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Daily Computer News and Rumors

May 02-07 2004

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May 07 AMD Athlon 64 Processor Powers Cinema-Quality Entertainment for the Living Room
May 07 Micron Technology, Inc., Responds to Antitrust Lawsuit
May 07 NetOp Remote Control First Application to Enable Users to Access Distant PCs From a USB Drive
May 07 The WiMedia Alliance Announces Support for the MultiBand OFDM Alliance UWB Specifications
May 07 Study Reveals That 80% of Moms Use the Internet to Free up Time in Their Overbooked Days
May 06 Rambus Files Anti-Trust Lawsuit
May 06 Dell Offers Zero-Percent Thirty-Month Lease for Small Businesses
May 06 Samsung's High Density 4Gbyte Memory Modules Verified for AMD Opteron Processor-Based Servers
May 06 Yahoo! and AT&T Wireless Announce Launch of Yahoo! Mobile Photos
May 06 MX Logic Sees Unsolicited Commercial Email Senders Making Some Efforts to Comply With CAN-SPAM Act
May 05 St. Bernard Software Tech Advisory: Sasser Worm
May 05 Alereon Demonstrates Ultra Wideband High-Speed Wireless USB Connectivity
May 05 Nearly 1,000 Never-Before-Seen Interactive Games and Products to Debut at E3Expo 2004
May 05 TDK Semiconductor Unveils World's Lowest Cost Modem
May 05 Photofinishers Find Digital Camera Customers Generating More Revenue Than Film Customers
May 04 Intel Unveils New Network Adapter for 10GbE Server Deployments
May 04 PC Graphics Shipments Seasonally Down
May 04 1394 Trade Association to Show New FireWire Audio, Storage Applications at Annual WinHEC
May 04 123 Copy DVD Ideal for Novice Computer Users
May 03 China Hosts 71% of Websites That Send Unsolicited Email in April
May 03 ATI Extends Industry Lead in Integrated Graphics with RADEON'TM' 9100 PRO IGP
May 03 Global Semiconductor Sales Up 32.3% Year-over-Year
May 03 Free, Downloadable Tool Helps Consumers Get Pictures out of Their Digital Cameras
May 02 Sunday Shopping Watch

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May 07 -AMD Athlon 64 Processor Powers Cinema-Quality Entertainment for the Living Room. At WinHEC this week, AMD (NYSE:AMD) is showcasing media center PCs built by Shuttle, ZT Group International, and First International Computer, Inc. (FIC) featuring the AMD Athlon(TM) 64 processor.

The media center PCs offer consumers a breadth of features to manage audio and video home entertainment, and are quiet and sized to integrate into the living room. With Cool'n'Quiet(TM) technology, the AMD Athlon 64 processor enables computers to run cooler and quieter so consumers can enjoy a cinema-quality entertainment experience.

"AMD continues to drive innovative technologies like Cool'n'Quiet technology, which provide consumers a better home entertainment experience," said Marty Seyer, vice president and general manager, Microprocessor Business Unit, AMD. "The AMD Athlon 64 processor packs high performance for multimedia applications, enabling consumers to enjoy their favorite movies or music from a central, PC-based media center housed in their living rooms."

AMD's Cool'n'Quiet technology is a system-level feature of the AMD Athlon 64 processor that is designed to automatically lower system power consumption when maximum processor performance is not needed. When a system consumes less power, it can run cooler and require less work from the fan, resulting in a quieter system for the user.

"FIC has designed innovative PC-based consumer devices powered by the AMD Athlon 64 processor and we have created a range of products to effectively manage all multimedia in your home," said Alex Mei, global marketing manager, FIC. "These systems integrate radio and MP3 players, a DVD player and a personal digital video recorder into a very small, appealing design."

"Shuttle XPCs have always been incredibly popular for do-it-yourself media center systems," said Cameron Rogers, director of marketing, Shuttle. "With the launch of Shuttle System Solutions, media center solutions like the powerful AMD Athlon 64 processor-based G4 8500 are available for the first time as a complete system directly from Shuttle."

"ZT Group is one of the pioneers in delivering media center systems based on the AMD Athlon 64 FX-53 processor. ZT's new generation of media center will provide customers the ability to have 'Instant On' capabilities on Wifi Stereo and DVD playback for the best experience in video editing and TV recording," said Frank Chang, president, ZT Group International. "The system gives consumers all of the power they need without the noise, making it a perfect device for the living room."

Systems demonstrated at WinHEC are available for purchase from the manufacturers.

May 07 - Micron Technology, Inc., Responds to Antitrust Lawsuit. Micron Technology, Inc., (NYSE:MU) responded to a lawsuit announced today by Rambus against various DRAM manufacturers, including Infineon Technologies, Hynix Semiconductor, Siemens AG and Micron Technology. Micron said it had not seen the suit but stated it would defend any lawsuit vigorously.

"Micron builds products to meet the demands of its customers," noted Dave Parker, Micron's Director of Corporate Communications. "Rambus failed in the marketplace because of excessive manufacturing costs and minimal RDRAM demand. Several memory manufacturers, including the world's largest, continue to produce RDRAM products sufficient to meet its limited, worldwide market demand. It is unfortunate that Rambus is trying to blame the market failure of its RDRAM technology on others, like Micron, who ultimately responded to marketplace demands."

"We believe Rambus is attempting to deflect attention away from the Federal Trade Commission's (FTC) ongoing suit against Rambus for alleged antitrust violations," added Parker. In its lawsuit against Rambus, the FTC has alleged that Rambus intentionally deceived others in the DRAM industry, including Micron, to subvert an open-industry standard-setting organization known as JEDEC. The FTC has alleged that Rambus, as part of its anticompetitive scheme, deliberately failed to disclose critical information to the standards group in an attempt to gain a monopoly over the DRAM industry and extort exorbitant royalties from DRAM manufacturers and consumers.

Micron Technology, Inc., is one of the world's leading providers of advanced semiconductor solutions. Through its worldwide operations, Micron manufactures and markets DRAMs, Flash memory, CMOS image sensors, other semiconductor components and memory modules for use in leading-edge computing, consumer, networking, and mobile products. Micron's common stock is traded on the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) under the MU symbol. To learn more about Micron Technology, Inc., visit its web site at www.micron.com.

May 07 - NetOp Remote Control First Application to Enable Users to Access Distant PCs From a USB Drive. CrossTec Corporation announced today that NetOp Remote Control is the first remote control product to enable users to launch their application from a USB Thumb Drive. Now, users can launch a NetOp Guest session from their desktop, an Internet Explorer browser window via an Active X plug in and any PC via a USB key.

NetOp, developed by Danware Data A/S, enables a fully configured Guest Module to be installed to a removable media device such as a USB flash key (16MB or larger). Once the Guest has been configured it can be inserted in a Windows PC's USB port and used as if it were installed on that machine without requiring any installation, scripts, settings or files be placed onto the temporary Guest PC. The USB Guest can securely take control of one or more NetOp Hosts running on any Windows platform, Linux, Solaris, Mac OS X and more. Since the Guest installed on a USB device is the same as a normal Guest on a desktop computer, it contains all of NetOp's state-of-the-art security to ensure protected remote sessions from outside company PCs.

The USB Guest is ideal for traveling employees, Help Desk professionals and Network Administrators who are constantly on the move. They can even include personal NetOp settings such as phonebook entries, important files for transfer, and more. Now, with NetOp on your keychain, you can ensure that a company has your expertise available to them, whenever and wherever it's needed.

NetOp is the first remote control application to offer USB capabilities with remote sessions however, NetOp doesn't stop there. NetOp Remote Control v7.65 extended its platform support to include Windows CE 4.x allowing for further remote monitoring and management capabilities from inside or outside the office. NetOp is the only remote control product that enables Pocket PC users to control desktops and provide desktop control and support of CE based users and applications.

Those wishing to test NetOp may download a free fully functional evaluation copy of all NetOp products including Remote Control v7.65 from the company's website at www.CrossTecCorp.com/tryit. A single Guest/Host package of NetOp Remote Control retails for $189, while the retail price of additional Host modules range from $45 - $145.

May 07 - The WiMedia Alliance Announces Support for the MultiBand OFDM Alliance UWB Specifications. The WiMedia Alliance (www.wimedia.org) today announced its endorsement of the MultiBand OFDM Alliance (MBOA) ultrawideband specifications for use with the WiMedia Convergence Platform. This will pave the way for wireless connectivity between electronics products in consumer electronics, PC, and mobile segments.

The endorsement pairs the MBOA's (www.multibandofdm.org) efforts to deliver a high data-rate, short-range wireless UWB radio with the convergence architecture being developed by the WiMedia Alliance. The combination provides a foundation for the implementation of wireless versions of 1394, USB, and Internet-Protocol-based application protocols. The WiMedia Convergence Platform allows these diverse protocols to coexist in the same physical location with efficient and fair access to the UWB radio channel.

The WiMedia Alliance's mission is to promote wireless connectivity and interoperability among multimedia devices. The initial focus was based on the IEEE 802.15.3 standard and in anticipation of its UWB physical layer extension. The leading contender in this IEEE process is the proposal from the MBOA. However, during the past year, the IEEE has not confirmed the new physical layer prompting WiMedia to take the direct action of endorsing this technical direction.

"The overwhelming industry support for the MBOA, now with more than 100 members, simplified our decision to move forward with this endorsement," said Jim Meyer, WiMedia Board Member. "To provide value to our members, and their customers, the WiMedia Alliance maintains alignment with the companies developing silicon and the end products."

"We are delighted to receive this acknowledgement of the specifications we are developing," said Stephen Wood of the MBOA Steering Committee. "WiMedia is the recognized entity establishing the policies and specifications necessary to support a healthy ecosystem for UWB-based application protocols."

The WiMedia Alliance expects the wireless versions of USB and 1394 (FireWire) will be key early market drivers for ultrawideband. The USB-IF (www.usb.org) recently recognized the WiMedia Convergence Platform as the foundation for the wireless counterpart for its physical cables, and efforts are moving forward with the 1394TA.

"The 1394 Trade Association (www.1394ta.org) has entered into a liaison relationship with the WiMedia Alliance that enables collaboration among members of both organizations as future wireless multimedia standards are designed and as products are eventually brought to the market. Each group provides world class expertise and technical leadership, which will ensure the development of robust, reliable, consumer electronics and mobile devices for many applications," said James Snider, executive director of the 1394 Trade Association. "Consumers will benefit as we bring together the convenience of wireless technology with the high-speed and high-quality real-time performance of FireWire."

May 07 - Study Reveals That 80% of Moms Use the Internet to Free up Time in Their Overbooked Days. Call them empresses of organization, multi-tasking maestros, or just plain family managers. Whatever the title, today's moms are overwhelmingly overworked, and they are tapping into the time-saving power of the Internet to make their busy lives easier, according to a national Mother's Day survey conducted by Opinion Research Corporation for America Online. Fully 89% of those surveyed say they don't have enough time in the day to get everything done, and 80% save time doing some of their chores or activities online, freeing up an average two hours a week.

According to the survey, moms are so busy they must squeeze their personal online time in during the evenings and at odd hours. Sixty-eight percent of moms surveyed are most likely to go online between 7 p.m. and 6 a.m. while 20% of moms go online in the early morning between 6 a.m. and 8 a.m. Among the nation's 10 largest cities, moms in Atlanta and Los Angeles have the least time while moms in Boston have the most time.

"Whether they're at home or in the workplace, today's moms play many roles - homework helper, meal planner, chauffeur, family publicist and overall family manager - and are increasingly using the Internet for time-saving tools that provide real solutions for managing their daily lives," said Tina Sharkey, Senior Vice President of Life Management and Community, America Online. "In fact, our survey uncovered that 80% of respondents are using the Internet to free up time in their busy schedules by paying bills and doing research online. Even the busiest moms can now carve out 'me' time."

Key findings from the survey include:

-- Fully 80% of those surveyed say they save time doing some of
their chores or activities online that they would typically do
offline; moreover 95% agree that the Internet saves them time
on various ongoing activities like paying bills, research and
staying in touch with family and friends.

-- Nine in ten mothers feel pressed-for-time and wish they had
more time in the day to accomplish everything they need to do.

-- More than half of moms (54%) say the Internet helps them get
or stay organized; the most common way is through email alerts
and reminders (67%), online calendars (37%) and online filing
systems or folders (32%).

-- 48% say they stay in touch with loved ones by sending each
other photos, while 10% use a Web cam. Almost 20% of moms use
the Internet to connect with others by visiting chat rooms and
posting on message boards.

May 06 - Rambus Files Anti-Trust Lawsuit. Rambus Inc. (Nasdaq:RMBS), a leading developer of chip interface products and services, today announced that it has filed an anti-trust suit in the Superior Court of the State of California. In the suit, Rambus charges that defendants Hynix Semiconductor, Infineon Technologies, Micron Technology and Siemens AG engaged in a concerted and unlawful effort to eliminate competition and stifle innovation in the market for computer memory technology and computer memory chips.

"From substantial written evidence already in the public record, we believe that these memory manufacturers colluded illegally, thereby limiting consumer choice and depriving our RDRAM products of the opportunity to compete fairly in the marketplace," said John Danforth, senior vice president and general counsel for Rambus. "While we cannot change the past, we have a duty to our stockholders to respond appropriately to this evidence, which we are doing today."

The 36-page complaint filed today relies in substantial part on evidence obtained through a Federal Trade Commission proceeding and asserts four causes of action:

-- Conspiracy to restrict output and fix prices in violation of the Cartwright Act;

-- Conspiracy to monopolize in violation of the Cartwright Act;

-- Intentional interference with prospective economic advantage; and

-- Unfair competition in violation of California Business and Professions Code Section 17200

The complaint is available on Rambus's website at www.rambus.com/inv/ (under Litigation Update section).

May 06 - Dell Offers Zero-Percent Thirty-Month Lease for Small Businesses. Dell, through Dell Financial Services (DFS), is offering small and medium businesses the opportunity to obtain the technology they need today with a zero-percent 30-month lease through July 31, 2004.

This special lease offer is part of Dell's commitment to support small and medium businesses with products and services that make technology investment easy. By choosing to lease, customers can improve their bottom line with a disciplined technology rotation.

"This promotion reflects our strategy to provide aggressive offers that best fit the needs of our customers," said Suneet Paul, vice president and general manager of DFS Transaction Group. "Our goal is to provide flexible financing options and serve as a total financial solution provider."

Orders of more than $500 placed between now and July 31 may be eligible for this special promotional offer of a zero-percent 30-month Fair Market Value lease. Complete offer details can be found at www.dell.com/smb/leasing.

May 06 - Samsung's High Density 4Gbyte Memory Modules Verified for AMD Opteron Processor-Based Servers. Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd., the world leader in advanced semiconductor memory technology, today announced that its four gigabyte (GB) Registered Dual In-Line Memory Modules (RDIMMS) are supported by Advanced Micro Devices (AMD) 64-bit Opteron(TM) processor-based platforms.

The 4GB modules, which use one gigabit (Gb) DDR1 SDRAM as base components, optimize the performance of servers and workstations based on the AMD Opteron processor, the industry's first 64-bit processor compatible with the industry-standard x86 architecture.

"Samsung has worked with AMD to support AMD64 technology, helping us deliver one of the industry's highest density memory solutions optimized to support server and workstation makers in this fast growing market," said Jon Kang, Samsung's San Jose, Calif.-based senior vice president of technical marketing. "Our ability to provide AMD64-compatible memory modules based on the latest 1Gb device technology ensures that our customers can realize the full power of 64-bit processor-based platforms."

"The AMD Opteron processor delivers outstanding 32- and 64-bit performance for servers and workstations, offering designers high memory density and ultimate performance for server systems," said Ben Williams, director of AMD's Server/Workstation Business Segment. "AMD is committed to offering customers a highly flexible platform that can handle some of the most compute-intensive demands."

Samsung's 4GB modules are built using 1Gb DDR1 SDRAMs, with each 4GB module encompassing 36, 1Gb components. Server manufacturers will benefit from the high-capacity modules, made available by Samsung's 1Gb technology, allowing for a maximum capacity of 128GB in a 4-way AMD Opteron processor-based server and up to 256GB in an 8-way AMD Opteron processor-based servers.

For more information, visit www.samsung.com.

May 06 - Yahoo! and AT&T Wireless Announce Launch of Yahoo! Mobile Photos. Yahoo! Inc. (Nasdaq:YHOO), a leading global Internet company, and AT&T Wireless (NYSE:AWE) today announced the launch of Yahoo! Mobile Photos for AT&T Wireless mMode(TM) subscribers nationwide.

AT&T Wireless mMode customers can use the downloadable Yahoo! Mobile Photos client application to view and share the pictures in their Yahoo! Photos account while on the go. This new service is an extension of the longstanding Yahoo! and AT&T Wireless relationship and demonstrates the companies' continuing commitment to develop leading mobile services for consumers nationwide.

The new Yahoo! Mobile Photos application is a full color, graphical service that gives consumers a new, easy way to connect to their online photos over the AT&T Wireless network. Consumers can now access their Yahoo! Photos account, view saved pictures and create custom wallpapers while on the go. The application is available across a variety of AT&T Wireless Next Generation (GMS(TM)/GPRS) devices.
The Java version of the service also lets consumers save images locally on their phones and create a personalized album and slideshow that can be accessed without connecting to the Internet. The Yahoo! Mobile Photos service is available from AT&T Wireless for $2.99 a month, plus standard usage fees.

May 06 - MX Logic Sees Unsolicited Commercial Email Senders Making Some Efforts to Comply With CAN-SPAM Act. MX Logic, Inc., a leading provider of innovative email defense solutions that ensure email protection and security for enterprises, service providers, government organizations, resellers and their customers, today announced that it has observed that 12 percent of senders of unsolicited commercial email are making efforts to comply with components of The Controlling the Assault of Non-Solicited Pornography and Marketing (CAN-SPAM) Act.

Unsolicited commercial email that is wholly compliant with the law remains at 3 percent, representing no change in month-to-month compliance since the law went into effect on Jan. 1. Seventy-seven percent of all email traffic that passed through the MX Logic Threat Center in April was spam.

"Monitoring by our Threat Center reveals that 12 percent of unsolicited commercial email complies with every facet of the law -- except making the subject line consistent with the body of the email. So, while there is some tip-toeing toward compliance, we continue to see spammers failing to include content consistent with the subject line," said Scott Chasin, chief technology officer, MX Logic.

Chasin noted, however, that recent movement on the enforcement front -- including the six lawsuits filed by ISPs in March and last week's arrest of four inveterate spammers under the CAN-SPAM Act -- will eventually nudge compliance upward.

"As the government continues to flex its full CAN-SPAM Act enforcement muscle, we remain confident that there will be an increase in compliance," he said.

The CAN-SPAM Act requires that unsolicited commercial email senders:

-- Ensure that the "FROM" line clearly reflects the sender's identity

-- Include subject line text consistent with message content

-- Include the advertiser's valid postal address

-- Contain a working opt-out mechanism as a way for the consumer to decline to receive further commercial email from the sender

MX Logic monitors compliance with the CAN-SPAM Act by examining a random sample of up to 10,000 unsolicited commercial emails each week. The email defense company releases CAN-SPAM compliance data each month.

For more information, visit www.mxlogic.com.

May 05 - St. Bernard Software Tech Advisory: Sasser Worm. St. Bernard Software Inc., a global provider of security solutions that protect against data loss, system threats, Internet abuse and unsolicited email, today advised users of its UpdateEXPERT(R) patch management and remediation solution to verify that they have installed the appropriate Microsoft(R) patches to counter the effects of the "Sasser" worm.

"Sasser" is a fast-spreading computer worm that launched last Friday, and has already infected hundreds of thousands of PCs globally. The worm exploits the Local Security Authority Subsystem Service (LSASS) issue that was addressed by the security update released on April 13 in conjunction with Microsoft Security Bulletin MS04-011. Windows 2000, Windows Server 2003 and Windows XP systems that do not have all relevant Microsoft patches installed are vulnerable to attack.

The Sasser worm spreads from an infected computer to vulnerable computer with no user intervention required, and scans for vulnerable systems, creates a remote connection to the system, installs a file transfer protocol (FTP) server and then downloads itself to the new host. The worm does not require the user to double-click an attachment for activation -- Sasser can strike even without anyone using the PC. An infected machine may display error messages and reboot repeatedly.

Information about this and other Microsoft patches was made available to subscribers of St. Bernard Software's free, global opt-in email service, which alerts the public to the very latest Microsoft(R) security patches and critical updates as they become available. Instructions for the free subscription to the opt-in "Patch Update" email are available at http://www.stbernard.com.

St. Bernard Software also provides a Web page that allows subscribers to view the status of the most recently announced patches added to its UpdateEXPERT patch management solution database. The Patch Update Web page can be accessed at www.stbernard.com/uepatches/.

May 05 - Alereon Demonstrates Ultra Wideband High-Speed Wireless USB Connectivity. Alereon, a leading Ultra Wideband (UWB) semiconductor company producing chipsets for the personal area networking (PAN) market, today announced it will demonstrate the first entirely in-house designed high-speed wireless USB platform at the 8th annual CONNECTIONS(tm) Digital Home Conference, in Dallas. With all Alereon developed MAC, PHY and Antenna technologies, the company is the first to show a complete end-to-end solution.

Alereon has turned its conference booth, number 303, into the next generation family room. CONNECTIONS(tm) attendees will have the opportunity to view full-motion video transmitted from a camcorder to a digital television, utilizing the Alereon UWB platform.

"Offering a comprehensive solution, as opposed to trying to piece together products from multiple vendors, allows us to optimize performance as we tailor solutions for the specific needs of the PC, consumer electronics and mobile markets," said Eric Broockman, chief executive officer of Alereon. "We see tremendous market potential for wireless USB products. Having full control of the MAC, baseband, AFE and antenna provides the agility necessary to more quickly meet the needs of our customers."

"Shipments of ultra wideband chipsets will grow at a compound annual growth rate of 260 percent between 2005 and 2008 following the introduction of commercial products in approximately 18 months," said Kurt Scherf, vice president and principal analyst for Parks Associates. "The companies poised to successfully capture significant share of this anticipated $1.2 billion market will be those that combine both PHY and MAC expertise to provide the computing, consumer electronics, and mobile communications industries with a low-power, robust, and low-cost solution. Alereon is one company poised to do just that."

As a key contributor to the Wireless USB Promoter Group formed by Intel, Agere Systems, HP, Microsoft Corporation, NEC, Philips Semiconductors and Samsung Electronics, Alereon will bring its UWB and MAC expertise to help drive the completion of the specification expected later this year. Alereon, Philips and Sony recently completed the initial draft of the MBOA MAC specification which will provide the foundation for wireless USB.

"By capitalizing on the substantial industry-wide investment we've made with wired USB, we are enabling the rapid adoption of wireless USB in existing and new applications," said Jeff Ravencraft, Intel technology strategist and USB-IF chairman. "Wireless USB will extend the ease-of-use of existing USB products by cutting the cord while maintaining the familiar look and feel users expect. We look forward to working with Alereon to bring the benefits of USB and Ultra-Wideband to market."

Alereon plans to make its wireless USB developer's platform available later this year. This should significantly decrease wireless USB development time by providing the controller-specific software stacks and drivers, so that developers can quickly and easily develop their embedded applications with minimal risk.

Further information is available on the company's Web site: www.alereon.com.

May 05 - Nearly 1,000 Never-Before-Seen Interactive Games and Products to Debut at E3Expo 2004. Approximately 1,000 of the nearly 5,000 computer and video game products to be displayed at the 2004 Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3Expo) have never been seen before, according to data released today from the E3Expo 2004 Exhibitor Survey by the show's owner, the Entertainment Software Association (ESA). Exhibitors also report that nearly three-quarters (72 percent) of all products at the tenth anniversary show will be in stores in time for the 2004 holiday season.

"The interactive entertainment industry and its products have made tremendous advances since the launch of E3Expo ten years ago -- whether it be technologically, economically, artistically or in terms of just plain fun -- and the popularity of games has increased along with those achievements," said Douglas Lowenstein, president of the ESA, the trade association that represents U.S. computer and video game publishers and owns E3Expo. "One thing that hasn't changed over the past decade is that E3Expo is the best place in the world to 'see what's next' for the industry and to get a first look at the game products that consumers will soon be buying, playing and talking about."

Ninety-four percent of all exhibitors responded to the survey, which asked participants to detail the products they will be showing at E3Expo 2004. The survey results indicate that about 40% of products displayed will be for video game consoles, while about one-third will be for personal computers. Specifically, of all products, including software, hardware and accessories, that will be showing at E3Expo 2004:

-- 40.3 percent will be for video game consoles;

-- 30.7 percent will be for personal computers;

-- 18.4 percent will be for PDAs, wireless phones and other;

-- 6.8 percent will be for handheld game devices;

-- 3.8 percent will be for online/internet games.

Exhibitors also reported that they will be showing games of all types, with the most titles falling into the action and adventure, educational and edutainment, and sports and driving genres. According to survey respondents, titles showing at E3Expo 2004 will fall into these categories:

-- Action/Adventure games (26.6 percent);

-- Educational/Edutainment games (15.8 percent);

-- Sports/Driving/Racing games (12.5 percent);

-- Role Playing games (7.3 percent);

-- Child/Family games (7.1 percent);

-- Strategy games (6.3 percent);

-- Arcade games (4.9 percent);

-- Simulation games (3.7 percent);

-- Other games (15.8 percent).

E3Expo's "First Looks" program will specifically spotlight those products that are being shown for the first time ever at E3Expo. Participating "First Looks" exhibitors will be designated in the E3Expo exhibit guide, the E3Expo Show Daily, the official E3Expo website (www.e3expo.com) and on the exhibit floor beginning May 12. Though the show is open only to industry professionals, consumers can get a look at these and other products through E3Expo's "virtual gateway," www.e3insider.com.

May 05 - TDK Semiconductor Unveils World's Lowest Cost Modem. TDK Semiconductor Corp., a leader in the design and manufacture of mixed-signal communication semiconductors for world markets, today unveiled the latest member of its family of embedded modems. The new 73M2901CE V.22bis modem integrates on-chip intrusion and ring detection without additional components, resulting in 25% cost and 35% footprint reduction compared to other transformer or silicon DAA solutions in the market.

"The new 73M2901CE embedded modem is ideal for cost-sensitive applications such as satellite set-top boxes," according to Kourosh Boutorabi, product line manager for embedded modems. "This innovative product provides the lowest cost hardware modem solution available on the market, and it is pin-for-pin compatible with TDK's 73M1903 soft modem AFE, offering designers an easy migration path to a software modem solution on the same circuit board."

Extending TDK's highly successful 2901 modem series, the 73M2901CE is offered in a 5mm x 5mm QFN package, making it the smallest V.22bis solution. It offers SMS messaging support, enhanced CID-II and FSK modes, and features a new low cost transformer DAA architecture that can be easily configured for various international standards, including CTR-21 and FCC.

More than 80 million TDK modems have shipped worldwide for embedded applications, including set-top boxes, point-of-sale terminals, payphones, remote monitoring and metering.


Pricing for the new 73M2901CE embedded modem starts at $4.88 in 10,000 unit quantities.

Additional company and product information can be found at www.tdksemiconductor.com.

May 05 - Photofinishers Find Digital Camera Customers Generating More Revenue Than Film Customers. InfoTrends' latest study of photofinishers shows that approximately 80% of consumer photofinishers offer at least one digital print service, be it through a digital minilab, photo kiosk, digital printer, or overnight through a central lab.

Most consumer photofinishers realize they must offer digital camera users at least some level of digital print service to remain competitive in this industry. Digital camera sales are expected to nearly replace film camera sales by 2008 and photofinishers are preparing themselves to service these customers.

In fact, 71% of photofinishers have plans to purchase or replace a photo kiosk in the next few years, and 85% of photofinishers expect to install or replace a digital minilab at some point in the future.

"The industry is still evolving as digital cameras enter the mass market, memory cards become less expensive, and camera phones augment the number of digital photos taken," says Kerry Flatley, a Senior Research Analyst at InfoTrends. "All of these factors could potentially increase the likelihood that digital camera users will print more of their photos. Increasing education among consumers about their ability to print digital camera photos in retail stores could also bring digital camera users into stores for prints."

Additional information is available on the Web at www.infotrends-rgi.com.

May 04 - Intel Unveils New Network Adapter for 10GbE Server Deployments. Intel(R) Corporation today introduced a 10-Gbps Ethernet (10GbE) adapter for servers that helps overcome for the first time the cost and technical barriers that have previously made 10GbE server connectivity impractical for the data center.

"In the higher layers of the enterprise network, 10 GbE has proven its value in the aggregation of traffic among switches and in high-performance computing applications," said Hans Geyer, Intel vice president and general manager, Intel Networking and Storage Group. "With a substantial reduction in cost and an adapter in a form factor that fits standard servers, it now promises to fill a similar rapidly growing need in the data center because the proliferation of GbE to the desktop and evermore network intensive applications are demanding more bandwidth."

According to analysts, making 10GbE server connectivity viable in the data center requires an adapter that is priced at less than $5,000 and operates on standard multimode fiber, which represents 90 percent of the optical cabling in data center networks.

The new Intel(R) PRO/10GbE SR Server Adapter is the first to meet both of these requirements. The server adapter utilizes XPAK optical technology to reduce the price over previous adapters by 40 percent, making it ideal for server bandwidth-intensive applications such as server clusers, network storage, medical imaging and graphic design.

The adapter is designed for server deployments, which, in data centers, involve distances of fewer than 300 meters. The XPAK optics enable 10 GbE connectivity over multimode fiber and their small-form-factor makes the adapter compatible with standard server slots, enabling denser server environments.

Intel has been working with equipment makers to provide interoperability with leading switches. In particular, the company has collaborated with Cisco Systems to offer 10GbE interoperability with Cisco Catalyst(3) 6500 Series Switches which offer industry leading 10GbE price/performance capabilities to facilitate broad deployment of secure and scaleable 10GbE solutions. Additionally, Cisco and Intel have joined efforts to foster 10 GbE in the data center. Together, Cisco and Intel are collaborating on educational seminars, and product sampling programs to assist IT managers in deploying 10-GbE networks.

"As customers evolve to a networked data center, where resources are aggregated, shared and accessed over a scalable intelligent network foundation, the need for cost-effective 10GbE server connectivity will rise," said Christine Falsetti, director, Enterprise Solutions Marketing, Cisco Systems. "The Cisco Business Ready Data Center architecture further enhances IT's ability to lower costs and improve agility by supporting 10GbE over existing cabling."

The Intel(R) PRO/10GbE SR Server Adapter is available now and costs $4,770. Later this summer, Intel will introduce a version for single-mode fiber, the Intel(R) PRO/10GbE LR Server Adapter, for applications involving distances up to 10 kilometers, such as communications among regional data centers.

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.

May 04 - PC Graphics Shipments Seasonally Down. Jon Peddie Research (JPR), a leading research and consulting firm for graphics and multimedia, today announced estimated graphics shipments and supplier market share for the first calendar quarter of 2004. Detailed first-quarter results are available in the Q1'04 edition of Jon Peddie's Market Watch, the firm's quarterly graphics survey. Market Watch provides an in-depth look at the PC graphics market and includes unit shipment and segment market share data, trend analysis, shipment forecasts, and profiles of major suppliers.

Jon Peddie Research estimates that approximately 57.5 million PC graphics devices shipped from eight suppliers in Q1'04, a 7.4% decline from the previous quarter and a 12.9% increase over the same period the previous year.
The mobile graphics segment saw a 12.7% quarterly decline in shipments but achieved 29.1% growth year-over-year, outpacing a 9.9% annual growth rate in the desktop segment. Approximately 10.5 million mobile graphics processors shipped from six suppliers in Q1'04, an industry record in a first calendar quarter.

As in Q4'03, shipments of integrated graphics chipsets for notebook platforms surpassed those of discrete (stand-alone) mobile graphics processors to claim a greater than 50% share of the mobile graphics market.

"Quarterly shipment declines were fairly typical in the first quarter with the exception of desktop GPUs, which were approximately flat as compared to Q4'03," said Lisa Epstein, a senior analyst at Jon Peddie Research. "The discrete desktop segment exhibited surprising resilience during the period with shipments of discrete vs. IGC desktop graphics about numerically even. Intel will not offer its new Grantsdale IGC until the second quarter and a small window has opened for discrete graphics as a result," Epstein concluded.

The discrete desktop segment performed well in Q1'04, with shipments declining just 1.3% compared to Q4'03. In contrast, IGCs declined 10.3% compared sequentially. During a period in which shipments typically decline on a quarterly basis due to seasonality, Nvidia buoyed the segment with a 4.0% increase in shipments of its desktop GPUs. The discrete mobile segment declined by a more substantial 14.9%. Shipments of mobile IGC parts declined by 10.5% in Q1'04 with all suppliers seeing shipments fall by more than 10% on a quarterly basis, with the exception of Intel, which increased its mobile IGC shipments by 9.1%.

Intel saw a moderate 3.8% quarterly decline in graphics shipments in Q1'04, was the largest supplier of PC graphics devices worldwide, and claimed an increased share of the total graphics market.
Nvidia was the second largest supplier in Q1'04 with a 2.0% increase in graphics shipments and an increased share of the total graphics market. Nvidia was the only supplier to the graphics market to increase its overall unit shipments in Q1'04 as compared to Q4'03.
ATI was the third largest supplier in Q1'04, with an 11.5% decline in graphics shipments and a reduced share of the total graphics market. The following table lists the ranking and relative market share, based on unit shipments in Q4'03 and Q1'04, of the eight major graphics suppliers to the PC industry.

Q4'03 Q1'04
Rank Graphics Supplier Market Share Market Share

1 Intel 31.7% 33.0%
2 Nvidia 24.7% 27.2%
3 ATI Technologies 25.2% 24.0%
4 VIA Technologies 9.02% 7.8%
5 Silicon Integrated Systems (SiS) 8.3% 6.9%
6 Matrox Graphics 0.48% 0.52%
7 XGI 0.5% 0.44%
8 3Dlabs (Creative Technology) 0.03% 0.04%

Visit the Jon Peddie Research Web site at www.jonpeddie.com.

May 04 - 1394 Trade Association to Show New FireWire Audio, Storage Applications at Annual WinHEC. The 1394 Trade Association will bring a new set of FireWire technology demonstrations to this year's Windows Hardware Engineering Conference May 4-7 at the Washington State Convention and Trade Center in Seattle. Developed and managed by Oxford Semiconductor, a leader in 1394 product design, the demonstrations will be part of the Windows Community Pavilion on the WinHEC floor.

The first will feature 1394-based multi-channel audio and will show how DVD content is easily transmitted over 1394, with up to eight digital audio output channels. The FireWire 800 solution removes the need to install separate sound cards and does not require an external power supply for the speaker configuration.

In the second demo, Oxford Semiconductor also will provide a demonstration of a 1394b RAID system showing the ability to stripe at 80 MBytes/second speeds, almost three times as fast as USB 2.0, which completes the same striping tasks at only 30 MBytes/second. The 1394b version of the standard, which also is known as FireWire 800, delivers speeds up to 800 Megabits/second and distances up to 100 meters, making it ideal for long-range home entertainment network backbones and other applications.

A third demonstration will feature isochronous (real-time) delivery of camcorder content to a peer-peer external hard disk drive featuring a portable viewer, which will connect to a PC using SBP-2. The video images travelling from the camcorder for storage on the HDD will be converted on-the-fly to asynchronous content.

"Our efforts at this year's WinHEC will highlight the speed, versatility and reliability of the FireWire standard, with the audio demonstration designed to show the excellent performance that 1394 can deliver in these applications," said Jalil Oraee, chief technical officer at Oxford Semiconductor and the financial officer for the 1394 Trade Association. "The RAID demonstration exhibits the speed and efficiency of 1394b, while the camcorder-to-drive connection displays the versatility of the standard."

About the 1394 TA and Oxford Semiconductor

The 1394 Trade Association is a worldwide organization dedicated to the enhancement and proliferation of the IEEE 1394 multimedia standard, known commercially as FireWire and i.LINK. For more information, please visit www.1394ta.org.

May 04 - 123 Copy DVD Ideal for Novice Computer Users. "Burn, baby burn!" is the way 123 Copy DVD(TM) describes how easy it is to make high quality backup copies of movies. The new software package is available online at www.123copydvd.com or at most major retailers, starting at $19.99.

The software makes perfect, top-quality copies of any DVD-to-DVD-R(W)(R) discs and is ideal for backing up any DVD movie. For novice computer users, 123 COPY DVD avoids the complications, confusion and frustration of searching the Internet to download encryption software, then finding additional programs to do the copying. The software obtained at retail will not copy encrypted DVD's on its own. By simply buying 123 COPY DVD in a box at retail, movies can be copied at the consumer's sole option.

"Even the newest computer users can easily make backup copies of their DVD collection," said Zachary Van Doren, founder of San Francisco-based ZVD Media and recognized new media industry expert. "It couldn't be any simpler. The user inserts a DVD, clicks 'copy on DVD' then sits back to enjoy the movie. It really is as easy as 1-2-3!"

123 Copy DVD at-a-glance

-- The software uses revolutionary technology to fit any film (up to 9GB) onto a blank, single 4.7GB DVD; no splitting is necessary;

-- Copies episodic movies and TV shows;

-- Copies all special features of original material;

-- Allows users to copy complete DVD or customize, including trailers, audio tracks, subtitles and languages;

-- Copies audio in full spectrum Stereo 5.1 surround with DTS or Digital Dolby.

123 Copy DVD is available now at most major retail outlets or online at www.123copydvd.com.

May 03 - China Hosts 71% of Websites That Send Unsolicited Email in April. Commtouch (Nasdaq:CTCH), the innovator of anti-spam solutions featuring Recurrent Pattern Detection (RPD)(TM) technology, today reported that the Commtouch Spam Detection Center and Lab found in the month of April that 71 percent of the URLs which appear in spam email are hosted in China.

Most of the unsolicited messages sent over the Internet have one or more link (URL) in the message; spammers are setting those links to provide more information regarding the products/services they are trying to promote, or to allow users to buy the promoted products online. Commtouch found that in April, 71 percent of those URLs are hosted in China, and the United States was second, hosting just 22% of the spammer websites.

While China is hosting the most spammer websites, the United States continues to be the point of origin for the dissemination of spam, sending 60.5% of spam. The fact that 71% of spammers websites are hosted in China and 60.5% of the global spam is sent from the United States demonstrates that spam is a global problem and that spam is being sent from one country while another country is used as a hosted website to 'close the loop' of the spam transaction.

"The fact that most of the spammer websites are hosted in China adds layers of challenge and complexity to the enforcement of the U.S. CAN-SPAM law and other spam legislation," commented Avner Amram, executive vice president at Commtouch. "Legislators in the United States and in other countries will have to consider the global nature of spam when looking at how to deter or punish those involved in making the business of spam profitable -- be it the spammer or the companies whose products/services the spammers promote."

Commtouch reports that the top 10 countries in global distribution of spam websites in the month of April are:

China- 71%

U.S. - 22%

Brazil - 2.3%

South Korea - 1.8%

Russian Federation -1.5%

Canada - 0.6%

Pakistan - 0.24%

U.K. - 0.07%

Romania - 0.03%

Germany - 0.03%

France - 0.06%

"In the month of April, 88 countries hosted spammer websites, including countries such as: Iran, Zimbabwe, Bermuda, Liechtenstein, Azerbaijan," said Amram.

In regard to the global origin of spam in the month of April, Commtouch identified spam being sent from Internet Protocol (IP) addresses in 155 countries, with Hong Kong (separately from China) breaking in to the top 10 list of countries that send the most volume of spam email:

U.S. - 60.5%

China - 6.2%

South Korea - 4.9%

Canada - 4.3%

Brazil - 2.9%

France - 2%

Hong Kong - 1.7%

Spain - 1.7%

Japan - 1.2%

Netherlands - 1.2%

While Commtouch reports that it saw a record number of spam outbreaks in the month of April, the company also reports an increasing number of email messages complying with CAN-SPAM. Amram said that about 5% of all spam messages in April complied with CAN-SPAM requirements, an increase from 3% in March.

To learn more about Commtouch visit www.commtouch.com.

May 03 - ATI Extends Industry Lead in Integrated Graphics with RADEON'TM' 9100 PRO IGP. ATI Technologies Inc. (NASDAQ:ATYT) (TSX:ATY), today announced the introduction of RADEON(TM) 9100 PRO IGP, a high performance platform product for both Intel(R) Pentium(R) 4 and Celeron(R) Processors. The official launch of the RADEON 9100 PRO IGP will take place at Gartner's System Builder Summit in Barcelona, Spain on May 5, 2004. Launch partners for the event include such industry leaders as Gigabyte, MSI, Sapphire, Shuttle PC, FIC, Jetway and Soyo.

In addition to industry leading graphics, RADEON 9100 PRO IGP provides users with a range of platform performance enhancements such as serial ATA, dual DDR400 memory channels, RAID, enhanced USB support, plus expanded memory and peripheral compatibility. SURROUNDVIEW(TM), a feature unique to ATI, enables users to combine the power of discrete and integrated graphics for multi-monitor support. Users benefit from simplified management of multiple windows and an immersive environment for gaming and multimedia.

In addition to the launch of RADEON 9100 PRO IGP, ATI will also introduce a value-oriented, single memory channel integrated graphics platform, RADEON(TM) 9000 PRO IGP.

"With the introduction of these new platform products we broaden our portfolio footprint by offering customers a range of solutions to meet their needs," said Phil Eisler, Vice President & General Manager, Mobile & Integrated, ATI Technologies. "The market for integrated graphics continues to grow, and ATI is committed to delivering solutions that strike the balance between high performance and cost effectiveness."

"The market for integrated graphics continues to grow and currently represents more than half of the PC graphics market," said Dean McCarron, Principal Analyst, Mercury Research. "By offering integrated PC graphics solutions, ATI continues to compete in a marketplace twice the size of the discrete graphics market alone."

By supporting a rich feature set, RADEON 9100 PRO IGP provides the perfect foundation for a cost effective multimedia PC or entry level gaming platform. For the enterprise user, RADEON 9100 PRO IGP provides rock-solid system stability and investment protection as the industry moves toward next-generation 3D operating systems.

Visit their Web site at www.ati.com.

May 03 - Global Semiconductor Sales Up 32.3% Year-over-Year. Worldwide sales of semiconductors rose to $16.28 billion in March, a sequential increase of 4.4 percent from the $15.58 billion reported in February and a 32.3 percent increase from March of 2003, the Semiconductor Industry Association (SIA) reported today. Global sales grew to $48.8 billion in the first quarter of 2004 compared to $36.4 billion in the first quarter of 2003 and $48.1 billion in the fourth quarter of 2003.

The SIA noted that the first quarter is normally a seasonally weak quarter for semiconductor sales while the fourth quarter is normally a strong quarter. Coupled with the 4.2 percent first-quarter growth in the U.S. GDP, the sequential sales growth in the first quarter is a further indication of the strength of the economic recovery that is driving demand for a broad range of semiconductor products.

"The strong sales in the first quarter are very encouraging," stated SIA President George Scalise. "Based on the strong first-quarter results, it now appears likely that growth for 2004 will exceed 20 percent. One of the leading drivers of sales growth was continued growth in corporate spending on information technology (IT) products. Corporate spending on IT software and hardware increased by 11.5 percent in the first quarter, the fourth successive quarter of strong growth and the third straight quarter of double-digit growth. The fundamentals are in place for continued robust growth in chip sales through the end of the year."

Reflecting the continuing high level of corporate spending on Information Technology, sales of microprocessors and DRAMs -- circuits that are primarily used in personal computers -- showed solid sequential growth in March of 5.3 percent and 5.9 percent respectively. March sales of programmable logic devices, widely used in networking and telecommunications applications, were up 12.9 percent from February. ASSPs (application-specific standard products) for automotive applications grew by 8.4 percent in March.

Sales were up sequentially for all geographic regions in March. More information about the SIA can be found online at www.sia-online.org.

May 03 - Free, Downloadable Tool Helps Consumers Get Pictures out of Their Digital Cameras. PhotoWorks(R) Inc. (OTCBB:FOTO), a leading provider of digital and film photography services, today unveiled PhotoWorks Digital Partner(TM) free software to complement its easy-to-use and premier online photo service. Using PhotoWorks Digital Partner, digital photographers can now effortlessly organize, enhance, share and print their growing collection of digital photo memories without having to be a computer wiz. This new, simple tool is available for download on the PhotoWorks Web site (www.digitalpartner.com).

"PhotoWorks is leveraging its experience with more than 25 years in the business to create a premier online digital photo service," said Ed Lee, director, Digital Photography Advisory Service, and senior analyst at Lyra Research. "PhotoWorks Digital Partner benefits from the company's customer-centric insight. It offers a fresh approach to tackling some of the biggest challenges digital photographers face today with its clean and easy-to-use interface."

PhotoWorks conducted extensive usability studies and surveys to design this intuitive, task-oriented tool for even the most novice users of digital cameras. From the moment users connect their digital camera or memory card to their PC, PhotoWorks Digital Partner automatically takes over -- making it easy for users to show off and preserve their favorite memories. As an introductory offer, the company also is offering PhotoWorks Digital Partner users up to 15 free professional-quality 4x6" prints on their first order.

"Customers have embraced our service as the easiest way to order professional-quality prints, and now with PhotoWorks Digital Partner, we're making it even easier to approach photo projects," said Philippe Sanchez, CEO of PhotoWorks. "As a premium online photography brand, PhotoWorks is deeply committed to delivering the most intuitive and innovative service and, most importantly, just making it simple to transfer pictures from a digital camera to enjoy."

A Great New Tool for Managing Digital Pictures

Customers who tested a pre-release version have responded enthusiastically about its usefulness. According to Joan Snyder, "It's just what I need to get rid of the frustration of having zillions of digital photos I have never sorted or sent to be printed." Another user, Bryan Malik explains, "I am very pleased with the quality and ease of the program. The editing tools are very effective, efficient and easy to use. I wish I had this program earlier -- before I printed many of my pictures!"

This quick and easy-to-install downloadable tool from PhotoWorks:

-- Instantly recognizes a camera connection

-- Locates photos on your hard drive

-- Removes red eye

-- Improves photos with Instant Fix -- Colour Science i2e color enhancement technology

-- Provides an easy-to-use cropping tool

-- Organizes photos with collections, captions and online albums

-- Provides 1-3 star rating system to help quickly pull up your best shots

-- Emails photo links to friends instead of large attachments

-- Finds and sorts photos by date, name, star-rating or collection

-- Creates slide shows

-- Schedules uploads when your computer is not in use

-- Remembers where you left off if you get interrupted

-- Makes it easy to burn photo CDs to mail in for professional quality prints

-- Offers easy ordering of professional-quality prints from PhotoWorks on Kodak(R) paper.

May 02 - Sunday Shopping Watch.

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

Weekly Comparison. All stores are having very good sales this 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.)

Best Buy is offering 12 month no-interest financing on all advertised desktop packages and laptops, and $150 mail-in rebate on advertised laptops and desktop packages.
Circuit City is offering 12 months no interest financing, and up to $150 mail-in rebates on advertised desktop packages and notebooks.
Office Depot is offering 6 months no payment, no interest financing on purchases over $298, and rebates on advertised systems.
CompUSA is offering 6 months no payment, no interest financing on purchases over $198, and rebates on advertised systems.
Staples has no store-wide promotions 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
eMachines 2.7 GHz complete system with 17" monitor
Best Buy
Best Celeron Deal
Compaq 2.7 GHz complete system with 17" monitor
Circuit City, CompUSA, Office Depot
1. Best Pentium 4 System
Compaq Pentium 4 3.0E GHz complete system with HT Technology, 15 inch flat panel, and DVD-RW
Best Buy
2. Best Pentium 4 System
HP Pentium 4 3.0E GHz complete system with HT Technology,15 inch flat panel, and DVD-RW
Circuit City, Best Buy
Best AMD Athlon XP System
eMachines Athlon 3000+ complete system with 17 inch monitor and DVD-RW drive
Circuit City
Best AMD Athlon 64 System
HP Athlon 3200+ complete system with 15 inch flat panel and DVD-RW drive
1. Best Low-cost Laptop
Toshiba 2.8 GHz Celeron with DVD/CD-RW
Circuit City
2. Best Low-cost Laptop
HP 2.8 GHz Celeron with DVD/CD-RW
CompUSA, Office Depot
3. Best Low-cost Laptop
HP Athlon 3000 + with DVD/CD-RW
Circuit City
1. Best High-end Notebook
Compaq Athlon 64 3000+ widescreen with DVD-RW
Circuit City
2. Best High-end Notebook
Compaq widescreen Centrino 1.4 GHz with DVD/CD-RW
Office Depot
3. Best High-end Notebook
Sony Pentium 4 2.8 GHz with DVD-RW
4. Best High-end Notebook
HP widescreen Pentium 4 3.0 GHz with HT Technology and DVD-RW
Best Buy
5. Best High-end Notebook
Compaq widescreen Pentium 4 3.0 GHz with HT Technology and DVD-RW
Peripherals and Software
Best Sunday Deal
Western Digital 200 GB 7200 RPM Hard Drive with 8 MB buffer
(after rebates)
Circuit City
Best Sunday Deal
Maxtor 250 GB 7200 RPM Hard Drive with 8 MB buffer
(after rebates)
Best Sunday Deal
ATI 9600 XT 128 MB
(after rebates)
Circuit City
Best Sunday Deal
ATI 9800 Pro 128 MB
(after rebates)
Best Sunday Deal
Sony 8X DVD-RW
(after rebates)
Circuit City


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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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