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InfoHQ Computer News and Rumors

November 01 - 07 2001

About News and Rumors. InfoHQ Computer News and Rumors is a daily column. It features news coverage of new PC and Mac computer hardware and software, Internet news, and other technical news items.
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InfoHQ Computer News and Rumors Article Index
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Nov 07 MicronPC Introduces Extreme Performance Desktop PC
Nov 07 Strong Windows XP Sales Reported Following Launch
Nov 07 Dell Introduces Mobile Workstation
Nov 07 Motorola's GPRS Technology Bridges Gap to Next Generation
Nov 07 Fujifilm Announces Breakthrough in Magnetic Recording Media
Nov 06 Sony Introduces 20X Ultra Slim CD-RW/DVD Portable Drive
Nov 06 SanDisk Introduces 1-Gigabyte CompactFlash Card
Nov 06 Canon U.S.A. Introduces Its First Digital Personal Copiers
Nov 06 Hitachi Launches Multi-Writable DVD/CD-RW Drive
Nov 06 Trend Micro's Free Online Virus Scanner Wins Antivirus Test
Nov 05 AMD Introduces the AMD Athlon XP Processor 1900+
Nov 05 Consumers Show Greater Demand for Home Networks
Nov 05 Sony Delivers Third-Generation of Advanced Intelligent Tape Drives
Nov 05 Five Winners receive Humanitarian Technology Awards
Nov 04 Sunday Shopping Watch
Nov 02 Nokia and AT&T Wireless Complete First Live 3G EDGE Call
Nov 02 SONICblue Reports Strong Third Quarter Results
Nov 02 Broadband Will Be Available to 75% of U.S Homes by Year-End 2001
Nov 02 PC Shipments in Western Europe Decline 11 Percent in Third Quarter
Nov 01 HP Delivers Digital Entertainment Center to Retail Stores Nationwide
Nov 01 Altec Lansing Announces New Line of Speaker Systems
Nov 01 Red-M Enables Instant Bluetooth Networking for LANs
Nov 01 Marvell and Fujitsu Team Together to Enable the Serial ATA Interface
Nov 01 American Life; First Magazine on DVD

 

 
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Nov 07 - MicronPC Introduces Extreme Performance Desktop PC. MicronPC, a Gores Technology Group company, today announced the introduction of the Millennia(R) XP+(TM) -- its highest performing AMD Athlon(TM) XP processor-based computer.
The Millennia XP+ is designed to meet the requirements of today's most demanding computer buyer, and offers performance-minded users a powerful computing experience.
The Millennia XP+ offers the latest technology innovations including the NVIDIA(R) nForce(TM) Platform Processing Architecture, the AMD Athlon XP processors and DDR (Double Data Rate) SDRAM memory technology. This new addition to the Millennia line is designed for high-end users, and enthusiasts who demand cutting edge performance, headroom, and flexibility. The Millennia XP+ delivers unmatched system and memory performance, plus stunning 3D graphics and 3D audio.
"The Millennia XP+ sets a new standard in computing performance, and we are very excited about the power it brings to those consumer, home office and small business customers who demand high-performance desktops," said Paul Petersen, vice president product marketing and development for MicronPC. "This combination of innovative technologies represents MicronPC's fastest PC platform architecture to date, and is ideal for power-hungry multimedia, content creation, and gaming applications, which place a high demand on system performance."
"MicronPC is one of the true innovators in desktop PCs," said Jeff Fisher, senior vice president of sales at NVIDIA. "By featuring the nForce Platform Processing Architecture in their new Millennia XP+ PC, MicronPC will be offering a revolutionary new PC platform design, integrating system, graphics, communications, and audio technologies to deliver unmatched system performance for the mainstream PC market."

Millennia XP+ Features

MicronPC has again proven itself a technology leader by employing innovative designs in the Millennia XP+. Key component features include integration of NVIDIA's nForce Platform Processing Architecture and AMD's Athlon XP processors.
NVIDIA's nForce Platform Processing Architecture incorporates an optimized 128-bit memory architecture to provide the highest possible bandwidth, boosting CPU performance and providing unparalleled 3D graphics performance. The nForce Platform Processing Architecture also integrates advanced Dolby 5.1 audio support and enhanced data streaming technology for superior broadband and networking performance.
The AMD Athlon XP processor features the patented QuantiSpeed(TM) architecture, which delivers up to a 25-percent performance advantage versus competitive processors on a broad array of real-world applications.

Sample Configuration

The Millennia XP+ will be available for order beginning November 12, 2001 at www.micronpc.com. One sample price and configuration is shown below:

Processor: AMD Athlon XP 1900+ with Quantispeed Architecture
Memory: 256MB PC2100 DDR Sdram
Hard drive: 100GB ATA-100 hard drive
CD/DVD: DVD-R/CDRW Combo Drive w/media disc
Video: Integrated GeForce2 MX graphics w/TV Out
Monitor: 19in MicronPC 910EX Display (18 in viewable)
Audio: Dolby Digital 5.1 Integrated Sound
Speakers: Altec Lansing AVS200 Speakers
Comm: 56K V.90 PCI Modem
Software: Microsoft Works Suite Basic
Operating Sys.: Microsoft Windows XP Home
Warranty: One Year, Onsite, NBD Parts & Labor
Price: $1997.00

Nov 07 - Strong Windows XP Sales Reported Following Launch. During the three-day period following the official launch of Windows XP (professional and home editions), retailers in the U.S. sold over 300,000 copies of the new operating system, according to NPD INTELECT(R) Market Tracking.
Initial retail unit sales of Windows XP during October 25-27, 2001 surpassed those recorded for Windows Millenium Edition (Me) in the three day period after its release in September 2000, but fell short of volumes recorded for Windows 98 during the comparable period after its launch in September 1998. During the first three days of its availability, retail sales of Windows Me were slightly above 200,000 units, according to NPD INTELECT. In the same period following its launch, sales of Windows 98 approached 400,000 units.
"A huge promotional effort from Microsoft really drove sales of Windows XP in the first few days," said Steve Koenig, software analyst for NPD INTELECT. "At some retailers, you needed a wheelbarrow to carry away all the free hardware and software products being offered with a purchase of XP. Offers like these convinced several fence-sitters to go ahead and make the move to the new OS."
With the release of Windows XP, NPD INTELECT has started the Windows XP Monitor, a monthly report that tracks how the new application is selling (units and dollars), how sales compare to previous operating systems (Windows 98, Windows Me) and effects of operating systems on hardware sales. NPD INTELECT can be found on the Web at www.npd.com.

Nov 07 - Dell Introduces Mobile Workstation. For an architect who needs to create designs at the job site, a movie director who wants to edit on location, or any content-creation professional working in or beyond the office, the world's leading supplier of workstations today announced the Dell(tm) Precision(tm) Workstation M40, Dell's first mobile workstation.
The Precision M40 enables workstation-application users to create and display their work in the office or around the world. It combines performance hardware that performs complex tasks with the mobility that eliminates the need to carry bulky and expensive drawings and video.
The new Dell system was developed for customers who requested a mobile computer with workstation benefits such as hardware certified for critical OpenGL applications and specialized technical support. The Precision M40 is appropriate for 2-D and 3-D professional workstation users focused on segments such as: mechanical computer-aided drawing (MCAD); architecture electronic creation (AEC); digital content creation (DCC); global information systems (GIS); and software development.
The Dell Precision Workstation M40 is optimized for the industry's key workstation applications and incorporates drivers certified by independent software vendors to help ensure that Dell customers experience optimal performance and productivity from their hardware and software.
The Precision M40 base configuration includes the NVIDIA Quadro2Go workstation graphics card with 32MB of video RAM, an Intel(tm) Pentium(tm) III-M processor at 1.2GHz with L2 cache which supports Intel's SpeedStep(tm) technology, 512MB SDRAM, 15-inch UXGA LCD display with 1600 x 1200 resolution, DVD/CD-RW combo drive, 48GB 5ATA-100 5400 RPM hard drive, an eight-cell lithium-ion "smart" battery and Microsoft Windows 2000 Professional. Pricing for the Dell Precision Workstation M40 in the United States begins at $3,799.
"The Precision M40 demonstrates Dell's innovation in workstation technology to our customers," said Tim Mattox, vice president of Dell's relationship product marketing group. "Dell customers can carry the benefit of Precision performance and certification wherever they go."
For more information about Dell Precision Workstations visit www.dell.com/precision.

Nov 07 - Motorola's GPRS Technology Bridges Gap to Next Generation. The much-heralded third-generation (3G) communications networks, with their promises of "always-on" data connections for high-speed mobile Internet access, have claimed most of the public's attention in recent years.
However, there is an alternative for consumers who need mobile Internet access, but just can't wait for 3G. Improved wireless technology, called "2.5G" because it spans the gap between the current generation (2G) and the third, is delivering many of the promises of 3G now.
The most widespread of the 2.5G technologies is GPRS, or General Packet Radio Service. GPRS is an upgrade to existing networks based on the leading 2G standard for digital wireless, GSM (Global System for Mobile Communications). Primarily a software upgrade, GPRS requires neither new spectrum nor new networks to be built. Yet it offers much of the speed and increased functionality associated with 3G.
With GPRS available today, the 3G "revolution" looks like more of an "evolution."
"GPRS is really going to have us set up for 3G, because we'll have the servers, the billing engines, all this in place," says Motorola's Bob Schukai, Director of 3G Products for Europe, the Middle East, and Africa.
Motorola is a leader in GPRS, delivering a range of technologies including handsets and the underlying handset technology; network infrastructure; and applications. Motorola was the first company to bring to market a commercial GPRS handset, the Motorola Timeport(tm) 260. And now Motorola's semiconductor sector is working to lower the barrier to entry for other manufacturers by offering them a flexible, scalable platform for 2.5G handsets designed to speed time-to-market.

Coming to Market

Though the basic idea behind GPRS is relatively simple, any new technology is, of course, a challenge. Even though it does not require the building of entirely new networks, GPRS certainly presents barriers to entry. Motorola expects to benefit from its substantial GPRS experience.
"We have an advantage there because of our technological expertise end-to-end," says Schukai. "We were the first to have a digital phone, a dual-band phone, a tri-band phone, and now a GPRS phone." A leader in semiconductors as well as handsets, Motorola also has announced it will offer a comprehensive silicon-to-software solution for GSM/GPRS handsets. This platform, called i.250, will lower the barriers to entry into the 2.5G market for other handset makers.
But when all is said and done, even the technologists recognize that ultimately, GPRS is all about the service and convenience people want.
"GPRS at the end of the day is just a technology enabler for people to play games, check news, access flight information," says Schukai. "It lets you access pretty cool content really fast."
Motorola can be found on the Web at www.motorola.com.

Nov 07 - Fujifilm Announces Breakthrough in Magnetic Recording Media. Fuji Photo Film U.S.A., Inc. today announced a significant breakthrough in magnetic recording media technology that will exponentially increase the capacity of magnetic media.
NANO CUBIC technology is an ultra-thin layer coating that results in higher resolution for recording digital data, ultra-low noise and high signal-to-noise ratios that are ideal for magneto-resistive (MR) heads. It is capable of catapulting data cartridge and digital videotape to one-terabyte native (uncompressed) capacities and floppy disk capacities to three gigabytes. To help visualize the potential, 1TB can store up to 200 two-hour movies.
What sets the NANO CUBIC coating technology apart is its ability to be applied cost-effectively to a mass production manufacturing process while requiring only small modifications to current coating equipment for application. Fujifilm is beginning to work with drive manufacturers to develop new, high capacity magnetic storage products using NANO CUBIC technology.
Fujifilm is no stranger to developing technological breakthroughs in magnetic recording media. In 1992 Fujifilm introduced ATOMM (an acronym for Advanced super Thin layer and high Output Metal Media), the metal particle coating technology that promised great leaps in storage capacity, performance and reliability. Within a few short months of ATOMM's announcement, a Fujifilm relationship with Iomega Corporation led to the development of the Zip(TM) data storage system, which brought disk capacity from 1.44MB to 100MB and then 250MB, launching the high-capacity floppy disk category. Later, a similar relationship with Quantum Corporation resulted in DLTtape(TM) IV data cartridges that offered a then-unrivaled capacity of 20GB (uncompressed) with the DLT 4000 drive. Today, DLTtape IV is the de facto standard for the mid-range back-up tape segment. In recent times, ATOMM was the catalyst in enabling Fujifilm to be the first media manufacturer to deliver LTO Ultrium(TM) 1 data cartridges to market.
In the video segment, ATOMM applications led to the development of advanced broadcast products such as DVCPRO and D9 (Digital-S) professional videocassettes.
"NANO CUBIC technology is more than just an extension of Fujifilm's successful ATOMM technology," said Steve Solomon, Senior Vice President and General Manager, Computer Products Division, Fuji Photo Film U.S.A., Inc. "Its nano-thin layer of magnetic particles makes it possible to record digital data at exponentially higher densities, and should drive the tape market into the next generation of products. Significant breakthroughs like NANO CUBIC technology and efficient manufacturing ensure Fujifilm's continued growth and leadership position in the data storage media business."

NANO CUBIC technology consists of:


-- Coating technology: NANO CUBIC technology employs an advanced precision coating process that can control the thickness of the magnetic layer on a nanometer scale.
-- Particle technology: Two types of magnetic particles were developed for NANO CUBIC technology, both tens of nanometers in size: acicular ferromagnetic alloy particle and tabular ferromagnetic hexagonal barium ferrite particle.
-- Dispersion technology: NANO CUBIC technology uses a special organic binder material that has the ability to thoroughly disperse the particles in the coating solution so that a uniformly packed structure of the layer is realized.

Applications in development include: magnetic storage tape, both for helical scan and linear recording formats; high-capacity floppy disks; high-definition, long-duration digital video tape for broadcast and home use; and data and video storage tape for home network servers. High-end tape storage products for enterprise applications are also possible with NANO CUBIC technology.
A graphical explanation of NANO CUBIC technology is available at www.fujifilm.com, the Web site for Fujifilm USA, or www.fujifilmmediasource.com, the data storage-specific Web site for Fujifilm USA's Computer Products Division.

Nov 06 - Sony Introduces 20X Ultra Slim CD-RW/DVD Portable Drive. Sony Electronics today expanded its desktop storage portfolio with the introduction of two stylish ultra-slim portable CD-RW and DVD-ROM Combo drives. The new combo drives can connect easily to a notebook, PC or Macintosh(R) computer for high performance CD-R/RW recording and CD-R/RW and DVD-ROM playback.
Available with both PC Card and USB 2.0 interfaces, as well as easy to use PC and Mac software suites, Sony's new drives offer users a range of options for adding a portable combo drive to their notebook, PC or Mac. Both combo drives are the first to support a 20X maximum write speed and are equipped with Sony's Power-Burn(TM) technology. Designed to prevent buffer under-run and writing errors due to mechanical shocks, Power-Burn ensures more reliable recordings.
"The ultra slim and lightweight design of Sony's new portable combo drives is ideal for mobile computer users who need to back up files, record CDs, and playback DVD-ROMs on the road," said Toshi Naito, vice president of data storage for Sony Electronics' Core Technology Solutions Company. "The drives are also a great option for those looking for an all-in-one solution for CD recording and DVD-ROM playback."

Availability, Pricing and Warranty

The Sony Portable CD-RW and DVD-ROM Combo drive with the PCMIA Card (CRX85A/A1) will be available next month, while the USB 2.0 version (CRX85U/A2) will be available in the U.S. in December for an estimated price of $329. Sony CD-RW drives are available through resellers and retailers nationwide, mail order catalogs, and online shopping sites including www.SonyStyle.com.

Nov 06 - SanDisk Introduces 1-Gigabyte CompactFlash Card. SanDisk Corporation (Nasdaq:SNDK) today introduced a 1-Gigabyte (GB) CompactFlash(TM) (CF) memory card, the world's highest capacity card in the standard CF Type I card.
The new high-capacity card will typically be able to store, for example, more than 1000 digital images, more than 20 hours of digital music or several hours of video. The growing popularity of high-resolution digital cameras, digital music players and other consumer electronics is boosting demand for large-capacity CompactFlash cards. SanDisk will show the removable storage card and other products in Conference Room 10 at the Las Vegas Hilton Hotel during the annual COMDEX trade show.
Nelson Chan, senior vice president and general manager of SanDisk's retail business unit, said, "Introducing a 1GB CompactFlash card in the Type I format is a technological breakthrough for SanDisk, the company that introduced the CompactFlash card. With a gigabyte of storage capacity, consumers will be able to store extended movie clips in the latest generation of digital cameras that offer this exciting new feature. These cards demonstrate how rapidly flash technology is moving forward and provide the first indication of how SanDisk's technology will begin to displace recording tapes and disks in future consumer audio and video products."
The 1GB SanDisk CompactFlash card is expected to be available at retail in Q1 2002. The card is expected to sell for under $800. SanDisk can be found on the Web at www.sandisk.com.

Nov 06 - Canon U.S.A. Introduces Its First Digital Personal Copiers. Canon U.S.A. Inc., the Year 2000 U.S. market share leader for PC Copiers, today announced the upcoming availability of its first two digital personal copiers, the PC1080F and the PC1060.
Scheduled to begin shipping during the fourth quarter of this year, the PC1080F and PC1060 represent examples of Canon's promise to expand its competitively priced digital products into the Small Office/Home Office (SOHO) market through national retailers. The Canon PC1060 has an estimated street price of $699 while the Canon PC1080F is expected to sell for $799.
"The PC1080F and the PC1060 present Canon with an exciting opportunity to capture a large share of the digital PC copier market," said James Rosetta, vice president and general manager, Retailer/Distributor Sales Division for Canon U.S.A.'s Imaging Systems Group. "Canon is the company that invented PC Copiers and our move to state-of-the art digital technology demonstrates our commitment to our SOHO customers. While other major brands have moved out of this market segment, Canon sees its PC1080F and PC1060 as just the first in what we expect to be a robust, competitive line of digital products for SOHO users," Rosetta added.
The Canon PC1080F and PC1060 incorporate proven Canon technology and new features that will help enhance SOHO customers' productivity. Employing Canon's exclusive Single Cartridge System, which contains the drum, development unit and toner in one easily replaceable cartridge, and digital laser copying technology, the PC1080F and PC1060 provide quality black and white output of up to 1200x600 dpi at an economical $.03 per copy. Both devices can accept originals up to legal size and reproduce letter-size documents at 13 copies-per-minute (cpm) and legal-size documents at 10 cpm. Digital technology, through the touch of a single button, facilitates collating of multi-page documents.
The two copiers also feature an efficient 30-sheet automatic document feeder, a 500-sheet front-loading paper cassette and a 100-sheet multi-purpose tray that accepts a variety of media including bond, plain and colored paper, transparencies, labels and envelopes.
The Canon PC1080F includes G3 fax capability, allowing users to transmit documents at modem speeds as high as 14400 bps -- approximately 6 seconds-per-page. The PC1080F allows two types of faxing: through the automatic document feeder or directly from the platen for books, magazines or non-standard size documents. Canon's newest PC Copier also features one-touch automatic dialing with speed dialing (12 destinations), group dialing (111 destinations) and automatic redialing.
The PC1080F and PC1060 use the Canon L50 cartridge which yields approximately 5,000 copies at 5% print density. A full Canon L50 cartridge is shipped with each copier. Canon provides a three-year limited warranty on the PC1080F/PC1060 with first year-on-site service.
The Canon U.S.A. web site can be found at www.usa.canon.com.

Nov 06 - Hitachi Launches Multi-Writable DVD/CD-RW Drive. Hitachi-LG Data Storage, Inc. today announced that the company has developed the industry's first drive which can burn all writable DVDs and CDs.
Hitachi's model GMA-4020B with ATAPI interface will start shipping in January 2002. This half-height size drive was designed mainly for PC use and can read/write DVD writable format discs approved by DVD Forum, DVD-R, DVD-RW, and DVD-RAM. The drive can also read/write CD-R/RW discs.
GMA-4020B can read/write DVD-R discs used in DVD players which are suitable for picture distribution, and it can read/write DVD-RAM discs and DVD-RW discs which are used on DVD recorders. It can also store/retrieve the large size data in PCs on DVD-RAM discs. And GMA-4020B can burn CD-R and CD-RW. This enables the user to choose the appropriate disc format depending on the contents to be stored.
Full support of writable DVDs and writable CDs was realized by a newly developed Optical Head and DSPs. This Optical Head is highly integrated and has high efficiency of light. The DSPs can execute an advanced signal process, which enables the control of various writable format discs.
For more information on Hitachi, Ltd., please visit Hitachi's Web site at http://global.hitachi.com.

Nov 06 - Trend Micro's Free Online Virus Scanner Wins Antivirus Test. Trend Micro(R) Inc. (Nasdaq:TMIC) (TSE: 4704), a worldwide leader in network antivirus and Internet content security solutions, today announced that HouseCall, the company's free, online virus scanner, earned first place for its virus detection capabilities and ease of use in an internationally recognized test. AV-Test.org conducted the independent test of several free, online virus scanners from industry-leading vendors at the Otto-von-Guericke University in Magdeburg, Germany. The test was conducted for PC-WELT, Germany's largest monthly computer magazine.
"We are independent security experts, so any antivirus solution we evaluate is put through a series of rigorous tests and must meet stringent standards in order to receive high marks," said Andreas Marx, CEO of AV-Test.org. "Vendors who earn high recognition in our testing procedures are preferred in the industry and have demonstrated their ability to provide comprehensive virus protection."
Trend Micro's HouseCall took first place in the test, as PC-WELT's first choice for online virus scanning. HouseCall includes Trend Micro's scan engine, which is standard across the company's product line and incorporates heuristic-based scanning techniques along with traditional virus detection methods. Heuristic scanning enables Trend Micro's antivirus solutions to detect unknown viruses, based on behavior, before they can damage a user's computer.
The online scanner detected all "in-the-wild" viruses, or viruses that are currently circulating in the computing environment, and recognized more than 98% of Trojans and backdoor programs, receiving the highest score in this category. Additionally, HouseCall received high marks for its intuitive user interface, its clear display of the number of files scanned, and the number of viruses found. AV-Test.org examined six online virus scanners, all free tools, offered by established antivirus vendors. The object of the test was: to determine the effectiveness of these tools; the detection rate of computer viruses, Trojans and worms; and the recognition of backdoor programs.
The test was carried out using a large number of "in-the-wild" viruses (a list developed by Joe Wells' Wild List Organization), ActiveX controls, backdoor programs, and Trojans. AV-Test.org also tested the scanners' ability to examine and archive embedded files, as well as compressed file formats. In addition, testers graded HouseCall for its user friendliness including ease-of-use, how it displayed and stored results, and whether or not it required registration with the manufacturer.
AV-Test.org was impressed with HouseCall's additional features that include the creation of back-up copies of files before cleaning and the scanner's direct link to Trend Micro's virus information center and virus tracking map, http://wtc.trendmicro.com/wtc/. The virus tracking center allows visitors to Trend Micro's Web site to track the spread of malicious code across the world in real time.
"The independent testing performed by AV-Test.org recognizes the quality of our virus-detection capabilities and clearly validates Trend Micro's leadership role in providing quality Internet security solutions," said Oscar Chang, senior vice president of product development for Trend Micro.
Results of the antivirus testing can be viewed at: http://www.av-test.org.

About HouseCall

Trend Micro introduced HouseCall, the Internet's first free, online virus scanner, in May 1997. HouseCall is also the only online virus scanner to have been certified by the International Computer Security Association to detect 100% of "in-the-wild" viruses. HouseCall brings the stability and effectiveness of a server-based antivirus application to home users at no cost. With HouseCall, users have 24 x 7 access to the latest virus protection available without time consuming downloads or subscriptions. In addition to using Trend Micro's free, online virus scanner, Trend Micro recommends that users install desktop resident antivirus software, such as Trend Micro's PC-cillin(R) 2000, to ensure that their computers remain virus free.
HouseCall is available now at www.housecall.antivirus.com. HouseCall works with Windows, Windows 95, 98, 2000, ME, XP, and NT Workstation.

Nov 05 - AMD Introduces the AMD Athlon XP Processor 1900+. AMD (NYSE:AMD) today announced the new AMD Athlon(TM) XP processor 1900+, which sets a new level of performance and continues to extend AMD's leadership with the world's highest overall performing PC processor. The AMD Athlon XP processor 1900+ features QuantiSpeed(TM) architecture and delivers up to a 25-percent performance advantage versus competitive processors on real-world applications, in such categories as digital media, office productivity and 3D gaming.
AMD has worked closely with Microsoft to ensure systems powered by the AMD Athlon XP processor with QuantiSpeed architecture provide Windows XP users with extreme performance for a great PC experience. QuantiSpeed is the key architectural feature of the AMD Athlon XP processor that allows it to work more efficiently and increase application performance.
"The AMD Athlon XP processor 1900+ with QuantiSpeed architecture accelerates AMD's position as the PC processor performance leader," said Ed Ellett, vice president of marketing for AMD's Computation Products Group. "AMD continues to demonstrate that megahertz is not the sole measure of performance. The AMD Athlon XP processor combines innovative architectural design and expertise to deliver the highest PC application performance for home and business consumers."
AMD identifies the AMD Athlon XP processor using model numbers, as opposed to clock speed in megahertz. Model numbers are designed to convey the relative performance of AMD Athlon XP processors, as well as communicate the architectural superiority over existing AMD Athlon processors. The higher the model number, the better the performance.
To communicate processor performance in the future, AMD is driving the True Performance Initiative, or TPI. TPI is intended to define a new, more accurate measure of processor performance and assist customers in understanding the benefits of PC performance.
"Compaq is pleased to offer PCs powered by the latest AMD Athlon XP processing technology," said Brett Faulk, director of Home and Small Office Desktop Marketing in Compaq Computer Corporation's Access Business Group. "The advanced performance of the new AMD Athlon XP processor 1900+ with QuantiSpeed architecture will enhance the superior gaming, digital video, and productivity applications for which Compaq Presario PCs are preferred."
"The AMD Athlon XP processor 1900+ with QuantiSpeed architecture is designed to work exceptionally well with today's demanding real-world and mission-critical applications," said Paul Petersen, vice president of product marketing and development at MicronPC. "By providing the optimum balance of processor clock speed and the amount of work done per clock cycle, the AMD Athlon XP processor 1900+ with QuantiSpeed architecture is an ideal platform to provide our PC enthusiast customers with a superior computing experience."
AMD and its partners continue to drive performance improvements to the Socket A platform. One of the latest innovations includes VIA's KT266a chipset, which improves overall AMD Athlon XP processor performance.
"The combination of the VIA Apollo KT266A, the AMD Athlon XP processor 1900+ with QuantiSpeed architecture, and DDR memory, provides consumers with powerful technology that delivers exceptional performance," said Ted Lee, vice president, sales and marketing, VIA Technologies, Inc.

Availability

Systems featuring the AMD Athlon XP processor 1900+ are immediately available from MicronPC. Other top-tier manufacturers, including Compaq Computer Corporation, Fujitsu and Hewlett-Packard Company, also are planning to offer AMD Athlon XP processor-based systems.

Pricing

The AMD Athlon XP processor 1900+ is priced at $269 in 1,000-unit quantities. For more information, visit http://www.amd.com. Also see our InfoHQ Desktop CPU Guide for more information about the AMD Athlon XP and other processors.

Nov 05 - Consumers Show Greater Demand for Home Networks. According to the Yankee Group's annual Technologically Advanced Family(R) (TAF(R)) Survey, conducted since 1985 and measuring consumers' experiences and interaction with over 100 products and services, PC-owning U.S. households indicate greater demand for in-home networks. Thirty-five percent of respondents are very or somewhat interested in home networking products, compared to 31% of those surveyed in 2000.
Service providers and manufacturers of residential gateways and other home networking customer premises equipment must translate increased consumer interest into share of wallet--by emphasizing the most valued applications. Thirty-eight percent of PC-owners recognized the utility of home networks in shared high-speed connectivity and enabling Internet applications, while 30% also cited the increased efficiency derived from networks.
Contrary to the notions of most companies, the perceived utility of home networks for entertainment applications is not as pronounced. Only 28% of PC owners desired the benefits of shared audio and video across devices or multi-user gaming in the home.
The Yankee Group can be found on;line at www.yankeegroup.com.

Nov 05 - Sony Delivers Third-Generation of Advanced Intelligent Tape Drives. Sony Electronics today announced the availability of its third-generation Advanced Intelligent Tape(TM) (AIT-3) drives, and Sony AIT-3 media cartridges. AIT-3 fulfills Sony's commitment to double the capacity and performance of AIT technology over the previous generation, and is read/write compatible with previous generations of AIT drives for customer investment protection.
The new AIT-3 tape drives and data media provide customers with a sophisticated and space-conscious storage solution with 100GB of uncompressed capacity (260GB with 2.6:1 compression) and a 12MB/sec sustained uncompressed transfer rate (28MB/sec with 2.6:1 compression) in a compact 3.5-inch form factor.
AIT-3 broadens Sony's existing AIT data storage family, which currently includes AIT-1 and AIT-2, and extends Sony's industry-leading AIT storage platform, which today has more than 200,000 drives in use providing various customer storage solutions. AIT-3 drives are read and write backward-compatible with AIT-1 and AIT-2 media, enabling users to seamlessly migrate to the higher capacity of AIT-3 without losing access to or compatibility with previously backed-up data.
AIT-3 drives incorporate Sony's Remote-Memory-in-Cassette (R-MIC) media interface system. The new AIT-3 media with R-MIC enables the drive to access key parameters in an instant, improving media management.
Earlier this year, Sony outlined a far-reaching AIT roadmap that extends to a sixth-generation version expected to feature a native capacity of 800GB.
"AIT-3, with its innovative recording technology, is a testament to Sony's expertise and history in the tape storage market, and is evidence that small form-factor tape drives and media can provide enterprise-class capability," said John Woelbern, director of OEM marketing for tape streamer products at Sony Electronics' Core Technology Solutions Company. "AIT-3 extends Sony's current AIT family into the enterprise and provides scalability from high-end all the way to entry-level applications."
"Sony's AIT-3 tape drive is a compelling alternative to existing tape technologies," said Robert Amatruda research manager at IDC. "AIT-3, with its high capacity and small form-factor, will appeal to a broader array of customers."
Volume shipments of AIT-3 drives will begin in late November with general availability of Sony-branded drives through commercial distributors, value-added resellers (VARs) and system integrators by December, at a suggested retail price of under $4,000. AIT-3 media will also be available at the same time for a suggested retail price of about $100 per cartridge. All Sony-branded AIT-3 drives feature a three-year limited warranty. In addition, Sony-branded models will be offered with a 24-hour swap service during the first three years of installation. For additional information about Sony storage products, visit www.storagebysony.com.

Nov 05 - Five Winners receive Humanitarian Technology Awards. At a gala black-tie fundraiser, The Tech Museum of Innovation announced the recipients of the first annual Tech Museum of Innovation Awards: Technology Benefiting Humanity, Presented by Applied Materials, Inc. The five winners each received a $50,000 cash honorarium, to encourage continued research and honor their contributions in applying technology to solve global challenges and improve lives around the world. Winners were:
Freeplay Foundation, South Africa, received the Nasdaq Stock Market Education Award for its radio technology serving as a lifeline. www.freeplayfoundation.org
Dr. Chaz M. Holder, President, CZBioMed, Fayetteville, North Carolina, received the Knight Ridder Equality Award for technology restoring patients' quality of life. www.czbiomed.md
Fabio de Oliveira Rosa, President, IDEAAS, Brazil, received the Credit Suisse First Boston Economic Development Award for technology bringing electrification to rural areas.
Dr. Betsy Dresser, Senior Vice President and Director, Audubon Center for Research and Endangered Species, New Orleans, Louisiana, received the Intel Environment Award for saving endangered species with biotechnology. www.auduboninstitute.org
Joseph DeRisi, Assistant Professor Biochemistry and Biophysics, UC San Francisco, received the JPMorgan Chase Health Award for decoding malaria for a better cure. http:/derisilab.ucsf.edu
"The heartwarming and inspiring stories of these remarkable organizations remind us of the potential goodness of technology," said Tech Museum president and CEO Peter Giles. "Not only can technology make life more convenient, it also has the amazing capability to bring communities together, meet basic human needs and enrich, and even save, lives."
"In the hands of ordinary people, the innovations of the high-tech industry open opportunity, unlock potential and strengthen the common connections of people throughout the world," said James C. Morgan, chairman and chief executive officer of Applied Materials, Inc. "The Tech Awards are meant to recognize and inspire the many 'unsung heroes' everywhere that the market may have overlooked, but are successfully applying technology to benefit humanity."
For more information about the Tech Awards, visit www.thetech.org/techawards.

Nov 04 - Sunday Shopping Watch. This is the sixth Sunday that Microsoft's newest operating system, Windows XP, is bundled with new computers. For some reason, local merchants continue to advertise high-end systems and not the less powerful Celeron and Duron systems. This trend applies to both desktops and notebooks.
Windows XP became available for separate purchase this week on October 25th. For more information on Windows XP visit Microsoft's Windows XP home page.
This Sunday's Special Discounts and Financing. In addition to sales on specific items, and various coupons and rebates with Windows XP, the following store-wide sales are advertised this week.
Best Buy
is giving away 1 year of free MSN with any computer purchase. They are also offering 14 month no interest financing on all Compaq desktop complete systems, laptops, and build-to-order computers with a purchase value of $499 or greater. Also advertised is a $100 mail-in rebate on all in-store 1 GHz or faster desktop complete systems.
Circuit City is offering no interest until January 2003 on all Pentium 4 desktops and Pentium 3 notebooks.
Office Depot has no ad this Sunday.
CompUSA has no ad this Sunday.
Staples is giving away 1 year of free MSN with any computer purchase.

Internet Rebates. Most stores are no longer advertising 3 year Internet rebates. Check with your local store before you buy. Please see our article, What You Need to Know About Internet Rebates and Free PCs, for an in-depth discussion of Internet Rebates.

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

* Prices discussed in this article. Advertisers typically deduct the $400 Internet rebate from an items true price. We report all prices without subtracting the $400 Internet rebate, however all other rebates and discounts are usually subtracted.
Caution about advertised prices. When reading advertisements, read the fine print of the ad to make sure you know what is being advertised and what it cost. For example, many advertisers will show a complete system with computer, monitor, and printer but advertise a price for the computer only.

Best Deals this Sunday
Category
Product Description
Price* (see above)
Store
Best Celeron Deal
Compaq 1.1 GHz complete system
$669
Best Buy
Best Pentium III System
None Advertised
   
Best Pentium 4 System
HP 1.5 GHz complete system
$1149
Best Buy
Best Duron System
None Advertised
Best Athlon System
HP 1.3 GHz complete system
$949
Best Buy
Best Athlon XP System
Compaq 1700+ (1.47 GHz) DDR with 17 inch monitor
$1149
Best Buy
Best Low Cost Notebook
Toshiba 1 GHz Celeron with DVD
$1049
Best Buy
Best High-end Notebook
Sony Pentium 900 MHz Pentium III with CD-RW/DVD
$1549
Circuit City

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 the highlights 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 to make informed buying decisions.

Nov 02 - Nokia and AT&T Wireless Complete First Live 3G EDGE Call. Nokia (NYSE:NOK) and AT&T Wireless Services (NYSE:AWE) today completed the first live EDGE data call using GSM/EDGE technology and a live GSM network environment -- a major milestone for the world's most popular digital wireless standard.
The call was made using the 1900 MHz Nokia UltraSite base station, prototype Nokia EDGE handsets and the release '99 standard that will be available for commercial deployment of GSM/EDGE. The call used EDGE 8-PSK modulation in both directions in the air interface. The data call was made using an EDGE handset connected with a laptop to the Internet for web browsing and streaming applications. Wireless carriers operating GSM and TDMA plan to deploy 3G EDGE in their networks next year.
"Today's call reinforces our technology choice and commitment to bring multimedia wireless services, such as CD-quality audio and streaming video, to our customers," said Rod Nelson, chief technology officer for AT&T Wireless Services. "EDGE is an integral part of our long-term strategy and now other carriers are reinforcing it as the right choice for carriers that want to deliver 3G services both in the U.S. and globally."
EDGE (Enhanced Data rates for Global Evolution) is the radio technology that allows operators to increase both data speeds and throughput capacity 3-4 times over GPRS. By optimizing the use of available spectrum, EDGE can achieve transmission speeds up to 473 kbps. Operators building higher-capacity data and voice networks can enjoy considerable cost savings with EDGE by upgrading software in existing GSM/GPRS sites.
"A major benefit of EDGE is that it enables existing TDMA carriers as well as GSM carriers to offer 3G services while still realizing lower costs due to higher spectral efficiency and higher data rates," says Terri Beck, Vice President, Nokia Networks. "Nokia believes that a single network solution offering GSM/GPRS/EDGE and WCDMA will allow carriers to benefit from GSM global economies of scale, including higher revenue streams, increased network efficiency and lower overall costs.
GSM is the most extensively used digital cellular network technology in the world with more than 600 million subscribers worldwide and successful deployments in over 170 countries. Offering GSM enhanced with GPRS and EDGE will bring new 3G opportunities to carriers operating in the 800, 900, 1800 and 1900 MHz bands and will enable full global roaming between the Americas, Europe and Asia.
For more information, visit www.attwireless.com and www.nokia.com.

Nov 02 - SONICblue Reports Strong Third Quarter Results. SONICblue(TM) Incorporated (Nasdaq:SBLU) today reported third quarter 2001 results that met previous revenue forecasts and demonstrated substantial improvements in gross margin and operating expenses. Net revenue for the quarter was $54.8 million, an 86 percent quarter-on-quarter increase. The Company achieved a gross margin of 15.0 percent, which represents a 42-point improvement over the second quarter 2001 and is ahead of SONICblue's previous guidance that it would achieve a positive gross margin in the fourth quarter.
SONICblue reported an operating loss of $17.7 million, or $0.20 per share, before charges primarily associated with United Microelectronics Corporation capital losses, and the Company's recent restructuring and amortization charges. This compares with an operating loss of $38.3 million, or $0.47 per share, before similar charges and write-offs in the second quarter of 2001. Net loss for the quarter, inclusive of all charges, was $55.3 million, or $0.62 per share, which compares with a net loss of $312.5 million, or $3.83 per share, for the second quarter of 2001.
Ken Potashner, CEO and chairman, SONICblue, said that he was pleased with the positive progress the Company has made recently.
"We have successfully completed the integration of ReplayTV and Sensory Science and are now offering a comprehensive set of digital audio and video solutions," said Potashner. "We have also substantially improved the efficiencies of our business through aggressive restructuring activities. During the quarter we experienced strong demand for our RioVolt products and DVD+VCR combination product. We also launched our ReplayTV 4000, providing convergence of our PVR and Broadband technologies. We are on target for the continued introduction of exciting new products and services that we expect will bring substantial benefits to the consumer."
"Despite the difficult economic climate, SONICblue was able to meet its operating objectives and made considerable progress in improving its gross margin and operating costs in Q3," said John Todd, chief operating officer and chief financial officer, SONICblue. "This coupled with strong revenue momentum, positions us well for the future. Given the success of our realignment plan and current growth trends, we expect to realize a five percent quarter-on-quarter increase for the fourth quarter, enabling SONICblue to achieve revenue of $57 to $58 million for the quarter."
SONICblue Incorporated can be found online at www.SONICblue.com.

Nov 02 - Broadband Will Be Available to 75% of U.S Homes by Year-End 2001. Three quarters of U.S. households will have high-speed Internet access available to them by year-end 2001, up from the 60%of homes passed by cable modem or DSL service providers at the end of 2000. Cable modem service will continue to be more broadly available, with cable reaching 66% of U.S. homes by year-end 2001, compared to 45% of U.S. homes with DSL available, according to the Yankee Group's recently published Report "Residential Broadband: Provisioning Cable Modem Service."
"Building out the network to make broadband available is only half the battle," notes Michael Goodman, a senior analyst with the Yankee Group's Media & Entertainment Strategies research and consulting practice. "Success will increasingly be driven by the network operators' ability to lower the cost of hooking up individual households for broadband service."
Cable operators now spend an average of $360 installing equipment to support a new broadband subscriber, but that cost can drop significantly as cable companies encourage more new users to self-install cable modems purchased from retail outlets. For cable operators such as Comcast, which now sees more than one third of its new broadband customers install their own cable modems, the adoption of self-installation can translate into millions of dollars of savings annually. Other factors, such as the cross-training of cable service technicians to install video or broadband services, will also make installation efforts more efficient.
The Yankee Group can be found online at www.yankeegroup.com.

Nov 02 - PC Shipments in Western Europe Decline 11 Percent in Third Quarter. Demand for personal computers in Western Europe fell sharply during the third quarter of 2001, causing PC shipments to decline 11 percent over the third quarter of 2000, according to Dataquest Inc., a unit of Gartner, Inc. (NYSE: IT and ITB).
PC shipments across the wider region of Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA) totaled 8.66 million units in the third quarter of 2001, a 6 percent decrease compared with the same period last year.
"Western Europe felt the full impact of the global economic climate during the third quarter, causing a double-digit decline in both business and home segments," said Brian Gammage, analyst with Gartner Dataquest's Computing Platform group. "Orders from large customers were cancelled or postponed as public-quoted companies struggled to hit quarterly targets. Demand from smaller businesses was also down. With businesses and consumers re-examining their investment priorities, PC's were relegated to the 'don't need it now' category."
The leading vendors felt the biggest impact, with Compaq, IBM and Fujitsu-Siemens all recording double-digit shipment declines. Hewlett-Packard continued to benefit from its clear channel strategy and maintained third quarter PC shipments at the same level as in the previous year. Dell was the only top-tier vendor to report a shipment increase from the same quarter in 2000, and it reduced Compaq's lead to less than three percentage points.
For more information, visit www.gartner.com.

Nov 01 - HP Delivers Digital Entertainment Center to Retail Stores Nationwide. Hewlett-Packard Company (NYSE:HWP) today announced that its new Internet-ready(1) digital music component for the living room, the HP Digital Entertainment Center de100c, is available nationwide at Best Buy stores and select Circuit City stores -- just in time for the holiday season.
"The HP Digital Entertainment Center allows consumers to discover and purchase new music from the Web, watch streaming video, and create custom CDs in the comfort of their living rooms," said John Spofford, vice president and general manager, HP Consumer Entertainment Solutions. "We've created a way for music enthusiasts to sit back and enjoy digital music from their favorite easy chair."
The movement to make home appliances "smart" and Internet-enabled is a major business opportunity for hardware vendors, service providers and appliance makers. According to Cahners In-Stat, the market potential for these products is predicted to exceed 20 million units by 2005.
Available at an estimated U.S. street price of $999, the HP Digital Entertainment Center is designed to allow consumers to easily enhance their unit by adding new services and functions through Internet downloads. HP also plans to continue developing relationships with digital entertainment service providers to broaden the capabilities of the HP Digital Entertainment Center.
One of HP's premier digital entertainment service agreements is with Seattle-based RealNetworks, Inc. (Nasdaq:RNWK). The two companies designed an easy-to-use and familiar interface, incorporating RealPlayer and RealJukebox, for consumers to enjoy digital music, streaming video and entertainment content.
"We are excited to be working with HP to provide consumers a new way to experience their favorite Internet entertainment in the home," said Martin Plaehn, senior vice president, Media Systems, RealNetworks. "Our collaboration with HP further solidifies RealNetworks' promise to deliver a great Internet media experience from any platform to any device anywhere."
The HP Digital Entertainment Center can be connected to the Internet using either dial-up or broadband access with a customer's existing Internet service provider. Through the Internet services offered by the component, consumers can sample and acquire new music and tune into Internet radio stations worldwide -- searching by country, city, language, station name or call letters. By using the Internet guide, consumers also can explore a variety of entertainment content, including videos, movie trailers, artist interviews and featured music.
Additionally, the HP Digital Entertainment Center offers:

-- Access to a database of tracks, titles, artists, video clips and cover art images (content provided by Muze, Inc. the leading source of entertainment product information for music, books, videos and games);
-- Easy creation of personal playlists and custom CDs and easy transfer of music to select portable MP3 players and compact flash cards;
-- Easy menu selection through a simple remote control and TV display;
-- Storage and automatic cataloging of up to 750 music CDs, or up to 9,000 tracks.

Information about HP and its products can be found on the World Wide Web at http://www.hp.com.

Nov 01 - Altec Lansing Announces New Line of Speaker Systems. Altec Lansing Technologies, Inc., the sound artisans that created and lead the personal computer speaker market, today introduced two computer speaker systems that elegantly blend the art of sound with the beauty of design.
The new 4100 and 2100 incorporate advanced micro-driver technology and a sleek, futuristic form to deliver an audio experience that touches all of the senses.
"The 4100 and 2100 showcase Altec Lansing's rich history of superior sound quality and design innovation," said Mark Lucas, president and CEO, Altec Lansing Technologies, Inc. "Whether enjoying the latest video game or listening to a favorite song, these systems are sure to please the ears and the eyes."
The 4100 delivers 140 watts of total system power to surround listeners in four-channel sound. The system features four compact satellites that utilize a sleekly curved cast-alloy stand and a pair of one-inch, aluminum-coned Neodymium micro-drivers to deliver clean, pristine sound. A dual-ported subwoofer with two 5.25-inch long-throw woofers adds to the listening experience with powerful bass.
The 4100 features an exclusive dual-mode audio selector to allow user customization of the listening experience based on audio source: Game mode immerses users in four-channel surround sound and Music+ (Stereo x2) mode fills the room with stereo sound. The system includes a freestanding, wired digital controller with master and rear volume controls, bass and treble controls and a headphone jack. The 4100 also features an auxiliary input for directly connecting CD players, MP3 players and other audio sources.
The 2100 offers dynamic 2.1 channel audio for a variety of sound sources including music, video and games. The system features two compact satellites in the same elegant design as the 4100's satellites as well as a dual-ported subwoofer with two five-inch long-throw woofers. The system also includes a freestanding, wired digital controller for convenient volume control.
Both systems come complete with an AAC1 adapter for direct connection to any gaming console system.
The 4100 and 2100 are available now from major computer and consumer electronics retailers at suggested retail prices of $199 and $129 respectively.
For additional information about Altec Lansing and its award-winning line of audio products, please visit the company's Web site at www.alteclansing.com.

Nov 01 - Red-M Enables Instant Bluetooth Networking for LANs. Red-M(TM), a pioneer in advanced wireless networking solutions, today announces the launch of its 1050AP smart access point. Building on Red-M's award winning 3000AS access server and 1000AP access point, the Red-M 1050AP provides rapid, simple and reliable mobile access to any corporate LAN from Bluetooth enabled devices, allowing users to benefit from a wireless network in a localized area.
The 1050AP access point is an excellent entry point to Bluetooth networking. It enables the creation of a Bluetooth network in any area in which there is an existing corporate LAN for the delivery of next generation mobile services and provides increased access for users to information, across a wide range of applications. The 1050AP incorporates elements of Red-M's Genos(TM) wirelessware technology to provide security and encryption protection for the network and the interface to control users access rights in standalone applications.
The 1050AP is future proofed as it can also operate in larger networks, controlled and managed by a central Red-M Genos wirelessware server.
Jan Ten Sythoff, Bluetooth Industry Analyst at Frost and Sullivan, comments, "The addition of a 1050AP will enable people to access information wherever they choose. Being able to synchronize email or check on the latest information, whilst not being tied to a desk, makes perfect sense for working in the 21st century. It also keeps peoples' options open as they can trial Bluetooth with a single 1050AP, then move to a larger installation of several 1050AP's, and then a full roll out of wireless infrastructure including 1050AP's, 1000AP's and 3000AS access servers."
Simon Gawne, Vice-President and Co-Founder of Red-M explains, "Red-M's mantra has remained consistent since day one, to lead the wireless communications industry in every respect, particularly in terms of innovation. Red-M has firmly stamped its credentials upon the market over the past 18 months with a number of groundbreaking products and technologies - the 1050AP access point product strictly adheres to our focus on innovation."
Red-M's 1050AP smart access point is available at a suggested retail price of $495, with the company starting shipments to initial customers in early November. More information can be found at: www.red-m.com.

Nov 01- Marvell and Fujitsu Team Together to Enable the Serial ATA Interface. Marvell (Nasdaq:MRVL), a technology leader in the development of extreme broadband communications solutions, and Fujitsu Computer Products of America, Inc., one of the world's leading suppliers of hard drives and computer peripherals, today announced that the two companies have combined efforts to bring Serial ATA products to market. Implementation of the Serial ATA interface is expected to occur across the full spectrum of storage applications, from mission critical enterprise systems to mobile computing devices.
Marvell and Fujitsu worked closely during the development of Marvell's previously announced 88i8030 Serial ATA bridge chip solution. Leveraging its extensive storage expertise, Fujitsu offered feedback on the solution during the product definition, design and evaluation phases, and cooperation will continue with the chip's incorporation into a final Fujitsu product.
"With the successful introduction of the 88i8030 bridge chip, the alignment of a leading semiconductor supplier such as Marvell, and a first-rate storage OEM such as Fujitsu has proven to be a formidable combination," stated Dr. Alan J. Armstrong, Marvell's vice president of Marketing for the Storage Business Group. "We look forward to continuing to push for widespread Serial ATA adoption."
"Both Marvell and Fujitsu expect Serial ATA to be a compelling interface solution for a variety of applications, and additionally believe that their respective broad-based market positions will enable each company to be put in the unique position to help proliferate this breakthrough storage interconnect," stated Chuck Nielsen, chief technologist for Fujitsu Computer Products of America. "This early collaboration has put both Marvell and Fujitsu at the forefront of this tremendously promising technology. Fujitsu sees the introduction of Marvell's bridge solution as key to the industry-wide adoption of Serial ATA, and is looking forward to leading the charge with Marvell and the Serial ATA Working Group toward the rapid adoption of the interface."
Fujitsu hard disk drives, using the Marvell 88i8030 bridge chip, will be used in multiple Serial ATA demonstrations at Fall Comdex, November 12-16, in Las Vegas, Nevada. These drives are in standard form factors and require no external interface "dongle."

Availability

The Marvell 88i8030 bridge chip solution is targeted at both sides of the interface, for host and device operation, and can be used in all segments of the storage market. The 88i8030 device is currently available in sample quantities. The first SOC products incorporating Marvell's Serial ATA technology are expected at the end of this year.
Fujitsu's first products incorporating Serial ATA technology are currently in development.

Fujitsu Computer Products of America, Inc. (FCPA) can be found on the Internet at www.fcpa.fujitsu.com. Marvell is available on the Internet at www.marvell.com.

Nov 01 - American Life; First Magazine on DVD. Dynamic Media, Inc. (NQB:DYMI) introduced American Life(tm), a magazine on DVD for the public.
Combining two of the most powerful media -- television and print -- Dynamic Media has created a digital publication on DVD, the fastest-growing consumer product in the world.
American Life(tm) is the first DVD magazine designed for the public and offers all the same features as a conventional paper magazine, but with the power of full video and audio, and the ability to enjoy the content as a family and yet still be able to print out articles, recipes, projects and plans. Each issue of American Life(tm) has a table of contents and easy-to-read index printed on the back of each issue, and with a wide range of video sections, including a monthly feature story, food and wine, sports, travel, gadgets, health and entertainment (top 10 movie trailers, music videos, tape and DVD rentals, reviews and interviews).
Dynamic Media's mission is to become the global leader in publishing magazines on DVD. That includes direct marketing, creating and delivering content that informs, enriches, entertains and inspires people of all ages and cultures. Dynamic Media announced the availability of American Life(tm) on the newsstand and by subscription, with the first issue appearing in January 2002. Each DVD issue of American Life(tm) will sell for $6.95 on newsstands and subscriptions by mail for $59 per year. Limited special holiday pre-subscriptions are now priced at $50/year.
In a recent interview, Ian Jones, president of Dynamic Media, said: "We are very excited about this new product, and although the first issue will not be on the newsstand till January 2002, we are expecting holiday pre-subscription sales to do very well. It is the perfect gift that keeps giving all year; it is great for any member of the family, a friend, or associate.
More information can be found at www.dynamicmediainc.com.

 

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