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Computer News and Rumors

June 17-24 2002

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 top and bottom menu bar.

InfoHQ Computer News and Rumors Article Index
Date
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Jun 24 HP Intorduces New Wireless Notebooks
Jun 24 HP Connects Mobile Workers with Wireless ``Hot Spots''
Jun 24 Fujitsu Demonstrates Tablet PC
Jun 24 Speech Recognition Market Continues Growth
Jun 23 Sunday Shopping Watch
Jun 21 HP Demonstrates Itanium 2 System Performance
Jun 21 Visioneer Announces OneTouch 7100 USB Scanner
Jun 21 Epson Announces PRINT Image Matching II
Jun 21 Samsung Semiconductor Confirms Subpoena from Justice Department
Jun 20 Rambus Responds to FTC Administrative Complaint
Jun 20 CenDyne Introduces 48X CD Burner
Jun 20 SMC Networks Ships Barricade Plus Router
Jun 20 Kodak Teams with Retailers to Provide Consumers Digital Picture Printing
Jun 20 EZQuest Ships 48x FireWire CD-RW Drive
Jun 19 AMD Launches Athlon(TM) MP processor 2100+
Jun 19 AMD Anticipates Lower Than Expected Second Quarter Sales
Jun 19 Matrox Introduces Parhelia-512-based Line of Graphics Accelerators
Jun 19 Toshiba Outlines Vision to Enable the Digital Home
Jun 19 Physicians Should Prepare to Partner with Genetic Consultants
Jun 18 New Toshiba PDA Integrates Wireless Connectivity
Jun 18 Intel Announces Server Products for Xeon Processor
Jun 18 Sony Ericsson Unveils T61d PDA Phone
Jun 18 Sony Ericsson and THQ Wireless Announce Partnership
Jun 18 Fujitsu Announces New Removable Storage Solutions for PCs
Jun 17 3dfx Announces Financing Arrangement to Pay Creditors
Jun 17 G4 Processor Upgrade Available for Apple PowerBook G3s
Jun 17 Evergreen Anounces Low Cost USB 2.0 Pocket HotDrive
Jun 17 Digital Camera Shipments to Top 8.3 Million Units in 2002
Jun 17 3Com Delivers Two New Wireless LAN PC Cards

 

 
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June 24 -HP Intorduces New Wireless Notebooks. HP (NYSE:HPQ) today announced four new wireless-ready notebooks, including the Compaq Presario 900 and 1500 series as well as the HP Pavilion zt1200 and ze5100 series.
These cutting-edge notebooks are targeted to mobile users who want true desktop performance and the freedom of a notebook as well consumers seeking exceptional multimedia performance at an outstanding value.

Compaq Presario 1500 Series

With a large, 15-inch viewing area, the Presario 1500 is the ideal portable system for the home and home office for true desktop performance with the freedom of a wireless notebook.
Its Intel(R) Pentium(R) 4 processor offers high performance for the newest, compute-intensive e-business applications, operating systems and data-intensive tasks -- meeting the demanding performance needs of the home user.
Other features include an IEEE 1394 port, Port Replicator with NIC pass-through for customers seeking desktop functionality, full port replication and cable management, ATI Mobility Radeon 7500 graphics controller and the latest USB interface standard, USB 2.0, which offers 40x the throughput of USB 1.1 in addition to backward compatibility.
Estimated U.S. pricing for the Presario 1500 starts at $1,089.

Compaq Presario 900 Series

The Presario 900 also offers graphics and entertainment features necessary for work, school or home, including the mobile AMD Athlon XP processor.
Other features include the Compaq MultiPort for wireless access available with 802.11b or Bluetooth and a digital video port (IEEE 1394) for video capture, allowing greater performance from digital camcorders, portable drives, scanners, printers and other peripherals. The Compaq Presario 900 is available at retail stores at an estimated U.S. pricing of only $1,599.

HP Pavilion zt1200 Notebook Series

The HP Pavilion zt1200 notebook series is a thin and light retail notebook combining eye-catching aesthetic appeal with multimedia features and some of the industry's best new technologies.
Its new ATI Mobility Radeon 7500 discreet graphics controller enables users to get the most out of their multimedia experience, without compromising basic mobility computing needs. The HP Pavilion zt1200 notebooks also feature an integrated secure digital/multimedia card slot for flexible digital media sharing and storage including photos, files and MP3s.
Armed with the latest mobile Intel processors, a modem/LAN combination and built-in DVD+CD-RW or DVD drives, these notebooks deliver an ideal combination of performance and mobility for consumers. With optional embedded 802.11b wireless LAN or Bluetooth, users also can wirelessly connect to the Internet while at their favorite coffee shop or airport lounge or instant message friends during downtime between classes. Estimated U.S. pricing for the HP Pavilion zt1200 starts at $1,799.

HP Pavilion ze5100 Notebook Series

Complete with a powerful Intel Pentium 4 processor, a built-in DVD+CD-RW combo drive, as well as a floppy disk drive and modem/LAN combination, this notebook provides the power and connectivity options to run today's multimedia-intensive computer programs.
Using the DVD+CD-RW drive and TV-out port, watching DVD movies on the big screen is as simple as plugging into the television. The Pavilion ze5100 empowers users with on-the-go digital multimedia capabilities allowing them to edit and transfer digital videos through the IEEE 1394 port.
Estimated U.S. pricing for the HP Pavilion ze5100 starts at $1,595.

Additional product information about all of these products is available at http://thenew.hp.com/country/us/eng/prodserv/notebooks_handhelds.html.

June 24 - HP Connects Mobile Workers with Wireless ``Hot Spots''. HP (NYSE:HPQ) today launched a worldwide initiative aimed at providing Public Wireless LAN "hot spots" in public areas such as airports, hotels, restaurants and other locales. This offers mobile professionals affordable, secure high-speed access to email and other business applications using virtually any wireless local area network and mobile access device.
Complementing the initiative's hot spot infrastructure solutions, HP is offering new notebooks and iPAQ Pocket PCs to help mobile professionals live their lives on the go. The devices take advantage of wireless networks via Bluetooth and 802.11 standards to connect users to enterprise applications and the Internet -- regardless of where they find themselves.

With more than 30 years' experience in networking, telecommunications and systems integration, HP has helped enterprises wirelessly enable more than 1 million mobile professionals and at the same time has helped public carriers manage the mobility needs of more than 70 million wireless subscribers in 20 countries.
Building on this experience, HP's solution for Public Wireless LAN Hot Spots includes:

-- Wireless LAN implementation, including access points, antennas, security, network integration and ongoing management;
-- Support services to provide round-the-clock, around-the-globe support for mobile platforms and applications;
-- Subscription services through key partners that offer customers public wireless access subscription services;
-- Consulting and integration services to support every facet of public wireless access, including wireless networks, applications, servers and access devices.
-- Software and wireless applications from partners worldwide, handling billing, access, 2.5-3G/WLAN roaming, authentication and authorization;
-- Service Management solutions from HP OpenView and partners to manage network elements, quality of service, inventory, provisioning and customer services;
-- Mobile access devices, including the award-winning iPAQ Pocket PC, and Compaq Evo Notebooks providing secure wireless-ready access;
-- Industry-standard servers delivering the reliability, scalability and manageability needed to support mobile applications; and
-- Financial services offering innovative technology leasing and financial asset management solutions that take away major upfront capital investments.

Additional information about HP's solution and industry-leading partners is available at http://www.compaq.com/services/mobility.

June 24 - Fujitsu Demonstrates Tablet PC. Fujitsu PC Corporation (FPC), a wholly-owned subsidiary of Fujitsu Limited (TSE:6702), today unveiled an advanced prototype of its Tablet PC at TECHXNY/PC Expo in New York and announced it is on schedule to be one of the first companies to bring this evolutionary technology to the global marketplace.
Designed as a productivity tool to meet the needs of mobile and corporate workers, the Fujitsu Stylistic(R) ST4000 Tablet PC runs Microsoft Windows XP Tablet PC Edition operating system and features superior processing power in the thinnest and lightest form factor to date. The unit weighs a mere three pounds, measures less than one inch thick and is equipped with the latest ultra low voltage Mobile Intel(R) Pentium(R) III processor - M. The result will satisfy stringent enterprise demands by offering maximum mobility with uncompromising performance, reliability and battery life.
"With this Tablet PC prototype we are offering a first look into what the future holds for mobile computing," said Sara Nelson, vice president of marketing for Fujitsu PC Corporation. "As we get closer to the launch of the Stylistic ST4000 Tablet PC, there is growing excitement about the Tablet PC's enormous potential for mobile workers. Our design promises to offer substantial benefits throughout their workday."
The Stylistic ST4000 Tablet PC is a full-function computer capable of running any Windows-based application. Its innovative form factor allows professionals to use their Tablet PC in places where traditional desktops and notebooks are not practical. Users can easily complete common business tasks such as check email, access electronic files, take handwritten notes, annotate documents, wirelessly share information, read electronic publications or quickly and accurately enter data virtually anywhere -- greatly improving their efficiency and productivity.
Whether users are at their desk, on their feet or in a conference room, they will appreciate the Stylistic ST4000's versatile design. Mobile workers will have their choice of carrying the Fujitsu Tablet PC like a notepad or accompanied by a keyboard just like a notebook computer. It can also be transformed into a complete desktop computer using the Tablet Dock, an innovative docking system designed with ease-of-use in mind.
The Tablet Dock will feature multiple ports for users to connect a keyboard, mouse and other peripherals, as well as a modular bay to accommodate an optical device, such as a DVD/CD-RW combination drive. A quick release mechanism, combined with the unit's tight integration with the operating system, allows for surprise removal of the unit from its dock, giving users the ability to take their Tablet PC with them at a moment's notice.
Fujitsu remains an active and influential participant in the Microsoft Tablet PC Initiative. Working closely with industry leaders such as Microsoft and Intel, Fujitsu is on schedule to ship the Stylistic ST4000 Tablet PC in the fourth quarter of 2002.
Fujitsu will offer the Stylistic ST4000 Tablet PC in North America and other regions while Fujitsu-Siemens will market the tablet in Europe (EMEA). More information on Fujitsu PC Corporation's complete line of mobile computing solutions is available at www.fujitsupc.com.

June 24 - Speech Recognition Market Continues Growth. Despite an economic climate that was particularly damaging to new technologies and the financial difficulties of Lernout and Hauspie, one of the leading providers of the technology, the U.S. speech recognition market continued to grow in 2001, according to In-Stat/MDR (http://www.instat.com).
The high-tech market research firm reports that, while not the watershed year of 2000, the market, as a whole, continued to embrace speech recognition products in 2001 as a means of lowering costs, providing greater customer service, and launching new, innovative, products.
During the year, market leaders such as Speechworks, IBM, and Philips Speech increased penetration, while the previous market leader, Nuance, experienced a 24% decrease in revenues.
"We are just on the cusp of a speech recognition revolution," said Brian Strachman, a senior analyst with In-Stat/MDR.
"Carriers are only now adopting the products, the technology has just reached the point of combustion, and standards such as Voice eXtensible Markup Language (VXML) and Speech Application Language Tags (SALT) are poised to change the velocity of the market. Given these factors, speech recognition will find its way to the mainstream and very soon we will be using it in our homes."
In-Stat/MDR believes that the following will contribute to the continued growth in adoption and pervasiveness of speech recognition:

-- The use of standards such as VXML and SALT, which will open up vast new markets and opportunities.
-- Continuing increases in processor speeds that will allow for greater speech recognition vocabulary size and accuracy.
-- The importance of measuring Return on Investment (ROI) in a tight economy, and voice recognition's ability to adequately demonstrate it.
-- Significant advances in development tools and the resulting increase in production speed and lower costs.
-- Carrier demand for churn reduction and greater customer revenue.
-- An increase in the number of wireless subscribers.
-- Increased regulation of the use of wireless handsets while operating a car.

June 23 - Sunday Shopping Watch.

Best Sunday Deals - Circuit City is offering a Compaq Celeron 1.3 GHz complete system for $649.
Best Buy has a 2.0GHz Compaq Pentium 4 complete system for $1125 (build-to-order, shipping charges will be added). They also have a HP 2.26 GHz Pentium 4 complete system for $1399.
Best Buy also has the best Notebook deal with the Fujitsu Pentium 4-M 1.6 GHz DVD/CD-RW for $1299.

Weekly Comparison.

Notebooks - Prices went down this week on notebooks. There were no low price Celerons advertised but the Fujitsu Pentium 4-M 1.6 GHz with DVD/CD-RW for $1299 is the lowest price we have seen on a Pentium 4 laptop.
Desktops - This week's 1.3 GHz Celeron system for $649 is not as good of a deal as a previous week's 1.3 GHz Celeron system for $50 less.
Prices are lower on Pentium 4 desktops compared to last week. Only one store advertised an Athlon "+" processor desktop.

This Sunday's Special Discounts and Financing. In addition to sales on specific items, the following store-wide sales are advertised this week. (Note that these ads are for the Dayton,Ohio area. Prices or offerings may be different where you live.)

BestBuy is now offering a $200 shopping certificate with a 2 year MSN sign-up, in addition to 6 months of free MSN with any computer purchase.
Additionally, they are giving $100 mail-in rebates on all desktop packages and notebooks, and $50 gift cards with any Pentium 4 desktop purchase.
Circuit City is giving 12 months of free CompuServe on any in-store computer purchase. They are offering no interest for 12 months on all Intel processor desktops and all notebooks.
Office Depot is offering no interest, no payment, financing for 6 months on purchases over $298.
CompUSA is offering no interest, no payment, financing for 6 months on purchases over $298.
Staples continues its online coupon for $15 off in-store or online purchases of $75 or more. Coupon can be found here. They are also offering 6 months of free MSN with computer purchase.
Compare to Online Prices - Compare the Sunday Ad prices to those being offered at 160 online computer stores.

Shopping Alert on Lower Priced Desktops. Many lower priced Celeron/Duron desktops made by almost all computer manufacturers should be carefully investigated before purchase.
Most of these low priced desktops have no AGP video expansion slot, no onboard dedicated video RAM, no CD-RW drive, and very few empty PCI expansion slots. These computers will be very difficult to upgrade, and they have poorer performance than other desktops that do not have integrated audio and video chips on the motherboard.
Often by spending $200-$400 more for a Pentium 4 or Athlon XP based system, you can get twice the performance, more features, and you will have an upgradeable computer that will serve you well for another 3 years.
If you choose the $700 Celeron/Duron system to save a few bucks, keep in mind that in a year or two you will probably want to replace it.

About Windows XP. It has been a little over 8 months since Windows XP began to be bundled with new computers. Windows XP became available for separate purchase on October 25th. For more information on Windows XP see our Windows XP Upgrade Guide.

Internet Rebates. Most stores are no longer advertising 3 year Internet rebates. Check with your local store before you buy. Please see our article, What You Need to Know About Internet Rebates and Free PCs, for an in-depth discussion of Internet Rebates.

Definitions. A desktop 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).

Caution about advertised prices. When reading advertisements, read the fine print of the ad to make sure you know what is being advertised and what it cost. For example, many advertisers will show a complete system with computer, monitor, and printer but advertise a price for the computer only.

* Prices discussed in this article. We report prices after rebates and discounts are subtracted.
Items highlighted in Black are good deals.
Items highlighted in Red means prices have gone up and the system is not a good buy this week.
Items in normal text means prices are about the same as the previous weeks.

Best Ad Deals this Sunday
Category
Product Description
Price* (see above)
Store
Best Celeron Deal
Compaq 1.3 GHz complete system
$649
Circuit City
Best Low-cost Pentium 4
Compaq 2.0 GHz complete system (build-to-order)
$1125
Best Buy
Best High-end Pentium 4 System
HP 2.26 GHz Complete System
$1399
Best Buy
Best Low-cost Athlon XP System
Compaq 1800+ with 17" monitor
$1099
Staples
Best High-end Athlon XP System
None Advertised
Best Low-cost Notebook
None Advertised
1. Best High-end Notebook
Compaq Athlon 4 1600+ with DVD/CD-RW (build-to-order)
$1349
Office Depot
2. Best High-end Notebook
Fujitsu Pentium 4-M 1.6 GHz with DVD/CD-RW
$1299
Best Buy
Peripherals
Best Sunday Deal
Sony 32X CD-RW
$59
Best Buy, Circuit City
Worst Sunday Deal
GeForce 4 MX video cards
Buy GeForce 4 4200 TI cards instead

Additional Information. For additional technical information, advice on how to buy a laptop or desktop, and vendor and manufacturer links, please see our Computer Buying Advice page.
About Sunday Shopping Watch. Sunday Shopping Watch appears every Sunday (except some holidays like Easter and Christmas) in our News and Rumors column. It is a review of local (Dayton, Ohio) computer chain store advertisements. While we can not guarantee your local chain store has the same items, this article should help you make informed buying decisions.

June 21 - HP Demonstrates Itanium 2 System Performance. HP (NYSE:HPQ) today announced outstanding performance results achieved on an Intel(R) Itanium(R) 2-based HP server running key components of a Reuters financial trading application.

Reuters Structured Negotiation Capability software enables buyers and sellers in a worldwide financial market to connect and trade with each other. The test showed that the soon to be announced HP 4-way Itanium 2 server logged results that were four times faster than the 8-way Sun Fire 3800 server.

The result was achieved on an Itanium 2-based HP server configured with four 1 GHz processors, 16 GB of memory and two 18 GB hard drives using a beta version of 64-bit Microsoft(R) Windows(R) operating system.

The outcome of this Reuters application testing highlights the outstanding performance of the Itanium 2-based servers in a demanding commercial marketplace -- financial trading.

The HP server features the HP zx1 scalable processor chipset and is engineered for high bandwidth, low latency and scalable capacity applications -- for the most optimized Itanium 2-based server performance in the industry.

"The combination of Reuters' scalable negotiation application on HP's high-performance system will enable a world-class financial transaction platform," said Lisa Hambrick, director, Intel Enterprise Processor Marketing. "The performance of this platform demonstrates the scalability and industry-leading performance of Intel Itanium 2-based platforms."

Paul Otellini, Intel president and chief operating officer, demonstrated the new 4-way Itanium 2 system running the Reuters application at the Securities Industry Association's Technology Management Conference in New York.

More information about HP is available at www.hp.com.

June 21 - Visioneer Announces OneTouch 7100 USB Scanner. Visioneer, a leader in intelligent imaging solutions, today announced the first scanner in their new Slimline series, the OneTouch(TM) 7100 USB color flatbed scanner. This new slim scanner is 33% smaller than previous models, measuring only 17" x 11.9" x 2.6."
The OneTouch 7100 USB utilizes CCD (Couple Charged Device) sensors and features an optical resolution of 1200 x 4800 dpi, 48-bit internal color and FlashBack(TM) Bi-directional AutoScan Technology.

"Our studies have shown us that CCD sensors produce much better image quality than CIS (Contact Image Sensors) used in competing slim scanners," said Murray L. Dennis, Visioneer's President and CEO. "Moreover, when scanning documents, OCR accuracy is superior on CCD based scanners when compared to CIS scanners, particularly if you are scanning a book or magazine article."

The OneTouch 7100 USB comes bundled with ArcSoft PhotoImpression software that easily lets users turn favorite photos into works of art. With a friendly and inviting user interface, PhotoImpression has a wide range of fun and useful image editing features and templates that give users a head start in making creative home photo projects.

"With it's five easy one-touch buttons, the Visioneer OneTouch 7100 USB is perfect for the home or small office user who wants a fast and easy to use scanner for establishing a paperless office or creating colorful projects for print or Internet use," said Dennis. "And 1200 x 4800 dpi optical resolution eliminates jagged edges and captures the finest detail from originals. That is enough resolution to turn a 4" x 6" photo into a 16" x 24" image with no loss of detail."

FlashBack Bi-directional AutoScan Technology simplifies tasks with two way scanning

The OneTouch 7100 USB uses Visioneer's patent pending FlashBack Bi-directional AutoScan Technology to simplify scanning tasks. With most scanners, the user has to click prescan and wait for the preview to appear on the screen. While the scanning head returns, the user selects what area to scan and the scanner must make a second pass to complete the final scan. With Visioneer's FlashBack AutoScan enabled, the scanner moves one way to prescan the image area quickly, automatically crops to the edges of the photo, then reverses direction and completes the final high resolution scan on the return trip. Visioneer scanners with FlashBack simplify scanning and save time by eliminating the second pass during autocrop scanning.

The Visioneer OneTouch 7100USB is immediately available through authorized retailers, computer super stores and online services, mail order catalogs and from Visioneer's web site at www.visioneer.com. The suggested retail price is $99.99.

June 21 - Epson Announces PRINT Image Matching II. Epson America, Inc. today announced PRINT Image Matching II (P.I.M. II), an expansion of the industry-leading digital photo print matching technology. With P.I.M. II, PRINT Image Matching is now compatible with the widest range of digital cameras, software and printers in the industry.

About PRINT Image Matching II

P.I.M. II automatically optimizes digital photos from P.I.M. II-equipped digital cameras. P.I.M. II expands on the original P.I.M. technology by adding and improving adjustment parameters. Now, with fourteen image control parameters (two more than the original P.I.M. technology) including "noise reduction" control and "custom scene" settings, P.I.M. II provides the most complete solution available today for automatic print optimization. P.I.M. II can also now be implemented with TIFF (RGB type) images in addition to the more common JPEG capture file formats.

Products that incorporate the new P.I.M. II technology are also completely backward compatible, enabling customers to seamlessly continue using devices that utilize original P.I.M. technology if they choose to. The Epson Stylus(R) Photo line of printers will support the original P.I.M., P.I.M. II as well as Exif Print technology, a new standard for digital cameras published recently by the Japan Electronics and Information Technology Industries Association (JEITA).

"With the announcement of PRINT Image Matching II, Epson continues to push the envelope in delivering effective and easy solutions for attaining the best possible prints from digital cameras," said Keith Kratzberg, director, photo imaging, Epson. "P.I.M. II furthers Epson's quest to deliver the perfect photo printing solutions for professionals and amateurs alike."

A complete and current list of P.I.M.-compatible products is available at www.printimagematching.com. Visit Epson's Web site at www.epson.com.

June 20 - Samsung Semiconductor Confirms Subpoena from Justice Department. On Monday, June 17, 2002, Samsung Semiconductor, Inc. (SSI) was served with a subpoena from the U.S. Department of Justice. The subpoena asks for certain documents and other records related to Dynamic Random Access Memory (DRAM) products.

The Department of Justice is conducting an inquiry into transactions involving DRAM products on an extensive industry-wide basis. The subpoena does not implicate SSI, and SSI is not a target of the investigation. In fact, SSI is in full compliance with U.S. laws.

Upon receipt of the subpoena, SSI immediately took action to preserve all required documents and other records, and will be cooperating with the U.S. Department of Justice in providing the requested information.

Samsung Semiconductor, Inc. is located in San Jose, Calif. For more information, please visit our Web site: www.usa.samsungsemi.com.

June 20 - Rambus Responds to FTC Administrative Complaint. Rambus Inc. (NASDAQ:RMBS) today responded to the Federal Trade Commission's filing of an administrative complaint relating to Rambus' 1992-1995 participation in an industry standard setting committee, the Joint Electron Device Engineering Council ("JEDEC").

The FTC's complaint stems from the same facts and the same core allegations as are currently being litigated in multiple private lawsuits, including the Infineon case, tried last year in Virginia, for which an appeal was heard before the United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit on June 3, 2002. Two United States District Courts -- those hearing the Micron and Hynix cases -- have delayed their cases pending resolution of the Infineon appeals.

"These cases all derive from the same facts. They all involve the same core issue of whether Rambus complied with JEDEC rules, which may or may not have shifted over time, and appropriately disclosed its patent interests in the 1992-1995 time frame," stated John Danforth, senior vice president and general counsel for Rambus Inc. "Given that the United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit is currently scrutinizing this matter, we are somewhat surprised to see this complaint by the FTC."

Rambus first filed a patent application for its revolutionary memory technology in 1990 and proceeded to teach the industry how to apply that technology, while protected by nondisclosure agreements. By invitation, Rambus later joined a JEDEC committee that was developing a DRAM standard. Today, Rambus' industry-leading chip-to-chip interface technology can be found in dozens of products including personal computers, servers, workstations, video game consoles, high-definition TVs, set-top boxes and networking routers and switches.

"We believe we have established that Rambus fully complied with JEDEC's disclosure policy and that Rambus had no undisclosed patents, or even applications, during the relevant time period that read on any proposed JEDEC standard," explained Danforth. "At the end of the day, we believe that the FTC process, either at the administrative level or on appeal, will conclude that our actions were entirely appropriate and lawful."

Rambus and RDRAM are registered trademarks of Rambus Inc. Rambus can be found online at www.rambus.com.

June 20 - CenDyne Introduces 48X CD Burner. CenDyne, Inc. today announces the next in its popular Lightning series of CD burners -- the Lightning IV 48x12x48 CD-RW drive, which provides industry-leading 48X speed for writing music, video or data to a CD.

"Anyone who bought a PC in 2001 or before should strongly consider upgrading their CD-RW drive with a new faster 48X model," said Ed Meadows, president, CenDyne, Inc.
"Last year, most CD-RW drives in PCs ranged from 8X in 24X in writing speed. The new 48X models are as much as six times faster and provide a huge improvement in write times. And unlike 2001 and early 2002 when faster drives were introduced every other month -- the remainder of 2002 will level off with the 48X as the high-end standard in CD burners. As a result, home and business users can be assured that the technology they buy today will serve them well into the future."

Music and video enthusiasts who need the best in performance and reliability need look no further than the Lightning IV 48x12x48 drive. The combination of the fast CenDyne drive and award winning Nero(TM) 5.5 CD recording software makes the solution perfect for virtually any audio/video recording -- including MP3 and mp3PRO music files, and Video CD recording, with its MPEG-1 video encoder and a VCD/SVCD menu creator.

The new Lightning IV 48X12X48 internal IDE drive is available now at leading technology retailers across the U.S. at a manufacturer's suggested retail price of $149.99.

June 20 - SMC Networks Ships Barricade Plus Router. SMC Networks, an industry-leading provider of wired and wireless networking solutions for the home, SOHO and SMB/e markets, today began shipping the Barricade(TM) Plus Cable/DSL Broadband Router, a next-generation router featuring an integrated Stateful Packet Inspection (SPI) firewall and VPN tunneling capabilities to provide increased security for networks connected to the Internet through broadband connections.

"The need to protect the network from hackers is especially important for residential and small business users taking advantage of the convenience and speed of "always-on" broadband Internet connections," explained Betty Chan, wireless product manager at SMC.

"The VPN tunneling capability adds to the versatility of this product, making it an ideal productivity-enhancing solution for companies looking to provide their employees with telecommuting options."

Available in both wired (SMC7004FW) and 802.11b-compliant wireless (SMC7004WFW) versions, both routers are platform-independent, include 10/100Mbps switches, (four ports on the wired version and three ports on the wireless), and support up to three VPN tunnels. The wireless Barricade Plus supports 64- and 128-bit WEP encryption and MAC address authentication.

To provide a more robust security solution, both routers utilize Network Address Translation (NAT) keeping the internal network hidden from the Internet, and an SPI firewall that analyzes each incoming packet determining its source, destination addresses and protocol. The Barricade Plus also supports up to three VPN tunnels via PPTP and IPSec for secure access to the corporate network.

Other security features include parental control, access control and URL-blocking, IP and Mac address filtering, and hacker attack prevention and logging, a feature that detects common hacker attack patterns and alerts users via e-mail when an intrusion attempt is made.

The 802.11b-compliant wireless version (SMC7004WFW) adds the ability to bridge between wired and wireless LANs, providing seamless roaming within the same subnet. MAC address filtering is provided for up to 32 MAC addresses.

Backed by a limited lifetime warranty and 24/7 technical support, both the wireless SMC7004WFW and the wired SMC7004FW are currently available at an estimated street price of $259 and $159 respectively.

More information about SMC Networks is available at www.smc.com.

June 20 - Kodak Teams with Retailers to Provide Consumers Digital Picture Printing. As part of its strategy to enhance consumer ease-of-use and increase options for high-quality printing of digital images, Eastman Kodak Company announced that its new Kodak EasyShare software will allow consumers to print digital pictures from home through some of the nation's leading retail photofinishers, including CVS Pharmacy, Rite-Aid, Ritz Camera and Target Stores.

To illustrate its leadership commitment to the Common Picture Exchange Environment (CPXe) initiative, Kodak intends to migrate the EasyShare software directory of digital photofinishing providers to the open standards of CPXe. Kodak aims to make it as easy for consumers to get high-quality photographic prints from their digital cameras as using film.

The Kodak EasyShare software, which makes it incredibly easy to transfer, organize, enhance, share and print pictures, will enable consumers to access a list of retail photofinishing service providers. Once the consumer places the order through the software, the picture files are transmitted from the computer over the Internet to their preferred local retailer for printing, who will either ship to the consumer's home or offer in-store pick up at a location convenient for the consumer.
Retailers such as CVS Pharmacy, Rite-Aid and Target will process orders through the Kodak Picture Center online service. In future releases of EasyShare software, consumers will be able to locate service providers based on specific search criteria, such as a zip code.

New Kodak EasyShare Software Directory: A Precursor to CPXe

CPXe is an industry-wide initiative supported by Kodak, other imaging companies and the International Imaging Industry Association (I3A) to enable consumers to order high-quality prints anytime, anywhere from an increasing number of retailers and photofinishing providers. The CPXe participants will develop a standards-based network and an online public directory to facilitate the transmission and ordering of digital images between digital cameras, computers, desktop software, Internet services, photo kiosks and retail and wholesale photofinishing providers. Consumers will be able to use the network regardless of the type of digital camera, computer operating system they use or the photofinishing equipment used by the retailer--a significant change from the closed, proprietary systems available today.

As chairman of the CPXe standards committee, Kodak has been an early architect of CPXe and will continue to play a leading role in its development. Kodak is illustrating its commitment to open systems and consumer choice by including a CPXe-type directory of retail photofinishing service providers in its popular EasyShare system, which includes digital cameras, a camera docking station and software.
Available beginning in June, the new EasyShare software, which will ship with all EasyShare cameras and be available as a free download from Kodak.com in July, will also allow consumers to order prints from Ofoto.com or their preferred online service.

For more information on CPXe visit the I3A Web site at http://www.i3a.org. For more info on EasyShare visit http://www.kodak.com/go/easyshare.

June 20 - EZQuest Ships 48x FireWire CD-RW Drive. EZQuest began shipping the industry's first 48x12x48 FireWire CD-RW drive for Macs and PCs today.

The newest addition to EZQuest's Boa CD-RW line, it is the fastest, highest-performance drive in the industry, and it has a surprisingly low MSRP of $219.

The new Boa drive can burn a 74-minute CD in 1.52 minutes (about 20% faster than 40x drives) and re-write a 74-minute CD in 6.1 minutes. Its 48x read speed is the fastest available on a CD recorder, and its 2MB buffer size and buffer under-run technology eliminate under-run errors in fast-write modes. These high-speed drives are ideal for data archiving and desktop publishing, and for MIDI and recording studio applications. Compatible with both Macs and PCs, the Boa 48x can be moved from computer to computer without restarting or rebooting.

The Boa 48x is housed in a light-gray, streamlined case that is fully shielded with 0.6 metal. It comes ready to use and includes a built-in universal 50-watt auto-switching power supply, a cable and software (Charismac for Mac and Nero for PC burning software).

The Boa 48x is compatible with Mac OS 8.6 plus later (9.2) and OSX versions, as well as WIN 98SE and later versions including XP. It has a one-year warranty and is competitively priced at $219 MSRP. A downloadable Boa 48x spec sheet and a list of dealers are available at www.ezq.com.

June 19 - AMD Launches Athlon(TM) MP processor 2100+. AMD today introduced the AMD Athlon(TM) MP processor 2100+, a high-performance multiprocessor designed to provide the reliability demanded by server and workstation environments. With its QuantiSpeed(TM) architecture and Smart MP technology, the AMD Athlon MP processor 2100+ can integrate smoothly into existing infrastructures, providing the stability and manageability that IT managers require.

"The business world demands reliable, compatible and manageable processors that give the performance businesses need for peak productivity," said Ed Ellett, vice president of marketing for AMD's Computation Products Group. "AMD is committed to providing customers with solutions that meet and exceed the demands of businesses and IT managers. This high-performance processor, the AMD Athlon MP processor 2100+, with AMD's Socket A interface and the AMD-760(TM) MPX chipset, gives IT managers the toolset they need to run their networks easily and efficiently."

The AMD Athlon MP processor 2100+ is designed to be compatible with Microsoft(R) Windows(R) and multiple Linux operating systems and to enhance the performance of the world's most popular server and workstation applications. AMD's customer-centric approach means that end-users can rely on their servers to run mission-critical email, exchange, file, print and networking applications. AMD Athlon MP processor 2100+-based workstations running digital content creation (DCC), computer-aided design (CAD) and software development applications can execute quickly and efficiently.

The AMD-760(TM) MPX chipset, compatible with all AMD Athlon MP processors, provides high-speed peripheral connections for enhanced productivity. The chipset is featured on motherboards from a variety of manufacturers worldwide.

Availability

Systems featuring the AMD Athlon MP processor 2100+ are expected to be available immediately from more than 34 manufacturers worldwide. For additional information visit www.amd.com.

June 19 - AMD Anticipates Lower Than Expected Second Quarter Sales. AMD (NYSE:AMD) announced today that sales for the second quarter ending June 30, 2002 are anticipated to be within the $620 million to $700 million range. At these depressed sales levels, the Company anticipates a substantial operating loss for the quarter. The Company's projection made in connection with the release of first quarter results was for second quarter sales to be within the $820 million to $900 million range.

"As we have seen in previous statements from a number of other companies, there is broad weakness in the personal computer market and it is adversely affecting AMD," said Robert J. Rivet, AMD's Chief Financial Officer. "The processor business, particularly in Europe and North America, is weak. Our flash memory business is improving and expected to show sequential sales growth."

The Company continues R&D spending at record levels in its strategic thrusts and is executing well on its previously reported product and technology roadmap schedules.

The Company will provide final second quarter financial results on July 17, 2002. More information can be found at www.amd.com.

June 19 - Matrox Introduces Parhelia-512-based Line of Graphics Accelerators. Matrox Graphics Inc., the leading professional graphics company, announces the Matrox Parhelia(TM) family of graphics accelerators -- the first graphics boards based on the revolutionary, new Matrox Parhelia-512 high fidelity GPU.

Delivering the highest quality, excellent performance and unique features, the Matrox Parhelia line of graphics boards is the first to offer a multitude of new features, including a full 256-bit DDR memory interface, partial compatibility with Microsoft(R) DirectX(R) 9.0 and the most advanced multi-display computing capabilities.

"We are excited to see hardware implementation of an important part of Microsoft DirectX 9.0 technology in the Matrox Parhelia graphics adaptors," says Channing Verbeck, Director of Windows Graphics and Gaming Technologies at Microsoft Corp.

"With its DirectX 9.0-compatible Quad Vertex Shader Array and Hardware Displacement Mapping support, Parhelia takes a significant step toward increasing the realism of 3-D graphics. And, with Parhelia's support for innovative multidisplay features such as TripleHead Desktop, its users will greatly benefit from the enhanced productivity made available by running Windows XP in a multimonitor environment."

Matrox Parhelia graphics adaptors represent the highest quality 2D and 3D multi-display computing solutions available on the market. Ideal for desktop publishing, web design, software development, digital photography, video editing and gaming, the Matrox Parhelia is targeted to the 2D workstation, professional and PC enthusiast markets.

"Matrox has a long history of leadership in professional graphics, display quality and multi-display computing," says Jon Peddie, president, Jon Peddie Research. "With Parhelia, Matrox brings substantial ingenuity and compelling features to the 2D workstation and high-end enthusiast markets."

Widest variety of display outputs

All Parhelia boards are full-height ATX form factor with two DVI-I connectors integrated on the bracket, and allow Matrox to offer the widest variety of display output options on the market:

- Dual independent DVI-out at 1600 x 1200 resolution each

(165MHz)

- Dual independent RGB-out at 400MHz each (dual 2048 x 1536 @

85Hz)

- Triple independent RGB-out in extended desktop mode at 3840 x

1024 32bpp

- Various mixes of DVI-, RGB- and TV-out

The full flexibility of display configurations are offered to end users by the standard bundling of three cables/adaptors:

- One "Y-shaped" DVI-I to dual HD-15 cable

- One DVI-I to HD-15 adaptor

- One HD-15 to S-video and composite cable

Matrox Parhelia boards employ highly developed electronics, which--coupled with the Parhelia's dual 10-bit RAMDACs--ensure that signal quality is maintained at the highest frequency desktop settings, resulting in flicker-free, ultra-crisp displays, free of any pixel ghosting, sparkling or shadowing artifacts to deliver the highest-fidelity RGB, DVI and TV outputs.

The Matrox Parhelia boards deliver the fastest 2D performance, and are the first full-speed AGP 4X devices capable of accelerating 3D across three monitors. All boards offer an incredible range of cutting-edge 2D and 3D features, including 10-bit GigaColor Technology, four quad-textured pixels rendered per clock, 64 Super Sample Texture Filtering, 16x Fragment Antialiasing (FAA-16x), Glyph Antialiasing, a Quad DirectX 9 Vertex Shader Array, a 36-op pixel shader array, and many more.

Surround Gaming

For the ultimate gaming experience, Matrox Parhelia boards uniquely offer Surround Gaming for three- display game play, providing the most immersive 3D experience for many popular gaming titles including: Flight Simulator 2002, by Microsoft Corporation; Quake III Arena(TM), by Id Software(TM)/ Activision(R); Return to Castle Wolfenstein, by Gray matter and Id Software, Inc./Activision; Star Wars Jedi Knight II: Jedi Outcast(TM), by Raven Software/LucasArts(R) Entertainment Company LLC; Unreal(R) Tournament 2003, by Digital Extremes and Epic Games, Inc./Atari(R); Imperium Galactica 3: Genesis, by Philos Laboratories/CDV Software Entertainment AG, and many, many more.

Included software

All Matrox Parhelia graphics boards will ship standard with full-featured drivers for Microsoft Windows XP and Windows 2000 including support for Microsoft DirectX 8.1 and OpenGL(R). Parhelia comes with Matrox's completely new PowerDesk-HF utility suite, providing easy-to-use controls for hardware configuration and multi-display desktop management.

Pricing and availability

At introduction, Matrox Parhelia graphics boards will be available with 128MB of DDR memory in both retail and bulk packaging. The retail packaged version of the Matrox Parhelia 128MB board will have an estimated street price of US $399 and both versions are expected to begin shipment by June 30th, 2002. Additionally, Matrox plans to bring a 64MB and a 256MB version of the Parhelia to market later this summer.

Information on Matrox products, drivers, technical support and more can be found at: www.matrox.com/mga.

June 19 - Toshiba Outlines Vision to Enable the Digital Home. Toshiba's Computer Systems Group (CSG) today unveiled its vision to equip the digital home with a portfolio of products that foster the convergence of data, voice and entertainment. As part of this strategy, Toshiba's combined expertise in computing technology and consumer electronics will be a key enabler for delivering a variety of advanced wireless, communications and entertainment technologies that empower a digitally connected lifestyle for mainstream consumers.

"With our strong legacy in technology, computing and home entertainment, Toshiba is poised to lead this emerging market," said Rod Keller, executive vice president of Toshiba CSG. "Our goal is to set the standard for the products and technologies that will link consumers and their electronic devices in today's digital home. In particular, we intend to dominate the wireless media center category -- a market that leverages our unique strengths in mobile computing and wireless technology."

Toshiba Offers the "Heart" of the Digital Home

The first product in a series of planned offerings for the digital home is Toshiba's new Magnia(R) SG20 Wireless Media Center, a full-featured, easy-to-manage wireless network server that acts as the digital hub of the home. The Wireless Media Center complements Toshiba's existing product portfolio, which includes mobile computing solutions, telecommunications products, cable modems, televisions, DVD players and digital cameras.

"We believe Toshiba's brand strength in multiple consumer electronics categories will promote widespread acceptance of our Wireless Media Center. In turn, the capabilities and benefits of the Wireless Media Center will drive strong demand for and synergy with other Toshiba-branded devices that connect to this hub," Keller added.

The Wireless Media Center enables access to entertainment, communication and information -- and is the heart of the wireless home and Toshiba's convergence strategy. Smaller than a VCR, the Wireless Media Center connects all client computers for file sharing while delivering concurrent, high-speed wireless Internet access to everyone in the household. It also allows users to share all their digital information -- from photos to music to data -- as well as digital devices such as printers and network cameras.

Toshiba's Wireless Media Center includes a virtual private networking (VPN) feature, which allows authorized users to securely access information stored on the SG20 via the Internet. Parents can control what their children can view on the Web using a built-in content filtering feature, and a configurable firewall protects data from intrusion over the Internet. To enhance home security, the Wireless Media Center features video camera monitoring and recording, allowing up to four network cameras to be viewed and managed by client computers and PDAs on the local area network -- or from remote PCs via the VPN software. With its media library capabilities, customers can also store, organize, backup and use their digital photos and music files.

Toshiba CSG is dedicated to providing products and services that focus on mobility, wireless and digital convergence. The Magnia SG20 Wireless Media Center maps to the division's core mobile computing and communications strategy.

Available now, the Magnia SG20 Wireless Media Center is offered at www.shoptoshiba.com.

June 19 - Physicians Should Prepare to Partner with Genetic Consultants. As genetic testing becomes more commonplace in the next few years, physicians should look to partner with genetic consultants to alleviate the glut of inquiries they'll receive, according to GartnerG2, a research service of Gartner, Inc. (NYSE: IT and ITB).

Genomics, the study of the human genome, opens the door to a better understanding of how the human body works. A crucial component of genomics is genetic testing. Genetic testing detects gene variations, many of which are linked to inherited disorders, diseases, or harmful side effects from drugs.

By 2004, the number of genetic tests available in clinical practice is likely to increase dramatically. As more information about genetic testing becomes available to the general public, primary-care physicians can expect to be bombarded with questions.

"Patients will think these tests are far more reliable, informative and predictive than they really are," said Jonathan Edwards, senior analyst for GartnerG2. "Most doctors will be totally unprepared to face the enormous task of managing patient expectations. Faced with patient interest and a glut of information, primary-care physicians will need to refer patients interested in genetic testing to genetic consultants."

Genetic consultants already exist, and they will become increasingly important. There are three types: medical geneticists (typically medical doctors), genetic counselors (holding a master's degree in genetic counseling), and genetic nurses (nurses with special training in genetics).

GartnerG2 analysts said physicians and genetic consultants will have to work closely to develop preventive care programs to help patients avoid developing conditions for which they are at high risk. However, there will be challenges. "Primary-care physicians may come into conflict with genetic consultants over the best way to handle a patient. This may particularly be a problem if the genetic consultant is not a medical doctor," Edwards said. "To optimize patient care and implement successful programs of care management, primary-care physicians must coordinate care with genetic consultants and other professionals."

Additional information is available in the GartnerG2 report, "Prepare Now for the Business Impact of Genetic Testing." This report examines the impact genetic testing will have on physicians and health insurers. The report provides recommendations on how healthcare providers and payers should prepare for the emergence of genomics.

For more information visit www.gartnerg2.com.

June 18 - New Toshiba PDA Integrates Wireless Connectivity. Further building on a mission to be the global leader in mobile products and solutions, Toshiba's Computer Systems Group (CSG) today ushers in a new era of wireless computing with the introduction of the Toshiba Pocket PC e740.

Allowing instant data access, the new PDA features integrated Wi-Fi (IEEE 802.11b) wireless connectivity, making the e740 the ideal companion for Toshiba's full line of wireless-ready consumer and corporate notebook PCs.

In addition to built-in wireless connectivity, e740 customers will enjoy the benefits of a bright 64K color display coupled with the powerful new Intel PXA250 processor with Intel XScale(TM) technology at 400MHz. Expansion offerings include integrated CompactFlash(R) II and Secure Digital(TM) (SD) media slots and an optional Toshiba Expansion Pack and High Capacity battery.

"The Pocket PC e740 represents Toshiba's commitment to aggressively engineer and develop wireless and mobile productivity tools that help users efficiently manage and organize their busy lives," said Oscar Koenders, vice president of worldwide product planning, Toshiba CSG.

"This new PDA offers portability, ease of use and wireless connectivity -- it's a core offering in our mobile computing strategy."

The Toshiba Pocket PC e740 is competitively priced at $599 with a one-year standard limited parts and labor warranty and is available at computer superstores, consumer electronic stores and mass merchandisers, and www.shoptoshiba.com.

June 18 - Intel Announces Server Products for Xeon Processor. Intel Corporation today announced a dozen server "building block" products -- including server boards, server chassis, RAID controllers, and server management software -- designed for OEM system builders and product integrators. Several of these new server platforms are based on the Intel(R) Xeon(TM) processor and Intel(R) E7500 chipset.

"This is a significant launch for Intel and our customers, with new additions across the entire product line," said Philip Brace, director of marketing for Intel's Enterprise Platform & Services Division. "Our strategy is to provide all sizes of integrators and OEMs with a breadth of server building block products that allow them to focus on their added value in terms of unique designs, complete servers solutions and differentiated services."

At the heart of today's announcement are three Intel Xeon processors-based server board products and one integrated 4-way Intel Xeon processor MP-based server platform.

The Intel(R) Server Board SE7500WV2, Intel(R) Server Board SE7500CW2 and Intel(R) Server Board SHG2 provide a complete line of dual-processor server boards.

The Intel Server Board SE7500WV2, integrated with the new 1U Intel(R) Server Chassis SR1300 and 2U Intel(R) Server Chassis SR2300, is optimized for high-density, rack-mount server environments. The board can be integrated into OEM server product offerings to meet the needs of a variety of Internet applications, including high-performance clusters, firewall, streaming media and e-mail servers.
The Intel Server Board SE7500CW2 is a flexible server aimed at bringing Xeon processor-based solutions to the value server segment, and is ideal for small and medium business.
Finally, the Intel Server Board SHG2, with the new Intel(R) Server Chassis SC5200, can be used for high-performance, expandable general-purpose servers, and is optimized for more demanding uses, such as an application database.

Also announced today for the Intel Xeon processor are the Intel(R) Server Platform SRSH4, a four-way server built around the Intel Xeon processor MP (optimized for 4U, high- performance back-end computing environments), and the Intel(R) Server Platform SPSH4, a 7U pedestal system. These platforms are targeted at demanding uses ranging from large department data-centers to mid-tier and back-end application servers.

For the entry-level server market segment, the Intel(R) Entry Server Board S845WD1-E is an Intel(R) Pentium(R) 4-based server board offering essential features for single processor server applications and tasks. It is built around the Intel(R) 845E chipset and Pentium 4 processors greater than 2 GHz. It also has unique server benefits and features not found in desktop systems, including ECC DDR memory, dual onboard 10/100 server adapters (the Intel(R) 82559), ATA RAID and hardware monitoring.

For advanced data protection, Intel offers an optional upgrade to Intel RAID controllers, including the Intel(R) RAID Controller SRCMR, which turns the on-board SCSI channel into full-featured RAID, and ships with a new software stack.

For more information on new and current server products and support services from Intel, visit http://developer.intel.com/design/servers/.

June 18 - Sony Ericsson Unveils T61d PDA Phone. Sony Ericsson Mobile Communications today announced the T61d, the first Sony Ericsson branded mobile phone for TDMA systems.

The T61d allows consumers to stay organized and keep connected while also offering personalization options.

With five-way joystick navigation and a large display, the T61d reinforces Sony Ericsson's commitment to creating products that are extremely easy to operate and fun to use. The phone doubles as a personal organizer, allowing users to store up to 500 contacts with multiple numbers per name. In addition, users may set reminders, save appointments, use the phone as an alarm and save dates with the calendar and To Do list.
PC synchronization capability enables user-friendly transfer of calendar and contact data between the PC and the T61d. The T61d provides users the opportunity to make voice-activated calls with its Magic Word feature and supports two-way text messaging and mobile chat.

The T61d is the first Sony Ericsson TDMA phone to meet FCC and operator requirements for integrated compatibility with TTY, a special device that allows people who are deaf, hard of hearing, or speech impaired to communicate by typing messages back and forth to one another.
In addition, the T61d supports a wide variety of accessories, including SmartBack accessories, which fully integrate into the back of the phone, giving users such benefits as a retractable portable hands-free or built-in FM radio.

The T61d has up to 3.75 hours of talk time and up to 225 hours of standby time. The phone is expected to be available in Q3 2002. For further information, visit www.SonyEricsson.com.

June 18 - Sony Ericsson and THQ Wireless Announce Partnership. Sony Ericsson and THQ Wireless(TM), the wireless gaming subsidiary of THQ Inc. (NASDAQ NMS: THQI) today announced a gaming partnership whereby THQ will develop premium licensed and non-licensed gaming and entertainment properties across agreed forthcoming Sony Ericsson phones.

As part of the agreement, THQ will provide both embedded content as well as downloadable stand-alone and interactive content for forthcoming Sony Ericsson phones based on mobile-Java and future platforms. THQ will leverage its portfolio of key brands and licences upon these handsets with mechanisms to allow for further content delivery or unlocking via existing and emerging mobile communication standards such as SMS (Short Message Service) and MMS (Multimedia Messaging Service) technologies.

The partnership forms an important part of both companies' mobile entertainment strategies, and as part of the arrangement, THQ and Sony Ericsson will share selected roadmap information on technology, products, licensing and development, with content being available on Sony Ericsson devices on an exclusive or non-exclusive basis. As part of the deal, THQ and Sony Ericsson will investigate cross-fertilized marketing opportunities to further leverage content and mobile technology to audiences served by each company's traditional core business.

Adam Comiskey, Commercial Director, THQ Wireless, commented, "We are delighted to enter this important partnership with Sony Ericsson, one of the premiere mobile phone manufacturers around the world. With color phones launching globally this year, coupled with exciting new phones emerging through next year, the prospect of launching games based on our popular licences on new Sony Ericsson phones is an exciting one. Additionally, providing embedded content for Sony Ericsson's advanced phones will enable mobile phone users around the world to engage in high quality interactive content irrespective of which network they subscribe to."

"Commencing in 2002, with the advent of affordable color handsets, and growing rapidly in 2003, we see mobile entertainment as having enormous potential, particularly mobile gaming," said Cyrus Allen, Vice President Content & Applications at Sony Ericsson. "We want to provide our customers with a compelling ready-to-run gaming experience, and ensure that they are able to find and consume more of the same high quality games through their mobile service provider. We are excited about this partnership with THQ and plan to bring a range of wonderful games to the market in the near future," said Mr. Allen.

For further information, visit www.SonyEricsson.com and www.thqwireless.com.

June 18 - Fujitsu Announces New Removable Storage Solutions for PCs. Fujitsu Computer Products of America, Inc. (FCPA), a leading provider of removable storage solutions, next week unveils the retail-version of its 1.3GB, Hi-Speed USB 2.0 magneto-optical (MO) drives at TECHXNY in New York City. In addition, FCPA will be demonstrating its internal 2.3GB IDE and SCSI MO drives, which were released earlier this year, at the show.

Fujitsu's current MO product line, which includes 2.3GB IDE and SCSI drives, along with 1.3GB Hi-Speed USB 2.0, Firewire, and SCSI drives, offers reliable storage options for many types of intensive PC applications. Fujitsu MO users can now purchase 2.3GB MO disks for only $20 each. Fujitsu's low-cost media combined with competitively priced drives make MO technology one of the most cost effective removable storage options available. Furthermore, with Fujitsu's new Hi-Speed USB 2.0 MO products, Fujitsu brings the benefits of magneto-optical storage technology - namely, cost-effectiveness, durability, and reliability - to the PC market.

"With the latest MO drives using the Hi-Speed USB 2.0 interface, Fujitsu brings an affordable removable storage technology to millions of PC users that makes backing-up and archival applications easier, faster, and safer," said Dan Dalton, director of optical storage products at Fujitsu. "Fujitsu MO drives provide a proven, cost-effective alternative to other, less stable forms of removable storage, and bring to bear Fujitsu's years of experience of developing world-class storage technologies for companies worldwide."

MO Product Offering

Fujitsu's current MO product offering includes 2.3GB internal MO drive kits in IDE and SCSI, 1.3GB internal and external drives in USB 2.0, SCSI, Firewire, and IDE interfaces. All Fujitsu MO drives provide full backward compatibility and can read and write to all 3.5-inch MO media capacities, including 2.3GB, 1.3GB, 640MB, 540MB, 230MB and 128MB, as well as Over-Write disks (640MB and 540MB).

For information on purchasing or for more information on Fujitsu MO drives and media please visit Fujitsu's MO website at www.MOstorage.com.

June 17 - 3dfx Announces Financing Arrangement to Pay Creditors. 3dfx Interactive, Inc. (OTCBB:TDFX) today announced that it has entered into an agreement with SF Capital Partners Ltd. that provides for SF Capital to purchase between $25 and $35 million of preferred stock in 3dfx.
The amount of the investment will depend on the sum at closing of the financing of 3dfx's fixed and determinable liabilities, maximum reasonably known undeterminable liabilities and anticipated expenses reasonably necessary to complete the liquidation, winding-up and dissolution of 3dfx.

The closing of the preferred stock financing will occur following the determination of the total amount of 3dfx's liabilities and the satisfaction of certain other conditions.
The shares of preferred stock to be issued to SF Capital will entitle SF Capital to a liquidation preference, the amount of which will depend on the market price of NVIDIA common stock prior to the closing.
The agreement is terminable if the funding amount required of SF Capital under the agreement exceeds $35 million or falls under $25 million, if the NVIDIA common stock closing price to which the funding amount is pegged is equal to or less than $26, if the transaction fails to close within one year and in certain other specified circumstances. The terms of the agreement with SF Capital are described in greater detail in 3dfx's Annual Report on Form 10-K filed with the SEC today.

"Upon completion of this financing, 3dfx will be able to pay all of its creditors and maximize the probability that it will be able to make a distribution to its common shareholders. We are pleased that the agreement with SF Capital will position 3dfx to complete the winding up of its affairs and its dissolution," said Richard A. Heddleson, President and Chief Executive Officer of the Company.

June 17 - G4 Processor Upgrade Available for Apple PowerBook G3s. Newer Systems Technology and Other World Computing today introduced the NuPowr(TM) G4 Pismo upgrade, the first-ever upgrade available for the Apple PowerBook G3 FireWire system, originally code-named "Pismo."

The G4 Pismo upgrade, which is available immediately for $299.95, allows owners of PowerBook G3 400MHz and 500MHz systems to upgrade to a G4/500MHz processor.

"The G4 Pismo upgrade will save PowerBook G3 users literally thousand of dollars by not having to buy a brand new Titanium PowerBook in order to get a G4 processor," said Rick Estes, president of Newer Systems.

"We have a lot of loyal customers that have been requesting this product, and with their help and feedback, we are ready to make it available to the public. We are confident that it will be extremely well received, and help to once again reinforce our position as a leading provider of computer upgrade products for the Apple community."

Customers interested in purchasing the upgrade can do so exclusively through OWC at www.macsales.com. Customers will be required to send in a component to NewerTech in Wichita. NewerTech will test the customer's system prior to and following the installation of the G4 Pismo upgrade to ensure the system is running optimally.

June 17 - Evergreen Anounces Low Cost USB 2.0 Pocket HotDrive. Evergreen Technologies, Inc., a leader in PC performance upgrades since 1989, today announced the latest addition to its fireLINE family of high speed IEEE 1394 and USB products.
The new fireLINE(TM) USB 2.0 Pocket HotDrive delivers 40GB of affordable high speed external data storage for PC and Mac users alike.
The USB 2.0 Pocket HotDrive can quickly be added to any desktop or laptop simply by plugging the drive into an available USB (either 1.1 or the new 2.0 standard) port. (For users without USB connections, Evergreen offers a complete array of USB 2.0 and dual IEEE 1394 and USB 2.0 connectivity cards for desktop and laptop systems.)
In the fireLINE(TM) USB 2.0 Pocket HotDrive, Evergreen has removed the IEEE 1394 capability from its original dual standard Pocket HotDrive to provide a low cost solution for users without the need for this added flexibility. The USB 2.0 Pocket HotDrive remains a light weight, compact data storage solution for users on the go, backing up dense amounts of data and sharing data between multiple systems frequently. The new USB 2.0 standard supports `hot swapping' (plugging devices in and out without powering down the host system), daisy chaining of devices and power transmission from the host system.
The fireLINE(TM) USB 2.0 Pocket HotDrive is supported by Windows 98SE or higher, Linux and Unix operating systems. Macintosh has not introduced support for the new USB 2.0 standard, however the drive is backward compatible to USB 1.1 which is supported by OS 8.6 and above. It comes with a step-by-step installation guide, USB 2.0 device drivers, a USB A-to-B cable, a 5V power supply and a one year warranty. A case-only offering is also available to users who wish to select an alternate drive capacity.

Pricing of fireLINE USB 2.0 Pocket HotDrive:
40GB Capacity $259.99(list) $229.99(direct web purchase)
Case Only $59.99(list) $49.99(direct web purchase)

For more information, visit www.evergreennow.com.

June 17 - Digital Camera Shipments to Top 8.3 Million Units in 2002. Digital camera shipments in the United States are on track to reach 8.3 million units in 2002, a 30 percent increase from 2001 shipments of 6.4 million units, according to Dataquest Inc., a unit of Gartner, Inc. (NYSE: IT and ITB).
Gartner Dataquest analysts said lower prices and improved photo printing alternatives could mean even larger growth when the holiday shopping season arrives.
"Camera companies are jockeying for position now for a strong push in the fourth quarter, when nearly half of all digital cameras are typically purchased," said Andrew Johnson, vice president for Gartner Dataquest's Digital Document and Imaging group. "Even with the rapid growth in sales, there is still a lot of room to grow."
Gartner Dataquest calculates U.S. household penetration of digital cameras will be 17 percent by the end of 2002. By 2006, more than 50 percent of U.S. households should have a digital camera.
Digital cameras are transitioning the amateur photography industry by changing how consumers take, share and save photos, and camera manufacturers will need to transform their business model to compete in this market.
"There is a lot of focus on printing photos right now in an attempt to make the digital photography experience more like traditional film photography," Johnson said. "While making photo printing easier will certainly help broaden the appeal for digital photography in the United States, the long absence of good digital photo printing options has forced digital camera owners to learn to love the electronic photo -- viewed on the PC/TV screen and e-mailed to friends."
The International Imaging Industry Association's (I3A's) Common Picture eXchange Environment (CPXe) initiative is a network architecture and directory of services, which, if successfully adopted in 2003, will make it easier for consumers to get their digital photos printed. The CPXe initiative promises to drive money back into the industry by generating awareness and giving local access to the different types of photo services, many far beyond the familiar 4x6-inch print.
For example, people will go on the Web to access a directory of local retailers that provide different types of photo services such as bound photo albums or posters. This may result in an online transaction, with an in-store pickup, or consumers could just use the directory to locate the nearest retail store that provides a certain photo service.
While this service will entice some consumers, Johnson warned, "It will be tough to compete against the 'free' part of electronic photo sharing via e-mail that is so popular right now."
For more information, visit www.gartner.com.

June 17 - 3Com Delivers Two New Wireless LAN PC Cards. 3Com Corporation (Nasdaq: COMS) today announced the availability of two new wireless products for entry-level wireless LAN users -- the 3Com(R) OfficeConnect(R) 11 Mbps Wireless LAN PC Cards, one with a fixed antenna and one with 3Com's patented XJACK(R) retractable antenna. Now, small office and home users can easily equip laptops with high-performance wireless LAN functionality at an affordable price.

"3Com's Universal Connectivity solutions give networking users intelligent, seamless connectivity across multiple devices and all networks," said John Yoon, senior director, mobile and wireless solutions, 3Com Corporation. "With today's delivery of the new OfficeConnect Wireless LAN PC Cards, 3Com continues its heritage of marketing high-quality products that give truly useful connectivity for all networks -- spanning the large enterprise to the small home office."

3Com's patented XJACK antenna provides mobile networking users with unparalleled convenience. The antenna extends for excellent wireless LAN performance, and retracts away for safe travel and transport. With the XJACK antenna, users can simply leave the device in the PC when not in use -- there is no need to remove it from the notebook PC.

Whether using the card with the fixed or XJACK antenna, users will experience reliable wireless connections at speeds up to 11 Mbps. Both cards also use dynamic rate shifting to guarantee the fastest possible connection at any given time.

Available in North America and in some European countries immediately, the 3Com OfficeConnect 11 Mbps Wireless LAN PC Card with the fixed antenna (3CRSHPW696) is priced at $82 list price. The 3Com OfficeConnect 11 Mbps Wireless LAN PC Card with XJACK antenna (3CRSHPW196) is priced at $93 list.

For further information, visit www.3com.com.

 

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