Mar 14 - ATI Unveils RADEON IGP Integrated Graphics Processors.
ATI Technologies Inc. (NASDAQ: ATYT, TSE: ATY) has announced strategic
relationships with the world's leading computer design manufacturers,
who are currently developing products based on ATI's RADEON(TM) IGP
family of products. The announcement was made at CeBIT, the world's
largest technology show.
The RADEON IGP family is the world's most powerful, feature-rich
integrated graphics processors for the desktop and mobile PC markets.
The new RADEON IGP family includes five integrated graphics processors
- RADEON(TM) IGP 320 and RADEON(TM) IGP 320M for the AMD Athlon(TM)
and Duron(TM) processor-based platform, and RADEON(TM) IGP 330, RADEON(TM)
IGP 340 and RADEON(TM) IGP 340-M for the Intel Pentium(R) 4 processor-based
platform. ATI also announced the IXP(TM) 200 and IXP(TM) 250 integrated
The RADEON IGP family uses a 64-bit system architecture and 266 MHz
DDR memory interface, and is the first and only integrated graphics
solution to support ATI's industry-leading POWERPLAY(TM) power management
technology. The RADEON IGP family employs a scalable architecture
with AGP 4X support, which allows the user to upgrade their system
with a performance graphics board, such as ATI's RADEON(TM) 8500.
The RADEON IGP family is also the only integrated graphics family
to include ATI's proprietary Fast Z-Clear technology that increases
3D rendering speed, TV-out functionality and HYDRAVISION(TM) dual-display
The RADEON IGP family incorporates a variety of award-winning RADEON(TM)
features including ATI's PIXEL TAPESTRY(TM) and VIDEO IMMERSION(TM)
engines. PIXEL TAPESTRY allows the RADEON IGP family of processors
to create lifelike environments by combining the industry's leading
rendering engines with an unprecedented set of 3D special effects.
The chip's ability to process up to three textures concurrently means
unsurpassed performance in accelerating multi-textured game content.
The VIDEO IMERSION adaptive de-interlacing engine advances ATI's historic
leadership in digital video and delivers features such as hardware
motion compensation and iDCT (inverse discrete cosine transform).
"With over half of the market moving towards integrated graphics
solutions, this growth sector presents an outstanding opportunity for
ATI," said K.Y. Ho, Chairman and CEO, ATI Technologies. "With
the feature rich RADEON(TM) 7000 core, ATI will be able to deliver integrated
graphics processors with outstanding performance at competitive prices."
"IDC predicts that core logic chipsets with integrated graphics
controllers will be sold in nearly 60 per cent of the new desktop
and mobile PCs sold in 2002 and will generate $2.4 billion in revenue,"
said Shane Rau, Senior Semiconductor Analyst at IDC. "ATI's advanced
graphics technology and support for both the Intel Pentium(R) 4 processor
and AMD Athlon and Duron platforms give it a significant opportunity
to succeed in this rapidly growing market."
ATI can be found on the Web at www.ati.com.
March 14 - ViewSonic Introduces Wireless
Monitor for Business. ViewSonic(R) Corporation, a worldwide Visual
Technologies(TM) leader, today announced a wireless monitor that provides
business users with access to data, when and where they need it most.
Targeted at business professionals, the airpanel 100 is an extension
of the office personal computer, freeing users from their desks while
still providing access to information that resides on their office
PC, corporate servers or the web. The airpanel 100 is being shown
at CeBIT in Hannover, Germany from March 13 through March 20 at booth
B44, Hall 21.
The airpanel 100 offers the customer a combination of full screen
viewing with the latest in portable wireless computing, e-mail, web
access and server based enterprise applications over a wireless LAN
or WAN connection. Featuring a high luminance SVGA TFT 10-inch touch
screen and 800 x 600 resolution, the airpanel 100 offers a rich visual
experience. The wireless monitor works in both portrait or landscape
orientations and offers additional expandability including a USB port
and two expansion slots for optional wireless LAN and/or WAN access
cards. In addition, it comes equipped with a built-in full duplex
microphone and speaker, and a jack for headphones and microphone.
"Gartner Group recently reported that the demand for mobile
and wireless computing in 2002 will explode. ViewSonic's imaginative
wireless monitor, the airpanel 100, is at the forefront of the wireless
revolution, allowing people to have the optimum mobile computing experience
from anywhere in the office or remote location," said Marc Mcconnaughey,
senior vice president, Advanced Products Group, ViewSonic.
At 2.5 pounds, the airpanel 100 is a lightweight, expandable handheld
mobile communication and information management product. The device
features the "instant on" Microsoft Windows CE .NET operating
system, a 206MHz Intel SA-1110 CPU, 32MB of Intel StrataFlash and
128MB of memory. The airpanel 100 leverages customers' computing investments
with its ability to support multiple wireless connectivity options
back to an individual PC and also supports multimedia capabilities,
including Microsoft Internet Explorer 5.5, Windows Media Player, and
JAVA Virtual Machine.
The airpanel 100 will be available worldwide through authorized ViewSonic
value-added resellers (VARs), distributors and systems integrators
beginning May 2002. United States estimated street price of the airpanel
100 is $1195. For further information, visit ViewSonic Corporation
Mar 14 - Minolta Introduces 5-Megapixel
DiMAGE 7i Digital Camera. Minolta Corporation expands its digital
camera line with the introduction of the new Minolta DiMAGE 7i.
Based on the award-winning Minolta DiMAGE 7, the versatile and stylish
DiMAGE 7i features a 5-megapixel resolution, 7x optical zoom, and
superior GT LENS technology, as well as more features and improved
performance capabilities than its predecessor.
The DiMAGE 7i incorporates an autofocusing system that's 2x faster
than the DiMAGE 7. In the program and the aperture-priority exposure
modes, the Minolta DiMAGE 7i's shutter speed tops out at 1/4000s.
The new UHS (Ultra High Speed) continuous-advance drive mode can take
approximately 7 frames per second to compete with most professional
"With capabilities and features previously found only on semi-professional
and professional equipment, Minolta's new DiMAGE 7i is for the photographer
looking for the ultimate in quality and control," said Jon Sienkiewicz,
vice president of marketing for Minolta Corporation's Consumer Products
Group. "This camera targets the serious photographer and those
who truly enjoy imaging."
The DiMAGE 7i features a 2/3 inch-type CCD image sensor with 5-megapixel
effective resolution. The camera incorporates a 7x zoom apochromatic
Minolta GT LENS with two anomalous dispersion (AD) glass elements
for color accuracy and dual aspherical elements which, combined with
a 2x digital zoom, provides a compact lens design with a wide image
capture range. The optical zoom lens range 7.2mm - 50.8mm (equivalent
to 28mm -200mm in 35mm).
The image formed on the CCD is enhanced by Minolta's exclusive CxProcess
image processing technology to optimize sharpness, color reproduction,
tonal gradation and noise to create clear and natural images. The
wide dynamic range is provided by an improved electro-optical system
with 12-bit A/D (analog to digital) conversion to ensure natural color
and tonal reproduction.
The Minolta DiMAGE 7i features a 3-point wide AF system for fast,
accurate focusing, a Flex Focus Point for precise control over the
focusing area and a Direct Manual Focus (DMF) to make instant adjustments
to the autofocus.
The DiMAGE 7i will be available to consumers in late spring 2002
with an estimated street price of $1,099. For more information, visit
Minolta's Web site located at www.minoltausa.com.
March 14 - 3Com Announces Wireless Bluetooth
USB Card. As a step in enabling personal electronic devices to
connect effortlessly without cables, 3Com Corporation (Nasdaq: COMS)
today announced availability in EMEA (Europe, Middle East and Africa)
of its Bluetooth Wireless USB adapter card, featuring a radically
simple Bluetooth Connection Manager software package and innovative
The 3Com Wireless Bluetooth USB Adapter allows mobile users to instantly
share information (such as data files, documents and contact lists)
among Bluetooth-enabled personal devices including notebook PCs, desktop
PCs, cell phones and handhelds, at speeds up to 1 Mbps. Also, 3Coms
complete Wireless Bluetooth solution family is fully compatible with
the industrys first Bluetooth-enabled inkjet printer
the HP Deskjet 995c inkjet printer from Hewlett-Packard Company.
3Com’s Wireless Bluetooth USB Adapter provides Bluetooth Connectivity
to desktop and notebook PCs with a USB port. The unique rotating connector
of the 3Com Bluetooth USB Adapter allows users to plug the device
directly into any empty USB port, or through the use of a USB extension
cable, positioning the device out and away from the PC to maximise
range and performance.
"3Com is helping users benefit from the ease-of-use and interoperability
of Bluetooth enabled devices by providing simple and innovative solutions
that are compatible with production class Bluetooth products such
as the HP Deskjet 995c Printer,” said Sylvio Jelovcich, senior director
of product marketing of 3Com's Business Connectivity Company. “Furthering
our efforts towards Bluetooth adoption has allowed us to be a powerful
force in placing standards-based Bluetooth products in the hands of
our customers and is making universal connectivity a reality.”
The 3Com Wireless Bluetooth USB Adapter, including the 3Com Bluetooth
Connection Manager, is available immediately worldwide for a list
price of EUR166. For further information, please visit www.3com.com.
Mar 14 - Fujitsu To Introduce New USB 2.0
Removable Media Drives. Fujitsu Computer Products of America,
Inc. (FCPA), a leading provider of storage solutions, today announced
an exciting product roadmap that includes 2.3GB- and 1.3GB-capacity
Magneto-Optical (MO) removable storage products with the new Hi-Speed
USB 2.0 interface targeted at consumers who require durable, high-capacity,
cost-effective external storage.
Today's roadmap announcement expands Fujitsu's DynaMO product line
to include an external model of its popular 2.3GB capacity MO drive,
with three and half times greater in capacity than that of traditional
CD-RW discs, to compliment its current DynaMO 2.3GB internal drives
The new drives, the 2.3GB DynaMO 2300U2 and the 1.3GB DynaMO 1300U2,
available this summer, also have the new Hi-Speed USB 2.0 interface,
offering end-users durable, reliable, and cost effective removable
storage solutions for intensive digital audio and video, data backup,
and demanding desktop applications. With Fujitsu 2.3GB MO disks priced
at $30 (MSRP), the capacity milestone is particularly significant
to meeting end-user demands in the removable storage landscape.
The reliability, durability and low cost of Fujitsu MO disk technology
combined with the Hi-Speed USB 2.0 interface offers a significant
value proposition to customers. Increased data transfer speeds and
plug-and-play simplicity allowed by Hi-Speed USB 2.0 is well suited
for traditional MO applications including audio/video capture and
playback, system backup, archiving, and more. The new Hi-Speed USB
2.0 interface, that will be implemented on Fujitsu's new DynaMO U2
drives, allows data transfer speeds up to 60 MB/sec -- 40 times faster
than the data transfer using the USB 1.1 interface.
Additionally, the two new DynaMO drives are fully backward compatible
with earlier versions of Fujitsu's 3.5" MO disks (in 128MB, 230MB,
540MB, and 640MB capacities).
Visit Fujitsu's MO website at www.MOstorage.com.
Mar 13 - AMD Announces New Athlon Processor
Lineup. At CeBIT, AMD (NYSE:AMD) today strengthened its award-winning
AMD Athlon(TM) processor family by introducing three new high performance
processors: the AMD Athlon(TM) XP processor 2100+ for desktop PCs,
the AMD Athlon MP processor 2000+ for servers and workstations, and
the mobile AMD Athlon 4 processor 1600+ for notebook PCs.
"With these newest additions to the flagship AMD Athlon processor
family, AMD continues to reinforce the benefits of competition by
providing high-performance, innovative technologies that appeal to
customers around the world," said Ed Ellett, vice president of
marketing for AMD's Computation Products Group. "Our processors,
with their outstanding application performance, reinforce AMD's commitment
to providing our customers with the outstanding solutions they need
in all market segments, including desktop and notebook PCs, servers
As the world's highest performing desktop PC processor, the AMD Athlon
XP processor 2100+ features QuantiSpeed(TM) architecture, which enhances
the performance of software applications such as photo editing, visual
computing and 3D gaming. The AMD Athlon MP processor 2000+, featuring
Smart MP technology, offers a reliable, scalable performance solution
for the server and workstation market. The mobile AMD Athlon 4 processor
1600+ incorporates the industry's most sophisticated power management
solution, AMD PowerNow!(TM) technology, which is designed to optimize
battery life and delivers exceptional performance.
"Compaq and AMD have enjoyed a long and mutually successful
partnership, working on behalf of PC users, and we are pleased to
extend that partnership today," said Brett Faulk, director of
home and small office desktop marketing in Compaq's Access Business
Group. "AMD Athlon processors complement Compaq's superior products
to provide a rich digital media and entertainment experience for both
the home and office."
Home and business consumers benefit from AMD's innovations by experiencing
improved software performance. As a result of AMD's close collaboration
with Microsoft, AMD processors are optimized for use with Windows(R)
Desktop PCs based on the AMD Athlon XP processor 2100+ are expected
to be immediately available from leading computer manufacturers worldwide,
including Compaq Computer Corporation, Fujitsu-Siemens Computers,
Availability of the new AMD Athlon MP processor 2000+ for servers
and workstations is planned immediately from manufacturers worldwide,
including RackSaver and BOXX Technologies, among others.
Compaq also plans to have notebook PCs powered by the mobile AMD
Athlon 4 processor 1600+ available soon on a configure-to-order basis,
with retail availability to follow.
For more information, please visit www.amd.com.
Mar 13 - AMD Announces Transition to .13
Micron Technology. At CeBIT, AMD (NYSE:AMD) today announced that
it plans to begin shipping AMD Athlon(TM) XP processors codenamed
"Thoroughbred" based on .13 micron technology to customers
later this month.
The move to state-of-the-art .13 process technology represents a
significant evolution for the AMD Athlon processor family. With this
transition, AMD expects its processors to deliver improved performance,
lower power and smaller die sizes.
"AMD's leadership in manufacturing technology and outstanding
design capabilities helps ensure that this small die will give us
even more advantage in the future," said Bill Siegle, senior
vice president and chief scientist, Technology Operations, AMD. "Our
outstanding Fab 30 team in Dresden is already approaching mature yields
for the 80mm2 `Thoroughbred' die."
On .13 micron technology, the "Thoroughbred" core of the
AMD Athlon XP processor is approximately 38 percent smaller than the
current AMD Athlon XP processor on .18 process technology.
"Our closest competitor's most recently announced processor
on .13 micron technology is nearly 83 percent larger than AMD's .13
process solution," Siegle said. "Moving to .13 micron technology
will enable us to produce higher-performing products while lowering
costs, putting us in an even stronger competitive position."
By the end of 2002, AMD expects that all of the AMD Athlon processor
family will be produced on .13 micron technology. AMD also expects
to begin shipping its next-generation processor codenamed "Hammer,"
which uses a silicon-on-insulator (SOI) version of the .13 micron
technology, at the end of the year.
For more AMD news and product information, visit www.amd.com.
Mar 13 - Samsung Launches New Line of
High-Capacity, CompactFlash Cards. Samsung Semiconductor, Inc.,
the world leader in advanced technology semiconductor memory, today
announced that it plans to be a major force in the CompactFlash(TM)
card industry and that it is launching a new line of high-capacity
CompactFlash cards in standard type 1 format.
Samsung's new line of CompactFlash cards in standard type 1 format
is now available in densities of 8MB, 16MB, 32MB, 64MB, 128MB, 256MB
and 512MB. The company will introduce a 1GB CompactFlash card in the
third quarter of 2002.
"Now the Flash memory market has the high-capacity, high-speed
CompactFlash cards essential for the success of next-generation portable
digital imaging devices," said Tom Quinn, Samsung Semiconductor's
vice president of marketing. "Samsung is right on track to ensure
that CompactFlash technology evolves to meet every need of this rapidly
CompactFlash type 1 cards are the industry's most widely used digital
storage cards. Their small form-factor enables engineers to design
smaller, lighter devices. Their high storage capacity expands a device's
functionality. This is increasingly necessary as digital camera resolution
rises and MP3 players store more songs. Samsung's CompactFlash type
1 cards are also ideal for other handheld devices, including PDAs
and sub-notebook PCs.
All Samsung CompactFlash cards are equipped with NAND Flash memory
components and a controller that provides connectivity with a wide
range of host devices. Samsung CompactFlash cards consume less than
five percent of the power that is required to operate disk drives
of the same capacity. All of Samsung's new CompactFlash cards support
both 3.3V and 5V operation from a single power supply.
With the launch of its CompactFlash card line, Samsung plans to be
a major force in the world's largest digital storage market. Samsung
recently introduced the industry's first 1Gb (128MB) SmartMedia card.
The company intends to maintain its leadership position in SmartMedia
cards by being first-to-market with new cards in higher densities.
Samsung also plans to enter the MultiMedia card market in the fourth
quarter of 2002 with the introduction of a wide range of high-capacity
Flash memory is the fastest growing segment of the semiconductor
industry. Market Watcher, an industry research firm, forecasts that
the Flash memory market will grow 26 percent this year (from 10 billion
US$ in 2002, to 16 billion US$ in 2003). Samsung currently holds a
35 percent NAND Flash memory market share and intends to be a major
force in the Flash memory market by 2005 by offering cutting-edge
devices in an extensive range of configurations and densities.
For more information about Samsung CompactFlash cards and other Samsung
products, visit www.usa.samsungsemi.com.
Mar 13 - Trend Micro Announces PC-cillin
2002. Trend Micro(TM), Inc. (Nasdaq:TMIC)(TSE: 4704), a worldwide
leader in network antivirus and Internet content security solutions,
today announced the availability of PC-cillin 2002(R), the latest
version of its award-winning consumer desktop antivirus solution,
to help protect home users from the next generation of viruses and
PC-cillin 2002 is a comprehensive antivirus (AV) solution offering
an integrated personal firewall, wireless device protection and advanced
detection and eradication for viruses and other malicious code threats.
At US$39.95, PC-cillin 2002 sets a new standard for value in consumer
desktop AV protection. It is available today for download at the Trend
Micro Web site www.trendmicro.com.
"Trend Micro is pleased to be able to bring this market leading
offering to home users," said Alvin Graylin, Product Group Manager,
Trend Micro. "PC-cillin 2002 offers an all-in-one solution at
an unprecedented price point. This means that for the first time,
home users have a superior alternative when selecting their home computer
Leading Antivirus Protection
PC-cillin 2002 brings Trend Micro's leading enterprise class antivirus
technology to home users in an easy-to-use and affordable solution.
PC-cillin 2002 is designed to block all types of viruses, including
newer threats that can be passed through Web sites, email, network
servers, CD-ROMs or floppy disks and open doors to private or confidential
The product also offers security to prevent access to offensive Web
sites and provides home users with a reliable and manageable antivirus
solution. PC-cillin 2002 is compatible with all Windows desktop operating
systems, including Windows 2000 and Windows XP.
Integrated Personal Firewall
With the advent of DSL and cable technologies, computers can come
under attack at any time, because of "always on" Internet
connections. The integrated personal firewall in PC-cillin 2002 is
designed to effectively secure the personal computer from hostile
attacks and information theft, protecting the integrity of consumers'
data and safeguarding their computers from hidden threats. This means
that whether home users are accessing the Internet with cable modem,
DSL or dial-up, they can be protected from hackers.
Integrated Wireless Device Protection
More and more home users also use a wireless device in conjunction
with their home computers. Handheld devices are susceptible to viruses
and other malicious threats whenever users receive email, browse the
Web, or receive information via beaming or synching. In addition to
providing protection during synching and device-resident protection,
PC-cillin 2002 includes a real-time antivirus solutions for Palm OS
and Pocket PC handheld devices, automatically scanning every application
before it is executed or launched.
Pricing and Availability
Trend Micro's PC-cillin 2002 is available for download for US$39.95
at www.trendmicro.com. Home users who have purchased PC-cillin 2000
within 90 days of PC-cillin 2002's release date will be offered a
free upgrade to PC-cillin 2002.
Current PC-cillin 2000 customers who made their purchase more than
90 days prior to the new release can upgrade to PC-cillin 2002 for
US$19.95. To receive the full benefits of this latest release of PC-cillin
2002, Trend Micro recommends that customers with older versions of
PC-cillin purchase a full version of PC-cillin 2002.
Downloads and upgrades will be available at the Trend Micro Web site
at www.trendmicro.com or www.pc-cillin.com
after March 12, 2002.
March 13 - Minolta Introduces New 4.0-Megapixel
Digital Camera. Minolta Corporation expands its digital camera
line with the introduction of the new Minolta DiMAGE F100, the worlds
first digital camera with Area autofocus (Area AF) and Subject Tracking
autofocus (AF) and automatic digital subject program selection.
"The DiMAGE F100 is the first digital camera to offer Area
AF and Subject Tracking AF", said Jon Sienkiewicz, vice president
of marketing for Minolta Corporation's Consumer Products Group. "We
call it 'Bringing people into focus' because it finds the people in
the scene, locks on them, and follows them across the viewfinder.
You'll get images so sharp that you'll never want to delete any of
The DiMAGE F100 features a 1/1.8-inch type CCD with 4-megapixel effective
resolution. The camera incorporates a 3x optical zoom Minolta GT LENS
for color accuracy and three aspherical elements that, combined with
a 2.5x digital zoom, provides a compact lens design with a wide image
The image formed on the CCD is enhanced by Minoltas exclusive
CxProcess image processing technology to optimize sharpness, color
reproduction, tonal gradation and noise to create clear and natural
images. The wide dynamic range is provided by 12-bit A/D (analog to
digital) conversion to ensure natural color and tonal reproduction.
Advanced technology makes focusing on the DiMAGE F100 simple and
effective. The DiMAGE F100 is the first compact digital camera in
the world to be equipped with Subject Tracking AF and also features
Minoltas Area AF. These work together to locate and follow the
subject through three-dimensional space within the cameras extra-wide
focusing area, making the autofocus system ready to take a picture
when you are.
Simply activate the Area AF system with the shutter-release button
and the camera evaluates the objects in the extra-wide focus frames
and pinpoints the subject. If the subject moves, Subject Tracking
AF will adjust the focus to ensure sharp images; the active AF sensor
is displayed in the focus frames and will follow the subject movement.
The DIMAGE F100 is also the first digital camera in the world with
Automatic Digital Subject Program Selection. This advanced feature
automatically selects one of five subject programs portrait,
sports action, landscape, sunset, or night portrait to optimize
the cameras exposure and image-processing controls based on
the subject and scene. This frees the photographer from having to
evaluate the conditions and make camera settings for each new situation.
Pricing and availability were not announced. For more information,
visit Minolta’s Web site located at www.minoltausa.com.
Mar 12 - Philips' SACD Delivers Concert
Hall Quality to DVD Home Theater. Royal Philips Electronics (NYSE:PHG)
(AEX:PHI) has today launched the SAA7893HL, a single-chip solution
which brings Super Audio CD (SACD) to the high-volume consumer market.
The SAA7893HL chip will allow DVD makers to easily integrate SACD
into their DVD-Video players at costs which will open the large volume
market, enabling consumers to experience sound quality superior to
that of a CD from the comfort of their living room.
Philips is the world leader in laser optics for information storage.
It is driving the development of system solutions to bring CD-Audio,
DVD-Video, DVD+RW recording and SACD to the high volume consumer price
points. Co-developed by Philips, the SACD format represents the next
level of audio reproduction -- clearly superior to the CD.
The SACD uses the latest DSD (Direct Stream Digital) technology to
deliver superior sound reproduction to the listener, with the ability
to render all the nuances of a live concert performance. This technology
closely reproduces original analog waveforms, generating a clearer,
more natural sound that is designed to capture the emotional impact
of the source material with outstanding realism. Using a sampling
frequency of 2.8MHz, 64 times higher than that of CD, Super Audio
CD is capable of producing a truly pure, natural sound.
"As a result of breakthroughs in the field of audio coding,
Super Audio CD is now accepted as the highest possible audio quality,
both in the field of Stereo as well as in Multi-Channel," commented
Jeroen Keunen, regional market segment manager of consumer and multimedia
with Philips in Asia Pacific. "Large volume player manufacturers
have announced that they are developing and shipping SACD DVD-Video
players. With the SAA7893HL, SACD will become a cost-efficient `must-have'
feature in the DVD-Video market and will bring SACD possibilities
to the end-consumer."
"Philips' SACD solutions help us to bring the highest quality
music to our demanding listeners," commented Katsumi Shimoguchi,
general manager of Marantz. "SACD is based upon the Direct Stream
Digital (DSD) technology which directly records and reproduces 1-bit
signals, introducing less distortion compared with traditional PCM
technology. The Super Audio CD format offers an unmatched capability
to reproduce the original source with state-of-the-art fidelity."
Philips is located on the Web at www.philips.com.
Mar 12 - USB Remains King of PC and Peripheral
Interfaces. The Universal Serial Bus (USB) will continue its reign
as the most successful interface in the history of PCs, with USB 2.0
completely penetrating the PC market over the next two to three years
and PC peripherals and consumer electronics following closely behind,
according to In-Stat/MDR.
The high-tech market research firm reports that, as availability of
bandwidth becomes increasingly important, USB 2.0 (capable of 40 times
the speed of USB 1.1) is poised to successfully succeed the first
generation USB standard, experiencing a 220% Compound Annual Growth
Rate from 2001 to 2006.
"USB has definitely conquered the PC and peripherals markets
since its introduction in 1996," said Brian O'Rourke, a senior
analyst with In-Stat/MDR. "Today, USB connections can be found
in a range of devices, from PC cameras to scanners, printers, digital
camcorders and digital modems."
PCs will adopt the new 2.0 standard quickly and those enabled with
USB 2.0 host controllers will be seen on the market in large numbers
in the first half of 2002. PCs with USB 2.0 integrated into the core
logic chip set will come to market in the second half of 2002.
Those devices which require higher speeds, such as external hard drives
and external optical drives, should also adopt the new standard quickly,
with significant numbers of these devices coming to market in 2002.
In-Stat/MDR has also found that:
-- Another new USB standard, USB On-The-Go, will come to market
in 2002. Intended to connect portable devices without the need for
a PC host, silicon makers are targeting applications such as PDAs,
portable digital music players, and mobile phones.
-- Gateway has been the most aggressive PC manufacturer on USB 2.0.
On Jan. 7, 2002, the company released the 700XL, the first desktop
PC with a USB 2.0 interface. In addition, Intel has released two desktop
motherboards, the D850MVSE and D845BGSE that support up to five USB
-- Consumer electronics will tend to convert to USB 2.0 more slowly
than peripherals. One reason is that, for the most part, speed requirements
for consumer electronics are less than those for peripherals. Second,
consumer electronics tend to have more options for transferring data,
including flash cards, serial ports, IEEE 1394, Bluetooth, and IrDA.
In-Stat/MDR can be found online at www.instat.com.
Mar 12 - Another "Pro Merger"
Letter from the HP Board. Hewlett-Packard Company (NYSE:HWP) Board
Member Dick Hackborn today sent the following letter to HP shareowners
Dear Fellow Shareowner,
As March 19th approaches, I've spent a lot of time thinking about
when Hewlett-Packard introduced the laser printer in 1984. Even though
it was an instant success, there was some internal criticism that
"this is not an HP way of doing business." Concerns were
expressed that we were not making a contribution, because we were
totally dependent on an outside company to manufacture the printer.
Others were worried about the business model, because it was one they
had never seen before.
Through it all, Bill and Dave would listen patiently, smile, nod,
and then encourage us to proceed full-steam ahead. They absolutely
loved the business. They didn't have to say it, but we knew it to
be true: that if they had stopped every single time somebody told
them they wouldn't succeed, they never would have made it out of the
I think about that experience every time people ask me why I'm such
an enthusiastic supporter of the merger between Hewlett-Packard and
Compaq. It's in the best spirit of the imagination, daring, and determination
that made this company such a treasure in the first place. I think
it represents an historic opportunity for Hewlett-Packard to return
to a place that we've been so many times before -- leading an industry
transformation, gaining crucial market share, and improving the value
of our investment in HP. That's why I'm writing to urge you to support
The one thing I've learned in my 40-year association with HP is that
nobody is ever happy for very long working in an organization that's
not a market success. While we are strong in some areas of our business
today, we are not strong enough across our entire business to make
the investments necessary to position us as a market leader for the
future. I've spent the past three years studying every possible option.
I've come to the conclusion that merging with Compaq is the best way
for us to reclaim a leadership role at the center of our industry,
while strengthening our company across the board.
On March 19th, you have an important choice. You can vote for the
merger with Compaq, and preserve the legacy so many of us worked so
hard to build. Or you can vote against a thorough and deliberative
process, and send us back to the drawing board. Either way, you can
be sure of one thing: our competitors are not going to wait around
for us to decide.
I'm immensely proud of all the people who worked to build this exceptional
company. I am asking you to support this merger -- not just for them,
but for the next generation of employees who should have their own
opportunity to build sustainable shareowner value.
Mar 12 - F-Secure Works with HP to Secure
HP Jornada. F-Secure Corporation today announced that it is working
with Hewlett-Packard to enhance the security of HP Jornada Pocket
As the first step in the cooperation between the two companies, a
free evaluation version of F-Secure FileCrypto for Pocket PC Enterprise
Edition will be included in the sales package of the new HP Jornada
928 Wireless Digital Assistant (WDA).
The same CD also contains a test version of F-Secure Anti-Virus for
Pocket PC for automatic on-device protection of the HP Jornada 928
WDA devices against viruses and other harmful content. F-Secure is
demonstrating its latest security products at CeBIT show in Hannover,
Germany, Hall 6, E42.
Announced last month, the HP Jornada 928 WDA seamlessly integrates
the functionalities of a full-color Pocket PC with those of a GSM/GPRS
enabled phoned, allowing users to control voice, data, and personal
information from a single device, while enjoying a completely mobile
connection to the Internet.
"The new HP Jornada 928 WDA is an advanced business tool for
mobile productivity. As device security is an important part of secure
mobile business, we feel the F-Secure solution shows HP Jornada users
that there are reliable, high-performance security applications already
available for enhancing the security levels of their devices in day-to-day
business use," said Emmanuel Klotz, HP Jornada Business Manager,
For more information on F-Secure handheld security solutions, visit
Mar 12 - Nero Express CD-Recording Software
to Define User-Friendly. Ahead Software Inc. introduces its most
user-friendly endeavor to date, Nero Express.
Nero Express combines the top recording capabilities of the award-winning
CD recording software, Nero, with a new user-friendly wizard that
simplifies the CD and DVD recording process with the use of "mouse
over direction". Whether you are a novice or a seasoned CDR/RW
user; Nero Express is your total CD recording solution.
Nero Express supports virtually every CDR/RW and DVDR/RW drive imaginable
and is compatible with new DVD standards ensuring the user top-quality
recording every time. Nero Express allows new users to feel comfortable
by having an effective wizard walk them through the process of recording
audio, video and data CDs.
Nero's patent-pending Ultra-Buffer technology provides a level of
software buffer protection and stability previously unseen and unheard
of in CD/DVD recording software. Taking full advantage of this technology,
Nero Express allows multi-tasking on older PC's where before it was
virtually impossible without a system freeze or ruined disc.
"Nero Express is the most complete and easy-to-use CD burning
solution the market has ever seen," said Udo Eberlein, President
of Ahead Software Inc. "Nero Express defines perfection by combining
world renowned Nero with a new and improved user-friendly wizard."
Nero Express will be included in the Nero Burning ROM retail package
and will be available for free for all Nero 5.5 users at www.nero.com.
It is expected to hit the OEM market in Q2/02.
Mar 11 - Creative Technology to Buy 3Dlabs.
3Dlabs(R), Inc. Ltd. (Nasdaq:TDDD), announced today that it has signed
a definitive agreement with Creative Technology Ltd. (Nasdaq:CREAF)
to be acquired in a stock and cash transaction. Subject to the terms
and conditions described below, Creative will purchase 3Dlabs stock
at $3.60 per share, with two-thirds being converted to Creative stock
and one-third to cash, valuing the company at approximately $170 million.
The companies expect that the combination of 3Dlabs' technology
and Creative's manufacturing, financial and distribution resources
will enhance the development of 3Dlabs' planned products, which includes
an anticipated re-entry into the volume desktop graphics market. Creative,
a shareholder of 3Dlabs, has enjoyed a close relationship with 3Dlabs
since the company's inception in 1994. The two companies jointly launched
the industry's first 3D gaming board in 1995 and enjoyed significant
mutual success with the Permedia 2 family of graphics processors.
3Dlabs will continue to supply, support and develop all of its product
lines, including Wildcat(R) and Oxygen(R), with no expected disruption
in supply to any of its customers. 3Dlabs will also continue to supply
and support its chip and IP products to its embedded customers and
will carry on its industry-leading standardization activities with
OpenGL(R) 2.0, OpenML(TM) and embedded OpenGL in the Khronos Group
and the Web3D Consortium.
"We see great opportunities to leverage 3Dlabs' high-end professional
market leadership into higher volume PC desktop products that satisfy
power gamers' insatiable demand for faster graphics," said Sim
Wong Hoo, Chairman and CEO of Creative. "We have analyzed 3Dlabs'
forthcoming products and technology roadmap and we believe that their
development of a scalable visual processing architecture with new
levels of programmability and flexibility will provide a significant
competitive advantage in the graphics space. The technological breakthroughs
that 3Dlabs has achieved to date, coupled with the strong market we
see for high-performance graphics processors, provide a tremendous
growth opportunity for our company."
"We are very excited about the opportunity provided by Creative's
worldwide distribution network, huge customer base, world-famous brands,
and financial resources to maximize the technology we produce,"
said Osman Kent, Chairman and CEO of 3Dlabs. "Integrating the
resources and expertise of these two industry-leading companies can
create a truly potent force in the graphics market."
Kent continued, "The timing of this acquisition is fortuitous,
as we are close to releasing the most exciting high-performance graphics
lineup in our history. We have experienced a difficult financial period
during which we continued to devote significant resources to the development
of our breakthrough technologies. Creative can provide us the resources
and opportunity to expand our leadership position beyond the high
end professional graphics market. We can leverage Creative's vast
experience at building global brands and market share to take full
advantage of the market potential for our upcoming release of an exciting
new family of graphics processors for the desktop."
More information can be found at www.3dlabs.com.
Mar 10 - AMD is Top Choice Among German
PC Users. AMD (NYSE: AMD) today announced that the company has
been honored with the prestigious Reader's Choice Awards of PC Magazine
Germany for the third consecutive year. The readers of PC Magazine
named AMD the "Most Innovative Company of the Year 2001/2002"
and the AMD Athlon(TM) XP processor "Product of the Year 2001/2002."
The AMD Athlon(TM) processor ranked number two in product of the year
category. In the "Most Innovative Product" category, the
AMD Athlon XP processor took second place behind the Microsoft(R)
Windows(R) XP operating system.
"The Reader's Choice Awards of PC Magazine are a true testament
of the appreciation AMD and the AMD Athlon processor family are enjoying
among end users," said Jochen Polster, general manager, AMD Germany.
"Readers and editors of PC Magazine Germany are known for their
passion for superior engineering and innovation and understand the
meaning of delivered performance. Considering the vast array of computing
products available today and the number of companies bringing fresh
ideas to market, we are honored to win these Reader's Choice Awards."
"We are pleased to see that innovative companies like AMD are
driving technologies to market that make PCs more beneficial for end
users. This is what our readers appreciate and acknowledge,"
said Stephan Quinkertz, publisher of PC Magazine Germany. "Our
Reader's Choice Awards impressively demonstrate that AMD belongs among
the most successful companies in the IT industry as a whole."
Mar 11 - Worldwide Mobile Phone Sales Declined
in 2001. Worldwide mobile phone sales totaled nearly 399.6 million
units in 2001, a decline of 3.2 percent from 2000 sales, according
to Dataquest, Inc., a unit of Gartner, Inc. (NYSE: IT and ITB).
Worldwide mobile phone sales between 1996 and 2000 experienced a
compound annual growth rate of close to 60 percent, but in 2001, for
the first time in its history, the mobile phone industry suffered
a drop in unit sales.
"The removal of prepaid subsidies supporting mobile terminal
sales in historically high-growth markets like Western Europe and
Latin America was a significant factor in the decline in handset sales
during 2001," said Bryan Prohm, senior analyst with the Mobile
Communications Worldwide research group for Gartner Dataquest. "Additionally,
unexpectedly strong growth in Subscriber Identity Module (SIM)-only
subscriptions gave rise to a burgeoning market for second-hand terminals
across the developing world."
"A considerable bubble of unsold inventory from the fourth quarter
of 2000 further depressed sales in key markets," said Ann Liang,
industry analyst with the Mobile Communications Worldwide research
group for Gartner Dataquest. "The distributors and carriers most
exposed to the inventory overhang sought out the gray market. Consequently,
the Asia/Pacific region, and in particular the Chinese market, experienced
what was arguably the most active period of gray market importing
of mobile terminals in several years."
Gartner Dataquest analysts said worldwide sales of General Packet
Radio Service (GPRS) terminals failed to live up to expectations in
2001. "GPRS network operators were almost universally unprepared
to persuade new or existing end users to upgrade to GPRS terminals,"
In North America, mobile phone sales were somewhat depressed by the
economic recession and the resultant lack of sufficient end-user motivation
to replace existing devices. Indeed, across the mobile world, end-users
with a mind to upgrade their devices appeared to be waiting for a
greater selection of next-generation mobile terminals from which to
To keep up to date on the latest telecommunications issues, please
visit Gartner's Telecommunications
Mar 11 - Xdrive Launches Macintosh Support.
Xdrive Technologies, Inc., a leading provider of Internet Information
and Content Management solutions and services, today announced its
online storage and file sharing service now supports the Macintosh
platform through Web browser support.
The service enables MAC users to store files, collaborate, back up
and share files though their Xdrive accounts. The added functionality
to the MAC community demonstrates Xdrive's continued commitment to
providing key services for both MACs and PCs.
"Since the inception of Xdrive, we have been committed to providing
the most efficient and sensible Internet Information and Content Management
solutions to the PC demographic," said Karl Klessig, president
and CEO, Xdrive Technologies. "Now, the same great services are
offered to MAC users. We are happy to be one of the only online storage
providers to offer a dynamic data storage and file sharing service
to PC and MAC users alike."
Members can access, store and share their files through an established
Xdrive account via any Web browser that is Java enabled, including,
Mozilla, Internet Explorer and Netscape, among others. Xdrive's MAC
compliant services address an issue creative professionals face of
lacking abundant storage space and the capacity to share graphic intensive
files. Now, these and other MAC users can leverage the Internet as
a communications tool to conduct business seamlessly, through a central
The Macintosh community can centrally store and share any form of
digital content, including audio files, video, digital images and
important Microsoft(TM) Office documents which can be accessed anywhere,
anytime on any Internet-connected device, including Microsoft CE(c)
devices, or upload directly using Windows XP(c) Web Publishing Wizard.
Xdrive is also Passport enabled for easy access to files and information
using any Passport enabled service. For more information, visit www.xdrive.com.
Mar 10 - Sunday Shopping Watch.
Weekly Comparison. This Sunday prices continued
to stay low on 1 GHz notebooks although they were somewhat higher
than last week. No Athlon XP or Pentium 4 notebooks were advertised,
however prices seem to be falling slightly on Pentium III and Athlon
Pentium 4 desktops went up about $100, and the low-priced Celeron
desktop went up $100.
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 12 months of interest free financing
on all computer purchases over $598. Additionally, they are giving
$200 mail-in rebates on all desktop complete packages that feature
512 MB of RAM.
City is advertising $100
mail-in rebates on all Pentium 4 desktop packages and on all Toshiba
notebook purchases. They are also giving away 1 year of free CompuServe,
and are offering 12 months of interest free financing, on all desktop
packages and notebook purchases.
is offering 6 months no payment, no interest financing on purchases
CompUSA is also offering 6 months
no payment, no interest financing on purchases over $298.
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
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 desktop system/package is defined
as a computer with monitor and printer or scanner.
A build-to-order system is customized at the retailer
and then ordered from a vendor's store. In addition to the computer's
stated price, you still pay sales tax and shipping charges (if you
order direct from the vendor without going through the chain store,
you may not have to pay sales tax and you could get a better warranty).
* 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 1.6 GHz complete system
Best Low-cost Athlon XP System
Compaq 1700+ complete system
Best High-end Athlon XP System
Best Low-cost Notebook
Toshiba 1.06 GHz Celeron with DVD
Best Low-cost Notebook
Compaq 1 GHz Duron with DVD
Best High-end Notebook
Toshiba Pentium III 1.1 GHz with DVD/CD-RW
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 8 - Mobile Technologies Could Impact
War on Terrorism. Mobile, enterprise-capable technologies, such
as wearable computing, may play a major role in homeland security
and the fight against terrorism, and could help boost the global economy,
James S. Gilmore III, chairman of the Congressional Advisory Panel
to Assess Weapons of Mass Destruction and Domestic Response, and former
Governor of Virginia, stated here today.
Gilmore, who is the former Governor of Virginia, made the remarks
today in a speech at the 7th annual International Conference on Wearable
Computing (ICWC), which is being held this year as part of the COMDEX
Chicago technology trade show and is sponsored by Xybernaut Corporation
According to Gilmore, wearable computers are currently providing
real world examples of how technology can be leveraged as part of
the U.S. anti-terrorism campaign to ensure homeland security. He pointed
to experimental exercises using wearable computers, which are being
employed by U.S. Army troops in training and simulated battlefield
situations at Ft. Benning's Dismounted Battlespace Battle Lab, as
a prime example of how wearable technology can be deployed. He also
discussed several potential homeland security applications.
"In the most strategic sense, however, our experiences since
September 11th have clearly underscored the need for new and expanded
relationships between the public and private sectors on new technologies.
Our abilities to communicate, plan, train and implement new technologies
together are critical to the safety and security of our nation,"
he said. "Enhancing these relationships will be essential in
our efforts to prevent and deter attacks before they occur."
Mar 8 - VoIP Network Enables Customers
to Eliminate Long Distance Charges. Vectoria Inc. (OTCBB:VTOR)
announces the completion of the first phase of its VoIP network across
15 of the largest metropolitan areas in Canada.
This next generation network currently functions using high speed
fiber optic cable. Vectoria's network enables residential and business
customers to completely eliminate long distance charges by seamlessly
interconnecting with publicly switched networks operated by local
Vectoria's service enables its subscribers to call one another anywhere
in the world without incurring long distance charges. The subscribers
may also call any number in any city covered by the network free of
long distance charges regardless of whether or not the receiving party
subscribes to Vectoria's service.
According to Serge Doyon, CEO of Vectoria,"We have deployed
our next generation VoIP network across Canada with users in Canada,
Utah, Nevada, and Florida. We look forward to growing our wide reaching
network globally. Highly respected companies have already begun to
place their trust on the stability and clarity of the Vectoria network
and benefit from it daily."
Essentially, the Vectoria network is an "Extended Local Telephone
Calling Network." The Company is developing this network using
sophisticated switching equipment and state-of-the-art gateways. Vectoria
is currently deploying the network utilizing thousands of miles of
high speed fiber optic cable bringing people and business closer together.
The network currently operates in Canada.
Vectoria plans to start developing the technology in the United States
within the next three months. The Company will soon introduce its
network to major urban areas in the U.S. beginning with New York,
Miami, and Seattle. Vectoria's goal is to expand its network to provide
service in the 20 largest metropolitan areas in the United States
by the end of this year. Starting in 2003, the Company plans to further
expand its coverage to include parts of Europe, South East Asia, and
Australia. About Vectoria, Inc.
Vectoria is the next generation telecommunication and information
technology convergence company that, with the implementation of its
new Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) "Extended Local Communication
Network," will eliminate long distance charges. For more information,
Mar 8 - Cvision Announces Super-Compressed
PDF Files. CVISION Technologies, LLC, developers of intelligent
imaging solutions that simplify and enhance the usability of scanned
documents, today announced support of the JBIG2 compression standard
within the PDF file format.
This new development will allow users to create PDF images that are
viewable in Adobe Acrobat Reader and are up to 5x smaller than PDFs
created with Adobe Acrobat. These CVISION-produced PDFs will allow
users to transmit five pages in the time it formerly took to transfer
a single page. Images also store smaller, and tests prove the new
images have no perceptible loss of image clarity even when magnified
"CVISION has always been the leader in captured image compression,"
says Steve Talmud, VP of Sales. "With this development, CVISION
offers its clients the ability to compress scanned PDF images dramatically
and still provide an industry-standard format. Clients can now enjoy
all the advantages of compression without the need to install a proprietary
CVISION Technologies has released a white paper which describes this
technology in greater detail. A side-by-side comparison of industry-standard
TIFF G4 and TIFF-encoded PDF files with JBIG2 and JBIG2-encoded PDF
files is available on the CVISION website.
CVista also allows clients the option to compress to CVISIONs
proprietary format, CIF. The CIF format provides additional benefits
including compression of up to 20:1 on captured images, fully searchable
images with no increased file size, annotation and redaction.
For more information about CVista, catch CVISION on the Web at www.cvisiontech.com.
Mar 8 - Winnow Optimizer, Tweaking and
Cleanup Utility for Windows 98/ME. WinnowSoft has released Beta
1.0 Version of Winnow Optimizer, designed for business and home use.
This is a utility to customize and optimize your Windows operating
Winnow Optimizer gives the user the ability to speed up the computer
and to schedule scanning and defragmenting on a regular basis. Before
proceeding Winnow Optimizer closes all Running Applications, thereby
reducing operation time and failure. Winnow Optimizer lets you schedule
AutoCleanup routines for your Cookies, Recycle bin, Recent Documents
and Windows Temp Directory. Other features include Optimization Tweaks
like tuning CPU and system Cache settings.
As you surf the Internet web browsers create cache files and store
information on your hard disk. Winnow Optimizer allows you to keep
your Internet browsing habits private and displays and deletes all
the tracks (including index.dat files) you leave on your PC after
With Winnow Optimizer you can set individual Icons for your folders
rather than the uniform yellow icon shortcuts to Windows shutdown/restart
on the desktop.
To provide comfort of use, Winnow Optimizer gives a fast and easy
way to accomplish all of the repetitive tasks. By using the Auto function
the user will not need to take further actions to configure the system.
Winnow Optimizer will apply a set of configuration, suitable for the
PCs using Windows 98/Me.
Winnow Optimizer does not run as a service to occupy your precious
RAM, rather it runs on boot and terminates after executing scheduled
tasks. More information and a free fully functional Beta 1.0 Version
are available to the public at www.winnowsoft.com.
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