Oct 07 - Sunday Shopping Watch. This is the
second Sunday that Microsoft's newest operating system, Windows
XP, is bundled with new computers. For some reason, local merchants
continue to advertise high-end XP systems and not the less powerful
Celeron and Duron systems.
Windows XP will not be available for separate purchase until October
25th. For more information on Windows XP visit Microsoft's
Windows XP home page.
Special Discounts and Financing. In addition to sales on
specific items, the following store-wide sales are advertised this
Best Buy is giving away 1 year of free MSN with any computer
purchase. They are also offering $100 mail-in rebates on all desktop
complete systems. Additionally, they are offering 12 month no interest
financing on all Intel processor computer purchases and $100 mail-in
rebates on in-store AMD processor computers.
City is offering 12 month
no interest financing on all Intel Pentium 4 desktop computers.
Office Depot has no store-wide
sales this Sunday (individual items may be on sale).
CompUSA is offering 1 year
of free CompuServe Internet service with the purchase of any desktop
or laptop computer. They are also offering no payments or interest
for 12 months with any complete desktop system or laptop.
Staples has no ad this Sunday.
Rebates. All stores continue to offer 3 year, $400 Internet
Rebates. Please see our article, What
You Need to Know About Internet Rebates and Free PCs, for an
in-depth discussion of Internet Rebates.
Definitions. A complete system/package is defined
as a computer with monitor and printer or scanner.
A build-to-order system is customized at the retailer
and then ordered from a vendor's store. In addition to the computer's
stated price, you still pay sales tax and shipping charges (if you
order direct from the vendor without going through the chain store,
you may not have to pay sales tax and you could get a better warranty).
* Prices discussed in this article. Advertisers
typically deduct the $400 Internet rebate from an items true price.
We report all prices without subtracting the $400 Internet rebate,
however all other rebates and discounts are usually subtracted.
Caution about advertised prices.
When reading advertisements, read the fine print of the ad to make
sure you know what is being advertised and what it cost. For example,
many advertisers will show a complete system with computer, monitor,
and printer but advertise a price for the computer only.
Best Deals this Sunday
Price* (see above)
Best Celeron Deal
Best Pentium III System
Best Pentium 4 System
HP 1.5 GHz complete system
Best Duron System
Best High End Athlon System
HP 1.3 GHz complete system
Best Low Cost Notebook
HP 900 MHz Duron with DVD
Best High-end Notebook
Compaq 1 GHz Pentium III with CDRW/DVD
||Available now in new computers. Can be purchased at stores
Additional Information. For additional technical
information, advice on how to buy a laptop or desktop, and vendor
and manufacturer links, please see our Computer
Buying Advice page.
About Sunday Shopping Watch. Sunday Shopping Watch appears
every Sunday (except some holidays like Easter and Christmas) in
our News and Rumors column. It is a review of the highlights of
local (Dayton, Ohio) computer chain store advertisements. While
we can not guarantee your local chain store has the same items,
this article should help you to make informed buying decisions.
Oct 05 - AMD Says Processor
Selling Price Decline Larger Than Expected. AMD (NYSE:AMD) said
today that sales for the quarter ended September 30, 2001, at approximately
$766 million, declined by 22 percent from second-quarter sales of
$985.3 million. On August 29 AMD said that it expected third-quarter
revenues would decline by approximately 15 percent sequentially.
The company also said it expects to report a pro-forma net loss
of between $90 million and $110 million or $0.26 and $0.31 per share
for the quarter. The pro-forma loss does not include restructuring
and other one-time special charges previously estimated at between
$80 million and $110 million.
Sales of flash memory devices declined by approximately $100 million
sequentially, in line with previously reported expectations, reflecting
continued weakness in the communication sector and excess inventories
in the hands of major customers. AMD also said unit sales of PC
processors remained at the record level of the second quarter, when
AMD sold more than 7.7 million PC processors. In the face of very
aggressive competition, average-selling prices (ASPs) for PC processors
declined sharply, which resulted in substantially lower revenues.
"Our ability to maintain PC processor unit volumes under current
market conditions is a strong testament to the architectural superiority
of AMD Athlon(TM) and Duron(TM) processors," said W.J. Sanders
III, chairman and chief executive officer. "With unit sales
of our seventh-generation processors at record levels in an extremely
difficult PC market, we believe we either held or gained market
share. In an effort to make up for the performance deficiencies
of computers based on its Pentium(R) 4 processors, Intel resorted
to aggressive pricing and large, cash-backed marketing programs,
which had the effect of driving down ASPs on PC processors in the
market segments where we compete directly," Sanders concluded.
Visit AMD on the Web at www.amd.com.
Oct 05 - Dell Reaffirms
Positive Outlook for Third-Quarter Earnings. Dell (Nasdaq:DELL)
reaffirmed its previous guidance for the fiscal third quarter.
Company officials pointed to the potency and efficiency of the company's
direct business model in the face of continued economic and industry
challenges, while cautioning that one-third of the third quarter
Dell said in mid-August that it was targeting earnings of 15 to
16 cents per share, on revenue of $7.2 to $7.6 billion, for the
Michael Dell, the company's chairman and chief executive officer,
said prior to yesterday's teleconference that while conditions in
the computer-systems industry remain difficult, the company's strategic,
operating and financial position "is better than it's ever
"We're winning new customers at a rapid rate and successfully
managing our operating expenses," said Mr. Dell. "Those
strengths in the midst of a trying period give us great confidence
for the long term."
He said the company expects to make further share gains in all product
categories, customer segments and regional markets during the current
quarter, even as it continues to achieve industry-leading profitability.
"More than ever, customers are insisting on superior price-for-performance,
and no company is able to deliver that more effectively than Dell,"
said Kevin Rollins, Dell's president and chief operating officer.
"As global spending on information technology improves, and
we firmly believe it will, we'll be a stronger company with even
According to Mr. Rollins, industry pricing remains competitive,
but not unexpectedly so. Component costs continue to decline rapidly,
he said, savings that Dell is able to pass quickly to customers
through its low-cost, low-inventory, build-to-order business model.
In the second quarter, Dell's operating expenses as a percent of
revenue were the lowest in company history, and about one-half those
of its leading competitors. Inventory in dollar terms was reduced
by one-third, and to a record-low four days of supply, even as overall
unit shipments increased 19 percent.
More recently, the company said relationships with key vendors and
aggressive supply-chain management permitted Dell to operate with
no meaningful interruption when air transportation in the United
States was halted in the days immediately following the Sept. 11
Dell believes it is continuing to assert itself in enterprise products
and services. During Q2, the company posted 33-percent growth in
global shipments of enterprise computing systems. Dell server volumes
jumped 36 percent, compared with a 1-percent increase in total industry
server shipments. The company gained more than four points of worldwide
server market share, and better than seven share points in the United
Information on Dell and its products can be obtained on the World
Wide Web at www.dell.com.
Oct 05 - Microsoft Launches
Pocket PC 2002 Operating System. With over 100 hardware and
software vendors waiting in the wings to demonstrate their new Microsoft®
Windows® Powered Pocket PC-based solutions, Microsoft Corp.
Chief Executive Officer Steve Ballmer took the stage at The Concourse
to announce widespread retail availability of Pocket PC 2002-based
devices. Simultaneous events in San Francisco and London drew together
more than 1,000 Pocket PC hardware and software vendors, customers
and fans excited about the new features and benefits delivered in
Pocket PC 2002.
"Pocket PC 2002 makes a great mobile platform even better,"
Ballmer said. "With a stylish new interface and exciting new
features, Pocket PC 2002 offers users more ways to communicate with
friends and co-workers and really makes the Pocket PC an essential
Ballmer also demonstrated new technology for wirelessly enabling
Pocket PC-based devices. With this release, Microsoft is extending
its platform leadership by providing customers with an even greater
range of wireless connectivity options, from local area networks
(802.11b) and personal area networks (Bluetooth) to wide area networks
(via CDPD, CDMA, GSM or through two-body solutions utilizing today's
operator networks). Microsoft is developing telephony software and
working with industry partners to bring integrated wireless devices
to market. In Europe, integrated wireless Pocket PCs are already
available from Mitsubishi Electronic Group and SAGEM, and just today,
O2 announced its intention to bring to market Pocket PC 2002-based
integrated wireless devices.
Microsoft today also demonstrated new Server ActiveSync® technology
that enables direct server synchronization of e-mail and calendar
and contact information between Pocket PC 2002-based devices and
Exchange 2000 Servers. Server ActiveSync will ship as a component
of Microsoft Mobile Information 2002 Server and is designed to work
over wireless or wired connections. With this release, ActiveSync
also enables customers to sync both with their desktop and their
server, either via a cradle or remote connection, giving them more
flexibility in ensuring that their device is always up to date.
About Pocket PC 2002
Pocket PC 2002 introduces the following enhancements
to make the platform more stylish and customizable:
· Updated graphical user interface, which
allows users to download and share custom Today screens or "skins"
to make their PDA more personal
· "Smart minimize," which allows easier navigation
while using applications on a device. Users can easily go back to
recently accessed applications. This feature, based on user feedback,
is considered a key improvement over the previous software.
· New notification engine, which can be customized to bubble
up and prompt users regarding messages and appointments
· New hardware that includes standardization on the ARM family
of processors, bringing speed to devices and streamlining application
development efforts, and FlashROM memory enabling users to upgrade
and update their Pocket PC software
The Best Device for Business Use
Pocket PC 2002 delivers new functionality targeted
at business users and corporations interested in deploying the most
secure, reliable and robust mobile solutions, including the following:
· Virtual Private Network (VPN) support offers users secure
access to their corporate networks over public airlinks.
· Terminal Server Client allows IT managers and end users
alike to remotely access standard corporate applications on their
· Strong passwords offer better data protection, ensuring
that businesses and end users alike can feel secure in the case
of theft, loss or misuse of the device.
· Upgradeable ROM means that businesses and end users can
upgrade or update their Pocket PCs with new versions of the Pocket
· Familiar tools make it easy for developers to write applications
for Pocket PC as well as ensure a close tie between the corporate
infrastructure and devices.
· Office applications in Pocket format on Pocket PCs enable
users to bring their important corporate data - from Microsoft®
Word to Excel to Outlook® - with them for both viewing and editing.
Improved Communication and Connectivity
Pocket PC 2002 will keep users connected as never
before. The new software is ready for a range of connectivity options
from wireless options such as 802.11b, CDPD and integration with
today's cell phones to wired connectivity via land-line modems (may
require purchase of additional items). Once connected, the new software
offers more ways to communicate with
co-workers and friends and improved access to information, including
· An improved Pocket Internet Explorer gives the mobile professional
a fuller set of Web sites and provides selective image download,
which allows the user to download a particular image quickly and
selectively, saving time and allowing for greater personalization.
In addition, Pocket Internet Explorer supports a variety of Web
standards, including XML, HTML and dHTML. This allows any Web application
to be used on the Pocket PC without redevelopment efforts.
· Object Exchange (OBEX) support allows users to beam information
from their Pocket PC to another Pocket PC, as well as to Palm-based
handheld devices and phones.
· MSN® Instant Messenger gives users the instant messaging
experience, including all the desktop options and familiarity of
MSN Instant Messenger.
· Windows Media Player for Pocket PC now supports streaming
audio and video, and provides landscape option for video playback.
· Microsoft Reader now supports owner-exclusive digital rights
management, which allows the user to read the top-selling eBooks
from various retailers.
For more information about Pocket PC 2002 visit www.microsoft.com.
Oct 05 - Toshiba's New PDA:
Pocket PC e570. Building upon its leadership in developing innovative
technology for the mobile user, the Computer Systems Group (CSG)
of Toshiba America Information Systems, Inc. (TAIS), today introduces
the sleek Toshiba Pocket PC e570. A highly functional PDA, the Pocket
PC e570 delivers wireless capabilities, increased expandability
and features the new Microsoft Windows-Powered Pocket PC 2002 operating
software, all in an ultralight device that fits easily in a shirt
Maximizing performance for the growing enterprise PDA marketplace,
the Toshiba Pocket PC e570 features simultaneous use of dual integrated
expansion slots for increased storage and connectivity. With the
Secure Digital (SD) expansion slot, users will soon enjoy the benefits
of wireless connectivity with an optional Bluetooth(TM) SD module,
allowing quick exchange of information with other Bluetooth-enabled
devices such as notebook PCs. For increased storage capacity, customers
can take advantage of up to 128MB of additional memory (via optional
Toshiba SD memory card) for large documents, presentations and multimedia
files. Providing the mobile user with additional flexibility, a
CompactFlash II expansion slot offers a suite of productivity add-on
devices such as Global Positioning System, bar code reader for inventory
management, Wi-Fi (802.11b) and V.90 56K modem for browsing the
Internet and checking e-mail.
"The Toshiba Pocket PC e570 is a strategic mobile computing
device that fills the void between notebook PCs and cellular technology,"
said Steve Andler, vice president of marketing, Toshiba CSG. "With
dual expansion slots, lightweight design and a feature-rich operating
system, IT buyers now have the ultimate in PDA performance to outfit
a growing mobile workforce."
Feature-Rich Handheld with Multimedia Functionality
In addition to wireless connectivity and a suite
of expansion capabilities, the versatile Toshiba Pocket PC e570
is the ideal portable business tool for the enterprise customer.
Integrated with Microsoft Windows Media Player 8, users can enjoy
their favorite MP3 files through a rich, stereo sound system, ideal
during a cross-country flight. Additionally, customers can enjoy
viewing video files, presentations and e-mail on the crisp, vibrant,
64K color display of the Pocket PC e570 that features sharp backlighting
for easy readability indoors and outdoors. Other multimedia features
include digital voice recording, microphone and stereo headphone
Integrating its core technology strength, the Pocket PC e570 marks
the debut of Toshiba's revolutionary Advanced Lithium-ion power
technology, a micro-thin lightweight battery delivering up to eight
hours of battery life for the user. Weighing less than one-half
pound and providing an ample power supply, Pocket PC e570 customers
can now enjoy portable multimedia all in the palm of their hand
- anytime, anywhere.
The Toshiba Pocket PC e570 is competitively priced
at $569 with a one year parts and labor warranty and will be available
initially to corporate enterprise customers as well as educational
and government sector customers in November 2001. Additional information
can be found at www.pda.toshiba.com.
Oct 05 - IBM Launches World's
Most Powerful Server. IBM today introduced the world's most
powerful UNIX server, crowning a five-year effort to deliver a new
class of UNIX system that incorporates microprocessor breakthroughs
and mainframe technologies.
At half the price of the just-released Sun Fire 15K, the IBM eServer
p690 -- code-named "Regatta" -- fundamentally transforms
the economics of UNIX servers.
The IBM eServer p690 offers enterprises the most efficient platform
for both server consolidation and large, single-system applications.
When tackling the most complex problems, multiple p690 servers can
be linked together to create supercomputers powered by more than
"Five years ago, IBM set out to reinvent the UNIX server, and
today we are delivering groundbreaking technologies never before
seen in UNIX systems," said Rod Adkins, general manager, IBM
eServer pSeries. "There is nothing in today's UNIX marketplace
-- and on the horizon -- that begins to match its performance, reliability
and flexibility to consolidate diverse workloads.
"IBM's server innovation doesn't stop here," Adkins added.
"Our next step will be to leverage IBM's mainframe technology
to reinvent the Intel-based high-end server market."
With fewer, more powerful processors, the eServer p690 achieves
leadership business, scientific and Java performance benchmarks
while delivering greater reliability and lower electricity, maintenance,
operating and system administrator costs. Fewer processors also
translates into lower cost of ownership, since many key software
applications priced according to total number of processors are
significantly less expensive to run on the eServer p690.
Key features include:
-- Server on a Chip -- IBM's POWER4 microprocessor,
widely acknowledged to be at least one generation ahead of competing
chips, is the first "server on a chip," containing two
one-gigahertz-plus processors, a high-bandwidth system switch, a
large memory cache and I/O. This unique design enables the server
to conserve energy and dramatically outperform servers that have
more than twice as many processors.
-- Ultra-Dense Building Blocks -- The eServer p690
building block is a palm-sized, eight-processor, multi-chip module
with the equivalent processing power of much larger system boards
in competing high-end servers. As a result, the IBM server packs
more computing power in less floor space and consumes less power
than these other systems.
-- Virtualization -- The eServer p690 can either be
operated as a single large server or divided into as many as 16
"virtual" servers, running any combination of the AIX
5L and Linux operating systems. The p690 offers the UNIX market's
most flexible and efficient use of processors, memory and I/O resources,
enabling customers to create virtual servers with a single processor
or multiple processors. By contrast, the "hard" partitions
in competing systems require at least four chips, which typically
wastes valuable system resources and degrades performance. The p690
will be able to dynamically reconfigure partitions -- while still
operating -- to meet changing workload demands.
-- Self-Healing Architecture -- Built with technology
from IBM's Project eLiza initiative, the eServer p690 is the industry's
only UNIX server that offers multiple layers of self-healing technologies
that allow the server to continue operating -- even through major
failures and system errors. By contrast, other high-end servers
only offer manual hot-swapping of already-failed components or simple
failure isolation within a partition that may not prevent failures
from crashing applications.
The eServer p690 achieves leading scores in key industry
IBM POWER4 Sun UltraSPARCIII
Commercial Perf. (SPECint2000) 808 467
Technical Perf. (SPECfp2000) 1169 482
Java Processing (SPECJBB2000) 169,000 (16-way) 109,146 (24-way)
The IBM eServer p690 runs AIX 5L, the industry's fastest-growing
UNIX operating system, and is ready for 64-bit Linux, the popular
open source operating system.
Pricing for the eServer p690 starts at $450,000 for an 8-way 1.1
GHz system with 8 GB memory and 36.4 GB of storage. The system will
begin shipping in volume in December 2001.
More information can be found at www.ibm.com.
Oct 04 - Dell Delivers
New Notebook for the Road. Dell (Nasdaq:DELL) today announced
its latest wireless-ready corporate notebook that enables mobile
users to move about without worrying about a connection or a recharge.
"As the worldwide leader in notebooks, Dell is committed to
delivering leadership products and value to our customers. The Latitude(R)
C610, with its combination of integrated wireless and dual-battery
capability, brings new meaning to the idea of computing anywhere,
anytime," said Tim Mattox, vice president, relationship client
product marketing. "The ability to get connected and continue
working for longer periods of time translates to true added value
for Dell's customers."
A recent study by Gartner Consulting(a) on the costs and benefits
associated with notebook computing found that business users with
a notebook who spend 20 percent or more of their time out of the
office realized a minimum annual benefit of $34,560 due to productivity
gains and efficiency savings.
The Latitude C600 series, Dell's mainstream notebook for corporate
users, is its best selling notebook ever with over one million shipped
since its launch in September 2000. The new C610 features Mobile
Intel(R) Pentium(R) III processors-M, fast ATI Mobility RADEON(tm)
video graphics, and effortless connectivity via three integrated
communication options: wireless networking, traditional wired networking
and dial-up modem.
"With its powerful processor and strong video graphics, the
Latitude C610 offers comparable performance to desktop computer
systems, but weighs between five and six pounds," Mattox said.
"The dual-battery configuration can keep a system powered up
through a typical eight-hour work-day. Users can take that performance
with them anywhere, from office to conference room to hotel room,
and easily connect to the network or Internet and stay productive."
The price of a wireless-enabled Latitude C610 starts at $2,208.
It features a Mobile Intel Pentium III processor-M at 1.0 GHz, 128
MB 133MHz SDRAM, 14.1-inch XGA display, ATI Mobility RADEON graphics
chipset, 10 GB hard disk drive, integrated 56k v.90 modem and 3COM
10/100 networking, internal TrueMobile(tm) wireless LAN (802.11b)
card, Dell's DualPoint technology, 24X maximum CD-ROM drive, floppy
diskette drive, Microsoft Windows 2000, and 3 year next-business-day
Oct 04 - Quantum Seeks
Court Order to Stop Imation From Selling DLT Tape. Quantum Corporation
(NYSE:DSS), a leading provider of data protection and network storage,
today filed suit against Imation Corporation (NYSE:IMN) to stop
it from selling unqualified tape media based on Quantum's DLTtape(TM)
technology and intended for use in DLTtape drives. Quantum's lawsuit,
which was filed this morning in California State Court in Santa
Clara County, charges Imation with "extreme and pervasive"
misappropriation of trade secrets, deceptive and misleading advertising,
and unfair business practices.
"To qualify a DLTtape-based media product, Imation in 1999
signed a license agreement with Quantum that gave it complete access
to Quantum's intellectual property in DLTtape," said Michael
Brown, chairman and CEO of Quantum. "Despite that access and
the qualification resources and engineering assistance we provided
over the past two years to enhance its product, Imation repeatedly
failed to achieve DLTtape qualification. Imation is now taking illegal
and unfair advantage of our trade secrets to produce and sell an
unqualified tape media product. Given such blatantly unauthorized
and improper use of Quantum's intellectual property, Imation's conduct
has left us no choice but to seek immediate legal recourse.
"We appreciate the support expressed by our major customers,
our business partners, industry analysts and Quantum shareholders
over the past few days. They clearly share our sense of disbelief
that Imation would introduce an unqualified tape media product in
clear violation of our licensing agreement and then seek to divert
attention from its failure to achieve qualification by suing us.
They also understand the brand promise of reliability, compatibility
and performance represented by the DLTtape logo, and why it is so
important that any company seeking to manufacture a DLTtape media
product meet Quantum's rigorous qualification and certification
"Nothing is more important to data center managers than knowing
their mission-critical data is protected and absolutely secure,"
said John Freeman, president of Strategic Marketing Decisions Corp.
"DLTtape technology has been the gold standard in data protection.
Anything less would be unacceptable."
"Customers have long relied on Quantum's rigorous qualification
process," said Dennis Waid, president of Peripheral Research
Corp. "They know that DLTtape represents the highest standard
of quality and design to ensure their data protection needs."
Quantum Corp.can be found on the Web at www.quantum.com.
Oct 04 - Socket Kit Connects
Bluetooth-enabled Mobile Phone to a Pocket PC. Socket Communications,
Inc. (Nasdaq:SCKT, PSE:SOK), the leading provider of connection
products for handheld computers and other devices, today announced
the U.S. availability of its Bluetooth Connection Kit. Wireless
data customers can now check email, browse the web or access their
company networks on a Pocket PC while their mobile phone remains
in a purse, pocket or briefcase.
The Bluetooth Connection Kit contains Socket's Bluetooth CompactFlash
(CF) Card, software drivers, and Get Connected! Wizard -- everything
customers need to make a cable-less connection between a Bluetooth-enabled
mobile phone and a Pocket PC.
Director of Product Marketing, Peter Phillips, comments, "Anticipation
for Bluetooth has been incredibly high. Socket has responded with
a product designed to give consumers a rich, easy-to-use experience
connecting their Bluetooth-enabled mobile phone to a Pocket PC.
As other Bluetooth devices enter into the market, Socket's Bluetooth
Connection Kit will help consumers experience the power of Bluetooth."
Socket's Bluetooth CompactFlash Card was designed to be compatible
with Microsoft Windows CE Powered devices and is one of the most
energy efficient CF cards on the market today. The card has a unique
design, with a fully integrated antenna, offering two major benefits
-- it won't change the size or look of your Pocket PC, and it reduces
the risk of damage to the card or Pocket PC when in use.
"Hewlett-Packard Company has been working with Socket to ensure
compatibility of Socket's products with the latest HP Jornada PDAs,"
said Kok-Khoon Lim, general manager, HP's Jornada organization.
"We are excited about Socket's Bluetooth Connection Kit because
it has been tailored to make it easy to add Bluetooth functionality
to a Pocket PC -- giving customers a new way to access the information
The Bluetooth Connection Kit is available in the
U.S. immediately through Socket's web site, as well as through normal
distribution channels for a suggested retail price of $179. Visit
www.socketcom.com for product and
Oct 04 - SOYO Announces DRAGON-Plus
Athlon Motherboard. SOYO Computer, Inc. today announced the
SY-K7V DRAGON-plus -- a revised model of its award-winning board
for AMD CPUs, which features VIA's KT266A chipset and a new memory
controller to boost performance.
The new SOYO SY-K7V DRAGON-Plus motherboard features the VIA Apollo
KT266A chipset, which supports AMD Athlon/Duron CPUs, running at
up to 266MHz FSB. Combined with an enhanced memory controller that
compliments the higher performance of DDR memory over DRAM, the
DRAGON-Plus enhances memory performance as much as 48 percent over
The new SOYO DRAGON-Plus is also bundled with a Smart Card reader
for future electronic commerce and network security applications.
The Smart Card reader occupies an empty 3.5-inch drive bay and includes
all appropriate cables and driver software.
The SY-K7V DRAGON-Plus comes in an ATX form factor. The board includes
five 32-bit Bus Mastering PCI slots (V2.2 compliant), and one Universal
AGP Pro slot with support for 1x/2x/4x mode graphics.
The DRAGON-PLUS's memory is expandable with three 184-pin DDR SDRAM
2.5V DIMM sockets, and support for up to 3GBs of DDR memory.
The SY-K7V includes an on board CMI 8738 audio chip, which provides
6-channel speaker support with 3D surround sound. On board 10/100
Mbps Ethernet functionality is also available with VIA's PHY controller.
The board's Ultra I/O Chip includes two RS-232 serial ports (16550
UART compatible); one parallel printer port (SPP/EPP/ECP mode),
one FDD port (supports 3 mode, 1.2/1.44/2.88 MB FDD); an IrDA port
with optional cable for transceiver, and six USB ports (2 rear,
4 front). The board's Ultra DMA IDE ports provide support for four
independent channels, which can accommodate eight IDE devices, including
two for RAID.
Single board list price for the DRAGON-Plus motherboard is $175
U.S. Discounts are offered to volume buyers and system builders.
For more information visit www.soyousa.com.
Oct 04 - IEEE 1394 Making
Strides in Tough Climate. Already a staple in many PC models
and peripherals, the IEEE 1394 high-speed digital interface is making
gains in consumer electronics markets, according to Cahners In-Stat
In 2000, over 35 million PC-based and consumer electronics products
were equipped with IEEE 1394, and the high-tech market research
firm projects that that number will exceed 200 million by 2005.
"We expect positive market momentum this year but at a much
more moderate growth rate, as the tech industry slump this year
has slowed PC shipments, has delayed faster penetration of the interface,
and has slowed the overall growth of end markets," says Joyce
Putscher, a Director at In-Stat. The market also faces competition
from other interfaces, such as USB 2.0 and DVI that may have significant
impacts in selected markets. While the breadth of applications for
IEEE 1394 ultimately points to a tremendous opportunity, it also
results in industry conflicts, and legislative and regulatory involvement.
In-Stat has also found that:
-- Total 1394 devices grew by a tremendous 192% in
2000 over 1999 in which PC-based products accounted for most of
the shipments. However, digital consumer electronics are expected
to overtake PC devices in 2001.
-- Digital video editing is the current top driver for 1394 in both
consumer electronic and PC markets. Video editing requires very
large storage capacity, making external 1394 hard drive storage
attractive to home video enthusiasts. Home networking consumer and
PC-based devices may become another important 1394 driver. Using
1394 over 802.11a in the future presents a compelling wireless home
networking alternative without a networking gateway.
-- Both the digital camcorder and still camera markets have emerged
as important 1394 segments over the past several years. Camcorders
present a major market for 1394, with 1394-equipped still cameras
primarily confined to the professional market.
Cahners In-Stat Group can be found on the Web at www.instat.com.
Oct 03 - Intel Introduces
New PC Accessories. Intel Corporation today introduced three
PC accessories that bring new consumer experiences to pictures,
music and video. The new products are the Intel(R)Pocket Digital
PC Camera, the Intel(R) Personal Audio Player 3000 and the Intel(R)Play(TM)Digital
Movie Creator. All three PC accessories work with the Windows(1)
XP operating system.
Pocket Digital PC Camera
The Intel Pocket Digital PC Camera is both a mega-pixel
digital-still camera and a PC camera. It captures images and video
that can be posted to a personal Web site or sent in e-mail messages.
Consumers can also use their home PC's connection to a color printer
to make photos for the family album. The PC camera acts as both
a video phone for face-to-face calls and a "webcam" that
can broadcast live events such as a birthday party or a baby's first
With the camera's built-in 16 MB of memory, consumers can capture
up to 256 digital photos. The Smart Media expansion slot enables
consumers to add memory in order to take additional digital snapshots
and video. The camera includes a flash for indoor or nighttime use
and an integrated microphone to record audio when filming short
Available nationwide in October, the Intel Pocket Digital PC Camera
has a $149.99.
More information is available at www.intel.com/pccamera.
Intel Personal Audio Player 3000
The Intel Personal Audio Player 3000 has 64 MB of
built-in Intel(R) StrataFlash(R) memory, which provides up to two
hours of digital music or more than 10 hours of spoken-word audio.
It is also equipped with a MultiMedia Card expansion slot that enables
consumers to add memory to store more of their favorite music. Digital
audio can be stored in MP3 and Windows Media Audio formats.
Available nationwide in October, the Intel Personal Audio Player
3000 has a $149.99 manufacturer's suggested retail price. The player
includes Intel Audio Manager 2.0, Intel(R) Faceplate Designer, MusicMatch
Jukebox Plus Version 6.1, earbuds, one AA alkaline battery and a
variety of pre-made faceplate inserts.
More information is available at www.intel.com/home/audio.
Intel Play Digital Movie Creator
Available nationwide in October, the Intel Play Digital
Movie Creator has a $99 manufacturer's suggested retail price. The
package includes a camera with a built-in microphone, camera base
with connected USB cable, movie-making software CD containing stock
footage from NASA and National Geographic, and a movie-making activity
More information is available at www.intelplay.com.
Additional information about Intel is available at www.intel.com.
Oct 03 - MobileAria Demonstrates
Voice-Enabled Internet Services for Cars. MobileAria Inc., the
pioneer in True Hands Free, voice-enabled productivity services
for the driver, today announced live productivity service in its
fully-equipped telematics demonstration automobiles. MobileAria's
True Hands Free(TM) service is the first and only service to provide
drivers with purely voice-activated access to their desktops' voice
mail, email, contact and calendar information, driving directions
and traffic conditions, enabling drivers to always keep their hands
on the wheel and eyes on the road.
MobileAria provides busy people with continuous access to important
information through the first and only telematics service that supports
the same devices people carry with them throughout the day, including
laptops and cell phones. MobileAria's initial service offering will
launch by the end of the year.
"True Hands Free means drivers can use their phones and laptops
with simple voice commands, enabling them to be productive while
driving responsibly, eyes on the road, hands on the wheel,"
Michael Orr, MobileAria CEO, said. "Unlike some other telematics
concepts, which have yet to fully materialize, MobileAria's service
is live and available this year with comprehensive productivity
By 2006, the U.S. telematics market will reach $26 billion, with
hands-free service capabilities in 76 million vehicles, according
to a Forrester Telematics Report (June 2001).
MobileAria connects users' laptops and cell phone devices with Bluetooth,
a wireless technology which replaces cables in connecting devices
to each other. MobileAria is the first in-vehicle application of
Bluetooth for personal information.
With MobileAria's service, drivers can use voice
-- Read, file, forward, reply, delete or prioritize
-- Dial the phone by saying the phone number or contact name,
-- Listen to personalized news, sports, financial and
-- Check location-based weather and traffic information,
-- Access appointments and other personal information,
-- Use location-based services to find driving directions and locate
businesses like restaurants or ATMs.
The demo cars -- a BMW 325, VW Passat, Cadillac DeVille
and Ford Explorer -- are currently being shown to telecommunications
carriers, automobile manufacturers and retailers, automotive equipment
suppliers, retail distribution channels, the media and industry
When launched to the public, MobileAria's True Hands Free service
will be available for use in any car as an after-market service.
The demonstration cars will tour cities across the country this
fall and winter.
For additional information, visit www.MobileAria.com.
Oct 03 - ATI announces entry-level
RADEON 7000 and 7200 Graphics Boards. ATI Technologies Inc.
(TSE:ATY, NASDAQ:ATYT), a world leader in the supply of graphics,
video and multimedia solutions, today introduced two new additions
to RADEON(TM), the world's most powerful and innovative family of
graphics chip and board technologies, the entry-level RADEON(TM)
7000 and the value-line RADEON(TM) 7200 desktop graphics boards.
With manufacturers' suggested retail prices (MSRPs) under (US) $100,
the new products are designed to offer value-minded customers solid
The RADEON 7000 desktop graphics board, based on the RADEON 7000
chip (previously known as the RADEON VE chip), is a 32MB (megabytes)
DDR (double data rate) board, providing solid 2D and 3D performance,
excellent visual quality and DVD playback. At an MSRP of (US) $79,
the RADEON 7000 graphics card offers more features and value than
any other graphics card in this price range.
The RADEON 7200 is a 64MB SDR (single data rate) graphics board,
and offers such features as hardware transformation, clipping and
lighting (T&L) geometry, CHARISMA ENGINE(TM), and an on-chip
hardware DVD decoder. The RADEON 7200 is based on the RADEON 7200
chip (previously known as the RADEON chip). It has an MSRP of (US)
Both the RADEON 7000 and RADEON 7200 are available immediately and
will support Microsoft's Windows XP operating system, which will
be available on October 25, as well as Windows 2000, Windows Me
and Windows 98.
For more information, visit www.ati.com.
Oct 03 - ATI says all Current
ATI Graphics Boards Windows XP-Ready. ATI Technologies Inc.
(TSE:ATY, NASDAQ: ATYT), a world leader in the supply of graphics,
video and multimedia solutions, announced today that its current
line of desktop and multimedia graphics boards will support Microsoft's
new Windows XP operating system, available on October 25.
All ATI desktop and multimedia products based on the following technologies
are certified as Windows XP-optimized:
-- RADEON(TM) 8500;
-- RADEON(TM) 7500;
-- RADEON(TM) 7200;
-- RADEON(TM) 7000;
-- RADEON(TM) VE;
-- RAGE(TM) 128 Pro; and
-- RAGE(TM) 128.
Customers who own an existing ATI graphics board
or are about to buy a new ATI product, and then purchase Windows
XP on or after October 25, 2001, will be able to download Windows
XP drivers from www.ati.com
and immediately enjoy the benefits an XP-enabled ATI graphics board
will provide. For a complete list of products visit www.ati.com.
Oct 03 - Canon Introduces
the PowerShot S40 And S30 Digital Cameras. Canon U.S.A., Inc.,
a subsidiary of Canon, Inc. (NYSE: CAJ), once again strengthens
its commitment to digital imaging with the introduction of the new
PowerShot S40 and S30 digital still cameras.
The PowerShot S40 (4.0 megapixels) and S30 (3.2 megapixels) fit
between the PowerShot S300 Digital ELPH and the PowerShot G2, and
are thus positioned as upper-mid-range products that can be used
and enjoyed by every kind of photographer from beginner to pro.
The PowerShot S40 and S30 feature a high-resolution 7.1-21.3mm 3X
optical zoom lens (equivalent to 35-105mm in the 35mm format), 3-point
autofocus, and an extensive selection of 13 shooting modes ranging
from fully automatic to fully manual. Other advanced features include
compatibility with Type I and Type II CompactFlash (CF) cards, a
high speed plug-and-play USB Interface, Movie Mode, a new feature
called My Camera Settings, Microsoft Windows XP compatibility, plus
Direct Printing using Canon's new S820D Bubble Jet printer.
The new cameras expand the number of current PowerShot models to
eight, ranging from the entry level PowerShot A10 to the high-end
PowerShot Pro90IS. The Canon PowerShot S40 and S30 will be available
at authorized Canon USA dealers by the end of October and have street
prices of approximately $599 and $799 respectively.
For more details, access www.powershot.com.
Oct 02 - HP Announces New
Line of Digital Cameras and Printers. Hewlett-Packard Company
(NYSE:HWP) today announced an array of digital photography products
that allows consumers to communicate easily and affordably through
The products include a suite of easy-to-use digital cameras, an
expanded line of photo-quality color inkjet printers -- including
an ultra-portable printer for snapshots on the go, and premium photo
papers that offer the same look and feel of traditional photos from
"Today 23 percent of U.S. households use some type of digital
capture technology and that number is expected to climb dramatically.
Digital camera shipments alone are expected to grow to more than
17 million in 2005," said Ron Glaz, senior research analyst,
IDC. "Consumers want solutions that are easy to use and affordable.
HP's new offerings fit well with the growing demand from consumers
of various levels of digital imaging expertise."
HP Photosmart 318, 612 and 715 Digital Cameras
With easy-to-use, point-and-shoot features, the HP
Photosmart 318 and 612 digital cameras provide excellent image quality
and flexible storage options. The digital cameras feature 2.31 megapixel
resolution, 2x digital zoom and a 1.75-inch liquid crystal display
Other advanced features include automatic exposure control, red-eye
reduction, automatic flash and an at-a-glance, energy-saving status
display. The HP Photosmart 612 digital camera additionally features
2x optical zoom that allows users to get even closer to the subjects
of their photos.
The HP Photosmart 318 and 612 digital cameras are expected to be
available in fall 2001 at estimated U.S. street prices of $199 and
The HP Photosmart 715 digital camera allows users to capture sharp,
detailed photos with its 3.3 megapixel resolution, 3x optical zoom
and large, 46-mm lens, which allows for more light and is threaded
for optional accessories. The digital camera ships with a 16 MB
CompactFlash memory card that can store more than 150 photos.
Additionally, the HP Photosmart 715 digital camera automatically
changes between shoot, view, play and download modes, so users won't
miss a photo while making it easier to capture, review and download
those photos to a computer.
The HP Photosmart 715 digital camera is expected to be available
in fall 2001 at an estimated U.S. street price of $499.
HP Photosmart 100, 1115 and 1315 Photo Printers
Only 8.8 x 4.3 inches in size and weighing less than
three pounds, the HP Photosmart 100 photo printer offers users exceptional,
portable printing for photos up to 4 x 6 inches -- the most popular
photo size -- on HP Premium Plus Photo Paper. Users can print photos
directly from CompactFlash, SmartMedia and Sony Memory Stick memory
cards without a PC.
Convenient top panel buttons allow users to scroll through the images
contained on the memory card to select which photos to print, photo
sizes or an index sheet that prints all the photos saved on the
memory card. The HP Photosmart 100 photo printer includes HP's photo
imaging software that enables users to enhance and organize photos
using a PC before printing.
The HP Photosmart 100 photo printer is expected to be available
in fall 2001 at an estimated U.S. street price of $179.
The HP Photosmart 1115 and 1315 color inkjet printers are ideal
for current or future digital camera owners, allowing them to print
directly from a digital camera via CompactFlash or SmartMedia memory
cards slots located on the printer -- without using a computer.
The HP Photosmart 1315 printer also features a Sony Memory Stick
card slot. The versatile printers allow users to print vibrant color
photos with up to 2400 dots-per-inch (dpi) resolution on photo paper
as well as conventional documents in crisp, black text or brilliant
The HP Photosmart 1315 printer allows users to crop, rotate and
adjust image brightness and add borders and a date stamp to the
image directly on the 2.5-inch color LCD. Consumers also can use
the printer's front panel buttons to easily attach a photo to an
email message and use the save button to easily save photos to a
The HP Photosmart 1115 and 1315 color inkjet printers are expected
to be available in fall 2001 at estimated U.S. street prices of
$199 and $399, respectively.
Information about HP and its products can be found on the World
Wide Web at http://www.hp.com.
Oct 02 - Acer Announces
USB 2.0 Product Line; Two Scanners and a CD-RW. Acer Communications
& Multimedia America Inc. (CMA) announced three new products
today -- two scanners and one external CD-RW -- which employ the
brand new USB 2.0 interface for improved transfer speed and performance.
As a leader in consumer technology, Acer recognizes the need to
keep its product line fresh with the latest peripheral advancements.
USB 2.0 represents a significant improvement over the first generation
data transfer standard and will serve to make peripherals faster
and more efficient than ever before. These products will be available
in December, just in time for the holiday season.
Acer's USB 2.0 rollout includes the debut of two new flatbed 48-bit
scanners, the S2W 7400UT and the S2W 6400UT, both of which include
a host of added features ideal for small office/home office (SOHO)
Both scanners are equipped with high-quality charged-coupled device
(CCD) sensors and offer five simple, one-touch buttons that allow
users five options: Scan-to-Web, Scan-to-Palm, Scan, OCR and Copy.
The Acer S2W 7400UT features 2400 x 4800 dpi optical resolution
and a built-in transparency unit that can accommodate scannable
films or transparencies up to 4" x 5" in size, at an MSRP
of $349. The Acer S2W 6400UT offers users 1200 x 2400 dpi optical
resolution and a built-in 35mm transparency unit strip at an MSRP
The CRW 2010EU will be the first USB 2.0 external drive offered
by Acer. The unit offers 20x write, 10x re-write and 40x read performance
and has an MSRP of $299. The CRW 2010EU is equipped with Acer's
embedded "Seamless Link(TM)" firmware solution that allows
for efficient burning at high speeds and helps to alleviate buffer
under-run problems, which improves performance and reliability.
For more information, please visit www.acercm.com.
Oct 02 - Imation Files
$450 Million Antitrust Lawsuit Against Quantum . Imation Corp.
(NYSE:IMN) announced today that it has filed a lawsuit in the Federal
District Court in St. Paul, Minn., charging Quantum Corporation
(NYSE:DSS), a Milpitas, Calif.-based company, with violations of
Sections 1 and 2 of the Sherman Antitrust Act, including price fixing
and conspiracy to monopolize the production and sale of data storage
tape compatible with Quantum's DLT tape drives.
The complaint seeks an injunction barring Quantum from further violations
of antitrust law in this market and recovery of damages of at least
$150 million, which would be trebled under antitrust law to a minimum
of $450 million.
"We have taken legal action to protect Imation and users of
digital linear tape products who have been subjected to the illegal
and unfair trade practices of Quantum. These monopolistic practices
hurt the market with higher, fixed prices, and limited supply, "
said Frank Russomanno, vice president and general manager of Data
Storage Media and Services for Imation. "Quantum's promise
to DLT tape drive buyers has been that the market for DLT-compatible
tape is open and competitive. The purpose of our suit is to bring
them back to that promise of an open and fair market. Imation has
met with, and remains willing to meet with Quantum to try to resolve
our differences and reach a negotiated settlement."
The lawsuit specifically charges that Quantum has fixed prices on
DLT- compatible tape, invited Imation to join an illegal tape cartel,
inappropriately extended patents on licensed DLT tape drives to
tape media as a way to enforce its monopoly hold on the tape market,
and misrepresented DLT- compatible tape as an open standard with
The full complaint can be found on Imation's website at www.imation.com.
More detail about the DLT market and the antitrust charges are contained
in separate background documents that can also be found on Imation's
A key document attached to the complaint in the lawsuit is an e-mail
from an executive at Quantum, which essentially lays out a "special
arrangement" inviting Imation to join a Quantum-led cartel
(Complaint page 11). In return for a limited supply of lower cost
tape it could resell under its own name, Imation would have had
to agree not to manufacture DLT-compatible data storage tape, suspend
its efforts to seek qualification, and limit its sale of DLT-compatible
tape to its current levels.
The complaint also asserts that the two licensed manufacturers of
DLT compatible tape - Fuji and Maxell - subject to pressure from
Quantum, have agreed to maintain prices at artificially high levels
(Complaint page 12).
Since at least 1999, Quantum has been the worldwide revenue leader
for tape drives used for data storage and backup. In calendar year
1999, DLT tape drives sold by Quantum accounted for approximately
30 percent of total tape drive market revenue, up from 24 percent
in calendar year 1998. The installed base totals in excess of 1.6
million DLT tape drives for which approximately 17 million tape
cartridges are sold per year. One DLT IV tape cartridge can hold
up to 40 gigabytes (GB) of data uncompressed or 80GB compressed.
Currently, Quantum receives an unusually high royalty on the sale
price of all DLT- compatible tape media sold. Fuji and Maxell manufacture
this tape under licensing arrangements with Quantum. For the most
recent quarter ended July 1, 2001, Quantum reported royalty revenue
of $54.5 million or approximately 19 percent of total revenue, which
was more than twice reported income from operations of $25.4 million
for total company operations.
Oct 02 - Quantum Corporation
Says Imation Lawsuit is Completely Without Merit. Quantum Corporation
(NYSE:DSS), a leading provider of data protection and network storage,
today said that a lawsuit filed by Imation Corporation (NYSE:IMN)
alleging that Quantum violated U.S. antitrust laws is "completely
without merit." Quantum called Imation's lawsuit a transparent
effort to distract customers from Imation's failure to qualify its
tape media product for use with DLTtape(TM) drives. Quantum strongly
advised customers to use only tape media products that have met
its rigorous qualification and certification standards, emphasizing
that it could give no assurances regarding potential problems attributable
to unqualified tape media and that use of unqualified tape media
could, under certain circumstances, void the DLTtape drive warranty.
"We have worked closely with Imation for more than two years,
in good faith and at substantial expense, to assist it in qualifying
to manufacture a DLTtape-based media product," said Michael
Brown, chairman and CEO of Quantum. "After signing a license
agreement, gaining access to our intellectual property, and failing
to qualify, Imation has apparently abandoned its qualification efforts,
has announced its intention to sell unqualified tape media, and
has filed suit against us.
"Imation's lawsuit is completely without merit, and the very
idea of a tape media cartel is simply preposterous. There are more
than ten competing brands of DLTtape media (such as Compaq, Hewlett-Packard,
IBM, Sony, and TDK) pricing independently in the marketplace.
"As a strong believer in fair competition, we have already
licensed and qualified FujiFilm and Maxell to manufacture DLTtape
media products that compete with our own, and we are currently working
with another major media manufacturer to do the same. While qualifying
is rigorous and time-consuming, the widespread availability today
of DLTtape media from multiple vendors clearly indicates that Quantum's
long-standing qualification and certification process is fair and
open. This process also ensures that customers have a choice among
competing vendors offering qualified DLTtape-based media products
that meet the highest standards of reliability, compatibility and
performance for protecting enterprise-class data."
"Quantum's DLTtape technology is based on more than a decade
of experience meeting the data protection needs of thousands of
enterprise customers, which is why it is the de facto standard for
backup, archiving and disaster recovery today," said Barbara
Nelson, president of Quantum's DLTtape Group. "Customers know
to look for tape media products with the DLTtape logo as their best
assurance of data integrity and compatibility for mission-critical
The DLTtape logo signifies that a tape media product has met Quantum's
rigorous qualification and certification standards, which we believe
go well beyond any individual vendor's self certification process.
Quantum's qualification and certification standards ensure compatibility
with the 70 million DLTtape media cartridges in the installed base
as well as the reliability of DLTtape drives and media as a system."
Quantum is advising its customers that it may modify its warranty
program to limit or eliminate warranty protection for DLTtape drives
using unqualified tape media products if experience with those products
Quantum is the world's largest
supplier of tape drives. With an installed base of more than 1.7
million DLTtape(TM) drives in use today, 70 million DLTtape media
cartridges sold, and tens of thousands of Super DLTtape(TM) drives
shipped, Quantum's DLTtape technology (www.dlttape.com)
is the de facto standard for backup, archiving, and disaster recovery
of business-critical data.
Oct 02 - Ezonics Introduces
$99 Still/Video, USB Camera. Ezonics Corporation today announced
its newest EZ-to-use product, the dual-mode EZMega Cam, now available
for an amazing $99. The USB camera represents a new generation of
PC cameras, combining the high quality of a megapixel digital camera
with the benefits of a top-of-the-line SVGA PC digital video camera
at a fraction of similar high-end professional gear.
Ezonics specializes in bringing high-powered products to everyday
consumers with capabilities previously available only to digital
imaging professionals and high-end hobbyists.
"The EZMega Cam is a revolutionary product at an exceptional
price and opens the way for consumers to engage in high quality
digital imaging and video at affordable prices," said Michael
Ostwind, Director of Marketing, of Ezonics. "At under $100,
it's easy enough for anyone to host full motion videoconferences
or send video messages or to take still pictures and share them
with friends and family. It is truly an 'all things for all people'
kind of camera."
As a digital still camera untethered from the PC,
the EZMega Cam acts as a stand-alone, full-featured, software-interpolated
megapixel digital camera. The 8MB internal memory can store up to
90 images at VGA resolution (640x480 dpi), 60 images at SVGA (800x600
dpi) resolution or 12 images at software-enhanced megapixel resolution
(1.08 million pixels). Still images are stored in the camera's 8MB
SDRAM internal memory. The built-in flash also ensures high quality
pictures in almost any lighting condition.
Ezonics' EZMega Cam can be used as a fixed-focus shutter, full motion
video camera or still camera with flash capabilities. When tethered
to the PC using a USB connection, the camera uses a CMOS image sensor
to capture video images at a maximum rate of 30 fps at 352x288 dpi
resolution -- true full-motion video speeds -- for use over the
Web, to send to friends, family or business associates, or to playback
on a PC.
Users can also record video at lower speeds and higher resolutions:
10 fps at 800x600 dpi, 25 fps at 640x480, 30 fps at 352x288 or 30
fps at 320x240 fps. Motion images are fed directly to the PC's hard
drive for storage and editing -- up to two minutes in video clip
mode (320x240 dpi).
For more details, see www.ezonics.com.
Oct 01 - Intel Announces
Fastest and Lowest-power Processors for Mobile PCs. Intel Corporation
today announced the world's fastest and lowest-power-consuming microprocessors
for mobile PCs. Both are based on Intel's advanced 0.13-micron manufacturing
process technology, which enable these new levels of performance
and low power consumption. The new products are among12 new processors
announced today that span all mobile computing market segments.
The mobile Intel Pentium(R) III processor-M at 1.2 GHz is the fastest
mobile processor currently on the market and provides the highest
performance for both full-size and thin-and-light notebook PCs.
The new ultra-low-voltage mobile Intel Pentium III processor-M at
700 MHz operates at 0.95 volt while consuming less than half a watt
of average power** making it the lowest power processor available
for mobile PCs.
"The mobile Pentium III processor-M family combines the best
in high performance, low power mobile processor design with the
worlds most advanced manufacturing technology," said Frank
Spindler, vice president and general manager of Intel's Mobile Platforms
Group. "This introduction extends the benefits of the mobile
Pentium III processor-M to the smallest notebook PCs. Small, sleek,
fast, with great battery life - our best mobile technology is now
available for every size mobile PC."
With today's announcement, the Intel low-power processor family
transitions to the 0.13-micron process technology and adds new architectural
enhancements for higher performance and lower power consumption. Intel's
0.13-micron process technology was previously incorporated into mobile
processors designed for the full-size and thin-and-light mobile PCs
earlier this year.
The new Ultra-Low and Low Voltage mobile Pentium III processors-M
feature several architectural advancements including: 512KB L2 cache,
Data Prefetcher and a processor system bus up to133MHz.
Additionally, all mobile Pentium III processor-M products support
Enhanced Intel SpeedStep(TM) technology that can automatically switch
between Maximum Performance Mode and Battery Optimized Mode, providing
the best balance of performance and low power consumption. The Deeper
Sleep mode provides a power reduction from previous low power sleep
states to help extend battery life -- reaching power levels as low
as two tenths of a watt or less. With the addition of the new architectural
and power technologies, the ultra-low voltage mobile Pentium III processor-M
operates at 0.95 volts and provides up to 64 percent** performance
gain over the previous generation. These products are optimized for
mini and sub notebooks as well tablet PCs.
Intel also introduced two new versions of its Intel 830 mobile chipset
family designed to address the needs of a variety of mobile market
segments. The Intel 830M provides performance-oriented, integrated
graphics for robust 2D, 3D, and video display on mainstream notebook
PCs and the Intel 830MG provides value-oriented, integrated graphics
capability for lower-cost platforms. The integration also enables
space and power savings, critical to small mobile PCs. Additionally,
both chipsets support up to 1GB high-performance PC-133 SDRAM memory.
When compared to the previous Intel 815EM chipset with integrated
graphics, the new Intel 830M provides up to a 113 percent** performance
gain. In 1,000-unit quantities, the Intel 830M chipset is $49.50 and
the Intel 830MG chipset is $35.00.
Intel, the world's largest chip maker, is also a leading manufacturer
of computer, networking and communications products. Additional information
about Intel is available at www.intel.com.