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InfoHQ Computer News and Rumors

June 1-7 2001

About News and Rumors. InfoHQ Computer News and Rumors is a daily column. It features news coverage of new PC and Mac computer hardware and software, Internet news, and other technical news items.
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Jun 7 AMD Introduces 1.4GHz Athlon and 950 MHz Duron Processors
Jun 7 There Will Be 137 Million Wireless Data Users in North America by 2005
Jun 7 In-Stat Announces Free Distribution of Broadband Industry Study
Jun 7 Nokia Advances the Connected Home with New DSL Gateway
Jun 6 AMD announces New AMD Athlon MP Processor for Servers and Workstations
Jun 6 Tyan Announces First Dual AMD Athlon MP Processor Motherboards
Jun 6 Sony Enhances Super Slim VAIO Notebook With Low Voltage Pentium III Processor
Jun 6 3Com and HP announce Bluetooth Solutions for Mobile Users
Jun 6 Hitachi Introduces Value-priced 17-Inch Flat-faced Monitor
Jun 5 NEC Computers Inc. Introduces New MobilePro 790 Handheld PC
Jun 5 Red-M First to Enable Third Generation--3G--Mobile Services With Bluetooth
Jun 5 Worldwide Semiconductor Sales Decrease 10.2% in April 2001
Jun 5 DDR SDRAM Poised to be Mainstream Memory for Tommorrow's Systems
Jun 5 AMD Announces World's First HyperTransport Implementation - NVIDIA's nForce Chipset
Jun 4 NVIDIA Introduces NVIDIA nForce Platform Processing Architecture
Jun 4 WIDCOMM Launches Point-to-Multipoint Bluetooth Wireless Access Point
Jun 4 I/OMagic announces External CD-RW Firewire Drive
Jun 3 Sunday Shopping Watch
Jun 2 AMD Unveils Self-Service Customer Support System
Jun 2 Micron Electronics Completes Sale of PC Division to Gores Technology Group
Jun 2 I/OMagic's MagicImage 450 Acts as Still Shot, PC Camera & Digital Camcorder
Jun 1 Addonics Announces Pocket SuperDisk 240 for PCs or Mac
Jun 1 Alcatel to Demonstrate Video-over-DSL at Supercomm 2001
Jun 1 Insignia Ships Java Virtual Machine for Pocket Internet Explorer
Jun 1 Lumenati Introduces Free Advanced Digital and Broadband Media Player

 

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June 7 - AMD Introduces 1.4GHz Athlon and 950 MHz Duron Processors. AMD (NYSE:AMD) today announced the 1.4 GHz AMD Athlon(TM) processor, the world's most powerful PC processor for the performance market, and the 950MHz AMD Duron(TM) processor for everyday business and home computing.

The 1.4GHz AMD Athlon processor-based systems with Double Data Rate (DDR) memory continue to outperform 1.7GHz Intel Pentium(R) 4 processor-based systems by up to 40 percent on a variety of benchmarks, including cutting-edge multimedia, desktop publishing, digital imaging and voice recognition applications. The AMD Duron processor provides a practical solution for everyday business and home PC needs by providing up to a 30-percent performance advantage over Intel Celeron processor-based systems.

Systems featuring AMD's newest processors are available immediately from Compaq Computer Corporation. AMD expects availability soon from Hewlett-Packard Company, MicronPC and NEC-CI, among others.

"At 1.4GHz, the AMD Athlon processor with DDR memory continues to significantly outperform the competition as the most powerful PC platform in the world, reinforcing AMD's leadership in delivered performance," said Pat Moorhead, vice president of desktop and mobile marketing for AMD's Computation Products Group. "It is evident from competitive offerings that megahertz alone is no longer a clear indicator of processor performance. Ultimately, AMD delivers what is most important to business and consumer PC users--superior software performance, higher productivity and platform longevity."

"People buy performance cars based on how fast they can get from 0 to 60; it's about the delivered horsepower, not how fast the engine rotates," said Shane Rau, a senior research analyst at IDC in Mountain View, Calif. "In the same way, what's really important in a performance PC is how much work the PC can perform in a given amount of time."

"Creative web and graphic designers directly benefit from the combination of Adobe Photoshop 6.0 and the high performance of the 1.4GHz AMD Athlon processor with DDR memory," said Karen Gauthier, senior product manager at Adobe. "Users of Photoshop 6.0 on AMD processors can be assured of enhanced productivity and greater creative control."

"AMD processors with DDR memory offer the ultimate performance and are consistent with Compaq's superior product offerings that serve our customers at either the home or office," said Mark Vena, director, CTO Product Marketing, Home and Office Division for Compaq Computer Corporation. "The introduction of the newest AMD Athlon and AMD Duron processors will provide customers who rely on our Compaq Presario Internet PCs with a broader range of performance and value options for their computing needs."

"HP supports and incorporates AMD processors into its consumer computer solutions and is pleased with their state-of-the-art technologies," said Mark Sanchez, marketing manager for HP North America Consumer Computing. "AMD processors continue to deliver an outstanding foundation that provides customers high performance levels for their computing needs."

All AMD Athlon and AMD Duron microprocessors are compatible with the mature, reliable Socket A infrastructure which is broadly supported by a variety of motherboards worldwide.

The 1.4 GHz AMD Athlon processor, available with a 266MHz front-side bus (FSB) or a 200MHz FSB, is priced at $253 in 1,000-unit quantities. The 950MHz AMD Duron processor is priced at $122 in 1,000-unit quantities.

For more information, visit http://www.amd.com.

June 7 - There Will Be 137 Million Wireless Data Users in North America by 2005. Mobility-focused applications and consumer-based data services and devices will drive the North American wireless data market to grow from 7.3 million subscribers in 2000 to 137.5 million subscribers in 2005, according to Dataquest Inc., a unit of Gartner, Inc. (NYSE:IT and ITB).

This growth will be driven by the rollout of packet data networks on a nationwide basis, increased overall usage of wireless devices to receive messages and e-mail, inexpensive wireless data devices, and company specific applications, which improve the productivity of the mobile worker.

"Increasing mobilization capabilities of work forces, together with additional competitive pressures will drive the adoption of wireless data to enable corporate applications such as e-mail and messaging as well as specific vertical applications such as field service, and sales/inventory programs," said Tole Hart, senior industry analyst for Gartner Dataquest's worldwide Telecommunications and Networking group.

Circuit-switched data service was the leading technology type by subscriber in 2000 with 38 percent of all wireless data subscribers. This was primarily because of the strong push by Sprint PCS and Verizon in gaining wireless Web customers. By 2005, 70 percent of wireless data subscribers will be using cellular packet data networks. These networks provide strong coverage, combined voice and data plans with operators, and faster-speed service. Gartner Dataquest analysts said many of the subscribers that used circuit-switched service will switch over to packet networks because of their always-on capability.

Handsets will continue to lead in sheer numbers of access devices, but PDAs will quickly gain popularity, as wireless connectivity becomes standard. Application-specific devices, such as wirelessly equipped gaming devices and QWERTY keyboard enhanced handsets, to take advantage of higher-speed services and application types will also roll out in the 2002-to-2003 timeframe.

"Continued mobile device evolution will have a direct impact on the increasing uptake of mobile data services," said Michael King, senior industry analyst for Gartner Dataquest's worldwide Telecommunications and Networking group. "Larger displays, better input capabilities and enhanced form factors will increase usability, thereby adding even more to the expanding mobile data user base. We expect that the data focus and higher-speed functionality technologies will penetrate all segments of the handset market starting with higher-end, higher-cost devices first, but quickly trickling down to the lower-end, lower-cost devices."

For more information, visit www.gartner.com.

June 7 - In-Stat Announces Free Distribution of Broadband Industry Study. Cahners In-Stat Group, in conjunction with industry publications Broadband Week and CED, Wednesday announced the results of a unique research study aimed at measuring, comparing and contrasting the perceptions of service providers and end-users in the broadband market.

The study, "Moving Towards Broadband Ubiquity," is the industry's definitive examination of broadband's transition from an early-adopter set of technologies to a required standard for businesses nationwide, building on and extending In-Stat's 2000 broadband whitepaper, "Entering The Broadband Era."

"The broadband era is here, and is only growing in importance as it progresses from emerging technology to ubiquity. For many, broadband is no longer an option; it is a standard for doing business.

"This recognition of the value of broadband has occurred in a very short time, a clear indication that broadband technology is on track for significant adoption in businesses large and small," said Mark Kirstein, vice president of research for In-Stat.

In-Stat's whitepaper also found that:

-- Broadband plays a critically and increasingly important role
in the success of business today, according to 40 percent of
service providers and end-user respondents. More than
60 percent of these respondents foresee broadband as being
critical to business success in 2002.

-- DSL holds mindshare among business end-user respondents, with
DSL being associated with broadband more than any other
alternative. DSL is also viewed as the most available
technology, although it is not necessarily the most widely
used. Finally, business respondents selected DSL as their
"preferred" broadband solution, with 32 percent listing DSL as
their broadband access mode of choice.

-- When assessing the capability of broadband service providers,
users rate cable companies highly (51 percent), along with
long-distance service providers (52 percent).

-- Perceptions between business end-users and service providers
diverge regarding the most compelling broadband attributes.
Most end-users identify speed and always-on access as most
important. Service providers also rate these attributes
highly, but their focus is less exclusive; they identify
value-added services as important attributes of broadband as
well.

The Cahners In-Stat Group whitepaper, "Moving Towards Broadband
Ubiquity" can be downloaded for free at: http://www.instat.com/catalog/downloads/whitepaper_bbubiquity.asp

June 7 - Nokia Advances the Connected Home with New DSL Gateway. Nokia (NYSE:NOK), a leading supplier for wireless and wired broadband infrastructure, today introduced the Nokia MW1324, the latest in a groundbreaking series of DSL connectivity gateways. The MW1324 combines ADSL and three technology interfaces -- HomePNA, 10 base-T Ethernet and wireless LAN (Local Area Network) -- making the connected home a reality with the option of a wireless or wired home network. The gateway will initially be available to service providers in the United States, followed by other countries where HomePNA is used.

"Nokia's MW1324 is an unbeatable choice for a DSL connectivity gateway -- allowing consumers to take advantage of their existing in-home wiring to create a truly connected home," said Mark Slater, Vice President of Sales, Nokia Broadband Systems. "Multiple users within the home can access the same network, peripherals, games and Internet connection simultaneously, without adding new infrastructure or wiring. Nokia's integrated IP connectivity gateways are revolutionizing the home environment."

HomePNA2.0 provides a 10Mbit/s home Ethernet using existing in-home telephone wiring, meaning no new wires for a home network should be needed. The benefits of home networking with Home PNA includes sharing files, a DSL Internet connection and peripherals such as compatible printers, scanners, servers and fax machines. Users can also connect other electronic equipment such as compatible stereos for use with Internet radio and gaming.

The Nokia MW1324 also provides wireless home networking, thus giving consumers the convenience and choice of two ways to connect the home. This allows people to enjoy mobility within the home through laptop PCs or other portable terminals. A wireless network at home is a powerful, easy to use network that is similar to any other Ethernet-like local area network.

For further information visit www.nokia.com.

June 6 - AMD announces New AMD Athlon MP Processor for Servers and Workstations. At Computex, AMD (NYSE:AMD) today introduced its first multiprocessing-capable platform for one- and two-way servers and workstations, enabling AMD to further penetrate the commercial market.
Based on the state-of-the-art AMD Athlon(TM) MP processor and the AMD-760(TM) MP chipset, the multiprocessing platform supports Double Data Rate (DDR) memory technology and incorporates AMD's latest innovation, Smart MP technology.

"On a variety of important industry benchmarks, the new AMD Athlon MP processor delivers up to 38 percent more performance over our competition," said Ed Ellett, vice president of workstation and server marketing for AMD's Computation Products Group. "The leading-edge performance of the AMD Athlon MP processor helps enterprise customers enjoy increased productivity. AMD's stable Socket A infrastructure is planned to exceed their long-term business needs while lowering their cost of doing business."

Multiprocessing workstations and servers based on the AMD Athlon MP processor and the AMD-760 MP chipset will initially be available worldwide from more than 20 manufacturers at frequencies of 1.2GHz and 1GHz.

"This new performance scalability is a solid addition to AMD's technology portfolio," said David W. Williams, director of Windows Hardware Strategy at Microsoft Corp. "Platforms based on the AMD-760 MP chipset will certainly get the attention of businesses and IT professionals looking for this level of performance along with the compatibility running Microsoft Windows operating systems that come with the AMD Athlon MP processor."

"Today's corporate customers are looking for eBusiness computing platforms that can scale to meet their growing processing loads while providing the cost-efficiency necessary to help them achieve their profitability goals," said David Hochhauser, vice president, infrastructure management marketing, Computer Associates (CA). "The performance, scalability and longevity that AMD's multiprocessor technology offers, combined with the reduced cost of ownership and ensured reliability that CA's Unicenter provides, fulfills these requirements superbly."

"The launch of the AMD Athlon MP processor vividly illustrates the manner in which competitive forces reshape markets," observed Nathan Brookwood, principal analyst at Insight 64. "The 1999 launch of the AMD Athlon line of processors extended AMD's reach to the high end of the PC market. Last month's launch of the mobile AMD Athlon(TM) 4 processor allowed AMD to reenter the notebook market. Now, the new AMD Athlon MP processor provides the ammunition the company needs for a credible assault on professional workstation and entry-level server segments. As AMD broadens its line, it gives system suppliers new ways to differentiate their products, and increases the choices available to end-users."

"Tyan Computer is proud to be the first manufacturer to ship system boards based on AMD's innovative AMD-760 MP chipset," said Symon Chang, founder and CEO of Tyan. "Our Thunder platform, with versions for both servers and workstations, takes full advantage of AMD's new multiprocessor technology that increases performance through its use of independent data paths between the chipset and processors."

"Dual processor workstations are ideal for running XSI animation software," said Alan Waxenberg, third-party business manager, Softimage Co. "We believe AMD is changing the way animators view hardware. The addition of AMD Athlon MP dual processors provides animators powerful options when choosing multiprocessor workstations."

"AMD processor-powered workstations have become an unequalled addition to our pre-visualization work," said Rick McCallum, producer of the motion picture Star Wars: Episode II. "The nature of digital motion pictures requires hardware tools that allow our pre-production team to meld digital and `real' worlds in a time- and cost-effective manner."

Pricing

The AMD Athlon MP processors are priced at $265 for 1.2GHz and $215 for 1GHz frequencies, in 1,000-unit quantities.

About the AMD Athlon(TM) MP Processor

The AMD Athlon MP processor is a seventh-generation x86 processor designed for high- performance multiprocessing servers and workstations. It provides up to a 38 percent increase over widely available x86 multiprocessor-based systems on benchmarks such as WebBench, ServerBench and 3D Studio Max.

A key advantage of AMD's multiprocessing platform is Smart MP technology, which greatly enhances overall platform performance by increasing data movement between the two CPUs, chipset and memory system. Smart MP technology features dual point-to-point, high-speed 266MHz system buses with Error Correcting Code (ECC) support designed to provide up to 2.1GB per second per CPU of bus bandwidth in a dual-processor system. Smart MP technology also has an optimized Modified Owner Exclusive Shared Invalid (MOESI) cache coherency protocol that manages data and memory traffic in a multiprocessing environment.

The AMD Athlon MP processor, with stable Socket A infrastructure and support for DDR memory technology, has a high performance full-speed cache with hardware data pre-fetch, a fully pipelined superscalar floating point engine, and an exclusive L2 Translation Look-aside Buffer (TLB). It also incorporates 3DNow!(TM) Professional technology, which has 52 new instructions that extend AMD's 3DNow!(TM) technology, enabling smoother, richer and more lifelike images, more precise digital audio and an enriched Internet experience.

AMD Athlon MP processors are manufactured using AMD's 0.18-micron copper process technology at Fab 30 in Dresden, Germany.

About the AMD-760(TM) MP Chipset

The AMD-760 MP chipset, the world's first AMD Athlon multiprocessor chipset to support DDR memory technology, is AMD's high performance two-way multiprocessor core logic solution for the AMD Athlon(TM) MP processor. It consists of two chips--the AMD-762(TM) system controller (northbridge), and the AMD-766(TM) peripheral bus controller (southbridge).
The AMD-760 MP chipset unleashes the power of DDR memory technology, which combines with other sophisticated core logic in data, memory and I/O control as well as system and power management to provide a powerful solution for server and workstation platforms. The AMD-760 MP chipset supports up to two AMD Athlon MP processors with independent 266MHz front side buses, as well as PC2100 DDR memory and AGP 4x graphics.

AMD can be found on the Web at www.amd.com.

June 6 - Tyan Announces First Dual AMD Athlon MP Processor Motherboards. Tyan Computer Corporation(R) today announced that Tyan has initiated shipments of the world's first dual-processor DDR-based platform for AMD's (NYSE:AMD) new line of AMD Athlon(TM) MP processors for servers and workstations. The Thunder K7 system board utilizes breakthrough chipset technology and includes a host of integrated features.

Tyan, a leading designer and manufacturer of Internet infrastructure products and system board solutions, is the first supplier of system boards using the new AMD-760(TM) MP chipset. The Thunder K7 is the first platform to offer users an alternative solution in the dual-processor market.

Designed around the new AMD-760 MP chipset, the Thunder K7 supports AMD's new server/workstation processors, providing exciting new levels of performance. This performance gain is due in large part to the independent data paths between the chipset and the processors and the high-speed interconnect to the DDR interface. Unlike competing designs, each processor has its own data path to and from the AMD-760 MP chipset, removing bus contention between the processors, and increasing overall throughput.

The Thunder K7 is available in two versions, one for servers and one for workstations. The server version includes on-board VGA and server management options, while the workstation version includes an AGP Pro slot. Both models features a wide variety of integrated functions such as 64-bit PCI slots, Double Data Rate (DDR) memory support, dual-channel Ultra160 SCSI and dual Fast Ethernet controllers.

"Tyan and AMD's strategic partnership has produced one of the most exciting products in Tyan's history. The first of its kind in the world, the Thunder K7, along with the new AMD Athlon MP server and workstation processors, will provide OEMs, VARs and System Integrators new levels of performance and integration," stated Symon Chang, founder and CEO of Tyan.

"AMD appreciates the amount of work and support Tyan has supplied towards the launch of AMD's new multiprocessor architecture," said Rich Heye, vice president, Platform Engineering and Infrastructure for AMD's Computation Products Group. "With support for the new AMD-760 MP dual processor chipset and our point-to-point front side bus technology, Tyan's Thunder K7 platform ushers in a new level of performance for both the workstation and server environments."

Thunder K7 Features

-- Dual PGA462 sockets support up to two AMD Server/Workstation

processors

-- AMD-760(TM) MP chipset supports a 266/200MHz system bus

-- Four DDR DIMM sockets support 3.5GB of PC1600/2100 Registered

DDR RAM, including ECC

-- Integrated dual-channel Ultra160 SCSI, dual 10/100BaseT LAN

connections, ATI RAGE XL graphics controller, optional Q-Logic

IPMI-compliant server management and DMA/100 support

-- Five 64/32-bit 33MHz (5V) PCI expansion slots

-- One AGP Pro slot, also supports 4x AGP mode

-- Extended ATX form factor (13" x 12")

For more information, visit the company's World Wide Web site at www.tyan.com.

June 6 - Sony Enhances Super Slim VAIO Notebook With Low Voltage Pentium III Processor. Sony Electronics today announced the VAIO(R) PCG-SR27 notebook PC with the new Intel(R) Pentium(R) III 750MHz(1) low voltage mobile processor.

"The SR series is ideally designed for the highly mobile user, providing high performance, extended battery life and more freedom from AC adapters," said Mark Hanson, vice president and general manager of VAIO PC marketing for Sony Electronics' IT Products Division. "And with Sony's relationship with GoAmerica, VAIO users also have a free wireless modem, with service subscription, allowing for wireless network connectivity and the convenience of online computing without phone lines."

Mobility, Performance and Power

About one-inch thin and weighing less than three pounds, the SR27 is designed to meet the performance and power needs of the user who's never in one place. The new unit's mobile Pentium III 750 MHz(1) low voltage processor, combined with Intel's SpeedStep(TM) technology, allows for seamless switching of clock frequency and voltage to deliver high performance and extended battery power.

The new model is equipped with a 30GB(2) hard drive, 128MB SDRAM and a MagicGate(TM) Memory Stick(R) media slot for quick, high capacity storage of music, video, digital images and other data.

A Flexible and Versatile Computing Tool

The SR27 notebook PC features an extended-life lithium-ion battery; Sony's JogDial(TM) control for easy application selection; an integrated v.90 modem; an i.LINK(R) (IEEE 1394) interface to support high-speed digital video, audio and data transfer among compatible products; and an S3 Savage/IX8(TM) graphics chip with 8MB Video SGRAM. For added convenience and value the SR27 comes bundled with an external CD-ROM drive.

The new SR notebook PC comes with a full suite of business and entertainment applications, including Sony MovieShaker(TM) movie making software, which enables users to easily produce digital home movies and music videos.

Also included is Sony PictureGear(TM) software to help manage digital content like panoramic photographs, as well as Sony DVgate(TM) software to help capture full motion digital video and still photography for multimedia presentations or video e-mail.

The SR27 ships next month with Microsoft(R) Windows(R) Millennium Edition for about $1,999, or with Windows(R) 2000 Professional for approximately $2,099.

Visit Sony's Web site at: www.sony.com/vaio.

June 6 - 3Com and HP announce Bluetooth Solutions for Mobile Users. Simplifying the way people connect personal electronic devices, 3Com Corporation (Nasdaq:COMS) and Hewlett-Packard Company (NYSE:HWP) announced today that 3Com's wireless Bluetooth(TM) solution will be embedded in HP Omnibook and HP Pavilion notebook PCs. This solution also is compatible with the forthcoming HP Deskjet 995c -- the industry's first integrated Bluetooth inkjet printer.

Bluetooth is an open, global standard for radio links which provides simple, wireless connections between PCs, handhelds, mobile phones, printers and many other devices, as well as allowing those devices access to network resources. With this technology, exchanging files in a conference room or checking email on the road can be accomplished without cables and in a matter of seconds.

With Bluetooth-enabled HP Omnibook and HP Pavilion notebook PCs, users can take advantage of other Bluetooth devices and download e-mail via their mobile phone, synchronize personal digital assistants (PDAs), share files and print without carrying or connecting any cables. The forthcoming HP Deskjet 995c will allow users to print without cables from up to 10 meters (approximately 30 feet) away from other devices enabled for Bluetooth printing.

On May 29, 3Com introduced its wireless Bluetooth PC card based on the newly ratified 1.1 specification. This specification includes a number of enhancements to the original 1.0 specification and is intended to ensure compatibility among Bluetooth products regardless of the vendor. The 3Com(R) Wireless Bluetooth PC Card features a radically simple Connection Manager(TM) for Bluetooth software application and an innovative antenna design. HP plans to offer this PC card beginning July 1 as part of a compilation of Bluetooth products including printer accessories and third-party CompactFlash(TM) Bluetooth module cards for HP Jornada handheld and Pocket PCs.

"We are excited to be working with HP on expanding the availability of Bluetooth-enabled personal devices," said Rick Maule, vice president and general manager of the Mobile Connectivity Division at 3Com. "Bluetooth is an integral component of 3Com's complete communications solutions that enable simple, reliable and secure mobile connectivity."

"HP is working to provide consumers with simplified connectivity across a broad range of wired and wireless products," said Diana Bell, vice president and general manager, HP Mobile Computing Division. "3Com's Bluetooth solution integrated with HP notebook PCs and compatible with the HP Deskjet 995c offers customers simple, reliable cable-free connections to a wide variety of Bluetooth-enabled devices."

HP and its products can be found on the World Wide Web at www.hp.com. 3Com can be found on the Web at www.3com.com.

June 6 - Hitachi Introduces Value-priced 17-Inch Flat-faced Monitor. Hitachi America, Ltd., a subsidiary of Hitachi, Ltd. (NYSE: HIT), today announced a value-priced, 17-inch monitor (16-inch viewable) that brings the performance benefits of flat-faced monitor technology to the home, general business and SOHO user. Hitachi's new CMF621F monitor delivers reduced glare, realistic images, high brightness and a tight dot pitch for less than $239.

Offering resolution up to 1280 x 1024, Hitachi's CM621F monitor delivers flicker-free performance at the most popular resolutions for general business, home office and personal computer user. Dot pitch is 0.22 mm horizontal, 0.13 mm vertical and the viewable image area is 325 mm x 244 mm.

"The CM621F has one of the tightest dot pitches available on a 17-inch monitor. The sharp text and images combined with the flat face for reduced glare, enables users to acquire Hitachi's high quality display at a value price for home or business users," said Leslie Bishop, marketing communications manager for Hitachi America, Ltd's monitor group.

The CM621F uses EasyMenu on screen controls with adjustments for color temperature, trapezoid, parallelogram, pincushion, and more. It also features reduced power consumption of 75W for power savings, without sacrificing quality or brightness.

The CM621F is available for immediate shipping from Hitachi's worldwide distributors. MSRP is $239.

Information is available on the World Wide Web at www.hitachidisplays.com.

June 5 - NEC Computers Inc. Introduces New MobilePro 790 Handheld PC. NEC Computers Inc., a leading provider of mobile, desktop and server computing solutions for the enterprise market, today announced the MobilePro(TM) 790, the newest addition to NEC's family of MobilePro handheld PC computers (H/PC).
Building on the success of the award-winning MobilePro 780 H/PCs, the ultra-light MobilePro 790 H/PC is designed for enterprise customers whose mobile platform priorities are instant-start, large keyboard, touchscreen, and reduced total cost of ownership. To increase reliability of applications in the field, a 16MB built-in flash storage partition (in addition to the standard 32MB RAM) is provided for permanent installation of customer software and storage of customer data. The protected flash storage area does not require battery power to maintain data integrity.
"The MobilePro 790 doesn't require painfully slow handwriting recognition or hunt-and-peck typing. It doesn't need hours of battery power to maintain information stored in the flash partition. The MP790 is a complete computer solution stored in a handheld device," said Duane Cowgill, senior product manager at NEC Computers Inc. "Users can get applications like e-mail, presentations, Web access and PIM functions plus a host of other improvements that allow the deployment of mission-critical applications with ease-of-use style."

MobilePro 790 H/PC

The MobilePro 790 H/PC provides on-the-go utility with Microsoft Windows for Handheld PC 2000, operating system version 3.0, Microsoft Internet Explorer for Handheld PC (version 4.01), Microsoft Pocket Outlook(R) (Calendar, Tasks, Contacts, Inbox), Microsoft Pocket Word, Excel, PowerPoint(R), Access, Microsoft Windows Media Player for Handheld PC, Microsoft Voice Recorder, and Microsoft Terminal Server Client.
The built-in 16MB flash ROM, with 14MB of protected storage area for customer software and data, gives enterprise applications more storage and freedom from data or software loss in the event of battery depletion.

Vertical Applications

A range of vertical markets, including retail, real estate, insurance, healthcare and pharmaceutical industries can benefit from the MobilePro 790 H/PC's touch-screen, instant-on capabilities and easy mobile data entry and transmittal. The MobilePro 790 is well suited for a host of business applications, from healthcare professionals prescribing medication for patients to field representatives consulting a sales database.
A lightweight PC companion, the MobilePro 790 weighs only 1.8 pounds and measures 9.6" (W) by 5.2" (D) by 1.1" (H). It offers a brilliant 8.1" 64K(1) color half-VGA display (640 x 240 resolution). The system also features NEC Electronics' fast 168MHz VR4121(TM) 64-bit MIPS(R) microprocessor, a built-in 56K(2) v.90 modem for connecting to enterprise or Internet services, and type II CompactFlash(TM) and type II PC card slots for expandability. The MobilePro 790 H/PC incorporates a large 78-key keyboard, with center-to-center alpha key pitch of 92 percent scale for input intensive field applications.

Pricing and Availability

The MobilePro 790 H/PC is available now for $899 (US) or $1,384 (Canada) through select resellers and distributors. For more information about NEC Computers visit http://www.neccomp.com.

June 5 - DDR SDRAM Poised to be Mainstream Memory for Tommorrow's Systems. Advanced Memory International, Inc. (AMI2) today announced the completion of the last hurdle enabling DDR SDRAM to be the memory of choice for all sectors of computing, communications, and other high-performance DRAM applications.
The price-sensitive DRAM market has been waiting for the recent price reductions to signal the shift to high-volume production for DDR SDRAM that historically has preceded all memory technology transitions. The supply equation is complete, with supply from the leaders in the DRAM industry including Elpida, Hynix, Infineon, Micron, Mitsubishi, Mosel Vitelic, Samsung, and Toshiba.

"DDR systems are starting a volume ramp that should continue from now through the next couple of years," said Desi Rhoden, President and CEO of AMI2. "DDR's new competitive price, coupled with the high-quality x86 chipsets that are moving into mature volume production from motherboard suppliers like Acer Laboratories (ALi), VIA Technologies, and many others, positions DDR for adoption in virtually every segment of the computing industry."

Already shipping in virtually every graphics card today, DDR SDRAM has been adopted in servers, laptops, and PC desktop systems the world over, with more than 35 chipsets in production or development from the leading suppliers around the world. Testing has shown PC2100 DDR SDRAM has the unique ability to deliver the highest performance in the industry while saving more than 30% of the power consumed by today's PC100 SDRAM (more for PC133), making it attractive for many applications. This is over 2.5x more bandwidth at 30% lower power.

Coordinated, Parallel Development Tracks Made the Difference

DDR SDRAM represents a first in industry-wide cooperation where shared parallel development on all the necessary infrastructure pieces removed the costly burden of each company trying to solely develop a complete solution. With everyone agreeing to communicate and share the pieces they developed, each company was able to concentrate on individual parts of the system. More engineering time was spent on each piece and duplicate effort was eliminated. The end result was a complete system delivered to the end user in less time and at higher quality than ever before.
"The DRAM industry has an amazing wealth of talent spread across many companies in many countries, and seeing the results of all that talent cooperatively solving problems is simply awesome," said Rhoden. "DDR SDRAM devices, modules, Gerbers, chipsets, and logic support devices were all developed in parallel, usually at different companies without anyone having to wait for another piece. Everyone was in almost constant communication on all the critical issues. DDR will likely become a model for how large complex system solutions are developed in the future."

More information about DDR and direct links to all the companies mentioned above are available at www.ami2.com.

June 5 - Red-M First to Enable Third Generation--3G--Mobile Services With Bluetooth. Red-M(TM), a leading supplier of advanced Bluetooth(TM) networking product solutions, today announces the next step in its strategy of providing seamless mobility using Bluetooth technology. For the first time, Red-M is showing the delivery of third generation (3G) mobile services using an in-building Bluetooth network to a range of mobile devices. The system illustrates the potential of converged data, voice and video wireless communications and the ability of Bluetooth to provide these services in local environments such as public concourses, offices and homes.
At the core of the system is Red-M's award winning Bluetooth networking products and technology - the 3000AS access server, 1000AP access point and Red-M BIAS(TM) (Bluetooth Internet access server) software. These Bluetooth certified products demonstrate the power of piconet-based networking applications. Using the network, users can:

- Make phone calls over the Bluetooth network from a Bluetooth enabled headset via a Red-M access point and access server, out to the Public Switched Telephone Network (PSTN)
- Experience voice and video streaming media on a range of handheld devices including web tablets and Personal Digital Assistants (PDAs)
- Participate in multi-user video conferencing and use video security applications over a Bluetooth network
- Access Internet and Intranet web and Wireless Application Protocol (WAP) content from a range of computer, PDA and phone devices
- Perform m-commerce transactions over the Bluetooth network
- Connect between office and home for email and other applications over a secure VPN connection

Comments Simon Gawne, Vice President of Marketing and Business Development for Red-M, "We believe the delivery of local wireless networks using Bluetooth is highly complementary to the roll-out of third generation (3G) cellular services. For the first time we have demonstrated the potential of Bluetooth as a local, in-building 3rd generation network that combines data, voice and video communications on one network. This network further demonstrates the exciting potential for Bluetooth and power of Red-M's technology."

Information on Red-M can be found at www.red-m.com.

June 5 - Worldwide Semiconductor Sales Decrease 10.2% in April 2001. Worldwide sales of semiconductors were $13.72 billion in April, a decrease from $15.28 billion a year ago, the Semiconductor Industry Association (SIA) reported today. On a month-to-month basis, April sales were 4.7% below the March 2001 level of $14.40 billion.
"The overall demand continues to reflect the inventory correction that began in the fourth quarter of 2000," stated SIA president, George Scalise. He added, "For the first time since the September quarter of 2000, Asia Pacific sales had a modest increase on a sequential basis reflecting improved supply-demand balance in the PC market."
The factors causing the current decelerating sales figures are reflected in each semiconductor product sector and most geographic regions. Compared to April 2000, this April the European market sales were lower by 7.9%, the Americas market sales were down 19.1%, and Asia Pacific sales were down 8.8%. This month the Japan market sales declined 2.1% from last April.
From its beginning in the 1950s, the semiconductor industry has been characterized by a four-year cycle, sporadically modified by unexpected economic factors. The semiconductor industry has grown at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 17% over the past 40 years.
More information about the SIA can be found at www.semichips.org.

June 5 - AMD Announces World's First HyperTransport Implementation - NVIDIA's nForce Chipset. AMD (NYSE:AMD) today announced that NVIDIA has incorporated AMD's HyperTransport(TM) data bus technology into its new nForce platform processing architecture, becoming the first chipset to incorporate AMD's innovative data bus technology.
More than 150 companies are working with AMD to drive the development of HyperTransport technology. NVIDIA is yet another example of an industry heavyweight implementing AMD's HyperTransport technology to help increase the performance of its products.
AMD's HyperTransport is an innovative technology that enables the computer chips inside a vast range of different types of systems to communicate with each other faster compared with existing technologies. In NVIDIA's case, the HyperTransport technology is designed to deliver up to a six-fold increase in bandwidth between the nForce Integrated Graphics Processor (IGP) and nForce Media and Communications Processor (MCP).
The NVIDIA nForce platform processing architecture combines NVIDIA's award winning graphics with the industry's first implementation of the new Dolby Digital Interactive Content Encoder, a breakthrough technology built in the MCP that dynamically encodes multi-channel audio into Dolby Digital 5.1 in real-time.
"NVIDIA's incorporation of AMD's HyperTransport technology is critical in our quest to deliver unmatched system performance," said Dan Vivoli, vice president of marketing at NVIDIA. "Today's PC applications are increasingly complex with advanced 3D graphics, high-speed networking, streaming video, and cinematic 3D audio. In fact, the bandwidth supplied by HyperTransport allowed us to implement full Dolby Digital 5.1 3D audio processing and broadband networking in the MCP, something no other current technology allowed us to do."
Both AMD and NVIDIA have supported Double Data Rate (DDR) memory for PCs and video cards. The NVIDIA nForce platform processing architecture includes a 128-bit memory interface that is designed to double the peak data throughput over today's PC2100 DDR systems to 4.2GBytes per second, which is 33% more than dual channel RAMBUS Pentium(R) 4 systems.
"Coupled with the AMD Athlon processor and DDR memory, NVIDIA's newest chipset solution provides performance, mainstream and entry solutions for x86 PCs that will continue to deliver on the AMD Athlon promise to give you the ultimate computing experience," said Richard Heye, Vice President, Platform Engineering & Infrastructure of AMD's Computation Products Group. "This is yet another example of AMD pushing new and customer beneficial technologies into the market."

About HyperTransport(TM) Technology

HyperTransport technology is a new high-speed, high-performance, point-to-point link for integrated circuits. HyperTransport provides a universal connection that is designed to reduce the number of buses within the system, provide a high-performance link for embedded applications, and enable highly scalable multiprocessing systems. It was designed to enable the chips inside of PCs, networking and communications devices to communicate with each other up to 48 times faster than with existing technologies.
Compared with existing system interconnects that provide bandwidth up to 266MB/sec, HyperTransport technology's potential peak bandwidth of 12.8GB/sec represents better than a 40-fold increase in data throughput. HyperTransport technology provides an extremely fast connection that complements externally visible bus standards like the Peripheral Component Interconnect (PCI), as well as emerging technologies like InfiniBand.
HyperTransport technology is designed to provide the bandwidth that the new InfiniBand standard requires to communicate with memory and system components inside of next-generation servers and devices that may power the backbone infrastructure of the telecom industry. HyperTransport technology is targeted primarily at the information technology and telecom industries, but any application in which high speed, low latency and scalability is necessary can potentially take advantage of HyperTransport technology.
HyperTransport technology also has a unique daisy-chainable feature, giving the opportunity to connect multiple HyperTransport input/output bridges to a single channel. HyperTransport technology is designed to support up to 32 devices per channel and can mix and match components with different bus widths and speeds.

AMD can be found on the Web at www.amd.com.

June 4 - NVIDIA Introduces NVIDIA nForce Platform Processing Architecture. NVIDIA(R) Corporation (Nasdaq:NVDA) introduced its new nForce(TM) Platform Processing Architecture today at the COMPUTEX tradeshow in Taiwan. NVIDIA's nForce is a revolutionary new PC platform design, integrating system, graphics, communications, and audio technologies to deliver unmatched system performance for the mainstream PC market.
"Modern PC's are being used in ways the original PC was never designed for. 3D graphics, streaming video, complex audio and high speed networking are commonplace today and put tremendous stress on PC system architecture," stated Jon Peddie, president of Jon Peddie Associates, a leading market research firm. "Unfortunately, today's PC with its aging form-factors and legacy constraints simply can't handle these demands efficiently. NVIDIA's new nForce architecture, has clearly been designed around a series of innovative technologies, providing users with a powerful platform designed for the 21st century."
To bridge the gap between the expectations of today's users and the limitations of current and future technologies, and to deliver unmatched system performance, it was necessary for NVIDIA to depart from the traditional "Northbridge/Southbridge" chipset architectures to create an entirely new class of PC platform. The NVIDIA nForce Platform Architecture provides four key benefits to consumers:


-- The world's fastest PC platform architecture ever designed
-- Five to 10 times the graphics performance of any other integrated PC graphics accelerator
-- AMD's HyperTransport(TM) technology, integrated onto both the nForce IGP and nForce MCP, improves overall system level performance by providing up to 6 times the internal bandwidth needed for today's demanding system requirements
-- Multiple, high-performance DSP audio engine for ear shattering, real-time 3D audio and, for the first time, real-time encoded Dolby(TM) Digital 5.1 surround sound. These DSPs will also be used to enable broadband communications in a future generation product

NVIDIA's nForce is comprised of two platform processors: the nForce Integrated Graphics Processor (IGP) and the nForce Media and Communications Processor (MCP). Both the NVIDIA nForce IGP and MCP feature built-in support for AMD(R)'s HyperTransport(TM) interconnect technology, delivering the highest continuous throughput between the two platform processors. Additionally, both the IGP and MCP have underlying technologies that, when combined into a single, balanced architecture, substantially increase overall system performance.
"The launch of the nForce platform architecture underscores our position as one of the driving forces in computing and multimedia technology. NVIDIA's nForce will enable an unprecedented level of system performance and computing experience for users of every computing budget," said Jen-Hsun Huang, president and CEO of NVIDIA. "Our customers are as excited as we are about the unlimited possibilities enabled by this new platform and will forever transform AMD-based systems into the world's fastest PC architecture."
Designed to deliver the ultimate multimedia experience, nForce is the architectural foundation for Microsoft's highly-anticipated Xbox game console. In addition, NVIDIA has secured design wins with the industry's top PC ODMs, including ASUS, MSI, GIGABYTE, Mitac, and Abit; and expects to announce many other OEM design wins by the winter of 2001.

NVIDIA nForce Integrated Graphics Processor (IGP)

The NVIDIA nForce IGP redefines system and graphics performance. The foundation of the nForce IGP is comprised of TwinBank(TM), NVIDIA's revolutionary 128-bit DDR memory architecture that provides the highest memory bandwidth possible, maximizing memory efficiency so users can run multiple applications simultaneously. The addition of a dynamic adaptive speculative pre-processor (DASP(TM)) helps boost CPU and system performance; and the integration of NVIDIA's award-winning GeForce2(TM) GPU ensure an uncompromising 3D visual experience.

NVIDIA nForce Media and Communications Processor (MCP)

The NVIDIA nForce MCP redefines the audio and communications experience. The integrated Audio Processing Unit (APU) brings unprecedented 3D positional audio and DirectX(R) 8.0-compatible performance to the PC platform, all the while providing real-time processing of up to 256-simultaneous stereo audio streams, along with a real-time encoded Dolby(TM) Digital 5.1 cinematic audio experience. Also part of the nForce MCP is StreamThru(TM), an innovative technology that provides an optimized pipeline to enhance networking and broadband; and the most complete suite of networking and communication devices including Ethernet, home phone-line networking (HomePNA 2.0), USB, and dial-up connections.

For more information, visit the Company's web site at http://www.nvidia.com.

June 4 - WIDCOMM Launches Point-to-Multipoint Bluetooth Wireless Access Point. WIDCOMM Inc., a world leader in short-range wireless communications and Bluetooth networking technology, today announced the availability of BlueGate 2100, a point-to-multi-point extension of WIDCOMM's BlueGate(TM) family of network access points. BlueGate 2100 is the first available server-independent Bluetooth wireless access point to integrate point-to-multipoint and extended receiver range capabilities.

Acting as a gateway for shared Internet access, the BlueGate access point creates local "hot spots" of high-speed (up to 723 kbps) wireless connectivity that link up to seven Bluetooth-enabled devices simultaneously to network resources through an Ethernet interface. BlueGate 2100 carries enhanced transmitter power and receiver sensitivity, extending the operational reach of the radio link to 200 meters (power class 1, +20 dbm). BlueGate 2100 further facilitates network management by performing as a central administration point: no separate local PC or server is needed to power or manage a Bluetooth network.

Fully compliant with the current Bluetooth standard (1.1), BlueGate 2100 can synchronize a wide range of Bluetooth wireless devices, including PDAs, mobile phones and headsets, laptop, notebook and desktop computers, web pads, and digital cameras, allowing ad hoc connections between multiple client devices and ISP or LAN client-server applications. BlueGate wireless technology lets people browse the Internet, send email, download files, access corporate intranet or LAN resources without the bother of cable installation, or tedious configuration script management.
BlueGate 2100 is designed for deployment in enterprises, hotels, airports, and the home to ensure ubiquitous network and Internet access. BlueGate 2100 allows mobile professionals, consumers, clients and guests with Bluetooth devices access to the local intranet or public Internet for information, entertainment and e-commerce transactions.

"Our customers cite the WIDCOMM BlueGate 2100 for delivering high levels of performance in terms of receiver sensitivity, bandwidth, interoperability and conformance. BlueGate is unique in its ability to extend the WIDCOMM Bluetooth application platform to embrace new Bluetooth capabilities," commented Larry Fromm, WIDCOMM vice president of Networking Business. "BlueGate 2100 is built from the ground up, with the technology already implemented industry-wide to create communication applications on the Bluetooth platform throughout the world."

Beta versions of WIDCOMM's BlueGate 2100 will be available for customers in June, with general availability in July. Commercial volume pricing of BlueGate 2100 is under $500 USD and the product will be sold worldwide.

WIDCOMM can be found on the Web at www.widcomm.com.

June 4 - I/OMagic announces External CD-RW Firewire Drive. I/OMagic Corp. (OTCBB:IOMC), today announced a new Firewire external 16x10x40 CD-RW drive that will expand its CD-RW product line-up is under development.

"Our goal is provide products that enhance and expand the PC users experience," said Tony Andrews, vice president of engineering and product development for I/OMagic. "This new drive will feature a starting speed of 16x10x40 which will allow users to rip CDs with considerable speed."

I/OMagic intends to include a software bundle in this package including the Nero Burning ROM. The company hopes to launch this new product in July 2001 with an MSRP of $229. Visit the I/OMagic Web site at www.iomagic.com.

June 3 - Sunday Shopping Watch.
Special Discounts and Financing. In addition to sales on specific items, the following store-wide sales are advertised this week.
Best Buy
is giving away 1 year of free MSN with any computer purchase. They are also offering $100 instant discounts on all 800 MHz or faster desktop complete systems and a $100 mail-in rebate on all notebooks.
Circuit City no special store-wide computer sales (individual items may be on sale).
Office Depot no special store-wide computer sales (individual items may be on sale).
CompUSA no ad this Sunday.
Staples no special store-wide computer sales (individual items may be on sale).
HHGregg no special store-wide computer sales (individual items may be on sale).
Internet Rebates. All stores continue to offer 3 year, $400 Internet Rebates. Please see our article, What You Need to Know About Internet Rebates and Free PCs, for an in depth discussion of Internet Rebates.

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

* Prices discussed in this article. Advertisers typically deduct the $400 Internet rebate from an items true price. We report all prices without subtracting the $400 Internet rebate, however all other rebates and discounts are usually subtracted.
Caution about advertised prices. When reading advertisements, read the fine print of the ad to make sure you know what is being advertised and what it cost. For example, many advertisers will show a complete system with computer, monitor, and printer but advertise a price for the computer only.

Best Deals this Sunday
Category
Product Description
Price* (see above)
Store
Best Celeron Deal
HP 766 MHz complete system
$649
Staples
Best Pentium III System
HP, Compaq 866 MHz complete system
$1049
Best Buy, Circuit City, HHGregg
Best Pentium 4 System
HP 1.3 GHz build-to-order system with monitor
$1619
Office Depot
Best Duron System
None Advertised
   
Best High End Athlon System
HP 1.3 GHz DDR build-to-order complete system
$1679
Best Buy
Best Low Cost Notebook
Compaq 766 MHz Celeron
$899
Best Buy
1. Best High-end Notebook
Compaq 1 GHz build-to-order Athlon with DVD
$1969
Circuit City
2. Best High-end Notebook
Compaq 800 MHz build-to-order Pentium III with DVD\CD-RW
$1899
Best Buy
New Software Releases
Microsoft Office XP now available
$239-$479 upgrade
Most Stores

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 the highlights of local (Dayton, Ohio) computer chain store advertisements. While we can not guarantee your local chain store has the same items, this article should help you to make informed buying decisions.

June 2 - Micron Electronics Completes Sale of PC Division to Gores Technology Group. Micron Electronics (Nasdaq:MUEI) today announced the closing of the sale of its PC division to an affiliate of Gores Technology Group, completing the company's transformation to a pure-play Web hosting business.
Micron Electronics is the parent company of HostPro, Inc., a leading provider of infrastructure, Web site, and hosted software applications to small and medium businesses around the world. HostPro manages more than 138,000 hosted Web sites and more than 72,000 customer accounts. More information about Micron Electronics can be found at www.micronelectronics.com. More information about HostPro can be found at www.hostpro.com.

June 2 - AMD Unveils Innovative Self-Service Customer Support System. AMD (NYSE:AMD) today announced the launch of Ask.AMD.com, a Web-based, self-service system which offers technical support and product information to system builders and end users.

"Ask.AMD.com allows customers to get the technical help they need to answer commonly asked PC processor questions, and to ensure they get it as quickly and easily as possible," said Sue Papaieck, director of Worldwide Headquarter Sales Operations for AMD.

"Our customers deserve one-stop shopping, and they deserve it 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Ask.AMD.com never closes," said Papaieck.

Most questions received in AMD's Technical Service Center relate to PC processors. For that reason, Ask.AMD.com focuses on solutions for issues related to AMD processors. Chip, the cartoon mascot for the Ask.AMD.com Web site, helps customers find answers to many commonly asked questions, such as how to upgrade their processor in a PC desktop system or which motherboard should be used with an AMD processor.

Customers may ask questions using various search methods and are then asked to choose from a list of potential solutions. If a customer cannot find the particular solution to an inquiry, Chip can forward questions to AMD analysts for direct assistance via email.

AMD's innovative approach to Web-based support is designed to continually evolve as new products are introduced and different questions develop. The system automatically tracks questions and AMD analysts develop new answers as needed.

AMD's service center is open weekdays from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. PST (Thursdays 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. PST). Ask.AMD.com offers online support 24 hours, seven days a week, providing customers with round-the-clock support. Chip is waiting for you now at http://ask.amd.com.

June 2 - I/OMagic's MagicImage 450 Acts as Still Shot, PC Camera & Digital Camcorder. /OMagic Corp. (OTCBB:IOMC), a leader in digital entertainment technology, multimedia and peripheral PC products, today announced that it has expanded its digital camera line with the release of the MagicImage 450.
The MagicImage 450 is a versatile, compact VGA camera that shoots digital images, connects to a desktop computer for recording emails, video conferencing and can be used as a digital camcorder to record short video clips.
"The MagicImage 450 is a nice addition to our digital camera line-up," said Paul T. McCauley, vice president of marketing for I/OMagic Corp. "Its versatility, compact size and cost effective price point make it a perfect gift for back to school."
The MagicImage 450 features dual-mode (still and PC camera) functions. Additional highlights include resolution of up to 640 x 480 pixels, a USB interface, low power consumption with auto energy-save mode and a software bundle with image processing tools that features the Ulead Photo Express 3.0 SE software.
The MagicImage 450 is expected to have an MSRP of $79.99 and will begin shipping in June 2001.Visit the I/OMagic Web site at www.iomagic.com.

June 1 - Addonics Announces Pocket SuperDisk 240 for PCs or Mac. Addonics Technologies today announced the Pocket SuperDisk 240 -- a 240MB LS-120 transportable drive with USB interface for PCs and Macintosh systems.

The Pocket SuperDisk 240 is the only floppy drive users need to store digital images, music or data. This lightweight external drive weighs less than 12 ounces and will read/write data onto the new 240MB (LS-240) disk media. The Pocket SuperDisk 240 is also backward compatible with SuperDisk 120 (LS-120) media, and standard 1.44MB floppy disks.

The Pocket SuperDisk distinguishes itself from other transportable storage devices with a software utility that allows users to store 32MBs of data on standard 1.44MBs floppy disks. Tired old 1.44 floppy disks can now be used to archive digital images or MP3 songs at a fraction of the cost of a ZIP disk or other removable media. Once information is archived on standard 1.44 MB floppy disks with the Addonics utility software, the disk (with now up to 32MBs of data/music) can be read or accessed just like any other file stored on a hard drive or floppy drive.

The Pocket SuperDisk 240 is small and light, and can carried in a jacket pocket. The drive can be powered from the USB port of the computer. It includes a built-in USB cable, which can be tucked away to the side of the drive when it goes on the road. The drive is USB 2.0 compatible, but runs at USB 1.0 speed.

The installation of Pocket SuperDisk 240 is simple. The drive is automatically recognized by the following operating systems: Windows Me, Windows 2000, or Mac OS 9.0 and higher. Within seconds of plugging into the USB port of the computer, you are ready to use the drive like any other floppy drive. If your computer BIOS supports USB booting, Pocket SuperDisk 240 can be used as an emergency boot drive in case of a hard disk failure.

List price for the Pocket SuperDisk 240 is $199, and is available through major catalog companies, resellers, VARs and distributors, including Storageusa..com, PC Connection, CDW, Buy.com, Insight, Egghead, Ingram Micro, and D&H.

Visit Addonics at www.addonics.com.

June 1 - Alcatel to Demonstrate Video-over-DSL at Supercomm 2001. Alcatel (NYSE: ALA), the world leader in Digital Subscriber Line (DSL) solutions, has teamed with Microsoft and Intertainer at Supercomm 2001 (June 5-7) to demonstrate to DSL service providers how they can deliver value-added broadband applications and generate additional revenue from their DSL networks by providing video-on-demand services over ordinary telephone lines.

Using the latest in video compression and digital rights management (DRM) technology from Microsoft and the rich content library available from Intertainer, the demonstration will show how high quality video can be delivered to DSL subscribers over existing DSL networks. Unlike current video solutions which require 4-6 Mbps of bandwidth per channel, the Alcatel / Microsoft implementation is capable of delivering near-DVD quality video using under 700 Kbps of downstream bandwidth, only a fraction of the bandwidth available on a common DSL connection. The bandwidth savings are due to the compression efficiency of the new Windows Media Video 8 codec, which delivers the best video quality in the smallest file size compared with other codecs.

The data center in the Microsoft booth will showcase an Alcatel Advanced Services Access Manager (ASAM), the most widely deployed DSLAM in the world, with DSL lines streaming Intertainer's video content to several TV and PC viewing locations in the Microsoft and Alcatel booths. This DSL video-on-demand system is part of the coming wave of value-added broadband applications that present additional revenue potential for DSL network operators.

For more information on Alcatel DSL solutions, visit: www.alcatel.com/dsl.

June 1 - Insignia Ships Java Virtual Machine for Pocket Internet Explorer. Insignia Solutions(R) (Nasdaq:INSG), the leading provider of accelerated Java(TM) software solutions for information appliances, announced today the immediate availability of the first Java virtual machine (JVM) that is integrated into the Microsoft Pocket Internet Explorer. The Jeode(TM) EVM(TM) can now be incorporated in Windows Powered Pocket PCs as the plug-in that executes PersonalJava-compliant applets within the Pocket IE browser environment.

Last year, Insignia was also the first company to provide a JVM plug-in for Microsoft's Internet Explorer 4.0 for Windows CE-based devices. Jeode plug-in technology has been deployed in a variety of these types of products including the Siemens SIMpad SL4, Compaq iPAQ Home Internet Appliance IA-1 and IA-2, eMachines MSN Companion, Olivetti Lexikon Linea@ webphone and Wyse Winterm Windows-based terminals.

Since that time, Microsoft Corp. (Nasdaq:MSFT) introduced the Pocket PC platform, which has proven very popular with shipments recently surpassing one million units. A full-featured Web browser --optimized for the small screen, pen-entry environment of the Pocket PC -- was required, so Microsoft developed Pocket IE.

Pocket PC users require a Java Virtual Machine in their devices in order to run Java applications, play Java-based games and execute the many Java applets available over the World Wide Web, such as chat, personalized news tracking, real-time stock quotes and sports headlines, financial calculators and other dynamic content. They expect to be able to run these applets within the Pocket IE browser environment.

"We've seen great interest from Pocket PC developers in adding Java functionality to their products," said Richard Noling, president and chief executive officer of Insignia Solutions. "By becoming the first company to provide consumers with the ability to execute Java applets within the Pocket IE browser, we have taken another important step in making our accelerated Java technology the de facto standard for information appliances."

Jeode Platform

The Jeode platform is an accelerated implementation of the Sun Microsystems' (Nasdaq:SUNW) PersonalJava(TM) and EmbeddedJava(TM) specifications tailored for information appliances. At the core of the Jeode platform is the first independently developed "Sun Authorized Virtual Machine," the Jeode Embedded Virtual Machine(TM) (EVM(TM)), an accelerated runtime engine that delivers an optimal balance of performance and responsiveness in a smaller memory footprint. Using a proprietary technique called dynamic adaptive compilation (DAC(TM)), the Jeode EVM can execute Java applications on average six times faster than interpretive JVMs in roughly the same amount of memory.

Visit the company's website at http://www.insignia.com.

June 1 - Lumenati Introduces Free Advanced Digital and Broadband Media Player. Lumenati Basic(TM), now available for free download over the Internet, is a leading-edge digital entertainment management tool that puts into the hands of PC-users the power to conveniently find, manage, organize, and play compelling digital content when and how they want it.

With Lumenati Basic, available at www.lumenati.com/free_download.html users can locate and play streaming audio and video clips, DVDs, CDs and TV -- all in a single user interface. Functions of the software include:

-- a user-friendly media manager,

-- a comprehensive online content guide,

-- combined audio/video play lists and party lists

-- automatic MP3 identification and management,

-- song, artist and album information display via CDDB(R) smart CD player interface,

-- category-specific content recommendations via a "What's Hot" section,

-- DVD playback,

-- two screen interface for simultaneous TV viewing and web browsing,

-- a CD ripping 30 day trial, and

-- online shopping (personalized over time with consistent use of the software).

"We are pleased to debut our first product representing our new, powerful line of digital entertainment technology applications from Lumenati Maximum Entertainment. Lumenati Basic is so much more than a universal media player (UMP)," said Ron Perkes, President and founder of Lumenati/NetTV. "Lumenati solves the `too many players' problem. It is the first free publicly available software program with all of its other specific functionalities. It brings to the consumer many such conveniences as running MP3, Windows Media Player(TM) and QuickTime(R) files along with the ability to create party play lists from a mix of audio and video items.

"The applications for this program are limitless," continued Perkes. "Lumenati is fundamentally a radically new digital entertainment operating environment that converts your desktop or notebook computer into a digital entertainment appliance, especially for those who have computers with a DVD drive, for online audiophiles-types or avid MP3 and Napster fans, and MPEG4 and Divx users."

Lumenati Basic can be downloaded within a few minutes utilizing a broadband Internet connection (download time will take longer with standard dial-up Internet access) and is a Windows-based ('98/2000/ME) 5MB personal computer software program. Aside from the typical computer and display devise, users will utilize Apple QuickTime 4 & 5, Windows Media Player 6.4, MS DirectMedia 6, and Internet Explorer 4. To run optimally, 10MB of free disk space is required, plus DVD and/or CD ROM drives and/or a TV tuner card for corresponding features.

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