May 15 - HP Reports Pre-Merger Second Quarter Results.
HP (NYSE:HPQ) today reported its financial results for its second
fiscal quarter ended April 30, 2002, the company's last pre-merger
The company reported second quarter revenue of $10.6 billion compared
to $11.4 billion in its first fiscal quarter. Sequentially, pro forma
revenue declined 7%, while gross margin increased from 26.9% to 28.7%.
The company generated cash from operations of $2.1 billion for the
quarter. Pro forma operating expenses were essentially flat on a sequential
basis and were 22.2% of net revenue.
Pro forma earnings per share (EPS) for the quarter was 25 cents,
in line with current consensus analyst estimates, compared to 29 cents
in the first quarter and 17 cents in the year-ago period, excluding
acquisition-related charges, in-process research and development charges,
amortization of goodwill and purchased intangibles, restructuring
charges and investment losses.
Including these items, reported GAAP EPS before an extraordinary
item was 12 cents per diluted share, compared to 25 cents last quarter
and 2 cents in the year-ago quarter.
U.S. revenue for the second quarter was down 11% sequentially and
16% year-over-year. Revenue from outside the U.S. was down 4% both
sequentially and year-over-year. In Europe, revenue was down 6% sequentially,
but up 2% year-over-year, the only region of the world to show year-over-year
improvement. Asia Pacific was down 2% sequentially and down 13% year-over-year.
Latin America was up 3% sequentially and down 12% year-over-year.
"We stayed focused and executed well during a difficult quarter,"
said Carly Fiorina, HP chairman and chief executive officer. "The
IT spending environment remains tough around the world. On top of
this, in the final weeks of the quarter, 400 senior managers were
named to their assignments in the new HP, and we were involved in
a highly visible lawsuit. While there was real potential for distraction,
"Weakness in our computing systems business, embedded and personal
systems business and our consulting services business persisted in
the second quarter, but was offset by solid performance in our imaging
and printing and IT outsourcing and support businesses.
"Despite the tough enterprise spending environment, during the
quarter HP held its own relative to our competitors in key segments
of the enterprise market, including UNIX servers, storage and printing.
While revenues in our consumer business were down slightly, operating
profit for the business was strong with all regions of the world posting
"Continued focus on cost structure and expense management resulted
in significant gross margin improvement led by our imaging and printing
"Meanwhile, our ongoing efforts to aggressively manage the balance
sheet are paying off. We again reduced inventory by almost $500 million
in the quarter. Cash flow from operations was a healthy $2.1 billion
for the quarter, and we exit the period with nearly $9 billion in
cash and short-term investments.
"Today, we announced HP employees will receive a Company Performance
Bonus for the first time in 18 months. Looking back at our performance
during the first-half of our fiscal year, there is a lot to be proud
of. Nevertheless, we are realistic about the hard work ahead of us,"
HP can be found online at www.hp.com.
May 15 - Microtek Ships ScanMaker 6700:
4800 x 2400 DPI Scanner. Microtek Lab, Inc., a 20-year veteran
in scanning technologies and a leader in graphic imaging solutions,
is now shipping the ScanMaker 6700. This powerful, network-capable
scanner for office users offers 48-bit color depth and 4800 x 2400
dpi optical resolution, as well as dual FireWire and USB connections.
The ScanMaker 6700 achieves a true optical resolution of 4800 x 2400
dpi by using the Sigma Six(TM) CCD (Charge Coupled Device) technology,
with six rows of sensors, to scan intricate details with exceptional
accuracy. The 48-bit color depth reproduces trillions of colors, and
the integrated 16-bit ADC (analog-to-digital converter) converts originals
into digital data with high fidelity.
The ScanMaker 6700 allows users to share the scanner with peers over
a LAN (Local Area Network). With Microtek's LANWizard(TM) scanning
software for PCs, the ScanMaker 6700 provides more versatility and
ease of use for network image sharing. Intuitive icons and network
messaging allow users on the network to know the exact status of their
scanning jobs and when the scanner is available for access. The ScanMaker
6700 also includes a PCI FireWire host adapter, offering Windows PC
users an easy upgrade path to FireWire.
Additional value-added features include a built-in transparency adapter
for scanning up to 4" x 5" transparent originals. Combined
with Microtek's patent-pending FilmView(TM) technology, the lid also
serves as a light box for previewing slides and film.
Microtek's electronic design provides FireWire and USB connections
for both PC and Mac systems. The ScanMaker 6700 offers an optional
50-page automatic document feeder, the ADF-650, with an SRP of $199.99.
The ScanMaker 6700 is listed at $399.99.
Information about Microtek can be found on the Web at www.microtek.com.
May 15 - Red-M Genos Software Unites
Wireless LAN and Bluetooth. Red-M(TM), the leader in wirelessware
and wireless networking products, today announces version 2.1 of its
Genos(TM) core software which enables the full integration of 802.11
wireless LAN and Bluetooth into one unified wireless network supporting
the vast range of multi-vendor wirelessly-enabled devices and applications.
Genos is uniquely designed to provide organizations with a highly
scalable system for building large-scale managed and fully secure
wireless networks. Optional Genos modules will allow maximum flexibility
for adding advanced applications and services, such as in-building
The Genos core software implements a unique 5-layer wireless security
model that provides unparalleled control and security over an entire
wireless network. To achieve this, Genos combines wireless management
and security standards with vendor-specific extensions built into
different access points. As a result, Genos can prevent, at the point
of entry into the wireless network, unauthorized wireless users accessing
the network and hacking into critical data, as well as detecting unauthorized
The 5-layer model includes: wireless VPN data encryption using the
IPSec protocol; integrated, customizable wireless firewall; native
authentication for Bluetooth devices; up to 128 bit dynamic WEP key
encryption for WiFi supported by 802.1x, and native 128 bit encryption
for Bluetooth; and device address and access point authentication.
For additional flexibility, Genos can also be easily integrated with
corporate firewalls and VPN systems.
Genos provides a sophisticated wireless policy control scheme that
allows the network manager to define the rights and privileges for
individuals and groups of users, devices and access points. For management
from third party enterprise management systems and web browsers, Genos
supports industry standard SNMP and HTTPs protocols. Genos also provides
an XML-based application program interface (API) that allows wireless
applications to access and control the wireless network and attached
devices. Application developers are already using this API to develop
powerful wireless applications such as asset tracking and location-based
Simon Gawne, vice-president and co-founder of Red-M adds: "Genos
overcomes the complexities for both users and network managers operating
enterprise-wide wireless networks. Genos is the first wirelessware
to unite a mix of technologies, devices and different vendors' products.
Our unique Genos software is designed to provide organizations with
a highly scalable solution that can encompass advanced wireless applications
such as mobile in-building voice."
Genos core version 2.1 begins commercial shipments through Red-M's
authorized partners this month, with prices starting at $7,500. For
further information visit www.red-m.com/genos2.1.
May 15 - Nintendo Ushers in GameCube Wireless Control
At Lower Price. Nintendo gives gamers the ultimate freedom when
it introduces the WaveBird(TM) wireless controller for NINTENDO GAMECUBE(TM)
on June 10 at a new lower MSRP of $34.95.
Capable of maneuvering Mario, mastering Samus's combat or piloting
Fox McCloud's Arwing from up to 20 feet (6 meters) without wires,
the device transmits radio frequency (RF) signals to a receiver plug
that fits into one of the controller sockets on a NINTENDO GAMECUBE.
Nintendo is also lowering the price of the standard controller to
a suggested $24.95, effective May 20, 2002.
The same size of the standard NINTENDO GAMECUBE controller, the WaveBird
has a slightly extended lower end to accommodate two `AA' batteries
that provide more than 100 game play hours of wireless control. The
RF standard enables the wireless connection to stand true -- even
under the covers or behind a wall. With 16 different channel frequencies
to choose from, four WaveBird controllers can easily hook up to a
single machine, enabling a totally cordless multiplayer experience.
"Nintendo always strives to improve the players gaming experience,"
says Peter MacDougall, executive vice president of sales and marketing
at Nintendo of America Inc. "The WaveBird controller, with its
new lower price point, exemplifies our commitment, allowing players
to get comfortable and enjoy new freedom, while still being connected
to the on-screen action."
For more information about NINTENDO GAMECUBE or any other Nintendo
product visit the company's Web sites, www.nintendo.com
May 15 - DVvideo.com Announces HotSwap
IEEE 1394 Hard Drive Enclosures. DVvideo.com, the digital video
starting point, announces the availability of the HotSwap IEEE1394/FireWire/iLink
hard drive enclosures.
DVvideo.com HotSwap Hard Drive Enclosures are a pro-grade product
delivering a convenient, speedy, scaleable and portable alternative
to the complexity of installing internal hard disk drives in a computer.
Offering plug and play ease-of-use, users will appreciate the significant
value, convenience and performance this product provides.
"Its speed and scalability allow the HotSwap solution to fill
a storage void for many digital video editors and media creators,"
said president and founder of DVvideo.com, Ben Miskie. "Because
of it's industrial strength, speed, and hotswap-ability, the HotSwap
Enclosures can be especially useful for digital video editors and
media creators whose storage needs grow very rapidly."
DVvideo.com HotSwap Enclosures offer the highest performance and
durability available equipped with an included premium heavy-duty
gold plated 6pin/6pin cable, a triple fan cooling system, complete
compatibility with both Mac OS9/OSX and Windows platforms, ATA-6 compatibility,
and the ability to insert and remove hard drives while the computer
is running. Because the HotSwap Enclosures are external and connect
via FireWire, they can complement perfectly any computer requiring
external high performance storage, such as an iMac or any laptop.
"Like the DVvideo.com Premier Enclosures ($139), the DVvideo.com
HotSwap Enclosures take advantage of the 2nd generation Oxford 911
chipset," Miskie added. "Using the Oxford 911 chip and an
enhanced firmware enables our product to achieve real world transfer
speeds of up to 40 MB/s, fast enough to directly capture DV video."
Pricing and Availability
DVvideo.com HotSwap IEEE1394 Hard Drive Enclosures are priced at
$225 and are available immediately at DVvideo.com. For more information
May 14 - Nintendo Reveals Online Gaming
Plans for GameCube. Nintendo of America Inc. unveiled plans for
its online gaming initiative for NINTENDO GAMECUBE(TM), slated to
begin this fall.
The first announced product is Sega's Phantasy Star Online Episode
I & II launching this fall in North America. Sega's game will
be playable at the upcoming Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3) starting
May 22 in Los Angeles.
Nintendo's network strategy is built on the philosophy that online
will be most successful if the game play is extremely compelling and
highly affordable. To match this philosophy, Nintendo's initiative
consists of a flexible development program, favorable publisher business
model, and support for all consumers whether the player connects by
modem (narrowband) or broadband.
"Nintendo is known for great gaming and our first priority is
to continue that legacy, " explains Satoru Iwata, director, corporate
planning, Nintendo Co. Ltd. "Game content developed with that
sole mission will enhance the joy of video gaming."
"The profitable part of the online business is very likely several
years away. Entering the business because it's the hot topic of the
day doesn't make a profitable business nor satisfied customers,"
Iwata adds. "That's why it will be a part of Nintendo's strategy,
not the mainstay, as other companies are attempting to do. There still
are too many barriers for any company to greatly depend on it."
Nintendo currently is making software development kits available
to developers worldwide. It will begin selling both the NINTENDO GAMECUBE
v.90 Modem Adapter and the NINTENDO GAMECUBE Broadband Adapter this
fall at retail for an MSRP of $34.95 each.
"We understand the strong appeal of online gaming to a select
group of video game players, and indeed, it's one way to increase
their satisfaction in exploring new types gaming," says Peter
MacDougall, executive vice president, sales and marketing, Nintendo
of America Inc. "To make online more appealing to the rest of
the game-playing population, we're taking concrete steps to aid our
development partners in overcoming some of the inherent technical
and financial obstacles to successful online games."
For more information about NINTENDO GAMECUBE or any other Nintendo
product visit the company's Web sites, www.nintendo.com
May 14 - Sampo America Launches
High-Performance Plasma Video Monitor. Sampo America, a leading
provider of advanced display technologies for consumer and business
applications, today made plasma display technology affordable with
the launch of the PME-42S6.
The new full-featured 42-inch high-performance plasma video monitor
is targeted at fulfilling the demanding performance and price requirements
of video enthusiasts and consumers.
Sampo's fanless PME-42S6 video monitor incorporates a robust feature
set designed specifically for video enthusiasts and consumers including
side-by-side picture, picture-in-picture, 3-to-2 pull-down processing
to minimize motion artifacts for film-based content, 3-D digital comb
filter, dual high-definition component video inputs, discrete power
and input controls, and a full-function remote control.
"We're excited to bring to market a high-performance plasma
video display solution that provides an extensive video functionality
to support the demanding requirements of home theaters and video enthusiast
applications at an industry-leading price point," explained Brian
Ballard, director of sales for Sampo America.
"The PME-42S6 reflects the integration of a host of new features
designed to make the displays easier to use for the average consumer,
while providing an increased level of performance to suit the needs
of video enthusiasts."
Sampo's high-performance PME-42S6 (852 x 480 pixels) is a fan-less
42-inch widescreen video monitor incorporating Sampo's MotionDSC(TM)
Digital Processor, which provides adaptive motion de-interlacing for
digital progressive line scaling and 3-to-2 pull-down processing for
film-based video content.
The PME-42S6 offers a robust feature set including selectable preset
color temperature settings, variable image aspect ratios controls,
user selectable fixed or variable audio outputs, built-in amplifier
and speakers, and BBE(R) and SRS(R) Surround Sound processing.
Connectivity options for the PME-42S6 include: composite, S-Video,
high-definition component video, DVI and RGB inputs for computer applications,
RGB output for loopout functionality and RS-232 and USB ports are
provided for remote control purposes.
An optional NTSC TV/CATV tuner module expands the monitor's capabilities
to include cable or over-the-air television reception capabilities
with convenience functions such as Closed Caption decoding, favorite
channel programming, channel lock and V-Chip parental control.
Sampo's plasma monitors are available through specialty audio/visual
retailers. The PME-42S6 is available now at a list price of $4,999.
Additional information about Sampo America is available at www.sampoamericas.com.
May 14 - Supreme Court Decision Gives
Telecom Competition Critical Boost. According to Z-Tel Technologies,
Inc. (Nasdaq: ZTEL), a leading provider of advanced local, long distance
and enhanced telecommunications services, the competitive telephone
industry received a critical boost and validation from the U.S. Supreme
In the final chapter of litigation that has run for over five years,
the Supreme Court affirmed the Federal Communications Commission's
rules requiring that incumbent local telephone companies provide entrants
like Z-Tel access to "unbundled network elements" at cost-based
rates established pursuant to the Total Element Long-Run Incremental
Cost (TELRIC) pricing standard. In addition, the Court reinstated
FCC rules that require incumbents to provide companies like Z-Tel
access to combinations of elements, including the combination of loops
and switching that provide the basis for the Unbundled Network Element-Platform,
"This ruling is nothing less than a landmark win for telecom
consumers and for the competitive phone industry," commented
Robert A. Curtis, Senior Vice President, Strategic Planning for Z-Tel.
"Today's move by the Supreme Court helps to entrench a competitive
environment in this country once and for all, because it not only
provides a firm foundation for pricing the UNE-Platform, but it also
supports the availability of unbundled loop-switching combinations
that are the heart of the UNE-Platform.
"The overarching theme of the Court's decision is that the TELRIC
rules create an environment in which the market - and not regulators
-determine when and where it is appropriate for entrants to deploy
their own facilities. It is the FCC's job to implement that mandate."
Z-Tel Public Policy Papers Nos. 3 and 4, available for download at
www.ztel.com, provide evidence that where
access to unbundled local switching and the UNE-Platform is unrestricted,
residential and small business consumers enjoy more competitive entry
and new entrants deploy more switching facilities.
Curtis added, "Justice Souter's decision validates Z-Tel's research
and soundly rejects Bell company arguments against unbundling. And
despite constant Bell company pleas, the FCC cannot now re-write the
Act contrary to the wishes of Congress and the Court."
"Today's decision ends years of litigation and delay,"
concluded Curtis. "Even though the Bell companies fought these
UNE pricing rules since September of 1996, not one of them has actually
challenged a specific rate in any state. These kinds of roadblocks
to TELRIC have caused entrants like Z-Tel delay and uncertainty. With
the vindication of TELRIC we received today, those roadblocks are
gone. The states are now free to act in the best interest of consumers,
and emerging carriers are free to compete effectively."
May 14 - VeriChip Health ID Implant Launched
In U.S. Market. Applied Digital Solutions, Inc. (Nasdaq: ADSX),
an advanced technology development company, today announced the successful
launch of VeriChip(TM) in the U.S. market with the first-ever "chipping"
of the Jacobs family and Nate Isaacson.
Nearly 40 major media organizations from around the world covered
Following the Jacobs family "chipping," the company held
a press conference at the Boca Raton Resort & Club. During the
press conference, company executives described the business model
and the market rollout plans for VeriChip's personal verification
applications in the healthcare arena. Applied Digital's President,
Scott R. Silverman, explained in his remarks that the rollout involves
three main categories:
-- VeriChip Subscribers (individuals who decide to "get
-- Authorized VeriChip Centers (healthcare facilities where the
"chipping" procedure takes place); and
-- VeriChip System Affiliates (including hospitals, EMTs, search
and rescue units, and urgent care clinics) that will use the
proprietary VeriChip scanners to read Subscriber VeriChips.
These three categories are supported by the Global VeriChip Subscriber
(GVS) Registry service, which provides immediate access to a secure
database containing vital Subscriber personal verification and Subscriber-provided
By seamlessly integrating the GVS Registry and the proprietary VeriChip
scanner, healthcare professionals will have instant access to the
vital information provided by the Subscriber such as allergies to
medications, medical device implants, pre-existing medical conditions
and emergency contact numbers. The entire VeriChip program is designed
to save lives in an emergency and enhance the peace of mind of Subscribers
and their loved ones.
The GVS Registry Service is hosted and maintained by Digital Angel
Corporation's (Amex: DOC) state-of-the-art operations centers in Riverside,
California, and Owings, Maryland. Complementary, 24/7 call-center
services are provided by a physician-supervised staff of support associates
in Owings, Maryland.
Commenting on the successful VeriChip launch on May 10th and on the
plans for the initial rollout in Palm Beach and Broward counties,
Mr. Silverman said: "VeriChip has been successfully launched
in the U.S. market. We've attracted enormous media attention. We've
demonstrated to a worldwide audience how quick and easy the procedure
is. Now it's time to make this amazing new product available to what
we believe is a very large and receptive customer base. A top priority
is to continue to coordinate with area hospitals and other potential
affiliates in South Florida to ensure that scanners are made available
and properly deployed. We've received very positive responses from
potential affiliates in our test market. We expect to begin donating
scanners to participating System Affiliates in the next three weeks."
Mr. Silverman said that the VeriChip rollout would follow the successful
business model used by Applied Digital's sister company, Digital Angel
Corporation, with the introduction of the now familiar companion animal
identification system (HomeAgain(TM)). At first, veterinarian clinics
and animal shelters did not have the scanners used for identifying
To encourage the use of its scanners and ID chips, Digital Angel (previously
known as Destron-Fearing Corporation) donated scanners to vets and
shelters and provided educational materials about using the pet ID
technology. This model has proven to be extremely effective. Digital
Angel scanners now enjoy the overwhelming leadership position among
U.S. veterinary clinics.
The South Florida rollout will also feature the use of the first
ChipMobile(TM) - a state of the art, medically equipped mobile unit
that will deliver VeriChip to initial target markets such as elder
care centers, critical care facilities and Generation Y events. The
Palm Beach and Broward rollout will last until June 30, 2002, at which
time the company plans to assess the results and then move into other
geographic markets and initiate nationwide distributor alliance programs.
The company announced that Dr. Wulkan also performed the "chipping"
procedure on three of its senior executives: Richard J. Sullivan,
Chairman and CEO; Scott R. Silverman, President; and Dr. Keith Bolton,
Vice President and Chief Technology Officer. Mr. Silverman commented:
"All three of us wanted to 'get chipped' to experience for ourselves
just how safe and easy the procedure is and to demonstrate to the
world our complete confidence in the success of this exciting, life-enhancing
For more information, visit the company's website at www.adsx.com.
May 14 - Market Growthh for Wireless
Internet Access Predicted. Two of the most successful technologies
of the 20th century - the Internet and mobile telephony - have formed
another promising technology, wireless Internet access, but the great
promise of this technology remains unfilled. Will it ever be realized?
According to Pioneer Consulting's latest market & technology
assessment report, Wireless Internet Access over Unlicensed Spectrum:
An Alternative to 3G Mobile Data Networks, wireless Internet access
offers a sizable market opportunity with global equipment revenues
expected to grow from $3.1 billion (USD) in 2002 to $19.1 billion
in 2008. Profiting from this growth will be 4th Generation (4G) wireless
equipment providers such as Avaya, Nokia, Cisco, Sierra Wireless,
Compaq, Linksys among others.
Initially, the market opportunity for wireless Internet access was
not realized for several reasons including, its prematurity, lack
of development and the market's failure to recognize these realities.
Today, however, the Internet and mobile worlds are finally beginning
to converge, creating a new market that will entail impressive growth.
According to Pioneer Consulting's report, the market for wireless
Internet access will begin to take off over the next few years, as
mobile operators, wireless ISPs, and fixed operators begin to build
"hot spot" locations based on 4G technology (wireless LANs
based on 802.11b, a, g, HIPERLAN standards) and 2.5G and 3G networks.
The report predicts that service provider revenues for mobile and
wireless Internet access will grow from $1.0 billion (USD) in 2002
to $18.4 billion by 2008. 4G service providers including Voicestream
(through Mobilestar purchase), Wayport, Boingo and Air2LAN are inline
to see revenues increase with the adoption of wireless Internet access
"Lower equipment costs, higher bandwidth services, access to
corporate intranets, and focus on high-traffic areas will help 4G
succeed where previous generations of mobile data struggled,"
says Paul Kellett, senior director of research at Pioneer Consulting.
"In addition, the large potential user base created by the phenomenal
growth of wireless networking will help to spur the rapid growth predicted
for public access."
For more information on Pioneer Consulting and its products and services
visit the company's Web site www.pioneerconsulting.com.
May 13 - Dell Introduces New Micro-Portable
Projector. Dell (Nasdaq:DELL) today announced U.S. availability
of the 3100MP projector, a 3.5-pound unit that can project anything
from sales figures to feature films at up to 294 diagonal inches,
nearly five times the size of the largest home television sets.
The $2,499 projector uses Digital Light Processing(tm) technology,
enabling crisp, bright images while significantly reducing size and
weight. Other features include XGA (1024x768 pixel) resolution, a
maximum brightness of 1050 ANSI lumens, and a 2-year limited warranty
with Advance Exchange. Setup is a quick plug-n'-present operation,
with the display resolution automatically adjusting to accommodate
the source device, including virtually any notebook computer.
"Projectors are a logical complement to a notebook computer for
presenters," said Gerry Smith, vice-president of Peripheral Development
and Procurement. "Our goal with this product is to deliver the
practicality and features our customers want at a great value. We've
created a projector that not only addresses the needs of a broad spectrum
of customers, but stands on its own as a strong entry into the market."
The 3100MP is housed in a sturdy magnesium chassis and can be oriented
on a desktop, mounted to a ceiling (with available kit), or easily
adjusted to project from behind a screen. Other standard features
include integrated zoom lenses, digital keystone correction, built-in
2-watt speaker, and a full-function remote control with integrated
laser pointer. The projector ships with cables (DVI-I to VGA, S-Video,
component video, RCA, remote mouse, and audio) and a fitted carrying
case. A combo case, for carrying both the projector and a notebook
computer, will be sold separately.
Information on Dell and its products can be obtained at www.dell.com.
May 13 - AMD Introduces First
Flash Memory Device Based On Mirrorbit(tm) Architecture. AMD (NYSE:
AMD) on May 13 announced it has been sampling the company's first
MirrorBit(TM) Flash memory device. General availability of the 64
Megabit product is scheduled for the end of this quarter. MirrorBit
technology is a breakthrough that allows a Flash memory device to
hold twice as much data as standard Flash without compromising device
endurance, performance or reliability. The company is on schedule
to deliver 128 Megabit and 256 Megabit devices in the second half
of the year.
The MirrorBit architecture uses a true multi-bit Flash memory cell
that delivers the same high levels of performance and reliability
as standard NOR Flash. NOR Flash is commonly used to store and execute
operating system software for many of the world's electronic devices.
MirrorBit technology allows for the lowest cost production of ultra-high
density NOR Flash devices.
MirrorBit Flash memory devices enable customers to develop advanced
products such as cell phones, personal digital assistants, car PCs,
telecommunications equipment, and TV set-top boxes that offer higher
levels of features and functionality.
Over 350 billion bits of MirrorBit technology were subjected to AMD's
rigorous and extensive qualification procedures. As a result, AMD
is able tocontinue to deliver industry-leading levels of data retention
and endurance. MirrorBit Flash memory devices are designed to deliver
endurance of at least 100,000 program/erase cycles and 20 years of
data retention at 125oC.
MirrorBit products also offer customers an easy to use solution by
maintaining complete pin-compatibility with existing AMD Flash families.
As a result, current customers can easily replace their current AMD
Flash device with a MirrorBit device without having to change their
system design. The packages and pinouts provide customers with an
easy migration path all the way to 1Gigabit Flash.
Additional information about AMD and its products is available at
May 13 - Toshiba Shipping Digital Camera
with Touch Screen LCD. Toshiba Imaging Systems, a division of
Toshiba America Information Systems, Inc., today announced shipment
of its new "button-free" Toshiba PDR-T10, the world's first
digital camera to utilize its LCD as an interactive touch-screen menu.
Also distinguishing the two-megapixel PDR-T10 -- and adding to its
excitement -- is a collection of interchangeable, snap-on faceplates,
including zebra stripes, polka dots, and grasshopper green, that let
the user alter the look of their camera to match whatever mood they
find themselves in. Two faceplates come with the camera, with eight
more available to be purchased separately.
"The PDR-T10 is perfect for people who want serious digital imaging
performance from a point-and-shoot camera that lets them express their
own distinct personality," said Doug Freck, Vice President &
General Manager, Toshiba Imaging Systems. "Younger, more fashion-minded
users will appreciate the camera's good looks, compact size, and uniqueness,
while experienced photo enthusiasts will be pleased by its crisp,
clear images, as well as ease-of-use features such as auto flash,
auto focus and exposure, and a self timer."
On the performance side, the fully automatic PDR-T10 matches its beauty
with a smart 2.0 megapixel CCD sensor that captures brilliant color
photographs at resolutions up to 1600 x 1200 in universal JPEG format
at three quality levels. To take advantage of the wide spectrum of
uses of photography on the Internet -- from e-mailing friends to uploading
photos to a personal web page -- the camera also has an 800 x 600
resolution mode that creates smaller-sized files.
By touching the bright, high-resolution 1.6-inch LCD with a stylus,
users can quickly navigate the camera's simple menus and icons to
select from a host of controls including flash and zoom options...
to instantly review their photos... or to launch the downloading of
their pictures to a Windows(R)-based or Macintosh(R) OS computer.
The camera comes with its own stylus, but is just as easily controlled
by a standard PDA stylus or even a fingernail. The absence of buttons,
levers and switches on the back of the camera gives the PDR-T10 a
streamlined, elegant styling that ideally compliments its pocket-sized
dimensions (3.36 x 2.83 x 1.1 inches).
MSRP is $399. Visit Toshiba on the Web at www.dsc.toshiba.com.
May 13 - Digital Radio Services to Take
Hold in Consumer Markets. Despite having met a series of difficulties
in the early years of development, digital audio broadcast (DAB) and
digital audio radio services (DARS) services in the United States
and abroad will finally gain increasing acceptance among consumers
within the next 5 years.
In-Stat/MDR (www.instat.com) reports
that, even though the digital radio space is being developed at one
of the most economically challenging points in time over the last
50 years, receiver manufacturers are ramping up production to meet
growing customer demand for these services, indicating that they may
eventually overshadow traditional analog radio.
"Major markets like the U.K., Germany and Canada are starting
to show how vital digital is in adding more value to radio service
as DAB is inspiring a whole renaissance of new programming choices,"
said Michelle Abraham, a senior analyst with the high-tech market
In the lagging U.S. market, inroads made by DARS services like XM
and Sirius and increased momentum behind DAB from major radio station
groups suggest that the next few years will witness the rapid development
of digital radio.
"In all geographical regions, there are hurdles that will need
to be overcome in order for this technology to really take hold in
the consumer market," said Abraham.
"Manufacturers will need to produce receivers at a price that
is desirable to the consumer, the availability of receivers will have
to broaden, and the transmission system must provide a wide coverage
area. In addition, interoperable receivers that pick up all digital
radio systems will have to be developed."
In-Stat/MDR has also found that:
-- As iBiquity technology is added to more and more stations, there
will be a divergence between the number of digital receivers sold
and the subscriber base of the two DARS services. For many consumers,
the new features available on the free DAB channels will be enough,
and they'll opt against the pricier DARS services.
-- Because of the low cost and speed with which analog radio stations
can add DAB service, it's very likely that DAB will gain critical
mass in the United States within a fairly short span of time.
-- Worldwide shipments of digital receivers have been low though huge
gains are being made with the introduction of DARS services in the
-- The success of digital radio in the United States will depend to
a great extent on automotive manufacturers, as many consumers' introduction
to digital radio will come in an automotive setting.
May 13 - Seven in Ten American Mothers
Use PCs. Just over 70% of the nation's mothers age 21 and over
use computers in 2002, up significantly from 57 percent in 2000 and
35 percent in 1994, according to preliminary results from the 2002
Technology User Profile report released today by MetaFacts.
Access to the Internet is one reason for the big increase in computer
use by mothers, as nearly eight in ten American mothers with PCs access
"Gaining access to the Internet and email has played a major
role in convincing mothers to buy and use Home PCs," said MetaFacts
Principal Analyst Dan Ness. "Although many different types of
Internet Appliances have been available for years, these haven't been
as widely adopted as personal computers."
The Personal Computer is a focal point for other technology products
in the household. Nearly one-third (31%) of PC-Using Moms have a digital
camera and 18% have a PDA (Personal Digital Assistant).
"The age of children in the household was not a factor in whether
Moms were more or less likely to have a PC," said Ness. "Households
with Toddlers have the same PC penetration rate as those with PreTeens
Cellular phones are another technology product favored by Moms. More
than eight in ten (82%) of Moms with PCs have a cellular phone, compared
with only half of Moms without PCs.
Of the mothers who do not own a computer at home, the main stated
roadblocks to purchasing one were a lack of experience in buying consumer
electronics, perceived high risk in buying electronic products, not
feeling they can keep up with current events, and financial concerns.
"Waiting for prices to come down and concerns about Internet
security and privacy received similar importance ratings from PC-using
Moms and Moms that don't use PCs." said Ness.
Socioeconomic factors are some of the most distinguishing characteristics
separating PC-Using Moms from those that don't use PCs. Moms with
PCs are educated with at least some college, work outside the home,
and work in a professional, managerial, technical or administrative
occupation. Also, their spouses have a similar educational and occupational
profile. Household incomes are also a defining factor, with incomes
$35,000 and over being above average in their PC use by Moms.
Other findings from the report include:
-- A greater percentage of Moms in Suburban areas use PCs than in
-- The three states with the highest percentage of Moms using PCs
are Vermont (94%), South Dakota (89%) and New Hampshire (85%).
Metafacts can be found on the Web at www.metafacts.com.
May 12 - Sunday Shopping
Watch. Happy Mother's Day.
Deal of the Week - Best Buy is offering a build-to-order
Compaq 2 GHz complete system for $1199.
Notebooks - Prices fell a little on notebooks.
This week's best deal is a Toshiba 1.1 GHz Celeron for $899. This
still seems high compared to the deal from 3 Sundays ago, an Athlon
4, 1 GHz laptop advertised below $1,000.
High-end Athlon, Pentium III-M, and Pentium 4-M processor notebook
prices appear unchanged.
Desktops - Best Buy's Compaq 2 GHz Pentium 4 complete system
at $1199 is the lowest price we've seen advertised on a 2 GHz desktop.
Prices on Athlon "+" processor desktops went up $100 compared
to last week.
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 9 months of interest free financing
on any purchase over $298. Additionally, they are giving $100 mail-in
rebates on all desktop packages and notebooks.
City has 12 months of interest
free financing on all notebooks. Additionally, they are offering a
$100-$400 mail-in rebates with purchase of any Intel Pentium 4 desktop
is offering no interest, no payments, for 6 months on any computer
purchase over $298.
CompUSA no ad this Sunday.
Staples 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 5
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 see our Windows
XP Upgrade Guide.
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).
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
Best Deals this Sunday
Price* (see above)
Best Celeron Deal
Compaq 1.3 GHz complete
Best Low-cost Pentium 4
Sony 1.6 GHz complete system
Best High-end Pentium 4 System
Compaq 2 GHz Build-to-order complete system
Best Low-cost Athlon XP System
HP 1600+ complete system
Best High-end Athlon XP System
Best Low-cost Notebook
Toshiba 1.1 GHz Celeron
Best High-end Notebook
Toshiba 1.6 GHz Pentium 4 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.
May 10 - 1394 Trade Association
Forms Network Working Group. The 1394 Trade Association last week
created its newest standards development committee, the Network Working
Group, to explore large, expanded and home networking applications
using the 1394 multimedia standard. The group also will address issues
involving interoperation with legacy networks, including Ethernet-based
The Network Working Group was officially launched at the 1394 Trade
Association's second quarter meeting in Barcelona.
It will be chaired by Michael Johas Teener, who originated the 1394/FireWire
Standard in the 1980s while at Apple Computer. Vice Chairs are Scott
Fierstein of Microsoft and Steven Harris of BridgeCo.
"The formation of this group reflects the growth of 1394 from
its current role in consumer product applications and entertainment
clusters to a broader application in home, legacy and large networks,"
Teener said. "We will review the use of IP (Internet Protocol)
over 1394, convergence with other networking technologies, and expanded
applications that are now enabled by the arrival of the 1394b version
of the standard."
Teener added that the group will focus on three initial projects
including: the implementation of IP over 1394; the co-existence of
1394 with Ethernet; and co-existence with 1394.1, the bridging specification.
According to James Snider, executive director of the 1394 Trade Association,
the 1394/FireWire standard is well recognized as the optimal Audio/Video
network technology for transporting multiple video streams and audio
in real time. Formation of the new working group underscores the standard's
leadership, he said.
For more information about 1394/FireWire and the 1394 Trade Association,
visit www.1394ta.org .
May 10 - Boeing Co. Brings
Latest Digital Cinema Technology to Moviegoers. The Boeing Co.
(NYSE:BA) is making digital projection of full-length motion pictures
a reality with the installation of the Boeing Digital Cinema systems
in markets across the United States and in London.
Moviegoers will consistently enjoy clear images, free of all the
defects typically associated with 35-millimeter film such as scratches,
dirt, mechanical jumps and other degradation. The Boeing system, which
utilizes satellite, fiber optics and physical media technologies,
will be installed in 23 theatres by next week. Other theatre locations
will be announced as systems are installed.
"Digital Cinema will give theatres using the Boeing system a
competitive marketing advantage and attract more moviegoers because
every showing of a digital movie will be as sharp and full of detail
as the first viewing," said Frank Stirling, executive director,
Boeing Digital Cinema, part of Boeing Space and Communications (S&C),
a business unit of The Boeing Co. "This brings the cinematic
experience closer to what was actually shot during filming. Moviegoers
will see and hear the film the way the filmmaker intended."
Boeing Digital Cinema allows the secure delivery of a single movie
file to thousands of theatres around the world. The system provides
secure end-to-end transmission using encryption technology that has
been endorsed by the National Institute of Standards and Technology
(NIST) for protection of commercial and government information. From
encryption upon receipt of content to decryption at projection in
designated theatres, Boeing's end-to-end multi-layered security system
ensures protection at each step of the process and reduces risk of
Theater locations will be posted at the Boeing Digital Cinema Web
May 10 - Video On Demand Market
Showing Impressive Growth. Video on Demand (VOD) is rapidly coming
of age, with all major US cable operators having VOD offerings in
multiple markets and looking to dramatically expand into additional
markets in 2002 and 2003. By year end 2002 Allied Business Intelligence
(ABI) estimates that 4.8 million North American households will be
VOD gives cable operators a product offering that satellite operators
cannot replicate. Increased revenue per subscriber and reduced churn
are driving immense interest from cable operators.
"Cable operators are intent on using VOD to differentiate their
offerings from those of satellite operators," said Navin Sabharwal,
ABI Director of Residential & Networking Technologies. "VOD
is evolving beyond simply Movies on Demand, and certain VOD offerings
such as Subscription VOD, will become an instrumental component in
digital tier service."
The ultimate goal of Everything on Demand (EOD) is creating a significant
VOD media server market. The global equipment market is projected
to grow from $108 million in 2001 to $186 million in 2002. Leading
vendors such as SeaChange, Concurrent, Diva and nCube will face increased
competition from Sun and SGI, and other computer industry players.
SeaChange and Concurrent led the market in 2001 with market shares
of 40% and 28% respectively.
Not just limited to the cable platform, VOD offerings are being launched
by content aggregators while progressive telcos are looking at IP
VOD over DSL. Satellite providers are piggybacking on personal video
recorder (PVR) technology to offer Near VOD (NVOD).
More information can be found at www.alliedworld.com.
May 10 - E-Mail is the
Dominant Online Activity Worldwide. Sending and receiving e-mail
was the dominant online activity in 12 countries over the past six
months, according to the Nielsen//NetRatings First Quarter 2002 Global
Internet Trends report, released today.
Nielsen//NetRatings, the global standard in Internet media and market
research, found that at least 75% of households with Internet access
participated in e-mail.
"Of all the popular Internet applications, e-mail is the global
activity of choice," said Richard Goosey, chief of measurement
science, Nielsen//NetRatings. "We found that an impressive 90%
of the adults in three major markets - Australia, the UK and the Netherlands
- used e-mail over the past six months, though the percentages were
high for all 12 countries.
"In contrast, involvement in chat rooms was lower than 30% in
all countries except Brazil, where 41% of adult Internet users used
chat rooms, and in Spain where 38% used chat rooms. Additionally,
looking at audio-visual content and using Internet radio was well
below 50% in all countries, and instant messaging has less than 30%
penetration in several countries, including France, Germany and Italy.
"The key to e-mail's popularity is two-fold: it's a cost-effective
way to communicate across great distances, and it doesn't require
the same high connection speeds as some of the other applications.
In most countries in this report, a 56k modem or slower modem is the
most popular tool to access the Internet. However, in Hong Kong, an
astonishing 58% of those who responded and have Internet access use
either a cable modem or high-speed telephone connection to access
the Internet. Not surprisingly, their rates for using Internet radio
and looking at audio-visual content were among the highest worldwide."
Globally, the number of people with access to the Internet via a
home PC increased from 498.2 million people in Q4 2001 to 531.3 million
in Q1 2002. North America is the biggest region, contributing 34%
of the total global Internet population, followed by Europe and the
Middle East at 27%, Asia & the Pacific at 21%, and Latin America
For more information, visit www.nielsen-netratings.com.
May 10 - Digital Cameras
and Digital Camcorders Sales Are Up. With graduations, weddings
and the summer holiday fast approaching, digital cameras and digital
camcorders experienced a boost in sales according to NPDTechworld(SM),
the leading provider of consumer electronics and information technology
In the channels that NPDTechworld tracks, combined unit sales of
both categories experienced a 24.5 percent increase during the first
three months of 2002 when compared with the first three months of
For the first three months of 2002, 1.229 million digital cameras
were sold, compared with 958,000 during the same period in 2001 and
578,000 in 2000. For the same period, digital camcorders sold 215,000
units in 2002, 202,000 units in 2001 and 129,000 units in 2000.
"Digital cameras and digital camcorders are selling because
they represent high quality in an easy-to-use product," said
Tom Edwards, senior analyst, NPDTechworld. "Sales are up because
the price points have come down considerably and many consumers are
finding the technology too hard to pass up. Ten million digital cameras
and camcorders will be sold this year, a twenty percent increase over
the prior year."
Average selling price for digital camcorders decreased from $803
in March 2001 to $710 in March of 2002. Average selling price for
digital cameras decreased from $425 in March 2001 to $385 in March
In addition to sales price, another factor causing a boost in sales
is the ease in which these digital products tie in with other products
in the home including televisions and PCs.
Sales of digital media that allow consumers to tie their picture
taking together with their other electronic devices are also skyrocketing.
In the first quarter of 2002 NPDTechworld tracked the sales of almost
1.5 million memory cards, an increase of more than 150 percent over
the first quarter in 2001.
"Digital cameras and digital camcorders are a peripheral of
other tech products currently in the home," Edwards added. "The
electronic photo album is no longer just a screen-saver or an e-mail
to grandmother. Electronic pictures are on desktop frames, PDAs and
even your cellular telephone display."
To learn more about NPDTechworld, visit www.npdtechworld.com.
May 9 - Butterfly and IBM
to Introduce First Computing Grid for Video Game Industry. Butterfly.net,
Inc., and IBM announced today the deployment of the first-ever custom
commercial grid for the online video gaming market.
The Butterfly Grid(TM) could enable online video game providers to
support a massive number of players within the same game by allocating
computing resources to the most populated areas and most popular games.
Butterfly.net, a development studio and infrastructure provider to
the online video game market, will demonstrate the Butterfly Grid
system to members of the video gaming industry at the Electronic Entertainment
Expo (E3) 2002 show beginning May 21 in Los Angeles.
The Grid was built by Butterfly.net over the last two years using
IBM e-business infrastructure technology that distributes the processing
of video game interaction across a network of server farms, enabling
Butterfly.net to support a massive number of video gamers playing
simultaneously over the Internet. The Grid is a secure system built
on customized software operating on the private network of Butterfly.net.
"We selected IBM as the infrastructure provider for our Grid
because of their unparalleled support for the Linux operating system
and grid computing, their understanding of the unique processing and
communication requirements of video games, their carrier-independent
collocation centers and their commitment to developing this market
opportunity with us as a true partner," said David Levine, CEO
The Butterfly Grid is powered by rack-mounted Linux-based IBM eServer
xSeries systems hosted by IBM and running on internal fiber-optic
networks for optimal use of computing and communications resources.
The grid design offers the potential to support over one million simultaneous
players from each facility in a 24/7 environment with automatic fail
"The Butterfly Grid is an innovative Grid system with the capability
of processing online video games across a multicast network of server
farms, allowing efficient utilization of computing resources for high-performance
3D immersive game-worlds," said Scott Penberthy, vice president
of Business Development, IBM Global Services. "We believe the
Butterfly Grid is a breakthrough platform that will help entertainment,
media and game companies reduce costs and better deploy their entertainment
Online video games have historically segmented players onto separate
servers, limiting the number that could interact and creating reliability
and support obstacles. In the first generation of games, when one
server is down, or patches are being installed, game-play comes to
a halt. Butterfly's second-generation grid technology enables online
video game providers to reliably deliver fast-paced, cutting edge
games to millions at the same time. The server interaction is completely
transparent and seamless to the user - delivering a resilient gaming
infrastructure where servers can be added, or replaced, without interrupting
Globus Project co-leader Dr. Ian Foster of Argonne National Laboratory
and the University of Chicago noted, "The Butterfly Grid approach
to building scalable, reliable gaming infrastructure is a wonderful
example of how Grid and Globus Toolkit technologies can deliver real
value to end users. We're delighted to have Butterfly working with
The new Butterfly Grid is the industry's first to provide support
- Massive numbers of players within one persistent-state world.
- Before the Butterfly Grid, online video games have been
divided into "shards" that provide copies of the game world
separate servers, limiting the number of players that can
interact. The Butterfly Grid provides "cross-server sentinels"
that could potentially support the interaction of millions of
players in one true world, with server boundaries invisible to
- Distributed Artificial Intelligence - Butterfly.net provides a
"daemon controller" for advanced interactions between players
and non-player characters through a simple, standard Python
- Game genre's - Developers can build innovative action,
strategy, role-playing, simulation and adventure games,
combine genres and invent new ones.
- Multiple, concurrent games - With multiple online video games
on one computing grid, publishers can allocate resources to
more popular games, launch new games with less risk, and offer
flexible and innovative subscription plans to drive revenue
- Connected devices - Butterfly.net connects PCs, PocketPCs,
Palm-compatible handhelds, and dedicated video-game consoles
in massively-multiplayer online games. An innovative
packet-transport protocol provides fast, balanced game-play
over broadband, dial-up and mobile Internet connections for
unique multi-channel interactions
- Hot-swappable components. - Once an online video game is
launched, it doesn't need to be constantly taken off line for
patches or maintenance. When grid components are unavailable,
connections are redirected to available resources for
- 3D engine support - Game developers working on the Butterfly
Grid can exploit fully integrated, industry-standard 3D
engines out of the box.
- Shared-source developer sandbox.- Unique license program
allows for real-time prototyping on live server grid with full
bandwidth and simulation/load testing.
An emerging model of computing, Grids are built with clusters of
servers joined together over the Internet, using protocols provided
by the Globus open source community and other open technologies, including
Linux(R). Like the World Wide Web enables people to share content
over standard, open protocols, Grid protocols emerging from the Globus
open source community are enabling organizations to create virtual
organizations sharing applications, data and computing power over
the Internet to collaborate, tackle large problems and lower the cost
IBM is the industry's leading supplier of Grid systems and services
to the scientific and technical community and is working with the
Globus open source community and others to extend Grid computing into
commercial environments. For more information about IBM, visit www.ibm.com.
Butterfly.net, Inc., based in Shepherdstown, WV and Los Angeles,
CA, is a development studio, online publisher and infrastructure provider
for Massively-Multiplayer Games that connect players on PCs, consoles
and mobile devices. Butterfly.net(TM)and Butterfly Grid(TM)are trademarks
of Butterfly.net, Inc. For more information about Butterfly.net, visit
May 9 - Fujitsu Develops
Record-Breaking 300Gb/in2 HDD Technology. Fujitsu, a world leader
in hard disk drive technology, has developed revolutionary new read
head and media technologies that will enable hard disk drive (HDD)
recording densities of up to 300 gigabits per square inch (Gb/in2).
The new technologies are expected to lead to the commercial introduction
within two to four years of 2.5" hard disk drives with capacities
up to six times the recording density available today. The breakthroughs,
which come less than a year after Fujitsu announced record-breaking
100Gb/in2 technology, were announced by Fujitsu Laboratories Ltd.,
one of the world's premier technology research centers, at Intermag
Europe 2002 in Amsterdam, The Netherlands, on May 2.
Fujitsu's latest technology advancements feature a new Current-Perpendicular-to-Plane
(CPP) mode Giant Magneto-Resistive (GMR) head that achieves more than
three times the playback output levels of current HDDs by allowing
current to flow perpendicular to the GMR element. Existing GMR read
heads, which operate in the Current-in-Plane mode, are considered
to have a limit of approximately 100Gb/in2 in density due to their
small signal output level. Fujitsu's new CPP GMR head also boasts
improved sensitivity to data signals. Higher sensitivity when element
size becomes smaller results in increased recording density.
"Fujitsu is a pioneer in hard disk drive component technology,"
said Dave Reinsel, industry analyst at IDC. "Through these technological
advancements, the company has proven the viability of future disk
drive component technology and has routed a path for advancing AD
beyond forecasted requirements, as well as enabling future industry
migration to small form factor drives."
Within the next two years, Fujitsu expects to implement these technologies
in the commercial production of 2.5" hard drives. Within four
years, Fujitsu further expects to achieve capacity increases of up
to 360GB -- enough to record 76 high-quality DVD movies. According
to Fujitsu, those increases will drive growth in the market for 2.5"
HDDs in PCs, consumer electronics devices, and other products and
will eventually render the 3.5" desktop HDD obsolete.
"Fujitsu is proud to once again offer a technology breakthrough
that will lead to better and faster products for tomorrow's consumers,"
said Mike Chenery, vice president, advanced product engineering at
Fujitsu Computer Products of America, Inc. "Fujitsu Labs' outstanding
research breakthrough, which extends a string of technology advancements
that remain largely unsurpassed and unanswered by other vendors, demonstrates
our commitment to staying at the forefront of HDD technology."
Fujitsu's Tradition of HDD Technology Leadership
The latest breakthrough highlights one of many Fujitsu achievements
in its long history of technology leadership. In 1998, Fujitsu was
the first to integrate across its entire HDD line the Giant Magneto-Resistive
read head that is the defacto standard in all hard disk drives today.
Later, in 2000, Fujitsu developed and integrated Fluid Dynamic Bearings
(FDB), the first successful implementation of this HDD motor design
in desktop hard drives. Also in 2000, Fujitsu developed a pioneering
media technology that integrated a layer of Ruthenium on the disks.
Synthetic Ferrimagnetic Media, as Fujitsu has termed the media, allows
tighter packing of data and more accurate reading of information from
For more information, please see: www.fujitsu.com.
May 9 - U.S. Internet Traffic
Experiences Annual Growth of 100%. Monthly Internet traffic in
the U.S. now stands at around 100 Petabytes per month -- more than
double the volume from the entire nation's long-distance voice calls.
According to RHK's new Ryan Perspective report Internet Traffic Soars,
While Revenues Glide, Internet traffic in the United States grew at
an annual rate of 100% during 2001. This represents a drop from 130%
in 2000 and 160% in 1999, but an ongoing increase in the absolute
volumes that backbone providers must accommodate.
RHK's findings show dramatic consolidation of Internal traffic among
the largest carriers, as bankruptcies take their toll of smaller service
providers. A significant aspect of RHK's new research addresses the
difficulties many telecom firms are having as revenue growth falls
well behind the traffic surge, at 17% during 2001. Revenues-per-bit
fell 45% in 2001, mainly due to intense price pressure, better utilization
of higher bandwidth pipes by enterprise customers; and declines in
the wholesale dial-up business as users migrate to broadband access.
"Although traffic growth is still strong, it is growing at a
less extreme pace than in earlier years, suggesting the Internet is
following the usual curve for any maturing market," says Muayyad
Al-Chalabi, director of RHK's Executive Strategic Partnership program.
"The boom and bust of the dot-com era generated myths and unattainable
expectations. It is important to have a realistic understanding of
growth patterns, as they provide the best indication of the size of
The substantial gap between Internet traffic and revenue growth need
not be a cause for concern, according to Al-Chalabi. The mismatch
can be overcome if networks can offer increasingly efficient performance
to counteract falling revenue-per-megabyte. This report provides recommendations
to service providers, vendors and investors for determining future
Internet-based business models.
In quantifying present and future growth, RHK interviewed all the
top backbone carriers that together carry the majority of the U.S.
Internet traffic. This analysis of past and future traffic patterns
included modelling access bandwidth used by businesses and residential
customers, and researching the factors that drive service provider
strategies. For more information on the definitions and methodologies
RHK uses to quantify Internet traffic and interpret the underlying
trends, visit networkwatch.rhk.com/ShowAnalysis.asp?analysisId=108.
May 9 - CITA Announces 12-Hour Brain Treatment
for Cocaine and Alcohol Addiction. The Centre for Research and
Treatment of Addiction, CITA, announces the development of a 12-hour
treatment for cocaine and alcohol dependence that eliminates the withdrawal
symptoms and craving associated with detoxification.
The Spanish-based firm is best known for the development, a decade
ago, of the highly publicized Ultra Rapid Opiate Detoxification (UROD).
Method of treating heroin and methadone addiction in a six-hour deep
sedation process with a 100% success rate.
The Spanish Ministries of Health and of Science and Technology cooperate
with CITA through the Agency for Evaluation of Health Technologies
and the Institute of Nutrition and Bromatology.
"This treatment represents a major advancement in our way to
cure addictions," says Dr. Juan Jose Legarda, the London-trained
Psychologist who developed the UROD method for CITA in 1992.
So far, the Centre has treated more than two hundred patients for
alcohol and cocaine dependence using the procedure, dubbed DNA (Detoxification
and NeuroAdaptation). No patients have dropped out from detoxification.
Legarda points out that the Centre's patients average a bottle of
cognac or one gram of cocaine per day and typically arrive in grave
physical condition. Nevertheless, they suffer no withdrawal symptoms,
and they stop craving cocaine or alcohol within the first 12 hours
of treatment. In fact, even though some patients arrived for treatment
intoxicated, they experienced no withdrawal symptoms. Those who entered
treatment already suffering from withdrawal symptoms saw those symptoms
Legarda explains that pharmacological interventions at NMDA, serotonergic
and GABA receptor systems recuperate the normal neural functioning
of the brain structures harmed by alcohol and cocaine. "This
allows for neuroregulation and detoxification without withdrawal symptoms
and without craving," he says. In just three days, brain neuroimaging
(PET) techniques show metabolic normalization of frontal, parietal
and temporal lobes.
CITA's website, located at www.webcita.com,
includes news and information about the company's treatment options,
results and official reports.
May 9 - Businesses Report That DSL Delivers
Exceptional Value and Productivity. In a recent survey conducted
on behalf of SBC, the Yankee Group found that 91% of business DSL
subscribers believe that the productivity benefits of the service
meet or exceed their expectations in relation to the monthly cost.
In addition, 65% of business DSL subscribers reported that, if forced
to cut costs, DSL would be one of the last services eliminated.
Dial-up Internet access is no longer sufficient, and high-speed Internet
access is proving to be a necessity for businesses. As companies migrate
from dial-up Internet access to DSL, it is clear that they realize
increased productivity and enhanced competitive advantage.
"Businesses truly believe that broadband enables them to service
their customers better and more efficiently," said Mike Lauricella,
program manager with the Yankee Group's Small & Medium Business
Technologies Practice. "Businesses will only continue to increase
their use of the Internet and continue to extend broadband throughout
Some of the key applications of the Internet include:
-- 88% of respondents use DSL Internet access service to conduct
-- 83% send and receive e-mail with large attachments.
-- 78% purchase supplies online.
-- 69% book travel reservations.
The survey results of Business Broadband Watch are based on independent
telephone interviews conducted by the Yankee Group from a random sampling
of 550 small businesses with SBC DSL Internet access service.
The Yankee Group can be found online at www.yankeegroup.com.
May 8 - The New HP Lays Out Business Focus.
Two business days after legally closing its merger with Compaq Computer
Corp., HP (NYSE:HPQ) officially launched the new company with a focus
on product and solutions offerings, go-to-market and brand plans,
and recent customer wins signaling confidence and support for the
"After eight months and millions of hours of integration planning
by our teams, today we are ready to do business as the new HP,"
said Carly Fiorina, HP chairman and chief executive officer. "Our
management teams are in place in all 160 countries in which we operate.
We have three-year product roadmaps for our customers in place for
all of our products. More than 80,000 sales, service and support professionals
are ready to serve customers. Our Web sites and email systems are
combined. Our online store is open for business in the United States,
and our joint Web site launched today in six languages and nine countries.
All of it under the banner of the new HP. It is a proud and exciting
day for all of us."
"The time is right for the new HP," said Michael Capellas,
HP president. "Current economic realities are driving the information
technology market to HP's strengths. Customers want fewer strategic
partners, with global reach and scale. They want complete, end-to-end
solutions based on open, industry-standard architectures. And they
want access to the best engineering and most innovative technologies
-- a hallmark of HP and a strong differentiator. While execution is
essential and we have a lot to prove, we are confident in our ability
to provide increased opportunity and value to our employees, customers,
shareowners and partners. The new HP has what it takes for market
leadership." In a press conference today, Fiorina and Capellas
outlined the following:
Ready for Business
The company's business and functional organizations are in place,
with management teams named three layers deep, including regional
and country managers and the top 100 corporate account managers. Detailed
product roadmaps are complete, including customer support and migration
plans. In addition, the company's go-to-market model for each customer
segment -- consumers to small- and medium-sized businesses to large
enterprises -- is defined and financial targets have been identified
with accountability established.
"The new HP is the largest consumer IT company in the world
and the largest IT supplier to the small- and medium-sized business
market," said Fiorina. "We also have a leading presence
in large commercial accounts and multinationals, giving us one of
the world's most valuable customer franchises."
The new HP's go-to-market model features a powerful combination of
dedicated account teams, the largest global network of resellers,
retailers and other partners, and direct and tele-Web sales. The company
has already appointed account teams for its top 100 customers globally.
Four core business groups comprise the new HP, each of which is a
market leader in its designated segment:
-- Enterprise Systems Group, led by Peter Blackmore, executive
vice president. ESG provides the key technology assets of
enterprise IT infrastructure, including enterprise storage,
servers, management software and a variety of solutions. HP
products in ESG have No. 1 market positions in UNIX servers,
fault-tolerant servers, Windows(R)-based IA-32 servers,
Linux-based IA-32 servers, enterprise storage, management
software and high-performance technical computing.
-- HP Services, led by Ann Livermore, executive vice president.
HPS features a premier IT services team of approximately
65,000 professionals worldwide. HPS, the industry's
third-largest IT services organization, is the market leader
in mission-critical infrastructure services, services for open
IT environments and enterprise-ready Microsoft integration and
support services, with the industry's largest channel partner
-- Imaging and Printing Group, led by Vyomesh Joshi, executive
vice president. HP is the leading provider of printing and
imaging solutions for consumer and business markets, including
printer hardware, all-in-ones, digital imaging devices such as
cameras and scanners, and associated supplies and accessories.
Through its acquisition of Indigo, IPG is expanding into the
digital publishing market.
-- Personal Systems Group, led by Duane Zitzner, executive vice
president. PSG is the industry's leading provider of personal
computing solutions, offering business and consumer notebooks
and desktops, workstations, thin clients, handhelds and
Internet appliances. PSG also is responsible for HP's emerging
technology businesses in areas such as embedded software,
embedded computing, home networking solutions and personal
Product Roadmaps and Brand Strategies
The new HP also announced today detailed product roadmaps across
the range of its hardware and software offerings, including comprehensive
product transition and migration plans to protect customers' investments.
(Additional detail on product roadmaps is available in an HP white
paper at http://www.hp.com/hpinfo/newsroom/press/index.htm#whitepaper).
"The important message to customers is that the new HP features
the broadest and best portfolio of products and solutions in the industry,"
said Capellas. "We recognize that customers have made significant
investments in HP and Compaq technology. We intend to protect those
investments with detailed transition and migration plans."
Product roadmap highlights include:
Servers -- HP will become the master brand for all server products,
the company said. The company reiterated its commitment to the Intel(R)
Itanium(TM) Processor Family (IPF), stating that, with the release
of the third-generation Itanium processor (Madison), HP will offer
Itanium-based servers from the low end to the high end of the product
line, including HP's NonStop Itanium-based servers.
In the industry-standard server category, ProLiant servers will become
HP's IA-32 server offering, along with the ProLiant blade server architecture
for the data center and the HP's Powerbar blade family that has been
optimized for the telecommunications market.
For RISC-based servers, HP will continue with previously published
roadmaps for both PA-RISC and AlphaServer systems. PA-RISC servers
will be targeted at all new business opportunities as well as the
existing installed base; AlphaServers will be primarily focused on
their installed base and high-performance technical computing.
The fault- tolerant NonStop server family from Compaq will now be
named the HP NonStop Server.
In the UNIX market, HP-UX will continue to be the long-term, strategic
UNIX platform for the new HP. Advanced features of Tru64 UNIX, including
clustering and file systems, will be integrated into HP-UX over time.
HP also will deliver on the previously announced OpenVMS roadmap,
including the port to Itanium.
Storage -- StorageWorks will be adopted as the product name for enterprise
storage products and storage solutions, OpenView will be the product
name for HP's storage software and ENSA (enterprise network storage
architecture) will be the acronym adopted for HP's storage architecture.
Software -- HP's software strategy focuses on investments in OpenView
management solutions, the Utility Data Center (UDC), Opencall telco
solutions and J2EE and .NET middleware stacks.
The company will adopt the OpenView name for all appropriate management
software and will integrate TeMIP into the OpenView product family.
The HP OpenView product line will focus on integrated management solutions,
on extended management reach for both network and IP devices and Web
HP said that it will continue to invest in UDC software by leveraging
Compaq Insight Manager and Adaptive Infrastructure offerings as well
as Toptools to offer one of the most scaleable and comprehensive management
solutions in the industry.
For telco software, the new company will consolidate both HP's and
Compaq's telecom software into the Opencall product family that will
be used to develop, integrate and deliver voice, data and converged
The new HP will be equally strong on UNIX, Windows and Linux-based
servers, requiring middleware solutions to support all platforms.
HP will leverage key partner company relationships that enhance the
middleware stacks around both J2EE and .NET to deliver a comprehensive
ecosystem for HP and partners' application infrastructure components.
HP will help customers manage the heterogeneous stack environments
by providing key interoperability through the company's services and
Personal Systems -- The personal systems branding strategy is designed
to capitalize on the strong equity in the HP brand across a broad
range of technology products as well as the strong equity in the Compaq
brand for PCs worldwide.
HP announced that customers will be able to purchase both HP and
Compaq-branded consumer PCs and notebooks in stores and online. In
the commercial PC and notebook product categories, the Compaq brand
will be retained and the HP brand will be dropped. All other products,
solutions and services will carry only the HP brand. Product names
for surviving products will be maintained.
Imaging and Printing -- All imaging and printing categories and product
lines remain the same, with the exception of Compaq-branded products.
HP and Compaq digital projectors will be combined into a single product
line under the HP brand, a transition that will occur over the next
Information about HP and its products can be found at www.hp.com.
May 8 - Intel's new 850E chipset supported
by ATI's RADEON Graphics Accelerators. ATI Technologies Inc. (TSE:ATY;
NASDAQ:ATYT) today announced that its RADEON(TM) product line of graphics
and video accelerators fully support the newly announced Intel 850E
graphics chipset. Powered by a 533 MHz front side bus, Intel's new
chipset combines with Intel's Pentium(R) 4 processor to enable ATI's
RADEON graphics chips to deliver exciting 3D and video on the PC.
"As a leader in the graphics industry, ATI has proven to be
a valuable supporter of Intel's 850E chipset," said Jason Ziller,
Technology Initiatives Manager for Intel. "We're pleased to have
worked closely with ATI to ensure that ATI's RADEON family of graphics
accelerators complement Intel's new chipset."
ATI has ensured that its RADEON product family is optimized for the
Intel 850E chipset and the Pentium 4 processor. As a result, more
users will experience the benefit of the 533 MHz front side bus enabling
amazing results with the latest texture-rich, high frame rate games
and other 3D applications.
"Working with valued companies like Intel enables ATI to deliver
the highest quality graphics products to the marketplace," said
Andy Thompson, Director, Advanced Technology Marketing, ATI Technologies
Inc. "As a result, Intel's 850E will provide ATI's RADEON customers
with an even greater visual experience through increased performance
from the 533 MHz front side bus."
Visit our ATI's site at www.ati.com.
May 8 - Intel Drives Ethernet to Higher
Speeds and New Market Segments. Intel Corporation today announced
new wireless LAN, Gigabit Ethernet and 10 Gigabit Ethernet products
that will drive Ethernet networks to higher speeds and new market
segments. The new products, unveiled at NetWorld+Interop 2002, reflect
Intel's efforts to further the convergence of computing and communications
through silicon integration.
Among the new products introduced today, Intel announced a dual band
wireless LAN access point and demonstrated an internally developed
dual band wireless LAN chipset, both of which serve to enhance Ethernet
as a wireless networking technology.
Accelerating the availability of Gigabit Ethernet to the desktop
PC, Intel announced that Dell Computer Corporation will use Intel's
Gigabit Ethernet controller as a standard network connection on the
motherboard in future OptiPlex(1) desktop PCs. Intel also announced
the availability of six new Gigabit Ethernet adapters, including dual
port adapters for servers and an adapter for desktop PCs that are
priced the same as the Fast Ethernet versions.
Intel also unveiled high performance 10 Gigabit Ethernet connections
for the enterprise market with the introduction of the Intel(R) 82597EX
10 Gigabit Ethernet controller, the world's first single-chip controller
running at 10 Gigabits per second. In addition, Intel announced it
has begun sampling the industry's first 10 Gigabit Ethernet adapter
that fits in a standard PCI-X slot.
"With more than 20 years' experience in Ethernet, and more than
250 million ports shipped, Intel is uniquely positioned to deliver
industry leading Ethernet solutions to multiple market segments,"
said Sean Maloney, vice president and general manager of Intel's Communications
Group. "By fostering industry standards development and driving
their implementation into silicon, Intel is helping to shape the future
of Ethernet and accelerating the convergence of computing and communications."
Additional information on Intel's wireless LAN, Gigabit Ethernet
and 10 Gigabit Ethernet networking products is available at www.intel.com/communications/events/ni.htm.
May 8 - Embedded DRAM Market Forecasted
to Grow 21.3%. Despite being limited in future growth by compatibility
issues and the increased use of Application-Specific Standard Products
(ASSPs), embedded Dynamic Random Access Memory (DRAM) will be a necessity
for some high-performance, infrastructure, applications.
As a result, In-Stat/MDR (www.instat.com)
forecasts that worldwide merchant market dollar shipments of high-complexity,
cell-based designs, containing at least one or more blocks of embedded
DRAM, in conjunction with other functions, will grow from $95 million
last year to $250 million by 2006, a Compound Annual Growth Rate (CAGR)
"While embedded DRAM technology has been available for nearly
a decade, it has never reached the level of revenues originally forecast
by many industry prognosticators," said Jerry Worchel, a senior
analyst with the high-tech market research firm. "In large part,
it faces the same issue as the flash memory market -- incompatibility
between conventional memory and standard logic wafer processes."
Even though these issues will be addressed and resolved in the future,
density limitations within a system-level design will remain a major
"Embedded DRAM will never be used to implement main memory,
on a personal computer, for example, in a single-chip design solution,"
said Worchel. "It may be used to implement a version of on-board
cache memory in a limited number of designs, somewhat similar to the
inclusion of on-board static RAM."
In-Stat/MDR has also found that:
-- In the embedded DRAM market, as is the case in other markets
employing customer-specific, high complexity designs, high-end
communications applications, in both the wired and wireless
segments, will dominate product consumption, accounting for
nearly three out of every four product dollars consumed, over
the forecast period.
-- On the geographic side, it will be The Americas, followed by
Europe, which will control future product consumption. The
Americas will average about a 50% consumption market share,
with Europe accounting for nearly a 40% consumption market
share, throughout the forecast period.
-- Unlike the standard DRAM market, which is dominated by the
stacked or planar capacitor architecture, the embedded DRAM
will be dominated by the trench capacitor architecture, a
consequence of its smaller footprint, a key to high-complexity
May 8 - SMC Introduces 802.11a Desktop
PCI Aadapter. Increasing the efficiency, productivity and mobility
of users of business and home networks, SMC Networks, a leading provider
of wired and wireless networking solutions today announced the launch
of its EZ Connect 802.11a Wireless PCI Adapter.
The PCI adapter (SMC2702W) expands SMC's current 802.11a-compliant
solutions by bringing high-performance 802.11a connectivity to desktop
computer systems. SMC's 802.11a-compliant wireless networking solutions
offer transmission speeds of up to 54Mbps in standard mode and 72Mbps
in "Turbo Mode." By utilizing the 5GHz frequency range with
8 non-overlapping channels, the EZ Connect 802.11a wireless products
offer seamless coexistence with Bluetooth , microwave, cordless phones
and currently installed 802.11b wireless solutions.
"The industry has been demanding a PCI adapter to bring 802.11a
connectivity to desktop systems since we began shipping our 802.11a
wireless networking equipment last December," explained Betty
Chan, product manager of Wireless Networking Solutions at SMC. "Until
now, the high-speed data transfer rates provided by 802.11a technology
has been accessible only to PCMCIA-enabled computers. Our new PCI
adapter completes the 802.11a wireless network enabling all computers
in the home or office to enjoy the benefits of networking at speeds
of up to 72Mbps."
In addition to the ease of implementation provided by the EZ Connect's
Plug-and-Play configuration and Windows-based management interface,
the SMC2702W provides enhanced security features including 64-bit,
128-bit and 152-bit WEP encryption.
The EZ Connect 802.11a Wireless PCI Adapter (SMC2702W) instantly connects
the client computer to the wired network backbone at data transfer
speeds of up to 72Mbps with automatic fallback to 6, 9, 12, 18, 24,
36, 48, 54, and 72Mbps.
Backed by a limited lifetime warranty and 24/7 technical support,
SMC's EZ Connect 802.11a Wireless PCI Adapter will be available in
Q3 via retailers, direct marketers, e-commerce sites, through the
solution provider channel, and to strategic accounts around the world.
The estimated street price for the SMC2702W is $179.99.
More information about SMC Networks is available at www.smc.com.
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