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
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
Estimated U.S. pricing for the HP Pavilion ze5100 starts at $1,595.
Additional product information about all of these products is available
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
-- 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
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
-- 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
June 23 - Sunday Shopping
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.
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
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
Additionally, they are giving $100 mail-in rebates on all desktop
packages and notebooks, and $50 gift cards with any Pentium 4 desktop
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
is offering no interest, no payment, financing for 6 months on purchases
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.
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
Most of these low priced desktops have no AGP video expansion slot,
no onboard dedicated video RAM, no CD-RW drive, and very few empty
PCI expansion slots. These computers will be very difficult to upgrade,
and they have poorer performance than other desktops that do not have
integrated audio and video chips on the motherboard.
Often by spending $200-$400 more for a Pentium 4 or Athlon XP based
system, you can get twice the performance, more features, and you
will have an upgradeable computer that will serve you well for another
If you choose the $700 Celeron/Duron system to save a few bucks, keep
in mind that in a year or two you will probably want to replace it.
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
Best Ad Deals this Sunday
Price* (see above)
Best Celeron Deal
Compaq 1.3 GHz complete
Best Low-cost Pentium 4
Compaq 2.0 GHz complete system (build-to-order)
Best High-end Pentium 4 System
HP 2.26 GHz Complete System
Best Low-cost Athlon
Compaq 1800+ with
Best High-end Athlon XP System
Best Low-cost Notebook
1. Best High-end
Compaq Athlon 4 1600+ with DVD/CD-RW (build-to-order)
2. Best High-end Notebook
Fujitsu Pentium 4-M 1.6 GHz with DVD/CD-RW
Best Sunday Deal
Sony 32X CD-RW
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
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
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
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
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
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
"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
"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
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
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
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
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
"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
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
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
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
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
- Dual independent RGB-out at 400MHz each (dual 2048 x 1536 @
- Triple independent RGB-out in extended desktop mode at 3840 x
- 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.
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.
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
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
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
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
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
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
"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,
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
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
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
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
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
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
For further information, visit www.SonyEricsson.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
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
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
"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
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
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
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
"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
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
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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