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 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
"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
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
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
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
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
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
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
"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
"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
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
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
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
-- 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
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
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
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
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
"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
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.
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
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
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
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)
"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
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
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
-- 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
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
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
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
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
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
June 3 - Sunday Shopping
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.
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
Price* (see above)
Best Celeron Deal
HP 766 MHz complete system
Best Pentium III System
HP, Compaq 866 MHz complete system
Best Buy, Circuit City, HHGregg
Best Pentium 4 System
HP 1.3 GHz build-to-order system with monitor
Best Duron System
Best High End Athlon System
HP 1.3 GHz DDR build-to-order complete system
Best Low Cost Notebook
Compaq 766 MHz Celeron
1. Best High-end Notebook
Compaq 1 GHz build-to-order Athlon with DVD
2. Best High-end Notebook
Compaq 800 MHz build-to-order Pentium III
New Software Releases
Microsoft Office XP now available
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,"
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
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."
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
-- 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
-- category-specific content recommendations via a "What's Hot"
-- 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
"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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