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InfoHQ Computer News and Rumors

October 01-07 2001

About News and Rumors. InfoHQ Computer News and Rumors is a daily column. It features news coverage of new PC and Mac computer hardware and software, Internet news, and other technical news items.
Every Sunday, News and Rumors features "Sunday Shopping Watch", which is a comparison and analysis of Sunday computer store advertisements.
The Computer News and Rumors is an archived column, so feel free to review previous week's or month's computer news by clicking on the link below. Previous computer news articles can also be searched, by using our site search feature found in the right-hand column.

InfoHQ Computer News and Rumors Article Index
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Oct 07 Sunday Shopping Watch
Oct 05 AMD Says Processor Selling Price Decline Larger Than Expected
Oct 05 Dell Reaffirms Positive Outlook for Third-Quarter Earnings
Oct 05 Microsoft Launches Pocket PC 2002 Operating System
Oct 05 Toshiba's New PDA: Pocket PC e570
Oct 05 IBM Launches World's Most Powerful Server
Oct 04 Dell Delivers New Notebook for the Road
Oct 04 Quantum Seeks Court Order to Stop Imation From Selling DLT Tape
Oct 04 Socket Kit Connects Bluetooth-enabled Mobile Phone to a Pocket PC
Oct 04 SOYO Announces DRAGON-Plus Athlon Motherboard
Oct 04 IEEE 1394 Making Strides in Tough Climate
Oct 03 Intel Introduces New PC Accessories

Oct 03

MobileAria Demonstrates Voice-Enabled Internet Services for Cars
Oct 03 ATI announces RADEON 7000 and 7200 Graphics Boards
Oct 03 ATI says all Current ATI Graphics Boards Windows XP-Ready
Oct 03 Canon Introduces the PowerShot S40 And S30 Digital Cameras
Oct 02 HP Announces New Line of Digital Cameras and Printers
Oct 02 Acer Announces USB 2.0 Product Line; Two Scanners and a CD-RW
Oct 02 Imation Corp. Files $450 Million Antitrust Lawsuit Against Quantum
Oct 02 Quantum Corporation Says Imation Lawsuit is Completely Without Merit
Oct 02 Ezonics Introduces $99 Still/Video, USB Camera
Oct 01 Intel Announces Fastest and Lowest-power Processors for Mobile PCs
Oct 01 Toshiba Introduces Tecra 9000 Series Notebooks
Oct 01 Sony Ericsson Mobile Communications Established Today
Oct 01 Worldwide Semiconductor Sales Slow to $10.49 Billion in August 2001

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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 week.
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.
Circuit 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.

Internet 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
Product Description
Price* (see above)
Best Celeron Deal
None Advertised
Best Pentium III System
None Advertised
Best Pentium 4 System
HP 1.5 GHz complete system
Best Buy
Best Duron System
None Advertised
Best High End Athlon System
HP 1.3 GHz complete system
Best Buy
Best Low Cost Notebook
HP 900 MHz Duron with DVD
Circuit City
Best High-end Notebook
Compaq 1 GHz Pentium III with CDRW/DVD
Circuit City
New Products
Windows XP
  Available now in new computers. Can be purchased at stores October 25th.

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.
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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 remains.
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 third quarter.
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 been."
"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 greater opportunities."
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 terrorist attacks.
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 States.
Information on Dell and its products can be obtained on the World Wide Web at

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 business tool."
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 device.
· 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 PC software.
· 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 the following:
· 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

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 pocket.
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 jack.
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

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 1,000 processors.
"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 benchmarks:

                                  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

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 onsite service.

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 standards."
"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

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 they need."

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 for product and purchase details.

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 prior models.
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

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 Group.
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

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 access

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 steps.
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 video clips.
Available nationwide in October, the Intel Pocket Digital PC Camera has a $149.99.
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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.
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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 guide.
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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 applications."
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 commands to:

-- Read, file, forward, reply, delete or prioritize their email,
-- 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 analysts.
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.
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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 graphics performance.
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) $99.
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.
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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;
-- 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 and immediately enjoy the benefits an XP-enabled ATI graphics board will provide. For a complete list of products visit

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.
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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 photos.
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 the lab.
"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 (LCD).
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 $299, respectively.
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 color.
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 computer.
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.
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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) users.
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 of $229.
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.
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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 competitive pricing.
The full complaint can be found on Imation's website at More detail about the DLT market and the antitrust charges are contained in separate background documents that can also be found on Imation's website.
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 applications.
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 justifies it.
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 ( 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."

Product Features

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).
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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."

High Performance and Low Power For Ultra-Portables

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.

Breakthrough Performance With New Mobile Intel(R) 830 Chipsets

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.

Processors Specifications And Pricing

Processor Frequency Price in Average Power
1K Unit
Mobile Intel(R) 1.2 GHz/ $722 <1.5 watts
Pentium(R)III 800 MHz in
processor-M Battery Mode

Low Voltage 800 MHz/ 533 $316 <1 watt
Mobile Intel(R) MHz in Battery
Pentium(R)III Mode


Low Voltage 733 MHz/ 466 $241 <1 watt
Mobile Intel(R) MHz in Battery
Pentium(R)III Mode

Low Voltage 800A MHz/ $316 <1 watt
Mobile Intel(R) 500 MHz in
Pentium(R)III Battery Mode

Low Voltage 750 MHz/ 450 $241 <1 watt
Mobile Intel(R) MHz in Battery
Pentium(R)III Mode

Ultra Low 700 MHz/ 300 $209 <.5 watt
Voltage Mobile MHz in Battery
Intel(R)Pentium(R) Mode
III processor-M

Low Voltage 650 MHz $134 <1 watt
Mobile Intel(R)

Mobile Intel(R) 933 MHz $134 < 3 watts

Mobile Intel(R) 900 MHz $134 < 3 watts

Mobile Intel(R) 733 MHz $75 < 3 watts

Mobile Intel(R) 800A MHz $91 < 3 watts

Mobile Intel(R) 866 MHz $107 < 3 watts
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Processor Voltage Process L2 Cache
Mobile Intel(R) 1.4 Volts/ 0.13 micron 512Kb
Pentium(R)III 1.15 volts in
processor-M Battery Mode

Low Voltage 1.15 volts/ 0.13 micron 512Kb
Mobile Intel(R) 1.05 volts/ in
Pentium(R)III Battery Mode

Low Voltage 1.15 volts/ 0.13 micron 512Kb
Mobile Intel(R) 1.05 volts/ in
Pentium(R)III Battery Mode
Low Voltage 1.15 volts/ 0.13 micron 512Kb
Mobile Intel(R) 1.05 volts in
Pentium(R)III Battery Mode
Low Voltage 1.15 volts/ 0.13 micron 512Kb
Mobile Intel(R) 1.05 volts/ in
Pentium(R)III Battery Mode
Ultra Low 1.1 volts/ 0.13 micron 512Kb
Voltage Mobile 0.95 volt in
Intel(R)Pentium(R) Battery Mode
III processor-M
Low Voltage 1.15 volts 0.13 micron 256Kb
Mobile Intel(R)
Mobile Intel(R) 1.7 volts 0.18 micron 128Kb
Mobile Intel(R) 1.7 volts 0.18 micron 128Kb
Mobile Intel(R) 1.7 volts 0.18 micron 128Kb
Mobile Intel(R) 1.7 volts 0.18 micron 128Kb
Mobile Intel(R) 1.7 volts 0.18 micron 128Kb

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Oct 01 - Toshiba Introduces Tecra 9000 Series Notebooks. The Computer Systems Group (CSG) of Toshiba America Information Systems Inc. (TAIS) introduces its thin and light Tecra(R) 9000 Series with the new Intel(R) Pentium(R) III processor-M 1.2GHz offering the latest in mobile computing advancements.
Combined with the fastest processer available, the Tecra 9000 Series also offers integrated Wi-Fi (IEEE 802.11b), Bluetooth(TM) technology and a Secure Digital (SD) media slot. Toshiba manufactures the industry's only notebook with both Wi-Fi and Bluetooth antennas embedded directly into the lid of the notebook, leaving no need for a PC Card.
Weighing a mere 5.3 pounds, the Tecra 9000 is able to offer the best balance of performance, wireless connectivity and low power consumption. Highly mobile professionals can benefit from a lightweight device that provides wireless access to a LAN, team computing, file sharing and transfer of data between other Bluetooth-enabled devices.
The robust feature-set provides the ultimate in mobile computing without sacrificing battery life with its unique power-saving technology.
In addition to numerous BTO configurations, the Tecra 9000 is available with the following specifications:

CPU Mobile Intel Pentium III processor-M with
Enhanced SpeedStep(TM) Technology, 1.2GHz
Display 14.1-inch TFT, XGA(1024 x 768)
Video S3 SuperSavage/IXC 16MB
Memory 256MB of PC133 (expandable to 1GB)
Bridge Media SD Media slot
Hard Disk Drive 30.0GB(a)
CD/DVD-ROM Drive DVD/CD-RW multi-function drive -- CD-ROM (24X),
CD-R (4X), CD-RW (4X), DVD-ROM (6X)
Communication -- Bluetooth ready
-- Integrated Wi-Fi wireless LAN
-- Integrated 10/100 Intel Ethernet LAN
-- Integrated i.Link(R)(IEEE 1394)
-- Fast IR
-- V.90 56K Modem
Dimensions (WxDxH): 12.2-inches x 10.6-inches
x 1.2/1.5-inches
Battery Life Up to three hours
Operating System Microsoft Windows 2000
Availability Available through Toshiba's traditional
distribution channels, VARs,
and mail order partners at the end of October
Estimated Street Price $3,329

Oct 01 - Sony Ericsson Mobile Communications Established Today. Sony Ericsson Mobile Communications, the joint venture between Telefonaktiebolaget LM Ericsson (NASDAQ:ERICY) and Sony Corporation, will today start its operations, following final approvals from the European Commission and other regulatory authorities.
The new company will start its operations today and is aiming to become the number one player in mobile multimedia products within 5 years.
"I am proud to announce that we have received the final approvals and we can start operations according to our initial plans", says Katsumi Ihara, President of Sony Ericsson Mobile Communications. "We are 3,500 committed employees who are very much looking forward to creating a great company and to launching our first products during next year", says Mr Ihara.
On August 28, Telefonaktiebolaget LM Ericsson and Sony Corporation signed an agreement to set up Sony Ericsson Mobile Communications as an equally owned joint venture. On September 11, the boards of both companies announced that their respective boards have approved the mobile phone joint venture. President of Sony Ericsson Mobile Communications is Katsumi Ihara, and Executive Vice President and Head of Sales & Marketing is Jan Wareby.
Sony Ericsson today also disclosed its new brand name and logo. The new brand name is Sony Ericsson and is accompanied by a symbol in a warm, organic green color. Together they represent the company's vision and ambition and what Sony Ericsson does for its customers.
Sony Ericsson Mobile Communications AB offers mobile communications products for people who appreciate the possibilities of powerful technology. Established in 2001 by Telefonaktiebolaget LM Ericsson and Sony Corporation, the joint venture continues to build on the success of its two innovative parent companies. Sony Ericsson creates value for its operator customers by bringing new ways of using multimedia communications while mobile. The company's management is based in London, and has 3,500 employees across the globe working on research, development, design, sales, marketing, distribution and support.
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Oct 01 - Worldwide Semiconductor Sales Slow to $10.49 Billion in August 2001. Worldwide sales of semiconductors were $10.49 billion in August, a decrease of 42.0% from $18.08 billion a year ago, the Semiconductor Industry Association (SIA) reported today. On a month-to-month basis, August sales were 3.4% below the July 2001 level of $10.86 billion, an improvement from the 6.1% month-to-month decline reported in the previous month.
"The reduced sales level continues to reflect the slow economic activity in the world's major economies combined with excess inventories in the information technology market. Consumption continues to deplete remaining inventories throughout the supply chain, and we believe that the inventory correction will be largely completed by the close of the September quarter," said George Scalise, SIA President.
Scalise went on to say, "The tragic events of September 11 may slightly dampen sales for the month of September due to short-term logistical issues; however, we are still confident that we will see sequential quarterly growth commencing in the December quarter. We expect that traditional holiday sales of personal computers, communications products and a variety of hand held devices will accelerate year-end demand for a broad range of semiconductors."
Compared to August 2000, August sales in the European market were lower by 40.0%, the Americas market was down 55.3%, and Asia Pacific was down 31.7%. In the Japan market, sales declined 36.3% from last August.
From its beginning in the 1950s, the semiconductor industry has been characterized by a four-year cycle, sporadically modified by unexpected economic factors. The semiconductor industry has grown at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 17% over the past 40 years.
The SIA's Global Sales Report (GSR) is a three-month moving average of sales activity. The GSR is tabulated by the World Semiconductor Trade Statistics (WSTS) organization, which represents approximately 66 companies. The moving average is a mathematical smoothing technique that mitigates variations due to companies' monthly financial calendars.
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