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Daily Computer News and Rumors

November 15-22 2002

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.
Every Sunday, News and Rumors features "Sunday Shopping Watch", which is a comparison and analysis of Sunday computer store advertisements.
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Nov 22 SOTEC America Delivers Affordable Notebooks for Consumers
Nov 22 IBM to Build World's Fastest Supercomputers for DOE
Nov 22 Personal Computing Environments Showcases New Workstation Designs
Nov 22 PaceBlade Introduces New Tablet PC
Nov 22 SMC Announces New Dual Band 2.4GHz/5GHz Wireless PCI Card
Nov 22 Wireless Networks of All Types Will Permeate Society
Nov 21 Dell Announces New Handhelds
Nov 21 Explosive Recordable DVD Growth Predicted
Nov 21 SiS LAUNCHES Pentium 4 SiS655 Hyper Threading(TM) Chipset
Nov 21 Dell Debuts New Family of Networked Storage Systems
Nov 21 Intel Refreshes Intel Xeon Processor Portfolio Lineup
Nov 21 SiS Launches SiS755 Chipset to Support AMD Hammer Platform
Nov 20 ATI Ships ALL-IN-WONDER 9700 PRO
Nov 20 HP Delivers New Compaq Notebooks with 16" Screens
Nov 20 Panasonic Intoduces All-In-One DVD/CD Burning Solution
Nov 20 Fujitsu Debuts 2.3GB Removable Storage Drive
Nov 20 Ricoh Announces 4x DVD+RW/+R Drives
Nov 20 Trend Micro Announces PC-cillin 2003
Nov 19 HP Introduces New IPAQ Handhelds
Nov 19 NETGEAR Announces Full Line Of 54 Mbps 2.4 GHz Wireless Products
Nov 19 Panasonic Unveils New e-wear(TM) Multimedia A/V Recorder
Nov 19 Minolta Introduces 5 Megapixel DiMAGE 7Hi Digital Camera
Nov 19 Consumers Will Spark 200% Rise in Recordable DVD Sales in 2003
Nov 18 Dell Offers Customers New 3.06GHz Processor
Nov 18 MicronPC Introduces the New Millennia 910 Dream Machines
Nov 18 Panasonic Unveils Light 2.2 lb. Toughbook
Nov 18 U.S. Online Shoppers Will Spend an Average $235 for Holiday Internet Purchases
Nov 18 Panasonic Ships Its First Combination DVD / Hard Disk Recorder

Nov 17 Sunday Shopping Watch
Nov 15 Intel Delivers 3 GHz Hyper-Threading Pentium® 4 Processor
Nov 15 AMD Announces Reduction in Work Force
Nov 15 AMD Introduces New Mobile Athlon™ XP Processor 2200+
Nov 15 Survey Shows Steady Increase of Broadband Access in U.S. Households
Nov 15 Memory Experts introduces Biometric USB Flash Drives

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Nov 22 - SOTEC America Delivers Affordable Notebooks for Consumers. SOTEC America, Inc. has launched its first thin and light notebook, the SOTEC 3120X, which boasts a built-in optical drive for playing DVDs and burning CDs, for under $1,000.

The aggressive American subsidiary of SOTEC Co., Ltd., is committed to establishing itself as the emerging leader in the world computer market by creating stylish, innovative computer products and marketing them at affordable prices. Their premier introduction, the SOTEC 3120X notebook, is available now in a variety of retail stores, including Office Depot, Wal-Mart, and Sam's Club, as well as online at Bestbuy.com, OfficeDepot.com, Walmart.com, and Samsclub.com.

The Japanese parent company, SOTEC Co, Ltd., founded in 1984, is ranked among the top five notebook engineering companies in all of Japan. Headquartered in Yokohama, Japan, and publicly traded on NASDAQ Japan, the international company has consistently been top-rated in service in the Japanese market, and is competing in the same market segment as global players such as SONY and NEC.

"The decision to branch out to American consumers is based on our belief that hip, innovative, affordable notebooks are essential for the dynamic, mobile lifestyles that drive this country," said Saeed K. Shahbazi, president of SOTEC America. "Our unique notebooks, and other computer products we will be introducing here, will meet the notebook consumers' demand for portability and functionality at the right price."

Drawing upon its expertise in creating powerful products that accommodate small spatial needs for Asian consumers, SOTEC America is introducing to US markets a new, affordable choice in stylish thin and light notebooks. Priced under $1,000, the colorful and unique SOTEC 3120X is a mere 1.3" thin and a feather-weight 4.4 pounds with a 12.1" XGA TFT screen.

This thin and light notebook boasts a record number of built-ins, including a DVD+CD-RW combo drive, a 56K data/fax modem, a 10/100 network card, multiple USB ports, stereo speakers, and a microphone. Driven by an Intel(R) 1.2 GHz Mobile Celeron processor, the SOTEC 3120X has 256MB PC 133 SDRAM of memory with a 256KB Advanced Transfer Cache and a 20 GB hard drive.

The SOTEC America website cna be found at www.sotecglobal.com.

Nov 22 - IBM to Build World's Fastest Supercomputers for U.S. Department of Energy. Energy Secretary Spencer Abraham announced that The Department of Energy (DOE) has awarded IBM a contract valued at $216 to $267 million to build the two fastest supercomputers in the world with a combined peak speed of up to 467 trillion calculations per second (teraflops).

These two systems will have more combined processing power than the combined power of all 500 machines on the recently announced TOP500 List of Supercomputers.

The first system -- called ASCI Purple - will offer the Department of Energy the world's first supercomputer capable of up to 100 teraflops, more than twice as fast as the most powerful computer in existence today. ASCI Purple will consist of a massive cluster of POWER-based IBM eServer(TM) systems and IBM storage systems.

This supercomputer represents a fifth-generation system under the ASCI Program. ASCI Purple will serve as the primary supercomputer in the U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE) Advanced Simulation and Computing program, commonly known as ASCI. The DOE's National Nuclear Security Administration's (NNSA) Stockpile Stewardship Program will rely on ASCI Purple to simulate the aging and operation of U.S. nuclear weapons, helping ensure the safety and reliability of the nation's stockpile without underground testing.

The second supercomputer, a research machine called Blue Gene/L, will employ advanced IBM semiconductor and system technologies based on new architectures being developed in the ongoing partnership between IBM and the DOE for the government's ASCI Program.

When completed, Blue Gene/L will have a theoretical peak performance of up to 367 teraflops with 130,000 processors running Linux. It will have the capability to process data at a rate of one terabit per second, equivalent to the data transmitted by ten thousand weather satellites. The supercomputer will be used by the three NNSA laboratories (Los Alamos, Sandia and Lawrence Livermore) and the ASCI University Alliance collaborators as well as other DOE laboratories in the future.

Blue Gene/L will be used to develop and run a broad suite of scientific applications including the simulation of very complex physical phenomena of national interest, such as turbulence, prediction of material properties, and the behavior of high explosives.

"Blue Gene/L represents a leap forward in the ASCI strategies of accelerating computing development," said Mark Seager, assistant director for Advanced Technologies for Livermore's Computation Directorate. "It's like having an electron microscope instead of a magnifying glass."

The IBM and ASCI collaboration delivers the most reliable and cost-effective platform for the ASCI program while exploring alternative technologies to accelerate the development of high performance systems.

In addition to ASCI Purple, IBM also delivered Lawrence Livermore National Lab's (LLNL) previous most powerful supercomputers -- ASCI White, unveiled in August 2001, and ASCI Blue Pacific, unveiled in October 1998. ASCI Purple will be delivered in stages with the first IBM eServer systems arriving next year.

Through IBM's technology advances, high performance computing power can increase while the physical space requirements decrease. ASCI Purple will supply more than eight times the computing power of ASCI White. The new machine will be installed in a dedicated building known as the Terascale Simulation Facility, currently under construction at LLNL in California.

The 100 teraflop ASCI Purple system will be powered by 12,544 POWER5 microprocessors, IBM's next generation microprocessor. These processors will be contained in 196 individual computers with a total memory bandwidth of 156,000 GBs, the equivalent of 31,200 DVD movies every second. All of the computers are interconnected via a super-fast data highway with a total interconnect bandwidth of 12,500 GB. ASCI Purple will run IBM's AIX 5L operating system.

The system will also contain 50 terabytes of memory (50 trillion units), which is 400,000 times more capacity than the average desktop PC and two petabytes of disk storage (two quadrillion units), the content of approximately one billion books.

IBM cnabe found online at www.ibm.com.

Nov 22 - Personal Computing Environments Showcases New Workstation Designs. Personal Computing Environments yesterday unveiled its first series of ergonomic and powerful multimedia computing environments that turn the idea of a traditional workstation inside out.

They make people the comfortable centerpiece of a system that puts high performance computing, information and entertainment technology at their fingertips.

A striking frame design extends one or more flat panel monitors directly overhead and in front of the user, and integrates the computer, chair and footrest into the base. The environments are completely customizable, from colors and chair options to hardware, software and peripherals. And they are designed to be expandable to the point of creating a 5x5 foot sphere-like unit that renders the desk obsolete.

"We're going to make it hard for anyone who experiences one of our environments to ever go back to a workstation or desk-and-chair set up," says Benjamin Moglin, co-founder and chief technical officer. "Personal computing environments offer lifestyle and productivity benefits for anyone who uses a computer, especially if they're at risk for repetitive stress injuries. We place people in an ergonomically correct position, and each unit can be built-to-order to a group or individual's needs and desires."

The inaugural "PeaceMaker" and "MasterPeace" editions were developed for the professional/home office market, and gaming/entertainment enthusiasts. The units include Intel Pentium 4 processors (at 2.0 GHz and 2.8 GHz, respectively), up to 2 GB RAM, a Pioneer A04 Recordable DVD/CD burner and Creative or Cambridge Soundworks 5.1 surround sound systems.

Prices for PeaceMaker start at $4,000, and MasterPeace at $7,600. For the "My Peace" option, which begins at $9,000, company designers co-develop with the buyer his or her dream computing environment, which may include options like a luxury massage chair and two 22" flat panel monitors. The Peace One series can be ordered through www.mypce.com.

Nov 22 - PaceBlade Introduces New Tablet PC. PaceBlade Technology publicly unveiled their PaceBook Tablet PC at COMDEX in Las Vegas, November 18-22. This innovative new computer will be on display at PaceBlade's booth at the Microsoft Pavilion.

Fusing 3-in-1 technical innovation and sleek ergonomic style, the PaceBook Tablet PC created a buzz among attendees at Microsoft's Tablet XP launch in New York earlier this month.

"Companies, resellers and VARS looking for maximum flexibility in mobile computing solutions demonstrated a huge demand for the PaceBook Tablet PC," said Eric Djie, President, PaceBlade Technology, Inc. "The PaceBook fills distinct needs for sales forces, the medical community and many other industries, while managing to be both rugged and stylish."

The PaceBook Tablet PC distinguishes itself in key ways: it has a larger 12.1" screen. It utilizes numerous input systems: a digitizer pen system; a TouchScreen, allowing handwriting recognition; voice recognition; and the new Windows XP function called "Ink." The PaceBook Tablet PC also provides an on-screen "virtual keyboard" that accepts typed input just like a regular keyboard. A light portable physical keyboard instantly turns the PaceBook into a powerful notebook or an IR-connected ergonomic desktop system. With one touch, the PaceBook goes from landscape to portrait mode.

The PaceBook Tablet PC has an 867MHz Transmeta Crusoe processor, a 20-60GB hard disk drive, 256-640MB PC133 internal memory, 12.1 inch TFT (1024x768 pixels), FinePoint Innovations MagicPoint Digitizer, TouchScreen, IEEE1394, 2x USB, and a 10/100Mbps network adapter, 56K Modem.

Find more information, see www.paceblade.com.

Nov 22 - SMC Announces New Dual Band 2.4GHz/5GHz Wireless PCI Card. SMC Networks the company that takes the work out of networks with high-performance, easy-to-use connectivity products for business and home, today introduced its newest dual band 802.11a/802.11b wireless network adapter, the EZ Connect(TM) 2.4GHz/5GHz Universal Wireless PCI Card (SMC2302W).

Designed to connect desktop computers to either 802.11a or 802.11b-compliant wireless networks, the SMC2302W is the perfect choice for evolving networks, providing connectivity now with a built-in migration path for the future. The versatility of the new SMC2302W lets users optimize network connectivity and provides the ultimate in speed, coverage, security, and flexibility for today's wireless users.

When placed in an 802.11b-compliant network, the SMC2302W adapts automatically, and connects using its standards-compliant 802.11b mode to operate at speeds up to 11 Mbps. A system administrator's dream, the new 2.4GHz/5GHz Universal Wireless PCI Card comes with an EZ Installation Wizard that makes driver and utility installation a breeze; a site survey utility that displays a listing of all available wireless access points on the network, and the ability to create and save multiple profiles for different wireless LAN settings.

Available Dec.15, 2002 at a U.S. List price of $159.99, the SMC2302W is backed by SMC's Limited Lifetime Warranty, superior technical support, and outstanding reputation for quality.

For more information about SMC Networks or its products, visit www.smc.com.

Nov 22 - Wireless Networks of All Types Will Permeate Society. Wireless networks of varying types, capabilities and ranges are slowly pervading society.

Advanced 2.5G and 3G cellular networks are only the beginning as other technologies, including wireless local area networks (WLAN), Bluetooth, radio frequency identification (RFID) and even ultra wideband (UWB) networks are deployed. Cumulative revenues garnered through the global adoption of these technologies, excluding cellular, will likely exceed $33 billion by 2007, according to Allied Business Intelligence (ABI).

Wireless technologies, nearly ubiquitous for voice communications, will begin to penetrate new applications and platforms, including industrial management and transportation. Radio Frequency Identification (RFID), for example, is now poised to revolutionize supply chain management through its ability to remotely identify crates, boxes and even individual items through "smart-labels." ABI research indicates that these applications represent merely 1% of total RFID transponder shipments today, increasing to represent about 46% of all shipments by 2007.

Even the family car will be wirelessly enabled. "By 2007, Bluetooth and WLAN nodes will be common features for the automotive platform. Initially geared towards telephony applications, Bluetooth nodes will soon serve additional functions, including remote vehicle diagnostics," according to Frank Viquez, Director of Automotive Technologies at ABI. The industry research firm expects 19% of all vehicles to become equipped with Bluetooth by 2007.

Much of the information collected by these so-called personal area networks (PAN) will still rely upon the widely available cellular networks. "The 2.5G and 3G networks will bridge the gap between the localized PAN and the broader Internet. All of these wireless technologies will be codependent upon each other," says Edward Rerisi, Director of Wireless Research at ABI. "In a sense, these various network configurations will feed demand for the other segments," adds Mr. Rerisi.

More details can be found at www.alliedworld.com.

Nov 21 - Dell Announces New Handhelds. The waiting has ended. Dell today unveiled its first handheld computer brand, Axim, at the Comdex 2002 trade show.

The first model, the X5, is based on Microsoft® Windows Powered Pocket PC software and is available in either $199 or $299 configurations after $50 mail-in rebate or $50 discount (regularly $249 and $3491, respectively). Both configurations feature dual-slot (CompactFlash® and Secure Digital) expansion capability, sleek design and standard one-year, next-business-day Advanced Exchange service .

"Until today, handheld users have either had to pay a premium for a full-featured system or live with some compromises," said John Medica, vice-president and general manager of Dell Client Products. "We've learned a great deal about this market by listening to customers and waiting for the relevant technologies to standardize, and everything we've learned has gone into the Axim X5. We're pleased to be able to deliver a new level of value and accessibility to the handheld marketplace."

The $299 Axim X5 configuration is powered by the Intel® Xscale™ processor at 400MHz and offers 64MB of SDRAM, along with 48MB of Intel StrataFlash ROM. The built-in Secure Digital and CompactFlash slots can host a number of devices ranging from 802.11b wireless adapters to memory expansion.

A brilliant 3.5-inch transflective TFT color display is standard on both Axim X5 configurations, with 240x320 (QVGA) resolution. The unit's sync/recharge cradle (standard on $299 configuration) has an extra battery charge slot that accommodates either a spare standard battery (1440 mAh) or the available high-capacity (3400mAh) battery.

Users with lower memory and speed requirements can opt for the X5's $199 configuration, which has an Intel Xscale 300MHz processor, 48MB of SDRAM, 32MB of Flash ROM and a USB sync cable instead of a cradle, along with all the other features of the $299 unit. Both units will be offered with a wide variety of accessories, such as folding and snap-on keyboards and leather carrying case.

"We're truly excited that Dell is bringing the power and flexibility of the Pocket PC to customers at such a tremendous value," said Juha Christensen, Microsoft corporate vice-president of the Mobile Devices Division. "The Axim X5 delivers a no-compromises Pocket PC experience and opens the door for a broad range of customers to enjoy the benefits of using it."

The Dell Axim will initially be available in the U.S. and Canada, with plans for other regions in early 2003.

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

Nov 21 - Explosive Recordable DVD Growth Predicted. Sharing the podium at the Comdex Recordable DVD Council (RDVDC) press conference today, Andy Parsons, senior vice president for Pioneer Electronics (USA) Inc., and Tony Jasionowski, North American RDVDC managing director, took a "no smoke, just fire" approach to presenting the facts about the new milestones that are driving DVD burner sales.
After making their presentations, Parsons and Jasionowski left little doubt that the new DVD drives eliminate the performance, compatibility and price barriers to creating and sharing home movies and personalized videos.

In addition to providing read and write support for two or more recordable DVD formats established by the DVD Forum (DVD-RAM, DVD-R, DVD-RW), the multi-format DVD burners also provide CD-R/RW read/write support and play back commercially recorded DVD videos. Recently introduced multi-format DVD burners also offer the new 4x DVD-R write-once technology (equivalent to 36x CD-R performance), a rewriteable format, and very aggressive pricing.

"Products incorporating the DVD Forum standards were available for nearly three years before proprietary formats emerged," said Jasionowski. "The majority of recordable DVD products in use today are based on DVD Forum formats. In addition, the DVD Multi drives are produced by five big-name manufacturers, not just one. And," he continued, "according to IDC reports on the first two quarters of this year, DVD Forum-based products are maintaining their lead. Delivering what we promise, when we promise it and ensuring backward compatibility with earlier format versions have been key factors in drawing new customers and building channel relationships."

Multi-function drives that support the DVD Forum formats are already on retail shelves with street prices below $300, and some media manufacturers are shipping DVD-R discs that retail for $1 or less. With 4x DVD-R support, the new drives can fill a 4.7GB 4x DVD-R disc to capacity in about 15 minutes. The recorded discs can be played by most PC and TV DVD players.

Parsons emphasized that the drives he and Jasionowski were talking about are actually shipping and aren't just reference designs. He also noted that DVD-R is the common denominator among the vast majority of DVD writers available now and those that are soon to enter the market. To illustrate his point, Parsons provided attendees with new data showing that DVD-R media represents 75 percent of all blanks manufactured.

IDC has predicted that shipments of recordable DVD drives will increase from more than 3 million drives this year to nearly 50 million in 2006. While video editing is one of the most popular home applications and the primary application used with DVD burners, part of the projected growth in recordable DVD sales will come from computer data storage applications, including high-speed backup and archiving.

The recordable DVD standards established by the DVD Forum and the logos that confirm compliance with these standards have been key factors in gaining support from Hollywood as well as the leading computer and software producers. The DVD Forum is an industry association whose 200+ members include all major DVD manufacturers as well as the leading DVD software developers and DVD media producers around the world.

Visit the Council's website at www.rdvdc.org/english.

Nov 21 - SiS LAUNCHES Pentium 4 SiS655 Hyper Threading(TM) Chipset. Silicon Integrated Systems Corp. (SiS), a leading supplier of core logic and graphics chipsets, today launched its second-generation AGP 8X core logic chipset, the SiS655. The SiS655 is the first Intel(R) Pentium(R) 4 (P4) chipset on the market to have dual channel DDR333, providing double the bandwidth.

"With the SiS655, we've optimized the power of the P4 platform and added SiS technologies and knowhow to create the most powerful, feature-packed and affordable solution available today for the high-end computing market," said Michael Chen, senior vice president, Integrated Product Division, SiS.

The SiS655 supports the Pentium(R) 4 processor with FSB up to 533 MHz, AGP 8X interface, dual channel DDR333 memory controller and the SiS MuTIOL(R) 1G technology, connecting the SiS655 with the South Bridge SiS963. The SiS655 dual channel DDR333 memory controller fully optimizes the Intel P4-based system performance, doubles the memory bandwidth up to 5.4 GB at advanced 128-bit mode and concurrent 2x64-bit mode, and provides flexible DIMM configuration to enable the dual channel advantage. The SiS655 also supports Hyper Threading(TM) technology.

The SiS655 is paired with the South Bridge SiS963, which features the IEEE 1394a high-speed connector, USB 2.0 and Dual ATA133/100/66 IDE Channels. Utilizing SiS' MuTIOL(R) 1G technology, the SiS655 and SiS963 combination also provides the widest data bandwidth.

For more information, visit www.sis.com.

Nov 21 - Dell Debuts New Family of Networked Storage Systems. Dell today announced a new line of industry-standard storage systems designed to help small- and medium-sized businesses and corporate workgroups easily add, consolidate and manage information in a variety of network environments.

The Dell PowerVault(TM) 775N, 770N and 725N network-attached storage (NAS) systems offer the performance, high availability and expansion features to manage data between applications running Microsoft(R) Windows(R), Novell(R) NetWare(R), UNIX, Linux, and Apple Macintosh(R) operating environments. The NAS systems can be set up in as little as 15 minutes with minimal IT expertise, and can be managed remotely from any location using intuitive Web-based management tools.

PowerVault 770N & 775N

Leveraging Intel(R) Xeon(TM) processors and Windows Powered operating systems, the PowerVault 770N and 775N are ideal for file sharing, e-mail, multimedia, software distribution and application server support.
The NAS systems can accommodate up to 17TB with the addition of SCSI drives, or up to 40TB by connecting to Dell EMC storage either as a direct-attached array or through a storage area network (SAN). This SAN Gateway allows customers to expand their networks by adding to existing storage resources. Both systems offer I/O slots, redundant power and Embedded Remote Access Management utilities to facilitate fast, powerful and easy configuration of the systems.
The rack-optimized, 2U PowerVault 775N and 5U PowerVault 770N for rack and tower environments are available worldwide today for prices starting at $4,999.

PowerVault 725N

The PowerVault 725N, recently awarded "Editor's Choice" honors by PC Magazine, is the only NAS system in its class to use Intel Pentium(R) 4 processors and ServerWorks' Grand Champion(TM) SL core logic technology to offer performance and scalability required for growing businesses. This centralized network storage system installs in minutes and can be "plugged in" virtually anywhere in the network, with support for up to 3GB of DDR SDRAM and dual-gigabit ports for load-balancing and failover capabilities. Ideal for small offices and workgroups, the PowerVault 725N will begin shipping this month for prices starting at $1,799.
"Dell storage systems offer fast, reliable access to data on the network with price and management advantages that lower the cost of owning, utilizing and maintaining storage," said Russ Holt, vice president and general manager in Dell's Enterprise Systems Group. "These new PowerVault products, together with our powerful Dell EMC SAN systems, give customers a breadth of networked storage solutions that will grow as their data requirements evolve."
Available with the new products are Premier Enterprise Support and Deployment services, which feature dedicated technical account managers, engineer-to-engineer remote support, advanced PowerVault remote software support, and on-site(1) hardware installation provided by Dell Professional Services.

For more information on Dell PowerVault storage and services, please visit www.dell.com/powervault.

Nov 21 - Intel Refreshes Intel Xeon Processor Portfolio Lineup. Intel Corporation has introduced a dozen Intel(R) Xeon(TM) processor family products including new processors, chipsets and platforms for Intel-based servers and workstations. Today's product introduction marks the company's largest enterprise product launch to date and comes seven years after the company shipped its first multiprocessor-capable chip in November 1995.

Intel also delivered innovations for workstation computing, including advanced graphics and connectivity capabilities, support for faster memory and Hyper-Threading Technology, which delivers performance gains to workstation applications and multitasking environments.

"Intel has consistently invested and innovated our way through the current economic downturn," said Richard Dracott, group director for Intel's Enterprise Platforms Group. "As a result, we're able to deliver an outstanding line of industry-leading enterprise products that will provide greater performance, innovation and outstanding value for IT investments in 2003 and beyond. Today's introduction of Intel Xeon processor products will contribute to achieving analyst predictions that 2003 will see revenue from Intel-based servers for the first time exceeding RISC-based server revenue."

Intel has begun shipping four new Intel Xeon processors (built on its industry-leading 0.13 micron process technology) designed for two-way servers and workstations at speeds up to 2.8 GHz with 512 KB integrated cache. The new processors add support for a faster, 533 MHz front side bus -- the physical connection between the processor and a chipset.

In addition, Intel launched three new chipsets today. When used with the new processors and faster bus, the Intel(R) E7501 chipset for two-way servers will help to improve system performance by more than 25 percent. This platform is also optimal for the embedded computing market segment where communication solutions such as load balancing, network security, traffic management, voice over IP and Web caching require more generous I/O throughput and memory performance.

The Intel(R) E7505 chipset, formerly codenamed "Placer," is for two-way workstations using Intel Xeon processors and the Intel(R) E7205 chipset, formerly known as "Granite Bay," is for single processor, entry level workstations based on the Intel(R) Pentium(R) 4 processor.

Both workstation chipsets support USB 2.0 and are the first from Intel to include support for AGP 8x, which provides twice as much bandwidth as AGP 4x, for graphics intensive applications. Intel's AGP 8x graphics interface is built directly into the chipset's memory controller hub, which helps eliminate latencies introduced by a separate graphics controller.
All three chipsets support dual-channel dynamic data rate (DDR) memory, while the Intel E7501 and E7505 chipsets also support 64 bit PCI/PCI-X for high bandwidth I/O connectivity.

Intel also announced five new server platforms based on the new processors and chipsets, which enable customers to quickly bring new server solutions to market. The platforms support the latest technology such as two Intel(R) PRO/1000 MT Server Network Connections, embedded serial ATA, Ultra320 SCSI, AGP 8x and Intel(R) Server Management version 5.5. The server platforms will begin shipping in two weeks and into the first quarter.

Additional information about Intel is available at www.intel.com.

Nov 21 - SiS Launches SiS755 Chipset to Support AMD Hammer Platform. Silicon Integrated Systems Corp. (SiS), a leading supplier of core logic and graphics chipsets, today unveiled the SiS755 to support the AMD(R) Hammer processor platform.

The SiS755 is compliant with all AMD(R) Hammer processors with HyperTransport(TM) interface and supports AGP 8X and MuTIOL(R) 1G technology.

The SiS755 provides a fast, powerful and affordable solution for the high-end performance computing market. Paired with the SiS963, a South Bridge peripheral interface, the SiS755 is loaded with powerful multimedia functions, including 5.1 Channel AC'97 2.2 Audio, 10/100Mb Ethernet, Home PNA2.0 and Dual ATA133/100/66 IDE Channels. The SiS755 supports six PCI slots and six USB 2.0/1.1 ports.

"The SiS755 is another example of SiS' commitment to getting to market first with new technologies and products for our customers and to supporting both the Intel and AMD platforms," said Michael Chen, senior vice president, Integrated Product Division, SiS.

The SiS755/SiS963 combination utilizes MuTIOL(R) 1G technology to provide a fast and seamless connection between the North and South Bridge. The MuTIOL(R) 1G is a SiS proprietary data bandwidth transfer technology with 1GB/sec transfer speed and bi-directional 16-bit data bus at 533MHz operating speed.

To further ensure maximum bandwidth and transfer speeds, the SiS755 integrates high performance HyperTransport(TM) compliant bus driver and technology with 8/16 links support to achieve a transfer bandwidth of up to 6.4GB/sec.

For more information, please visit www.sis.com.

Nov 20 - ATI Ships ALL-IN-WONDER 9700 PRO. ATI Technologies Inc. (Nasdaq:ATYT) (TSX:ATY) announced that the ALL-IN-WONDER(R) 9700 PRO is now shipping.

ATI's new flagship multimedia video card, ALL-IN-WONDER 9700 PRO is available for USD $449.00 and complements ALL-IN-WONDER(R) RADEON(TM) 8500DV at USD$199 and the value-priced ALL-IN-WONDER(R) RADEON(TM) 7500 at USD$149.

"The world's fastest video card, ALL-IN-WONDER 9700 PRO, combines the advantages of the world's best RADEON(TM) 9700 PRO and THEATER(TM) 200 chip technology with the newest version 8.0 of our long-standing and industry leading MULTIMEDIA CENTER software suite," said Rick Bergman, Senior Vice President, Marketing and General Manager, Desktop, ATI Technologies Inc.

"As the only product of its kind, ATI is proud to offer the ALL-IN-WONDER 9700 PRO as our newest and world's fastest graphics solution for the holiday season, an ideal gift for the astute computer user to enhance any home theater, study, work or play environment."

In addition to the amazing features the family of ALL-IN-WONDER products offer, ALL-IN-WONDER 9700 PRO provides an exceptional hardware and software bundle including:

-- REMOTE WONDER(TM) - Offers remote control via RF (radio
frequency) for instant easy access to all the multimedia
features (TV, video, DVD - and more) from any other room in
the house or office (requires USB - universal serial bus) -
thus providing a 30-foot User Interface in the palm of your
hand;

-- HDTV Component Video Adapter - Component Output (YPrPb)
enables unique support for a non-interlaced display in the
family room for DVD, personal video recording (PVR), gaming
and other Windows-based applications;

-- Pinnacle Studio 8 (ATI Version) - As a full-featured product
with additional ATI-based bonuses, Pinnacle Studio 8 SE
delivers powerful features for consumer video editing;

-- The Elder Scrolls III: Morrowind - Full version of the epic,
open-ended single-player game offers amazing visuals and uses
the latest shader technology to achieve high visual quality;

-- Gemstar's GuidePlus+ - An intelligent free integrated program
guide (North America only) allows user to view and search TV
listings by category, actor/performer, or date. Schedule and
record programs at the click of a mouse - all the benefits of
a PVR without the monthly fees; and,

-- MatchWare Mediator 7 - Enables the ability to combine text,
pictures, videos and sounds to build stunning presentations in
a few minutes plus create web sites with streaming video and
Flash(R) executables.

For more information, visit ATI at www.ati.com.

Nov 20 - HP Delivers New Compaq Notebooks with 16" Screens. HP (NYSE:HPQ) today introduced a new line of notebook PCs that offers customers the advantages and performance of a desktop PC combined with the mobile convenience of a notebook.
The Compaq Presario 3000 series delivers traditional desktop PC performance with the added feature of a large 16-inch display -- nearly the same viewable area as a 17-inch desktop monitor.

"Our customers were looking for a product combining powerful desktop performance with mobility," said Kevin Frost, vice president of worldwide notebook marketing, HP Personal Systems Group. "The Compaq Presario 3000 notebook PC features a stunning 16-inch display for full-screen viewing of many software programs, watching DVD movies and playing PC games while not taking up much desk-space -- all at a terrific value."

High-end Desktop Performance in a Notebook

Built to fit the lifestyle needs of customers, the Compaq Presario 3000 series notebook PC packs desktop-caliber features, including up to a 2.4 gigahertz Intel(R) Pentium(R) 4 processor and SiS M650 4X AGP graphics controller with 32 MB or 64 MB of shared video memory --all integrated into a mobile notebook-size design.

These features, usually confined to desktop PCs, are now available in a notebook PC weighing 8.09 lbs and 1.75-inches thin. The high-capacity 12-cell battery pack provides more than 3 hours of operation on battery mode.

The Compaq Presario 3000 series notebook PC enables users to enjoy excellent video performance as well as edit home photos and videos as a result of its 16-inch wide viewing angle SXGA display, IEEE-1394 digital video port and four USB 2.0 ports.

Offering high-end desktop performance in a notebook design, the Compaq Presario 3000 makes users' lives easier whether at work or play, at home or traveling. The notebook's 10/100 Ethernet LAN and 56-Kbps v.92 modem, plus its high-capacity lithium-ion battery, make staying connected faster and more convenient than ever.

The Compaq Presario 3000 series notebook PC is expected to be available in early December at an estimated U.S. retail price of $1,799. Detailed specifications and additional product and purchasing information is available at www.hpshopping.com.

Nov 20 - Panasonic Intoduces All-In-One DVD/CD Burning Solution. The DVD industry is on fire this 2002 holiday season and Panasonic just turned up the heat with the December availability of their Multi-format DVDBurner II.

Being spotlighted at this years COMDEX, Panasonic's DVD products continue to lead the DVD market with innovation and interoperability of the complete product line. The Panasonic branded DVDBurner II (LF-D521U), is the company's next-generation combination DVD/CD that takes the confusion out of buying a Recordable DVD drive - providing users the compatibility, ease of use and cutting edge technology that they have come to expect from Panasonic.

Meeting DVD Multi specifications, the new DVD drive builds on the success of Panasonic's currently available DVD-RAM/R DVDBurner by extending the drive's capabilities to include read/write support for all Recordable DVD formats approved by the DVD Forum and read/write support for CD-R/RW discs. Universal and affordable at $399, the DVDBurner II enters the hot DVD market as it continues to amaze industry watchers as the fastest growing electronics category in the market place.

"The availability of Panasonic's DVDBurner II will once again change the recordable DVD landscape," said Charles Vidal, Panasonic Product Manager, Panasonic Digital Imaging Solutions.
"By bridging CD and recordable DVD technologies, and computer and consumer electronics applications, this drive will help to propel the DVD market further by providing a single, cost-effective solution for home video, personal computing and business storage/archiving. With the new drive, users now have an all-in-one DVD/CD storage solution that provides the security of write-once, the flexibility of rewriteable, broad compatibility, and the ability to choose between 9.4GB, 5.2 GB, 4.7GB, 2.6GB or 650MB capacities."

When writing to a 4.7GB DVD-R General disc, the new drive achieves speeds of up to 2x, with DVD-R playback at max. 6x. Reasonably priced and readily available, the write-once DVD-R is considered the most compatible of all DVD formats. The discs can be played back by most of the DVD video players and DVD-ROM drives in use throughout the world today.

With huge storage capacity, reliable data management and rewritability up to 100,000 times. DVD-RAM discs are optimally suited for both the PC and consumer recorder applications and by bridging the consumer and PC worlds, expands the capabilities of recordable DVD. Because it is RAM based, DVD-RAM can offer features that no other rewritable DVD format can achieve. The disc's 2X write speed is equivalent to at least 18x CD rate.

Price, Availability
The Panasonic brand DVDBurner II drive (LF-D521U) will begin shipping in December, 2002 and, like the continuing DVD-RAM/R DVDBurner, will be available for resale at retail. The Panasonic brand DVD Burner II drive for retail sale will be priced at $399.

Visit Panasonic at www.panasonic.com.

Nov 20 - Fujitsu Debuts 2.3GB Removable Storage Drive. Fujitsu Computer Products of America, Inc. (FCPA), a leading provider of storage solutions, today unveiled its new 2.3GB magneto-optical (MO) removable storage product for the PC market -- the DynaMO 2300U2.
The DynaMO 2300U2, equipped with the Hi-Speed USB interface, is ideal for consumers and professionals who require durable, high-capacity, cost-effective external storage for intensive digital audio and video, data backup, and demanding desktop applications at less than a penny per megabyte.

The sleek new DynaMO 2300U2 is the external model of Fujitsu's already-popular 2.3GB capacity MO internal drive which is currently used for back up and archiving applications in desktop publishing, medical imaging, telecommunications, and government.
The DynaMO 2300U2 will be priced at $349 (US) and meets the 2.3GB capacity sweet spot in the removable storage landscape that has not been satisfied until today's product announcement. Additionally, Fujitsu 2.3GB media is priced at $20 (US) per disk, available in 5-packs. Overall, the 2.3GB DynaMO products offer consumers an alternative to magnetic storage solutions including Iomega(R) Zip(R) and Jaz(R) drives.

"The capacity improvement to 2.3GB significantly adds to the appeal of magneto-optical drives in the consumer PC market," said Wolfgang Schlichting, research manager, removable storage at IDC. "MO technology, which has its heritage in the industrial markets due to the technology's durability and long archival life, is now also targeted towards mainstream consumers and professionals who require the same durability for data intensive backup and archiving in professional creative, and business computing applications."

The new Hi-Speed USB interface, implemented on Fujitsu's new DynaMO 2300U2 drives, allows data transfer speeds up to 60 MB/sec -- 40 times faster than the data transfer using the USB 1.1 interface.

The new 2.3GB DynaMO 2300U2 drive is supported as a Hi-Speed USB device on systems enabled with Hi-Speed USB 2.0 running Win XP Home Edition and Win XP Professional.
In non-enabled systems, the DynaMO 2300U2 is supported as a Hi-Speed USB device in OS environments including Win XP, Win 2000, Win 98/98SE/ME, MacOS 9.1 -- Mac10.1.x by using third party Hi-Speed USB adaptor cards or as a Standard USB device without a third party adaptor. Note that third party adaptors provide OS drivers for Hi-Speed USB.

Additionally, the new drive is fully backward compatible with earlier versions of Fujitsu's 3.5" MO disks in 128MB, 230MB, 540MB, 640MB, and 1.3GB capacities.

Availability

The DynaMO 2300U2 will be available in December 2002. For interest in purchasing and for more information on Fujitsu's current line of MO drives and media, please visit Fujitsu's MO website at www.MOstorage.com.

Nov 20 - Ricoh Announces 4x DVD+RW/+R Drives. Ricoh Company, Ltd, a co-technology developer of the CD-RW and DVD+RW rewritable formats, announced its next generation DVD/CD writable drives and media products.

The new internal 4x speed DVD/CD drive boasts the highest DVD recording speed and allows 4.7GB of data to be burned onto a 4x DVD+R disc and a 4x DVD+RW disc in less than 15-minutes. Ricoh also announced its entry into the notebook computer market with an industry first low-powered, slim-line drive. Ricoh has scheduled to ship drives and media during 1Q of 2003.

"The new 4x internal DVD+RW/+R drive and 2.4x DVD+RW/+R notebook drive will support Mt. Rainier specifications of CD-RW/DVD+RW allowing users to write to DVD by using simple drag & drop operation with the next generation of Windows OS (Longhorn)," says Steve Van Vorst, Ricoh's U.S. National Sales and Marketing Manager.

"DVD+RW/+R format can meet demands of various applications from video recording to data storage. Especially with the DVD+RW Video Recording format (DVD+VR format), users can record video on a DVD+RW disk in real time and can add video or delete and edit video content retaining playback compatibility with almost all DVD movie players."

Today's computer and consumer electronics applications look to use one, cost-effective medium for home entertainment and PC applications. With Ricoh's core technology, DVD+RW/+R products bridge CD and DVD writing with the convergence of consumer video recording and business storage requirements. Computer users can customize and edit home movies from tape to DVD discs and then view them in nearly all DVD-ROM drive and DVD movie players.

Similarly, DVD+RW consumer recorders are available to record broadcasts that can be edited on a computer with a DVD+RW drive. As a result of the convergence, industry analysts expect writable DVD drive sales to surpass 30 million drives by 2005. Ricoh is the technology leader in the development of DVD+RW/+R technology for both the desktop and notebook computer market and continues to support the leading software vendors.

For more information about Ricoh DVD+RW, visit Ricoh's web site at www.ricoh-usa.com.

Nov 20 - Trend Micro Announces PC-cillin 2003. Trend Micro(TM), Inc. (Nasdaq:TMIC); (TSE:4704), a leader in network antivirus and Internet content security software and services, today announced PC-cillin(TM) 2003, the newest version of its award-winning consumer and SOHO security suite.

PC-cillin 2003 is a comprehensive security solution for Internet users, designed to secure them from malicious attacks when using email, instant messaging, or Web traffic whether they are on a dialup, wireless or broadband network. It combines advanced virus detection and cleaning with an integrated personal firewall.

PC-cillin 2003 leverages the same antivirus technology as Trend Micro's enterprise-class products, while keeping it easy and affordable for the home user. In addition to our dependable pattern based technology, Trend Micro's patented heuristic scanning technology defends users from new, unknown script-based threats based on their actions rather than how they are written. PC-cillin now comes with a trojan/worm cleaning capability to automatically remove these threats and repair the damage they leave behind. Fast, convenient and intuitive, PC-cillin 2003 remains easy for consumers and SOHO customers to install and operate.

"Trend Micro is pleased to offer our most complete consumer security package yet," said Alvin Graylin, Product Group Manager, Trend Micro." PC-cillin 2003 delivers cutting-edge antivirus and firewall technologies in an integrated easy-to-use solution. It's an ideal security choice for home users, students, and small businesses -- in fact, anyone using a PC, Laptop or PDA."

Key Benefits:

-- Advance Outbreak Alert PC-cillin 2003's
industry-first advance warning service uses
the research and knowledge of TrendLabs(TM), Trend Micro's
global network of antivirus and support centers, to inform
users of new virus outbreaks. Users can then obtain the latest
virus pattern file to protect themselves before viruses get to
their PC.

-- Wireless Internet Protection
While it's very convenient to be able to surf the Web from any
location with a wireless connection, downloading files can be
potentially dangerous. With PC-cillin 2003, users can boost
protection and secure their PCs with a single click, stopping
viruses from entering or being passed on to other users.

-- Enhanced Email Security
More than 87% of virus threats are received through email.
PC-cillin 2003 scans messages and attachments retrieved from
POP3 mail servers and attachments from Web mail servers,
offering protection from the largest source of viruses.

-- Integrated Personal Firewall
Always-on and rapid download benefits of broadband Internet
connections bring an increased threat of hacker attacks. With
PC-cillin 2003, users can choose xDSL, cable, or satellite
connectivity and utilize personal firewall's "smart"
technology that allows for deeper virus detecting scans of
email.

-- Toll-free support
PC-cillin 2003 users receive toll-free technical support by
phone during business hours, and by email 24 hours a day.
Trend Micro is the only comprehensive solution provider to
offer this service for their consumer and SOHO customers.

Pricing and Availability

Trend Micro's PC-cillin 2003 will be available later this week for download at the Trend Micro website, www.trendmicro.com at a price of $49.95.

Nov 19 - HP Introduces New IPAQ Handhelds. HP (NYSE:HPQ) today expanded the world's No. 1 selling Pocket PC family by announcing the thinnest and lightest Pocket PC ever -- the HP iPAQ Pocket PC h1910 -- priced at only $299.
In addition, the company introduced the HP iPAQ Pocket PC h5450 -- the industry's first handheld to integrate biometrics security, wireless LAN network access (802.11b) and Bluetooth wireless capability.

"HP continues to drive the future of computing with innovative handhelds that connect people and businesses with their critical information," said Alex Gruzen, senior vice president and general manager, HP Mobile Computing Global Business Unit. "With the introduction of the thin and light iPAQ Pocket PC h1910 and the wireless iPAQ Pocket PC h5450 with enhanced security, we continue to drive industry-leading innovation with industry-leading value."

Thinnest and Lightest Pocket PC on the Market

The award-winning iPAQ Pocket PC h1910 is designed for the individual on the go, offering an ideal combination of features and distinctive design to fit an active lifestyle.

The thinnest and lightest Pocket PC on the market, the device features the same legendary screen technology as the HP iPAQ Pocket PC h3900 series and the new h5450. This transflective liquid crystal display combines the rich color saturation and high contrast of a backlit TFT display, while maintaining the ability to view the screen outdoors in bright sunlight.

The iPAQ h1910 has 64 MB RAM, a secure digital (SD) expansion slot for additional storage, a removable slim battery and a synchronization cable. This model is powered by Microsoft(R) Windows(R) for Pocket PC 2002 and the 200-MHz Intel(R) X-Scale PXA250 applications processor for accelerated multimedia and security. This model is available in the United States and has an estimated street price of $299.

A variety of optional accessories are available, including a USB cradle with an extra battery slot for charging, extra styli, a spare lithium-ion slim battery and auto adapter.

Versatile Wireless iPAQ Pocket PC with Enhanced Security

Designed for the mobile professional, the feature-rich HP iPAQ Pocket PC h5450 is a versatile wireless device with enhanced security. This robust model offers a true "office in your pocket" and is the industry's first handheld to integrate biometrics security, wireless LAN and Bluetooth.

A thermal biometric fingerprint reader helps to ensure that critical data is protected from unauthorized access. The fingerprint registration process authenticates the owner's unique fingerprint, allowing access with a simple fingerprint swipe. Users also are given the option to combine this with a PIN and/or password.

Through high-speed wireless LAN networks, the HP iPAQ Pocket PC h5450 allows access to information when connected to a corporate network or wireless "hotspot," making it an ideal component of any mobile business solution. The iPAQ h5450 also can connect to a Bluetooth phone to access remote data while waiting for a flight, meeting with customers or sitting in a hotel.

Continuing HP's leadership in providing the best handheld display technology, the iPAQ h5450 incorporates a dazzling transflective display. The device also includes a secure digital input/output (SDIO) expansion slot, removable slim battery (1250mAh,) 64 MB of RAM and up to 20 MB of iPAQ File Store (non-volatile flash storage).

This model is powered by Microsoft Windows for Pocket PC 2002 and a 400-MHz Intel X-Scale PXA250 processor for accelerated multimedia and security. The estimated street price is $699.

Visit HP iPAQ Pocket PC Solutions Catalog Web site at www.hp.com/go/ipaqsolutions.

Nov 19 - NETGEAR Announces Full Line Of 54 Mbps 2.4 GHz Wireless Products. NETGEAR Inc., a worldwide provider of easy-to-use, high performance networking products, today announced the launch of a full line of 54Mbps 2.4 GHz wireless products, including a PC Card, Access Point and Router, with projected availability in the first quarter of 2003.

This next generation wireless technology is based on the 802.11g draft specification and delivers faster speeds while protecting customer investment in existing wireless networks.

With speeds of 54Mbps, NETGEAR's new wireless product line delivers faster performance than other existing wireless technology in the 2.4 GHz frequency range, while maintaining backward compatibility with all other standards-based products in that spectrum NETGEAR's new line also delivers next generation wireless security with the deployment of Wi-Fi Protected Access (WPA), Advanced Encryption Standard (AES) and Temporal Key Integrity Protocol (TKIP).

"Now that customers have gotten a taste of the freedom and mobility of wireless networking, they are seeking faster speeds and greater security, but do not want to lose their investment in their existing wireless equipment," explained Patrick Lo, CEO and chairman of the board of directors of NETGEAR. "NETGEAR is at the forefront of the next generation of wireless networking with the launch of the first line of 54Mbps 2.4Ghz wireless products that meets these customer needs."

Backed by an industry leading three-year warranty and 24/7 technical support, the NETGEAR line of 54Mbps 2.4GHz wireless products including a PC Card, Access Point, and Router are projected to be available in the first quarter of 2003, via retailers, commercial resellers, direct marketers and e-commerce sites.

For more information visit the company's Web site at www.netgear.com.

Nov 19 - Panasonic Unveils New e-wear(TM) Multimedia A/V Recorder. Panasonic's e-wear™ 4-in-1 SD A/V recorder combines a digital video recorder, digital still camera, digital audio player and digital voice recorder in one pocket-sized package.

The tiny SV-AV10 utilizes SD technology the compact, high-capacity storage medium developed for audio, video and computer applications to record multiple media using just one format. Audio and video recorded on the unit and saved on the removable SD Memory Card can be downloaded to a PC to store, edit and e-mail. Once the files are saved to a PC, the SD Memory Card can be used again and again. The SV-AV10 includes a USB SD reader/writer.

The SV-AV10 can record approximately 30 minutes of MPEG-4 video, or about 880 JPEG images, in the standard mode (QCIF, 200kps) on an included 64MB SD Memory Card. It can also play back MP3 and AAC audio, and functions as a voice recorder as well. It has a built-in flash for snapping digital photos.

Still images and video can be viewed on its flip-out, 2-inch LCD screen. Incredibly, the unit's footprint is smaller than a business card. Weighing less than 3.5 ounces (without battery), this unique device is always ready-to-wear and primed to party. The SV-AV10 e-wear™ 4-in-1 SD A/V recorder has a manufacturer's suggested retail price of $399.95. It is available in silver, red and blue.

To print out digital photos on the spot, Panasonic also offers the SV-P10 e-wear portable printer. This mini color thermal printer measures 1.18"H x 3.35" W x 2.68" D and weighs just 6.5 ounces (without battery). It prints out JPEG and TIFF images at 203dpi with 256 color gradations, onto 2.7" x 1.5" sheets.
Each sheet takes about one minute to print. Users can put a single photo or 4 photos on one sheet. On a full battery charge the SV-P10 can print about 45 sheets. The SD-compatible SV-P10 printer has a built-in USB terminal and includes an AC adaptor and power cord, rechargeable battery pack (Lithium-ion battery) and carrying pouch. It has a manufacturer's suggested retail price of $199.95.

Visit Panasonic at www.panasonic.com.

Nov 19 - Minolta Introduces 5 Megapixel DiMAGE 7Hi Digital Camera. Minolta Corporation expands its digital camera line with the introduction of the new sleek and stylish Single Lens-Reflex (SLR)-type Minolta DiMAGE 7Hi. Based on the award-winning DiMAGE 7 and incorporating improved features from its sister model - the top-of-the-line DiMAGE 7i - the new DiMAGE 7Hi has been further enhanced with features such as a built-in flash synchronization terminal making it a versatile digital imaging tool in the studio and on location, as well as everyday use.

With a 5-megapixel resolution, 7x optical, 2x digital zoom lens and superior GT Lens technology, the DiMAGE 7Hi is a complete digital imaging center that can control all the essential elements for high-quality photography: sharpness, exposure, contrast, color, and saturation. With 12-bit A/D conversion and Minolta's image-processing technology, CxProcess, what you see will be what you get. In addition, image quality choices have been improved with the inclusion of a new extra-fine image setting.

"With the introduction of the new DiMAGE 7Hi, Minolta makes it easier and more affordable to bring digital imaging into the studio," said Jon Sienkiewicz, vice president of marketing, Minolta Corporation's Consumer Products Group. "Differing from its sister model, the DiMAGE 7i, this new camera's built-in flash synchronization terminal and extra-fine image setting are sure to please the professional level photographer as well as advanced amateurs looking for the best digital photography has to offer. Building on the success of the award-wining DiMAGE 7 series of digital cameras Minolta is proud to now offer a broad line of high quality digital cameras each designed for different applications and different users."

The new DiMAGE 7Hi features a 2/3 inch-type CCD image sensor with 5-megapixel effective resolution. The camera incorporates a 7x zoom apochromatic Minolta GT LENS with two anomalous dispersion (AD) glass elements for color accuracy and dual aspherical elements which, combined with a 2x digital zoom, provides a compact lens design with a wide image capture range. The optical zoom lens range is 7.2mm - 50.8mm (equivalent to 28mm -200mm in 35mm).

The Minolta DiMAGE 7Hi features a 3-point wide AF system for fast, accurate focusing, a Flex Focus Point for precise control over the focusing area and a Direct Manual Focus (DMF) to make instant adjustments to the autofocus.

Just like the DiMAGE 7i, the DiMAGE 7Hi's AF system is almost twice as fast the original DiMAGE 7, and the capturing interval has been reduced to make a more responsive camera. In the program and aperture-priority exposure modes, the shutter speed tops out at 1/4000 second. The new high-speed continuous-advance drive mode allows successive images to be captured at approximately 3 frames per second even with high-quality TIFF and RAW images. UHS (Ultra High Speed) continuous-advance can capture approximately 7 frames a second to compete with most professional film cameras.

The DiMAGE 7Hi features three image-quality settings - extra fine, fine, and standard - to produce JPEG files with varying degrees of image compression. To preserve all the detail in an image with no compression, the super-fine setting creates a high-quality TIFF file and the RAW setting creates a Minolta RAW data file. This RAW data can be opened in the supplied DiMAGE Viewer software and saved with an 8-bit or 16-bit color depth.

A new built-in flash sync terminal allows the DiMAGE 7Hi to be connected to professional studio and location flash systems. Simply plug the flash's PC cord into the terminal. Designed for center-negative and center-positive polarities, the camera is compatible with most studio and location lighting systems.

The DiMAGE 7Hi can record high-quality 16-bit audio with still and moving images. Along with standard QVGA digital movies, three new movie functions allow greater creative freedom.

The Minolta DiMAGE 7Hi and DiMAGE 7i will be available side-by-side at retail at differing price points. The DiMAGE 7Hi is available now with an estimated street price of $1,299.

For more information, visit Minolta's Web site located at www.minoltausa.com.

Nov 19 - Consumers Will Spark 200% Rise in Recordable DVD Sales in 2003. Recordable DVD drives, media and applications will experience dramatic growth next year and through at least 2006, Jon Peddie, president of Jon Peddie Research, told attendees of the Recordable DVD Council (RDVC) ISV meeting here today.

Speaking to more than 100 executives from hardware, software and solutions firms prior to the beginning of COMDEX, he emphasized that sophisticated consumers and digital Darwinism or the laws of nature should guide firm's product plans, not bold new experiments.

"When the computer industry stalled this year, IT manufacturers and suppliers finally told the marketplace that the majority of technology they bought to do everything was actually too complicated, too impractical and too expensive," he said. "Many in the industry are now approaching video and DVD with the same philosophy saying they will succeed by delivering the all-in-one box that incorporates TV, DVD, MP3, PVR, game console, home RF and more.

"These new life forms will appear and disappear because they are based on what the company can do, rather than on what the consumer wants," he emphasized.

Peddie, a leading digital media market researcher and consultant, pointed out that people are buying digital cameras and camcorders because they want to preserve memories, share them later with others and simply for pure enjoyment. "Photography is an almost universal pursuit," he said. "Regardless of a person's life stage, education or profession, they like to create their own video content and share it. This will provide the momentum for triple-digit sales at least through 2006 for cameras, camcorders, DVD writers and creation software."

During his presentation, Peddie said DVD Forum-standard DVD drives had overcome the price and compatibility hurdles to stimulate consumer demand. He pointed out that multifunction drives - supporting DVD-R, -RW and/or -RAM as well as CD-R/RW - have street prices as low as $249 and write-once media can be purchased for as little as $.60 a disc. In addition, the new DVD recorders that incorporate both a hard drive and DVD drive are priced under $500, making them affordable for people to capture, edit and watch television programs on their own terms.

For more information on Jon Peddie Research visit www.jonpeddie.com.

Nov 18 - Dell Offers Customers New 3.06GHz Processor. Dell (Nasdaq:DELL) today announced availability of the Intel(R) Pentium(R) 4 processor running at 3.06GHz on select Dimension(tm) and OptiPlex(tm) desktop computers, and Dell Precision(tm) workstations.

Customers can purchase systems with a 3.06GHz processor utilizing Hyper-Threading (HT) Technology, which can enable customers to do more tasks in less time. The technology makes more efficient use of processing power by utilizing moments of idle cycles that allow for the processor to work on more than one request simultaneously.

Consumers using the HT-enabled Dimension 8250 system can expect better overall performance when running multiple computing tasks. For example, a customer can now convert a video clip from one format to another while watching a DVD without interruption, or edit digital photographs while adding to their digital music collection. Users can convert their CD collection to a digital format while enjoying a CPU-intensive game without sacrificing frame rate. Finally, a small business can convert a document to PDF format while running a virus scan in the background.

"We believe consumers who demand high-performance will find our Dimension desktops with Hyper-Threading Technology appealing," said Mark Vena, director of Dimension product marketing. "The systems offer the fast 3D graphic cards, 4X DVD writeable drives, and hard drives that can provide more than 200GB of storage. We're working every day to make better computing power available to our customers at the best value, and to help keep Dimension the preferred brand for performance."

Workstation professionals using the Dell Precision 350 will likewise see performance benefits of HT Technology. Digital content creators can render more animations in less time, and video editors can see a performance increase in transitions and other complex visual effects.

Corporate desktop customers can order 3.06GHz models of the OptiPlex GX260 and SX260.

Pricing and Specifications

A typical Dimension 8250 desktop configuration includes an Intel Pentium 4 Processor with HT Technology at 3.06GHz, 512MB PC1066 RDRAM, 200GB hard drive, ATI's Radeon 9700 PRO graphics card, 4X DVD+RW drive, a one-year limited warranty with next-business-day onsite service, Windows(R) XP Home, and a Dell UltraSharp(tm) 18-inch flat panel monitor for $2,999.

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

Nov 18 - MicronPC Introduces New Millennia 910 Dream Machines. MicronPC, a Gores Technology Group company, today introduced its high-performance Millennia 910i and 910a, new additions to its Millennia desktop product line targeted at consumers and small businesses.

The Millennia 910i features an Intel(R) Pentium(R) 4 processor running at 3.06GHz with Hyper-Threading technology, providing exceptional performance and capability.

The Millennia 910a is one of the very first computer systems to offer the new AMD(R) Athlon(TM) XP 2800+ with the nVidia(R) nForce(TM) 2 Chipset. These components merge superior memory, graphics and audio technology, and provide cutting-edge performance, headroom and multimedia capability.

As members of MicronPC's flagship Millennia desktop product line, both the 910i and 910a are available in the Professional, Creative Studio and Xtreme Series.
The Millennia Professional systems are designed for the business professional and come bundled with today's most popular office software such as Microsoft(R) Office(R).
The Creative Studio series is geared towards users who want to create professionally styled digital media, and therefore includes software such as Pinnacle Studio Version 8, the total video-editing solution.
Finally, the Xtreme systems offer a powerful foundation for high-end gamers interested in building their own unique configurations.

"MicronPC offers customers a choice of desktops to meet their individual needs," said Paul Petersen, MicronPC vice president of product marketing and development. "The Millennia 910i, designed for small office/home office users, increases value and performance by offering the latest Pentium 4 processor at a competitive price. The Millennia 910a is sure to please the most demanding of gaming enthusiasts with the ultra-fast Athlon XP processor and nVidia nForce chipset, unleashing blistering system performance."

About the Millennia 910i

The Millennia 910i features the new Intel 845PE Chipset, Intel Pentium 4 Processor with 533MHz FSB and Hyper-Threading technology, integrated high-speed USB 2.0 and Firewire, as well as PC2700 DDR SDRAM.

About the Millennia 910a

The Millennia 910a features the NVIDIA nForce2 Chipset, the latest AMD Athlon(TM) processors, PC2700 DDR SDRAM, and Integrated Dolby Digital 5.1 Audio.

Both systems are offered at $1999. The Millennia 910i and 910a are available for order directly from MicronPC at: www.micronpc.com.

Nov 18 - Panasonic Unveils Light 2.2 lb. Toughbook. Panasonic Computer Solutions Company, the leading provider of ruggedized portable computers, today announced the release of the 2.2-pound Toughbook CF-R1 sub-notebook, the most durable, power efficient and technologically advanced computer in its class.

The Intel 800MHz SpeedStep Mobile Pentium III CPU-powered, 9.4" x 7.2" x 0.93" (WLH), R1 features new thin-screen LCD technology for increased brightness, reduced weight and decreased power consumption, a 20GB low-power, shock-mounted hard drive, and a revolutionary dimpled-magnesium case that dramatically reduces clamshell weight and bulk while providing a full measure of impact protection.

Panasonic Computer Solutions Company president Rance Poehler described the new model as a natural evolution of the Toughbook line. "Make no mistake, the CF-R1 is a fully pedigreed Toughbook from its cast-magnesium case, to its shock-mounted hard drive, to its armored screen-mounting system," Poehler says. "We've always offered a full slate of state-of-the-art portable computers ranging from fully ruggedized MIL STD tested laptops to semi-ruggedized slimline notebooks. The R1 is a reaffirmation of our commitment to offer our customers a one-stop portable-computer solution.

"With the R1 we have created a high-performance, damage-resistant, 2.2-pound, aircraft-tray-table-friendly computer that the chiefs of all those police departments-as well as top managers among our non-law-enforcement clients--can slip into an attaché case and carry to budget meetings, legislative hearings, and conventions."

Damage-Aversion Chassis Construction Decreases Weight And Bulk

The Toughbook CF-R1 has been engineered from the ground up to minimize weight and bulk without sacrificing durability and performance. Its ultra-thin dimpled-magnesium alloy case is-inch per inch--40 percent lighter than previous Toughbook clamshells while providing the best impact protection in its class. A bonnet-shaped, convex rear screen case and reinforced metal screen-case edges provide additional impact protect for the shock-dampened LCD and a stainless-steel clamshell hinge ensures a tight, secure case closure over thousands of use cycles.

New LCD Technology: Brighter, Lighter, Less Power Hungry

The R1's anti-reflection-coated 10.4-inch XGA active-matrix LCD uses thin-screen (0.4mm glass) construction that is 25 percent lighter than previous units. A newly designed ultra power-efficient backlight and the decrease in light absorption afforded by the thinner glass produces an appreciable increase in perceived brightness. The LCD panel is protected from impact by a floating mounting system and shock damper. Maximum resolution supported by the unit's Silicon Motion Lynx 3DM graphic card and 4MB of VRAM is 1024 x 768 pixels at 16M colors.

Optimized Battery Technology And "Green" Peripherals Maximize Runtimes

A newly developed four-cell high-capacity 2200mA/h lithium-ion battery pack offers 10 percent more power output in a lighter package than previous Toughbook six-cell units.

Contributing to the R1's outstanding runtime of up to six hours are a low-voltage (3.3) 20GB UDMA hard drive, a fanless cooling system, an ultra-low-voltage (0.95V) Intel Speedstep CPU, Panasonic's re-designed screen-backlight system and an advanced APM Rev. 1.2 power-management system.

Pricing and Configuration

CF-R1P82ZVQM- Intel Speedstep 800MHz ultra-low voltage Mobile Pentium III, 10.4" XGA TFT Active Matrix Display, 20GB HDD, 128MB RAM, 56K-100BASE-TX/10 BASE-T combo modem. Estimated Street Price: $1,850

Information on Panasonic's full line of notebook PCs for the mobile professional can be obtained by calling at www.panasonic.com/toughbook.

Nov 18 - U.S. Online Shoppers Will Spend an Average $235 for Holiday Internet Purchases. U.S. consumers planning to buy gifts over the Internet expect to spend an average of $235 for online shopping this holiday season, according to a survey by GartnerG2 a research service of Gartner, Inc. (NYSE: IT and ITB). Online spending by those consumers will account for more than a quarter of the total $800 they plan to spend on gifts.

In September 2002, GartnerG2 surveyed 1,317 adults in the United States by telephone to gauge their spending intentions this holiday season. According to the survey, 98 percent of consumers who bought holiday gifts online in 2001 plan to do so in 2002.

"Convenience factors are the primary motivators for overall online buying," said David Schehr, research director for GartnerG2. "During the holidays, convenience is even more important to consumers. Saving time and effort in gift-buying activities was cited by consumers as the No. 1 reason why they opt to go online for a portion of their gift purchasing."

According to the survey, 58 percent of consumers planning to buy gifts online considered as very important the ability to find what they wanted in a catalog and then order it via the Web.

"As call center order operations begin to get backed up with the pre-holiday traffic, an important option for retailers is to provide online service and communicate to consumers," said Schehr.

While factors such as shopping any time of the day or night and avoiding crowds and long lines at stores were cited as motivating factors for consumers to shop online, consumers cited having gifts sent directly to recipients and finding gift suggestions and guides online as the least important factors driving online shopping habits.

"So retailers emphasizing the online channel this holiday season should continue to focus marketing messages and site design toward making the buying experience as fast and easy as possible," Schehr said.

Worldwide online holiday sales in 2002 are projected to total $38.2 billion, a 48.4 percent increase from 2001. North America consumers are expected to spend $15.7 billion online.

GartnerG2 is a research service from Gartner that helps business strategists guide and grow their businesses. For more information on the report and about GartnerG2 services, please visit www.gartnerG2.com.

Nov 18 - Panasonic Ships Its First Combination DVD / Hard Disk Recorder. Panasonic has announced a manufacturer's suggested retail price (MSRP) of $999.95 for its first combination DVD/hard disk recorder. The product couples a DVD-RAM and DVD-R* recorder with a built-in hard drive, providing great flexibility and compatibility. Model DMR-HS2 allows the consumer to enjoy such unique features as Time Slip , Chasing Playback and the ease of recording images from a digital video camera via a DV input, as well as a PC card slot for use with memory cards. Panasonic began shipping the product to retailers in early October.

The DMR-HS2 can record a maximum of 52 hours (in the EP mode) of video on its 40 GB hard disk drive, 12 hours on a 9.4GB double-sided DVD-RAM disc, and 6 hours on a DVD-R disc.
With the Panasonic DMR-HS2 DVD recorder, consumers can watch what they want, when they want. Panasonic's Time Slip and Chasing Playback features allows users to watch a show in progress that's being recorded, right from the beginning, while the show continues to record to the end. The unit can also be programmed to automatically record their favorite television shows every day or every week onto the hard disk.

In addition to recording new video content, the DMR-HS2 provides a new medium for transferring VHS tape recordings to space-saving DVD-RAM or DVD-R* disks or the internal hard drive.

DVD-RAM offers high storage capacity on removable media, high-speed data transmission, exceptional picture and sound quality, fast, random access memory and rewritability up to 100,000 times. The versatile DMR-HS2 also allows users to record onto highly compatible DVD-R disks, allowing them to share video recordings with virtually anyone with a DVD player.
In addition, a built-in standard PC card slot enables users to download and save digital images from an SD Memory Card, MultiMedia Card, Compact Flash, Smart Media and other flash memory cards.

For the ultimate home theater experience, the DMR-HS2 features progressive scan, delivering optimum picture quality when viewing a DVD movie. Panasonic can be found online at www.panasonic.com.

Nov 17 - Sunday Shopping Watch.

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

Weekly Comparison. Prices were generally the as last week.

Laptops - Low-end and high-end laptops prices were about the same as last week.

Desktops - Stores were again advertising 1.4 GHz Celeron systems, however we are no longer including these systems in our pricing reviews as we believe they are obsolete. Prices on 1.7 GHz Celerons were much higher.
Pentium 4 desktop prices were about the same as last week's. No new Media Center PCs, that run Windows XP Media Center, were advertised this week.
More AMD desktops were advertised this week, but processor speeds were no greater than 2200+..

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

Best Buy is offering 6 months of free MSN with any computer purchase. They also have 24 month no-interest financing on all laptops and on all Pentium 4 desktop packages.
Circuit City is offering 12 month no-interest financing and $100 instant gift cards with all Pentium 4 processor desktop packages and all Intel Pentium processor laptop purchases.
Office Depot has 6 months no payments, no interest financing for new computer purchases over $298. Also, they are now offering Alienware build-your-computers like Best Buy.
CompUSA is giving 12 month no interest financing for desktop complete systems $749 and higher. They are also offering $100 mail in rebates on Sony and Toshiba laptops.
Staples is offering 12 month no interest financing for complete desktop systems and laptops.
Compare to Online Prices - Compare the Sunday ad prices to those being offered at DealTime, it searches over 160 online computer stores.

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

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

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

Best Sunday Ad Deals
Category
Product Description
Price* (see above)
Prices up or Down this Week
Store
Best Celeron Deal
HP 1.7 GHz complete system
$749
-$80
Circuit City, CompUSA
Best Low-cost Pentium 4
Compaq 2.0 GHz complete system
$1049
-
Circuit City
Best High-end Pentium 4 System
Sony 2.4 GHz complete system
$1199
-
Best Buy, Circuit City
Best High-end Pentium 4 System
HP 2.53 GHz complete system with DVD+RW
$1549
-
CompUSA, Circuit City
Best Windows XP Media Center
None Advertised
Best Low-cost Athlon XP System
Compaq 2000+ complete system
$879
CompUSA, Circuit City
Best High-end Athlon XP System
HP 2200+ complete system
$1099
-
Best Buy
1. Best Low-cost Notebook
Compaq Athlon XP 1400+ with DVD
$949
-
CompUSA
2. Best Low-cost Notebook
Toshiba Celeron 1.8 GHz with DVD/CD-RW
$1199
-
CompUSA
2. Best Low-cost Notebook
Sony Athlon XP 1600+ with DVD/CD-RW
$1199
-
Best Buy
Best High-end Notebook
Toshiba Pentium 4-M 2.0 GHz with DVD/CD-RW
$1599
+$100
Office Depot
Best High-end Notebook
Sony Pentium 4-M 2.4 GHz with DVD/CD-RW
$1899
-
CompUSA
Peripherals
Best Sunday Deal
ATI Radeon 9000 Pro
$129
(after rebates)
Best Buy
Best Sunday Deal
Maxtor 40 GB 7200 RPM Hard Drive

$49
(after rebates)

-
Best Buy
Best Sunday Deal
Sony 48X CD -RW
$69
(after rebates)
-
CompUSA
Best Sunday Deal
Verto 64 MB GeForce 4 Ti4200
$129
(after rebates)
-
CompUSA
Best Sunday Deal
Verto 128 MB GeForce 4 Ti4400
$229
(after rebates)
-
CompUSA

 

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

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

Nov 15 - Intel Delivers 3 GHz Hyper-Threading Pentium® 4 Processor. Intel Corporation today introduced its innovative Hyper-Threading (HT) Technology for the new Intel® Pentium® 4 processor at 3.06 GHz. HT Technology enables a new class of high-performance desktop PCs that can work quickly among several computing applications at the same time, or provide extra performance for individual software programs that are multithreaded. HT Technology can boost PC performance by up to 25 percent.

In addition to bringing HT Technology to desktop PC users, Intel reached a PC milestone in launching the Pentium 4 processor at 3.06 GHz. This is the first commercial microprocessor to operate at 3 billion cycles-per-second and is made possible by using the industry's most advanced 0.13-micron manufacturing technology. The Pentium 4 processor is the world's highest performance desktop microprocessor.

"Just as people multitask to get more done, we expect our PCs to do the same," said Louis Burns, vice president and general manager of Intel's Desktop Platforms Group. "Hyper-Threading Technology is a breakthrough computing innovation that helps consumers and business people accomplish more in less time."

More than 75 percent of computer users say they multitask at least occasionally or frequently on their computers, according to a recent survey sponsored by Intel. The survey, fielded by Harris Interactive, also revealed that playing a PC game while burning a CD is the most popular multitasking combination. Nearly 50 percent of people owning a PC that is three or more years old said they do not trust their older computers to handle more than one high-powered task at a time.

PCs supporting HT Technology and based on the Pentium 4 processor at 3.06 GHz are available immediately from leading computer makers worldwide. Computer shoppers can identify these PCs by the "HT" insignia on the Pentium 4 processor logo.

What is Hyper-Threading Technology?

HT Technology brings increased performance to computer users in two ways: using multithreaded software or using software in a multitasking environment. Software applications that have been written to use multiple pieces of code called "threads" view the Pentium 4 processor at 3.06 GHz with HT Technology as two processors. HT Technology allows the processor to work on two separate threads at the same time rather than one at a time. In addition, applications can benefit in a multitasking environment - operating two or more different software programs at the same time - when run under operating systems such as Windows XP or Linux. Both ways add up to extra performance and less waiting for the computer user.

Helps Consumers With Digital Video and Audio Editing

The latest high-performance PCs allow for powerful digital creativity, fast online gaming and flexible multitasking. Pentium 4 processor based-systems using HT Technology can remain responsive to the touch while processing tasks in the background. For example, end users can play a realistic PC game while transferring a family photo album onto a DVD, or burn a music CD while editing home movies. Mixing music and editing video at the same time is 21 percent faster with this new technology vs. a 3.06 GHz Pentium 4 processor-based system without HT Technology.

Lets Business Users Get More Done

Systems based on the new Pentium 4 processor at 3.06 GHz increase business computing efficiency and boost productivity. HT Technology provides IT managers the opportunity to increase infrastructure efficiency and security with new services while minimizing disruption for end users. Background applications such as continuous virus scanning, encryption, or compression can be run simultaneously without loss of responsiveness. For example, compressing an Outlook* folder while running WinZip* saw a 35 percent performance boost with HT Technology enabled. Adobe Photoshop* can run 21 percent faster while running a McAfee* virus scan.

Pricing, Performance, and Availability

The Pentium 4 processor at 3.06 GHz delivers the world's highest Microsoft Windows desktop processor performance as measured by SPEC CPU 2000 with a SPECint_base2000 score of 1099 and a SPECfp_base2000 score of 1077. Further performance increases can be gained using threaded software or in specific multitasking usage scenarios. For more information, please go to www.intel.com/performance.

Systems based on the Pentium 4 processor at 3.06 GHz supporting HT Technology are available now. Intel is also shipping boxed Intel Pentium 4 processors up to 3.06 GHz to Intel authorized distributors for system integrators worldwide.

Pricing for the Pentium 4 processor at 3.06 GHz is $637 in 1000-unit quantities. Additional information about Intel is available at www.intel.com.

Nov 15 - AMD Announces Reduction in Work Force. AMD (NYSE: AMD) today announced that it will reduce its global work force by approximately 2,000 positions, or approximately 15 percent, by the end of the second quarter of 2003. Today’s announcement is part of the company’s ongoing strategy to reduce its breakeven point and reduce expenses by $350 million in 2003. Approximately 1,000 affected employees were notified today. As previously announced, the company will take a restructuring charge in the fourth quarter of several hundred million dollars.

Today’s reduction in work force was implemented across AMD operations in the United States, Europe and Asia.

“Our success is predicated upon a sound financial base,” said AMD President and CEO Hector Ruiz. “As part of our ongoing strategy, we are taking decisive measures to reduce operating and capital expenditures. One of those measures is a reduction in work force. While painful and unfortunate, today’s action will help to position AMD so that we can take full advantage of the eventual market recovery.

"Over the next 180 days, we are unleashing a number of intensely competitive products and solutions to the marketplace that will enable us to compete in segments of the market where we have not yet been before. In essence, we are confident that we are taking the steps needed to solidify our financial position while extending our competitive reach across broad segments of the market.”

For more AMD news and product information, visit www.amd.com.

Nov 15 - AMD Introduces New Mobile Athlon™ XP Processor 2200+. AMD today introduced the high-performance mobile AMD Athlon™ XP processor 2200+. Featuring AMD PowerNow!™ technology, the new AMD mobile processor gives business and home consumers a balanced combination of performance and mobility to boost productivity for notebook PC users.

Delivering true performance and extended battery life for an enhanced computing experience, the mobile AMD Athlon XP processor 2200+ is immediately available in notebook PCs from Fujitsu Siemens Computers in Europe. Epson Direct and Time Computers are expected to offer notebook PCs featuring the mobile AMD Athlon XP processor later this month.

“AMD is relentless in its commitment to deliver what’s right for the customer,” said Ed Ellett, vice president of Client Business for AMD. “The mobile AMD Athlon XP processor 2200+ is designed with notebook PC customers in mind to offer high levels of performance and productivity at home, on a flight or a client’s conference room. The new mobile processor also provides choice for customers, delivering an uncompromised notebook platform.”

The mobile AMD Athlon XP processor with 3DNow!™ Professional technology, combined with a notebook featuring DDR memory technology, delivers compelling performance gains on memory-intensive applications such as office productivity, gaming and Internet content creation. With QuantiSpeed™ architecture, the mobile AMD Athlon XP processor 2200+ also enables extreme performance for the Microsoft® Windows® XP operating system.

“Fujitsu Siemens’ consumer notebook PCs powered by AMD Athlon XP processors continue to showcase leading-edge technology,” said Peter Esser, executive vice president, Volume Products at Fujitsu Siemens Computers. “Mobile AMD Athlon XP processors offer high-performance notebook computing and are consistent with Fujitsu Siemens’ product offerings that provide our customers at work, home or school with the ultimate mobile experience.”

Availability

Notebook PCs based on the mobile AMD Athlon XP processor 2200+ are immediately available in Europe from Fujitsu Siemens Computers in its AMILO A-x600 series. Additional computer manufacturers, including Epson Direct in Japan and Time Computers in the United Kingdom, are expected to feature systems based on the new mobile AMD Athlon XP processor later this month.

Pricing

The new mobile AMD Athlon XP processor 2200+ is priced at $186, in 1,000-unit quantities. For more AMD news and product information, visit www.amd.com.

Nov 15 - Survey Shows Steady Increase of Broadband Access in U.S. Households. Twenty-eight percent of U.S. online households connect to the Internet via a broadband connection, according to a survey by Dataquest Inc., a unit of Gartner, Inc. (NYSE: IT and ITB).

During a 28-month survey period, the rate of broadband Internet use in the United States has nearly tripled, experiencing a 9 percent average monthly growth rate. Survey results also indicate that the number of U.S. households accessing the Internet via either broadband or dial-up grew at a 1 percent monthly average during the study period.

These findings were obtained from two specific Gartner Dataquest surveys of U.S. households, spanning a 28-month period from February 2000 to June 2002. From the two surveys, 45,000 U.S. households responded via mail-based panel interviews. These households were surveyed to gauge their adoption of the Internet and the connections used to access the Internet.

"Neither the economic slowdown, or the relatively high price points for DSL, cable modem and other broadband access modalities have slowed adoption or demand for these access services," said Margaret Schoener, principal analyst for Gartner Dataquest's worldwide Telecommunications and Networking group. "In fact, there are many locations where broadband demand is not being met because DSL and cable modem are not yet available as an option."

In June 2002, cable modem and DSL together represented 88 percent of the household broadband access market in the United States, up from 70 percent of broadband access in 2000. The more costly and slower-speed legacy Integrated Services Digital Network (ISDN) modality that served nearly one-third of the broadband households in February 2000 is rapidly losing ground to the faster, less expensive modalities, with ISDN now having only 8 percent market share.

"Over the past three years, a competitive battle between DSL and cable modem has developed, with cable companies clearly being more focused and aggressive in the early stages of this race," said Amanda Sabia, analyst for Gartner Dataquest's worldwide Telecommunications and Networking group.

"While cable modem continues to dominate the broadband access market, increasing its overall share from 49 percent in February 2000 to 54 percent in June 2002, DSL has been growing at nearly twice the growth rate of cable modems, with the big loser being ISDN," Sabia said. "Once the ILECs (incumbent local exchange carriers) got serious about deploying DSL, DSL's overall market share increased from 19 percent in February 2000 to 34 percent in June 2002."

Of the nine census-block regions in the United States, the Pacific (California, Oregon and Washington) and New England (Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island and Vermont) regions are the most highly penetrated regions for online households with broadband access. Thirty-four percent of Pacific online households and 33 percent of New England online households have broadband access.

For more information, visit www.gartner.com.

Nov 15 - Memory Experts introduces Biometric USB Flash Drives. Memory Experts International launches its NEW range of stylishly designed USB Flash Drives. The ClipDrive™, ClipDrive Plus™ and the ultra secure ClipDrive Bio™.

The New ClipDrive™ is a compact, innovative device weighing less than 20 grams; the ClipDrive™ cover cannot be lost as it slides open and closed for full protection of the USB connector. The ClipDrive™ is an instant portable drive for your PC; its fully plug-and-play and does not require any additional drivers to run on Windows™ ME/2000/XP, Mac™ OS X or Mac™ OS 8.6 or higher. Connect it directly to the USB port, write to it or read from it, it's that simple.

For highly secure information, the ClipDrive Plus is available with TrustLync® software to encrypt sensitive data, making it the ideal portable storage device to carry files securely wherever you need, and it clips easily onto a shirt pocket.

Portable USB ClipDrive BIO with Fingerprint Authentication Security

ClipDrive Bio™, the latest secure portable storage device, delivers the ultimate in security for portable USB drive technology. The ClipDrive Bio™ uses a 128x128 high-definition scanner to deliver unmatched fingerprint authentication, packaged with EdgeLync® security software. This gives users the choice of fingerprint or password security, or both to encrypt data!
The security software resides on the ClipDrive Bio™ itself allowing the user to move from PC to PC without having to carry any additional disk or CD. Protection for the world's most advanced portable drives, available in capacities ranging from 16MB to 1GB.

For more information visit www.clip-drive.com.

 

 

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