Nov 07 - Faster Intel Xeon Processors Ship for High-End
Servers. Intel Corporation is now shipping the Intel(R) Xeon(TM)
processor MP with an enhanced two megabyte (MB) integrated level three
cache at speeds up to 2 gigahertz (GHz). When compared to previous
generation Intel Xeon processors MP, the new processor delivers up
to 38 percent better performance for typical server workloads such
as databases, customer relationship and supply-chain management, and
further enhances scalability for the increasing demands of enterprise
Designed for mid-tier and back-end servers with four or more processors,
today's Intel Xeon processor MP rounds-out Intel's delivery of industry-leading
0.13 micron process technology for its IA-32 server processor family.
This technology enables smaller processors at faster speeds and allows
for additional performance enhancements such as increased cache size.
The new processor maintains hardware platform compatibility with previous
generations, which helps reduce the cost of platform development and
eases the integration of new systems into existing enterprise infrastructures.
"Intel-based servers continue to enjoy outstanding acceptance
by customers," said Mike Fister, vice president and general manager
of Intel's Enterprise Platform Group. "We are committed to accelerating
the introduction of innovative technologies, such as the larger cache
Intel Xeon processor MP at 2 GHz, which enhance server performance,
scalability and stability."
The Intel Xeon processor MP is based on the Intel(R) NetBurst(TM)
microarchitecture and includes support for Intel's Hyper-Threading
Technology. These features help software vendors enhance the performance
of applications and operating systems running on Intel-based servers.
Servers ranging from four to 32 processors and beyond using these
technologies will be available from multiple vendors.
During the second quarter of 2002, Intel-based servers accounted
for 87 percent of all server shipments and more than 73 percent of
all four-way server shipments worldwide, according to industry analysts
In addition, the Gartner Group forecasts that through 2007, revenues
for 32-bit servers based on the Intel architecture will grow by a
compounded annual growth rate of more than eight percent, which is
twice as fast as the overall growth rate for the market segment. Gartner
also estimated that Intel-based servers would comprise 52 percent
of worldwide systems and servers' revenue in that same timeframe.
Pricing and Availability
The Intel Xeon processor MP at 2 GHz with 2 MB of integrated level
three cache is available for Intel's suggested list price of $3,692
in 1,000-unit quantities. The Intel Xeon processor MP at 1.90 GHz
with 1 MB of integrated level three cache and the Intel Xeon processor
MP at 1.50 GHz with 1 MB of integrated level three cache are available
for the suggested list prices of $1,980 and $1,177 in 1,000-unit quantities,
respectively. Intel expects OEM and channel distributors to ship systems
based on the new processor in the coming weeks.
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.
Nov 07 - LapLink Announces
Next Generation Remote Access Software. LapLink Inc., the recognized
world leader in file transfer and synchronization, announced today
the release of LapLink Everywhere(TM), the next generation of remote
access software technology. LapLink Everywhere enables mobile professionals
to have complete access to their desktop files and email from anywhere
in the world--quickly, easily and securely.
"Up until now, individuals could purchase device specific software
(like for the Blackberry) or application specific software (like Window's
Outlook Web Access) to access limited information from their computers,"
said Mark Eppley, CEO of LapLink. "LapLink Everywhere offers
the ability to access all of your information from up to three computers
from any browser-enabled device--phone, PDA, Internet terminal, PC
or an Apple MAC."
LapLink Everywhere offers "Zero Footprint" remote access
to any Internet-connected PC from a laptop, another desktop, Web phone,
PDA, Internet cafe, or airport kiosk--allowing confidential work from
any device without leaving behind personal files on the device.
As long as there is a fully functioning web browser, the operating
system of the remote device or computer does not need to match the
home/office based PC. File transfer options use the classic LapLink
split screen design and transfer files of any size using a simple,
but fast, drag and drop method. File updates are dramatically faster
by employing LapLink's patented "SpeedSync" file updating
Remote access of Outlook and Outlook Express e-mail, calendar and
contact files is a key feature, offering the ability to send and receive
e-mail and also view attachments. In addition, LapLink Everywhere
allows user sharing--offering the capability of allowing other people
access to view information.
Assistants can now access the same calendar while co-workers may be
able to access working files. Some of the most sophisticated security
features include "MD5" user name/password access, which
denies unauthorized client access utilizing SSL and 128-bit advanced
"Digital River is excited not only to provide the e-commerce
operations that support the launch of LapLink Everywhere, but also
serve as a beta site. I'm a long-time LapLink user and was excited
to test drive LapLink Everywhere," said Jim Biermeier, Sr. Director
of Account Management at Digital River. "LapLink Everywhere provides
a significant increase in the efficiency of mobile communications
and could greatly impact the hectic lives of business professionals
as it has mine."
LapLink Everywhere is available for $89.95 for 12 months of service
($7.49 per month) and can be downloaded from the LapLink website www.laplink.com.
To celebrate the launch of LapLink Everywhere, LapLink is offering
a free 15-day trial.
Nov 07 - Education Key to Future Success
of New Consumer Electronics Products. Even in today's economic
conditions, consumers are still purchasing and continue to express
interest in consumer electronics.
However, educating consumers is still necessary in order to drive
increased growth, according to a recent survey by In-Stat/MDR (www.instat.com).
For example, the high-tech market research firm reports that it has
taken a few years for DVD technology to reach the mainstream and this
will also be the case for newer products like personal video recorders
(PVRs), satellite radio, online gaming, and other products that are
in the early stages of their life cycles.
In-Stat/MDR's annual consumer survey asked over 100 questions about
multimedia devices and correlated the results with demographic and
related product and service ownership. The survey indicated that the
most common devices currently owned by survey respondents include:
cable TV service, CD recorders, and DVD players. The percentage of
those owning DVD players has risen to 37.2% this year, up from 18.6%
in 2001, likely due to the decrease in price of players and increased
availability of DVDs.
The In-Stat/MDR survey also found that:
-- Overall, the number of respondents who own a PVR increased
slightly in the last year, which may be influenced by the
limited number of players in this industry, the price of the
devices, and their availability.
-- About 34% of 961 respondents own a video game console in
comparison to 28% in 2001. Of those who have a console capable
of online gaming now, or in the near future, respondents are
almost equally divided between "yes" and "no"
interest in online gaming.
-- The percentage of respondents owning digital audio players has
increased. Surprisingly, the highest percentage of respondents
with digital audio players are in the 35-54 age bracket, with
all other brackets holding nearly identical percentages.
Nov 07 - Nokia Sees Future in Multimedia
Phones. "Nokia continues to benefit from good demand for
color-screen phones with advanced mobile messaging capability,"
said Nokia Chairman and CEO Jorma Ollila on Tuesday, speaking at the
seventh annual Nokia Mobile Internet Conference in Munich. Including
new launches made on the eve of the event, the company now has 15
phones supporting MMS.
Ollila told an audience of developers, content providers and operators
that in 2003, more than half of all Nokia phones sold would be MMS-enabled.
"Next year Nokia expects to ship 50-100 million devices which
have a color display and an open application development platform.
Of these phones, we expect roughly 10 million will be Series 60 based
devices. The rest will be based on the Nokia operating systems and
have the standard Open Mobile Alliance service enablers, including
MMS, Java and browsing."
Ollila emphasized that the way forward in mobile communications would
be through openness and collaboration and that the GSM/EDGE/WCDMA
technology family would continue to set the global benchmark.
With the emergence of totally new categories in mobile devices, the
transition to advanced mobile services is happening now. More than
60 network operators in Europe and Asia are already offering multimedia
messaging services and the number is increasing every week. MMS-capable
terminals, including those with digital cameras are in strong demand
and more than one million Nokia 7650s, the company's first integrated
camera phone, have already been sold.
On technology standards, the evolution from GSM to EDGE and WCDMA
continues to be the most important path in the mobile world. More
than 100 licences have been allocated by national administrations
for the new 2GHz frequency band. Almost all licensees have chosen
WCDMA technology - and the majority of these networks are currently
being built. Looking ahead, the GSM family of technologies is estimated
to represent 85% of all mobile phone subscriptions in the world by
What is an MMS Phone?
Pre Nokia, "MMS (Multimedia Messaging Service) builds on the
success of SMS (Short Message Service) text messaging and is a messaging
service for the mobile environment.
"MMS makes it possible for mobile users to send mms messages
(multimedia messages = photo, audio clip) from MMS-enabled handsets
to other mobile users and to e-mail users. For the phone user, MMS
is very similar to Short Message Service (SMS)."
For more information visit www.nokia.com.
Nov 07 - Broderbund Launches Total Burn
Platinum Suite. Broderbund(R), a leading publisher of home productivity
and digital media software, recently acquired by Riverdeep, Inc.,
today launched Total Burn(TM) Platinum Suite.
Comprised of five programs, Total Burn Platinum Suite focuses on
CD and DVD burning including powerful applications that CD and DVD
users will benefit from, such as video editing, photo editing, label
creation and media organization. Whether storing data files, organizing
digital photos, creating a video library, enhancing a music collection,
or making your own DVD movie, Total Burn Platinum Suite is the complete
editing and burning solution.
Step-by-step tutorials make burning CDs and DVDs simple and convenient.
Users drag and drop files for quick and easy burning. Gone are the
days of wasting time and ruining CDs. Now, smart recording technologies
deliver fast and reliable burning. Total Burn Platinum Suite is robust
and flexible, supporting widely recognized DVD media including DVD-R,
DVD+R, DVD-RW and DVD+RW.
"Total Burn Platinum Suite makes the digital editing and burning
process easy and affordable," says Joe Roberts, Riverdeep's president
of worldwide product development and marketing. "This product
meets the needs of users of all levels -- from the initial capturing
of video, music and photos to the design of the media label."
Total Burn Platinum Suite is now shipping to stores with a suggested
retail price of $99.99. Visit Broderbund at www.broderbund.com.
Nov 06 - AMD Announces Sampling
of Wireless LAN Chipset. AMD (NYSE:AMD) today announced widespread
availability for sampling of the AMD Alchemy(TM) Solutions Am1772(TM)
Wireless LAN chipset and a mini-PCI card reference design kit (RDK).
A revolutionary two-chip 802.11b wireless Local Area
Network (WLAN) solution with next-generation architecture, the Am1772
chipset will provide customers the building blocks for an outstanding
long-term wireless strategy.
Customers who use the Am1772 chipset in their laptop computer, handheld
computer or other portable computing device will be able to significantly
lower their system cost, provide longer battery life, and lower host
CPU utilization--the amount of CPU processing power needed to support
Widely available sampling of the Am1772 chipset and RDK is scheduled
for this month and AMD plans production availability in Q1 2003.
"Collaborating with our customers and identifying their needs
led our design team to create the remarkably innovative Am1772 chipset
and a mini-PCI card reference design kit, a high-integration, low-power,
high-performance solution," said Dr. William Edwards, AMD's vice
president and general manager for the Personal Connectivity Solutions
"This will be AMD's bold first step into the wireless market,
and the first of several wireless products we plan to introduce over
the next 12 months. Ultimately, we intend to continue to provide industry-leading
wireless technology for our customers, and to integrate that technology
into our MIPS(R) technology-based AMD Alchemy Solutions system-on-a-chip
For more information about the AMD Alchemy Solutions
Am1772 wireless LAN chipset and mini-PCI card RDK, please follow the
following link: www.amd.com/pcs.
Nov 06 - America Online
Launches Enterprise AIM Services. America Online, Inc., the world's
leading interactive services company, today announced the availability
of Enterprise AIM(R) Services, a suite of business class solutions
that increase the value and manageability of AOL (R) Instant Messenger
(tm) within organizations.
Enterprise AIM Services brings a new level of control and security
to instant messaging in the workplace, while continuing to provide
organizations with access to the largest and most active instant messaging
community in the world.
Along with all of the functionality of the publicly available AOL
Instant Messenger software, the world's most widely used instant messaging
service, Enterprise AIM Services offers the AIM Enterprise Gateway,
a product that is deployed onsite behind a company's firewall to provide
a greater measure of control over AIM within the enterprise, an increasingly
important requirement for organizations.
America Online is also offering an optional Private Domain Service
with Federated Authentication that lets companies maintain consistent
user identities across corporate communications tools and centrally
manage users from their corporate directory. In addition, America
Online is offering a Developer Access Package and Certified Developer
Program to support the extension of AIM's instant messaging and presence
awareness technology to other applications. America Online is also
working on an AIM client with encryption capabilities, which is currently
Enterprise AIM Services is the first business class instant message
offering that is based on the AIM service, already used in close to
60% of businesses, which makes it easier for companies to keep up
a greater level of control of instant messaging with minimal or no
Jon Miller, Chairman and CEO of America Online said: "America
Online pioneered the use of instant messaging and has evolved the
product into one of the most widely used communications tools. Increasingly,
as the AIM service finds its way virally into the workplace, businesses
are realizing how instant messaging and its presence technology can
complement existing communication services, boost productivity, and
economically provide real-time customer service.
"With Enterprise AIM Services we're providing organizations an
instant messaging platform using a product that's familiar and easy-to-use
with the added management and control features they want. We're also
pleased to be working together in partnership with leading communication
services companies so that we can provide business customers with
instant messaging solutions for their needs today and into the future."
The first suite of Enterprise AIM Services, including
the AIM Enterprise Gateway, is available now. Businesses can visit
www.aim.com for more information.
Nov 06 - Cable Based Video-On-Demand
to Generate Revenue of $2.8 Billion in 2006. Over the last 18
months, leading cable operators have rapidly deployed video-on-demand
(VOD) for three reasons: to differentiate their service from direct
broadcast satellite (DBS) services, to improve the value proposition
for digital cable and to produce incremental revenue from their upgraded
With the growing penetration and increasing breadth of VOD content,
pay-per-view and subscription VOD will generate combined revenues
of $2.8 billion in 2006, according to a new Yankee Group report titled
"Video-on-Demand: Sustained MSO Commitment Drives Rapid Growth."
"Despite falling stock prices and pressure from Wall Street,
most major MSOs have continued to deploy VOD," said Adi Kishore,
Yankee Group Media & Entertainment Strategies analyst. "With
content availability growing and VOD technology maturing, the supply
side hurdles are largely resolved. MSOs must now shift their focus
to the demand side and concentrate on marketing and consumer education
to drive usage."
The report also found that growing VOD availability and usage will
begin to divert video rental revenue. However, rental stores' earlier
access to new releases from the major studios will limit the impact
over the next few years.
The Yankee Group cna be found online at www.yankeegroup.com.
Nov 06 - Satellite TV Market Share has
Leveled Off at 25 Percent. While the use of premium TV services
continues to increase, the market penetration for satellite TV has
leveled off, according to a recent study by Solomon-Wolff Associates,
a New Jersey-based market research firm.
Cable TV continues to dominate the premium TV market with 75 percent
of households and its market penetration is still increasing.
"DirecTV and Dish Network together now account for one out of
four households that use premium TV services, but their growth has
waned," says Joey Wolff, partner, Solomon-Wolff Associates. "Cable
TV services are now having more success in holding customers, getting
new premium TV customers and getting back some who had switched to
The satisfaction levels for both types of premium TV services increased
versus last year, but satellite TV continues to have a higher percentage
of users who are completely satisfied. While 22 percent of cable TV
users are completely satisfied with their service, 34 percent of satellite
TV users are completely satisfied.
"There are significant differences in satisfaction between brands,"
continued Wolff. "DirecTV has the highest satisfaction level,
with 38 percent of their users being completely satisfied. The major
cable TV service with the highest satisfaction level is Cox Cable,
with 29 percent of its customers completely satisfied with their service."
Located in Mountain Lakes, NJ, Solomon-Wolff Associates is a 20-year-old
market research firm specializing in high tech and communications
Nov 06 - TigerDirect Offers Low-Cost
1.3GHz Lindows PC. TigerDirect, a subsidiary of Systemax Inc.
(NYSE:SYX), is now shipping a $229 complete PC featuring the LindowsOS
A system powered with the AMD Duron 1.3GHz processor, 128MB memory,
10GB hard drive, 56X CD-ROM drive, 56K modem and floppy drive with
LindowsOS is now available at the TigerDirect.com website in a move
to provide individuals with a compelling offer for that "extra"
PC they want to add to their home.
"Consumers are looking for a low-cost second machine for their
home," says Gilbert Fiorentino, CEO of TigerDirect. "This
system provides great performance at the best value available - including
a fully functional operating system. We're pleased to be the first
nationwide retailer to offer such a compelling value."
With the PC market suffering a decline in demand, TigerDirect is
providing an alternative to the standard fare. TigerDirect's configuration
is offering more "bang for the buck," providing a huge performance
increase over similarly priced systems at national retailer Wal-Mart.
"TigerDirect, Inc. and Lindows.com have made available a powerful
yet affordable machine to the general public," said Michael Robertson,
chief executive officer of Lindows.com, Inc. "Consumers can't
go wrong with this offering. Clearly, this is one of the most powerful
sub-$250 PCs available on the market."
TigerDirect cna be found online at www.tigerdirect.com.
Nov 05 - Dell Introduces
Easy-to-Manage Small Business Server. Dell (Nasdaq:DELL) today
announced the new PowerEdge(tm) 1600SC, a powerful server designed
for small businesses and corporate workgroups with an affordable remote-management
option previously available only on higher-end systems.
With prices starting at $999, the dual-processor PowerEdge
1600SC offers small business customers optional remote management
that allows them to control or diagnose the system regardless of its
operating status. Dell's OpenManage(tm) systems management software
complements this feature by providing an easy-to-use interface to
monitor and maintain servers, and tools to simplify installation and
setup for small business users. These features are accessible through
an intuitive Web browser interface that provides anytime, anywhere
status of PowerEdge servers on the network.
"We designed the server to be easy to use and flexible
to meet a diverse range of computing needs for small businesses and
corporate applications," said Randy Groves, vice president and
general manager of Dell's Enterprise Systems Group. "It can be
factory configured and delivered direct to the customer ready for
deployment as an entry file and print server or as an application
server with more advanced performance and management features."
The PowerEdge 1600SC delivers extensive availability
and expandability features, making it ideal for file and print serving,
shared Internet access and Web-serving, as well as remote offices
and small-scale, departmental email or database applications.
For customers requiring high system uptime, the new
server supports optional hot-plug redundant power supplies, hot-plug
hard drives and SCSI or IDE RAID. In addition to the latest Intel(R)
Xeon(tm) processors, the PowerEdge 1600SC offers up to 4 gigabytes
(GB) of memory, PCI-X expansion slots, embedded Gigabit(a) Ethernet
and up to six hot-plug Ultra320 SCSI drives for almost half a terabyte
of data storage. Additional product specifications include:
-- Dual Intel Xeon processors with speeds up to 2.8GHz
-- Up to 438GB(b) of internal SCSI storage
-- Embedded single-channel Ultra320 SCSI controller
-- Six PCI slots, including two PCI-X and two legacy slots
-- Optional Dell Remote Access Card (DRAC) III/XT
Additional information on Dell servers is available at www.dell.com/poweredge
and more information on Intelligent IT is available at www.dell.com/intelligentit.
Nov 05 - IBM Announces World's Fastest
Silicon-Based Transistor. IBM today announced it has created the
world's fastest silicon-based transistor.
The transistor, a key component in microchips, uses a modified design
and IBM's proven silicon germanium (SiGe) bipolar technology to achieve
speeds of 350 GigaHertz (GHz). IBM's new transistor performs nearly
300 percent faster than today's production devices, and is 65 percent
faster than previously reported silicon transistors. A fingernail-sized
microchip can hold millions of transistors.
IBM anticipates the new transistor will lead to communications chips
with speeds of more than 150 GHz in about two years. The transistor
is also expected to result in substantially lower power consumption
and lower cost for communications systems and other electronic products.
Transistor speeds are determined primarily by how quickly electrons
pass through them. This is dependent on the semiconductor material
used to fabricate the transistor and the distance electrons must travel
through it. The material used in most standard transistors is silicon.
In 1989, following pioneering research work conducted at IBM's Research
Division, IBM introduced an improvement to the silicon by adding germanium
to speed electrical flow, improving performance and reducing power
consumption. With this new achievement, IBM is combining the use of
the SiGe material with an improved transistor design that can shorten
the electrical path to help speed up the device.
More information about IBM Microelectronics can be found at www.ibm.com/chips.
Nov 05 - Infineon Technologies Announces
Innovation to Leapfrog Moore's Law. Infineon Technologies (NYSE:IFX)(FSE:IFX)
today introduced a chip design technology that allows a significant
increase in the performance of embedded processors, the central chips
used in products such as mobile phones, PDAs, computer peripherals,
automotive electronics and other everyday electronic products.
Infineon's development brings multi-threaded execution to embedded
applications, which enables system designers to jump over the limitations
of Moore's Law and achieve up to a 10X increase in the efficiency
of new processors.
The typical progress of chip performance, referred to as Moore's
Law, is based on the reduction in the size of transistors, which leads
to a corresponding increase in computing power. Multi-threading dramatically
changes the way that embedded processors work, enabling a leap in
performance without changing production technology.
In automobiles, for example, Infineon's multi-threading technology
is designed to allow high-speed processors to operate at greatly increased
efficiency, improving engine performance, emissions and fuel efficiency,
and lowering the cost of safety and comfort features to move them
into mass-market models.
Mobile phone designers will be able to create phones with extended
battery life and lower cost, even while adding the interactive multimedia
and Internet access features of next-generation networks. Multi-threading
technology also makes it possible for engineers to design new types
of "always on" networked systems and affordable personal
"Embedded technologies are in every single electronic product
we use. Improvements in the way the processors and DSP chips in these
products work has a direct impact on individual lifestyles,"
said Dr. Soenke Mehrgardt, Chief Technology Officer at Infineon Technologies
AG. "Multi-threading is a key development to help Infineon and
its customers create entirely new embedded products that enhance the
way we all live, work and play."
Infineon has developed a series of innovations that make it possible
to use multi-threading, a technique developed for high-performance
computer systems, in embedded processors and digital signal processors,
while maintaining or improving the real-time determinism required
for embedded systems. Infineon's first implementation of the technology
will be in a new 32-bit microcontroller that it plans to introduce
in mid-2003. Infineon also plans to actively license the technology
to other chip designers to promote wide use of the technology.
Further information is available at www.infineon.com.
Nov 05 - Vendors Fight for Control of
the Smart Home Network Market. The penetration of Internet access
and the emergence of home networks are paving the way for a new breed
of revenue-generating opportunities for service providers, utility
companies, security installers, homebuilders, and white good appliance
Smart home networks, which use a variety of technologies and standards
from basic X-10 power line networks, to fully automated high-end proprietary
and wireless systems, are creating new business models for mass market
However, In-Stat/MDR reports that, despite the availability of technologies
and standards in the smart home networking market, there has yet to
be widespread acceptance of common standards and strong consumer demand.
This has lead to a challenging year in 2002, as many of the strong
vendors focused entirely on smart home revenue in 2001, have been
acquired or have gone out of business.
"While the growth in smart home networks is not up to par with
what was believed in 2000, there is still room for growth, especially
with the involvement of industrial automation vendors, such as Echelon
and GE," said Jaclynn Bumback, an analyst with In-Stat/MDR.
"Further, ZigBee, a new low-power wireless technology, could
enable smart home networks wirelessly at low consumer price points."
There already exists limited demand for home automation for high-end
homes, and as an add-on to security services. However, despite this
limited initial demand, silicon, hardware, software, and service providers
do not appear to be ready to market these types of services to the
"While this market is positioning itself for rapid growth,
there are a number of hurdles, which need to be overcome by the entire
industry," said Bumback. "Pricing and interoperability must
be resolved for the smart home networks to gain mass market acceptance.
This includes creating low-cost silicon transceivers and embedded
networking solutions, in addition to hardware and software for enabling
interoperability between disparate technologies."
In-Stat/MDR has also found that:
-- Revenues for smart home controllers and nodes are expected to
reach nearly $1.9 billion by 2006, up from around $300 million in
-- As Microsoft pushes itself into the market through its Universal
Plug and Play standards and home networking software, more consumers
will learn of the benefits of smart home networks, while using platforms
that are easy-to-use for novice computer users.
-- Currently, only three main standardized technologies for smart
home networks have achieved any significant deployment: X-10, CEBus
and LonWorks. X-10 is the most widely deployed communications technology
for home automation.
-- While smart home networks will originally exist as "islands
of connectivity," using many different transmission technologies
for varying applications, smart homes will migrate to a
unified network using bridges to connect disparate technologies.
In-Stat/MDR can be found online at www.instat.com.
Nov 05 - Sharp Teams with Circuit City
to Market Ultra-light Actius Notebooks. Sharp Systems of America
(SSA) today announced an agreement with Circuit City Stores, Inc.
that will make Sharp's new Actius notebooks available for purchase
in more than 600 Circuit City Superstores, nationwide.
Over the past year, the Sharp Actius UM series of ultra-light notebooks
have been racking up awards, including Best Ultra-light Notebook (Mobile
Insights), Best Mobile Notebook (Mobile Focus), Best Buy (Laptop Magazine),
Best Portability (Smart Business), and 4-Star Survivor of the Smart
Business' Torture Test.
"Sharp has made substantial inroads into the ultra-light notebook
space, and in less than a year has received numerous accolades and
awards for our innovative design," said Greg Nakagawa, senior
vice president and general manager for Sharp Systems of America.
"We are extremely excited about this unique agreement with Circuit
City, in which they will be our exclusive national retailer for Sharp
notebook computers. Circuit City has demonstrated its superior merchandising
capabilities in the notebook computer category, and its ability to
articulate the value of Sharp's innovative technologies make this
a truly synergistic relationship."
Additional Information About Sharp Actius Notebooks
All of the new Actius notebooks include built-in 802.11b wireless
LAN support for quick and easy connection to wireless networks. With
the increasing popularity of wireless networks, users are being challenged
to quickly set up and switch between a home, office, airport, hotel
or coffee house network. To address this challenge, Sharp has developed
an easy-to-use utility program that allows users to store the settings
for several different wireless networks and quickly switch between
For a limited time, Sharp notebooks will ship with a 30 day free
trial of Wayport's high-speed wireless Internet access. Wayport is
a leading provider of high-speed wired and Wi-Fi (802.11b) wireless
Internet access in more than 460 hotels and nine airports nationwide.
All Sharp notebooks are available with a one-year or three-year
Express Exchange limited warranty. Through this program, customers
that require notebook repair will receive a working notebook the next
The award-winning Actius notebooks will be on Circuit City shelves
starting in mid-November. More information can be found at www.sharpsystems.com.
Nov 04 - Nikon Announces
New 4 Megapixel Digital Camera. Nikon(R)today introduced the cool
new Nikon Coolpix(R) 4300, which is built on the award-winning design
of the Nikon Coolpix 885, and is the latest digital camera in the
Nikon Coolpix line, featuring a 4.0 effective Megapixel CCD and 3x
Optical Zoom-Nikkor lens.
The Nikon Coolpix 4300 has a compact, sleek intelligent
design, which makes taking great digital pictures comfortable, intuitive
and, most importantly, fun for photographers who rely on superior
The Nikon Coolpix 4300 brings the highest-quality digital photos
to all photographers with Nikon's convenient, built-in One-Touch Upload
feature making online photo albums, creative effects and emailing
photos to friends and family as easy as the push of a button, with
no additional accessories to purchase.
"With the Nikon Coolpix 4300, we have developed the ideal camera
for photographers who depend on unparalleled image quality, portability
and ease-of-use, but who also want a product that's cool and exciting,"
said Jerry Grossman, vice president, marketing, Consumer Digital Products
and Compact Cameras, Nikon Inc.
"The Nikon Coolpix 4300 truly delivers everything the amateur
photographer is looking for in a digital camera, from its compact
size, sleek silver design and its full range of automatic features
to easily capture great pictures. Add 4.0 million effective Megapixels,
a 3x Optical Zoom-Nikkor lens and brilliant color reproduction and
the Nikon Coolpix 4300 will satisfy everyone from the knowledgeable
beginner to the more serious on-the-go photographer."
For more information visit www.nikonusa.com.
Nov 03 - Micron Technology,
Inc., Files Case Against Korean DRAM Subsidies. Micron Technology,
Inc., filed today a countervailing duty (CVD) case with the U.S. Department
of Commerce and the International Trade Commission against DRAM semiconductor
products manufactured in South Korea.
The complaint identifies multi-billion-dollar bailout
packages and loan subsidies to South Korean semiconductor companies
in violation of U.S. Countervailing Duty laws and South Korea's commitments
under World Trade Organization agreements. These subsidies have included
loan write-offs, debt-for-equity swaps, government-induced debt financings
and re-financings on noncommercial terms, special export financing
and special tax treatment.
Commenting on Micron's filing, CEO and President Steve Appleton stated:
"The ongoing subsidization of Korean DRAM manufacturers violates
free market principles and has resulted in excess supply in the international
market for DRAM products. Inefficient manufacturing operations should
not be allowed to escape normal market forces. Korea has not kept
its commitments to the World Trade Organization and continues to violate
U.S. Countervailing Duty laws."
According to Micron's complaint, subsidies benefiting South Korean
semiconductor manufacturers have caused economic injury to Micron
and other DRAM producers. The filing seeks imposition of a countervailing
duty against Korean DRAM imports. The case will proceed simultaneously
with the Department of Commerce and with the International Trade Commission.
Micron Technology, Inc., is one of the world's leading providers
of advanced semiconductor solutions used in today's leading-edge computing,
consumer, networking, and communications products. Micron Technology,
Inc., and its subsidiaries manufacture and market DRAMs, very fast
SRAMs, Flash memory, TCAMs, CMOS image sensors, other semiconductor
components and memory modules. 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.
Nov 04 - Hitachi Announces Financial
Results for First Half 2002. Hitachi, Ltd. (NYSE:HIT) / (TSE:6501)
today announced its consolidated financial results for the first half
of fiscal 2002, ended September 30, 2002.
During the period under review, although some regions, notably Asia,
showed signs of strength, the global economy remained lackluster,
set against a backdrop of a slowing U.S. economy and falling stock
prices on world exchanges. The Japanese economy echoed the overall
economic mood, despite signs of an upturn in production volumes following
a period of inventory destocking. As deflation increased debt burdens
and squeezed earnings, corporate sentiment toward capital expenditures
failed to improve. And, as employment prospects remained dim, consumers
too were reluctant to spend.
Against this backdrop, net sales were largely the same year on year
at 3,916.4 billion yen (US$31,841 million). But Hitachi posted operating
income of 61.6 billion yen (US$502 million), reversing an operating
loss of 42.1 billion yen (US$342 million) in the previous year's first
half, as the Corporate Innovation Initiative (CII), including Procurement
Renewal Project, produced results, and structural reforms implemented
in the previous fiscal year yielded lower fixed costs.
By segment, in Information & Telecommunication Systems, sales
of telecommunication-related equipment fell, while demand for storage
solutions remained firm. Consequently, segment sales remained consistent
year on year at 878.2 billion yen (US$7,140 million). The segment
recorded operating income of 42.1 billion yen (US$343 million), up
190% over the same period in fiscal 2001. This result reflects a steady
performance in storage solutions and systems integration, as well
as benefits from structural reforms, particularly in the telecommunications
sector, implemented in the previous fiscal year.
In Electronic Devices, sales in display operations were driven higher
by rising demand for small and medium-size TFT LCDs, mainly for mobile
phones, and large-size TFT LCDs. This outweighed lower sales stemming
from Hitachi's withdrawal from CRTs for PC monitors in the previous
fiscal year. This turnaround reflected the benefits of structural
reforms, including the termination of unprofitable products such as
CRTs for PC monitors and the streamlining of certain semiconductor
In Digital Media & Consumer Products, although sales of mobile
phones decreased, sales of optical storage products and plasma TVs
increased year on year. In home appliances, overall sales were sluggish
due to soft domestic demand. Hitachi Maxell, Ltd. saw audiotape and
videotape sales fall, but sales of computer tapes, optical media and
rechargeable batteries increased.
Outlook for Fiscal 2002
The world economy seemed to be moving onto a recovery footing, particularly
in the U.S. and Asia, at the start of 2002. However, the recovery
in the bellwether U.S. economy has slowed, and a string of terrorist
attacks in various parts of the world have created a growing sense
of instability in the world economy. The Japanese economy, on the
other hand, remains mired in recession with no prospects for a full-fledged
recovery. Consequently, consumer spending and capital expenditures
in Japan are expected to remain depressed, creating an uncertain operating
environment for companies.
In this climate, Hitachi will bolster its international competitiveness
by accelerating the pace of CII, which targets greater efficiency
throughout the organization, to quickly improve its operating results.
Concurrently, Hitachi will advance bold management and structural
For more information visit www.hitachi.com.
Nov 03 - Sunday Shopping
Best Sunday Deals - See our Best
Sunday Ad Deals Table below for specific system prices.
Weekly Comparison. Pentium 4 desktop prices were
significantly higher this week. High-end laptops were higher this
Laptops - Low-end laptop prices were about the
same as last week. High-end laptops were priced much higher than last
Desktops - Most stores are now advertising the
1.7 GHz Intel Celeron complete system for $599 (or more), instead
of the older 1.4 GHz Celeron. As the 1.7 GHz Celeron is potentially
upgradeable to a Pentium 4, older 1.4 GHz Celeron systems should be
Prices were much higher on all Intel desktops. Pentium 4 desktops
were significantly higher than last week. I suggest you wait another
week for better prices before purchasing a Celeron or Pentium 4 desktop
No new Media Center PCs, that run Windows XP Media Center, were advertised
Circuit City was having a good sale on AMD desktops. The fastest AMD
desktop advertised was the 2400+.
This Sunday's Special Discounts and Financing.
In addition to sales on specific items, the following store-wide sales
are advertised this week. (Note that these
ads are for the Dayton, Ohio area. Prices or offerings may be different
where you live.)
BestBuy is offering 6 months of free MSN with any computer purchase.
They are also a $200 gift card with laptops or desktops purchased
with high-speed Internet service, and 18 month no-interest financing
on all laptops.
Circuit City is giving away
3 months of free AOL on any in-store computer purchase. In addition
they are offering 12 month no interest financing on all laptops, and
desktop packages with AMD processors.
has 12 month no interest financing for purchases over $298.
CompUSA has no store-wide promotions
Staples has no store-wide promotions
to Online Prices - Compare the Sunday ad prices to
those being offered at DealTime, it searches over 160 online computer
New Oct 27 ** Shopping Alert
on Lower Priced Celerons. The 1.7 GHz Celeron has replaced
the 1.4 GHz and slower Celerons in the low-end retail market.
As the 1.7 GHz Celeron is socket compatible with the Pentium 4, it
is potentially upgradeable to faster Pentium 4 processors. The older
1.4 GHz and slower Celerons cannot be upgraded without a conversion
Again, most of these low priced desktops have no AGP video expansion
slot, no onboard dedicated video RAM, no CD-RW drive, and very few
empty PCI expansion slots. These computers will be very difficult
to upgrade, and they have poorer performance than other desktops that
do not have integrated video chips on the motherboard.
Often by spending $200-$400 more for a Pentium 4 or Athlon XP based
system, you can get twice the performance, more features, and you
will have an upgradeable computer that will serve you well for another
If you choose the $600 Celeron system to save a few bucks, keep in
mind that in a year or two you will probably want to replace it.
Shopping Alert on Lower Priced
Laptops - AMD Duron, AMD Athlon 4, and Intel Pentium III
laptops should only be purchased at significant discounts. These processors
have been superseded by the newer mobile AMD Athlon XP+ and the Intel
Pentium 4-M processors.
About Windows XP. It has been a little over 12
months since Windows XP began to be bundled with new computers. Windows
XP became available for separate purchase on October 25, 2001. For
more information on Windows XP see our Windows
XP Upgrade Guide.
Internet Rebates. Most stores are no longer
advertising 3 year Internet rebates. Check with your local store before
you buy. Please see our article, What
You Need to Know About Internet Rebates and Free PCs, for an in-depth
discussion of Internet Rebates.
Definitions. A complete desktop system/package/complete
package is defined as a computer with monitor and printer
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
Caution about advertised prices.
When reading advertisements, read the fine print of the ad to make
sure you know what is being advertised and what it cost. For example,
many advertisers will show a complete system with computer, monitor,
and printer but advertise a price for the computer only.
* Prices discussed in this article. We report
prices after rebates and discounts are subtracted.
Items highlighted in Black are good deals.
Items highlighted in Red means prices have
gone up and the system is not a good buy this week.
Items in normal text means prices are about the same as the previous
Best Sunday Ad Deals
Price* (see above)
Prices up or Down this Week
Best Celeron Deal
HP 1.7 GHz complete system
|Best Buy, Circuit City
Compaq 2.4 GHz complete system
Sony 2.4 GHz complete system
Pentium 4 System
Best Buy vpr 2.53
GHz complete system
Best Windows XP Media Center
1. Best Low-cost Athlon XP System
Compaq 1800+ complete system
1. Best Low-cost Athlon XP System
Compaq 2000+ complete system
1. Best High-end
Athlon XP System
HP 2200+ complete
2. Best High-end
Athlon XP System
Sony 2400+ complete
1. Best Low-cost Notebook
Compaq Athlon XP 1600+ with DVD/CD-RW
2. Best Low-cost Notebook
Toshiba Celeron 1.5 GHz with DVD
4-M 2.0 GHz with DVD/CD-RW
Best Sunday Deal
Civilization III Game of the Year Edition
Best Sunday Deal
Combat Flight Simulator 3
Worst Sunday Deal
Sony Pentium III-M
900 MHz - 1.2 GHz Notebook with DVD/CD-RW
Should be under $1000
Circuit City, Best
Best Sunday Deal
Philips 17" Realflat CRT Monitor
Best Sunday Deal
Sound Blaster Audigy 2
$99 (after rebates)
Best Sunday Deal
Best Sunday Deal
D-Link 2.4GHz Wireless Router
Additional Information. For additional technical
information, advice on how to buy a laptop or desktop, and vendor
and manufacturer links, please see our Computer
Buying Advice page.
About Sunday Shopping Watch. Sunday Shopping
Watch appears every Sunday (except some holidays like Easter and Christmas)
in our News and Rumors column. It is a review of local (Dayton, Ohio)
computer chain store advertisements. While we can not guarantee your
local chain store has the same items, this article can help you make
informed buying decisions.
Nov 01 - Epson Intoduces
New Multifunction Printers. Epson America today announced the
launch of the EPSON Stylus CX3200 and CX5200 all-in-one products that
serve as all-purpose printers, scanners and color copiers.
"The Stylus CX3200 is really our high-value performer
in the world of multi-function products," said Andreas Goehring,
senior product manager, consumer ink jet printers, Epson. "In
today's market, customers more than ever are attracted to products
that give them the best overall value with the combination of features
that meet their specific needs. The Stylus CX3200 offers the best
overall balance between performance and price over any sub-$150 multi-function
product on the market."
Epson's newest desktop ink jet print engine, EPSON Durabright
inks and the company's award-winning scanning technology have all
combined forces to create the perfect do-it-all product, the EPSON
Stylus CX5200. This new space-saving device triples as a scanner,
printer and color copier, offering a high-end combination of features
and performance for $199.
"This really is the most ideal product for anyone who's looking
for an all-in-one device that offers the best performance for a price
less than $200," said Andreas Goehring, senior product manager,
Epson. "Not only do customers get a product that fulfills nearly
every aspect of their digital input/output needs, but they'll also
enjoy the benefits that come with our newest and most advanced general
purpose ink jet printer."
For more information on Epson and its products, visit
Nov 01 - Hitachi Announces
High Contrast 20 Inch Flat Panel Display. Hitachi America, Ltd.,
a subsidiary of Hitachi, Ltd. (NYSE: HIT) has added a high contrast
20.1" flat panel LCD display to its line of high performance
monitors. The new CML200B provides an expanded display area with a
native resolution of 1600 x 1200 for graphics, imaging, CAD/CAM/CAE,
as well as for general business use. It features MVA technology for
superior sharpness, brightness and color reproduction across wide
viewing angles with an extended life backlight that lasts twice as
long as most competitive models.
The CML200B uses approximately 2/3 less desk space than most comparable
CRTs. It provides sharp, distortion-free images at viewing angles
of 170 degrees in both horizontal and vertical directions.
The monitor delivers a full 20.1" viewing area (408 x 306 mm)
and has a pixel pitch of .255 mm. It also features 250-nit brightness
and an outstanding 500:1 contrast ratio.
With its extended life backlight, the CML200B has an average backlight
life of greater than 50,000 hours - double the useful life of competitive
products that average 25,000 hours.
The CML200B also has analog and digital (DVI-D) inputs, side-mounted
detachable speakers, an integrated microphone and a headphone jack.
An auto-adjust function provides quick, beautiful picture adjustments.
PC & Mac (some Macs may require an adapter) compatible, the CML200B
meets the VESA FPMPMI (Flat Panel Monitor Physical Mounting Interface)
standard, enabling wall-mounting with third party mounting arms. This
product also features a Kensington Security Port.
The CML200B is TCO '95 approved. It complies with one of the world's
strictest standards for low radiation, safety, ergonomics and power
management. The new monitor comes in a black cabinet and is available
for shipping from Hitachi distributors on November 13th with an MSRP
For more information, visit www.hitachi.com.
Nov 01 - HDTV Will Be In
15 Percent of US Homes by 2008. New research from Strategy Analytics,
the global research and consulting company, highlights growing demand
for High Definition Television (HDTV).
In a report released to subscribers to its Broadband
Entertainment Strategies service, the analysts predict that 29 million
US households will own HD-capable TV displays by 2008, and that half
of these displays will be connected to a high definition television
service. Eighty-four percent of these HDTV subscribers will be using
either cable or satellite services.
HDTV sales are being driven by demand for larger, high quality TV
displays. Already today, the majority of TV receivers retailing at
$1500, or more, are HD-capable. Strategy Analytics predicts that 4.8
million US homes will own an HD-capable display by the end of 2002,
of which nearly one million will also have HDTV tuners for either
cable, satellite or terrestrial platforms.
By 2008, the number of HD-capable displays in US homes will have
reached 33.4 million units. Of these displays, 27 percent will be
connected to an HDTV service via cable, 14 percent via satellite,
and 8 percent via digital terrestrial television. The report identifies
the increasing support of cable and satellite operators and their
content partners as a key factor in the take-up of HDTV services.
"HDTV has been a long time coming," says David Mercer,
Vice President, Broadband Practice, at Strategy Analytics. "But
sufficient momentum is now building at both content and operator levels
to ensure a successful niche market in the longer term."
For more information, visit www.strategyanalytics.com.
Nov 01 - Samsung Starts
1066 RDRAM Mass Production. Samsung Semiconductor, Inc., the world's
leading supplier of advanced memory technology, today announced it
has started mass production of its full range of 1066 RDRAM RIMMs
using 0.13 micron process technology.
As the newest addition to Samsung's DRAM portfolio, the 1066Mbps
(533MHz) RDRAM RIMMs, available in 128MB, 256MB and 512MB densities,
provide the highest performance memory currently on the market. The
1066 RIMMs are available in both 16bit and 32bit configurations for
a variety of PC applications.
Samsung is now delivering rapidly increasing quantities of 1066 RDRAM
RIMM to major PC companies that lead the market with systems built
on the Intel 850E chipset. As CPU speeds advance beyond 3GHz, RDRAM's
clear-cut performance advantage will continue to grow.
"The computing market continues to demand extreme memory performance
as consumers use their PCs for everything from gaming to video editing,"
said Tom Quinn, vice president, marketing, Samsung Semiconductor.
"The demand for 1066Mbps RDRAM has been strong in the channel
for several months, and now major PC manufacturers are shipping 1066Mbps
systems as well. Our ramp of 0.13 micron mass production allows us
to grow the 1066Mbps supply to meet this explosive demand."
Samsung is currently the largest volume supplier of RDRAM RIMMs and
is the world's leading supplier of RDRAM memory, with more than an
80 percent share of the market. The company intends to continue its
leadership role in RDRAM memory by being first-to-market with leading-edge
products in a wide range of configurations and densities.
For more information, visit their website www.usa.samsungsemi.com.
Nov 01 - 1394 Trade Association
Cites New Products with IEEE 1394. Leaders of the 1394 Trade Association
today said the pace of new consumer and computer products with the
IEEE 1394/FireWire(TM) multimedia bus is accelerating, with almost
130 new announcements from mid-summer through late October.
New products range from 12 new notebook PCs and 90 new desktop PCs
to new digital video and still cameras, and Samsung's new set top
box and an increasing number of storage systems. All new products
incorporating FireWire, with either the FireWire or i.LINK(TM) logos,
can now be found on the 1394 Trade Association's web site at www.1394ta.org.
"This past summer was a productive period for 1394-equipped
product designs and introductions," said James Snider, executive
director of the 1394 Trade Association. "We see a gradual acceleration
in design activity throughout the industry, particularly in PCs and
storage products, which is very encouraging."
Nov 01 - UMC Reports Sequential Growth
for 3Q 2002. United Microelectronics Corporation (NYSE: UMC; TSE:
2303) ("UMC" or "the Company"), a leading global
semiconductor foundry, today announced its unconsolidated operating
results for the quarter ended September 30, 2002. All figures were
prepared in accordance with ROC GAAP, which differ in some material
respects from generally accepted accounting principles in the United
"We are pleased to report another quarter of sequential growth,
despite the overall weakness shown in the global semiconductor market.
UMC's revenue grew 3.1 percent sequentially after an impressive 52.8
percent quarter-on-quarter improvement in the second quarter of 2002,"
UMC Vice Chairman & CEO John Hsuan said. "New customer wins
and increasing demand for leading-edge technology were some of the
key drivers behind our third quarter performance."
Revenue from 0.18-micron and below process technologies increased
over 60 percent in dollar terms compared to the second quarter of
2002. The blended average selling price (ASP) showed double-digit
growth as a result of customer designs migrating to more advanced
technologies, and strong demand from the communications sector - an
area that demands more advanced processes. "Once again, this
is a strong endorsement of our customers' belief in the leading technological
capabilities of UMC," commented John Hsuan.
"0.13-micron sales showed continued increases following the
volume ramp-up of new customer products and this trend is expected
to continue in the foreseeable future. We also currently possess the
foundry industry's largest 300mm wafer capacity, and have shipped
the largest quantity of logic ICs produced on 300mm wafers. We have
achieved equal or better yields for all products that are commercially
fabricated on 300mm wafers compared to those manufactured in our 200mm
facilities. Our accomplishments in 300mm will allow our customers
to enjoy faster time-to-market and better cost reduction by utilizing
our advanced 300mm wafer fabs."
"We remain optimistic for the long-term outlook of our business,
despite facing the short-term semiconductor market slowdown. We identify
the weakening market as an opportunity for UMC to gain more IDM customers
who intend to either follow a fab-lite strategy, or increase their
UMC (NYSE: UMC, TSE: 2303) is a leading global semiconductor foundry
that manufactures advanced process ICs for applications spanning every
major sector of the semiconductor industry. UMC delivers cutting-edge
foundry technologies that enable sophisticated system-on-chip (SOC)
designs, including 0.13um copper, embedded DRAM, and mixed signal/RFCMOS.
In addition, UMC is a leader in 300mm manufacturing with three strategically
located 300mm fabs that serve its global customer base: Fab 12A in
Taiwan, UMCi in Singapore (pilot production in mid-2003) and AU Pte.
Ltd., a joint venture facility with AMD that is also located in Singapore
(production in 2005).
UMC employs over 8,500 people worldwide and has offices in Taiwan,
Japan, Singapore, Europe, and the United States. UMC can be found
on the web at www.umc.com.
Nov 01 - AT&T PrePaid Internet Service
Available At Walgreens. AT&T and Walgreens today announced
that AT&T PrePaid Internet Service is now available in more than
3,900 of the drugstore chain's stores across the United States.
AT&T PrePaid Internet Service is a flexible, pay-as-you-go Internet
service powered by the company's award-winning AT&T Worldnet(R)
Service. It comes with one e-mail account and is perfect for consumers
who want to access the Web without a monthly fee, need a travel Internet
service to complement their home or office connection or want a back-up
"Walgreens customers can now pick up an AT&T PrePaid Internet
Service start-up kit along with the other household electronics products
we offer," said Gary Platek, Walgreens divisional merchandise
manager for electronics. "Customers appreciate our convenient
services, and with AT&T, we're making Internet access more convenient
"Getting our product on the shelves of the nation's largest
drugstore chains makes prepaid Internet readily available to more
people just as prepaid phone cards expanded the long distance market,"
said Mark Evans, vice president of AT&T PrePaid Services. "More
consumers can now pay cash for a block of time to access the Internet
without a monthly recurring charge or the use of a credit card."
The AT&T PrePaid Internet Service start-up CD is available in
two denominations: eight hours of Internet Service time for $9.99
or 20 hours for $19.99. Additional minutes can be purchased online
for $19.99 (20 hours) or $29.99 (30 hours). The Service can be used
on most compatible modem-equipped computers, whether the user is at
home or traveling. Both dial-up and 800/888 access numbers are available.
Internet Service minutes will be used up more quickly with the 800/888
Introduced a year ago, AT&T PrePaid Internet Service is now available
in more than 10,000 participating retail outlets nationwide. Customers
can also visit www.att.com/prepaidinternet
to purchase start-up CDs, refill minutes or search the AT&T PrePaid
Internet Service database to find a list of participating retailers
in their area based on zip code.