superior customer service, and their business model is
specifically designed to deliver it."
"Though advertising and marketing spending may have tightened
up over the past year, what we found is that those brands that have
put the customer experience first and developed their businesses around
that, have been rewarded with increases in brand value," notes
BusinessWeek associate editor Gerry Khermouch. "Starbucks (#93)
which grew 12 percent this year is a classic example of a company
that capitalizes on a strong customer experience. On the other hand,
brands such as Ford (#11) and Merrill Lynch (#25), which lost 32 percent
and 25 percent, respectively, are just two examples of brands that
have lost their customer focus."
Coca-Cola retained its number one position, and even saw a gain of
one percent, reconfirming that consumer products brands tend to hold
their own in a recession. Also turning in a very strong showing was
the Nivea (#91) brand, which posted the second largest gain with a
16 percent increase in brand value. A newcomer to the list, Caterpillar,
had a strong debut at number 79. Both Nivea and Caterpillar had great
success with brand extensions in 2001-Nivea, with focused extensions
within its core hand and body cream category; and Caterpillar by taking
its brand to new categories by leveraging their brand's value to forge
successful licensing deals.
Rounding out the top 10 after Coca-Cola are Microsoft (#2), IBM (#3),
GE (#4), Intel (#5), Nokia (#6), Disney (#7), McDonald's (#8), Marlboro
(#9), and Mercedes (#10).
For more information about Interbrand, please visit www.brandchannel.com.
Jul 29 - ATI RADEON 7000 Series Chosen
be Manufacturers for New Systems. ATI Technologies Inc. (TSX:ATY;
NASDAQ:ATYT), a world leader in desktop graphics, video and multimedia
solutions that recently claimed the high-end graphics crown with its
latest generation of graphics technologies, today announced the selection,
by many industry leaders, of its RADEON(TM) 7000 and RADEON(TM) 7500
graphics boards for their latest desktop PCs.
The RADEON 7000 will be featured in the IBM NetVista(TM) M Series,
the HP Compaq Presario 6000 series and the Dell(TM) Precision(TM)
Workstation 340 while the RADEON 7500 is the card of choice for Apple's
PowerMac(TM) G4, Hewlett-Packard's EVO-310, Fujitsu's FMV-DESKPOWER
and Dell's Optiplex(TM) GX260.
The RADEON 7000 and RADEON 7500 offer manufacturers powerful and
reliable graphics solutions with an outstanding level of design flexibility
to meet the needs of a wide range of commercial and consumer systems.
ATI's partners have been able to take advantage of the RADEON 7000
and RADEON 7500's flexible display support, including dual independent
displays, integrated digital display (DVI) support and TV-out, as
well as flexible memory support that allows for a range of solutions.
"The ongoing demand for our RADEON 7000 and RADEON 7500 proves
that these exceptional products have firmly established themselves
in the market and continue to be recognized as top in their class,"
said Rick Bergman, Senior Vice-President of Marketing and General
Manager of Desktop Business, ATI Technologies Inc. "Our partners
appreciate how the RADEON 7000 and RADEON 7500 bridge the gap between
power, performance and value, to provide exceptional quality to even
the most demanding users."
The RADEON 7000 and RADEON 7500 provide business and home consumers
with an array of step-up features over integrated graphics solutions
including industry leading DVD playback, up to 64MB of dedicated DDR
graphics memory, and advanced 3D and 2D graphics acceleration. All
these elements combined position the RADEON 7000 and RADEON 7500 as
proven and stable products offering exceptional performance at an
attractive value for manufacturers.
Visit ATI at www.ati.com.
Jul 29 - Fujitsu Reports FY2002
First Quarter Financial Results. Fujitsu Limited reported consolidated
net sales of 982.9 billion yen for the first quarter of fiscal year
2002 (April 1 - June 30, 2002), a 10% decrease from the first quarter
of fiscal 2001. Converted into US dollars(1), this represents approximately
Fujitsu faced a difficult business environment during the quarter.
Although the impact of the bursting of the IT bubble in the United
States spread throughout the globe, continuing to depress markets,
there were signs of recovery in the U.S., Asia and Japan, and there
was an overall sense of bottoming out.
However, with the worsening deterioration of the U.S. telecommunications
sector, together with disruptions from the sharp fall in stock prices
and the weakening value of the dollar precipitated by accounting scandals
and other issues in the U.S., future prospects have become extremely
difficult to predict.
Amidst this economic environment, during the quarter there was firm
demand in Japan for software and services, and the supply/demand balance
for logic ICs and other semiconductor devices improved, especially
overseas. However, telecommunications carriers - especially in North
America - further tightened restraints on investment, and recovery
in corporate and individual demand for personal computers and other
IT-related products was uneven. These and other factors adversely
impacted Fujitsu's business.
Fujitsu reported a first quarter consolidated operating loss of 29.0
billion yen (US$242 million), an improvement of 13.3 billion yen over
the operating loss recorded during the corresponding quarter of the
previous fiscal year. Due in part to costs associated with continuing
restructuring efforts, the company posted a net loss for the period
of 56.4 billion yen (US$470 million), compared with a net loss of
55.4 billion during the corresponding period last year.
In order to cope with dramatic changes in the IT sector and create
a structure better able to meet market and customer needs, Fujitsu
has since last year aggressively pursued a large-scale corporate restructuring
program. Now, the recent turmoil in the U.S. economy and other factors
presage even more drastic changes to the business environment in which
the Fujitsu Group operates. Recognizing the need to further increase
operational efficiency, Fujitsu will not waver in its commitment to
For more information visit the Fujitsu web site at http://pr.fujitsu.com.
Jul 29 - Digital Camera
Ownership and Imaging Soaring. Leading computer technology marketing
watcher MetaFacts Inc. reported today that digital camera ownership
has doubled in the last year in homes with PCs.
Slightly more than one in five home PC owners now have digital cameras
in the household. This 20.2% attach rate for 2001 compares to a 9%
attach rate in 2000 and only 1.6% in 1998.
MetaFacts Principal Analyst Dan Ness said, "The growth of digital
camera ownership clearly exceeds the growth rate in home PC ownership
in the last few years, from 670 thousand homes with digital cameras
and Home PCs in 1998 to 7.7 million in 2001. Digital imaging at homes
is hot, and has reached a broad range of users, well beyond the early
adopters that buy every type of technology."
At the same time, digital photography buffs are moving more slowly
into using specialized photo printing technologies. Multi-purpose
ink-jet color printers remain the home PC user's first choice with
over three-fourths (75.4%) of those with digital cameras and Home
PCs using the machines. Those who own a separate photo printer comprise
5.7% of those with digital cameras and Home PCs.
Still, digital camera owners appear to be searching for better printing
solutions as nearly two-thirds of them (65.1%) have changed brands
of printers. "There is a good deal of churn in the ink-jet printer
market, which is partly attributable to lower printer prices and households
replacing or adding new PCs," said Ness.
Other findings in the report:
-- Digital camera owners are virtually equal in numbers between
male and female PC owners. Furthermore, 65.8% of digital
camera owners store or scan photos with their PCs versus only
26.2% of non-camera owners who do so.
-- About two-thirds of digital camera owners (68.3%) use their
printers to print photos some of the time, with 6% of digital
camera owners using their printers most often to produce
-- Photo printer owners own more sophisticated peripheral
equipment, software and connectivity products than the average
digital camera owner. Furthermore, photo printer owners use
the Web more to purchase these kinds of products.
Concludes Ness: "Digital cameras, a great boon to amateur photographers,
have clearly become one of the most popular pieces of computer-related
equipment. High quality photo printers, though, are essentially pitted
against commercial photo processing services, and are still in the
early adopter stage of mass consumer use."
More information about the report, entitled "TUP Target Edition
--Digital Imaging Households," can be found by visiting www.technologyuser.com.
Jul 29 - Other World Computing First Reseller
to Ship 1GHz G4 Upgrade. Other World Computing, a leading provider
of products and services for the Macintosh marketplace, Thursday announced
that it is the first reseller worldwide to ship the PowerLogix PowerForce
Series 100 1GHz G4 upgrade.
This is the first and fastest upgrade available for Apple PowerMac
G4 AGP 350, 400, 450 and 500MHz models, Apple PowerMac G4 "Gigabit
Ethernet" single 400 and dual 450 or 500MHz models, and for Apple
PowerMac G4 Cube 450 and 500MHz models. OWC retails the 1GHz upgrade
"For owners of a PowerMac 350GHz machine, the PowerForce 1GHz
upgrade will nearly triple the computer's speed," said Larry
O'Connor, president of Other World Computing. "With a loaded
1GHz PowerMac now selling for $3,000 or more, many owners of older
PowerMacs are looking for ways to save money by maintaining and upgrading
their current systems.
"The PowerForce Series 100 cards bring an older Mac up to today's
Mac speeds in an easy upgrade. The truth is you don't need a new Mac
to get the performance of a new Mac."
The PowerForce G4 Series 100 is the first G4 processor upgrade to
run faster than 550 MHz and first to utilize the G4 V'ger and Apollo
(7450/7455) processors. The G4 Series 100 upgrade features the first-ever
three-phase power supply on a Mac processor card and runs at 1.2MHz
-- nearly five times faster than Apple's standard power supply.
This allows the power supply to react to the processor's varying
power requirements much more quickly, and results in cleaner power,
better transient response, lower heat, and better reliability.
The PowerForce Series 100 G4 upgrades are offered in 700MHz, 800MHz,
and 1GHz versions starting from $445.95 through Other World Computing
Jul 28 - Sunday Shopping Watch.
Best Sunday Deals - Best Buy has the Maxtor 80
GB, 7200 RPM, U133 hard drive on sale for $99 after rebates, and the
popular computer game Neverwinter Nights on sale for $39.
CompUSA has the Samsung 40X CD-RW drive and the Maxtor/CompUSA
60 GB, 7200 RPM hard drive on sale for $50 each (after rebates).
Weekly Comparison. Computer system prices went
down a little this week, but not much lower than there usual average
price. (See our Best Sunday Ad Deals Table below
for specific system prices.)
Notebooks - Prices went down a little this week
on notebooks. The HP Pentium 4-M 1.6 GHz with DVD/CD-RW sold for $1549
which was the same price as the Toshiba model last week.
Desktops - Low price Celerons were advertised this week, the
Compaq 1.4 GHz complete system was advertised by Circuit City
Prices remained about average for Pentium 4 and AMD Athlon XP desktops.
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.)
BestBuy is offering 6 months of free MSN with any computer purchase.
Additionally, they are giving $100 mail-in rebates on all desktop
packages, $150 mail-in rebates on all notebooks, and a $100 gift card
with any Pentium 4 or Athlon XP desktop package. They are also offering
18 months of no interest financing on any HP purchase over $298.
Circuit City is giving 12
months of free CompuServe on any in-store computer purchase.
has 6 month no interest, no payment financing for purchases over $298.
CompUSA is offering 3 months
of free AOL with laptop/desktop purchase. They are also advertising
no payment/no interest financing for 6 months on any HP product purchase
Staples has no store-wide computer promotions
this week. Individual items may be on sale.
to Online Prices - Compare the Sunday ad prices to
those being offered at DealTime, it searches over 160 online computer
Shopping Alert on Lower Priced
Desktops. Many lower priced Celeron/Duron desktops made
by almost all computer manufacturers should be carefully investigated
Most of these low priced desktops have no AGP video expansion slot,
no onboard dedicated video RAM, no CD-RW drive, and very few empty
PCI expansion slots. These computers will be very difficult to upgrade,
and they have poorer performance than other desktops that do not have
integrated audio and video chips on the motherboard.
Often by spending $200-$400 more for a Pentium 4 or Athlon XP based
system, you can get twice the performance, more features, and you
will have an upgradeable computer that will serve you well for another
If you choose the $700 Celeron/Duron system to save a few bucks, keep
in mind that in a year or two you will probably want to replace it.
Note on the "Loaded Celeron" Intel
Celerons at speeds of 1.7 GHz or faster are potentially upgradeable
to Pentium 4 processors. Slower Celerons are not socket compatible
with the Pentium 4.
These faster Celeron systems are more like a low end Pentium 4 system
as they often include: 400 MHz bus speed, DDR RAM, CD-RW or DVD drives,
and flat screen monitors.
About Windows XP. It has been a little over 9
months since Windows XP began to be bundled with new computers. Windows
XP became available for separate purchase on October 25, 2001. For
more information on Windows XP see our Windows
XP Upgrade Guide.
Internet Rebates. Most stores are no longer
advertising 3 year Internet rebates. Check with your local store before
you buy. Please see our article, What
You Need to Know About Internet Rebates and Free PCs, for an in-depth
discussion of Internet Rebates.
Definitions. A complete 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 Ad Deals this Sunday
Price* (see above)
Best Celeron Deal
Compaq 1.4 GHz complete
Best Low-cost Pentium 4
HP 2.0 GHz complete system
Best High-end Pentium 4 System
Sony 2.2 GHz complete system
Best Low-cost Athlon XP System
Compaq 1800+ complete system
Best High-end Athlon XP System
HP 2000+ complete system
1. Best Low-cost Notebook
Compaq Duron 1 GHz with DVD
2. Best Low-cost Notebook
HP Athlon XP 1400+ with DVD/CD-RW
Best High-end Notebook
Compaq Pentium 4-M
1.6 GHz with DVD/CD-RW
Best Sunday Deal
Samsung 40X CD-RW
$50 (after rebates)
Best Sunday Deal
Maxtor/CompUSA 60 GB, 7200 RPM hard drive
$50 (after rebates)
Best Sunday Deal
Maxtor 80 GB, 7200 RPM, U133 hard drive
$99 (after rebates)
Best Sunday Deal
Worst Sunday Deal
Old HP inkjet printers
- New HP inkjets came out today with 4800x1200 resolution
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.
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