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Daily Computer News and Rumors

June 16-23 2003

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 Daily Computer News and Rumors is an archived column, so feel free to review previous week's or month's computer news. Previous Daily Computer News articles can also be searched, by using our site search feature found in the top and bottom menu bar.

InfoHQ Daily Computer News and Rumors Article Index
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Jun 23 Intel Ships 1 Million Chipsets For Servers, Workstations In Under 15 Months
Jun 23 HP Announces New Offerings that Work Together to Enhance the Mobile Experience
Jun 23 HP Delivers Widescreen, Wireless Business Notebook PC
Jun 23 3com Introduces New Family Of 802.11g Compliant Wireless Connectivity Devices
Jun 23 Logitech Introduces New Line of PC Headsets
Jun 23 Consumer Files Class Action Alleging Defective HP Notebook Computers
Jun 22 Sunday Shopping Watch
Jun 20 Toshiba Announces Availability of Tecra A1 Notebook Series
Jun 20 Fujitsu Enhances LifeBook C Series and LifeBook S2000 Notebooks
Jun 20 Addonics Brings Serial ATA to Notebook Computers
Jun 20 Planar Introduces New 21-Inch Flat-Panel Monitor
Jun 19 AMD Ramps up Mobility Choices with New Mobile AMD Athlon XP-M Processors
Jun 19 Belkin Delivers IEEE 802.11g-Compliant Wireless Networking Products
Jun 19 Actiontec Introduces `Dual PC Modem' for Dial-Up Users
Jun 19 Canon Introduces Two New Color Bubble Jet Printers
Jun 19 Buffalo Technology Announces 802.11g Wireless USB Adapter
Jun 19 Bluetooth SIG Unveils Version 1.2 of Wireless Technology Specification
Jun 18 Canon's New LiDE 50 Scanner Offers Consumers Fast USB 2.0 Interface
Jun 18 Microsoft and DivX Will Lead Internet Video Over Home Networks
Jun 18 Worldwide Wireless LAN Equipment Shipments Experience Triple-Digit Growth
Jun 18 Internet Machines Expects to Field First PCI Express Product
Jun 18 MicroOptical Announces Eyewear-Mounted Display for Mobile Personal Computers
Jun 18 PCI-SIG Announces Availability of PCI Express Mini Card Specification
Jun 17 Philips New Lifestyle Solutions Create Unique Experiences for Consumers
Jun 17 AMD Details Research Aimed at Next-Generation Microprocessor Performance
Jun 17 WLAN IEEE 802.11g Standard Ratified
Jun 17 Zone Labs Announces Immediate Availability of ZoneAlarm Pro 4.0
Jun 17 Other World Computing Expands Mercury G4 Extreme Processor Upgrade Line
Jun 17 Janco Salary Study Finds Demand for IT Professionals Stabilizes
Jun 16 Dell Breaks 3GHz Speed Barrier in Notebook Computing
Jun 16 Mirror TV Reflects New Era in Consumer Technologies
Jun 16 SIA Projects 16.8% Growth for 2004 Global Semiconductor Sales
Jun 16 Visioneer Announces Scanner Trade-Up Program
Jun 16 InterVideo Delivers WinDVR 3 Personal Video Recorder Software

 

Jun 23 - Intel Ships 1 Million Chipsets For Servers, Workstations In Under 15 Months. Intel Corporation has shipped 1 million chipsets for enterprise computing since introducing its new generation of chipsets for servers and workstations in early 2002. This chipset family chiefly targets the Intel® Xeon™ processor, and began with the Intel® E7500 chipset for two-way server systems. The company will soon add support for new technologies such as PCI Express and double data-rate (DDR) memory.

A chipset consists of one or more silicon chips that serve as a computer's central nervous system, transmitting signals from the computer's "brain" -- the microprocessor -- to the rest of the system.

In late 2002, Intel extended its enterprise chipset offerings with new workstation chipsets: the Intel® E7205 chipset (for entry-level Intel® Pentium® 4-based workstations) and the Intel® E7505 (for Intel Xeon-based workstations). At that time, the Intel® E7501 chipset was also introduced for Intel Xeon processor-based servers with a 533 MHz system bus.

"This is a significant milestone for Intel, and attests to the accelerating acceptance of Intel enterprise chipsets as the choice for original equipment manufacturers and system builders around the world," said Tom Macdonald, general manager, Advanced Components Division, Intel Enterprise Platforms Group. "These products give our customers the peace of mind of knowing they have been fully validated with Intel processors while also delivering innovative technologies to enhance reliability, scalability and performance."

Intel also produces the Intel® E8870 chipset for Intel® Itanium®-based servers. The scaleable architecture of the E8870 chipset allows manufacturers to design dual- and multi-processor server systems.

More Products, New Technologies Coming

Intel this fall will introduce a new enterprise chipset, code-named "Canterwood-ES," for uni-processor Intel Pentium 4-based server systems. Canterwood-ES, which will include PCI-X I/O expansion capability, shares many of the features and benefits of the Intel® 875P chipset, which was introduced in April.

In 2004, Intel will introduce new chipsets for Intel Xeon processor MP-based servers (code-named "Twin Castle") as well as two-way Intel Xeon processor-based servers (code-named "Lindenhurst"). These are expected to be the industry's first chipsets to incorporate PCI Express and DDR2 memory technology. PCI Express is a high-speed, general-purpose, serial point-to-point I/O interconnect for computing and communications platforms. DDR2 is the next generation of memory technology for all computing segments with higher data rates, increased peak bandwidth and improved thermals.

Intel, the world's largest chip maker, is also a leading manufacturer of computer, networking and communications products. Additional information about Intel is available at www.intel.com.

Intel, Intel Pentium, Xeon and Itanium are trademarks or registered trademarks of Intel Corporation or its subsidiaries in the United States and other countries.

Jun 23 - HP Announces New Offerings that Work Together to Enhance the Mobile Experience. HP (NYSE:HPQ) today introduced several new computing products engineered explicitly for mobility, simplicity and ease of use, including a 3.5-pound, ultra-portable notebook PC, a 15.4-inch widescreen notebook PC and a wireless wide area network (WWAN) expansion pack for the HP iPAQ Pocket PC.

During the next six months HP, the worldwide sales leader in notebook, Tablet and Pocket PCs,(1) plans to roll out close to a dozen new mobile computing products all designed and engineered to enhance the mobile experience.

Upcoming notebooks, handhelds and Tablet PCs will share technologies such as Secure Digital slots, Bluetooth(TM) wireless technology, 802.11 connectivity and common print drivers to allow mobile users to exchange data and information across a variety of computing, imaging and printing products.

"Mobile users want products and solutions that work seamlessly together to enable them to get more done while on the go," said Alex Gruzen, senior vice president and general manager, mobile computing group, HP Personal Systems Group. "For example, an insurance adjuster working in the field can capture photos with an HP digital camera, transfer that information to either a notebook or iPAQ using the built-in SD slot, incorporate the images into a report and then print the report to an wireless-enabled HP printer to leave with the customer."

"HP is uniquely positioned to deliver this complete 'better together' solution," added Gruzen.

Technologies that work better together across multiple platforms improve the mobile experience and allow customers to focus more on their business and less on the technology.

"I have a competitive advantage because of the way HP mobile products work together; I have instant access to the information I need, when I need it," said Michael Johnson, real estate agent, Keller Williams Real Estate. "I can seamlessly transfer the data between a variety of devices such as my HP notebook and HP iPAQ Pocket PC using technologies such as the built-in SD slot to save me time, and increase my rate of return.

"Whether I'm using my HP notebook PC, my HP printer either at home or the office, or my HP iPAQ Pocket PC, having the tools I need to conduct business on the go has increased sales opportunities."

Notebooks

Among the first companies to market with consumer notebook PCs --the HP Pavilion and Compaq Presario notebooks -- featuring integrated wireless networking compliant with the draft 802.11g specification, HP continues to offer mobile customers a wide range of wireless options.

With today's introduction of the value-priced HP Compaq Business Notebook nc4000, HP is bringing integrated tri-mode 802.11 a/b/g(2) wireless networking technology to the market. This thin, lightweight notebook featuring the Intel Pentium-M processor allows users to stay connected over a variety of secure wireless connections and remain productive while on the go.

HP also introduced its latest Intel(R) Centrino Mobile Technology offering, the HP Compaq Business Notebook nx7000. This wirelessly enabled 15.4-inch widescreen notebook PC provides users a new approach to graphics-intensive and multimedia applications in a thin and light design.

HP plans to offer optional Bluetooth connectivity on additional notebook models introduced throughout the year. Bluetooth connectivity allows users to synchronize and share their data with other Bluetooth enabled devices, such as HP iPAQ Pocket PCs, HP mobile printers or cell phones, to create their own personal area networks.

HP notebooks also feature software designed to facilitate printing from mobile computers to network-connected, postscript-enabled HP printers. By printing through a wired or wireless networked printer anywhere inside a company, organizations can increase productivity, facilitate decision making and enhance the overall user experience.

Handhelds

HP will expand its portfolio of handheld products with the planned introduction of several new HP iPAQ Pocket PC models next week, including the HP iPAQ H2210. This new, lightweight device features both a Secure Digital and Compact Flash Type II slot, as well as built-in Bluetooth connectivity. The dual-slot expansion offers customers the flexibility to increase storage as well as extend the capability of the iPAQ device based on which card best fits their needs.

Built-in Bluetooth connectivity across a range of iPAQ products allows users to connect to a Bluetooth cell phone, enabling users to access wireless GPRS or CDMA networks to download information from the Web or tunnel into corporate data. This configuration gives users the flexibility to carry the appropriate solution to meet their data and communication needs wherever they may be.(3)

Bluetooth connectivity also allows users to synchronize and share their data with other Bluetooth enabled devices, as well as print to Bluetooth enabled printers.

To provide simple, easy mobile printing from an IPAQ handheld, HP provides a ready-to-use application that users install on their devices to enable direct printing for various content types to enabled printers.

These new notebook and handheld devices form an integral component of HP's evolving wireless and mobility solutions strategy to deliver solutions in the areas of mail and messaging, sales force automation, field force automation and public wLAN. Customers get the best of all possible worlds - leading-edge hardware; innovative software, worldwide services delivery -- all based on open industry standards.

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

Jun 23 - HP Delivers Widescreen, Wireless Business Notebook PC. HP (NYSE:HPQ) today introduced the HP Compaq Business Notebook nx7000 featuring a high-resolution 15.4-inch wide aspect ratio display that enables professionals to tackle performance-intensive applications with the mobility to be productive while on the road.

One of the thinnest widescreen notebook PCs on the market, the HP Compaq nx7000 is ideal for working on multiple applications side by side, viewing spreadsheets, or editing digital images and video for desktop publishing or other graphics-intensive work.

The widescreen display is 20 percent brighter, features 33 percent wider viewing angles and includes an improved contrast ratio compared to traditional notebook displays. The nx7000 also is 20 percent wider than traditional 15-inch notebook displays, providing users the additional screen space they need to be even more productive.

Powered by Intel(R) Centrino(TM) mobile technology, the thin and stylish HP Compaq nx7000 delivers a powerful combination of performance, battery life and wireless connectivity. The notebook is 1.3-inches thin and weighs 6.5 pounds, making it easy for mobile professionals to take while on the go. Featuring the Pentium-M processor designed specifically for mobile computing, the nx7000 notebook can achieve up to 5 hours of battery life while still providing performance to meet the needs of demanding applications.

For multimedia users, the HP Compaq nx7000 is available with ATI's Mobility Radeon 9200 graphics with 32-MB or 64-MB video memory, JBL Pro speakers and three USB 2.0 ports. The unit also features an IEEE 1394 connection for blazing fast connections to digital camcorders and other consumer electronic devices. Additionally, it features an integrated Secure Digital (SD)/MultiMedia memory card (MMC) slot that allows for quick transfer of digital photos, music or other files to and from the PC and digital cameras, printers, handhelds and other devices.

The notebook's integrated Intel PRO/Wireless 2100 LAN provides the foundation for clear and compatible connections across 802.11b Wi-Fi (wireless fidelity) networks. For an additional cost, optional integrated Bluetooth(TM) wireless connectivity allows mobile professionals to synchronize and share their data with other Bluetooth enabled devices, such as HP iPAQ Pocket PCs, HP mobile printers or cell phones, to create their own personal area networks.

Starting at an estimated U.S. street price of $1,699, the HP Compaq Business Notebook nx7000 PC is available for purchase through the Web at www.compaq.com.

Jun 23 - 3com Introduces New Family Of 802.11g Compliant Wireless Connectivity Devices. 3Com Corporation (Nasdaq: COMS) today unveiled its new family of fully complaint 802.11g wireless offerings the 3Com® OfficeConnect® Wireless 11g solution at CeBIT America.

3Com's new 802.11g wireless solution is ideally suited for the small or home office as well as emerging enterprises and wireless "hot spot" locations. Today's announcement raises the bar by offering high-speed, plug-and-play wireless devices that are among the first to ship with fully compliant 802.11g standards that increase data rates five-times faster than existing 802.11b standards and 256-bit WPA (Wi-Fi Protected Access) encryption for added protection against unwarranted access to data transmissions.

"The 3Com OfficeConnect Wireless 11g solution addresses two major issues with existing wireless product offerings: speed and security," said Robert Winch, 3Com's director, responsible for OfficeConnect solutions. "By combining the new robust encryption techniques with the industry's new high speed, long-range wireless connectivity standards, 3Com is able to offer a competitively priced solution with 54 Mbps data rate and 256-bit security encryption at a distance of over 300 feet from the access point to PC card."

Combining Two Wireless Techniques Into One New Powerful Solution

3Com's new OfficeConnect Wireless 11g solution is among the first wireless products to ship with full Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) 802.11g™ standardization and new Wi-Fi Protection Access (WPA) security.

The new 802.11g standards simply combines the 54 Megabit Per Second (Mbps) speed of the existing IEEE 802.11a™ standards with the long-range wireless connectivity of 328 feet associated with the IEEE's existing 802.11b™ standards, into a uniformed method of providing faster speeds and greater distances from a wireless access point to a wireless PC card.

The new Wi-Fi Protected Access (WPA) overcomes security limitations found in current wireless connectivity devices by strengthening the encryption of wireless packets to 256-bit encryption - in essence, better scrambling techniques for wireless data transmissions so the risk of unauthorized access is minimized significantly.

3Com OfficeConnect Wireless 11g Solution

3Com's new OfficeConnect Wireless 11g solution includes three individual devices.

3Com® OfficeConnect® Wireless 11g Access Point - Aside from the 802.11g compliance and WPA security, the new access point can be configured as a client bridge or an access point and provides Clear Channel Select and easy set up of wireless profiles.

3Com® OfficeConnect® Wireless 11g Gateway - The wireless gateway also incorporates 802.11g, WPA and Clear Channel attributes found in the access point as well as additional wired security including: stateful packet inspection firewall, hacker pattern detection, VPN pass through, NAT and URL filtering.

3Com® OfficeConnect® Wireless 11g PC Card - The wireless PC card incorporates 802.11g compliance and WPA security with features such as Wireless Card Manager, enabling the network administrator to perform wireless profiles and site scan/browse techniques.

Pricing and Availability

The OfficeConnect Wireless 11g Access Point and Gateway are anticipated to ship in July 2003 with an expected average street price of $135.00 and expected average street price $125.00 respectively. The OfficeConnect Wireless 11g PC Card is anticipated to ship June 2003 with an expected average street price of $79.00.

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

Jun 23 - Logitech Introduces New Line of PC Headsets. Logitech (Nasdaq:LOGI) (Switzerland:LOGN), today announced a new line of USB headsets that bring superior digital audio quality to people who want premium headsets for voice chat, multi-player online gaming, music listening and speech recognition.

These headsets offer advanced digital USB technology for superior audio clarity and the simplicity of a single USB plug-and-play connection. Both headsets have noise-canceling microphones and an adjustable headband engineered for an ultra-comfortable fit, which is designed to accommodate microphone placement on either the right or left side of the head. The Premium USB Headset 300 pampers the wearer with velvet ear pads and is equipped with in-line volume and mute buttons for fingertip access to the sound controls.

"More and more people are using headsets with their PC, as it increasingly serves as a communications hub for work and play," said Ray Weikel, director of product marketing for Logitech's Audio Business Unit. "Since so much time is spent at the PC, Logitech focuses on adding comfort and quality to its voice access products, so we can deliver the best user experience."

The Logitech Premium USB Headset 300 ($49.99 MSRP) and the Logitech USB Stereo Headset 200 ($39.99 MSRP) are currently available in retail outlets and online at www.logitech.com.

Recently, Logitech also introduced two stereo headsets, with appealing form factors and features. The Logitech Internet Chat headset, which has an MSRP of $24.95, offers a sleek behind-the-head design, with rich stereo sound, a noise-canceling microphone, and in-line control for extra convenience.
It also comes with four interchangeable color plates, so people can customize their individual headset, to match their style. Logitech's Premium Stereo Headset retails for $24.99 MSRP and is perfect for users who want comfort and quality sound. It includes a noise canceling microphone and in-line volume and mute control.

Jun 23 - Consumer Files Class Action Alleging Defective HP Notebook Computers. According to the lawsuit, consumers' displays "black out" or flicker as a result of the defect, rendering the computers essentially useless.

The plaintiff in the lawsuit experienced problems with his display during the warranty period and sent his computer to HP for repair. Less than four months after his computer was returned, but after the warranty period expired, the display went black again. This time, HP demanded more than $600 to fix the problem.

He says HP should permanently fix the problem at no cost or replace his entire computer with a defect-free equivalent or better model, and that HP should do so for every consumer whose HP computer has similar backlight display problems. He also wants HP to return any money it has collected thus far to repair the defective computers.

Green & Jigarjian attorney Jenelle Welling says that her law firm has been contacted by many consumers with similar complaints. A search of HP's website reveals that the company is aware of backlight display problems in several of its computer models.

To visit Green & Jigarjian’s website for more information, please go to www.classcounsel.com.

Jun 22 - Sunday Shopping Watch.

Best Sunday Deals - See our Best Sunday Ad Deals Table below for specific system prices.

Weekly Comparison. Many more stores advertisements this Sunday. Most are for higher-end systems. A good Sunday to buy peripherals.

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.)

Best Buy has switched to offering 3 Months of free AOL with any computer purchase. They are also offering $100-$200 mail-in rebates on all Pentium 4 processor desktop packages, and 12 month no-interest financing on all desktop packages.
Circuit City is offering 12 month no-interest financing on all desktop packages and laptops.
Office Depot is offering 90 day no interest financing on computer purchases of $299 and higher.
CompUSA has 6 months no payment, no interest financing on purchases of $199 and higher.
Staples has no store-wide promotions this Sunday.
Compare to Online Prices - Compare the Sunday ad prices to those being offered at DealTime, it searches over 160 online computer stores.

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Definitions. A complete desktop system/package/complete 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 computer manufacturer. 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 Sunday Ad Deals
Category
Product Description
Price* (see above)
Prices up or Down this Week
Store
1. Best Celeron Deal
eMachines 2.2 GHz complete system with 17" monitor
$423
-
Office Depot
2. Best Celeron Deal
eMachines 2.3 GHz complete system with 17" flat panel
$579
-
Best Buy
1. Best Pentium 4 System
HP 2.66 GHz with 17" monitor
$1099
-
CompUSA
2. Best Pentium 4 System
HP 2.60 GHz complete system with 15" flat panel and DVD-R/W
$1279
-
Best Buy
3. Best Pentium 4 System
Sony 2.66 GHz complete system with 15" flat panel and DVD-R/W
$1249
-
Circuit City, CompUSA ($1299)
4. Best Pentium 4 System
Sony 2.66 GHz complete system with 15" flat panel and DVD-R/W and Gigapocket TV recording
$1649
-
Circuit City
5. Best Pentium 4 System
HP 3.06 GHz complete system with 15" flat panel and DVD-R/W
$1994
-
CompUSA
1.Best AMD Athlon XP System
Compaq 2200+ complete system
$559
-
Circuit City
2.Best AMD Athlon XP System
Compaq 3000 + with 17" monitor and DVD-RW
$999
-
CompUSA
1. Best Low-cost Laptop

Toshiba 2.0 GHz Celeron with DVD/CD-RW

$1049
CompUSA
1. Best High-end Notebook
Sony 2.66 GHz Pentium 4 with DVD/CD-RW
$1399
Circuit City, Best Buy
2.Best High-end Notebook

Toshiba 2.2 GHz Pentium 4-M with DVD/CD-RW

$1599
CompUSA
Peripherals
Best Sunday Deal
Western Digital 7200 RPM 200 GB hard drive with 8 MB buffer
$169
(after rebates)
CompUSA
Best Sunday Deal
Western Digital 7200 RPM 120 GB hard drive with 8 MB buffer
$89
(after rebates)
Circuit City
Best Sunday Deal
Maxtor 7200 RPM 80 GB hard drive with 8 MB buffer
$69
(after rebates)
+$10
Office Depot
Best Sunday Deal
Asylum GeForce FX 5600 256 MB
$199
(after rebates)
CompUSA
Best Sunday Deal
ATI Radeon 9600 128 MB
$179
(after rebates)
CompUSA
Best Sunday Deal
PNY Verto GeForce FX 5200 Ultra 128 MB
$139
(after rebates)
Best Buy
Best Sunday Deal
Sony 4X multiformat DVD-RW
$329
(after rebates)
-
Circuit City
Best Sunday Deal
TDK 4X multiformat DVD-RW
$299
(after rebates)
-
CompUSA

 

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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 can help you make informed buying decisions.

Jun 20 - Toshiba Announces Availability of Tecra A1 Notebook Series. Combining the power of a desktop PC with the added benefits of mobility, the Tecra(R) A1 notebook computer is an affordable desktop replacement for corporate users. Packaged in a sleek industrial design, the Tecra A1 delivers value-focused productivity tools for the mobile employee, including the Intel(R) Mobile Pentium(R) 4 Processor-M, 2.20GHz, up to 1GB of memory and a generous 15.0" diagonal display. Offering greater flexibility and productivity, the Tecra A1 can be configured with dual integrated Wi-Fi(R) (IEEE 802.11a/b) wireless connectivity.

The Tecra A1 Series also includes the ConfigFree(TM) software. The software enables the end user to find communications problems, offers the user suggestions and also creates profiles for easy switching between locations and communication networks. This cuts down on an organization's overall support costs and eliminates needless trouble shooting calls to Toshiba's service and support call center. Additionally, the added value of a single image across all Tecra A1 configurations results in the reduction of the total cost of ownership.

FEATURES:

Tecra A1 Series (Featured Configuration)

-- Intel(R) Mobile Pentium(R) 4 Processor-M, 2.20GHz

-- 30GB hard disk drive

-- 256MB of RAM

-- 15.0" diagonal display

-- DVD-ROM drive

-- Integrated V.92 modem, 10/100 Ethernet

-- Two USB 2.0 ports

-- Microsoft Windows(R) XP Professional Edition

-- 6.2 pounds

-- ESUP: $1499.00

Toshiba's new Tecra A1 series is available at www.shoptoshiba.com, traditional sales channels, mail order, or through Toshiba enterprise sales team and authorized distributors or dealers.

Jun 20 - Fujitsu Enhances LifeBook C Series and LifeBook S2000 Notebooks. Fujitsu PC Corporation today gave recent grads the chance to get a head start in the real world, offering a pair of new LifeBook(R) notebooks.

The company has refreshed its popular all-in-one multimedia LifeBook C Series notebook and award-winning "thin & light" LifeBook S2000 notebook just in time for commencement.

Grads, business professionals and anyone else who wants a lot of bang for their buck will certainly appreciate the dazzling multimedia capabilities of the LifeBook C Series notebook. The desktop replacement notebook features the Mobile Intel(R) Pentium(R) 4 Processor -- M at 2.4 GHz or 2.5 GHz, which supports Enhanced Intel(R) SpeedStep(R) Technology and an ATI(R) Mobility(R) Radeon(TM) integrated graphics chip with up to 128 MB of selectable shared UMA graphics memory.
The combination delivers the extra power to tackle video editing, computer gaming and general productivity applications on its vivid 15-inch SXGA+ display. Outfitted with an integrated DVD-RW drive, the system becomes an all-in-one multimedia solution. Users can easily download home movies from their digital camera and burn them onto a DVD. They can also save their favorite music and data onto a CD. Configurations with a DVD-RW drive start at $1,499.

Also, for all those frequent travelers, commuters and studio apartment dwellers out there, Fujitsu has optimized its thin & light LifeBook S Series notebook for even better performance. The highly portable yet affordable system recently received top honors from CNET winning Editor's Choice for the fifth time.
The latest version is equipped with a low-voltage mobile AMD Athlon(R) XP-M 1900+ processor with AMD PowerNow!(TM) Technology and a 512 KB L2 cache. The new processor and larger L2 cache improves the notebook's overall performance while still offering great battery life. The LifeBook S2000 notebook starts at $1,199.

The LifeBook C Series and LifeBook S2000 notebooks are now available through various retail and online outlets as well as direct at www.fujitsupc.com.

Jun 20 - Addonics Brings Serial ATA to Notebook Computers. Addonics Technologies today announced the first solution to support Serial ATA's (SATA) 150-MB/sec transfer rate, and a wide range of SATA peripherals on notebook computers with its CardBus Serial ATA adapter.

Addonics also expanded its SATA desktop and server product line with the addition of an internal/external SATA port adapter, and new External Serial ATA Upgrade Kits for desktop and notebook systems.

The Addonics CardBus Serial ATA Adapter instantly adds two high-speed SATA ports to any notebook computer via the CardBus/PCMCIA slot. Users need a PC card 32-bit CardBus compliant slot to gain SATA performance on their mobile computer.

When used with the optional Addonics External Serial ATA interface cable, users can have one of the fastest external notebook hard drives on the market. The data 150MBs transfer rate of Serial ATA is two and half times faster than USB 2.0. Users can also gain better performance on ATAPI devices such as DVD-RRW, CDRW, DVD, or CD-ROM drives.

The Addonics CardBus Serial ATA adapter is fully compliant with the Serial ATA 1.0 standard and will support hard drive capacities of 137GBs or bigger in a single partition. Drivers are included for Microsoft Windows NT 4.0, 98SE, Me, 2000 and XP.

List price of the Addonics CardBus Serial ATA adapter is $65, which includes a user guide and driver diskette. Addonics also offers a CardBus SATA upgrade kit, which includes the Addonics CardBus Serial ATA adapter and a 3-foot External Serial ATA interface cable for $99.

Visit Addonics at www.addonics.com.

Jun 20 - Planar Introduces New 21-Inch Flat-Panel Monitor. Planar Systems, Inc. (Nasdaq:PLNR), a worldwide leader in flat-panel display systems, is introducing the PX212M, a 21.3-inch flat-panel LCD monitor. The PX212M is designed to fill the growing demand among high-end home users, small businesses and large corporate users for an LCD monitor that is capable of producing multiple video images simultaneously and providing the resolution and screen size required to run several complex applications at once.

The PX212M is the latest in Planar's premium PX-line of monitors, and features an S-video input that enables a direct connection between devices such as game systems, DVD players and camcorders, producing a better video image than monitors that require an external video-processing accessory.

The monitor's picture-in-picture functionality allows users to perform multiple tasks at once, such as analyzing video while working on a spreadsheet or surfing the Internet. The PX212M also features the innovative QuadStand base, allowing for simple height, pivot, swivel and tilt adjustments, providing great flexibility of viewing position for the user. Demonstrating Planar's commitment to customer satisfaction, the PX212M includes its industry leading 3-year "Customer First" warranty featuring free 2-day air monitor advance replacement.

"Planar continues to lead the market in delivering new features, functionality and performance," said Erick Petersen, general manager of the commercial business for Planar. "The PX212M is a further testament to Planar's strategy of growing its presence in the high-end desktop market. We've recognized the increasing demand for a variety of video inputs on the desktop, and by providing a monitor with S-video input, picture-in-picture capability and the QuadStand base, we've brought to market the most versatile 21-inch display available."

"We see strong growth in the market for flat-panel LCD monitors larger than 20 inches over the next three years," said Ross Young, president of DisplaySearch, a worldwide leader in flat-panel display market research and consulting. "In 2003, the number of units shipped worldwide in this segment is estimated to grow from two percent of the 46 million total units shipping (0.9 million units) to six percent of 114 million units shipping in 2006 (7.3 million units)."

With UXGA (1600x1200) resolution, multiple video inputs (S-video, composite video, analog and digital), picture-in-picture capability and integrated speakers, the PX212M is well suited for high-performance video and office applications, including CAD/CAM and video editing and development.
The 400:1 contrast ratio, brightness of 250 cd/m2 and viewing angle of 170 degrees make the PX212M an ideal monitor for use in a wide range of home or office settings.

Planar's PX212M will be available July 18, 2003 in black or silver/black at an estimated street price of $1,399, and comes bundled with Portrait Display's PivotPro software for quick adjustment from landscape to portrait viewing orientation.

For more information please visit www.planar.com.

Jun 19 - AMD Ramps up Mobility Choices with New Mobile AMD Athlon XP-M Processors. AMD (NYSE:AMD) today announced three new mobile processors designed to bring notebook users the features and mobility they need for an outstanding computing experience whether at home, on a flight or in a client's conference room. All three processors feature 512KB L2 cache that helps increase performance and lets notebook users work more quickly and efficiently.

The low-voltage mobile AMD Athlon(tm) XP-M processors 2000+ and 1900+ bring balanced mobility and extended system battery life to thin-and-light notebooks while providing excellent performance for home and business users. Like all AMD mobile processors, AMD's low-voltage offerings are designed with an open architecture that allows computer manufacturers a wide choice in determining which solutions best meet the needs of business and home consumers. AMD mobile processors are compatible with industry-leading graphics and wireless solutions, including 802.11a, 802.11b and 802.11g.

The mobile AMD Athlon XP-M processor 2800+ enables best-in-class graphics and wireless connectivity for users who demand dynamic power management and performance in a full-size desktop replacement notebook.

"AMD works closely with computer manufacturers to understand what their customers look for in a notebook," said Rich Heye, vice president and general manager of AMD's Microprocessor Business Unit. "The addition of these three new mobile AMD processors helps ensure that manufacturers can deliver on-the-go productivity, crisp graphics and extended battery life to their customers."

Fujitsu PC Corporation announced it will be one of the first OEMs to power a system -- its LifeBook S2000 notebook -- with the new low-voltage AMD Athlon XP-M processor 1900+. "Equipped with the new low-voltage mobile AMD processor, the LifeBook S2000 notebook fills an important gap in the thin-and-light notebook market by eliminating the need for end-users to compromise functionality, performance and/or portability for price," said Sara Nelson, vice president of marketing for Fujitsu PC Corporation.

Time Computers in the UK will feature the mobile AMD Athlon XP-M processor 2800+ in its Time Traveller 'AR' series of notebooks beginning June 17, and additional computer manufacturers are expected to offer notebooks later in the year. Other computer manufacturers worldwide are currently featuring recently announced mobile AMD Athlon XP-M processors in notebook computers.

Availability

The low-voltage mobile AMD Athlon XP-M processors 2000+ and 1900+, designed for thin-and-light notebooks, and the mobile AMD Athlon XP-M processor 2800+, designed for desktop replacement notebooks, are available immediately worldwide.

For more information, visit www.amd.com.

Jun 19 - Canon Introduces Two New Color Bubble Jet Printers. Canon U.S.A., Inc., a subsidiary of Canon Inc. (NYSE:CAJ) today introduces two new desktop color bubble jet printers - the Canon i250 and i350.

Designed to deliver crisp text, clear web pages and quality photos at a value price, these two printers feature advanced MicroFine Droplet Technology(TM) high color resolution and photo and web printing software.

"By including sophisticated features like advanced MicroFine Droplet Technology and up to 4800 dpi color resolution into our latest entry-level products, we can give customers top-end functionality at an excellent price point," said Yukiaki Hashimoto, senior vice president and general manager of the Consumer Imaging Group at Canon U.S.A., Inc. "These products demonstrate Canon's commitment to providing a full range of high-quality printing solutions that meet any level of consumer need."

Canon i350 Color Bubble Jet Printer

The i350 printer combines stylish design, quality performance and key features that deliver great prints. With a sleek, small footprint, this printer delivers color resolution of up to 4800x1200 dpi and the high-density print head produces print speeds of up to 16 pages-per-minute (ppm) in black and up to 11 ppm in color.

Users can expect the i350 printer to create consistent high-quality prints from a variety of sources, including e-mails, web pages and digital images. Canon's combination of advanced Microfine Droplet Technology, Exif Print and Vivid Photo help the i350 printer deliver excellent photo quality. Advanced MicroFine Droplet Technology uses a revolutionary nozzle system that ejects microscopic, prescribed-volume droplets with remarkable accuracy for smoother, more photo-realistic images while Canon's exclusive Vivid Photo feature gives pictures sharp detail and deeply saturated colors without losing natural shading or skin tones. The i350 printer can produce 4x6 and 5x7 inch true borderless photos.

Canon i250 Color Bubble Jet Printer

Quality and simplicity are the key features on Canon's new i250 printer. The i250 printer's high-density multi-nozzle printhead has advanced Microfine Droplet Technology, for up to 4800x1200 dpi color resolution to deliver excellent text, graphic and photo printing.

Fast and easy to use, the i250 printer prints at speeds up to 12 ppm in black and up to 9 ppm in color. Price, performance and quality in a compact stylish design make the Canon i250 a strong contender in the category.

Compatibility, Price and Warranty

Both of these printers are compatible with a wide range of operating systems including Windows(R) XP/2000/Me/98 and Mac(R) OS 8.6 to 9.x and Mac OS X version 10.2.1 to 10.2.x. The i250 and i350 printers will be available in July for a suggested retail price of $49.99 and $59.99, respectively. A one-year limited warranty with InstantExchange comes standard with the option to purchase an additional two-year extended limited warranty for $25.00.

For more information, visit www.usa.canon.com.

Jun19 - Actiontec Introduces `Dual PC Modem' for Dial-Up Users. Actiontec Electronics today introduced the Dual PC Modem, one of the first analog modems enabling two or more PCs to share a single 56K dial-up Internet connection as well as printers and other computer resources. The unit utilizes the Quick Connect feature of the newly ratified V.92 protocol to deliver faster dial-up, outperforms other analog modems because of a controller-based design, and installs in just a few minutes.

"Shared Internet connections have been available to broadband users for several years, but until recently this has not been an option for the eight out of 10 Internet users who still access the Internet through dial-up," said Dean Chang, President and CEO of Actiontec Electronics. "Our Dual PC Modem eliminates the need to add extra phone lines and pay for multiple ISP accounts to accommodate family Internet usage. Now multiple users can go online simultaneously over the same 56K analog connection."

With this new external modem, two PCs connected via Ethernet cables can share Internet download speeds of up to 56K and establish a network making it possible to exchange files, use the same printer, and share other peripherals. Additional PCs can be connected through a hub or wireless access point.

The product's support for V.92-based Quick Connect enables the modem to memorize the characteristics of the user's phone line to reduce connection time. In addition, the modem's controller-based design ensures that users will be able to run other applications while using the Internet, because no power is required from the computer itself. In contrast, Windows-based modems draw their power from the computer processor, frequently limiting the user's ability to perform online and offline operations at the same time.

Other features of the Dual PC Modem include:

-- A "dial on demand" function that begins the Internet dialing
process automatically when the user opens a web page.

-- Automatic disconnect when the user has been idle for a
specified period of time.

-- Easy installation with color-coded cables and Actiontec's
exclusive Installation Buddy, an on-screen visual aid that
guides users through the installation process.

The Dual PC Modem also includes a built-in firewall that hides local PCs from Internet detection; support for the popular V.90 and K56flex protocols as well as the new V.92 standard; and compatibility with most Internet Service Providers. Service providers must support V.92 in order for users to take advantage of the modem's Quick Connect features.

Actiontec's Dual PC Modem comes with two Ethernet cables for connecting two PCs, a six-foot modular telephone cable for accessing the dial-up connection, a power cord, an Installation Buddy CD-ROM, a Quick Start Guide, and a user's manual on CD-ROM. Minimum system requirements include a Pentium 133 PC with 64MB RAM running Windows 98, 98SE, ME, 2000 or XP, and an available Ethernet port. Two Ethernet ports are required when connecting two PCs for shared Internet access. A CD-ROM drive is required on each computer to use the Installation Buddy.

The product will be available from the Actiontec online store at www.actiontecstore.com and will be available next month through retail channels for $69.95 (MSRP).

Jun 19 - Belkin Delivers IEEE 802.11g-Compliant Wireless Networking Products. Belkin Corporation, the leading manufacturer of connectivity solutions, today announced full compliance with the newly ratified IEEE 802.11g specification for its entire 54g wireless networking line. The Belkin 54g line is currently shipping globally.

Belkin's latest revisions of 54g products include all necessary features to comply with the specification ratified by the IEEE committee and will interoperate with other 802.11g- or 802.11b-compliant products. Consumers can be assured that 54g products purchased from Belkin will offer all the advantages of the 802.11g specification. Additionally, all Belkin 54g products shipped prior to the ratification are immediately upgradeable to meet the fully ratified 802.11g specification via drivers that are available as free downloads from the Belkin website (www.belkin.com).

"We feel that the new 802.11g specification will help drive commonality and reduce confusion in the wireless market, both of which are important strategic goals of Belkin," states Eric Tong, Director of Marketing and Product Management.

Belkin products are available through www.belkin.com as well as through a network of major distributors, resellers, and superstores.

Jun 18 - Canon's New LiDE 50 Scanner Offers Consumers Fast USB 2.0 Interface. Canon U.S.A., Inc., a subsidiary of Canon Inc. (NYSE:CAJ) today launched the USB 2.0 Hi-Speed CanoScan(R) LiDE 50 Color Image Scanner. This new flatbed unit's easy-to-use features, high resolution and fast performance come in an ultra-slim design for customers who need a full-featured scanner with a small footprint.

"As a global leader in imaging technology, Canon has maintained a solid reputation for high quality, stylish design, and versatility," said Yukiaki Hashimoto, senior vice president and general manager of the Consumer Imaging Group at Canon U.S.A., Inc. "By constantly introducing new products with upgraded technology, Canon is able to deliver on customers' demands for power, performance and ease-of-use features."

Ease-of-use is clear right from the start via the scanner's included USB 2.0 Hi-Speed cable, which provides both super-fast connectivity and power to the unit. Canon's four-button design - copy, scan, e-mail and - help users expedite common scanning tasks with single-touch simplicity. In addition to the default settings from Canon, each button can be customized to perform the tasks most often used by the consumer. The LiDE 50 scanner provides quality scanning with up to 1200 x 2400 dpi optical resolution and 48-bit color (both input and output) for over 281 trillion possible colors. The scanner also features Canon technology that automatically removes most dust and scratches on photos while scanning.

Canon's exclusive Z-Lid(TM) expansion top lifts high and stays flat for scanning books and magazines while the super slim design, just over an inch high, and scanner stand allows users to scan and store the scanner on its side to save space. The Multi-Scan mode helps save time by scanning multiple images at one time, saving each image to its own file for archiving or editing. The unit also scans multi-page documents to a single PDF file.

The CanoScan LiDE 50 flatbed scanner is compatible with Windows XP/2000/Me/98, Mac OS 9.0 to 9.x, Mac OS X v 10.1 to 10.2.x (Classic mode) and Mac OS X v 10.1.3 to 10.2.x (Native mode). A one-year limited warranty with InstantExchange is included with an option to purchase an extended three-year warranty from Canon for $50. The LiDE 50 scanner will be available in July for a suggested list price of $99.

For more information, visit www.usa.canon.com.

Jun 19 - Buffalo Technology Announces 802.11g Wireless USB Adapter. Buffalo Technology the global leader in the design, development and manufacturing of wireless networking solutions for home, SOHO and SMBs, introduced today the latest addition to its sophisticated line of AirStation(TM) G54 products - the AirStation 54Mbps Wireless USB Adapter (WLI-USB-G54). Buffalo's new USB adapter is based on the newly ratified IEEE 802.11g standard and delivers instant wireless connectivity for any Windows compatible PC or laptop with a USB port.

The WLI-USB-G54 is based on USB 2.0 technology and capable of data transfer rates of up to 54Mbps, giving users the ability to swiftly connect to just about any home or office wireless network or hotspot.

"For Buffalo Technology, the wireless USB adapter is just another advancement as we continue to develop high-performance products," stated Morikazu Sano, vice president of Buffalo Technology. "The WLI-USB-G54 is excellent for users who want to connect to multiple devices wirelessly, and since our 11g products are certified for 802.11b compatibility, users can protect their investment while using the latest technology available on the market today."

The WLI-USB-G54 is an easy to install, plug-and-play device that provides high-speed network connectivity with a range of up to 410 feet. With a physical feature size of 2.3" X 4.8", Buffalo's wireless USB adapter takes up less storage space and is very compact and portable. The WLI-USB-G54 boasts high security features such as Wi-Fi Protected Access(TM), 802.1X, 64/128-bit WEP, password protection, MAC address registration and AES support. This wireless USB adapter also supports Buffalo's external antennas for increased signal range and enhanced signal strength.

Backed by a limited two-year warranty and toll-free 24/7 technical support, the AirStation 54Mbps Wireless USB Adapter (WLI-USB-G54) will be available August 2003 at an MSRP of $179.00. For more information about Buffalo Technology and its products, please visit the company's Web site at www.buffalotech.com/wireless.

Jun 19 - Bluetooth SIG Unveils Version 1.2 of Wireless Technology Specification. From Bluetooth World Congress, being held this week in Amsterdam, the Bluetooth SIG today announced that Bluetooth Specification version 1.2 is in its final testing phases. The new version of the rapidly growing worldwide standard is backwards compatible with the existing v1.1 specification and includes many new features that improve the reliability and performance of wireless technologies in the unlicensed 2.4Ghz spectrum. This will ultimately result in a more robust and versatile technology for end users.

New features address security, co-existence with 802.11 systems, enhanced voice processing, user setup and improved quality of service. Additionally, the Bluetooth SIG announced the availability of working drafts to its Associate Members of two product designer Implementation Guides which will improve out-of-the-box experience.

Innovation Continues in Version 1.2 of Bluetooth Specification

Adaptive Frequency Hopping (AFH) is one of many new features of the specification. AFH was explicitly designed to reduce interference between wireless technologies sharing the 2.4 GHz spectrum. Cordless telephones, microwave ovens and certain Wireless Local Area Networking (WLAN) technologies including IEEE 802.11b generally share the same wireless frequencies as Bluetooth wireless technology. AFH works within the spectrum to take advantage of the available frequencies without limiting the Bluetooth transmission to a set of frequencies occupied by other technologies. This 'adaptive hopping' allows for more efficient transmission within the spectrum, thereby benefiting the end users with greater performance, even if using other technologies along with the Bluetooth wireless technology.

Other features of v1.2 include:

-- Enhanced Voice Processing, which will improve the quality of
voice connections, particularly in noisy environments, using error detection methodologies.

-- Enhanced Quality of Service (QOS), which will increase the
performance of multi-point implementations where one radio can
service more than one client at one time with better traffic
management scheduling.

-- Anonymity Mode, which further increases the security of
Bluetooth wireless connections by masking the physical address
of a radio so as to prevent identity attacks and snooping.

"The adoption of wireless products continues to accelerate, and quite some time ago our members identified enhanced approaches to core radio operations that would further improve the user experience - the v1.2 of our Core Specification is a result of this foresight and hard work," said Mike McCamon, executive director of the Bluetooth SIG.

For more information, please visit www.bluetooth.com.

Jun 18 - Microsoft and DivX Will Lead Internet Video Over Home Networks. A new Yankee Group research note, "Who Will Win the Format Battle for Internet Video Downloads?," analyzes the leading video formats across multiple criteria, and picked two clear winners--Microsoft and DivX.

"The time was ripe for this analysis; consumers are beginning to transfer content from their PCs to their televisions over home networks or on recordable media," says Ryan Jones, Yankee Group Media & Entertainment Strategies senior analyst. "However, for PC-to-TV content sharing to mature, device manufacturers and content owners must agree on video formats for encoding and content protection that allow seamless content access, management, and playback."

The research analyzed formats from Real, Microsoft and DivX along various dimensions including playback quality, security, cost, and industry momentum.

"DivX leads today because of support from the global file trading community and because chipset vendors have been quick to market with affordable decoding solutions. Yet content owners prefer the overall quality and security the Microsoft solution offers. Ultimately, device manufacturers will be able to integrate both formats into their designs," says Jones.

Jones predicts the retail industry soon will feel the impact of these format winners. "Expect 30 to 50 percent of DVD players to have either one or both of these formats by the end of 2004, as video chipset manufacturers refine and economize components, content owners become more comfortable with Internet content distribution, and consumers seek out new video content on the Web."

The Yankee Group can be found online at www.yankeegroup.com.

Jun 18 - Worldwide Wireless LAN Equipment Shipments Experience Triple-Digit Growth. Worldwide wireless local-area network (LAN) equipment shipments experienced triple-digit growth in 2002, but revenue results did not show the same explosive growth rates, according to Gartner, Inc. (NYSE:IT & ITB).

Worldwide wireless LAN equipment shipments totaled 19.5 million units in 2002, a 120 percent increase from 2001 shipments of 8.9 million units. However, end-user spending increased just 29 percent in 2003 because of falling prices on equipment.

"As one of the few growth areas in network equipment, the wireless LAN market is attracting a large number of vendors. The resulting competition is forcing prices down, benefiting end-users by creating a wide choice of low-cost products," said Andy Rolfe, principal analyst for Gartner's worldwide telecommunications and networking group.

Buoyed by its strength in the wireless LAN adapter and wireless LAN broadband gateway segments, Linksys overtook Cisco Systems as the leading wireless equipment vendor in 2002, accounting for 14.1 percent of end-user spending. Cisco slipped to the No. 2 position with a 13.9 percent market share.

Linksys also led the worldwide wireless LAN industry based on unit shipments in 2002 with 14.6 percent of the market . D-Link was the No. 2 vendor with a 9.6 percent market share, but the task for other vendors to attempt to take a leadership position in the market became much more difficult in 2003.
In March of 2003, Cisco announced an agreement to acquire Linksys, which will result in the company extending its lead in the market both on a revenue and shipment basis in 2003. "In acquiring Linksys, Cisco is re-entering the high-growth consumer and SOHO network markets. We expect Cisco to expand the Linksys distribution channel to include telecom service providers that want home networking products to bundle with their broadband offerings," Rolfe said.

"Demand for the benefits of mobile access to corporate applications will continue to drive strong growth in the sales of wireless LAN equipment. The market requires multi-vendor compatibility, since wireless LAN adapters are being increasingly integrated into new mobile PCs," said Rolfe. "However, the standards are as yet incomplete, particularly with regard to security. End-users and wireless LAN service providers should not rely on overly proprietary features, but should employ standard wireless LAN networks and provide security at higher layers."

For more information, visit www.gartner.com.

Jun 18 - Internet Machines Expects to Field First PCI Express Product. Internet Machines Corp., a developer of highly integrated communications ICs (integrated circuits), today disclosed plans to expand its markets by introducing an iMPress(TM) product family of PCI Express based bridge and switch devices.

The new product line, the first member of which has already been taped out by the company and is expected to be the first PCI Express product in the market, leverages the next-generation I/O interconnect standard and is targeted for bandwidth-bottlenecked applications including, servers, blade servers, workstations, desktops, storage, networking, and other embedded systems.
The Internet Machines iMPress devices are based on an architecture and intellectual property already developed in-house for the currently available iMpower(TM) chipset that provides a complete solution for implementing packet processing, traffic management and switching in next generation networking and storage systems.

"We believe that the adoption of PCI Express technology will accelerate the convergence of computing and communications. With PCI Express as a standard I/O interconnect that can support the scalability challenges of 10 Gigabit networking (whether WAN, MAN, LAN, or SAN) or the emerging Gigahertz speed CPUs, system vendors can now begin offering performance-enhanced products with reduced time-to-market and development cost by relying on non-proprietary, off-the-shelf standards-based interconnect components," said Chris Hoogenboom, Internet Machines' CEO and founder. "Our PCI Express strategy will not only enable us to offer additional solutions for our traditional target markets in networking but also allows us to expand into the computing and industrial markets."

PCI Express technology uses serial, differential, low-voltage signaling to relieve the I/O bandwidth bottleneck and deliver the performance and features necessary for next-generation platforms. The PCI Express architecture provides a highly flexible serial I/O solution, enabling system designers and manufacturers to realize significant time and cost savings in converting from PCI-based designs to PCI Express-based designs.

PCI has been widely adopted as a standard I/O interconnect in almost every technology segment. OEMs recognize that using standards-based solutions for system design will reduce development time and risks, as well as product costs. With a straightforward migration path from PCI, system designers can readily take advantage of PCI Express technology to quickly develop and introduce new products to market that scale up in performance. Another key benefit of PCI Express is its backward compatibility with the current PCI software base, allowing significant savings in engineering effort as OEMs upgrade their systems by adopting PCI Express interconnect.

"Adding the PCI Express interface to the currently shipping SE200 device to provide PCI Express-based switching devices plays well with our strategy to expand quickly into new markets," said Aloke Gupta, Internet Machines' VP of Marketing. "With our history in offering the most integrated, lowest power point to point switched interconnection using embedded SerDes technology, we expect Internet Machines to be a leader in offering PCI Express products."

Internet Machines has been a strong advocate of PCI Express technology adoption. It is an active participant in the PCI Express industry groups, including PCI-SIG and the Arapahoe working group, and has been a leading contributor since early part of the 2002. Currently Internet Machines chairs the PCI Express Advanced Switching flow control and congestion management working group.

More information on Internet Machines can be found by visiting their web site at www.internetmachines.com.

Jun 18 - MicroOptical Announces Eyewear-Mounted Display for Mobile Personal Computers. The MicroOptical Corporation, the leader in eyewear viewers for the portable electronics industry, today announced the availability of its SV-6(TM) PC Viewer (SV-6), the first eyewear-mounted display specifically designed for use with mobile personal computers. The SV-6 is a small, ultra-lightweight and highly ergonomic display that provides head-up, hands-free viewing of information from Tablets, laptops, wearable computers, ruggedized computers or other mobile computing devices with a VGA output.

The SV-6 has two key features that help the user take full advantage of the mobile WiFi environment. The SV-6 functions as a second monitor utilizing the Microsoft Multiple Monitors feature in Windows 2000 and XP. Users now have the advantage of two monitors: a primary monitor for standard information and the SV-6 head-up display for mission critical information, which is especially useful in untethered WiFi applications. In addition, the SV-6 will automatically format SVGA for the VGA viewer, eliminating the need to reset the resolution.

A patented combination of optics, electronics and a microdisplay allows users to project the equivalent of a full-size screen in front of their eyes at a distance that is adjustable from two feet to 15 feet. The virtual image created by the SV-6 appears with minimal obstruction to vision so users can still focus on their work. The image is bright and usable both indoors and outdoors, further enhancing mobile WiFi Tablet PC applications. The SV-6 also offers 18 bit color resolution, making it well suited for displaying Web content and photos, as well as output from standard computer applications.

"MicroOptical's SV-6 heralds a new era of mobile data presentation, one in which information is truly portable and private, and where data are presented hands-free without blocking vision," said Mark Spitzer, CEO of MicroOptical. "Designed to free mobile workers from the constraints imposed by conventional displays screens, the SV-6 will be used in a variety of fields, including medical procedures, finance, field force automation and military tasks."

Pricing and Availability

The battery-powered SV-6 PC Viewer is currently available at a price of $1995. To learn more, visit www.microoptical.net/products.html.

Jun 18 - PCI-SIG Announces Availability of PCI Express Mini Card Specification. The PCI-SIG(TM), the Special Interest Group responsible for PCI Express(TM), PCI(TM) Conventional, and PCI-X(TM) industry-standard I/O technologies, announced that it has finalized a companion specification to the PCI Express technology suite of technologies.

The new PCI Express Mini Card specification outlines a Mini Card form factor for PCI Express designs in mobile platforms.

The PCI Express Mini Card specification complements the PCI Express Card Electromechanical form factor and is expected to be implemented in a wide variety of wired and wireless communication peripherals meeting requirements of the Build-to-Order (BTO) and Configure-to-Order (CTO) business model for notebook and mobile computers.
The PCI Express Mini Card design is expected to follow the successful conventional Mini PCI(TM) card specification that is implemented in mobile devices today. The PCI Express Mini Card specification provides an alternate solution to the existing conventional Mini PCI form factor serving these market segments.

"Completion of the PCI Express Mini Card specification underscores the industry progress in PCI Express technology development," said Tony Pierce, PCI-SIG chairman. "This companion specification extends the value of PCI Express technology to the industry by enabling the mobile market segment to leverage the benefits of additional form factors."

"With the release of the PCI Express Mini Card specification, we have significantly grown the application space and interest for PCI Express technology development," said Ajay Bhatt, chairman of the PCI Express technical workgroup. "The PCI Express Mini Card specification is the result of the diligent efforts of many leading OEMs and IHVs in the mobile computing industry to produce a state-of-the-art specification that uniquely addresses the requirements of that market segment."

Benefits of Membership

Like all other PCI Express specifications, the PCI Express Mini Card specification is available to all PCI-SIG members and can be downloaded from www.pcisig.com.

Jun 17 - Philips New Lifestyle Solutions Create Unique Experiences for Consumers. Philips Electronics is providing consumers with unique product solutions that further connect their homes and their environments this holiday season. At the 2003 Holidays in June/Consumer Electronics Line Show, Philips demonstrated state of the art technologies and exciting new lifestyle products including FlatTV(TM) systems featuring Pixel Plus(TM) technology, wireless products and the latest in DVD recording. In addition, Philips showcased its complete line of audio, video, television, business solutions and baby care products.

"Our 2003/2004 line of products showcases our deep understanding of people's lifestyles and how that leads to new experiences and enjoyment," said Larry Blanford, president and chief executive officer, Philips Consumer Electronics, North America. "From our new portable Infotainment products, to Cineos(TM) televisions, to our wireless products including DesXcape(TM) detachable monitors and Streamium(TM) audio products, we are exceeding consumer needs and delighting them with exciting designs featuring the latest technologies."

Connecting Consumers' Lives: Philips Range of 802.11b Products

Philips features a range of wireless products allowing consumers to experience more freedom and a better entertainment experience whether looking for a total home theater control, the latest music via Internet Audio or to wirelessly connect to a PC from another part of the house.

The Philips iPronto remote control panel offers consumers the ultimate wireless home theater control. The sleek and stylish remote features Internet connectivity, which provides consumers not only the latest home theater control, but also the ability to access the web or utilize the internal electronic program guide (EPG) to ensure they don't miss their favorite show. The product can be completely customized to the comfort level of the end user. By employing wireless technology WiFi (IEEE 802.11b), iPronto remote control panel able to control devices out of their line of sight and has an always-on Internet connection by which new features and software can be sent to the unit by customer request.

Philips' Streamium MC-i250 system offers consumers a tremendous assortment of music through wireless Internet Audio connectivity. Developed for simple and easy control, with the touch of a button and a broadband Internet connection, users can easily connect their home to radio stations and multiple online music services around the world. The Streamium MC-i250 system connects easily to a Wireless LAN (WLAN) thanks to an integrated WiFi (802.11b) card inside.

Philips' DesXcape 150DM (pronounced 'Desk Escape') detachable monitor offers users the freedom to access PC applications and data in their office or home using wireless network (802.11b) connectivity -eliminating the constraints of the PC's fixed desktop location. Featuring an elegant design, the DesXcape monitor is a multifunctional "smart display" that is based on Microsoft(R) Windows(R) XP technology and uses Intel's highly scalable platform for smart displays based on Intel(R) XScale(TM) technology-based processors.

Brightening the Future in Viewing: Philips Newest Display Technologies

Philips' complete television line offers consumers a variety of innovative entertainment solutions. Philips' proprietary Pixel Plus technology has taken consumers and critics by storm. With Pixel Plus technology, the televisions are HDTV Monitors and provide HD-like picture charteristics from any conventional source like VCR or DVD. Pixel Plus technology is now available in an extended line of products including the new Cineos televisions and the new FTR9965 e-box for the FlatTV systems.

Cineos HDTV monitors are Philips' first venture into the micro-display market and one within which the company expects to create substantial ownership. These slim, lightweight tabletop televisions produce unbelievable picture quality thanks to Philips' single panel LCOS technology. In addition, the new 17-, 23- and 30-inch widescreen FlatTV LCDs will be launched later this year and join the widest selection of flat TVs available from any one manufacturer.

As part of Philips' commitment to enhancing the U.S. consumer entertainment experience, Philips has developed a unique partnership with Lane Furniture. Together, Philips and Lane have accepted the challenge to create a fully integrated home entertainment experience within the traditional American furniture genre.

Redefining Lifestyle Entertainment: Infotainment

Philips Electronics line of Infotainment products offers consumers the latest technological solutions in small, hip designs. Philips' new line of Infotainment devices brings a completely new level of style and mobility to portable electronics. Featuring KeyRing MP3 Players and Digital Cameras, as well as a new 15GB hard disc audio jukebox, the Infotainment products are lightweight and extremely portable.

Weighing less than six ounces, the new HDD100 Audio Jukebox fits perfectly in the user's pocket. The HDD100 Audio Jukebox features 15GB (more than 3,000 songs) of capacity, offering consumers the ability to carry hours and hours of their favorite tunes. Featuring MP3 and WMA playback, the Audio Jukebox includes Philips' patented SuperScroll(TM) technology providing fast and precise navigation. With the HDD100's double action search buttons, users can easily speed through large libraries of music files. Additionally, users can move through playlists one song at a time or rapidly by holding down the SuperScroll button.

Recording Memories for A Lifetime: Philips DVD+RW Recorders

Philips' new DVDR77 and DVDR80 offer consumers an unmatched entertainment experience this holiday season. The new players not only feature the latest DVD Recording capabilities, but also feature entertainment enhancing technologies including progressive scan imaging play back as well as integrated electronic programming guides (EPG).

Philips' new DVDR77 offers consumers the versatility of recording television programming, home movies, and images onto DVD with a Digital Photo Manager. The integrated PCMCIA slot offers a fast transfer from memory card to DVD without the hassles of wires or software installation. This allows users to place more than 3500 JPEGs of their favorite images on to a single DVD. The DVDR77 also features playback of CDs and DVDs.

The DVDR80 provides consumers the ultimate in DVD Recording with high quality picture and sound performance, as well as ease-of-use. Point and click programming through an on-screen TV guide allows for the ultimate programming so the consumer will never miss their favorite TV program. The DVDR80 also is the first DVD recorder to feature Sat Mouse technology which will automatically change the channels on your satellite receiver simplifying the recording process even further. With both recorders, consumers can easily create perfect copies of home videos through the i.LINK(R)(TM) digital connections from their camcorders.

Philips is located online at www.philips.com.

Jun 17 - AMD Details Research Aimed at Next-Generation Microprocessor Performance. At the VLSI Symposium in Kyoto, Japan, AMD (NYSE:AMD) researchers presented detailed information on their creation of transistors delivering some of the highest performance levels ever published. Faster transistors are key enablers of higher-performance customer solutions, acting as the fundamental building blocks of future microprocessor designs.

One set of transistors presented today use fully-depleted Silicon-on-Insulator (FDSOI) technology and deliver the highest PMOS (P-channel metal-oxide semiconductor) transistor speed ever published: up to a 30% increase versus previously published transistors. The other set use Strained-Silicon and AMD metal gate technology to deliver 20-25% higher NMOS (N-channel metal-oxide semiconductor) performance relative to conventional Strained-Silicon transistors.

"Metal-gates, FDSOI and Strained-Silicon are examples of key transistor R&D work conducted by AMD. The double-digit percent improvements achieved in our labs expands AMD's options for achieving our aggressive performance objectives when we transition to 65 nanometer (nm) production and beyond," said Craig Sander, vice president of process technology development for AMD.

Technical Details

AMD's latest transistors utilize a new form of transistor gate technology pioneered by AMD. Rather than using Polysilicon, the gate material used in most transistors today, AMD researchers used a material called Nickel Silicide to make "metal gates" within the transistors. Transistor gates turn the flow of electrical current through the transistor on and off and are a key element of a transistor's structure.

AMD used a combination of its metal gates and FDSOI to create a PMOS transistor with significantly improved gate conductance, appropriately engineered workfunction and enhanced carrier mobility. The combination of these effects resulted in transistor speed up to 30 percent higher than any previously published PMOS data at the time of testing. Performance ratings are based on the industry standard benchmark used for calculating transistor switching speed. For complete technical details of the research, see www.amd.com/vlsi03_fdsoi.

AMD's combination of its metal gates with Strained-Silicon in an NMOS (N-Channel Metal Oxide Semiconductor) transistor demonstrated similarly positive effects on gate conductance, workfunction, and carrier mobility, in addition to the mobility enhancement resulting from the Strained-Silicon layer. A transistor performance increase of 20-25% was achieved over conventional Strained-Silicon devices at the time of testing. For complete technical details of the research, see www.amd.com/vlsi03strained_silicon.

"AMD's research also suggests Nickel Silicide or other metal gate technologies could eventually lead to solving key challenges in the further shrinking of transistors beyond the 65nm production node," added Sander. "Metal gate technologies provide a means to reduce the effective oxide thickness and alleviate the stringent requirements imposed on aggressive gate oxide scaling required for high performance transistors."

Jun 17 - WLAN IEEE 802.11g Standard Ratified. IEEE 802.11b(TM), the most widely used wireless local area network (WLAN) technology, has gotten a long-awaited increase in speed through a new amendment to the IEEE 802.11 (TM) standard ratified by the Standards Board of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers. The amendment, IEEE 802.11g(TM), raises the data rate of IEEE 802.11b networks to 54 Mbps (megabits per second) from 11 Mbps.

The added transmission speed gives wireless networks based on IEEE 802.11b (often called Wi-Fi) the ability to serve up to four to five times more users than they now do. It also opens the possibility for using IEEE 802.11 networks in more demanding applications, such as wireless multimedia video transmission and broadcast MPEG.

The new amendment allows IEEE 802.11g units to fall back to speeds of 11 Mbps, so IEEE 802.11b and IEEE 802.11g devices can coexist in the same network. The two standards apply to the 2.4 GHz frequency band. IEEE 802.11g creates data-rate parity at 2.4 GHz with the IEEE 802.11a standard, which has a 54 Mbps rate at 5 GHz. (IEEE 802.11a has other differences compared to IEEE 802.11b or g, such as offering more channels.)

"IEEE 802.11g gives WLAN suppliers and users added flexibility in choosing systems that best fits their needs," said Stuart J. Kerry, IEEE 802.11 Working Group Chair. "Given the millions of 802.11b-based WLANs in place worldwide, the market demand for the extension to 54 Mbps has been quite strong.

"One reason for this is that the higher speed extends the use of this widely deployed WLAN technology into a growing variety of home, consumer, business and public networking applications. In addition to making IEEE 802.11b networks more efficient, the new amendment ensures users that the equipment in these networks will be interoperable."

In terms of the effort needed to create the new amendment, Kerry noted that the IEEE 802.11 Working Group for Wireless LANs contains nearly 400 individuals with voting status who are affiliated with computer, networking and software companies, as well as with consultant organizations and academic institutions. "The members of the Working Group put forth a great deal of effort to make this standard a reality," he said. "They are to be congratulated for their achievement."

"The Wi-Fi Alliance applauds the IEEE for passing the IEEE 802.11g amendment to the IEEE 802.11 standard," said Frank Hanzlik, Managing Director of the Wi-Fi Alliance. "This very exciting achievement continues the evolution of wireless LAN technology.

"In response to the amendment's approval, the Wi-Fi Alliance will be announcing the first round of Wi-Fi CERTIFIED(TM) 802.11g products in the near future. With over 700 Wi-Fi CERTIFIED products already available around the world, we expect that the approval of this amendment will increase product certifications and industry growth."

For further information, visit: www.ieee802.org.

Jun 17 - Zone Labs Announces Immediate Availability of ZoneAlarm Pro 4.0. Zone Labs(R) Inc., a leading creator of endpoint security solutions, today announced the immediate availability of ZoneAlarm(R) Pro 4.0, the newest version of the company's award-winning Internet security product. ZoneAlarm Pro 4.0 continues to set the standard for protecting Internet-connected PCs and the valuable, personally-identifiable information that those PCs contain from hackers, Spyware and data theft.

ZoneAlarm Pro 4.0 offers more powerful security features and improved privacy tools in an easy-to-use, customizable package that can be tailored to every user's skill level from those desiring 'out of the box' protection to security experts needing very specific configurations.

ZoneAlarm Pro 4.0 includes new, stronger Internet security measures including updated anti-hacker and anti-Spyware safeguards to combat the latest vulnerabilities and exploits. In addition to overall 'hardening' of security, ZoneAlarm Pro 4.0 extends its popular MailSafe feature to examine both outbound, as well as inbound, email for potentially harmful file attachments. This feature is particularly useful in stopping malicious email-borne 'worms' from proliferating.

Intelligence data from MessageLabs, which tracks the global spread of email-borne threats, underscores the remarkable longevity and lightning-fast transmission speeds of these worms despite the availability of specific anti-virus updates. Klez and Yaha, for example, claim the dubious distinction of first and second place on the list of most active viruses of all time while Bugbear.B earns a spot on that same 'top 10' list even though it was only discovered in early June 2003. The new outbound MailSafe feature in ZoneAlarm Pro 4.0 can block the proliferation of these and other similar worms, thwarting their propagation and significantly shortening their lifespan.

Another innovation designed to help keep the Internet safer is the new Hacker ID(TM) feature, which gives members of the Zone Labs community the ability to track and report attacks on their PCs safely, thus making it more difficult for prolific hackers to ply their craft. Also new in ZoneAlarm Pro 4.0 is CacheCleaner, which speeds overall PC performance while preventing invasions of privacy by cookie-snooping web sites.

The peace of mind that comes with using ZoneAlarm Pro was confirmed recently in independent tests by PC World resulting in a 2003 World Class Award for Best Firewall Software for the fourth consecutive year. During the rigorous testing and review process, PC World found ZoneAlarm Pro easy to use and highly successful in blocking both hackers and Spyware.

Availability Information

The ZoneAlarm Pro 4.0 Internet security solution supports Windows(R) 98SE, Me, NT, 2000 and XP. ZoneAlarm Pro 4.0 costs $49.95 for a single user and is available immediately for purchase and download from the Zone Labs web site at www.zonelabs.com.

Jun 17 - Other World Computing Expands Mercury G4 Extreme Processor Upgrade Line. Other World Computing (OWC) today announced the expansion of its Mercury Extreme product line to include G4/1.4-1.467 Gigahertz (GHz) and G4/1.25-1.26GHz processor upgrades, available immediately for $619.99 and $499.99, respectively.

Hot on the heels of the debut of the OWC Mercury Extreme brand, these additions provide new and cost-effective alternatives to those owners of Macintosh computers seeking to upgrade the speed, efficiency and longevity of their machines.

"In the wake of the warm reception the first Mercury Extreme G4 upgrade has received we're very pleased to expand our Extreme product line and continue to provide high-performance products at an exceptional value," said Larry O'Connor, president of OWC. "In a market where new computers become outdated in only a matter of months, a processor upgrade like the Mercury Extreme is the perfect choice for those who would like to give their current Macintosh computers a tremendous boost without spending a lot of money or buying a new machine."

OWC's Mercury Extreme processor upgrades are true plug-and-play solutions that do not use or require enabling software. Fully compatible with PowerMac G4 AGP-equipped models (350Megahertz to 1GHz), they act as replacements to the stock Apple G4 daughtercard and do not take up a separate PCI or AGP slot. Also included in each upgrade is a pre-installed, high-performance heat sink and an ultra-quiet cooling fan. Each unit comes with a 30-day, 100 percent money back guarantee, as well as a three-year limited warranty and an option for OWC to buy back the used processor being replaced.

Made with the highest-quality components available, Mercury Extreme processor upgrades use Tantalum-dipped resistors and capacitors (to resist electroshock discharge), are capable of safe operation at high temperatures and are designed to last longer than other upgrade processors using conventional parts.

The Mercury Extreme G4 processor upgrades feature 256 Kilobytes of 1:1 L2 cache on-chip and 2 Megabytes of high-speed synchronous dynamic RAM (DDR L3) operating at up to 267 Megahertz (MHz). They are compatible with Sawtooth, Gigabit Ethernet, Digital Audio, Quicksilver and Quicksilver 2002 Apple Power Macintosh models and support Mac OS 9.2.1 and higher, as well as OS X and higher, including all 10.2.x versions.

Additional details and complete pricing information about the OWC Mercury Extreme product line can be found online at www.macsales.com/Extreme.

Jun 17 - Janco Salary Study Finds Demand for IT Professionals Stabilizes. Victor Janulaitis, CEO of Janco Associates (www.e-janco.com) today announced results of its June 2003 IT Salary Survey and Janco’s 1996 to 2003 Comparative IT Salary Survey.

There is good news; the deflationary spiral of IT compensation which has lasted for 4 quarters seems to be over. Since the end of the Gulf War, salaries have stopped falling and “some” enterprises are planning on new hiring. Mr. Janulaitis said, “For new hires enterprises are opting for senior experienced staff. This is resulting in increased demand for professionals with more than 5 years experience.”

Study findings are:

The Mean Salary for all positions surveyed in large enterprises has moved up to $80,030 in the second quarter of 2003 from $78,687 in the last quarter of 2002. At the same time in mid sized enterprises the median compensation has moved up to $75,769 from $72,619.

Some of the organizations that had eliminated training, planning and infrastructure positions, such as change control, are beginning the process of “limitied” re-staffing in those areas.

Voice/Wireless Communication and Security positions have been upgraded within many enterprises. Where these positions were lower to mid level positions before 2000, in 2003 and beyond these positions are now mid level to senior level position.

Demand is high for in the internet and network areas of e-commerce, voice/wireless communication, object programming, data security and data warehousing as enterprisers try to prepare for the next wave of the new wireless technology.

Individuals who had planned on retiring in 2003 and 2004 and have seen their retirement portfolio’s shrink in the last two years are deferring retirement. In interviews, Janco found a significant number of these individuals have focused on staying employed versus looking for increases in compensation.

Jun 16 - Dell Breaks 3GHz Speed Barrier in Notebook Computing. The 3GHz-speed barrier broke today on Dell (Nasdaq:DELL) notebooks with the introduction of the Inspiron 5150 to customers worldwide.

Starting at $1,549, the Inspiron 5150 is powered by the new Mobile Intel(R) Pentium(R) 4 processor at 3.06 GHz. Intel's new mobile processor combines desktop class performance with mobile power management features, including Intel's Enhanced SpeedStep(R) technology.
The result is portable computing power that surpasses the 3GHz speed barrier with lower power requirements that deliver up to approximately four hours of battery life. The Inspiron 5150 also includes multimedia features such as ATI Mobility(tm) RADEON(tm) 9000 Graphics (32MB or 64MB) and crisp, bright 15-inch displays.

"Our customers want a powerful combination of usability and value," said John Hamlin, senior vice president and general manager of Dell's U.S. Consumer Business. "The Inspiron 5150 delivers on both like never before."

The Inspiron 5150 easily manages digital-content editing for such media as music, photos and movies, and effortlessly handles office-productivity applications. Transferring large amounts of data or multimedia files is quick work with two USB 2.0 ports and an IEEE 1394 port. Staying connected, either at home or out and about, is straightforward via integrated modem, Ethernet and optional integrated wireless solutions (802.11b/g or 802.11a/b/g).

The new notebook's base configuration includes Microsoft's Windows(R) XP Home Edition operating system, WordPerfect(tm) Productivity Pack, Dell Juke Box powered by MUSICMATCH(tm) for listening to digital music, Dell Picture Studio(tm) for processing and sharing digital photos, a six month membership to America Online, DellNet by MSN or Earthlink, in addition to a 90-day introductory subscription offer to Dell's SecurityCenter.
Dell SecurityCenter, powered by Network Associate's McAfee anti-virus technology, is a collection of applications designed to provide customers comprehensive protection against Internet threats, such as unauthorized access by hackers, viruses and inappropriate content.

For more information about Inspiron products, visit www.dell.com/inspiron.

Jun 16 - Mirror TV Reflects New Era in Consumer Technologies. Royal Philips Electronics (AEX:PHI; NYSE:PHG) today introduced the Mirror TV, a versatile 17-, 23- or 30-inch LCD display integrated into a mirror.

The Mirror TV uses a unique polarized mirror technology, which transfers close to 100 percent of the light through the reflective surface. It is the first product created at the Philips HomeLab, the company's research incubator for future electronic products and technologies, to reach the commercial market. The Mirror TV, which was demonstrated for the media in New York and Europe today, is ideal for non-traditional viewing spaces when it is installed flush to the wall.

Philips decided to commercialize the product after testing a more sophisticated prototype with more than 200 consumers in its HomeLab research facility, a fully functioning two-bedroom home that doubles as a scientific laboratory. Philips HomeLab enables researchers to observe (with 34 hidden cameras and an observation area) how people interact with new devices. Consumers who used the Mirror TV prototype appreciated the ability to watch the news and traffic while also shaving or brushing their teeth.

Philips, the world's largest supplier of television display solutions for the hotel industry, initially plans to market the Mirror TV to hotels, but also sees a market for the product in customized home environments within the next few years.

"The Mirror TV is an important step forward for consumer technologies, and for Philips," said Dr. Gottfried Dutine, CEO of Philips Consumer Electronics, "From a technology perspective, the Mirror TV craftily combines two important everyday functionalities; it's also an early example of the Philips vision of Ambient Intelligence in that the 'technology' is embedded and easy to use. Having been tested with 'real' people in the HomeLab, the Mirror TV also signifies Philips' ongoing commitment to understanding consumers--and providing products and devices that meet their needs."

Philips is located on the Web at www.philips.com.

Jun 16 - SIA Projects 16.8% Growth for 2004 Global Semiconductor Sales. The Semiconductor Industry Association (SIA) today released its 2003-2006 midyear forecast, projecting 16.8 percent growth for 2004 and a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 9.8 percent over the forecast period. Annually, worldwide sales of semiconductors are expected to increase 10.1 percent in 2003, 5.8 percent in 2005, and 7.0 percent in 2006. Industry sales will grow from $141 billion in 2002 to $205 billion in 2006.

"In 2004, the growth is led by a strong increase in memory, including a 43% jump in DRAM and a 25% increase in Flash, and supported by double digit growth in other product sectors," Semiconductor Industry Association President George Scalise said. "The recovery is broad based across computer, consumer and communications applications as they all continue to be drivers for the industry. The forecast contemplates a return to higher IT spending levels and the emergence of multi-function products such as smart phones."

"The SIA forecast reflects the new realities of the semiconductor industry of an 8-10 percent compound annual growth rate as stated in our November 2002 forecast," Scalise added.

The SIA forecast includes detail on regional semiconductor markets and products. Among the key highlights:

World Markets: "Semiconductor consumption is forecast to continue a migration from the Americas to Asia Pacific, reflecting the outsourcing of electronic equipment manufacturing, including component sourcing and design services, to the region," noted Scalise.

Americas Market: The Americas will decline 2.1 percent to $30.6 billion in 2003, and then grow 15.7 percent to $35.4 billion in 2004. In 2005, we forecast the market to remain nearly flat with a slight decline of .09 percent to $35.1 billion, and then resume growth of 8.8 percent in 2006 to $38.24 billion.

European Market: This region will grow 11.8 percent in 2003 to $31.1 billion, 13.6 percent to $35.3 billion in 2004, 4.7 percent to $36.9 billion in 2005, and 6.1 percent to $39.2 billion in 2006.

Japanese Market: The Japanese market will grow 17.5 percent to $35.8 billion in 2003, increase 14.1 percent to $41.9 billion in 2004, 6.5 percent to $43.5 billion in 2005, and 4.9 percent in 2006 to $45.6 billion.

Asia Pacific Market: Of all the semiconductor regions, this region shall experience the strongest growth in the next few years. It is forecast to grow 12.1 percent to $57.3 billion in 2003, 20.9 percent to $69.3 billion in 2004, and 9.4 percent to $75.8 billion in 2005. In 2006, Asia Pacific will report growth of 7.9 percent to $81.8 billion.

For more information, visit www.sia-online.org.

Jun 16 - Visioneer Announces Scanner Trade-Up Program. Visioneer, Inc., a leader in intelligent imaging solutions, today announced the details of a new trade-up program that allows customers to receive a 25% refund on the purchase of a new Visioneer scanner.

Customers who own an older model scanner from any manufacturer, working or not, can send it in to Visioneer and receive a refund when they purchase a new Visioneer scanner from the eligible list. On the list are a wide variety of 48-bit color flatbed scanners and business document scanners to choose from that range in price from $39.99 to $599.99. Full details on the Visioneer Trade-Up program can be found at http://www.visioneer.com/offer.

"As Microsoft continues to release new versions of its Windows operating system, the requirements for peripherals and software change," said Murray L. Dennis, Visioneer President and CEO.
"Visioneer scanners are designed to leverage the tools and features included with the operating systems that are current when products are released. When feasible, we develop scanner drivers for new versions of Windows. On the day Windows XP was released, Visioneer had more scanners qualified to wear the Designed for Windows XP logo than any other scanner maker. In spite of our best efforts, major changes in the underlying architecture of Windows XP make it impossible to write new drivers for many of our older model scanners. We created our new trade-up program specifically to support these legacy customers."

Scanners Included in Trade Up Program

Any of the following scanners can be purchased through the Visioneer website and are eligible for the 25% refund through the trade-up program:

48-bit color flatbed scanners

OneTouch 9220 USB

OneTouch 9020 USB

OneTouch 9000 USB

OneTouch 8920 USB

OneTouch 8900 USB

OneTouch 8700 USB

OneTouch 7100 USB

OneTouch 6600 USB

Business Document Scanners

Visioneer 9650 USB

Visioneer 9450 PDF

Visioneer 9450 USB

OneTouch 8650

Strobe XP 200

Strobe XP 100

All of these scanners passed rigorous testing and have earned the right to carry the Designed for Windows XP Logo. They are also compatible with Windows 98 SE, Windows Millennium and Windows 2000.

Jun 16 - InterVideo Delivers WinDVR 3 Personal Video Recorder Software. InterVideo, Inc. announced today the release of WinDVR(TM) 3, the latest version of its Digital Video Recorder (DVR)) software.

In addition to recording TV programs on a PC hard drive for future viewing and providing time-shifting options that allow users to skip commercials, pause and replay live TV, WinDVR 3 now offers new Digital Video (DV) Camcorder Control and File Conversion features. By combining these capabilities with flexible VCD/SVCD/DVD recording features, WinDVR 3 delivers desktop PC/TV/Camcorder convergence and video quality.

InterVideo's new Personal Video Recorder (PVR) includes a setup wizard that simplifies installation and addresses one of the key reasons consumers have for not purchasing a DVR. WinDVR 3 also addresses consumer hardware/software compatibility issues --InterVideo guarantees that it will be compatible with leading TV tuner cards and PCs.

WinDVR 3 is based on InterVideo's real-time MPEG-1/2 encoding technology which allows AVI files to be encoded to SVCD and DVD-compliant MPEG-2 files or VCD-compliant MPEG-1 files. The encoder can also be used to encode to MPEG in real-time while receiving a DV signal from a camcorder via a FireWire(R) connector.

The encoder plays a key role in delivering cinema-quality video with relatively modest hard disc requirements and smooth, synchronized time-shifting capabilities. The encoded DVD, VCD & SVCD files can be played back from the hard drive with WinDVR 3. Encoded files recorded to a DVD or CD disc can be played back using InterVideo's WinDVD(TM), Microsoft's(R) Media Player(TM) and other popular MPEG video playback products.

When combined with a TV tuner card, WinDVR 3 provides a cost-effective alternative to video recorders and monthly subscription fees. Using the free integrated online Electronic Program Guide (EPG) by TitanTV(R), consumers can quickly find their favorite programs and schedule them for recording or viewing.
For added convenience, the software provides multi-tasking capabilities -- users can watch TV while they check email, surf the Web or record another program. They can also preview up to 16 channels simultaneously to quickly scan available programs. And, with built-in time-shift recording capabilities, WinDVR 3 users can avoid missing part of their TV program if there's an interruption. They can pause at any time, skip commercials or instantly replay a segment.

For future viewing or to make a personalized video, WinDVR 3 can be used to record TV shows to the host PC's hard drive or other storage devices. The VCD, SVCD and DVD-compatible files can then be re-authored by other InterVideo products, such as WinDVD Creator or WinProducer 3, to create a personal video. Utilizing WinDVR 3's CD and DVD burning function, the files can also be used with a DVD/CD burner for output to CD-R, CD-RW, DVD-R, DVD-RW, DVD+RW and DVD-RAM discs that can be archived and shared.

New to WinDVR 3 is its support for Digital Video (DV) camcorders. Users can now capture video from a DV camcorder via IEEE 1394 support. Files can be captured as AVI or MPEG files, and DV AVI files can be converted back to DV tape for archiving. WinDVR 3 also includes new functions such as fast forward, rewind and advanced seek capabilities to control DV camcorder playback.

To further enhance the consumer's entertainment options, InterVideo has equipped WinDVR 3 with a new module to perform file conversions to MPEG, VCD, SVCD, DVD, and DV files. By combining this feature with the software's authoring and burning functions, WinDVR 3 becomes a very useful tool for creating personal VCDs, SVCDs and DVDs that can be shared with friends and family.

Pricing, Availability

WinDVR 3 is now available on InterVideo's web site www.intervideo.com for $79.95 and will soon be in leading retail stores.

 

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