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InfoHQ Computer News and Rumors

June 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.
Every Sunday, News and Rumors features "Sunday Shopping Watch", which is a comparison and analysis of Sunday computer store advertisements.
The Computer News and Rumors is an archived column, so feel free to review previous week's or month's computer news by clicking on the link below. Previous computer news articles can also be searched, by using our site search feature found in the right-hand column.

InfoHQ Computer News and Rumors Article Index
Date
(Click on story to read, use your Browser's back button to return to the Index.)
Jun 24 Sunday Shopping Watch
Jun 23 Intel to Showcase 0.13 Micron-Based Mobile Processor
Jun 23 Casio launches New 2.11-million Pixel Camera
Jun 22 Fujitsu PC Introduces Notebook with DVD/CD-RW Combo Drive
Jun 22 Cray Inc. Supercomputers are Largest and Fastest Among Leading Vendors
Jun 22 Report says Cable Still Slightly Reigns over DSL
Jun 22 Tyan Thunder Dual AMD K7 Motherboard Awarded Best of Computex
Jun 22 SmartDisk Introduces New Line of Flash Media Readers
Jun 21 HP to Demo Digital Entertainment Center
Jun 21 Central Command Releases Improved Free Online Virus-Scanner
Jun 21 Transmeta Corporation Lowers Revenue Forecasts
Jun 21 Fujitsu PC Corporation Offers Pen Tablets with Windows CE H/PC 2000
Jun 21 Portsmith, Inc. Introduces Cradle-Based Ethernet for Handspring Visor
Jun 21 Infineon Technologies' Third Quarter Results Affected by Weak Market Conditions
Jun 20 Dell Expands Choices On All-In-One Latitude Notebook
Jun 20 Addonics Announces USB 2.0 Product Family
Jun 20 StarBand Launches New Satellite Modem
Jun 20 HP to Feature DVD+R/RW Drives in Home PCs this Fall
Jun 20 Vast Majority of IT Security Crimes Committed by "Authorized" Personnel
Jun 19 Toshiba Shatters Four Megapixel Barrier with New PDR-M81 Digital Camera
Jun 19 Fujitsu PC Corporation Announces Wireless Service for Notebooks
Jun 19 NETGEAR Launches 3-Port Cable/DSL Phoneline Router
Jun 19 Ericsson unveils Bluetooth Chatpen
Jun 19 Best Buy To Sell Pioneer's DVD-R/RW Drives
Jun 18 Compaq Predicted to Lead in Handheld Market
Jun 18 UMAX Unveils new PCXPO Scanner Lineup
Jun 18 New Game Boy Advance Already a Sellout
Jun 18 Proxim Offers Wireless Network Card for Compaq and Casio Pocket PCs
Jun 17 Sunday Shopping Watch
Jun 16 Epson Announces More Attractive Prices On Popular Four-Color Ink Jet Printers
Jun 16 Sony's Introduces New Spiral Design Streetstyle Headphones

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June 24 - 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 12 months no interest financing on all desktops, notebooks, and build-to-order systems and and an additional $100 off any Compaq desktop (complete system?).
Circuit City has is offering $150 instant discounts on clearance desktop and notebook computers and $100 off any Compaq desktop (complete system?).
Office Depot no special store-wide computer sales (individual items may be on sale).
CompUSA is having a 3 day sale from Today through Tuesday. They are offering a $150 mail-in rebate on any desktop computer (complete system?) and an additional $100 off any Compaq desktop (complete system?).
Staples no ad this Sunday.
HHGregg has 10% off all open box computers and notebooks and $100 off any Compaq desktop (complete system?).
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
Compaq 766 MHz system with 17 inch monitor
$400
CompUSA
Best Pentium III System
Compaq 866 MHz system with 17 inch monitor
$649
CompUSA
Best Pentium 4 System
Compaq 1.3 GHz complete system
$1730
Best Buy
Best Duron System
None Advertised
   
Best High End Athlon System
HP 1.2 GHz complete system
$1499
Best Buy
Best Low Cost Notebook
Compaq 766 MHz Celeron
$999
Best Buy
1. Best High-end Notebook
Sony 800 MHz Duron with DVD
$1399
Best Buy
2. Best High-end Notebook
Toshiba 850 MHz Pentium III with DVD\CD-RW
$1749
CompUSA

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 23 - Intel to Showcase 0.13 Micron-Based Mobile Processor. Intel Corporation today announced plans to show its next-generation mobile processor based on 0.13 micron process technology at the TechX NY trade show June 26-28. The new mobile Pentium(R) III processor-M will deliver speeds in excess of 1 GHz and includes new features such as 0.13 micron process technology, enhanced performance, and new power management technologies enabling thinner, lighter notebooks.

The mobile processor, shipping in volume to customers worldwide, will officially launch in the third quarter. Leading PC makers are now preparing new systems based on this processor.

"As the worldwide mobile PC processor and technology leader, Intel is committed to designing cutting-edge products that deliver the best mobile computing experience for every size notebook," said Frank Spindler, vice president and general manager of Intel's Mobile Platforms Group. "With the combination of performance, enhanced power management technologies and a scaleable new chipset architecture, the new mobile Pentium III processor-M will power a wave of exciting, new systems featuring great performance, long battery life, small size and wireless communications."

Intel's 0.13 micron process technology features the world's fastest transistors, the smallest transistor gate, the thinnest gate oxide and the smallest SRAM cell in volume production today. These features combined deliver the highest performance and lowest power consumption across all mobile PC segments.

The Intel booth at the TechX NY trade show is number 3436. Additional information about Intel is available at www.intel.com.

June 23 - Casio launches New 2.11-million Pixel Camera. Casio, Inc. announced at the PC Expo Show that opened today at the Jacob Javitz Convention Center in New York City, the launch of the QV-2900UX, a new 2.11-million pixel CCD digital camera featuring high magnification zoom up to 32x and super close-up. The camera incorporates an 8x Optical Zoom and 2x/4x Digital Zoom.

One of the most important features of the QV-2900 is Casio's unique BestShot feature that allows you to select the icon that best reflects your imaging situation. The camera will automatically select the best combination of aperture and shutter speed for you.
"Casio's built-in icons such as "night," "fireworks" -- and 26 others - handle tough photographic situations with "point-and-shoot" simplicity," said Krys Krawczyk, product manager for Casio's Digital Imaging Division. He said that there are 36 additional icons on a CD for a total of 64 BestShot modes.

"For the first time, a non-technical person can succeed, where all-automatic cameras fail," said Krawczyk. He pointed out that all-automatic cameras average the exposure setting and are unable to predict where and when the photographic scene requires fast or slow shutter speeds, ASA sensitive adjustments, or focus shifts. "The BestShot delivers 64 shortcuts for shooting situations where an all-automatic can't deliver," he said.

The QV-2900UX, $499 suggested retail, will be available for shipment starting July, 2001. casio can be found on the Web at www.casio.com.

June 22 - Fujitsu PC Introduces Notebook with DVD/CD-RW Combo Drive. Fujitsu PC Corporation (FPC), a wholly-owned subsidiary of Fujitsu Limited (TSE:6702), today unveiled the LifeBook(TM) C Series, the newest addition to its LifeBook notebook family.

This advanced notebook is one of the first Intel Pentium III-based machines with the new DVD/CD-RW combo drive at a sub-$2,000 price category.

A unique combination of multimedia functionality and business practicality, the LifeBook C Series meets the needs of a wide variety of users, including small to medium business professionals, first-time users and students.

The LifeBook C Series is the industry's first notebook to feature four universal serial bus (USB) ports standard adding to the overall multimedia appeal of the unit by quadrupling the total USB bandwidth available. This expanded number of ports allows for up to four USB devices, such as digital cameras, scanners, zip drives, printers and other USB enabled devices, to be connected simultaneously increasing the overall productivity of the notebook.

Additional multimedia innovations include a large and bright 14.1" XGA display featuring advance ATI(R) RAGE(TM) Mobility-P with an integrated 8MB video memory and Yamaha(R) audio for superior graphic and presentation functionality. FPC has also included an S-video out port and a direct speaker panel bringing the multimedia capabilities alive. For lightning fast digital video and data transfer, FPC has incorporated IEEE 1394 technology as part of the notebook's standard configuration.

The LifeBook C Series is now available through FPC's retail and reseller channels as well as at www.fujitsupc.com. Currently available in two recommended configurations with pricing starting at $1,499, users also have the option to customize their notebooks by utilizing FPC's Configure To Order (CTO) program.

June 22 - Cray Inc. Supercomputers are Largest and Fastest Among Leading Vendors. Cray Inc. (Nasdaq:CRAY) today said that its supercomputers were the largest and fastest among leading vendors' systems in the latest independent list of the world's "Top500 Supercomputer Sites." In addition to averaging 34 percent faster than the closest major competitor in this theoretical speed test, the company's Cray T3E(TM) supercomputer continues to hold the world record for actual computer speed.

Cray said its average listed system included 509 processors and had a theoretical speed of 315.8 billion calculations per second, or gigaflops. The latter figure was 34 percent faster than closest major competitor Compaq (235.8 gigaflops), 37 percent faster than the average IBM system (230.1 gigaflops) and 79 percent faster than the average SGI system (176.7 gigaflops). Aggregate theoretical computing power for the 45 Cray systems was second highest among all vendors at 14.2 trillion calculations per second (teraflops).

The company's results were driven by the Cray T3E product line, the current world record-holder for actual computing speed on a real problem. The prestigious Gordon Bell Prize was awarded to a multinational team of researchers for running a full, 64-bit application on a Cray T3E system at a sustained speed of more than one trillion calculations per second (teraflops).

The `Top500' rankings are based on Linpack, a standard benchmark test designed to compare the processor (CPU) performance of many types of computer systems. Linpack does not test other system attributes that can significantly affect the actual performance of supercomputers. From a system-level standpoint, Linpack results reflect theoretical speed and correlate closely with the theoretical `peak speed' of supercomputer systems.

"Although this test does not measure a supercomputer's actual performance, the Top500 list is used for tracking high-level market share and product trends," said Cray Inc. Chairman and CEO Jim Rottsolk. "We're pleased that Cray's aggregate computing power increased since the list was last published six months ago, thanks to the continuing success of our high-end Cray T3E product." Rottsolk said he expects Cray's representation on the Top500 list to expand as powerful new products become available later this year and in 2002. This list can be viewed at www.top500.org.

Go to www.cray.com for more information on the company.

June 22 - Report says Cable Still Slightly Reigns over DSL. Taking advantage of a head start in technological development, cable-based broadband services will prevail over telephone wire-based digital subscriber line (DSL) in the battle for dominance among wireline broadband technologies, according to a new Allied Business Intelligence (ABI) study, "Cable vs. DSL: The Race Is On."

Revenues from cable broadband access subscriber fees will triple in the next five years, from $7.5 billion in 2001 to $22.2 billion in 2006. The subscriber base will grow from 14.2 million to 48.7 million for the same period.

"DSL providers have been sitting on their technology for too long, and in the last three years, have been in too much of a race to catch up with cable access to satisfactorily resolve issues of supply, deployment and shared infrastructure access," said report author Mark M. Fox, ABI Broadband Analyst. "They will certainly regroup, and DSL will still be a major player in the wireline broadband market, but by then, cable operators will have a firm grip on the market."

Cable modem technology will capitalize on its technological edge over the copper wire-based DSL. Not only can hybrid fiber coaxial cable, predominant in modern networks, carry hundreds of times more data than a twisted pair of telephone wires, but there are relatively inexpensive solutions to eliminate the problem of interference created by the shared cable network. Two such solutions are splitting the existing node, so each new node would serve fewer households, or installing new frequency-modulation equipment.

Plagued by the baby Bells' reluctance to share their networks with competitive LECs, financial troubles of smaller DSL-oriented providers and rising access fees, the rollout of DSL has slowed compared to the 2000 projections. The technology remains popular as a less expensive alternative to ISDN and is expected to flourish abroad, especially in the Asia-Pacific region where geographical conditions are unfavorable to cable infrastructure deployment.

Details of these studies can be found at www.alliedworld.com.

June 22 - Tyan Thunder Dual AMD K7 Motherboard Awarded Best of Computex. Tyan Computer Corporation(R), is pleased to announce that their new Thunder K7 dual AMD platform has been recognized with the "Best of Computex" award at this years show in Taiwan. The Thunder K7 S2462 system board is the world's first dual-processor DDR-based platform for AMD's new line of AMD Athlon(TM) MP processors for servers and workstations.

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

."We are extremely thrilled with Tyan being the first AMD multiprocessor platform to win such a prestigious award," said Ed Ellett, vice president, Server and Workstation Marketing, Computation Products Group, AMD. "The sheer amount of integration Tyan built into this product has ensured top billing as Best of Show at Computex and we feel the combination of dual AMD Athlon(TM) MP processors, DDR memory and our Smart MP technology represents the best competitive solution for the server and high-end workstation market."

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

June 22 - SmartDisk Introduces New Line of Flash Media Readers. SmartDisk Corporation (Nasdaq:SMDK), today announced new Universal Serial Bus (USB)-based flash media readers for CompactFlash(TM), SmartMedia(TM), Memory Stick(TM) and Secure Digital (SD)/ MultiMediaCard(TM) (MMC) media cards.

With the new readers, users of digital still cameras, digital video camcorders, palm-held computers and other digital appliances can quickly and conveniently transfer their digital files to personal computers or the Internet. SmartDisk will demonstrate its flash media readers at DigitalFocus in New York City, June 25 at the Metropolitan Pavilion.

The new line includes the SmartDisk SmartMedia Reader(TM), the SmartDisk CompactFlash Reader(TM), the SmartDisk Memory Stick Reader(TM) and the SmartDisk SD/MMC Reader(TM) (for Secure Digital media cards and MultiMediaCards). All four models feature a vertically oriented casing, allowing users to insert and remove media comfortably with just one hand.
Most flash media readers sit flat on a desktop, requiring users to pick them up to insert or eject the media card. The SmartDisk readers also feature eject connectors that allow for swift and smooth insertion and removal of media cards. Included with the readers will be ACDSee(TM) 3.1 photo editing and management software from ACD Systems, which has a retail value of $49.95.

To simplify the installation process, the SmartDisk readers are designed as "Mass Storage Class" devices, which means they do not require driver software to be installed on most computers prior to use. Users simply plug the readers into their computer's USB port and the operating system is ready to communicate with the readers. This is particularly convenient for users who want to use their SmartDisk reader on more than one computer and don't want to carry driver software.

The SmartDisk SmartMedia Reader, SmartDisk CompactFlash Reader and SmartDisk Memory Stick Reader will be available at the end of July. The SmartDisk Secure Digital/MultiMediaCard Reader will ship in the fourth quarter. All of the readers, priced at $39.95 each, will be available through distributors and resellers and directly through SmartDisk's Web site, www.smartdisk.com.

June 21 - HP to Demo Digital Entertainment Center. Hewlett-Packard Company (NYSE:HWP) today announced the expansion of the company's digital entertainment initiative into the living room. The initiative blends interactive product innovations with easy-to-use services and offers consumers new ways to enjoy digital music, streaming video and Internet information in the living room.

The initiative's first living room component, the HP Digital Entertainment Center, is a stand-alone product that allows enthusiasts to discover new music on the Internet and enjoy their complete music collections from the comfort of their living rooms through high-quality stereo equipment -- without the need for a PC. A prototype of the HP Digital Entertainment Center will be demonstrated at TECH EXPO (Booth No. 2204) in New York City, June 26-28.

"The expansion of HP's digital entertainment product portfolio is a natural diversification," said Pradeep Jotwani, president, HP Consumer Business Organization. "HP plans to leverage its expertise, strategic relationships and knowledge of customer needs to position itself at the forefront of this quickly evolving market."

The HP Digital Entertainment Center enables customers to:

-- Record music to CDs with a built in CD-writer;

-- Transfer music to select MP3 players, handhelds and memory

card readers;

-- Use its built-in connectivity to download music and artist

information and access streaming video through dial-up, DSL or

cable connections;

-- Easily store, manage and automatically catalog up to 750 CDs

(approximately 9,000 tracks);

-- View music selections and other product features through an

easy-to-use on-screen TV display and simple remote control;

-- Access RealNetworks' RealPlayer and RealJukebox services; and

-- Connect to stereo and TV components.

The HP Digital Entertainment Center is expected to be available at select retail stores in time for the 2001 holiday season. Pricing will be determined at that time.
Information about HP and its products can be found on the World Wide Web at www.hp.com.

June 21 - Central Command Releases Improved Free Online Virus-Scanner. Central Command, a leading provider of PC anti-virus software and computer security services, and its partners today announced the availability of an improved version of the AntiVirus eXpert Online Scan, a free, easy-to-use security and virus protection service available from Central Command at www.centralcommand.com.

Combining the latest virus protection technologies with easy-to-use features, AntiVirus eXpert Online Scan is accessible entirely through an Internet web browser. AntiVirus eXpert Online Scan virus-scans for over 51,000 viruses, worms, trojans, and other malicious applications.

Improved features include: virus-scanning memory for active virus infections, virus-scanning boot sectors for boot viruses, virus-scans within popular archive formats ZIP, RAR, ARJ, ACE, TAR, LHA, and CAB, and virus-scans within Microsoft Outlook Express, Microsoft Outlook, and Netscape e-mail databases. Additionally, network virus-scanning is now included.

"We are pleased to be releasing an improved version of AntiVirus eXpert Online Scan today. Over 64,000+ people per month use this free on-demand virus protection service. It includes the most current virus detection technology, is updated daily for new viruses, and is maintained by our Emergency Virus Response Team for new virus outbreaks. The virus protection is easily accessible from anywhere, at any time," said Keith Peer, President and CEO of Central Command, Inc.

AntiVirus eXpert Scan Online is built around the flexible AntiVirus eXpert plug-in technology, which has been designed for ease of integration across various operating systems and architectures. This technology allows AntiVirus eXpert Scan Online to virus-scan deep into the system processes to eradicate elusive virus strains and utilizes the exact same powerful AntiVirus eXpert virus detection engines used in the desktop virus protection suite.

AntiVirus eXpert Scan Online requires Windows 95/98/Me/NT/2000, and Microsoft Internet Explorer 4.0+ or Netscape 4.x.

AntiVirus eXpert, Central Command's flagship product which offers full real-time virus protection, starts at $38.95, and a free 30-day trial version may be downloaded from www.centralcommand.com.

June 21 - Transmeta Corporation Lowers Revenue Forecasts. Transmeta Corporation (Nasdaq:TMTA) today announced that it is updating its outlook for its financial performance for the second quarter ending June 30, 2001.

"We have achieved new design wins this quarter with key companies in our target markets including Toshiba, Sharp and RLX, and we've seen continued introductions of Crusoe-based notebooks into the U.S. and Europe. However, we are also seeing reductions in unit volume shipments to major customers this quarter," said Mark K. Allen, President and CEO of Transmeta.
"Our business is presently based primarily in Japan, which now appears to be experiencing the economic weakness that affected other parts of the world earlier this year. Accordingly, we are decreasing our revenue expectation for the second quarter of 2001 by 40-45 percent compared with our revenue of $18.6 million for the first quarter of 2001."
"In conjunction with this projected revenue decrease and our planned transition to a new manufacturing process for the second half of 2001 using 0.13 micron technology, we are also analyzing our inventory levels of existing products and expect that we will take an inventory charge during the second quarter."

"We remain committed to the continued deployment of our family of Crusoe microprocessors targeted at the notebook and Internet appliance segments of the Mobile Internet Computer market, as well as ultra-dense, low power servers."
Said Allen, "We remain committed to the continued deployment of Crusoe into our target markets, including mobile computing, high density, low power servers, and information appliances. We are pleased with the market reception of our Crusoe brand and the acceptance that our customers are experiencing in the market. We are also pleased that our major customers are actively working with our new 0.13 micron TM5800 processor. We believe that we are well positioned to compete effectively and resume our growth plans as the economy recovers."

To learn more about Transmeta and the Crusoe Smart Processor, visit www.transmeta.com.

June 21 - Fujitsu PC Corporation Offers Pen Tablets with Windows CE H/PC 2000. Fujitsu PC Corporation (FPC), a wholly-owned subsidiary of Fujitsu Limited (TSE:6702), today announced it is now shipping the PenCentra 200, one of the first PC pen tablets to feature compatibility with the Microsoft(R) Windows(R) CE Handheld PC 2000 (H/PC 2000) operating system.

FPC chose to integrate this robust, highly flexible operating system into the PenCentra 200 to extend the functionality of business applications for mobile professionals.

H/PC 2000 features a thin client application that provides access to any desktop application running on a Windows server using Terminal Services. The OS also includes Microsoft Internet Explorer 4.0-compatible browser, which provides users greater Internet content and display functionality when viewed on the PenCentra's full-size VGA screen.

The PenCentra 200, designed for mobile workers in field applications, such as field service, inspections, manufacturing, distribution, and market research, can benefit from using the H/PC 2000 operating system that offers support for a wide range of other devices while providing the power, flexibility and reliability of Windows.

Weighing just two pounds and measuring only 8.9" (length) by 6.5" (width) by 1.3" (height), the PenCentra 200 is packed with performance, productivity and convenience features. It is powered by a high-performance 129MHz Toshiba TX3922 MIPS RISC processor, 32MB standard RAM (upgradeable to 64MB) and 16MB of non-volatile flash memory for user storage.
The H/PC 2000 operating system and installed software are resident on 32MB of ROM. The 8" diagonal display is available in two versions: a frontlit color reflective SSTN VGA display with a liquid filled digitizer for a sharp display in sunlight, or a bright, backlit color transmissive DSTN VGA display for indoor needs.

More information on Fujitsu PC Corporation's LifeBook notebooks and Stylistic pen tablet PCs and notebook computers is available at www.fujitsupc.com.

June 21 - Portsmith, Inc. Introduces Cradle-Based Ethernet for Handspring Visor. Portsmith, Inc. announced today the introduction of its latest offering of Ethernet connectivity solutions for handheld computers.

The Portsmith Ethernet Cradle is the only Ethernet Cradle solution designed for the Handspring(TM) Visor(TM), Visor Deluxe, and Visor Platinum models.

Industry leaders and analysts alike agree that the true success for handhelds in the corporate market is determined by the connectivity and integration with corporate networks. Connecting to the network with minimal infrastructure upgrades and support requirements is a key component in this success.

"Ethernet cradles are the most logical connection of choice for handheld computers in the enterprise. Using existing DHCP servers, they can be integrated quickly, easily, and economically," says Holmes Lundt, President and CEO of Portsmith, Inc. Lundt goes on to say, "With the introduction of the cradle for the Handspring(TM) Visor(TM), Visor Deluxe, and Visor Platinum, Portsmith continues its commitment to offer a full line of Ethernet connectivity options for handheld computers."

Currently, most handheld devices can only be connected to an Ethernet network via a cable/card type connection through an expansion slot like the Handspring Springboard(TM) expansion slot or via a wireless LAN card. Cradle-based Ethernet connectivity offers a convenient, easy-to-use solution that leaves expansion slots available for other uses and in some cases also provides simultaneous battery recharging.

Handspring embraces the announcement of the new Portsmith model. "The Portsmith Ethernet cradle provides more options for connectivity and integration in the corporate environment for people with Handspring Visors," said Scott Patterson, developer relations manager for Handspring. "Portsmith is a welcome addition to our growing group of developers."

The Portsmith Ethernet Cradle for Handspring Visors will be available in quantities in July, 2001. It will be available through distribution, and in the Handspring store on the PalmGear website at www.palmgear.com/hs.
For more information, visit Portsmith on the web at www.portsmith.com.

June 21 - Infineon Technologies' Third Quarter Results Affected by Weak Market Conditions. Infineon Technologies AG (FSE/NYSE:IFX), today announced that its third quarter business performance will be significantly affected by worsened semiconductor market conditions. Infineon's third quarter results will be negatively influenced by price erosion and by one-time charges related to inventory write downs.
As a result, Infineon anticipates a revenue decline of up to 30 per cent in the current quarter, compared to the previous quarter, and a loss before interest and income taxes of up to Euro 600 million.

Since April 24, 2001, when Infineon reported its results for the quarter ended March 31, market conditions in the semiconductor industry have further deteriorated. Leading industry market analysts have repeatedly lowered their growth expectations for the semiconductor industry in 2001 and currently predict up to 20 per cent negative growth for this year.

The continued depressed market conditions have affected most of Infineon's business segments in the current quarter:

-- With low visibility in the mobile communications market, there
are at present no clear signs of a recovery in mobile phone
demand. During the current quarter, Infineon has experienced
order delays and cancellations from some of its main
customers, resulting in lower revenues and rising inventories.

-- Following the very difficult quarter ended March 31, a
continued weak market for memory products has resulted in
further sharp declines in sales prices. Average spot market
prices for 256 Mb DRAM equivalents have fallen by around 30
per cent since the end of last quarter (March 31, 2001).
Demand has also been weaker than expected, especially in the
PC market, leading to higher inventory levels.

-- In both the Security & Chipcard and Wireline Communications
business groups, Infineon is currently experiencing order
cancellations and heavy price pressures due to weak demand.

Infineon has implemented measures to adapt to the challenging market environment. For the current fiscal year, the company has already cut its planned capital expenditures from Euro 2.8 billion to approximately Euro 2.3 billion. For fiscal year 2002, Infineon intends to reduce the level of its previously planned capital expenditures by more than one billion Euro. Besides ongoing cost reduction programs, Infineon has also implemented a hiring freeze and will not replace personnel lost through attrition.

More information is available at Infineon`s web site: www.infineon.com.

June 20 - Dell Expands Choices On All-In-One Latitude Notebook. Dell (Nasdaq:DELL) today announced a new configuration on its wireless-ready(a) Latitude(tm) C800 all-in-one notebook for users who need all the essentials of a desktop replacement portable computer at an affordable price.

"Many small business and education customers want the mobility and flexibility of an all-in-one notebook, but not necessarily the leading edge high-performance features that are commonly associated with these desktop replacements," said Anthony Bonadero, director of marketing, Latitude notebooks. "For these users, the Latitude C800 delivers price performance configurations that feature smaller displays and mid-range processors."

With a base price of $2,059(b), new features available on the wireless-ready Latitude C800 include a bright 14.1-inch SXGA+ display and an Intel(tm) Mobile Pentium(tm) III processor at 800MHz. A high-density 14.1-inch SXGA+ display provides almost 35 percent more viewing area than a 12.1-inch XGA display, and displays 87 percent more information on the screen at one time.

The most versatile Latitude ever, the C800 includes integrated 802.11b wireless capabilities, both trackpads and trackstick pointing devices, a permanent CD-ROM, CD-RW, DVD or CD-RW/DVD combination device, plus a traditional Latitude C-family modular bay and a hard disk drive.
A full set of high-speed video ports -- like IEEE 1394 --and audio ports allows easy connections to a variety of devices and provides a faster, more productive means to create, transfer and present robust multimedia presentations. The C800 maintains Dell's cost-effective tradition of backward compatibility with all Latitude C-family media modules, peripherals and docking solutions.

Dell is also offering the largest, fastest and quietest hard disk drives available on notebook computers on all Latitude C800 notebooks. With the new 48GB hard drive, mobile users who work with CAD/CAM applications, financial models and databases, and large multimedia files will appreciate the higher performance and increased productivity.

More information on the Latitude product family can be found at www.dell.com/latitude.

June 20 - Addonics Announces USB 2.0 Product Family. Addonics Technologies today announced a high-speed USB 2.0 interface cable that attaches to all Addonics External CD, DVD, DVD/CDRW and hard drive kits to deliver up to 40 times faster data transfer rates over current USB 1.1 standard storage devices.

Addonics products that will ship with the new USB 2.0 cable include the Addonics 16X Mobile CDRW, 12X Mobile DVD/CDRW combo drive, and Pocket ExDrive hard drive. The new USB 2.0 standard increases the USB data transfer rate of 12 Mbits/sec (1.5 MBytes/sec) up to 480Mbits/sec (or 60MBytes /sec).

Customers with existing Addonics external storage devices can upgrade to USB 2.0 by purchasing an Addonics USB 2.0 cable for $29 before the end of August. The cable will have a list price of $59

Because many notebook and desktop PCs do not have a USB 2.0 port, Addonics will offer a USB 2.0 PCI add on card for desktop PCs, and a PCMCIA USB 2.0 adapter for notebook PCs to allow users to upgrade their systems to take advantage of USB 2.0's high throughput. The PCI card has a list price of $59. The PCMCIA adapter will be list priced at $99.

The USB 2.0 cable and the PCI card will be available beginning June 20. The PCMCIA adapter will be available the end of July.

All Addonics USB 2.0 products are backward compatible with the USB 1.1 standard and will transfer data at the USB 1.1 speed of 12 Mbits/sec when connected to a USB 1.1 port or peripherals.

Addonics USB 2.0 storage devices are 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 20 - StarBand Launches New Satellite Modem. StarBand Communications Inc. today announced the availability of its next generation product, the StarBand Model 360(TM) satellite modem, to consumers throughout the continental U.S. and Alaska.

The rollout of this third-generation product continues and enhances the company's commitment to deliver high-speed, two-way Internet access via satellite to virtually everyone, everywhere in the U.S. and contrasts with competitor services that are just beginning their initial market rollout of two-way Internet service exclusively by satellite.

The StarBand Model 360(TM) satellite modem can be used with either an Ethernet connection or a USB port and is compatible with Windows(R) 98, Windows 98SE, Windows 2000 and WindowsMe. The system requires 64MB of RAM and home networking is available through a partnership with Ositis, the maker of WinProxy software.

The product is also multicast-enabled and consumers will be able to receive multicast-encoded data streams initially of up to 3 Mbps in addition to their high-speed Internet browsing. In the future, the multicasting capacity will grow to up to 48 Mbps.

The StarBand Model 360 system can be purchased, together with the necessary outdoor equipment at a suggested retail price of $499.99 and the monthly fee for unlimited high-speed Internet access and multicasting remains at $69.99. The StarBand service can still be bundled in a one-dish solution with satellite TV from DISH Network for an additional charge.

Detailed product and pricing information is available at www.starband.com.

June 20 - HP to Feature DVD+R/RW Drives in Home PCs this Fall. Hewlett-Packard Company (NYSE:HWP) today announced plans to incorporate recordable, rewritable DVD (DVD+R/RW) drives into its home PCs, further expanding its portfolio of digital entertainment products.

By incorporating DVD+R/RW drives, HP Pavilion home PCs will allow consumers to store, edit and preserve video; create and play custom music, data or photo CDs and DVDs; and store large amounts of data. Using an HP Pavilion home PC with a DVD+R/RW drive, consumers will be able to edit a movie created with a camcorder, add music and then record the movie onto a DVD.

Users of the HP home PCs with DVD+R/RW drives -- expected to be available this fall -- will be able to play their newly created DVD discs in the majority of DVD players and DVD-ROM drives in use today due to its two-way compatibility. Additionally, custom CDs will be playable in most CD players and CD-ROM drives.

"Rewritable DVD is the next big step in the evolution of home PCs," said Mark Sanchez, marketing manager, HP North America Consumer Computing Organization. "DVD+R/RW-enabled HP Pavilion home PCs will enable our customers to explore a variety of digital entertainment activities, including creating, editing and storing digital video or music or organizing their entire photo collections."

Industry analysts predict DVD recording will be a hot technology driving PC sales over the next several years. According to Dataquest, 2.13 million rewritable/recordable DVD drives will be sold by 2002. By 2005, that number will reach 14.5 million drives.

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

June 20 - Vast Majority of IT Security Crimes Committed by "Authorized" Personnel. Security software developer Camelot and eWEEK announced today the results of a nationwide network security survey revealing authorized users, such as employees, contractors and consultants, commit the majority of security breaches at companies.

The survey, conducted last week by Digital Research, Inc., shows that authorized users are by far a company's biggest security threat. In addition, results highlight that companies are placing greater emphasis on IT security issues by increasing internal IT network security budgets.

Survey results include:

-- The top two reported security breaches come from within
the company's network:


-- 57% of respondents cited users accessing resources
they shouldn't be entitled to as a cause of network
security breaches

-- 43% of respondents indicated security breaches were
caused by user accounts left open after an employee
has left the company

-- IT security budgets are on the rise:

-- Nearly half of the companies surveyed are increasing
the budget for network security software and hardware

-- One in three companies has an annual budget
specifically allocated to maintain and/or upgrade a
network security system. Of those companies, 40% have
an annual budget of at least $100,000 for network
security systems

-- Close to half of the respondents plan to upgrade their
network security system


"The results of the survey pinpoint a major Achilles heel too often unknown or underestimated by corporations. The recently publicized external hacks represent a very small portion of the constant infringements a network endures daily," said Yuval Baharav, president and CEO of Camelot.
"Too often, `authorized' user behavior goes unchecked. In an era of downsizing, mergers and acquisitions, proprietary information is at risk. This issue, when combined with growing corporate networks while protecting privacy, represents a serious challenge. Our research shows that management is concerned about who is accessing company resources and reconsidering how security permissions are granted."

The results of this survey are based on 548 online surveys completed by business and IT decision makers among a sampling of eWEEK subscribers. A sample of this size is considered accurate to plus or minus 4.2 percentage points at the 95% confidence level. For more information, go to www.camelot.com.

June 19 - Toshiba Shatters Four Megapixel Barrier with New PDR-M81 Digital Camera. Toshiba Imaging Systems, a division of Toshiba America Information Systems, Inc., today announced that it is bringing the powerful imaging capabilities of a 4.2 Megapixel CCD sensor to its award-winning digital camera line-up by launching the new PDR-M81 digital camera.

With its ability to capture high-resolution 2400 x 1600 images, the PDR-M81 raises the quality bar for consumer digital picture taking. Aiming to appeal to the broadest range of consumers, business people and photographers, Toshiba engineers cleverly combined the PDR-M81's next generation imaging technology with a user-friendly "point and shoot" design and a wealth of exciting audio/video features.

"The PDR-M81 brings to the market an unprecedented level of imaging performance, making it an ideal choice for photographers making the transition from analog to digital imaging, as well as for current digital camera users looking to upgrade to the next level," said Doug Freck, Vice President & General Manager, Toshiba Imaging Systems. "While other manufacturers are talking about consumer digital photography someday reaching the same quality as traditional photographic film, Toshiba is doing it here and now."

Boasting an awesome 4.2 million-pixel CCD sensor along with a 35mm-equivalent lens (35-98mm) with 6X zoom, the PDR-M81 captures images of such natural color and clarity that they truly mirror the appearance of pictures taken with non-digital cameras. Printing these images at 300dpi yields eye-catching photographs suitable for framing or family photo books, or for archiving and sharing memories digitally on a CD.
In addition, business people will find that they can easily incorporate the camera's JPEG-format images into top-notch looking brochures, reports and presentations. Plus, thanks to the camera's ability to shoot at lower-resolution settings (1200 x 800, 720 x 480), the PDR-M81 is also perfect for producing internet-ready photography and video for web pages or e-mail attachments.

The PDR-M81 digital camera will be shown publicly for the first time at the PC EXPO trade show in New York, New York, on June 24, 2001. It is expected to be on store shelves in July with an MSRP under $1,000. Visit Toshiba on the Web at www.dsc.toshiba.com.

June 19 - Fujitsu PC Corporation Announces Wireless Service for Notebooks. Fujitsu PC Corporation (FPC), a wholly-owned subsidiary of Fujitsu Limited (TSE:6702), today announced GoAmerica's Go.Web(TM) wireless wide-area network (WAN) service is now available as part of FPC's value-added service options for its award-winning line of LifeBook(TM) notebook and Stylistic(TM) pen tablet PCs.

With this expanded service, FPC customers will be able to securely access and process data and intranets, send and receive email, and access the Internet from virtually anywhere. GoAmerica Inc. (Nasdaq:GOAM) is a wireless data solutions provider.

GoAmerica's Go.Web service allows FPC to offer its customers a secure and customized wireless access on both the CDPD (Cellular Digital Packet Data) and Ricochet networks. GoAmerica's Go.Web service is available with FPC's recently launched LifeBook line of notebooks, as well as its innovative line of Stylistic pen tablet PCs.

"By enabling wireless data access capabilities to our notebooks and pen tablets, Fujitsu PC Corporation will continue to offer the most complete set of leading-edge and industry standard options available to extend the functionality of its product line," said Sara Nelson, vice president of marketing for FPC. "With GoAmerica, FPC has selected an organization with a reputation for delivering reliable, secure nationwide wireless access and a commitment to provide the highest quality solution possible."

FPC's notebook and pen tablet computers incorporate industry standard and leading-edge technologies to create highly functional, mobile computing solutions that can easily be integrated into a variety of business environments, Nelson said. The company's lineup of mobile desktop replacements, including high-performance notebooks, ultra-portable notebooks, pen-enabled mini-notebooks and pen tablet PCs, are all designed to meet a variety of different computing needs.

FPC's notebooks can be purchased through its retail and value-added reseller channels(1) as well as direct at www.fujitsupc.com.

June 19 - NETGEAR Launches 3-Port High-Performance Cable/DSL Phoneline Router. NETGEAR Inc., a provider of small business and home networking products, today announced its new RP334 Cable/DSL Phoneline Router.
The RP334 is the first high-performance Cable/DSL Phoneline Router to incorporate a 3-Port 10/100 Mbps switch that enables Ethernet and phoneline-based computers and other Internet-enabled devices to communicate with each other and share a high-speed Internet connection. The RP334 has an integrated 10Mbps HomePNA bridge that allows users to connect their PCs together using existing telephone jacks, without disrupting their normal telephone service.

NETGEAR's RP334 is the only Cable/DSL Phoneline Router on the market today that comes with an integrated 3-Port 10/100 Mbps switch and content filtering capabilities. The integrated switch allows users to connect additional computers or other Internet-enabled devices to the Ethernet network without requiring the user to purchase additional hardware. Multiprocessor architecture and full implementation of the HomePNA 2.0 LARQ protocol allow for a strong and robust phone line connection. The RP334 supports HomePNA 1.0 devices as well. This enables users to transfer large files between Ethernet and phone line networks faster and more reliably than with other available phone line routers.
A dedicated internal phone line-to-Ethernet bridge provides bridging rates up to three times faster than comparable HomePNA routers. NETGEAR's RP334 also features unique Auto Uplink(TM) technology that automatically adjusts any port to be an uplink to another switch, hub or router, therefore eliminating the need for crossover cables. The RP334 sets up easily in less than 10 minutes," said Tim Higgins, managing editor of PracticallyNetworked.com. "Whether your data stays local or is bound for the Internet, your HomePNA and Ethernet clients get fast and reliable treatment."

The RP334 Cable/DSL Phoneline Router features the same content filtering capabilities found in NETGEAR's RP114 Web Safe Router, which recently received the `Editor's Choice Award' from PC Magazine. NETGEAR's parental control capabilities are unmatched in the HPNA router market today and enable parents to monitor and restrict their children's access to objectionable Web sites or restrict Internet access altogether based on time of day settings. Instant email reports and alerts keep parents up to date on Web browsing activity.
Since an `always on' Cable/DSL Internet connection can make a network more vulnerable to hackers, NETGEAR's RP334 also offers comprehensive Network Address Translation (NAT) firewall security that protects home users against hacker attacks. In addition to the robust features included in the unit, NETGEAR provides customers additional amenities such as Category 5 Ethernet cables, phone line cable and a 5-year warranty on the router unit.

"We are proud to introduce this unparalleled set of features at an unmatched price/performance in the industry, along with the best warranty available for comparable products," said Lo. "We strongly believe that phone line wiring in every home makes networking extremely simple and a great alternative to pure Ethernet networking."

NETGEAR's RP334 is expected to sell at $399. For more information visit the company's Web site at www.netgear.com.

June 19 - Ericsson unveils Bluetooth Chatpen. Today, Ericsson (NASDAQ:ERICY) announced the world's first digital pen, Chatpen(TM) CHA-30. Taking advantage of Bluetooth(TM) wireless technology and the GPRS network, Chatpen can transfer handwritten text and interact with mobile phones, computers and the Internet.

Using a paper catalogue, consumers will be able to order products electronically without ever touching a computer. Using pre-printed forms, companies will collect data, take inventory and manage other types business communications - even the remote signing of contracts. Everything from the instant purchase of airline tickets to the delivery of flowers or pizza from a newspaper advertisement will be possible with Chatpen. As Chatpen and paper products featuring the dot pattern it uses become more widespread, numerous new applications will appear.

Though it looks and writes like a normal pen, Chatpen also "reads" its location with the help of an almost invisible dot pattern printed on ordinary paper. This information is sent via Bluetooth and a GPRS mobile phone, letting consumers write on paper and digitally at the same time. Consumers will also find that they are no longer restricted to text-based SMS or e-mail, but can send handwritten notes with Chatpen to anyone with a mobile phone, PC or PDA. Anything that can be drawn or written can be sent instantly, making messaging more personal and simplifying the process of sending text in languages that do not use the Roman alphabet.

Though simple in appearance and function, Chatpen contains state-of-the-art technology that includes an infrared camera, an image processor and a Bluetooth wireless transceiver. When writing with Chatpen on paper that features a subtle pattern of dots developed and owned by Anoto AB, these hidden components "read" the pen's location. This information is sent via Bluetooth wireless technology to a mobile phone, which then passes it via GPRS to another mobile phone, a PC or a PDA. Anoto AB is a subsidiary of C-Technologies.

The product is scheduled for launch in the first quarter of 2002, though a limited pre-launch in association with Europolitan-Vodafone will take place in Sweden during the fourth quarter of 2001. Visit www.ericsson.com for more information.

June 19 - Best Buy To Sell Pioneer's DVD-R/RW Drives. Best Buy Co., Inc. (NYSE:BBY), the nation's number one specialty retailer of consumer electronics, personal computers, entertainment software and appliances, today announced it will offer Pioneer New Media Technologies' DVR-A03, the first drive ever to support DVD-R/RW and CD-R/RW in one device.

The DVR-A03 is Pioneer's third generation DVD-R (write once) drive and the first drive ever to offer DVD-RW (re-recordable) recording capabilities. The drive also reads and writes CD-R and CD-RW, allowing customers to meet all of their reading and recording needs in one multifunctional drive at a price point well below that of earlier DVD-R drives.

Utobia Corporation, one of Pioneer's largest distributors, will ship the drive to Best Buy by the middle of June. The drive, which comes bundled with software support for recording both data and video, will be available both in Best Buy stores and online at BestBuy.com, retailing for $799.

June 18 - Compaq Predicted to Lead in Handheld Market. As the handheld industry has emerged, Palm has been the industry leader both in revenue and shipments, but the company is expected to lose its revenue leadership position as early as the second quarter of this year, according to Dataquest Inc., a unit of Gartner, Inc. (NYSE: IT and ITB). Palm will still have a strong lead based on units shipped, but Gartner Dataquest analysts expect it to lose its lead, based on revenue, to Compaq.

Palm is projected to have hardware revenue of $130 million to $135 million for its fiscal fourth quarter (ending June 1). Handspring recently announced that its fiscal fourth quarter (ending June 30) revenue will be in the $60 million to $65 million range. Compaq is expected to sell fewer iPAQ handheld PCs in the second quarter, but Compaq has a much higher average selling price than Palm or Handspring. Compaq appears poised to assume the second quarter 2001 (ending June 30) PDA worldwide market lead on a revenue basis, with revenue exceeding $200 million.

"A growing portion of new users and users who are upgrading want better messaging capabilities, such as access to corporate e-mail, short message services (SMS), wireless LAN (WLAN) or integration of a PDA with a mobile phone. This is especially true of corporate users," said Todd Kort, principal analyst of Gartner Dataquest's Computing Platform Worldwide group. "As better wireless messaging capabilities have become available, many enterprises are considering large volume purchases of PDAs. Palm has little to offer such companies. Palm is well behind the competition in implementing each of these wireless technologies, and this lack of innovation is a big contributor to its declining fortunes."

Gartner analysts said there has been little improved functionality of the Palm OS software since splitting from 3Com in the second quarter of 2000, and this has enabled Microsoft to catch up with Windows CE 3.0. With Microsoft's next version of Windows CE, code named "Talisker" looming at the end of this year, Microsoft may have the necessary ingredients to make a much stronger play for the corporate market.

"Compaq and Sony are gaining ground in the high end of the consumer market. Meanwhile, the corporate market is slowly swinging toward devices running Microsoft's Windows CE operating system, because of its smoother functioning with Outlook and Office applications," said Ken Dulaney, vice president and research director for Gartner's Mobile Business Strategies program. "Palm remains a solid choice for enterprise use. However, users should not commit to any vendor beyond two years, at which time they should evaluate Palm devices against competing offerings."

For Palm to achieve the level of profitability it enjoyed in the past, Gartner analysts said it must make some changes. It must offer a machine with a new operating system, which is expected by the fourth quarter of 2002, and it must offer a Palm VIIx replacement, which is scheduled for the second half of 2001. Gartner analysts warned that these changes alone will not be enough.

"Palm needs to offer a credible high-end device with features that compare to those offered by Compaq's iPAQ," Dulaney said. "The company should be restructured to at least split hardware and software. Both Microsoft and Symbian are software-only ventures with software growth expectations. Palm is a software company with hardware growth expectations. A split company would permit stockholders to benefit from each entity acting in its own best interests."

For more information, visit www.gartner.com.

June 18 - UMAX Unveils new PCXPO Scanner Lineup. UMAX Technologies, Inc. today introduced the PCXPO lineup of its advanced scanners for enthusiasts, consumers and graphics and publishing professionals. Among the innovative products on display is the new Astra 4400, an intelligent, high-resolution scanner combining affordability, usability and high performance.

The UMAX product lineup for PCXPO includes:

Consumer/Prosumer Products:

-- Astra 4400 -- unique push-button controls, 48 bit high-resolution scanning to MGI, Word, Excel, e-mail and fax

-- Astra 6450 -- the industry's first consumer-oriented FireWire/IEEE-1394 connected scanner

-- Astra 3450 -- push button scanning, featuring built-in transparency cover for slides and negatives

-- Astra 4000U -- legal size flatbed SOHO scanner Professional Products:

-- PowerLook 2100 XL -- large format, high-resolution scanner for graphics professionals

-- PowerLook 1100 -- the industry's first high-speed FireWire/IEEE-1394 scanner

-- PowerLook III -- high-resolution scanner optimized for graphic arts professionals

-- PowerLook 3000 -- prepress quality "flat drum" professional scanner

Pricing and availability was not announced. UMAX can be found on the Web at www.umax.com.

June 18 - New Game Boy Advance Already a Sellout. The best selling video game platform in history is selling better than ever. Nintendo's Game Boy(R) Advance sold through half a million units during its first week on the market, making it America's fastest selling game system ever.

Nintendo of America Inc. announced today that the portable Game Boy Advance is a virtual sellout across the country, with 500,000 systems sold through to consumers since its launch June 11. But shortages should be temporary, as Nintendo shipped more than 100,000 additional units over the weekend, with total shipments on track to reach more than 1 million by the end of June.

"We knew demand was going to be strong -- but this is a record-setting response," says Peter Main, executive vice president, sales and marketing, Nintendo of America. "The good news is that we are able to ship approximately another 500,000 units by end of June with further product to become available through July and August."

No video game system in history has exploded so quickly at retail. Nintendo's last new hardware launch occurred in 1996 for the Nintendo(R) 64 and set an all-time industry record by selling through almost half a million units in four weeks. By achieving half a million sales in a single week, Game Boy Advance is clearly the fastest selling U.S. video game system ever.

Game Boy Advance decisively breaks the existing boundaries for handheld video gameplay, boosting screen size by 50 percent. Game Boy Advance actually delivers a sharper picture than current 32-bit and 64-bit consoles playing on a 27-inch television. Game Boy Advance displays more than 500 times as many on-screen colors and is several dozen times as powerful as Game Boy Color. The system is backward compatible with existing Game Boy and Game Boy Color software.

For more information about Game Boy Advance or any other Nintendo product visit the company's Web sites, www.nintendo.com or www.gameboyadvance.com.

June 18 - Proxim Offers Wireless Network Card for Compaq and Casio Pocket PCs. Proxim, Inc. (Nasdaq:PROX), the pioneer in wireless broadband networking, today announced a new wireless connectivity solution for Pocket PCs that delivers the reliability and low power consumption that enterprises need for robust mobile applications.
Proxim's Harmony(TM) CompactFlash(TM) Card connects Compaq iPAQ and Casio(R) Cassiopeia(TM) E125 Pocket PCs wirelessly to the enterprise LAN. With low power consumption and high immunity to interference, the Harmony CompactFlash Card is ideal for mobile computing in hospitals, universities and other enterprise environments.

"Wireless connectivity and Windows Powered(TM) devices are key elements in the growing number of mobile enterprise solutions," said Douglas Dedo, lead product manager in the Mobility Division at Microsoft Corporation. "This exciting, new Harmony CompactFlash Card expands the options for wirelessly connected Pocket PCs in a more compact and lightweight form."

Proxim's Harmony CompactFlash Card allows mobile professionals to send and receive e-mail, use the Internet and access network resources on their Pocket PCs. The card uses the OpenAir(TM) wireless standard, which consumes minimal power, making it ideal for mobile applications. OpenAir also uses frequency-hopping technology, enabling many devices to work in the same area without interference.

"Two things are essential to a successful handheld technology: a convenient form factor and easy connectivity," said Lynn Chroust, director of Proxim's Commercial Networks Business Unit. "By extending our Harmony wireless infrastructure to the convenient CompactFlash format, Proxim continues to take the lead in delivering the lightest, smallest and most flexible options for business and professional users."

The CompactFlash Card is part of the Harmony product family. Harmony, with its flexible, multi-standard wireless architecture, embraces all current wireless LAN standards, including OpenAir and IEEE 802.11b today, as well as IEEE 802.11a and other standards tomorrow. With Harmony, enterprises can easily and inexpensively deploy and scale heterogeneous wireless networks.

Availability

Proxim's Harmony 7630 OpenAir CompactFlash(TM) Card will be available in mid-July for a retail price of $149. Visit www.proxim.com for more information.

June 17 - Sunday Shopping Watch. Happy Father's Day.
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 up to $150 instant discounts on all and Intel processor complete desktop packages.
Circuit City has a $100 mail-in rebates and 12 month no interest financing on all build-to-order desktops and notebooks.
Office Depot no special store-wide computer sales (individual items may be on sale).
CompUSA no ad this Sunday.
Staples no ad this Sunday.
HHGregg has 10% off all open box computers and notebooks.
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
$650
Best Buy
Best Pentium III System
HP 1 GHz complete system
$1199
Best Buy
Best Pentium 4 System
Sony 1.5 GHz complete system
$1799
Circuit City
Best Duron System
None Advertised
   
Best High End Athlon System
Compaq 1.2 GHz complete system
$1549
Best Buy
Best Low Cost Notebook
Toshiba 700 MHz Celeron with DVD
$999
Circuit City
1. Best High-end Notebook
Compaq 1 GHz Athlon with DVD/CD-RW
$1999
Best Buy
2. Best High-end Notebook
Compaq 800 MHz Pentium III with DVD\CD-RW
$1399
Best Buy

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 16 - Epson Announces More Attractive Prices On Popular Four-Color Ink Jet Printers. Epson America Inc. today announced it has lowered the prices on five of its most popular Stylus(R) Color ink jet printers and is offering new rebate offers on select models.
The EPSON Stylus Color 880 and 880i models are now $129, while the EPSON Stylus Color 83 (Eight Cubed) is now available for $159.
Tailored to meet the needs of today's more demanding consumers, the EPSON Stylus Color 880, 880i and 83 (Eight Cubed) offer business-level performance with whisper-quiet operation.
Additionally, the EPSON Stylus Color 880, 880i and 83 (Eight Cubed) will carry a $30 mail-in rebate valid through Aug. 31, 2001. Continuing through June 31, 2001, consumers will also be able to receive an additional $30 mail-in rebate as well as a free printer stand with the purchase of the EPSON Stylus Color 83 (Eight Cubed). This special offer enables consumers to save a total of $60 on the EPSON Stylus Color 83 (Eight Cubed).
The EPSON Stylus Color 777 and 777i now carry a new estimated street price of $79. These printers are designed for value-conscious consumers who want the best quality output at the most attractive price.
"These new prices are just another way we demonstrate our ongoing commitment to offering the best values on the market available to ink jet customers," said Andreas Goehring, product manager, consumer ink jet printers, Epson.
Each of these EPSON Stylus Color printers is sold through computer superstores and specialty retail stores nationwide, mail order, the Internet, and on Epson's Web site (www.epson.com). Each carries a one-year Epson Exchange Limited Warranty, enabling customers to receive a replacement printer if a problem cannot be corrected by telephone technical support.

June 16 - Sony's Introduces New Spiral Design Streetstyle Headphones. Sony Electronics today announced StreetStyle(R) behind-the-neck headphones (MDR-G73LP) with a new spiral design for portable music lovers who want headphones that look great and feel even better.
Featuring a thin, flexible neckband that molds to the curves around the back of the neck and fits comfortably over the ears, these new headphones are lighter than traditional headphones yet offer a long-lasting, stable fit. They include 30mm drivers and a neodymium magnet to deliver maximum sound quality with clear treble, powerful bass, low distortion and dynamic range.
"For many people, headphones are not only about listening to great sounding music, but also about making a bold fashion statement at the same time," said Jeanine Mulcahy, marketing manager for general audio accessories in the personal and mobile products division at Sony Electronics. "Our new StreetStyle headphones provide superb sound quality, while offering a more comfortable fit due to their spiral design that accommodates hats and hairstyles."
Available in metallic blue, Sony's new StreetStyle headphones feature a coiled neckband for easy storage in pockets or handbags. The headphones include a 4.9-foot cord in the same striking metallic blue as the phones themselves.
They will be available in July for about $40. For more information, visit www.sony.com.

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