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Daily Computer News and Rumors

March 08-14 2003

About News and Rumors. InfoHQ Computer News and Rumors is a daily column. It features news coverage of new PC and Mac computer hardware and software, Internet news, and other technical news items.
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Mar 14 Philips Announces New Electonic Devices for the Connected Home
Mar 14 Fujitsu Combines Performance, Functionality, Style With New LifeBook S6000 Notebook
Mar 14 Fujitsu Brings High-Speed Wireless Internet to Notebook, Tablet Users
Mar 14 SuSE Linux Introduces New Linux Version for Home Users
Mar 14 SOYO Poised to Enter the Wireless Networking Market With the Launch of Aerielink
Mar 14 DVD Recorder Sales Will Pass DVD Players Within Three Years
Mar 14 Notebook Manufacturer SOTEC America Changes Name to AVERATEC
Mar 13 Intel Launches Intel® Centrino™ Mobile Technology
Mar 13 Toshiba Announces Full Suite of Intel Centrino Notebooks
Mar 13 Dell Delivers New Family of Innovative Latitude Notebook Computers
Mar 13 AMD Jump-Starts Competition in Thin-and-Light Notebook Market; Unveils 12 New Mobile Processors
Mar 12 Intel Xeon Processors Speed Past 3 GHz
Mar 12 AMD Chairman Jerry Sanders Discusses Accelerating Recovery of Semiconductor Industry
Mar 12 VIA Announces Serial ATA RAID Controller
Mar 12 MPEG LA Resolves Apex Lawsuit
Mar 12 February Component Order Index Shows Modest Gain
Mar 11 NVIDIA Unveils New GeForce FX GPUs
Mar 11 Transmeta Reveals Features of Next Generation TM8000 Processor
Mar 11 Sharp Expands Actius Notebook Line
Mar 11 Toshiba and Intel to Advance Adoption of Wireless Hotspots Across United States
Mar 11 HP Announces More Powerful Media Center PCs
Mar 10 ATI Launches Three New Graphics Processors
Mar 10 AMD Increases Worldwide Market Share in Windows-Based PC Markets in 2002
Mar 10 Immersion Debuts Force Feedback Software for All PC Games
Mar 10 New Mac Utility Allows File Sharing with Windows XP
Mar 10 Symantec Urges Businesses to Use Full-Application Inspection Firewalls
Mar 09 Sunday Shopping Watch



Mar 14 - Philips Announces New Electonic Devices for the Connected Home. In its Connected Home concept, based on the increasing availability of broadband and recent developments in wireless connectivity of consumer electronics devices, Philips is developing a range of solutions to facilitate content entering the home and being distributed around it, creating a Connected Home entertainment experience for a broad scope of consumer needs.

Philips revolutionizes control of home cinema and home automation products with iPronto: the dashboard for the digital home.

The iPronto - the latest member of the Philips Pronto family of universal remote controls - provides a single device to control all video, audio and home appliances at the single touch of a button. It learns any infrared code from another remote by simply pointing it to the iPronto and pressing a button - or by selecting it from over five hundred brands in its on-board database.

But that's far from all: Using display and connectivity technology to get TV listings from the Internet, the iPronto Electronic Program Guide displays it on its LCD touch screen. So no more wasting your time by surfing through TV channels to find the programs you want to watch or record. One touch to select the show you want will automatically change the channel on your TV.

Philips brings the freedom of wireless connectivity to online music with the new Streamium MC-i250 Broadband Internet Audio System.

The MC-i250 is the latest addition to the Streamium family. It includes all the advantages of its predecessors - broadband Internet audio connection, automatic music streaming, enviable sound quality in a sleek micro system - with the added bonus that it can be wirelessly connected through your home network to all the PCs in your house, wherever they are, at the click of a button.

So now, with one audio system, you're able to:

- Personalize your Internet radio station just by picking and playing whatever suits your taste, thanks to our partnerships with the biggest names in online music. Immerse yourself in the very best and latest sounds from your preferred genre, through access to dedicated online music charts.

- Have access, as a Streamium owner, to my.philips.com that lets you access and manage your online music collection, get special links to our partners, download the latest software updates, receive news and information, and make online purchases.

- Wirelessly connect to not just one PC, but also all the PCs connected to your home network via PC Link. Now you can liberate your vast store of digital music files stored on your PCs - at the touch of a button.

- Find out which track is playing and which artist recorded it by hitting the INFO! button, no matter which medium you're using. And if you're listening to a CD, the MC-i250 will display the disc's details, courtesy of Gracenote's CDDB CD-recognition service. No need to search the house for the CD insert.

New Philips Wireless Digital Multimedia Receiver brings PC-based audio, video and streaming Internet content into the living room.

Now consumers can enjoy all their PC-based audio and video content, as well as a tremendous choice of streaming Internet media, in the comfort of their living room with the new Wireless Digital Multimedia Receiver from Philips. For the first time this new receiver offers an easy-to-install and easy-to-operate solution to bring the increasingly popular world of PC-based multimedia to the normal audio systems and TV sets in consumers' living rooms or anywhere else in the home.

This means users can now enjoy all this PC-based multimedia content together with family and friends in the convenience and comfort of their normal home setting, without all the restrictions in terms of location, as well as viewing and listening freedom, that use of the PC brings with it.

The new Wireless Digital Multimedia Receiver brings content from the PC into the living room using a standard IEEE 802.11b ('WiFi') wireless link, so no complex wiring is needed for installation.

Philips DesXcapeTM 150DM detachable monitor gives users access to PC data and applications anywhere in the home.

The time of having to sit behind a computer screen to access the information you need, is over. The DesXcape [pronounced Desk Escape] from Philips allows you to access the data stored in your computer, or surf the Internet with all the convenience of a hands free telephone.

The ubiquitous state of technology today means you don't have to be sat behind your desk in order to be able to pick up emails, surf the web, or chat to friends. DesXcape is a multifunctional 'smart display' based on Windows technology. It enables you to access PC applications and data via a wireless network from anywhere in your home. It even comes in it's own cradle, so when docked, the DesXcape transforms from a cutting edge detachable monitor, to a top-of-the-range LCD computer screen.

For more information, visit www.philips.com.

Mar 14 - Fujitsu Combines Performance, Functionality, Style With New LifeBook S6000 Notebook. Fujitsu PC Corp., a wholly-owned subsidiary of Fujitsu Limited (TSE:6702), today unveiled its latest LifeBook S Series notebook --the LifeBook(R) S6000 notebook. Featuring Intel(R) Centrino(TM) mobile technology, the LifeBook S6000 notebook offers groundbreaking performance in a "thin & light" form factor. Yet it still retains the same impressive design and dimensions users have come to expect in this award-winning series.

"The LifeBook S Series has rightfully earned a reputation for excellence in its design and functionality," said Sara Nelson, vice president of marketing, Fujitsu PC Corp. "With the addition of Intel Centrino mobile technology, the LifeBook S6000 notebook takes the LifeBook S Series family to new heights, combining superior performance and exceptional functionality with a lot of style."

The LifeBook S6000 notebook is powered by the Intel(R) Pentium(R) M processor 1.40GHz and features the Intel(R) PRO/Wireless Network Connection 802.11b and Intel(R) 855GM chipset. This combination of technologies was designed specifically for mobile applications and works in concert to deliver the best mobile experience.

Fujitsu will begin shipping the LifeBook S6000 in late April. Models will start at $1,499. More information on complete line of Fujitsu mobile computing solutions is available at www.fujitsupc.com.

Mar 14 - Fujitsu Brings High-Speed Wireless Internet to Notebook, Tablet Users. Fujitsu PC Corporation, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Fujitsu Limited (TSE:6702), today announced it has teamed with wireless carrier T-Mobile USA Inc. to offer T-Mobile(R) HotSpot(SM) Wi-Fi(R) (802.11b) wireless broadband (WLAN) service to LifeBook(R) notebook and Stylistic(R) tablet users at HotSpot locations across the nation.

With the T-Mobile service, subscribers have instant high-speed wireless access at more than 2,200 T-Mobile HotSpots in airports, coffeehouses, bookstores and many other locations. They can use their Wi-Fi-enabled Fujitsu notebook or tablet to surf the Web, check e-mail or access their company network. And as an added incentive, for a limited time, anyone who purchases a Wi-Fi-enabled LifeBook notebook or Stylistic tablet directly from Fujitsu (www.fujitsupc.com) and signs up for T-Mobile HotSpot service will receive 2,000 free minutes of wireless Internet access.

"Fujitsu has continually redefined the concept of 'mobility' with each new generation of LifeBook notebook and Stylistic tablet," said Sara Nelson, vice president of marketing, Fujitsu PC Corporation. "By adding T-Mobile service to our list of offerings, we are enabling our customers to get a jumpstart on a 'truly mobile' lifestyle."

"T-Mobile HotSpot offers customers over 2,200 mobile office locations nationwide," said Laurie Stixrood, executive director and general manager of T-Mobile's HotSpot group. "By combining the carrier-class quality and reliability of T-Mobile's HotSpot service with the next generation wireless enabled notebooks and tablet PCs from Fujitsu, we are uniquely positioned to offer customers a truly amazing mobile experience."

All Fujitsu LifeBook notebooks and Stylistic tablets are available with wireless LAN (802.11b) capabilities -- from the sleek and powerful LifeBook S Series notebooks to the innovative and highly portable Stylistic ST4000 Tablet PC. Fujitsu customers have the option of choosing the T-Mobile HotSpot plan that best matches their particular needs. More information on Fujitsu mobile computing solutions and the T-Mobile HotSpot service can be found at www.fujitsupc.com.

Mar 14 - SuSE Linux Introduces New Linux Version for Home Users. SuSE Linux today unveiled its latest version of Europe's most popular, and the U.S.'s fastest growing, Linux package - introducing an easy to use, application rich desktop for home users.

Available April 14, SuSE Linux 8.2, sets a new milestone for ease of use - incorporating the latest version of KDE 3.1 - giving home users who want the stability and security of Linux easy transition from other platforms. Also, the wide variety of the latest Linux tools and applications provide customers a feature-rich and comprehensive Open Source operating system.

Desktop Comfort and Feature-Rich Applications for the Home PC

SuSE Linux 8.2 desktop features include:

-- KDE 3.1 - which includes a new look -- eases Internet access
with a new tabbed browsing functionality and includes a
download manager that greatly simplifies downloading. The
scheduler application KOrganizer now supports Exchange 2000
servers, enabling customers to easily sync their KOrganizer
data with Exchange.

-- GNOME 2.2 desktop - with improved usability and the accounting
application GNU Cash that includes the home banking standard
protocol HBCI.

Complete Office Solution

OpenOffice.org 1.0.2 delivers advanced word processing,spreadsheet, and presentation tools, together with mature filter functions for data exchange from/to various formats. Also included are advanced fax and phone capabilities for ISDN cards-- incoming fax messages can be received by e-mail and calls can be automatically received by e-mail as sound files.

Everything for Multimedia and Mobility

In addition to CD/DVD writing applications, sound mixing, editing, and an integrated synthesizer, SuSE Linux 8.2 is the first distribution to include MainActor, a professional video editing application, enabling customers to compose and edit digital movies. The KDE scanning application Kooka and the commercial OCR tool Kadmos enable users to scan both printed and hand-written texts into the word processing application.

Quick, Easy Installation

SuSE Linux 8.2's unique installation and configuration tool --YaST2 -- gives users the fastest, most comprehensive and secure set-up package in the industry - quickly and easily installing the software, identifying hardware components, setting up user administration, and configuring Internet access. The new SuSE Watcher also automatically informs users about security-related enhancements, enabling them to keep their systems always up-to-date.

Availability and Pricing

On April 14, SuSE Linux 8.2 will be available directly from the manufacturer via www.suse.com and at computer retailers. The recommended retail price for SuSE Linux 8.2 Personal (3 CDs, User Guide, 60 days of installation support) is $39.95; the price for SuSE Linux 8.2 Professional (5 CDs, 2 DVDs, User Guide + Administration Guide, 90 days of installation support) is $79.95.

More information is available at www.suse.com.

Mar 14 - SOYO Poised to Enter the Wireless Networking Market With the Launch of Aerielink. SOYO(R) Group, Inc. (OTCBB:SOYO), the leading global maker of award-winning motherboards, computer peripheral, portable USB flash devices, and barebone systems, today introduced a new line of complete wireless networking products for the expanding home and SOHO users. SOYO's Aerielink(R) wireless router kit is the first in the new line of high reliability wireless routers and access points, network interface cards (NIC), and wireless gateways.

Based on the maturing IEEE 802.11b standard, the Aerielink Wireless Router Kit, AS-WRO1401, features a wireless router and wireless USB adaptor for desktop and mobile devices. To capture the high volume entry-level market, Aerielink's kit is aggressively priced and features a user-friendly setup interface enabling plug-and-play capability.

Packing in an incredible transfer rate of 11 Mbps, the Aerielink wireless adapter for desktop and notebook PC features a convenient USB connector, support for 64- and 128-bit Wired Equivalent Privacy (WEP) encryption for secured networking, and two antennas (internal and external) for extended transmission range.

The Aerielink wireless router demystifies wireless networking with its full feature set and universal compatibility. Simple set up and configuration makes this product perfect for first time users. It offers IP sharing, firewall, power over Ethernet, and can double as a 4-port switch or home gateway. Once connected with other networked PCs, the wireless network allows users to share hard drives, DVD and CD drives, printers and provides shared access to a cable or DSL modem for Internet access.

"Wireless home networking has taken off among savvy, more technical home PC users who have installed such systems on their own," said Bruce Lin, Vice President of Sales & Marketing. "However, we see a growing demand among entry level home and SOHO users who seek cost effective solutions. The Aerielink Router Kit offers the best of both worlds, a full feature set at a competitive price."

"Upgrading from a wired to a wireless network can be intimidating," said Ming Chok, President & CEO. "In addition to the price incentive, we offer online troubleshooting and free technical support to ensure high customer satisfaction."

The Aerielink Wireless Router Kit is available immediately through authorized SOYO resellers at a MSRP of $169. Further information on SOYO products can be found online at www.soyousa.com.

Mar 14 - DVD Recorder Sales Will Pass DVD Players Within Three Years. According to new research from Strategy Analytics, DVD video recorders are set to become the next hot trend in digital consumer electronics. The findings, released to subscribers to the Broadband Device Strategies service, show that worldwide sales this year will reach 2.7 million units and be worth $1 Billion in retail revenues.
By 2005, consumers will spend more on DVD recorders than on play-only DVD players. Falling DVD recorder prices are being driven by competition between different format vendors and by new suppliers in the Far East and China.

Japanese consumers are already rapidly switching to DVD recorders, and this trend is now set to hit both the US and European markets. The average price of a DVD recorder will fall to $600 this year and to $450 in 2004, encouraging DVD owners to replace and upgrade their existing players.

"The arrival of DVD video recorders kick-starts the first wave of DVD player replacement," notes Peter King, Director, Broadband Device Strategies at Strategy Analytics. "The rivalry between different recording formats such as DVD-RAM and DVD+RW is actually proving beneficial by driving down prices more rapidly. Consumers can rest assured that all recorders will play all DVDs, and that's what counts."

The report predicts annual sales of DVD video recorders worldwide will reach 42.1 million in 2008. By 2008, ownership of DVD recorders will be in 40 percent of homes in the US, 33 percent of homes in Europe and 62 percent of homes in Japan.

For more information, see www.strategyanalytics.com.

Mar 14 - Notebook Manufacturer SOTEC America Changes Name to AVERATEC. SOTEC America, an emerging leader in innovative computing products, today announced an exciting branding transformation that entails a corporate name change to AVERATEC, Inc with an ensuing message of "mobility without boundaries."

"Today, we officially unveiled our new corporate identity," said Saeed Shahbazi, President of AVERATEC. "The AVERATEC brand will continue to symbolize a company whose key initiatives are to create innovative, stylish, high-quality, high-volume portable electronic products, backed by superior service."

This transition is extremely timely since AVERATEC will launch its next-generation thin and light notebooks in April 2003. Customers, partners, and channel alliances will again experience the company's commitment to bringing innovative products to the mobile computing world market with a 100% customer satisfaction program. AVERATEC's sister companies, AVERATEC Europe and AVERATEC Asia, will further expand the company's global presence.

This brand enhancement is representative of the increasingly important role the company plays in providing products that enrich people's lives in an all in one package at a fraction of the cost. At the same time the company is driving the personal computing market forward.

AVERATEC will continue to support all products purchased under the SOTEC America brand. For more information about AVERATEC, visit www.averatec.com.

Mar 13 - Intel Launches Intel® Centrino™ Mobile Technology. Intel Corporation today introduced Intel® Centrino™ mobile technology, integrating wireless capability into a new generation of mobile PCs that will bring business users and consumers greater freedom to connect in new places and in new ways.

Representing Intel's best technology for mobile PCs, Intel Centrino mobile technology includes a new mobile processor, related chipsets and 802.11 wireless network functions that have been optimized, tested and validated to work together. In addition to wireless communications, Intel Centrino mobile technology includes features designed to enable extended battery life, thinner and lighter notebook designs, and outstanding mobile performance.

"Unwiring the PC will change the way people use computers, allowing them to communicate, be productive or be entertained wherever and whenever they want," said Craig Barrett, Intel's chief executive officer. "Our focus on integrating all the elements of mobility allows Intel Centrino mobile technology to deliver an outstanding wireless computing experience and marks the first time we've put a combination of technologies under a single brand. This breakthrough innovation, together with industry-wide investment and Wi-Fi hotspot deployments, brings new computing and communications capabilities to businesses and consumers, adding value to mobile PCs."

Intel Centrino mobile technology-based notebook PCs are available immediately from leading computer makers worldwide. System pricing will start as low as $1,399, comparable to today's mainstream notebooks. Computer shoppers can identify these notebooks by a Centrino brand logo featuring a striking magenta color and the Intel Inside® mark.

The Technology Inside

The technology represented by the Intel Centrino mobile technology brand combines the Intel® Pentium® M processor, the Intel® 855 Chipset Family and the Intel® PRO/Wireless 2100 Network Connection. All components were optimized, validated and tested to work together with mobility in mind.

The processor is based on a new mobile-optimized microarchitecture that delivers higher performance and lower power consumption to enable longer battery life in today's mainstream systems. Key features include: Micro-Ops Fusion, which combines two micro-operations into one, enabling it to execute faster and at lower power; Advanced Branch Prediction -- a new implementation technique -- to help to reduce overall latency in the system contributing to higher performance at lower power; and the Dedicated Stack Manager, which reduces the overall number of micro-operations required to generate higher performance at lower power.

The processor is manufactured using Intel's industry-leading 0.13-micron process technology and consists of 77 million transistors. It also includes a 400 MHz power optimized system bus, a 1 MB low-power L2 cache (which turns off parts of the high-speed memory when it's not needed), and technology to reduce overall platform power consumption. It also provides support for Enhanced Intel® SpeedStep® technology with multiple voltage and frequency operating points, and Streaming SIMD Extensions II.

The Intel 855 chipset family includes two new chipsets developed exclusively for the mobile market segment, the 855PM supporting discrete graphics and 855GM with integrated Intel® Extreme Graphics 2 technology. The new chipsets also support Enhanced Intel SpeedStep technology, Deeper Sleep Alert State and an internal timer that automatically turns off the chipset clock when the chipset is inactive. The 855GM chipset also includes a low-power graphics power management mode. Both chipsets include a 400MHz processor system bus and support for up to 2GB of DDR 266 memory, along with support for USB 2.0 and Intel's I/O Hub Architecture.

The Intel PRO/Wireless 2100 Network Connection has been designed and validated to connect easily to 802.11b Wi-Fi certified access points. It also supports advanced wireless LAN security including 802.1x, WEP and VPN technologies, and will be software upgradeable to support WPA. In addition, through strategic collaboration with Cisco Systems, Intel Centrino mobile technology will support Cisco* LEAP and will be software upgradeable to Cisco* Compatible Extensions.

The Intel PRO/Wireless 2100 network connection has also been verified with leading VPN (virtual private network) suppliers. The wireless card is also available with Intel® PROSet Software, which offers many ease-of-use and low power features. It also supports an Intel developed technology that reduces interference with 802.11 signals and certain Bluetooth™ devices.

Measuring Mobile Performance And Battery Life

As measured by MobileMark™ 2002, the industry's first benchmark testing a combination of battery life and performance, Intel Centrino mobile technology-based systems can deliver up to five hours of battery life or more,* compared to about four hours on mobile Intel® Pentium® III processor-M-based system and about 3 hours on mobile Intel® Pentium® 4 processor-M-based systems.
On the same benchmark, Intel Centrino mobile technology offers 41 percent faster performance on multitasking office productivity applications compared to a mobile Intel Pentium III processor-M 1.2 GHz, and a 15 percent improvement compared to the mobile Intel Pentium 4 processor-M 2.4 GHz system.

In addition, users of Intel Centrino mobile technology based-systems will find 59 percent better performance in their Internet experience as measured by the WebMark* benchmark when compared to the mobile Intel PentiumIII processor-M 1.2GHz and a 13 percent improvement gain when compared to the mobile Intel Pentium 4 processor-M 2.4GHz.

Product Pricing

Intel Centrino mobile technology pricing includes the Intel 855PM chipset, Intel PRO/Wireless 2100 network connection, and the Intel Pentium M Processor at speeds of 1.60, 1.50, 1.40, 1.30 GHz priced at $720, $506, $377, $292 respectively in 1,000 unit quantities. Intel Centrino mobile technology also is available in a low voltage processor at 1.10 GHz and an ultra-low-voltage processor at 900 MHz priced at $345, and $324 respectively.

These prices represent the cost of each component (processor, chipset, WLAN) that together make up Intel's Centrino mobile technology. Intel also sells each device separately.

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

Mar 13 - Toshiba Announces Full Suite of Intel Centrino Notebooks. Toshiba's Computer Systems Group (CSG), today announced a full suite of Intel(R) Centrino(TM) mobile technology-based notebooks for mobile professionals who value advanced performance, integrated wireless LAN capability and extended battery life benefits.

Toshiba's Satellite Pro(R) M15 represents the first Intel Centrino mobile technology notebook in retail stores. In addition, the new Satellite Pro M10, Tecra(R) M1, Tecra S1 and Portege(R) R100 notebooks offer corporate customers and traveling professionals the latest technology designed for optimal productivity through increased battery life performance and wireless connectivity.

"Intel's development of the Intel Centrino mobile technology architecture strengthens Toshiba's wireless initiatives and directly compliments our strong focus on innovative mobile design," said Oscar Koenders, vice president product marketing and worldwide product planning for Toshiba CSG. "Our new products are a direct result of our collaboration with Intel to drive the proliferation of mobile and wireless computing, while bringing Toshiba customers exceptional performance and extended battery life to enhance the notebook experience and increase productivity."

"Intel and Toshiba share a strong vision to bring new mobile and wireless computing choices to mainstream consumer and business customers," said Anand Chandrasekher, vice president and general manager, Intel's Mobile Platforms Group. "Our combined efforts provide PC users with the notebook devices that allow people to work and play remotely, wirelessly and in a variety of usage scenarios."

Satellite Pro M10/15 Combines Consumer and Professional Features

The newly designed Satellite Pro M10/15 Series adds the perfect balance of multimedia features and style for both work and home use. It combines Intel Centrino mobile technology, 15-inch diagonal display, NVIDIA(R) GeForce4(TM) 420 Go graphics, Harman/Kardon(R) stereo speakers, a DVD-ROM/CD-RW multi-function drive, convenient CD and DVD playback buttons and a swappable Slim SelectBay(TM) for added flexibility and expansion capabilities.

It also includes dual mouse control (Accupoint(TM) pointing device and touchpad) functionality, one-touch TV-out button to easily connect to a television with a touch of a button, Secure Digital(R) slot and an i.Link(TM) (IEEE 1394) port and featuring 5.5 hours of battery life(a) with one battery and up to nine hours with two batteries.

Tecra M1 Series Designed For Corporate Customers and IT Managers

Weighing only 5.7 pounds and featuring more than six hours of battery life(a) (10 plus hours with optional second battery), the Tecra M1 Series incorporates Intel's Centrino mobile technology and provides customers with advanced power, battery optimization and wireless connectivity. Meanwhile, IT managers will enjoy the Tecra-family benefits of a stable, configurable notebook with a long product lifecycle.

The Tecra Series M1 also includes enhanced features such as a brightness sensor to control the 14-inch diagonal display in different environmental settings and a one-touch presentation button so the user can easily connect to a projector. A variety of communication options provide access to information on a corporate network and/or Internet via integrated Wi-Fi (IEEE 802.11a/b or 802.11b), Bluetooth, integrated 10/100/1000 Ethernet port and built-in V.92 modem.

The unit also includes a Secure Digital Media slot and an integrated i.Link(R) (IEEE 1394) port for ultra-fast data transfer from a variety of multimedia products.

Tecra S1 Series Provides Professionals and IT Managers A Scaleable Desktop-Replacement

Toshiba's latest addition to the Tecra family, the Tecra S1 Series, incorporates Intel Centrino mobile technology, providing advanced power, battery optimization and wireless connectivity delivering corporate customers a stable, scaleable notebook with an easy-to-configure platform. This desktop replacement offers heavyweight performance and features in a mainstream, notebook platform.

At just more than six pounds, customers don't have to sacrifice portability in order to gain desktop functionality. Comfort, style and convenience are also provided with a full-sized keyboard, 15-inch diagonal display (XGA/UXGA), integrated Wi-Fi (IEEE 802.11 a/b or 802.11b) and Bluetooth.

Portege R100 Series Offers the Ultimate in Mobility

At 2.4 pounds and 0.6 inches thin, the Portege R100 Series is the consummate ultraportable productivity tool for the highly mobile executive. The notebook includes Intel Centrino mobile technology and integrated Wi-Fi (IEEE 802.11a/b or 802.11b).

In addition, a 12-inch diagonal poly silicon display, 1.8-inch 20-30GB(b) HDD and optional PC Card DVD drive and slim port replicator round out the advantages. The primary battery offers up to two hours of battery life(a) and up to six and one half hours can be enjoyed with the second battery that is included with the unit.

ConfigFree(TM) Software Takes the Hassle out of Wireless Connections

All of Toshiba's Intel Centrino mobile technology notebooks ship standard with Toshiba's own uniquely designed ConfigFree software which allows easy control of communication devices and Wi-Fi connections. It enables the end user to find communications problems, offers the user suggestions and also creates profiles for easy switching between locations and communication networks.

This cuts down on an organization's overall support costs and eliminates needless trouble shooting calls to Toshiba's service and support call center. And most importantly, it keeps the end user productive by minimizing unnecessary down time.

Common Components Reduce Qualification Time and Further Lower TCO

Toshiba is building on its reputation for reducing TCO (total cost of ownership) by incorporating common components, accessories and docking solutions. The Satellite Pro M10, Tecra M1 and Tecra S1 share common components such as memory, most Slim SelectBay options (up to six including optical drive options, weight saver and added storage), wireless components, hard drive and SD Memory slot, so IT managers reduce the qualification time that would be required for differing components.

This compatibility allows IT managers to standardize hardware throughout their corporate enterprise, simplify product procurement and reduce support and inventory costs.

Pricing and Availability

The Satellite Pro M15 is available immediately at Toshiba's retail distribution channels including computer superstores and consumer electronic stores. The Tecra M1 and Portege R100 are available via corporate direct, shoptoshiba.com, mail order and traditional distribution channels.

The Tecra S1 is available via corporate direct and traditional distribution channels. The Satellite Pro M10 is available via shoptoshiba, mail order and traditional distribution channels. Estimated prices are as follows:

-- Satellite Pro M15 $1,999

-- Satellite Pro M10 $2,079

-- Tecra M1 $2,154

-- Tecra S1 $1,979

-- Portege R100 $2,199

For more information, visit www.toshiba.com.

Mar 13 - Dell Delivers New Family of Innovative Latitude Notebook Computers. Dell (Nasdaq:DELL) today announced a redesigned line of its award-winning Latitude notebook computers and docking solutions, incorporating advancements derived from two years of customer feedback.

The first two models, the Latitude D600 and D800, offer combinations of features and designs that include a Tri-Metal(tm) chassis and integrated wireless networking technology. Both can be paired with the D/View stand, which uses the notebook's flat-panel display as its primary monitor, saving space and cost for corporate customers.

"We've been working for two years with customers and IT managers to develop this new portfolio of notebooks for business users," said John Medica, senior vice president and general manager, Dell product group. "Through direct customer feedback we've designed these notebooks to meet, and in many cases exceed, their specific needs, including innovations in form factor, features, materials and usability."

The new Latitude "D-Family" builds on the award-winning "C-Family" of Dell notebooks, which set the industry standard for commonality and compatibility of accessories, including docking, media modules and AC adapters. Introduced in 1997, the Latitude C-Family became one of the most popular selling notebooks worldwide, helping Dell achieve the No. 1 position in medium and large business notebook sales since 2000. Dell will continue to sell C-Family notebooks for customers this year during a transition to the D-Family products.

The moonlight silver notebooks feature user-friendly design elements that will be common across the new product line. An improved layout provides easy access to the side module bay, and the smart-port location simplifies cable management. Each D-family notebook will also ship with QuickSet, a customizable software application that allows users to easily control power management settings, monitor system status, enlarge icons for high-resolution displays, and more.

For desktop functionality and convenience, the D-family notebooks will utilize the D/Port advanced port replicator or D/Dock expansion station, as well as the new space-saving D/View notebook stand. This unique docking station takes advantage of the new bottom docking port, allowing users to elevate the notebook display to eye-level and making an external monitor optional.

The D/View notebook stand was developed in collaboration with customers, including a Fortune 500 company in the automotive industry. Over the past two years, Dell met with a variety of customers to gather feedback and demonstrate progress. End users and IT mangers attended customer advisory councils at Dell's Round Rock, Texas, headquarters, or discussed the products and ways to reduce costs in deploying them during traveling "tech tours" in major cities around the world.

Based on customer requirements for investment protection and "future-proofing," D-Family notebooks include integrated smart card and Gigabit(b) Ethernet capability, dual-band (2.4GHz and 5GHz) wireless antennas and optional Bluetooth connectivity. Both the D600 and the D800 feature come equipped standard with Intel's Centrino(tm) Mobile Technology, featuring Intel's new Pentium(tm) M processor, which delivers high performance with lower power requirements, contributing to longer battery life, and Intel's PRO wireless 2100 (802.11b). Customers can also choose Dell's TrueMobile(tm) 1300 (802.11b/g) or the TrueMobile 1400 (802.11a/b/g) wireless solution.

About the Latitude D600

The new Latitude D600 is designed for the user who needs full function in a thin and light package. With a starting weight of 4.68 lbs and a starting price of $1,399, the D600 delivers an optimal combination of price, performance and portability.

About the Latitude D800

The new Latitude D800 represents a revolutionary step forward in performance notebooks, optimized for graphic intensive solutions and multimedia applications. Starting at $1,699, the D800 utilizes the same docks and accessories as the D600, and offers several additional features for the power hungry user, including: 15.4-inch wide aspect display, leading-edge graphics with up to 64MB of dedicated memory, and an IEEE 1394 port.

Information on Dell and its products can be obtained at www.dell.com.

Mar 13 - AMD Jump-Starts Competition in Thin-and-Light Notebook Market; Unveils 12 New Mobile Processors. At CeBIT today, AMD (NYSE:AMD) boosted competition in the notebook PC industry by introducing 12 new mobile processors for thin-and-light and high-performance notebooks. AMD partnered with leading notebook manufacturers such as EPSON DIRECT, Fujitsu Siemens Computers Consumer Division and Sharp Corporation to deliver on-the-go productivity and extended battery life for virtually all major notebook categories.

"AMD continues to bring competition to the PC marketplace while helping OEMs differentiate their mobile solutions and provide their customers with a choice of outstanding notebooks," said Rob Herb, executive vice president and chief sales and marketing officer for AMD. "Today's announcement means that notebook PC manufacturers can select from a wide array of mobile AMD Athlon(TM) XP-M processors, combining them with a variety of best-in-class wireless and chipset solutions to meet the needs of both business and home consumers."

Mobile AMD Athlon XP-M processors are designed with an open architecture, helping to ensure that the best available 802.11 wireless solutions from leading companies can be easily integrated into AMD processor-based mobile systems. OEMs can choose any wireless solution, including 802.11a, 802.11b and 802.11g, to best meet the needs of their customers.

AMD Processors for Thin-and-Light Notebooks

AMD is introducing the low-voltage mobile AMD Athlon XP-M processors 1800+, 1700+, 1600+, 1500+ and 1400+ with micro PGA packaging for the thin-and-light notebook market. This marks the first time AMD mobile processors will be featured in thin-and-light notebooks weighing less than four pounds, providing outstanding portability and extended system battery life for end users.

"The thin-and-light market represents the largest and fastest-growing segment of the notebook PC market," said Matt Sargent, director of research, Personal Computers, ARS. "The ability of manufacturers to customize their mobile solutions and offer a broad range of choices to notebook buyers becomes even more critical as small-business and home consumers join enterprises in the quest for portability and connectivity."

AMD Processors for Full-Size Notebooks

AMD is also introducing new mobile processors designed for end users who require high performance and extended system battery life in a full-size notebook. Featuring 640KB of full-speed, on-chip cache, the mobile AMD Athlon XP-M processor 2500+ outperforms competitive mobile PC processors by up to eight percent on a variety of industry-standard benchmarks.

AMD is now offering the AMD Athlon XP-M processors 2600+, 2500+, 2400+, 2200+ and 2000+ to meet the high-performance needs of business and home users. Both the AMD Athlon XP-M processors 2400+ and 2200+ are available in desktop replacement and mainstream notebook form factors.

Worldwide Availability

AVERATEC, Inc. plans to have thin-and-light notebook PCs based on new AMD mobile processors in major retail businesses in the U.S., Europe and Asia in the second quarter of 2003.

Fujitsu PC is expected to offer the thin-and-light LifeBook S2000 powered by the low-voltage mobile AMD Athlon XP-M processor in the U.S. immediately through retailer and reseller channels.

Sharp is expected to offer the thin-and-light Mebius Muramasa PC-MV1-VC1 notebook PC featuring the low-voltage mobile AMD Athlon XP-M processor in Japan by the end of March.

EPSON DIRECT in Japan plans to offer new mobile AMD processor-based full-size notebook PCs in April. HP plans to offer models based on AMD's new processors for mainstream notebooks in the first half of 2003. Fujitsu Siemens Computers plans to offer AMILO A notebooks for the consumer market beginning March 12 throughout Europe.


All pricing is in 1,000-unit quantities. The new mobile processors for thin-and-light notebook PCs are priced from $71 to $147. New mobile processors for full-size notebook PCs are priced from $87 to $246.

About the Mobile AMD Athlon(TM) XP-M Processor

The mobile AMD Athlon XP-M processors are compatible with AMD's Socket A infrastructure, and support the advanced 266MHz AMD Athlon front-side bus. The low-voltage mobile AMD Athlon XP-M processors are pin compatible with Socket A infrastructure, but are packaged in a smaller uPGA package. Mobile AMD Athlon XP-M processors are manufactured using AMD's 0.13 micron copper process technology at Fab 30 in Dresden, Germany.

For more information, visit www.amd.com.

Mar 12 - Intel Xeon Processors Speed Past 3 GHz. Intel Corporation today introduced its fastest Intel(R) Xeon(TM) processors, exceeding 3 GHz, for dual processor servers and workstations. The company also said that more than 9,000 companies around the world are now selling components or systems based on the Intel Xeon processor family.

The Intel Xeon processor at 3.06 GHz features a 512 KB level two cache and a 533 MHz system bus and the Intel Xeon processor at 3 GHz includes a 512 KB level two cache and a 400 MHz system bus.

"Intel continues to raise the bar on system performance and manufacturing execution by delivering the first processors to exceed 3 GHz for dual processor servers and workstations to system vendors worldwide," said Richard Dracott, director of marketing for Intel's Enterprise Platforms Group. "In 2003, we will continue to enhance the Intel Xeon processor family with industry leading performance and scalability."

Systems based on Intel Xeon processors are used as general-purpose servers for Web hosting, data caching, search engines, security and streaming media, and as workstations for digital content creation, mechanical and electrical design, financial analysis, and 3D modeling.

The Intel Xeon processor at 3.06 GHz is drop-in compatible with existing systems designed with the Intel(R) E7501 or Intel(R) E7505 chipsets, which have shipped in volume since November 2002, while the Intel Xeon processor at 3 GHz is drop-in compatible with systems designed with the Intel(R) E7500 or Intel(R) 860 chipsets.

The Intel Xeon processor at 3.06 GHz and the Intel Xeon processor at 3 GHz are available worldwide. Intel's suggested list prices are $722 and $658 respectively in 1,000-unit quantities.

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

Mar 12 - AMD Chairman Jerry Sanders Discusses Accelerating Recovery of Semiconductor Industry. Founder and Chairman Jerry Sanders delivered a keynote address at Semico Research's annual summit this morning, stressing that the adoption of a customer-centric approach to technology development --listening to customers and delivering truly innovative solutions based on their needs -- is essential to help increase information technology spending in the enterprise. Sanders defined "True Innovation" as innovation which makes the greatest possible technology relevant and available to the widest possible audience.

In addition to his keynote, Sanders was honored by Semico Research with its Bellwether Award. The Bellwether Award recognizes semiconductor industry leaders for their unique contribution to the advancement of their company's products and success. The award was presented to Sanders by Walden Rhines, Chairman and CEO of Mentor Graphics, the recipient of the award at the 2002 Summit.

"I am honored to be recognized by Semico Research for a lifetime of passionate dedication to an industry that truly has changed the way people work and live all over the world," said Sanders. "During the course of my career, the semiconductor industry has endured its peaks and valleys. However, one thing that has remained a constant is that truly innovative technology has always been the catalyst for our industry's growth.
"The great challenge our industry faces in maintaining the 10 to 12 percent compound annual growth rate I predict is not discovering a new phenomenon that will ignite our growth, but instead preserving the very foundation of True Innovation: free and open competition."

Sanders focused his remarks on how the semiconductor industry might accelerate its own recovery by strategically encouraging IT spending in the enterprise sector. "Enterprise customers are not saying they do not need new technology. They are not claiming that technology is not a priority. They are saying that for the first time since the start of the technology boom 10 years ago, spending is tight and there will be a much more disciplined look at which technology can best deliver on its promise while existing in today's economic realities. To get the enterprise buying again, we should develop technology with radical and relevant advances in functionality at dramatically lower costs."

Sanders pointed to the divergent choices available in 64-bit computing as a prime example of how the new spending criteria of the enterprise may impact semiconductor industry growth. "On April 22nd, AMD is scheduled to launch a 64-bit technology that lets the customer -- not the supplier -- decide just which machines and how many people need 64-bit power."

Sanders urged Semico Summit attendees to respond to the economic crisis facing enterprise customers by following the principles of True Innovation, even if it threatens the very business models that made the semiconductor industry rich during the tech boom. "The engine for growth in the semiconductor industry has always been offering greater functionality at lower cost. We must get back to the roots that made our industry one of the most important in the world. We must get back to competing openly and fairly by creating breakthrough technology that is available to the widest possible audience."

Sanders' presentation is available in AMD's virtual pressroom at www.amd.com/virtualpress/speeches.

Mar 12 - VIA Announces Serial ATA RAID Controller. VIA Technologies, Inc, a leading innovator and developer of silicon chip technologies and PC platform solutions, today announced the VIA VT6420 Serial ATA RAID Controller, the first controller to feature, SATA, RAID and a Parallel ATA-133 interface in a single chip package. Providing platform providers and system builders with the flexibility to reach multiple market segments and price points, the VIA VT6420 incorporates the very latest in IDE technology and is compatible with hard drives and IDE devices from all leading vendors.

The VIA VT6420 features two Serial ATA channels, supporting up to 4 devices, as well as one Parallel ATA channel supporting up to two devices. For even more flexibility, the VIA VT6420 has a SATALITE Interface which, when paired with a single Silicon Image Sil3012 external PHY chip, adds 2 more SATA channels at very low cost. The VIA VT6420 will be demonstrated at the upcoming CeBIT 2003 in Hannover, Germany.

"The combination of the new ultra fast dual channel Serial ATA interface at 150MB/s, the flexibility of multi level RAID configurations and backwards compatibility with Parallel ATA, delivers a whole new value proposition to the marketplace," commented Richard Brown, Director of Marketing at VIA Technologies, Inc. "We believe the VT6420 will propel Serial ATA toward mainstream market penetration in Q4 2003."

"Maxtor believes that Serial ATA hard drives and products such as these are paving the way for mainstream adoption of Serial ATA and will help ease the integration of Serial ATA into storage solutions designed for performance-oriented and bulk storage applications such as video editing and near-line storage," said Robert Wise, director of product marketing, Maxtor Corporation. "We look forward to continuing our relationship with VIA and applaud their effort to help accelerate the adoption of SATA into a broad variety of applications."

About the VIA VT6420 Serial ATA RAID Controller

The VIA VT6420, with dual channel Serial ATA for up to four devices, offers a genuine 150MB/s data transfer rate between storage devices and CPU, giving a significant performance improvement in data intensive and bulk storage applications. The Serial ATA interface also offers much simpler and more practical cabling and installation that will help system builders improve airflow within the system chassis. The VIA VT6420 also boasts the unique SATALITE interface that leverages the Silicon Image Sil3012 external PHY chip to add an additional two Serial ATA Channels.

In addition to Serial ATA, the VIA VT6420 provides multi level RAID support including RAID level 0 for maximum performance, RAID Level 1 for maximum security, RAID level 0+1 and JBOD. To ensure backwards compatibility the VT6420 also integrates a single channel parallel ATA-133 controller, eliminating the need for adaptors. The VIA VT6420 is compatible with a complete range of Intel, AMD and VIA based processing platforms, Microsoft Windows® 9X/ME/NT4/2K/XP and major Linux based Operating Systems.

A single chip solution with a small 15mm square BGA package, the VIA VT6240 is sampling now and will start volume shipment in April. For further information on the VIA VT6420, please see the VIA website at: www.via.com.tw/en/Products/vt6420.jsp.

Mar 12 - MPEG LA Resolves Apex Lawsuit. MPEG LA is pleased to report that the action it filed against Apex Digital Inc. for failure to pay royalties was amicably resolved at the end of 2002. Apex has paid all amounts due as reflected in its royalty reports, and the fact that the matter could be resolved in such an expeditious fashion is a credit to Apex, and will benefit both Apex and MPEG LA in the future.


MPEG LA successfully pioneered one-stop technology standards licensing beginning with a portfolio of essential patents for the international digital video compression standard known as MPEG-2, which it began licensing in 1997. One-stop technology standards licensing enables widespread technological implementation, interoperability and use of fundamental technologies covered by many patents owned by many patent holders. MPEG LA provides users with fair, reasonable, nondiscriminatory access to these essential patents on a worldwide basis under a single license.

For more information, please refer to http://www.mpegla.com, http://www.1394la.com and http://www.dvbla.com.

Mar 12 - February Component Order Index Shows Modest Gain. Electronic component orders increased in February compared to last year, but falling prices kept revenue growth flat according to the monthly index issued by the Electronic Components, Assemblies & Materials Association (ECA).

"Despite the geopolitical uncertainty facing most companies today, business is better than last year and growth appears to be poised for upward movement over the next six months," says Bob Willis, ECA president. Willis expects that pent-up demand will increase growth in most segments of the electronics economy, but the question remains whether prices will begin to rebound.

"Units are up, but it is hard in this climate to eek out any real sales success," says John Denslinger, ECA chair and senior vice president of sales for Murata Electronics. "The industry is continuing to adjust its infrastructure to reduce costs, as manufacturing in Southeast Asia continues to grow rapidly."

The Electronic Components, Assemblies & Materials Association (ECA) represents manufacturers and producers of passive and active electronic components, component arrays and assemblies, and materials and support services. It is a sector of the Electronic Industries Alliance (EIA), comprising more than 2,100 members that represent 80 percent of the $430 billion U.S. electronics industry. ECA members benefit from a dynamic link into a network of programs and activities in areas such as business and technical information, market research trends and analysis, access to industry and government leaders, technical and education training, and others.

For more information, visit www.ecaus.org.

Mar 11 - NVIDIA Unveils New GeForce FX GPUs. NVIDIA Corporation (Nasdaq: NVDA), the worldwide leader in visual processing solutions, today introduced its top-to-bottom family of NVIDIA® GeForce™ FX graphics processing units (GPUs), designed to bring cinematic computing to all desktop PCs.

The NVIDIA GeForce FX 5200, the industry’s first value DirectX® 9.0-class GPU, and the NVIDIA GeForce FX 5600, the industry’s highest performing DirectX 9.0-class GPU for the mainstream market.

“Today, NVIDIA is changing the way computer games look and feel,” said Jen-Hsun Huang, president and CEO of NVIDIA. “With prices as low as $79, the GeForce FX family gives every consumer and PC gamer a platform for experiencing cinematic graphics the way it’s meant to be played. With more than 1.5 million GeForce FX GPUs planned to be available by the end of April, the cinematic computing era is in full swing.”

Joining the award-winning, enthusiast-class GeForce FX 5800 GPU, the new GeForce FX mainstream GPUs are designed to address a full range of price and performance levels, all sharing the same cinematic computing feature set, including the CineFX™ architecture with advanced vertex and pixel shaders for stunning special effects.

In addition, the GeForce FX family of desktop graphics processors is supported by the NVIDIA Unified Driver Architecture (UDA)—the industry’s only true binary-compatible software architecture, guaranteeing software compatibility and stability, enabling the industry’s most reliable graphics platform.

The new additions to the GeForce FX family of GPUs include:

The GeForce FX 5600 GPU—Delivering cinematic graphics for the mainstream market, the GeForce FX 5600 GPU incorporates the full GeForce FX feature set, including Intellisample 2.0 for stunning quality enthusiast gaming. The GeForce FX 5600 GPUs deliver 30% more performance at half the price of the GeForce4 Ti 4600.

The GeForce FX 5200 GPU—The industry’s first value DirectX 9.0-class GPU, the GeForce FX 5200 GPU delivers GeForce FX cinematic computing and market-leading performance with best-in-class features and reliability for as low as $79 USD MSRP.

“In 2003, NVIDIA celebrates a decade of innovation and technology leadership in the graphics industry,” stated Huang. “We continue this tradition by delivering a full series of DirectX 9.0 GPUs in record time, approximately 100 days from the release of the new DirectX 9.0 API.”

“New technology announcements are always very exciting, but the latest and greatest graphics features have traditionally been expensive and limited to the hard core audience. With the GeForce FX family, NVIDIA is providing a platform for the masses to get the best gaming experience possible, at prices they can afford,” said a representative at Blizzard Entertainment. “This achievement is particularly exciting for Blizzard and we applaud NVIDIA for reaching this significant milestone in PC gaming.”

Available in April 2003, the GeForce FX family of cinematic graphics processors is being offered by a record number of add-in-card partners, including Abit Computer, AOpen, ASUSTeK, BFG Technologies, Chaintech, Creative, eVGA.com, Gainward, Leadtek Research, MSI, Palit Microsystems Inc., Pine XFX and PNY Technologies.

For additional details, log on to www.nvidia.com.

Mar 11 -Transmeta Reveals Features of Next Generation TM8000 Processor. Transmeta Corporation (Nasdaq:TMTA), the leader in efficient computing, today disclosed initial information about the company's next generation TM8000 processor. The TM8000, internally code named Astro, provides significant improvements to performance and energy efficiency for thin-and-light notebooks, tablet PCs, quiet desktops, small office/home office servers and high-density blade servers.

"Transmeta is a leader in mobile computing, first with the Crusoe processor and now with its next generation TM8000 processor," said Tim Bajarin, mobile market analyst and president, Creative Strategies. "When computer makers evaluate processors for the next generation of mobile devices and market applications, the TM8000 should be seriously considered for use in any new mobile system."

Transmeta's next generation TM8000 processor focuses on improving the user experience by increasing computing efficiency. It incorporates advanced versions of Transmeta's Code Morphing software and LongRun power and thermal management technologies. It also provides an industry leading capability to execute up to eight instructions per clock, compared to only four instructions per clock for most competing processors.

The TM8000 includes three new high performance bus interfaces. It has an on-chip 400 MHz HyperTransport(TM) bus interface, for increased input/output efficiency. The new processor also includes an on-chip Double Date Rate 400 (DDR-400) SDRAM memory interface.

DDR-400 SDRAM substantially increases throughput over earlier DDR-266 interfaces. The TM8000 has an on-chip AGP-4X graphics interface for industry standard, high performance graphics solutions. All three of these new interfaces allow the TM8000 processor to achieve more work per clock, which results in greater energy efficiency and longer battery life for mobile computer users.

"By incorporating an AGP interface directly on the TM8000 processor, Transmeta will be able to achieve design wins in new product platforms that were previously unavailable for TM5000 series processors," said Dr. Jon Peddie, a leading graphics industry analyst. "Transmeta is the first to incorporate a high-performance AGP interface on the processor chip, which continues the company's innovative strategy of incorporating key chipset functions onto the processor. This is the kind of cost saving and performance enhancement that PC manufacturers desire."

The TM8000 processor also incorporates the industry standard Low Pin Count (LPC) bus, allowing it to communicate with new, high-density LPC Flash memories. This bolsters Transmeta's goal of efficient computing by enabling fewer components, design flexibility and enhanced security.

"The leading edge of renewed corporate IT spending and the synergy of mobile computing with wireless connectivity will drive mobile PC shipments in 2003," said Shane Rau, senior research analyst, IDC. "We estimate that mobile PC unit growth will, in turn, drive mobile PC processor revenues up by over 10% this year to $5 billion."

The TM8000 was first demonstrated to original equipment manufacturer (OEM) customers at COMDEX in November 2002 and is scheduled for mass production in the third quarter of 2003. The formal introduction of the TM8000, and its new brand name, will occur later this year. The TM8000 will be fabricated in TSMC's advanced 0.13 micron semiconductor technology.

To learn more about Transmeta visit www.transmeta.com.

Mar 11 - Sharp Expands Actius Notebook Line. Sharp Systems of America today announced that they are adding two new notebooks to their Award-winning Actius notebook line.

The new notebooks, the Actius MM10 and the Actius RD10, feature innovations that break new ground in the market making significant advancements in mobility and multimedia performance. As a global leader in LCD and miniaturization technologies, Sharp has again leveraged its core competencies to engineer one-of-a-kind notebooks.

The Actius MM10 -- Seamless Mobility

Weighing in at only 2.1 lbs and just 0.54 inches thick, the quiet, fan-less Sharp Actius MM10 notebook computer is the thinnest and lightest full-featured notebook computer on the market. Equipped for wireless connectivity via integrated Wi-Fi, the Actius MM10 notebook will provide users never-before-seen functionality through the Sharp Connection Cradle, enabling a multi-PC usage model in which users are able to maintain data consistency with other computers.

In order to provide the ultra-slim Actius MM10 with the mobility-enhancing ability to maintain data consistency between itself and multiple computers, Sharp has partnered with Iomega Corporation to develop SharpSync(TM). Powered by Iomega(R) Sync software, SharpSync allows Actius MM10 users to seamlessly maintain data consistency between separate computers.

Reaping the rewards of Sharp's original high-density technology and the flexibility that Transmeta's 1 GHz Crusoe(TM) TM5800 processor offers, the Actius MM10 has been designed as the thinnest and lightest full-featured 10.4-inch notebook on the market. And because the Transmeta Crusoe(TM) Processor 5800 hardware architecture requires fewer transistors to achieve performance-level computing, the Sharp is able to maximize battery power in the Actius MM10 computer (up to 2.9 hours with the standard battery, and up to 9.0 hours using the extended life battery).

The ultraportable Actius MM10 integrates built-in IEEE 802.11b wireless technology alongside 100Base-TX LAN Ethernet connectivity, 256 MB DDR memory, a 15 GB hard drive, two USB 2.0 ports and Microsoft(R) Windows(R) XP Home Edition. The unit also includes the Sharp Connection Cradle (complete with battery-recharging functionality), PCMCIA modem card, and free external CD-R/RW & DVD-ROM through a rebate offer.

The Sharp Actius MM10 is competitively priced with an estimated street price of $1,499.

The Actius RD10 -- Unrivaled Multimedia Performance

Designed for high performance, the Sharp Actius RD10 muscles its way into the market boasting true desktop performance. Based on the Intel(R) Pentium(R) 4 2.8 GHz processor and driven by Microsoft(R) Windows(R) XP Home Edition operating system, the Actius RD10 is perfect for professional imaging, as well as memory intensive video and gaming applications. Complete with a 60GB hard drive, the Actius RD10 combines the performance and capabilities of a desktop computer with the flexibility of a notebook.

Leveraging Sharp's leadership in the LCD arena, the Actius RD10 boasts an extremely bright LCD display that is much brighter than standard notebook displays and provides viewing angles comparable to those of an LCD desktop monitor -- 160 degrees horizontally and 135 degrees vertically. The 15-inch XGA (1024 x 768) LCD screen provides bright, clear pictures in which even small letters are clearly legible. Featuring a bright button, the Actius RD10 LCD screen can quickly be switched to its highest brightness for movie/picture viewing, or to a lower brightness for typical office application usage. The Actius RD10 provides users with unparalleled video performance.

Maximizing the advantage of having the most advanced notebook LCD screen on the market, Sharp has partnered with NVIDIA(R) to include the GeForce(TM)4 420 Go graphic processing unit with 32 MB of dedicated graphics memory. The GeForce(TM)4 420 Go delivers a host of video enhancements that include power management (via the NVIDIA PowerMizer(TM) technology) and high-resolution anti-aliasing to deliver amazing detail and performance for all applications.

The Actius RD10 is competitively priced with an estimated selling price of $2,199.


Sharp Actius notebook computers are available immediately through Sharp directly (http://sharp.smartermall.com), or through Sharp's network of retail partners and reseller channels.

Mar 11 - Toshiba and Intel to Advance Adoption of Wireless Hotspots Across United States. Toshiba's Computer Systems Group (CSG) today announced it is working with Intel Corp. on a joint marketing campaign to advance the adoption of wireless broadband hotspots.

The program coincides with the forthcoming launch of Intel(R) Centrino(TM) mobile technology for notebook PCs that features built-in wireless capability. Toshiba will support the Intel Centrino mobile technology introduction with new mobile and wireless computing products on March 12.

Toshiba and Intel are working together to drive awareness of wireless broadband hotspots at public locations such as coffee shops, hotels and convenience stores. The co-marketing agreement will include direct marketing, advertising and point-of-sale materials. Additionally, the companies are performing interoperability verification on Intel's Centrino mobile technology with Toshiba's network, through Intel's Wireless Verification Program, to enhance the end users' wireless experience.

"We will strive to give our customers the most innovative mobile platforms, but we are also looking to fill the void in wireless access in public spaces," said Oscar Koenders, vice president of product marketing and worldwide product planning, Toshiba CSG. "We have an aggressive hotspot strategy and plan to wirelessly enable public locations across the country and believe that wireless technology combined with the notebook computer is a powerful and even addicting combination based on our customers' feedback."

Toshiba's Wireless Broadband Hotspot solution allows end users with Wi-Fi enabled notebooks or PDAs to connect with the access point, or hotspot to launch an Internet browser and access e-mail, surf the Web, watch streaming video or download multimedia presentations. Using Wi-Fi technology, also referred to as 802.11b, Toshiba's hotspot service makes it convenient for people who are traveling to connect to any Toshiba hotspot, reducing the complexity of data connection around the ability to gain remote access.

Intel's new Centrino mobile technology includes a mobile processor, chipset and built-in Wi-Fi capability that have been designed to work together to enable a great wireless notebook experience. The Intel Centrino mobile technology represents Intel's best technology for mobile computing and delivers an unwired computing experience while enabling extended battery life, outstanding mobile performance and thinner and lighter system designs.

"Intel and Toshiba are working together to advance wireless computing for mobile PC users by enabling broadband hotspots across the country," said Anand Chandrasekher, vice president and general manager, Intel's Mobile Platforms Group. "Our joint efforts provide business customers and consumers with the mobile computing devices and the network that enables the freedom and flexibility to wirelessly work and play."

The Toshiba Wireless Broadband Hotspot Solution is a new business opportunity that enables dealers and resellers to enter the hotspot market with little capital and minimal time. Toshiba's hotspot solution can generate revenues through connection for wireless access at each hotspot deployed by the hotspot operator.

Hotspot operators simply sell and install the hardware and conduct maintenance at the hotspot location, while Toshiba and Accenture maintain responsibility for back-end service and support to end users. Interested dealers may visit www.hotspot.toshiba.com for more information.

Mar 11 - HP Announces More Powerful Media Center PCs. HP (NYSE:HPQ) today announced two new additions to its HP Media Center PC line, bringing increased speed, power and functionality to home entertainment enthusiasts.

The new HP Media Center PCs 864n and 854n enable users to record live TV -- similar to personal video recorders (PVRs) -- burn the content to the DVD writer, and then watch the DVD in many standard home DVD players. Additionally, both Media Center PCs feature a six-in-one media card reader, improved graphics, faster processors and larger hard drives than previous models.

"Working in the music industry, I needed a computer that was reliable and effortless to use, that included great graphics, exceptional sound, was expandable, and had more than enough memory to store large digital audio and video files," said Bruce Morel, a music artist manager. "The HP Media Center PC enables me to download new audio, video and graphic material quickly and easily and is great for gaming online, as well as recording and playing back TV shows. HP has created a machine that provides connection, convenience and control over my digital world. I can't wait to see what the future holds for this line of home entertainment PCs."

All HP Media Center PCs include Microsoft(R) Windows(R) XP Media Center Edition, which allows users to enjoy the ultimate in digital entertainment features, including recording and pausing live television, a free electronic program guide and the ability to download, alter or burn their own digital music, digital photos, digital video and DVDs. The system can be operated in a standard PC format with a keyboard and mouse or with an easy-to-use remote control.

HP Media Center PC 864n and 854n Product Details

The new models now come standard with a DVD+RW/CD-RW drive (DVD writer and CD writer combo drive), providing increased storage options and advanced viewing capabilities. Users also can now record television and burn to DVD for viewing with most standard home DVD players with new Sonic MyDVD(R) software.

In addition to the features mentioned above, the powerful HP Media Center PC 864n includes an Intel(R) Pentium(R) 4 2.66/533-MHz processor, more than 100 hours of recorded TV storage with a 160-GB hard drive and 512-MB DDR SDRAM. The 864n also provides plenty of memory to store digital music, images and video files and features superior sound quality with Klipsch ProMedia 2.1 THX-certified 200-watt speakers and the Creative Labs Audigy 5.1 multi-channel sound card.

Representing a tremendous value for users looking to purchase an advanced home entertainment PC, the HP Media Center PC 854n features an Intel Pentium 4 2.53-GHz/533-MHz processor, 512-MB DDR memory and 80 hours of recorded TV storage capacity on a 120-GB hard drive. HP Media Center PC 854n users also can now choose to upgrade the PC audio system by adding speakers separately.

Both models also offer more than double the graphics memory than previously available with a high-resolution 128-MB NVIDIA GeForce4 MX 440 graphics card, providing users with an advanced, high-quality graphics experience whether watching DVDs, editing video or playing favorite 3D PC games.

All the PCs in the HP Media Center line include a remote control, 48x CD-ROM drive, floppy drive, PVR TV tuner card, HP Media Center keyboard providing easy access to entertainment features and volume control knob, an infrared (IR) receiver, TV-out, one front-access and four rear-access USB 2.0 ports, one front-access and one rear-access IEEE 1394 port, an IR blaster to control a set-top cable or satellite box, a 10/100 Base-T network interface and an optical mouse.

Pricing and Availability

The HP Media Center PC 854n retail model will be offered on-shelf in retail outlets including Circuit City, CompUSA, Best Buy, Fry's Electronics and Micro Center starting March 16 for an estimated U.S. street price of $1,399.

The 864n will be available at Circuit City, CompUSA, Best Buy, Fry's Electronics, Micro Center and Office Depot, and at select retailers in Canada starting March 23 for an estimated U.S. street price of $1,699.

Both models also will be available direct from HP online at www.hpshopping.com and through HP retail kiosks in the United States.

Mar 10 - ATI Launches Three New Graphics Processors. ATI Technologies Inc. (TSX: ATY) (NASDAQ: ATYT), in a first for the graphics industry, today simultaneously launched three visual processors for desktop PCs. With these processors, ATI cements its leadership at the high end and offers the best performance through the volume mainstream segments. The processors are being rapidly adopted by OEMs, system builders and retail partners.

Today's launch introduces three new RADEON(TM) product families, each with features, performance and value unmatched in their respective classes. The RADEON(TM) 9800 PRO is the fastest available and will win the hearts of hardcore gamers everywhere. The RADEON(TM) 9600 series delivers high-end features and performance with price tags that appeal to the broader market. The RADEON(TM) 9200 series, designed for the mainstream market, matches great value with performance and features suitable for today's 3D games.

"Last year we took the performance crown in the high-end. This year we deliver performance to the whole market," said Rick Bergman, Senior Vice President, Marketing and General Manager, Desktop, ATI Technologies Inc. "By rapidly driving our high-end technologies into the mainstream, we bring a compelling game experience to users across the board. Delivering three extremely sophisticated visual processors at once underlines the strength of our engineering teams and our ability to execute."

Gateway, Fujitsu Siemens and NEC are all announcing systems powered by the new RADEON boards. Gateway has chosen the RADEON 9800 PRO as the graphics powerhouse in their new 700XL system, which will be available soon. Fujitsu Siemens has selected the RADEON 9200, RADEON 9600 and RADEON 9800 products for its Scaleo PCs and NEC has chosen RADEON 9200 products for its Packard Bell range and the RADEON 9800 PRO for the NEC iSelect.

All the major gaming-focused system integrators have also chosen the new RADEON products. ABS Computers, Alienware Corp., CyberPower, Falcon Northwest, iBuyPower, MDG, and Voodoo PC will include RADEON 9800, RADEON 9600 and RADEON 9200 products in their current and upcoming systems.

ATI and its board partners, which include Connect3D, FIC, Gigabyte, Hercules, Hightech, PowerColor, Sapphire, Tyan, Visiontek, Wistron and YUAN, will announce and ship products based on RADEON 9800, RADEON 9600 and RADEON 9200 technologies starting this month.


Targeting the ultra-high-end/enthusiast segment, the RADEON 9800 products deliver unequaled performance, features, image quality and stability, which are the key criteria for hardcore gamers everywhere. A 256-bit memory interface and eight powerful pixel pipelines provide the brute force and finesse to deliver real-time, Hollywood-caliber graphics - even for the most demanding next-generation games - and sets it apart from anything on the market. Programmable shader engines, full speed, full floating-point precision and support for the latest Microsoft(R) DirectX(R) 9.0 and OpenGL(R) feature sets ensure games look great even at breakneck speeds. RADEON 9800 products illustrate an important point - you don't have to sacrifice performance for image quality.


Delivering the best product in the enthusiast segment is also crucial to winning mind share in the performance and mainstream segments, which represent large portions of the graphics hardware market. The RADEON 9600 series brings cinematic realism and unprecedented power to the performance segment, where customers are looking for the most advanced features and performance, at a more affordable price.

Driven by its full floating point architecture featuring quad pixel pipes and dual vertex engines, the RADEON 9600 series of visual processors deliver amazing performance, full support for the latest Microsoft(R) DirectX(R) 9.0 and OpenGL(R) feature sets and advanced anti-aliasing and anisotropic filtering technologies. The first of ATI's products to be developed using an advanced 130 nanometer production process, the RADEON 9600 products offer an excellent entertainment value.


Powered by an advanced quad-pipe rendering architecture, the RADEON 9200 series delivers a dazzling visual experience with the highest performance in its class. With a full suite of performance and image quality-enhancing technologies including full support for the AGP 8X and Microsoft(R) DirectX(R) 8.1 standards, and streaming video de-blocking capabilities, features unique in this segment, RADEON 9200-based products deliver sharp, clear graphics and video imagery. RADEON 9200 products offer an unbeatable value, with prices right for the most price-conscious consumer.


All of ATI's products, including these newest additions, are supported by CATALYST(TM), ATI's unified suite of software. CATALYST includes the only DirectX 9 driver that is Microsoft Windows Hardware Quality Labs (WHQL) certified, a key criterion for OEMs and corporate customers.

For more information on these products or ATI's current lineup of award winning products, visit www.ati.com.

Mar 10 - AMD Increases Worldwide Market Share in Windows-Based PC Markets in 2002. AMD (NYSE:AMD) today announced that Gartner/Dataquest Worldwide Quarterly PC Statistics 4Q/02 show AMD processor-based desktop and mobile computers increased worldwide unit market share to 19 percent among buyers of Windows(R)-based PCs in 2002.

"Despite the difficult economic climate and very competitive market conditions in the technology industry, PCs based on AMD's industry-leading microprocessors gained market share between 2001 and 2002," said Rob Herb, executive vice president and chief sales and marketing officer for AMD. "We attribute this success to the most diverse portfolio of computer processors in our history, now led by the highest-performing desktop PC processor in the world today, the AMD Athlon(tm) XP processor 3000+.

"AMD doubled its worldwide market share among buyers of Windows-based mobile PCs in 2002," Herb said. "With the upcoming launches of the low-voltage mobile AMD Athlon XP-M processor and the 64-bit AMD Opteron(tm) processor for servers and workstations, AMD will expand into the thin and light mobile PC market and the 4- and 8-way enterprise server market, strengthening AMD's portfolio of computer processors across new markets."

AMD's efforts to target emerging markets delivered market share gains from 2001 to 2002. Among buyers of Windows-based desktop and mobile computers in Latin America, AMD's market share increased from 16 percent to 28 percent between 2001 and 2002. In the Asia/Pacific region, which does not include Japan, AMD's market share among buyers of Windows-based desktop and mobile computers grew from 11 percent to 15 percent between 2001 and 2002. AMD's worldwide unit market share of Windows-based desktop and mobile PCs in 2001 was 18 percent.

For more AMD news and product information, please visit our virtual pressroom at www.amd.com.

Mar 10 - Immersion Debuts Force Feedback Software for All PC Games. Immersion, a leading developer and licensor of force feedback technology, (Nasdaq:IMMR), today previewed (booth No. 536) an industry-first consumer innovation, a beta version of a new software product called TouchWare(R) Gaming that can bring the sense of touch to every PC game.

"For the gaming market, the implications of this new technology are enormous," said Dean Chang, Chief Technology Officer and Vice President of Technology Adoption and Partner Services at Immersion Corporation. "Less than 5% of the PC game titles on the market today have built-in force feedback effects. TouchWare Gaming software can breathe new life into PC-Windows games by instantly adding realistic and fun force feedback effects with a simple download. These effects can then be experienced by the gamer through the many force feedback peripherals on the market today."

TouchWare Gaming, which can bring force feedback effects to all PC games for Windows 95 or later, helps broaden Immersion's partners' market reach and affords significant advantages over the large numbers of PC gaming products without touch. After months of research, Immersion devised an intelligent way to analyze sound effects, convert them using advanced algorithms, and map them to appropriate haptic effects. The breakthrough is more evidence of Immersion's depth of expertise and commitment to the gaming industry.

According to The NPD Group, only about 300 of the over 6000 PC-Windows game titles have pre-programmed force feedback effects. At the same time, the market research firm's data confirm that the force feedback market share of PC hardware peripherals continues to grow year over year. These numbers indicate a large, growing demand among gamers who want force feedback peripherals. Until now, gamers with haptics-enabled hardware have been limited to pre-programmed force feedback software titles and effects. TouchWare Gaming software fundamentally changes the gaming experience, enabling players to enjoy force feedback in any PC game by easily installing the software.

Immersion plans to announce the pricing and availability of TouchWare Gaming software by this summer. For more information, visit www.immersion.com.

Mar 10 - New Mac Utility Allows File Sharing with Windows XP. Apple has released a new utility in its .Mac system tools that allows online file sharing between a Mac and Windows XP user.

Per Apple, "If you have friends or colleagues using Windows XP (or if you use Windows occasionally yourself), a new utility available to .Mac members greatly simplifies file sharing.

"Send your friends to the .Mac website, where they can download the new iDisk Utility for Windows XP. Once they’ve installed the free utility, they’ll be able to access your iDisk Public Folder, retrieve files from it, and place files in it for you. A great way to distribute documents too large for email (like a PowerPoint presentation, FileMaker database, or Photoshop file), it’s also a convenient way to exchange resumes."

To learn more about .Mac and iDisk Utility for Windows XP, visit the .Mac website.

Mar 10 - Symantec Urges Businesses to Use Full-Application Inspection Firewalls. Given the rise in newly discovered network vulnerabilities, including the recent Sendmail Header Process Vulnerability, Symantec strongly recommends that organizations use their Internet-facing firewalls in full-application inspection mode.

"Network-layer security mechanisms dominate current deployments, but are proving inadequate in the face of more frequent application-layer attacks," said Mark Bouchard, META Group. "Vendors and users alike need to increase their focus on application-layer security controls in order to proactively protect networks from an increasing number of vulnerabilities."

The total number of moderate and high severity vulnerabilities documented in 2002 was 84.7% higher than the total documented in 2001, according to the Symantec Internet Security Threat Report, released last month. On average Symantec analysts documented seven new vulnerabilities each day over the past year.

"The increasing rate at which vulnerabilities are being discovered, coupled with the growing sophistication of malicious code that exploits these vulnerabilities, leaves organizations more open to attack than ever before," said Greg Gotta, vice president of product delivery at Symantec. "Stateful inspection firewalls examine the source of the information packet, but don't look at its contents in depth. By using externally facing firewalls in full-application inspection mode, organizations can examine the contents of the information packets for anomalous activity and further prevent attacks."

Symantec's full-application inspection firewalls employ advanced security features up to and including the application layer. In the case of an attempt to exploit an application in an anomalous manner, Symantec Enterprise Firewall, Symantec VelociRaptor, and Symantec Gateway Security protection solutions will detect this attempt and block it by default.

On March 3, 2003, a remotely exploitable vulnerability was discovered in Sendmail, a widely deployed email server. The vulnerability is due to a buffer overflow condition in the SMTP header-parsing component. Remote attackers may exploit this vulnerability by connecting to target SMTP servers and transmitting to them malformed SMTP data. Since these attacks violate parameters defined in the RFCs, no configuration changes to the default settings in Symantec's full-application inspection firewalls are required to protect against this Sendmail exploit.

Full-application inspection technology utilizes application layer proxies to offer the highest level of security for an enterprise firewall. Instead of traffic being scanned after only a cursory inspection at the IP or Session layer, the entire contents of the packet can be scanned through all of the layers of the TCP/IP stack. This allows for a much greater range of security features, as unique protocols are understood and examined. Stateful or network-layer inspection firewalls do not examine traffic at all layers of the TCP/IP stack, instead making a determination about the individual information packets based on headers rather than contents.

For more information, visit www.symantec.com.

Mar 09 - Sunday Shopping Watch.

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

Weekly Comparison. Prices were generally lower this Sunday compared to last weeks prices.

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

Best Buy is offering 6 months of MSN with any desktop or laptop purchase. They are also offering $150 mail-in rebates on all desktop packages and laptops. In addition, they have 18 month no-interest financing on all desktop packages and 12 month no interest financing on laptops.
Circuit City is offering 12 months no-interest financing on laptops with Intel processors.
Office Depot has 12 months no-interest financing on computer purchases over $298.
CompUSA is running Unadvertised Specials that you can print from their web site and take to your local store. In addition, they have 6 months no payment, no interest financing for purchases over $198.
Staples has no store -wide sales this Sunday.
Compare to Online Prices - Compare the Sunday ad prices to those being offered at DealTime, it searches over 160 online computer stores.

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

Caution about advertised prices. When reading advertisements, read the fine print of the ad to make sure you know what is being advertised and what it cost. For example, many advertisers will show a complete system with computer, monitor, and printer but advertise a price for the computer only.

* Prices discussed in this article. We report prices after rebates and discounts are subtracted.
Items highlighted in Black are good deals.
Items highlighted in Red means prices have gone up and the system is not a good buy this week.
Items in normal text means prices are about the same as the previous weeks.

Best Sunday Ad Deals
Product Description
Price* (see above)
Prices up or Down this Week
Best Celeron Deal
HP 2.2 GHz complete system
Circuit City
Best Low-cost Pentium 4 System
None advertised
1. Best High-end Pentium 4 System
HP 2.53 GHz complete system with 17" flat panel
Best Buy
2. Best High-end Pentium 4 System
Sony 2 GHz complete system with DVD-RW
Circuit City
3. Best High-end Pentium 4 System
Compaq 3.06 GHz complete system
$1349 (build-to-order)
Best Buy
1. Best Low-cost Athlon XP System
Compaq 1800+ complete system
Best Buy
2. Best Low-cost Athlon XP System
Compaq 2000+ complete system
Best Buy
1. Best Low-cost Notebook
Compaq 1.6 GHz Celeron with DVD/CD-RW
Circuit City
2. Best Low-cost Notebook
Compaq Athlon XP 2000+ with DVD/CD-RW
Best Buy
1. Best High-end Notebook
Sony 2 GHz Pentium 4-M with DVD/CD-RW
Circuit City
2. Best High-end Notebook
Toshiba 2.4 GHz Pentium 4-M with DVD-RW
Best Buy
Best Sunday Deal
Asylum GeForce 4 Ti 4600 128 MB
(after rebates)
Best Buy
Best Sunday Deal
Western Digital 7200 RPM 60 GB hard drive
(after rebates)
Best Buy
Best Sunday Deal
Maxtor 7200 RPM 160 GB hard drive
(after rebates)
Best Sunday Deal
(after rebates
Circuit City


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Additional Information. For additional technical information, advice on how to buy a laptop or desktop, and vendor and manufacturer links, please see our Computer Buying Advice page.

About Sunday Shopping Watch. Sunday Shopping Watch appears every Sunday (except some holidays like Easter and Christmas) in our News and Rumors column. It is a review of local (Dayton, Ohio) computer chain store advertisements. While we can not guarantee your local chain store has the same items, this article can help you make informed buying decisions.


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