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Computer News and Rumors

March 1-7 2002

About News and Rumors. InfoHQ Computer News and Rumors is a daily column. It features news coverage of new PC and Mac computer hardware and software, Internet news, and other technical news items.
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Mar 7 Intel to Recieve Award for Hyper-Threading Technology
Mar 7 Survey Indicates Recovery Coming for Semiconductor Industry
Mar 7 DSL Confirmed as the World's Leading Broadband Technology
Mar 7 Zone Labs Announces ZoneAlarm Pro 3.0 Firewall
Mar 6 NVIDIA Graphics Processors Optimized for Intel Pentium 4
Mar 6 NVIDIA nForce Architecture Garners Industry Acclaim
Mar 6 New Hydra Server Defies Crashes and Hackers
Mar 6 Amdahl Corporation Will Change Name To Fujitsu IT Holdings, Inc.
Mar 6 New Networks to Reshape Internet Backbone
Mar 5 Intel Announces Mobile Pentium 4 Processor and New Chipsets
Mar 5 Toshiba's New Pentium 4 Notebook First With Clear Touchpad
Mar 5 Toshiba Ships Intel Mobile Pentium 4 Business Notebooks
Mar 5 Study Reveals Interest in Purchasing Services Over Broadband
Mar 4 AMD Selects inSilicon's USB 2.0 Transceiver IP for Future Chips
Mar 4 Sharp Introduces New Ultramobile Notebook
Mar 4 Hands-Free Bluetooth Technology Shown at Car Conference
Mar 4 Online Fraud Losses 19 Times Higher Than Offline Fraud Losses
Mar 4 More Than 7 Million Consumers Will Use Wireless Banking by 2005
Mar 3 Sunday Shopping Watch - New Athlon XP and Pentium 4 Notebooks On Sale
Mar 1 Toshiba Drop Price on 2.2 Megapixel Digital Camera
Mar 1 Ubi Soft Company Wins First Part of Legal Battle With Take Two
Mar 1 Online Business Ethics Association Condemns SPAM
Mar 1 NextCom announces New line of 64 bit UltraSPARC Solaris Notebooks

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Mar 7 - Intel to Recieve Award for Hyper-Threading Technology. In-Stat/MDR (MicroDesign Resources), publisher of the Microprocessor Report, Wednesday announced the winners of its fourth annual Analysts' Choice Awards, honoring the most promising new microprocessor technology unveiled in 2001.

Intel's new approach at improving the performance of modern processor architectures is based on executing more than one thread per processor. Hyper-Threading technology can provide a performance boost on multithreading and multitasking operations for Intel's future NeBurst microarchitecture processors as well as for other architectures.

Max Baron, principal analyst and director at In-Stat/MDR, stated, "Intel's Hyper-Threading technology, to be delivered on its new Xeon processor family for servers in 1Q02, will speed up server applications, and it will improve performance on desktops running multiple concurrent processes and threaded application programs.

"For these reasons the Microprocessor Report is honored to offer the 2001 Analyst Choice Award for Outstanding Technology in the Field of Digital Processing to Intel."

Each year, Microprocessor Report analysts review and evaluate more than 100 microprocessors, digital-signal processors, and application-specific digital machines. To view a complete listing of the year's nominees in each of the 10 categories please visit the MDR Web site at

Mar 7 - Survey Indicates Recovery Coming for Semiconductor Industry. The Fabless Semiconductor Association (FSA), a premier semiconductor trade association, today announced the results of its eighth annual Wafer and Packaging Demand Survey, which was conducted in conjunction with PricewaterhouseCoopers, LLP.

The responses indicate a positive trend, where many participants were optimistic that a turn-around will occur in 2002, based on the stabilization of inventory levels. Survey participants, which included 131 fabless companies and 14 integrated device manufacturers (IDMs), expect a short-term 17 percent increase in wafer demand from Q4 2001 to Q1 2002. Excluding companies that claim wafer demand will double in 2002 over 2001, the wafer demand increase in the first quarter 2002 is estimated to be only 2 percent over actual fourth quarter 2001 demand. Similarly, these companies are only expecting a 16 percent increase in wafer demand for 2002 over actual demand for 2001.

Looking into the future, the Survey indicates continued, compounded growth for 2002 and 2003. The findings show a trend toward a sequential increase in wafer demand per quarter during 2002. Long-term forecasts were optimistic, with all respondents forecasting a 78 percent wafer demand increase in 2002 over 2001.

"Despite optimistic forecasts, it is important to remember that recovery during 2002 will be gradual," stated Jodi Shelton, co-founder and executive director of the FSA. "Analysts' 2002 predictions are for flat to minimal growth during the year, with an emphasis on the potential for 20 to 25 percent industry growth in 2003. The global semiconductor market lost more than $100 billion last year, so we have a lot of ground to make up. Thus, the FSA sees this survey as a key tool, allowing companies to find a strong middle ground to measure the aggregate fabless and IDM wafer demand to gauge their growth prospects for the year."

In terms of revenue performance, public fabless revenues were down 21 percent year-over-year for 2001, totaling $12.7 billion compared to $16 billion in 2000, but IDMs fared worse with revenues declining 27 percent year-over-year. Nevertheless, the fabless sector demonstrated better than average industry performance due to less dependence on very volatile memory products and a greater focus on products using advanced technologies.

The survey also addresses issues and results surrounding projected packaging supply and demand, information on the fabless movement towards smaller design geometries, IP demand, a breakdown of wafer demand by sector and business application, as well as foundry development forecasts.

Additional survey sponsors are Chartered Semiconductor, TSMC and UMC.

The survey is available to FSA members or other interested parties via the organization's Web site at

Mar 7 - DSL Confirmed as the World's Leading Broadband Technology. News that DSL deployment reached 18.7 million subscribers worldwide at the end of 2001 was revealed to DSL Forum members at its meeting in Rome this week when William Rodey, chairman, unveiled pre-publication figures from industry analyst firm Point Topic.

"These figures confirm DSL as the world's leading broadband technology, exceeding global cable modem subscribers by more than five million," said Rodey. "With 188% global growth in 2001 and accelerating deployment in many markets around the world, DSL broadband is well on the way to a global mass market," Rodey reminded members of the Forum's target of 200 million DSL broadband subscribers by 2005.

"Today, most DSL-enabled phone lines are residential," said Rodey, "but many are already being used for business purposes by people working at home outside normal office hours, telecommuting or keeping in touch with colleagues working in other time zones. With the deployment of SHDSL services specifically designed for small and medium-sized businesses, particularly in Europe during 2002, we will expect to see additional growth in business phone lines enabled by DSL, in parallel with residential subscriber growth.

"More than one billion telephone lines provide a robust, core global infrastructure capable of delivering DSL broadband to homes, offices, schools and governments using DSL. With that utility already in place to deliver the real economic and lifestyle benefits of broadband to the world's populations, DSL is simply the most effective and economical route to global broadband deployment."

Technical Reports are available publicly at

Mar 7 - Zone Labs Announces ZoneAlarm Pro 3.0 Firewall. Zone Labs Inc., a leading creator of Internet security solutions, today announced the immediate availability of ZoneAlarm(R) Pro 3.0, the latest release of the company's award-winning Internet security product. ZoneAlarm Pro 3.0 now features powerful online privacy protection, including ad blocking and cookie control capabilities, as well as greater security for local area networks, including wireless networks. In addition, ZoneAlarm Pro 3.0 continues to offer the tightest security available while remaining easy to use and intuitive.

ZoneAlarm Pro 3.0 contains a redesigned interface for a smoother user experience with even stronger security. ZoneAlarm Pro 3.0 "hardens" security further with enhancements to its powerful Program Control feature. Program Control allows users to determine which programs are allowed to communicate with the Internet, thus preventing Trojan horse programs from "calling home" and transmitting a user's information or opening a back door on the PC that a hacker can manipulate remotely. The Program Control feature in ZoneAlarm Pro 3.0 takes security a step further by not only "fingerprinting" which programs have permission to access the Internet, but also fingerprinting the individual components of each of those programs to prevent hackers from abusing trusted programs.

"The new standard in Internet security demands powerful, up to the minute protection with intuitive operation so the strongest security is within the reach of all users," said Frederick Felman, vice president of marketing, Zone Labs. "Now with the addition of privacy features in ZoneAlarm Pro 3.0, our users can not only protect their Internet-connected PCs from hackers, malware and other Internet-borne threats but also protect their privacy, personal information and surfing habits."

ZoneAlarm Pro 3.0 has enhanced features for securing local area networks, including wireless networks. Streamlined installation and automatic network detection make it simpler to manage security settings for both traditional and wireless networks with ZoneAlarm Pro 3.0. This ensures that users can enjoy the benefits and flexibility of new, wireless networks without sacrificing their security.

ZoneAlarm Pro 3.0 supports Windows(R) 98, SE, Me, NT, 2000 and XP. ZoneAlarm Pro 3.0 costs $49.95 for a single user and is available immediately for purchase and download from the Zone Labs web site at

Mar 6 - NVIDIA Graphics Processors Optimized for Intel Pentium 4 Processor. NVIDIA® Corporation (Nasdaq: NVDA) announced today that its GeForce4™ family of Graphics Processing Units (GPUs) and Quadro™4 series of workstation graphics solutions have been optimized to take advantage of the power and unique features of Intel® Corporation’s latest Pentium® 4 processor.

“PCs and workstations featuring the combined processing power of Intel and NVIDIA provide a potent combination for the most demanding computing applications,” said Dan Vivoli, vice president of marketing for NVIDIA. “Intel has broken new ground with its 2.2GHz Pentium 4 processor and we’ve optimized our products to take full advantage of this new processor.”

GeForce4 is the most complete family of graphics solutions—from the ferocious graphics power of the GeForce4 Ti, the world’s fastest GPU; to the multi-display flexibility of the mainstream GeForce4 MX; to the most advanced mobile graphics available, the GeForce4 Go. GeForce4 GPUs power and enhance the digital experience by ensuring crisp delivery of 3D graphics - at unmatched frame rates.

“People are making digital media a regular part of their lives. We designed the Pentium 4 processor at 2.2GHz to make those experiences better,” said Jason Ziller, technology initiatives manager for Intel Corporation. “NVIDIA has advanced its graphics processors to meet the needs of consumers and professional users alike.”

In addition to unmatched performance power, the GeForce4 family of GPUs and Quadro4 series of workstation graphics solution add innovative new features, including:

-- nView™, NVIDIA's multi-display technology that supports arrangements of analog monitors and digital flat panel displays that can be combined to drastically increase the users desktop.
-- Lightspeed Memory Architecture™ II (LMA II), NVIDIA's 128-bit memory interface that features a crossbar design and advanced Quadro memory management techniques.
-- Accuview Antialiasing™ (AA) – New and innovative AA technology provides the best visual quality possible without any application performance degradation.

Visit NVIDIA at

Mar 6 - NVIDIA nForce Platform Processing Architecture Garners Industry Acclaim. NVIDIA® Corporation (Nasdaq: NVDA) announced that its nForce™ Platform Processing Architecture is quickly becoming the PC platform of choice for many of the industry’s leading motherboard manufacturers, PC OEMs and system builders worldwide.

In addition, NVIDIA has been recognized by the worldwide editorial community for its nForce design, and lauded for leading technological innovation in the PC platform and integrated graphics space.

“Falcon Northwest has implemented nForce as the standard platform for every system in our Talon line of gaming PCs,” said Kelt Reeves, president of Falcon Northwest. “nForce not only provides our clients with incredible graphics and sound capabilities at a huge cost savings, but its optimized memory architecture and integration of the AMD® HyperTransport™ bus technology provides a significant performance boost to every model in the Talon line. Whether utilizing nForce’s integrated graphics and sound, or using it as a platform to showcase NVIDIA’s newest Graphics Processing Units, nForce provides benefits at every level.”

With its integrated platform processors and innovative system, memory, networking and audio technologies, the nForce architecture is primed to deliver the ultimate in performance and functionality for a variety of different markets including desktop PCs, home entertainment hubs, and digital living rooms, complete with home theater surround sound and fast broadband connectivity.
To date, the nForce platform has been adopted by more than 100 leading motherboard manufacturers, PC OEMs and system builders including: Micro-Star International (MSI™), ASUSTek Computer Inc., ABIT Computer Corporation,, Fijitsu-Siemens, Falcon Northwest, Atlas Micro®, and Alienware®, with more major PC OEM announcements forthcoming shortly.

“With its high level of integration, innovative features, and superior performance, nForce is becoming the de facto standard for AMD-based PCs,” said Jeff Fisher, executive vice president of sales at NVIDIA. “nForce is the perfect complement to the AMD Athlon XP and Duron CPUs, and end users who desire the utmost in system performance and flexibility are drawn to nForce’s unique features and pricing.”

NVIDIA’s nForce is comprised of two platform processors: the nForce Integrated Graphics Processor (IGP) or System Platform Processor (SPP) and the nForce Media and Communications Processor (MCP). Both the nForce IGP, nForce SPP and nForce MCP feature built-in support for AMD’s HyperTransport interconnect technology, delivering the highest continuous throughput between the two platform processors. Additionally, both the IGP and MCP have underlying technologies that, when combined into a single, balanced architecture, substantially increase overall system performance.
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Mar 6 - New Hydra Server Defies Crashes and Hackers. What Internet technology repels hackers like Superman repels bullets, performs with the persistence of a speeding locomotive and figuratively leaps tall server racks in a single bound?

The answer is HYDRA(R), an Internet Server launched this month by Bodacion Technologies.

"HYDRA cannot be hacked, will virtually never crash and performs eight times better than conventional servers," said Brad Hessel, Chief Executive Officer of Bodacion Technologies. "That's why we consider HYDRA to literally be the `Superhero' of Internet technologies."

HYDRA's unconventional combination of complex mathematics and embedded systems ensures security, which virtually eliminates the inherent risk that Internet sessions can be used to steal or corrupt important content and sensitive data.

"In testing HYDRA at our facility, the server appears to be very stable without any security holes," said Greg Jarman, Chief Technology Officer at Netisun, an Internet commerce company evaluating HYDRA. "Bodacion Technologies certainly seems to be on the right track."

The proven reliability of HYDRA's embedded systems technology also virtually eliminates system crashes. Tests by beta clients and independent consultants have verified HYDRA's superior performance over conventional Web servers.

"A standard Web server can support approximately 500 concurrent users. That's 500 people hitting the server for content at once," said Barton Warner, Chief Infrastructure Architect at Lante, an information technology consulting company that beta-tested HYDRA. "Right now, Lante Technology Center scalability testing indicates HYDRA can handle more than 3,000 concurrent users, which means a HYDRA could possibly replace a whole farm of servers. This capability will be critical as new, highly interactive applications drive additional server-side capacity needs."

The combination of complex mathematics and embedded systems makes HYDRA impervious to hackers. Hackers typically exploit vulnerabilities in operating and application software. An embedded system has no such accessible programs to exploit. Furthermore, Bodacion Technologies uses biomorphic mathematics -- a derivative of Chaos Theory used to model the random growth of living things -- to generate series of pattern-less numbers that cannot be deciphered by hackers, even if they possess the basic mathematical formula. Thus, no two HYDRA users will ever receive the same session ID, customer ID, order ID, etc., nor will any hacker be able to discern a pattern and predict the next number.

"Using HYDRA, any Internet-intensive business can accelerate the return on their investments in e-Business," said Rick Beattie, Bodacion's Senior Executive Vice President of Business Development. "By virtually eliminating interruptions and disruptions, companies are able to close transactions and deliver content rapidly."

Benefits include increased revenue from e-Business operations and greater customer loyalty, said Beattie. He added that HYDRA can handle the workload of multiple servers, so no server appliances such as network load balancers, content accelerators or caching devices are needed. Bodacion Technologies will be providing live demonstrations of HYDRA at the Networld+Interop exhibition in Las Vegas May 7-9.
For more information, visit

Mar 6 - Amdahl Corporation Will Change Name To Fujitsu IT Holdings, Inc. Amdahl Corporation, a wholly owned subsidiary of Fujitsu Limited of Japan, announced today that, effective April 1, 2002, it will change its name to "Fujitsu IT Holdings, Inc". The newly named company will function as the corporate parent of multiple operating subsidiaries.
"Amdahl has been transforming itself into a holding company with its new and traditional product and service offerings being moved into separate operational subsidiaries," explained Mr. Yasushi Tajiri, President and CEO of Amdahl Corporation. In the latter part of 1995, Amdahl acquired DMR Consulting, an international professional and consulting services company, which recently announced that it would be changing its name to Fujitsu Consulting as part of the global realignment of Fujitsu's software & services business. In 2001 Amdahl formed two additional operating subsidiaries, Fujitsu Software Technology Corporation, to which Amdahl transferred its software business, and Fujitsu Technology Solutions, Inc. ("FTSI"), which Amdahl established for the purpose of distributing Fujitsu platforms such as the PRIMEPOWER series of Open Systems servers.
On April 1, 2002 Amdahl will transfer the remainder of its product and services offerings to FTSI. These include its traditional maintenance business, multi-vendor managed service offerings, IT infrastructure project service offerings, and distribution business for its own and various third-party products.
"Recognizing that these transfers will complete the transition of Amdahl into a holding company, and consistent with Fujitsu's global branding initiative, it was appropriate that Amdahl should also change to a Fujitsu named company," commented Mr. Tajiri. However, for an indefinite period FTSI will continue to operate in Europe and certain other international locations under the "Amdahl" name.
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Mar 6 - New Networks to Reshape Internet Backbone. Increased demand for continuous availability and use of applications, and an incremental scaling of resources is creating the need for swift, agile access to, and manipulation of, ever increasing computing capacities and consequently, more storage.

According to In-Stat/MDR (, the relative costs of purchasing storage and servers, and their efficient and effective management, combined with a shortage of IT professionals, are driving demand for new backbone network solutions.

As a result, the high-tech research firm projects that the combined market for backbone network solutions will experience a compound annual growth rate of more than 140 percent from 2002 to 2006, reaching a total of just over $173.3 billion.

"iBAN (InfiniBand Area Network) and SAN (Storage Area Network) are at the core of this new backbone network trend, with each solution filling unique needs and having its own value proposition," said Lauri Vickers, manager of In-Stat/MDR's LAN group.

"Despite our optimism for this market, new backbone networks will have significant hurdles to overcome, including a lack of integrated network management solutions, a `killer app' and major players in certain segments, in addition to competing topologies, high price points and the low profile of storage and servers within the overall networking story."

In-Stat/MDR has also found that:

-- In addition to networking, storage and computing vendors, a surprising number of technology specific start-ups are also touting backbone network solutions. Service providers, software vendors and silicon manufacturers are also positioning this market to grow.
-- SAN, in FC (Fibre Channel), iSCSI (a type of SCSI over IP) and IB (InfiniBand) implementations, will account for the majority of the new backbone networks through 2006. iSCSI and IB are expected to cannibalize FC SAN implementations. While FC is certainly an established solution, it adds a great deal of complexity and cost.

Mar 5 - Intel Announces Mobile Pentium 4 Processor and New Chipsets. Intel today announced it is bringing its flagship Pentium(R) 4 processor technology to mobile PCs for the first time. With the introduction of the mobile Intel(R) Pentium(R) 4 processor-M, designed specifically for mobile computers, PC makers are delivering full-size and thin-and-light systems with outstanding performance, long battery life and wireless capabilities.

Intel also announced the mobile Intel(R) 845chipset family, supporting double data rate (DDR) memory. Together, the new processor and chipset deliver a significant boost in performance while maintaining low average power consumption, helping to deliver extended battery life. The new products are shipping in volume worldwide with systems available from leading PC makers.

"The introduction of Pentium 4 processor-M brings to mobile computing the performance users have come to expect from the Pentium 4 processor," said Anand Chandrasekher, vice president and general manager of Intel's Mobile Platforms Group. "Together with the Intel 845 chipset and advanced power management technologies, this delivers an optimal balance of high performance and long battery life for today's mobile PCs."

On-The-Go Performance, Connectivity

The new mobile Intel(R) Pentium(R) 4 processor-M is designed to enable both consumers and business users to take full advantage of processing-intensive applications such as: audio and video encoding, digital imaging, speech recognition, 3D content creation, games, multimedia and multi-tasking environments. The mobile Pentium 4 processor-M includes the performance to run several productivity applications simultaneously while also running background programs such as encryption, compression, virus scan, client management, and Virtual Private Networks. Several of the new mobile PCs using the mobile Pentium 4 processor-M include built-in wireless capabilities such as 802.11b and Bluetooth. 1/4a The mobile Pentium 4 processor-M helps to extend a users wireless mobility because it has the ability to operate in energy efficient modes , while providing fast, seamless file and multimedia transfers.

Mainstream Mobile PCs Get Performance and Long Battery Life

The mobile Intel Pentium 4 Processor-M at 1.7 GHz is the fastest mobile processor available today for mobile PCs. High performance is provided by the Intel(R) NetBurst(TM) Micro-Architecture, consisting of: a 400 MHz processor system bus, Hyper Pipelined Technology, an Execution Trace Cache, Rapid Execution Engine, and 144 Streaming SIMD instructions (SSE2). It also includes a 512k on-die L2 cache.

The mobile Intel Pentium 4 processor-M operates at low voltage, allowing it to consume minimal power. Low power consumption is made possible using the Intel(R) Enhanced Intel SpeedStep(TM) technology, which automatically switches between Maximum Performance Mode and Battery Optimized Mode based on the application demand. A technology called Deeper Sleep Alert State allows the processor to operate as low as 1 volt, and reach power levels as low as half a watt -- even while running software applications. To help lower thermal design power, the mobile Intel Pentium 4 Processor-M supports an enhanced version of the Intel Mobile Voltage Positioning. The combination of these power management technologies helps to extend battery life by making it possible for the processor to consume less than two watts of average power./b

The Intel 845 Chipset Goes Mobile

The Intel(R) 845 Chipset family includes two new chipsets, the 845MP and 845MZ. Both are designed, validated and optimized for the mobile Pentium 4 Processor-M. The Intel 845MP supports external graphics and is available today. The 845MZ will be available later this year.

The Intel 845MP offers external AGP 4X graphics support, a 400MHz processor system bus, and DDR 266 MHz SDRAM for up to 1GB memory support. The new chipset also supports Enhanced Intel SpeedStep technology, Deeper Sleep Alert State, a low-power graphics power management mode and an internal timer that automatically turns off the chipset clock when the chipset is inactive.

Additionally, the Intel 845MP chipset is designed using Intel's most advanced Flip-Chip Ball Grid Array packaging, supports 6 USB ports and supports Intel's I/O Hub Architecture providing a high bandwidth pipe that delivers fast communications and reduces latency time for I/O operations.

Specifications and Pricing

Designed on Intel's 0.13-micron process technology, the mobile Pentium 4 Processor-M is available today at speeds of 1.7 and 1.6 GHz. Using the automatic capability of the Enhanced Intel Speed Step technology, the mobile Pentium 4 Processor-M runs at up to 1.7 GHz at 1.3 volts (Maximum Performance Mode). In Battery Optimized Mode, both processors run at 1.2 GHz at 1.2 volts, consuming less than 2 watts of average power. 1/4b Thinner mobile PC designs are made possible due to Intel's small Micro-Flip Chip Pin Grid Array (uFCPGA) packaging.

In 1,000-unit quantities, the mobile Pentium 4 processor-M at 1.7 and 1.6 GHz are priced at $508 and $401 respectively. In 1,000 unit quantities the Intel 845MP chipset is $43.00. For more information on Intel's mobile performance and power measurements, visit:

Mar 5 - Toshiba's New Pentium 4 Notebook First With Clear Touchpad. Toshiba's Computer Systems Group (CSG) is the first manufacturer to bring cPad(TM) technology to a mobile PC. This clear, ultra-modern touchpad allows users to change the way they interact with their notebook and conveniently launch applications with a simple touch of the finger.

Combined with the Mobile Intel(R) Pentium(R) 4 Processor-M, Toshiba's new Satellite pushes the envelope on innovation and performance in mobile computing.

With a push of a button, the clear cPad becomes a convenient and interactive display that allows the user to launch functions such as a calculator, 10-key, clock and date, signature input, notepad and even a customizable background. Traditional programs such as Microsoft(R) Word or PowerPoint(R) can also be accessed from the touchpad via its application launcher.

Whether logging on the Internet or doing multiple calculations, an easy tap of the finger allows the user to do both on a bright, 240 x 160 pixel LCD display.

"The Satellite 5105 is quite simply mobile innovation combined with high-performing technology, giving users more out of their notebook experience with every use," said Oscar Koenders, vice president of product marketing, Toshiba CSG.

"The cPad technology is unlike anything else on the market. Combined with Toshiba's mobility leadership in thermal management, quality and design, the Satellite 5105 represents the next step of what's possible in the development of notebook PCs."

Powering the Satellite 5105-S607 is the Mobile Intel Pentium 4 Processor 1.7 GHz-M. Based upon the new Intel NetBurst(TM) micro-architecture, the new mobile Pentium 4 processor is designed to accelerate applications such as Internet audio and streaming video, 3D imaging and multi-tasking for unparalleled mobile computing performance.

The Ultimate Multimedia Notebook with All of the Bells and Whistles

Raising the bar on notebook features and performance, the Satellite 5105-S607 includes the NVIDIA(R) GeForce4(TM) 440 Go graphics processing unit (GPU), the fastest GPU in the world with breakthrough 3D performance.

Add a sharp Toshiba personal theatre 15-inch dia. UXGA display with ultra-wide viewing angles, Harman/Kardon(R) stereo speakers with a built-in subwoofer, i.Link(R) (IEEE 1394) port, Secure Digital(TM) and SmartMedia(TM) memory card slots and a high-performing 5400 rpm 40GB hard drive, the Satellite 5105-S607 is a well-suited mobile PC for work and play.

Pricing and Availability

Priced at $2,499, the Satellite 5105-S607 is now available via or through retail channels including computer superstores, consumer electronic stores and mass merchandisers.

Mar 5 - Toshiba Ships Intel Mobile Pentium 4 Business Notebooks. Toshiba's Computer Systems Group (CSG) next week will ship its first business notebooks powered by the new Mobile Intel(R) Pentium(R) 4 Processor-M featuring Intel's innovative Netburst(TM) micro-architecture.

Targeting business applications, the high-performance Tecra 9100 and Satellite Pro 6100 with Mobile Intel Pentium 4 Processor-M technology mark a key milestone in mobile computing engineering. With intense visual graphics and speeds up to 1.7GHz plus integrated Wi-Fi (IEEE 802.11b) wireless capabilities, Toshiba's new Tecra 9100 and Satellite Pro 6100 erase the lines between desktop and notebook functionality while providing professionals with the perfect balance of technology and mobility.

"Toshiba's in-house expertise in thermal management, BIOS development, notebook design and our strong partnership with Intel, allowed us to introduce multiple platforms best suited for our target market segments," said Oscar Koenders, vice president of product marketing, Toshiba CSG. "The engineering proficiency behind the new Tecra and Satellite Pro notebooks strongly supports Toshiba's mobile computing dominance and innovation."

To understand and solve the engineering challenges associated with Intel's new architecture, Toshiba fully invested its engineering resources and utilized the company's vast experience in thermal management to support the high-performance processor.

In addition, expertise in PCB (printed circuit board) design enabled Toshiba to manage the complex motherboard design and support DDR (double data rate) SDRAM technology to increase overall system performance. And since Toshiba creates its own BIOS, the company can quickly and deeply understand the new Mobile Intel Pentium 4 Processor-M technology to provide high-quality, reliable systems.

New Tecra 9100 Bolsters Productivity and Minimizes Ownership Costs

Weighing just over five lbs., the sleek Tecra 9100 is designed to energize the enterprise and meet the high-end business application requirements of today's corporate user. In addition to incorporating the latest technology innovations including integrated Wi-Fi (IEEE 802.11b), Bluetooth, an integrated i.Link(R) (IEEE 1394) port and the Mobile Intel Pentium 4 Processor-M, the Tecra 9100 features a high-resolution 14.1-inch dia. high-resolution TFT display, DDR SDRAM memory, DVD-ROM/CD-RW multi-function drive and a 5,400 rpm 40GB hard drive.

Helping corporations and business professionals save money by reducing ownership costs, the new Tecra 9100 also maintains a stable platform, consistent image and enjoys cross compatibility expansion options with Toshiba's Portege(R) 4000 and Satellite Pro 6100 Series. This includes the Advanced Port Replicator ($199) and Slim Select Bay(R) options. The Tecra 9100 is a build-to-order product with various configurations including a Mobile Intel Pentium 4 Processor 1.7GHz-M with pricing starting at $2,829.

Satellite Pro 6100 is the Ultimate Balance of Technology and Style

For small to medium businesses, the competitively priced Satellite Pro 6100 is powered by the high-performing Mobile Intel Pentium 4 Processor-M and features the industry's fastest 3D mobile graphics NVIDIA(R) GeForce4(TM) 420 Go, 256MB of DDR SDRAM memory and a 5,400 rpm 40GB hard drive. Combined with integrated Wi-Fi (IEEE 802.11b) wireless connectivity, picture-perfect 15-ich dia. TFT SXGA+ or UXGA display and DVD-ROM/CD-RW multi-function drive, the Satellite Pro 6100 keeps business professionals at maximum productivity in and out of the office.

Similar to the Tecra 9100, the Satellite Pro 6100 shares common docking capabilities with Toshiba's corporate notebook family and is a welcome addition to any business looking to reduce overall costs. Pricing for the Satellite Pro 6100 is $2,699 for the high-end model or $2,399 for the other model.


The products featuring the Mobile Intel Pentium 4 Processor-M technology will be available in mid-March through traditional channels, VARs, mail order partners and via the Toshiba Web site at Additional information on the entire Toshiba notebook family, including the new Tecra 9100 and Satellite Pro 6100 can be found at

Mar 5 - Study Reveals Interest in Purchasing Services Over Broadband. BroadJump, Inc., the broadband software leader, today released the results of a residential broadband subscriber survey that identified subscribers' propensity to purchase services over broadband.
The study, conducted by Mindwave Research, uncovered key attributes about broadband subscribers including: their predisposition to make significant purchases online; their interest in purchasing primary or "core" services from service providers at broadband ordering and installation; and that they have highly positive feelings towards their service provider.

Despite high subscriber interest, the study found the majority of respondents were not offered any additional services when they ordered high-speed access or when it was installed. Additionally, the research revealed how both content providers and service providers can leverage key subscriber touch points to drive the adoption of services over broadband by identifying applications and services subscribers are most likely to adopt.

Consumer propensity to purchase services over broadband

The recently commissioned study polled 1,046 randomly selected and qualified residential broadband subscribers. According to the study:

-- There is a large appeal for core services -- or services
providers already offer as a part of their core business.

-- DSL subscribers favored out-of-state long distance,
wireless telephone service and enhanced telephone service
with an average of 20 percent responding that they would
be interested in the service, but had not been offered it.

-- Cable broadband subscribers were most interested in
digital cable, premium channels and cable telephony with
an average of 25 percent responding that they would be
interested in the service, but had not been offered it.

-- Sixty-three percent of respondents have made six or more
online purchases in the last year. Almost half (47 percent) of
the respondents spent $500 or more online in the last year, of
those, 28 percent spent $1,000 or more online. Additionally,
over half of respondents have recently purchased something in
response to a promotional offering.

-- Seventy-nine percent of the respondents surveyed claimed to
have a positive, or very positive feeling toward their
broadband service provider. The primary factors cited by
respondents were the performance and reliability of the

-- Broadband users have a broad range of interests in
applications that drive broadband usage. In addition,
respondents identified Internet applications they are
currently using, and paying for, over their broadband
connection. (Note that respondents were able to select more
than one choice.)

-- The top five Internet applications being used at home are:
file swapping (37 percent), firewall software (37
percent), brokerage/banking (30 percent), online digital
imaging (26 percent) and audio search engines (22

-- The top five reasons for using the Internet are: online
communications (93 percent), information
gathering/research (83 percent), entertainment (80
percent), online purchasing (75 percent) and news (73

"To this point, there has been little data gathered to determine if broadband would be an effective channel for service providers to use in their marketing programs," said Matt Tormollen, vice president of marketing for BroadJump. "According to the study, there is a significant opportunity for service providers to leverage their broadband offering and up-sell services at certain subscriber touch points throughout the lifecycle of a consumer. Furthermore, subscriber interest in primary services represents a tremendous revenue opportunity for service providers to start up-selling core services to broadband subscribers today."
BroadJump, Inc. can be found online at

Mar 4 - AMD Selects inSilicon's USB 2.0 Transceiver IP for Future Chips. inSilicon Corp. (Nasdaq:INSN) -- a leading provider of communications intellectual property (IP) technology for innovative wired and wireless products -- today announced that AMD, the world's second-largest supplier of Microsoft(R) Windows(R)-compatible PC processors and a leading supplier of non-volatile (flash) memory, has licensed inSilicon's USB 2.0 Transceiver IP for use in future AMD chip designs.
Under the terms of the agreement, AMD is licensed to incorporate inSilicon's USB 2.0 Transceiver Macrocell Interface (UTMI) PHY (USB 2 PHY) into future chip designs to provide reliable, cost-efficient USB 2.0 connectivity.
"inSilicon is pleased to have been selected to supply this key technology to a company of AMD's stature and market position," said Barry Hoberman, chief executive officer of inSilicon Corp. "Their decision reflects the significant progress inSilicon has made in entering the mixed-signal technology business. For AMD's customers, this will speed their deployment of the coming generation of USB 2.0 capable equipment."
Information about inSilicon products and technologies is available at

Mar 4 - Sharp Introduces New Ultramobile Notebook. Sharp Systems of America, a U.S. business unit of Sharp Corporation, the recognized world leader of LCD technology, today announced general availability of the PC-UM20, the latest product in a line of notebook computers offered by Sharp.
The Sharp PC-UM20 replaces the PC-UM10 introduced by Sharp in September. The new slimline notebook adds a faster processor, 256MB standard memory and a choice of operating systems. The newest Sharp notebook provides incomparable mobile performance through a fusion of advanced technologies. Weighing less than three pounds and just 0.65" thick(1), the PC-UM20 is the ideal blend of performance, durability and style.
Engineered for optimized mobile performance, the PC-UM20 utilizes the latest Intel(R) Ultra Low Voltage (ULV) mobile processor. The 750 MHz Intel(R) Pentium III processor uses SpeedStep(TM) technology, which reduces power consumption by automatically switching to a lower clock rate when running on battery, providing approximately three hours of operation with the standard battery and up to nine hours with the optional extended life battery(2).
Sharp's technologically advanced keyboard and brilliant display offer the usability demanded by today's road warriors. The PC-UM20's retractable keyboard provides users with an easy-to-type 3 mm key stroke and 18 mm key pitch. The keys pop up when the notebook is open. Sharp's proprietary anti-glare, low reflection (AGLR) LCD display has anti-glare processing and a low reflection coating designed to reduce reflected light and give a clear, bright display, even in bright settings.
For maximum flexibility, the PC-UM20's 20 GB hard drive is preloaded with a choice of Microsoft operating systems. At the initial start-up the user selects between Microsoft Windows(R) XP Pro and Microsoft Windows(R) 2000 Professional.
"The new PC-UM20 further strengthens Sharp's position as a serious competitor in the mobile computing arena." said Greg Nakagawa, senior vice president and general manager for Sharp Systems of America. "With a 750 MHz Intel(R) processor, choice of Microsoft Windows operating systems and up to nine hours of battery life, the PC-UM20 is enough PC for even the most demanding business traveler."
The PC-UM20 comes with a one year Express Exchange limited warranty. Available immediately, the Sharp PC-UM20 is priced with an estimated street price of $1,699. More information can be found at

Mar 4 - Hands-Free Bluetooth Technology to Demo at Car Conference. Extended Systems (Nasdaq:XTND), a leading provider of mobile data management and wireless connectivity solutions, in cooperation with Visteon Corp. (NYSE:VC), a leading automotive system integrator, will demonstrate an innovative new Bluetooth interface system that supports hands-free driving.
Called MACH(R) Voice Link, the system is being showcased this week at the Society for Automotive Engineers (SAE) Digital Car Conference, booth #5423, March 4-7 in Detroit, Mich.
The MACH Voice Link system, which combines Extended Systems' XTNDAccess Blue Software Development Kit (SDK) with Visteon's voice-actuated technology, was designed to provide consumers with better -- and ultimately safer -- control of Bluetooth-enabled devices while driving.
"The growth in mobile phone usage coupled with new legislation mandating hands-free communications in cars is driving this market," said Don Baumgartner, Extended Systems' vice president of worldwide marketing. "The MACH Voice Link system further exemplifies the advantage of our Bluetooth communications software as it expands into innovative new market applications."
The MACH Voice Link system, which has already been selected for implementation in some 2003 model-year vehicles, can be used to access various Bluetooth devices, including mobile phones, personal digital assistants (PDAs) and laptop computers. A key feature expected to drive the system's market adoption is a proprietary, voice-actuated, speaker-independent control feature, capable of recognizing multiple languages and dialects while cancelling out surrounding noise.
For more information, visit the company Web site at

Mar 4 - Online Fraud Losses 19 Times Higher Than Offline Fraud Losses. More than $700 million in online sales were lost to fraud in 2001, representing 1.14 percent of total annual online sales of $61.8 billion, according to GartnerG2, a research service from Gartner, Inc. (NYSE: IT and ITB).
Online fraud losses for 2001 were 19 times as high, dollar for dollar, as fraud losses resulting from offline sales. A new survey by GartnerG2 showed that adult consumers in the United States are beginning to adopt credit card company solutions designed to protect against online fraud.
A Gartner Internet survey of more than 1,000 adult U.S. online consumers, conducted in January 2002, showed that 5.2 percent of respondents were victimized by credit card fraud in 2001 and 1.9 percent were victimized by identity theft (although respondents do not know whether the theft occurred online or offline).
More than 18 percent of respondents are attempting to fight fraud by embracing two new credit card protection systems: Visa's Verified by Visa and MasterCard's Universal Cardholder Authentication Field (UCAF) standard and Secure Payment Application (SPA).
"After years of missteps, the credit card companies have finally got it right with their consumer authentication technology. Consumers are willing to adopt the easy-to-use password-based applications," said Avivah Litan, Vice President and Research Director, GartnerG2.
"Other security schemes, including public key infrastructure (PKI), smart cards (that the credit card firms also support) and disposable card numbers, receive far less consumer support," Litan said. "Most consumers are unwilling to take the extra steps required to use PKI, as the failure of the previous MasterCard/VISA sponsored PKI-based Secure Electronic Transactions (SET) standard clearly demonstrated. Consumers also believe the new Visa and MasterCard systems offer better protection than PKI or smart cards, showing that branding is far more important than technically robust security schemes."

The credit card companies are, however, not yet willing to take the next major step: inciting merchant adoption by universally lowering merchant fees. MasterCard does plan to partially incite U.S. merchants by making issuers, rather than merchants, liable for UCAF-protected transactions beginning in November 2002. Visa plans a similar shift in liability rules in mid-2003. U.S. merchants will, however, continue to pay higher fees for Internet transactions, which average approximately 2.5 percent vs. 1.5 percent for in-store sales.
"Consumers are interested in using these new security systems, which can significantly reduce online fraud. The credit card companies should, however, back up their belief in these systems by lowering fees for all merchants who support them," Litan said. "This would guarantee even more widespread adoption."
For more information on the report visit

Mar 4 - More Than 7 Million Consumers Will Use Wireless Banking by 2005. Wireless devices such as mobile phones are reaching critical mass, and U.S. consumers will gradually begin to adopt wireless financial services.
U.S. consumers using wireless banking services on a regular basis will total more than 7 million by 2005, up from 500,000 in 2001, according to GartnerG2, a research service from Gartner, Inc. (NYSE: IT and ITB).
GartnerG2 predicts 1.2 million U.S. consumers will be using wireless financial services in 2002, and the number of users will grow to 2.6 million in 2003. Wireless financial services will become intertwined with various types of wireless transactions. Consumers will routinely use wireless financial services to receive and pay bills, make cashless purchases, apply for credit or services that require identity validation, and get cash from an ATM or live teller.
"Compared to many other countries, U.S. consumer demand for wireless financial services is immature, but it's evolving rapidly," said Brad Adrian, research analyst for GartnerG2. "Because of the historic lack of reliance upon PC-based Internet connectivity, consumers in Western Europe and Japan have rapidly adopted the use of wireless devices for accessing Internet information. Wireless device placements are reaching 'critical mass,' and U.S. consumers will gradually begin to adopt wireless financial services."
Currently, few financial service providers have launched wireless offerings, and only the largest brokerages - and about 8 percent of midsize and large banks - have taken the wireless plunge. By 2003, GartnerG2 predicts that Americans' expectations about wireless services will begin to be more adequately fulfilled, rapidly accelerating customer adoption. By 2004, the services consumers expect and the functionality financial service providers offer will synchronize.
The volume of Internet data being exchanged via digital handsets increased between 2000 and 2001, but the use of wireless application protocol interfaces is still very low. GartnerG2 research found that only 15 percent of consumers that use wireless application protocols feel the interaction is satisfactory.
For more information, visit

Mar 3 - Sunday Shopping Watch - New Athlon XP and Pentium 4 Notebooks On Sale. The big news this Sunday is the availability of Athlon XP and Pentium 4 notebooks. In a very well kept secret, manufacturers have been secretly readying their new notebooks for today's release. We've included some of the new notebooks in our Best High-end Notebooks category below.

Weekly Comparison. This Sunday prices stayed low on 1 GHz notebooks. Three notebooks were advertised for under $1,000 (see table below). Strangely, Pentium III and Athlon 4 notebooks did not significantly go down in price with the release of the new Athlon XP and Pentium 4 notebook processors.
Pentium 4 desktops went down about $100, the low-priced Celeron desktop stayed the same at $599, and Athlon XP desktops are again being advertised this Sunday.

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

BestBuy is giving away 6 months of free MSN with any computer purchase. They are also offering 18 months of interest free financing on all desktop computer purchases and notebooks over $298. Additionally, they are giving $100 mail-in rebates on all 1.2 GHz and slower desktop complete packages, $200 mail-in rebates on all 1.3 GHz and faster desktop complete packages, and $100 mail-in rebates on all notebooks.
Circuit City is advertising $100 mail-in rebates on all Pentium 4 desktop complete packages and AMD processor notebooks. They are also giving away 1 year of free CompuServe with all notebook and desktop complete package purchases.
Office Depot has no ad this Sunday.
CompUSA is giving away 3 months of free AOL with any desktop or notebook computer purchase.
Staples has no ad this Sunday..

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

About Windows XP. It has been a little over 4 months since Windows XP began to be bundled with new computers. Windows XP became available for separate purchase on October 25th. For more information on Windows XP visit Microsoft's Windows XP home page.

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

Definitions. A complete system/package is defined as a computer with monitor and printer or scanner.
A build-to-order system is customized at the retailer and then ordered from a vendor's store. In addition to the computer's stated price, you still pay sales tax and shipping charges (if you order direct from the vendor without going through the chain store, you may not have to pay sales tax and you could get a better warranty).

* Prices discussed in this article. Advertisers typically deduct the $400 Internet rebate from an items true price. We report all prices without subtracting the $400 Internet rebate, however all other rebates and discounts are usually subtracted.
Caution about advertised prices. When reading advertisements, read the fine print of the ad to make sure you know what is being advertised and what it cost. For example, many advertisers will show a complete system with computer, monitor, and printer but advertise a price for the computer only.

Best Deals this Sunday
Product Description
Price* (see above)
Best Celeron Deal
HP 1.1 GHz complete system
Best Buy
Best Low-cost Pentium 4
HP 1.6 GHz complete system
Best Buy, Circuit City
Best High-end Pentium 4 System
Sony 1.8 GHz complete system
Best Buy
Best Low-cost Athlon XP System
None Advertised
Best High-end Athlon XP System
Compaq 1800+ build-to-order system with 17" monitor
Best Buy
Best Low-cost Notebook
HP 1 GHz Duron with DVD
Circuit City
Best Low-cost Notebook
Toshiba 1 GHz Celeron with DVD
Best Low-cost Notebook
Toshiba 1.1 GHz Celeron with DVD
Best Buy
Best High-end Notebook
Toshiba Pentium 4 1.6 GHz with DVD/CD-RW
Best Buy, Circuit City
Best High-end Notebook
Compaq Athlon 4 1500+ with DVD/CD-RW build-to-order
Best Buy

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

Mar 1 - Toshiba Drop Price on 2.2 Megapixel Digital Camera. Digital photography enthusiasts who want a full-featured camera that easily captures crisp, clear images will find the value proposition offered by the Toshiba PDR-M25, now available for only $249 (U.S.), simply irresistible.
Sleek and powerful, the PDR-M25 2.2 megapixel digital camera takes advantage of a wide spectrum of digital imaging technologies to enable users of all levels to capture dynamic, eye-catching photographs, whether its freeze-frame action shots, sensational close-ups, or cherished portraits. And with today's price drop from $279 to $249, it is now one of the lowest priced two-megapixel, optical zoom equipped digital cameras on the market.
Recently named to PC World magazine's prestigious Top Ten Digital Cameras Under $500 list, the PDR-M25 has everything a digital photographer needs to assure professional-level results and maximum creative expression.
Key features include an advanced 2.2 megapixel CCD to capture images at resolutions up to 1792 x 1200 pixels; an aspherical glass lens (equivalent to a 38-114mm lens on a 35mm camera) equipped with 3X optical zoom and 2X digital zoom; a 1.5-inch high-resolution color LCD for instant preview and review of photos; reusable, high-capacity SmartMedia(R) card storage; and a macro mode that lets photographers get up close to the action and capture intricate details missed by other cameras.
For all its advanced features, the PDR-M25 is remarkably easy to operate. It part, this ease-of-use is achieved by its fast and accurate auto focusing, auto white balance (with manual overrides), and intuitive navigation and default features that take the guesswork out of using a digital camera. For the ultimate in convenience and photographic results, the camera utilizes a programmed auto exposure (AE) mode that automatically selects the best aperture and shutter speed for any given scene.
For more information, visit Toshiba at

Mar 1 - Ubi Soft Company Wins First Part of Legal Battle With Take Two. In a critical legal development in January in the High Court case between Red Storm, a Ubi Soft company, and Take Two Interactive Software Europe Ltd, and just two weeks before the date of the trial of preliminary issues, Take Two conceded, in Red Storm's favor, these crucial issues.
At a subsequent High Court hearing, Take Two was ordered to pay an additional amount of 1,145,000 pounds to Red Storm, including an interim contribution towards Red Storm's legal costs incurred to date. The Court also acceded to Red Storm's request (opposed by Take Two) to fast track the remainder of the case. This brings the total that the Court has ordered Take Two to pay to Red Storm since the litigation commenced to 3,145,000 pounds.
"The trial of preliminary issues was the key step in this litigation against Take Two. The way is now open to move rapidly to the full trial, currently scheduled for mid-July, 2002," said Alain Corre, Ubi Soft's Managing Director for Europe, Asia Pacific and South America. "This acceleration of the trial date demonstrates the Court's dissatisfaction with Take Two's conduct in the litigation so far," added Cecile Russeil, Ubi Soft's Head of Legal Affairs. "The full trial will determine the whole amount due by Take Two to Red Storm."
Visit Ubi Soft online at

Mar 1 - Online Business Ethics Association Condemns SPAM. The Online Business Ethics Association OBEA was designed to promote trust, confidence and goodwill between online shoppers and merchants. The OBEA is founded on a code of ethical business conduct that all OBEA members are expected to adopt and comply with as long as they remain members. Among the OBEA rules the association prohibits members from engaging in SPAM e-mail campaigns.

OBEA members are easily identified by the OBEA logo on their website that is linked to the OBEA code of Ethics page. Online Business Ethics Association member businesses must adhere to strict rules of ethical business conduct.

The OBEA pledges to research any and all consumer issues involving OBEA members and to remove or suspend any OBEA member status for any OBEA members found to be conducting business activities that are not in accordance to the Association's Code Of Ethics.

The Online Business Ethics Association is much more than a security organization policing websites. OBEA provides training and education resources as well as certification so that member businesses can educate themselves about the latest ethical methods for conducting business online.

The OBEA technical staff is busy designing an exclusive Search Directory for consumers. Search queries for goods and services will return only OBEA listed member businesses in good standing giving consumers added confidence about purchasing goods and services online.

Also in development is an OBEA discussion forum where all OBEA members may find and share ethical marketing and business information and receive help from other OBEA members about running their own online business in an ethical professional manner.

For information about the Online Business Ethics Association or to become an OBEA member you may visit the Association website at

Mar 1 - NextCom announces New line of 64 bit UltraSPARC Solaris Notebooks. NextCom LLC announces the availability of the NCM-747S line of 64 bit UltraSPARC Solaris Notebook Workstations with complete configurations priced under $5,000. This breakthrough solution brings the power of a RISC Workstation to the package of a PC Notebook with an innovative hardware security feature.
A $4,750 priced configuration includes a 141 high resolution TFT display, UltraSPARC IIe 400Mhz RISC processor, 2D/3D graphics, 20GB Hard drive, 256MB SDRAM, 10/100 Ethernet, an innovative Hardware Security ID feature, with the complete Solaris 8 operating system.
The 747S product family bring the power of 64 bit UltraSPARCIIe architecture Solaris based RISC workstations to a portable PC style notebook package without compromising performance and with an innovative hardware Personal ID security feature. NextCom LLC can be found online at


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