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 www.mdronline.com.
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
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
Additional survey sponsors are Chartered Semiconductor, TSMC and
The survey is available to FSA members or other interested parties
via the organization's Web site at www.fsasurvey.com.
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
"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 www.dslforum.org.
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
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
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 Quadro4 series of workstation graphics solutions
have been optimized to take advantage of the power and unique features
of Intel® Corporations 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 weve optimized our products to take full advantage
of this new processor.
GeForce4 is the most complete family of graphics solutionsfrom
the ferocious graphics power of the GeForce4 Ti, the worlds
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
Visit NVIDIA at www.nvidia.com.
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 industrys 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
nForces integrated graphics and sound, or using it as a platform
to showcase NVIDIAs 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, MicronPC.com, Fijitsu-Siemens, Falcon Northwest,
Atlas Micro®, and Alienware®, with more major PC OEM announcements
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 nForces unique features
NVIDIAs 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 AMDs 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.
Visit NVIDIA at www.nvidia.com.
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
"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
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
"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
"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 www.bodacion.com.
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.
Fujitsu Limited can be found on the Internet at www.fujitsu.com.
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 (www.instat.com),
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
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
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
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: www.intel.com/procs/perf.
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
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
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 www.csd.toshiba.com
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)
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
"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
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 www.csd.toshiba.com.
Additional information on the entire Toshiba notebook family, including
the new Tecra 9100 and Satellite Pro 6100 can be found at www.csd.toshiba.com.
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
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
BroadJump, Inc. can be found online at www.broadjump.com.
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
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
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 www.sharp-business.com.
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 www.extendedsystems.com.
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
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
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 www.GartnerG2.com.
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 www.gartnerg2.com.
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
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.
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.
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
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
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
Price* (see above)
Best Celeron Deal
HP 1.1 GHz complete system
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 Low-cost Athlon XP System
Best High-end Athlon XP System
Compaq 1800+ build-to-order system with
Best Low-cost Notebook
HP 1 GHz Duron with DVD
Best Low-cost Notebook
Toshiba 1 GHz Celeron with DVD
Best Low-cost Notebook
Toshiba 1.1 GHz Celeron with DVD
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
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
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 www.dsc.toshiba.com.
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 www.ubi.com.
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
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
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
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
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
A $4,750 priced configuration includes a 14’1” 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 www.atnextcom.com.
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