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InfoHQ Computer News and Rumors

October 16-23 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.
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InfoHQ Computer News and Rumors Article Index
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Oct 23 Micron First to Validate PC2700 DDR SDRAM Modules
Oct 23 Sony Introduces New CLIE Handheld
Oct 23 Rambus Inc. Unveils Newest Memory Technology
Oct 23 MicronPC Achieves First Operating Profit in Two Years
Oct 23 Wireless Could Outsell Landline Service in as Little as Three Years
Oct 22 Fujitsu Unveils World's Smallest, Full-Featured Notebook
Oct 22 Lexmark Reports Third-Quarter Profit; Intent to Restructure
Oct 22 Dell Introduces 20-Inch Flat Panel Monitor
Oct 22 NEC Computers Introduces Its Highest Performing Notebook Computer
Oct 22 Small Businesses Say High-Speed Internet Increases Productivity
Oct 21 Sunday Shopping Watch
Oct 19 Sony Ericsson Unveils Wearable Bluetooth Handsfree Phone Appliance
Oct 19 Transmeta Corporation Reports Third Quarter Loss
Oct 19 InterTrust Sues Microsoft for .NET Patent Infringement
Oct 19 3Dlabs Announces Wildcat II 5110-G Graphics Accelerator
Oct 18 Worldwide PC Shipments Drop 12 Percent
Oct 18 AMD Posts Third Quarter Loss
Oct 18 Bell Labs Scientists Usher in New Era of Molecular-Scale Electronics
Oct 18 Intel Opens Newest 0.13 Micron High-Volume Manufacturing Facility
Oct 18 Visioneer Announces the OneTouch 8920 USB Ultimate Scanning
Oct 17 ViewSonic ViewBox Transforms Computer Monitors Into TVs
Oct 17 America Online Launches New Version -- Aol 7.0
Oct 17 U.S. Wireless Users Will Reach 191 Million in 2005
Oct 17 Intel Reports Third Quarter Earnings
Oct 17 IBM Announces Third-Quarter 2001 Results
Oct 16 AMD Discloses Details of "Hammer" Processor
Oct 16 Intel Describes Low Power, High Performance Future for Processors
Oct 16 Epson Introduces the EPSON Stylus Photo 820 Printer
Oct 16 New Dell Inspiron 4100 Packs Power and Personality
Oct 16 Archos announces Multi-connection MiniCDRW II

 
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Oct 23 - Micron First to Validate PC2700 DDR SDRAM Modules. Micron Technology, Inc. (NYSE:MU), today announced that Silicon Integrated Systems Corporation (SiS) validated its PC2700 DDR SDRAM DIMM modules.
SiS validated Micron's PC2700 128MB Unbuffered DDR SDRAM DIMM modules and PC2700 256MB Unbuffered DDR SDRAM DIMM modules on its SiS645 based SS51A board. To link to the SiS PC2700 DDR module validation site, go to www.sis.com/ddr_vendors.htm.
"Micron's PC2700 DDR SDRAM modules are the first PC2700 modules we validated on our SiS645 based SS51A demonstration board," said Shing Wong, Senior Vice President of SiS. "In our testing, a fully loaded system with up to three Micron PC2700 DDR SDRAM modules performed flawlessly. We worked closely with Micron on enabling our platforms and we appreciate their support."
Micron also has an ongoing validation program, testing Micron modules with various motherboards. "We are pleased to report that our PC2700 DDR SDRAM modules passed all tests on this platform," said Brett Williams, Micron's DRAM PC Segment Marketing Manager. "Our PC2700 DDR modules utilize our DDR333 components to provide a high-performance bandwidth of 2.7 gigabytes per second. It is exciting to be the first DRAM supplier to reach this milestone." To link to Micron's module validation site, go to www.micron.com/motherboard.

Oct 23 - Sony Intoduces New CLIE Handheld. Adding new functionality to handheld devices while reducing the profile, Sony Electronics today unveiled the CLIE PEG-T415 handheld, which features a slim design with an aluminum case and an enhanced infrared port for controlling audio/video equipment.
Sony also announced an optional Memory Stick(R) camera module (model PEGA-MSC1) that enables consumers to shoot and view digital photos directly from the new CLIE T415 handheld, as well as the currently available N760C and N610C CLIE handhelds.
"Utilizing the Palm OS, CLIE handhelds have always been about fun and entertainment, and the new CLIE T415 model takes that sentiment to another level," said Russell Paik, vice president for handheld marketing at Sony Electronics' Information Technology Products Division. "By enabling the device to act as a remote controller, the CLIE T415 handheld is now the link to one's household entertainment."
Measuring a mere 0.39 inches thin, the CLIE PEG-T415 model has the slimmest silhouette in the industry, while retaining key features found throughout the CLIE handheld line-up, such as the Jog Dial(TM) navigator with Back button and the Memory Stick(R) media slot.
The CLIE T415 handheld features a high-resolution (320 x 320 pixels) monochrome display, ideal for viewing detailed images and crisp system fonts.
The new CLIE handheld will retail for about $300, and the PEGA-MSC1 camera module for around $150. Both devices, expected to be available at retailers nationwide in November, can be pre-ordered online beginning today at www.sonystyle.com/clie.

Oct 23 - Rambus Inc. Unveils Newest Memory Technology. Rambus Inc., the leading provider of high bandwidth chip connection technology, today unveiled its next generation memory signaling technology during Rambus Developer Forum (RDF) 2001. Part of Rambus' latest memory technology development effort, code-named "Yellowstone", the new signaling technology is capable of data transfer rates of 3.2 Gigahertz (GHz) with a roadmap to 6.4GHz.
Surpassing Rambus' already industry-leading memory signaling technologies, Yellowstone Octal Data Rate (ODR) operation allows for the transfer of eight bits per clock cycle, leveraging differential pair signaling to achieve transfer rates of 3.2GHz. In addition, Yellowstone technology incorporates ultra low voltage Differential Rambus Signaling Levels (DRSL) of 1.2V with a 200mV swing, on-chip termination, and bi-directional signaling.
"Rambus has led the pace of innovation in the area of high-speed chip connection technologies over the last decade," said Dave Mooring, President of Rambus Inc. "The introduction of Yellowstone's signaling technology continues this accelerated pace and provides the building blocks in semiconductor chip interconnections for the next decade."
"The first Yellowstone test chip is a fully functional DRAM PLL supporting greater than 3.2GHz data rates," said Laura Fleming, vice president of Rambus Inc. "Rambus innovations including ODR and DRSL will deliver four times the performance compared to today's RDRAM."
Yellowstone technology's flexible architecture enables customized memory solutions to satisfy various market needs over the next decade, such as consumer, graphics, PC desktop, workstation, server and mobile applications.
For more information, visit the Rambus web site at http://www.rambus.com/technology/yellowstone_overview.html.

Oct 23 - MicronPC Achieves First Operating Profit in Two Years. MicronPC announced today that it achieved profitable operations in September, four months after it was acquired by Gores Technology Group.
The computer maker said its operating results have improved each month since it was acquired by Gores Technology in June, 2001, and that it is now profitable for the first time in more than two years.
MicronPC returned to profitability in the midst of the worst PC market in history, with industry analysts such as IDC and Gartner predicting year-to-year PC industry shipments will decline in 2001 for the first time ever.
In June 2001, Gores Technology Group acquired the MicronPC business from Micron Electronics, Inc. "I am extremely encouraged by the intense and successful efforts of everyone at MicronPC and Gores Technology to turn this company around," said Alec Gores, Chairman and Founder of Gores Technology Group. "The MicronPC team has made impressive gains at a very rapid pace."
"The entire MicronPC team is proud to have returned to profitability so soon after becoming part of the Gores Technology Group," said Mike Adkins, president and CEO of MicronPC. "Our ability to earn a profit during these unprecedented market conditions speaks volumes about the value we deliver to customers, our discipline in controlling expenses and the commitment of MicronPC employees," Mr. Adkins said. "Our new business model provides financial stability and profitability, building a foundation on which we can to grow our market share in market segments on which we are focusing."
"The people of MicronPC have done a truly outstanding job of creating and implementing a new business model that attains financial health," said James Bailey, Group President of Gores Technology, who oversees the MicronPC business for Gores Technology. "Although we still have a way to go until we achieve the full potential of this company, we are clearly on the right track."
MicronPC's new success comes from its well-established superiority in customer service and support, combined with intense efforts to reduce unnecessary operating expenses. "Our customers put high value on MicronPC's willingness to tailor our products and services to meet their specific needs, and on our premium services and online training," Mr. Adkins said. "The high customer acceptance of our value-added services enhances our operating margins."
"One key to MicronPC's success has been a concentration on select customer segments," Mr. Adkins said. "We're focusing on markets where our flexibility and willingness to meet specific business needs matches customer expectations," he said. "MicronPC has focused on small/medium businesses and government customers, where our highly competitive prices combine with our well-established reputation for high-quality service and support to differentiate us from competitors." MicronPC derives more than 85% of its revenue and margin from these two market segments.
More information about the company can be found at www.micronpc.com.

Oct 23 - Wireless Could Outsell Landline Service in as Little as Three Years. In as few as three years, wireless communications could overtake and outsell landline service in the global market, according to a survey by Arthur D. Little (ADL), one of the world's premier management and technology consulting firms.
The survey, conducted at the Power2001 conference in Anaheim, California, sought the opinions of the 500 conference attendees who are professionals in the fields of mobile computing, wireless electronic devices and battery technology.
Of the 100 attendees who participated in the survey, 86% felt that wireless would overtake and oversell landline service within the decade: 19% said the change would occur within 3 years, 38% said within 5 years and 29% within 10 years.
"This is a very strong statement - to think that by the year 2006 we could be a wireless world," said Rob Fricke, associate director in the ADL Communications, Information Technology, and Electronics Group, who analyzed the survey results. "It is clear that the overwhelming majority of the audience feels that there will be a significant shift toward global wireless connectivity in the very near future."
Other significant findings of the survey centered on issues of security within the wireless communications industry. Not surprising to ADL experts, attendees said the top security concern affecting wireless is virus protection, with privacy trailing not far behind.
"Many of the votes reflect people's recent experiences and the publicity to which they have been exposed," said Martyn Roetter, vice president and director of Arthur D. Little's Communications, Information Technology and Electronics Group. "In the wake of the recent crippling viruses such as NIMBA and Code Red and the increased vigilance surrounding personal privacy, these results are not a surprise. It can be assumed that in the near future we will see wireless users paying a premium for privacy."
The survey results also identified battery technology as a key component to enabling next generation technology. "We are seeing the battery industry continue to be pushed towards developing technology for the production of long-lasting, smaller batteries," said Dr. Christina Lampe-Onnerud, Director of Battery Technology at ADL's Technology and Innovation department. "This heightened interest in high-performing smaller batteries is also leading to the need for improved safety of battery components and manufacturing."

Additional survey findings include:

--Reliability of service, not price, is the most significant barrier to wireless use
--Concerns about the slow market environment and uncertainty about when business will improve are weighing heavily on all divisions of the wireless sector.
--Mobile computing and a wireless Internet are the next wireless communications applications in store for both the business and consumer markets
--Almost 2/3 of respondents prefer using several specialized devices (cell, pager, PDA, etc) than using one solution
--Battery power and global connectivity are the biggest challenges for success in 3G devices

To view complete survey results visit: http://www.adltechnology.com/power2001/results.htm.

Oct 22 - Fujitsu Unveils World's Smallest, Full-Featured Notebook. Fujitsu PC Corporation, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Fujitsu Limited (TSE:6702), today announced the release of its newest addition to the LifeBook family -- the LifeBook(R) P Series.
Ideal for work and play, the LifeBook P Series is the world's smallest and lightest two-spindle notebook. Weighing less than 3.5 pounds, the notebook can house either a modular DVD/CD-RW combo drive or a second battery for up to 14.5 hours of battery life.
With its ultra-compact form factor, high-performance processing power and entertainment functionality, the LifeBook P Series creates a mobile solution perfect for business professionals, commuters, students and technology enthusiasts. The integration of the modular DVD/CD-RW combo drive enhances the LifeBook P Series' ability to function as a full-fledged multimedia solution. Users can burn CDs and watch DVDs virtually anywhere due to its compact form factor measuring 10.6 inches wide by 7 inches deep by 1.59 inches high.
With its modular bay and standard battery installed, the notebook weighs approximately 3.4 pounds. End-users can further reduce their burden by utilizing the notebook's weight-saver, bringing the weight down to 2.8 pounds. A second battery can be inserted into the bay to offer a full workday of battery powered computing productivity.
The LifeBook P Series is also the first notebook offered by Fujitsu in the U.S. to feature the Crusoe(TM) processor from Transmeta Corporation (Nasdaq:TMTA). The notebook houses Transmeta's 800MHz Crusoe TM5800 Series processor specifically designed to save energy while still providing full processing power in battery-mode. The notebook is powered by one main or high capacity main Lithium ion battery delivering up to 7 hours of battery life. Users requiring extended battery life can install an optional second bay battery for dual battery usage and increase the notebook's computing time up to 14.5 hours.
The two-spindle design features a 20GB hard drive, 128MB SDRAM, ATI(R) RAGE(TM) Mobility-M video controller with 4MB integrated video memory, and comes with an external USB floppy drive standard.
The LifeBook P Series includes a 10.6-inch Wide SXGA TFT display providing a 15:9 aspect ratio for letterbox look and 5:1 surround sound quality via the bundling of Dolby(R) Headphone(TM) software, further enhancing the computer's entertainment value.
Its unique blend of advanced entertainment features and prolonged battery life allows travelers to enjoy some of the longest DVD titles in one sitting. For those at work or at home, the LifeBook P Series can be connected to an external monitor using a mini VGA cable which comes standard.
"This latest notebook offering from Fujitsu, one of the leading mobile computing companies, expands our relationship that was initiated in Japan last year," said Jim Chapman, executive vice president and chief marketing officer, Transmeta Corporation. "Our Crusoe processor offers long battery life, reduced heat for fanless operation and high performance for ultra-lightweight form factors, such as the LifeBook P Series, and enhances the overall computing experience for end-users."
The LifeBook P Series is available with either Microsoft(R) Windows(R) XP Home Edition or Windows 2000 Professional pre-installed to provide users with a choice of operating systems that best fits their individual computing requirements. Microsoft's XP Home Edition is scheduled to ship near the end of October.
Connectivity for a notebook of this size is a priority. Therefore, the LifeBook P Series includes a built-in 56K V.90 modem and an integrated 10/100 base-Tx Ethernet standard to allow communications in any type of environment. Another part of the notebook's standard configuration is an IEEE 1394 port for ultra-fast digital video and data transfer.
Fujitsu's innovative mobile solution will ship in mid-November with an estimated street price starting at $1,499 and is sold through the company's retail and reseller channels as well as at www.fujitsupc.com.

Oct 22 - NEC Computers Introduces Its Highest Performing Notebook Computer. NEC Computers Inc., a leading provider of mobile, desktop and server computing solutions for the enterprise market, today introduced its highest performing and most versatile notebook computer, the NEC Versa(R)L320 notebook.
Engineered with the powerful new Mobile Intel(R) Pentium(R) III Processor 1GHz - M, the Versa L320 notebook is a full-featured desktop replacement system capable of handling the most data intensive business applications, 3-D visualization programs and next-generation operating systems. Based on Intel's 830 chipset, the Versa L320 notebook features new power management capabilities, including Enhanced Intel SpeedStep(R) technology and Deeper Sleep(TM) functionality.

Innovative Expansion Features

To balance performance with versatility, NEC designed the Versa L320 notebook with two multi-functional device bays, allowing users to easily customize the system configuration to their computing needs. The primary bay, which uses NEC's VersaBay(TM) IV technology, accepts a wide range of hot-swappable modular drives, including a CD-ROM drive, a CD-RW/DVD-ROM combo drive or a second 30GB(1) hard drive. The secondary Modular Bay can be fitted with a standard 1.44MB(1) diskette drive or a second 8-cell battery pack. This unique bay combination allows the user to utilize two batteries while maintaining use of the CD-ROM or CD-RW/DVD-ROM combo drive.
"The Versa L320 is designed for business users who require a high level of mobile performance and flexibility in a notebook computer, " said Joe Harris, director of product marketing, NEC Computers Inc. "The Versa L320, like all NEC mobile solutions, offers features that help mobile professionals do their jobs better, faster and with ease."

Advanced Multimedia Capabilities

The Versa L320 notebook is available with a 14.1-inch XGA display (1024 x 768). Combined with an ATI Mobility(TM) M6D video controller and 16MB of video memory, the Versa L320 provides exceptional graphics quality for crisp video playback and graphic-intensive applications. The Versa L320 notebook ships with a choice of Microsoft(R) Windows(R) 2000 or Windows 98 Second Edition operating systems pre-installed. Beginning late Q4 2001, the Versa L320 will be available with Microsoft's new Windows XP Professional OS, providing new productivity enhancements for enterprise users.

Pricing and Availability

More information about the product is also available by visiting www.neccomp.com. A base configuration of the Versa L320 notebook includes a Mobile Intel Pentium III Processor 1GHz - M, 14-inch XGA TFT display, 30GB hard drive, 128MB RAM, combo 10/100 LAN/V.90 modem, combo CD-RW/DVD-ROM drive, 1.44MB diskette drive, and Windows 98 operating system for approximately $2,699.

Oct 22 - Lexmark Reports Third-Quarter Profit; Intent to Restructure. Lexmark International, Inc. (NYSE:LXK) today announced financial results for the third quarter of 2001. Third quarter revenue was $1.004 billion, up 8 percent (9 percent in constant currency) from the same period in 2000. Diluted net earnings per share were 52 cents compared to 50 cents reported a year ago.
"We are pleased to deliver third-quarter financial results in line with our previous guidance - especially given the further deterioration in the worldwide economy," said Paul J. Curlander, chairman and CEO. "Lexmark's supplies-driven business model has enabled us to increase sales and profits during a year that has been particularly challenging for many technology companies."
Lexmark also announced that a restructuring plan is being developed which will include a reduction in its global workforce of up to 12 percent. This plan will result in fourth-quarter 2001 pre-tax charges of $100-120 million, with an impact on diluted net earnings per share of 54 to 65 cents. Annual savings from the restructuring should approximate $50-60 million, with about $35-45 million being achieved in 2002.
"These difficult steps are necessary to intensify our focus on being the low-cost producer in the industry. They will also help us to make the required investment in research and development, and to continue gaining share in both the laser and inkjet markets," Curlander added.
Lexmark can be found on the Internet at www.lexmark.com.

Oct 22 - Dell Introduces 20-Inch Flat Panel Monitor. Dell (Nasdaq:DELL) today introduced a new 20-inch flat-panel monitor, the first of its size to be offered by the leading North American supplier of flat-panel monitors.
The Dell 2000FP is available for U.S. customers today when ordered with a Dell Precision Workstation. It is expected to be available later this year bundled with Dell Dimension desktops and as a stand-alone purchase through Dell Software & Peripherals.
The midnight gray monitor offers the viewing area of a 21-inch cathode ray tube (CRT) display. Other features include picture-in-picture capability and analog, digital, S-video and composite inputs. The latter two inputs allow for DVD and VCR direct inputs.
"Flat panel monitors consume less power and occupy less space than traditional CRTs," Ross Young, president of flat panel research firm DisplaySearch, said. "The Dell 2000FP, with its improved resolution over 18-inch flat panels, is an excellent choice for computer-aided design, digital content creation, financial, medical and government environments. It's also ideal for any mission-critical use where space or power consumption is an issue."
The Dell 2000FP is $1,399 when bundled with a Dell Precision workstation. Customers can order a Dell Precision Workstation 340 with a 2000FP flat panel monitor for less than $3000. Dell also carries a wide range of entry-level to performance CRT and flat panel monitors that are convenient to buy, easy to install and matched to other Dell products. All monitors are rigorously tested and come with Dell service and support.
Information on Dell and its products can be obtained on the World Wide Web at www.dell.com.

Oct 22 - Small Businesses Say High-Speed Internet Increases Productivity. Three in four small businesses say high-speed Internet service has improved business productivity and nearly two in three say it has made them more competitive, according to a survey released today by the Yankee Group, a leading industry analyst firm, and SBC Communications Inc.(NYSE:SBC)
The survey results of Broadband Watch: A Study of the Small Business Market are based on independent telephone interviews conducted by Yankee Group from a random sampling of 500 small businesses with SBC DSL High-Speed Internet service.
The Broadband Watch survey found that in today's marketplace, small businesses are using the super-fast Internet connection to take advantage of broadband-enabled applications in an effort to increase their bottom line.
"After upgrading to broadband, small businesses quickly recognize the return on investment from high-speed DSL Internet service across all business areas. As they begin to take advantage of new applications, the value of their high-speed service continues to increase," said Mike Lauricella, program manager of the Yankee Group's Small and Medium Business Communications Research and Consulting practice.

Use of High-Speed Access: Vital to the Business

The survey found that a broadband connection allows the Internet to become a core part of the business process for small businesses by increasing productivity and improving communications.

Core to Business


-- 68% of businesses say their broadband service has already delivered a positive return on investment.
-- 56% of businesses view their DSL Internet service as indispensable and vital to their business.

Increase Productivity

-- 76% say that DSL Internet has improved business productivity.

-- 70% say broadband has improved customer service.

-- 62% say that a broadband connection also enabled businesses to
compete more effectively.

-- 59% say DSL Internet has helped improve employee job
satisfaction.

-- Of those businesses that switched from another type of online
access to DSL Internet service, the number who now feel the
Internet positively impacts their business productivity
increased 94%.

The Yankee Group can be found on the Web at www.yankeegroup.com.

Oct 21 - Sunday Shopping Watch. This is the fourth Sunday that Microsoft's newest operating system, Windows XP, is bundled with new computers. For some reason, local merchants continue to advertise high-end systems and not the less powerful Celeron and Duron systems. This trend applies to both desktops and notebooks.
Windows XP will not be available for separate purchase until October 25th (this Thursday). 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 $150 mail-in rebates on all advertised desktop complete systems, notebooks, and build-to-order systems.
Circuit City has no store-wide sales this Sunday (individual items may be on sale).
Office Depot has no store-wide sales this Sunday (individual items may be on sale).
CompUSA has no ad this Sunday.
Staples has no ad this Sunday.

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

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

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

Best Deals this Sunday
Category
Product Description
Price* (see above)
Store
Best Celeron Deal
Compaq 1.1 GHz complete system
$620
Best Buy
Best Pentium III System
None Advertised
   
Best Pentium 4 System
HP 1.5 GHz complete system
$1099
Best Buy
Best Duron System
None Advertised
Best Athlon System
None Advertised
   
Best Athlon XP System
Compaq 1500+ (1.33 GHz) DDR with 17 inch monitor
$849
Best Buy
Best Low Cost Notebook
Compaq 900 MHz Duron with DVD
$1049
Best Buy
Best High-end Notebook
Sony 1 GHz Athlon 4 with CDRW/DVD
$1549
Best Buy
New Products
Windows XP
  Available now in new computers. Can be purchased in 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 19 - Sony Ericsson Unveils Wearable Bluetooth Handsfree Phone Appliance. Today Sony Ericsson (NASDAQ:ERICY) announced the launch of the Ericsson Bluetooth(TM) Handsfree HBH-20, an appealing and wearable new approach to Bluetooth technology.
Packing the electronics into about half the size of a credit card, the Bluetooth Handsfree clips neatly onto clothing and can be worn as naturally as a necklace or watch. The handsfree will reach the market in early November 2001.
The Bluetooth Handsfree HBH-20 provides a new way to take advantage of this innovative wireless technology, eliminating the physical connection to the phone but incorporating the familiar design of a traditional handsfree. Designed to be worn all day, it consists of a small Bluetooth unit and a separate earpiece, connected by a short wire, which also contains the microphone.
The Bluetooth unit can be carried on a necklace or clipped onto a shirt or blouse, and even features interchangeable covers that allow the wearer to coordinate its appearance with clothing. The earpiece is only needed when actually making a call, allowing the handsfree to blend in easily with the wearer's apparel.
The innovative design of the Bluetooth Handsfree is not its only feature, however. Small buttons on the Bluetooth unit enable users to manage both incoming and outgoing calls without touching the phone. Full support for voice dialing is provided, as is a unique call reject button. The wearer can dismiss a call directly from the handsfree - without having to answer and hang up.
Bluetooth products communicate by means of a radio link, eliminating the need for a physical connection via cable. Pricing and availability were not announced. For further information, visit: www.SonyEricssonMobile.com.

Oct 19 - Transmeta Corporation Reports Third Quarter Loss. Transmeta Corporation (Nasdaq: TMTA) today reported net revenue of $5.0 million for its third quarter of fiscal 2001, ended September 28, 2001, confirming the company's revised guidance set on October 8, 2001.
Net revenue for the third quarter of fiscal 2001 was $5.0 million, compared with $3.5 million for the same period last year. Pro forma net loss, which excludes the effects of non-cash charges of $9.1 million, was $20.5 million, or $0.16 per share, for the third quarter of fiscal 2001. Excluding this quarter's accounting effects of the previously recorded inventory charge, the pro forma net loss was $23.1 million, or $0.18 per share. This compares to pro forma net loss of $21.1 million, or $0.63 per share, for the same period of fiscal 2000, which excludes $6.5 million in non-cash charges.
Actual net loss for the third quarter of fiscal 2001 was $29.6 million, or $0.22 per share, compared with actual net loss of $27.7 million, or $0.82 per share, for the same period last year.
Current Financial Outlook for Fourth Quarter 2001

The following outlook statements are based upon current expectations. These statements are forward looking, and our actual results could differ materially.

1. On October 8, we announced that 5800 shipments had been
delayed. Although we are now shipping limited production
quantities, we will not provide high volume production until
November. As a result, we are not providing guidance on
revenue or gross margin for the fourth quarter.

2. Transmeta expects that the total dollar spending in Research
and Development and Selling, General and Administrative will
be approximately flat to slightly lower to the third quarter
levels of $25.8 million.

Transmeta develops and sells software-based microprocessors and develops additional hardware and software technologies that enable computer manufacturers to build computers that simultaneously offer long battery life, high performance and x86 compatibility. Transmeta's family of Crusoe microprocessors is targeted at the notebook and Internet appliance segments of the mobile Internet computer market, as well as ultra-dense servers and a range of embedded applications. To learn more about Transmeta, visit their website at www.transmeta.com.

Oct 19 - InterTrust Sues Microsoft for .NET Patent Infringement. InterTrust Technologies Corporation (NASDAQ: ITRU) announced today that it has added three more patents to its lawsuit against Microsoft Corporation filed earlier this year.
InterTrust amended the complaint, first filed on April 26, 2001 in US District Court for the Northern District of California, specifically to allege that Microsoft's .NET framework implementation infringes various InterTrust patents. The suit now alleges that Microsoft infringes on 7 InterTrust patents and InterTrust believes at least 50 separate patent claims.
The 3 newly added InterTrust patents -- numbers 5,892,900 ('900 Patent); 5,982,891('891 Patent); and 5,917,912 ('912 Patent) -- stem from an InterTrust patent application first filed in February 1995. They cover a wide variety of secure computing technologies in addition to Digital Rights Management (DRM).
The complaint alleges that Microsoft is willfully infringing the '891 and '912 patents, in addition to the previously asserted patent No. 5,920,861, in its .NET implementation. The complaint further alleges that the "product activation" features of Windows XP, OfficeXP and other Microsoft products, infringe the claims of the '900 patent in addition to InterTrust's previously asserted patent No. 5,940,504.
.NET focuses on providing tools and processes for building, deploying, and integrating Web services. It is supported by building block components of software called "assemblies" that can be distributed across the Internet. Assemblies can be employed to allow cooperative digital business interaction, including the sharing of data and processes in trusted and efficient Web-based models.
.NET, and InterTrust's underlying inventions, allow independent parties to form digital relationships that allow users to access information, and electronically automate relationships and commercial processes, without regard to the specific computing device, platform, location, or application environment.
A key pillar of Microsoft's .NET framework is its trust infrastructure. This trust infrastructure ensures that digital policies can be securely established and enforced in a platform and environment independent manner.
These digital policies govern, among other things, how components and individuals can interact, how components and rules can be shared, and how trust is checked and ensured.
"A scalable distributed trust architecture is a necessary foundation for the next stage of e-commerce," said David P. Maher, PhD, InterTrust's Chief Technology Officer. "The .NET architecture incorporates important technologies invented by InterTrust, and, by employing such inventions, .NET represents a significant technology milestone."
"Microsoft has employed many of the approaches that formed the basis of InterTrust's groundbreaking inventive work of the early 1990s." Maher continued. "The use of InterTrust inventions in .NET's architecture validates our long-held view of the trust requirements for distributed policy-based interaction."
"Our approach in this litigation has been to carefully study how Microsoft uses security and trust management technology in its products and services, and to compare those implementations to our many issued patent claims," said Ed Fish, President of InterTrust's MetaTrust Utility Division. "The more we've been able to do this, the more it becomes evident that Microsoft is merely adopting technologies long ago patented by InterTrust, and communicated by us to Microsoft. This infringement serves to validate the importance of InterTrust's business mission and our patent assets."
In the lawsuit InterTrust seeks unspecified damages and an injunction prohibiting further infringement, such as by Microsoft's continued distribution of its .NET implementation, Windows XP and Windows ME operating systems, Office XP, Visio2002, Windows Media Player, Microsoft Reader, Digital Asset Server products, and other Microsoft application, server, and operating system products.
Microsoft has filed an answer denying all the allegations as to the previously filed patents and asserting two patents relating to the downloading of software, but not believed by InterTrust to be significant to its business.
The case is now in the early stages of discovery. There has also been progress in the setting of a date for a Markman hearing, which interprets the patent claims. Given available facts, it now appears that the Markman hearing will take place during the middle of 2002.
InterTrust can be found on the Web at www.intertrust.com.

Oct 19 - 3Dlabs Announces Wildcat II 5110-G Graphics Accelerator. 3Dlabs(R), Inc. Ltd. (Nasdaq:TDDD) today announced the immediate availability of the Wildcat II 5110-G graphics accelerator with built-in Genlock and 3Dlabs Multiview support.
The Wildcat II 5110-G augments the capabilities of the Wildcat II 5110 -- dubbed "the fastest graphics on the planet" by PC Magazine -- to enable professionals to seamlessly integrate their graphics workstations into larger environments such as multi-system visual simulation environments, "video wall" visualization theaters, and video postproduction studios. The Wildcat II 5110-G is immediately available to qualified system integrators through the Wildcat Partner Program.

About Genlock and Multiview

-- Genlock enables one or more graphics cards -- in one or more systems -- to be locked to an external synchronization source. This enables graphics workstations to be connected to a house synch for video postproduction or visual simulation facilities.
-- 3Dlabs Multiview works with the application to create a single "virtual canvas" when running the same application on multiple systems. Multiview prevents image "tearing" across the screens by sending signals between each linked workstation to synchronize the swapping of buffers and screen refreshes. Multiview can be used to create immersive, multi-monitor simulation environments.

A complete whitepaper on Using Wildcat's Genlock and Multiview Option in Visual Computing Applications can be found at http://www.3dlabs.com/product/technology/Multiview.htm.
For more information on 3Dlabs, visit www.3dlabs.com.

Oct 18 - Worldwide PC Shipments Drop 12 Percent. The slowing U.S. economy has impacted all PC regions, as worldwide PC shipments in the third quarter of 2001 totaled 30.7 million units, an 11.6 percent decline from the same period last year, according to preliminary results from Dataquest Inc., a unit of Gartner, Inc. (NYSE: IT and ITB).
    "In the third quarter, the PC market continued to suffer from the impact of PC saturation in developed markets, and the effects of the U.S. economic downturn came heavily to bear on all PC regions," said Charles Smulders, vice president of Gartner Dataquest's Computing Platforms Worldwide group. "The market is experiencing a significant PC component surplus, which is creating two dynamics. First, it favors the major companies with the most efficient supply chain. Second, it is creating a resurgence in the nonbranded (white box) PCs. The oversupply situation is expected to last throughout 2002."
    Dell extended its lead in both the worldwide and U.S. PC markets during the third quarter (see Table 1 and Table 2). As the other top-tier vendors experienced worldwide shipment declines ranging from 17 percent to 31 percent declines, Dell managed to grow nearly 11 percent.


Table 1

Preliminary Worldwide PC Vendor Unit Shipment Estimates for 3Q01

(Thousands of Units)



                      3Q01     3Q01      3Q00     3Q00 

                 Shipments   Market Shipments   Market   Growth(%)

Company                     Share(%)           Share(%)

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Dell                 4,232     13.8     3,818     11.0     10.8

Compaq               3,184     10.4     4,623     13.4    -31.1

IBM                  2,005      6.6     2,422      7.0    -17.2

Hewlett-Packard      1,952      6.4     2,588      7.5    -24.6

NEC                  1,046      3.4     1,443      4.2    -27.5

Others              18,167     59.4    19,701     56.9     -7.8

Total Market        30,586    100.0    34,596    100.0    -11.6



Note: Data includes desk-based PCs, mobile PCs and PC servers.

Source: Gartner Dataquest (October 2001)

The September 11 terrorist attacks have exacerbated what had been expected to be a difficult quarter for the U.S. PC market. There have been mixed messages from vendors on the impact the attacks had on the PC market. Dell said it saw a swift return to business, while Compaq estimated that the event resulted in 300,000 fewer units in the United States. Gartner Dataquest analysts said that since Compaq's financial quarter ends in September and Dell's quarter ends in October, Compaq would feel more of an effect.
Additional research can be found on Gartner's Hardware and Systems Focus Area on Gartner's Web site at www.gartner.com.

Oct 18 - AMD Posts Third Quarter Loss. AMD today reported results for the quarter ended September 30, 2001.
Net sales for the third quarter of 2001 were $765,870,000, a decline of 22 percent compared with sales of $985,264,000 in the second quarter of 2001. AMD reported sales of $1,206,549,000 in the third quarter of 2000.
The pro forma net loss for the quarter, which excludes one-time charges, amounted to $97,424,000, which was equivalent to $0.28 per share. The pro forma net loss excludes the effects of restructuring and other special charges amounting to $89.3 million and additional inventory provisions amounting to $6.9 million.
Memory Group sales in the third quarter of 2001 at $210 million declined by 34 percent from the second quarter of 2001, reflecting continuing weakness in the communication sector and excess inventories of flash memory devices at major customers.
The company reported record unit sales of AMD Athlon(TM) and AMD Duron(TM) processors in the quarter. Total PC processor unit sales for the third quarter of 2001, at more than 7.7 million units, remained at the record level of the immediate-prior quarter. In the face of very aggressive competition, average selling prices (ASPs) for PC processors declined by 20 percent sequentially.
"AMD held market share in the 22 percent range in a very weak PC market made more difficult by our principal competitor's efforts to halt our forward momentum," said W. J. Sanders III, chairman and chief executive officer. "Those efforts have failed as the performance deficiencies of computers based on Intel's Pentium(R) 4 processors have become increasingly evident. Nevertheless, drastic price cuts and large, cash-backed marketing programs from Intel had the effect of driving down ASPs on PC processors in the market segments where we compete directly.
"During the quarter, AMD commenced shipments of the newest member of the AMD Athlon processor family, the AMD Athlon XP processor, based on the `Palomino' core. AMD Athlon XP processors were designed to deliver extreme performance on the desktop running the new Microsoft(R) Windows(R) XP operating system. The AMD Athlon XP processor outperforms any other PC processor in the world, unlocking the full potential of a PC when combined with the Windows XP operating system," Sanders said.

Current Outlook

The company's outlook statements are based on current expectations. The following statements are forward-looking, and actual results could differ materially. The company's current outlook is based on the following projections:
Demand for flash memory devices from new customers is expected to offset continuing weakness in demand from customers in the communications sector, where inventories continue to exceed desired levels. Uncertainty in the economy reflecting declining consumer sentiment suggests caution in attempting a precise forecast. Accordingly, the company projects that Memory Group sales in the fourth quarter will range from unchanged to growth of 10 percent over the level of the third quarter of 2001.
The company expects that the normal seasonality that was to have benefited the PC market in the fourth quarter will be muted at best in light of the impact of global economic uncertainty on consumer spending.
Unit sales of PCs are expected to grow only modestly in the fourth quarter of 2001 from the levels of the third quarter. The encouraging reception of the new AMD Athlon XP processor, the world's highest-performance PC processor; the acceptance of AMD's first multiprocessor server and workstation product, the AMD Athlon MP processor; and the growing success in commercial markets of the AMD Athlon family offerings presage continuing growth in unit shipments of AMD PC processors.
In the current quarter, the company again expects to achieve record unit volume sales of AMD Athlon and AMD Duron processors. The company's strengthening competitive position is expected to result in attenuating price declines and to generate revenues ranging from the level of the third quarter of 2001 to as much as 10 percent growth sequentially.
If current conditions prevail and as revenues from the company's other IC products and foundry services decline, the company expects that overall revenues will range from flat to high single-digit percentage growth in the fourth quarter.
Revenues in this range would be insufficient to offset the current level of expenses, and therefore the company currently expects to report an operating loss in the fourth quarter.
For more AMD news and product information, visit www.amd.com.

Oct 18 - Bell Labs Scientists Usher in New Era of Molecular-Scale Electronics. Scientists from Lucent Technologies' (NYSE: LU) Bell Labs have created organic transistors with a single-molecule channel length, setting the stage for a new class of high-speed, inexpensive carbon-based electronics.
The size of a transistor's channel -- the space between its electrodes -- influences its output current and switching speed.
In these new molecular-scale transistors, fabricated by a multidisciplinary team of Bell Labs researchers, the length of one molecule defines the channel's physical dimension; it is more than a factor of ten smaller than anything that has been demonstrated even with the most advanced lithography techniques.
The breakthrough is reported in the October 18th issue of the journal Nature.
Scientists have been looking for alternatives to conventional silicon electronics for many years, because they anticipate that the continuing miniaturization of silicon-based integrated circuits will subside in approximately a decade as fundamental physical limits are reached. Some of this research has been aimed at producing molecular-scale transistors, in which single molecules are responsible for the transistor action - switching and amplifying electrical signals.
Bell Labs scientists Hendrik Schon, Zhenan Bao and Hong Meng have now succeeded in fabricating molecular-scale transistors that rival conventional silicon transistors in performance, using a class of organic (carbon-based) semiconductor material known as thiols. "When we tested them, they behaved extremely well as both amplifiers and switches," said Schon, an experimental physicist who was the lead researcher.
Using the tiny transistors, which are roughly a million times smaller than a grain of sand, the team built a voltage inverter, a standard electronic circuit module, commonly used in computer chips, that converts a "0" to a "1" or vice versa. Though just a prototype, the success of the simple circuit suggests that molecular-scale transistors could one day be used in microprocessors and memory chips, squeezing thousands of times as many transistors onto each chip than is possible today.
The main challenges in making molecular-scale transistors are fabricating electrodes that are separated by only a few molecules and attaching electrical contacts to the tiny devices. The Bell Labs researchers were able to overcome these hurdles by using a self-assembly technique and a clever design in which each electrode is shared by many transistors. "We solved the contact problem by letting one layer of organic molecules self-assemble on one electrode first, and then placing the second electrode above it," said Bao, an organic chemist. "For the self assembly, we simply make a solution of the organic semiconductor, pour it on the base, and the molecules do the work of finding the electrodes and attaching themselves."
"This is a beautiful, simple and clever approach," said Professor Paul Weiss of the Pennsylvania State University, an expert in molecular electronics. "It circumvents many of the difficulties inherent in other nanofabrication approaches."
The chemical self-assembly technique is relatively easy and inexpensive, but is key to reducing the transistor's channel length. The channel length of the experimental transistors is between one and two nanometers (billionths of a meter), an order of magnitude smaller than any transistor channel created before.
For more information about Bell Labs, visit its Web site at www.bell-labs.com.

Oct 18 - Intel Opens Newest 0.13 Micron High-Volume Manufacturing Facility. Intel Corporation today announced the opening of its newest dedicated high-volume microprocessor manufacturing facility using the company's advanced 0.13 micron process. The company invested $2 billion to construct and equip the new facility, Fab 22, located in Chandler, Ariz., which will produce microprocessors based on Intel's copper-based 0.13 micron process technology on 200 mm wafers.
The 0.13 micron technology enables the world's fastest transistor in production, which is the foundation for fast microprocessors. The circuits created by this technology are so small that it would take roughly 1,000 of them to equal the thickness of a human hair.
"Intel's 0.13 micron process means each chip has more, smaller and faster transistors, which increases performance while requiring less power at lower cost per die," said Robert Baker, vice president and general manager of Intel's Technology and Manufacturing Group. "Intel's investment in Fab 22 reflects our commitment to remain the leader in semiconductor manufacturing and technology. This focus on our core competencies gives us a competitive advantage through the scale of our operations, the agility of our factory network and consistent execution worldwide."
Fab 22 is located on Intel's 705-acre Ocotillo campus in Chandler, near Intel's existing Fab 12. The new fab contains approximately 133,000 square feet of cleanroom space out of a total of 360,000 square feet that make up the facility. A new four-story, 320,000 square foot manufacturing support building and a 123,000 square foot central utility building were also completed as part of the project.
Fab 22 was built in a record 18 months, with an exemplary safety record and by more than 4,200 construction workers. More than 1,000 engineers, technicians and support people have already been hired to work at Fab 22. Intel currently employs 10,000 people in Chandler.
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.

Oct 18 - Visioneer Announces OneTouch 8920 USB Scanner. Visioneer, a leader in intelligent imaging solutions, today announced the Visioneer OneTouch(TM) 8920 USB color flatbed scanner, the company's first consumer scanner designed specifically to address the needs of photo enthusiasts.
The Visioneer OneTouch 8920 USB scanner features an optical resolution of 1200 x 4800 dpi, true 48-bit color, FlashBack Bi-directional AutoScan Technology, and a 35mm transparency adapter. The software bundled with the scanner is valued at over $100 and includes ScanSoft's PaperPort Deluxe 7.0, ScanSoft's TextBridge Pro 9.0 and Adobe Photoshop Elements.
"We are constantly evolving our product line to address the needs of our users," said Murray L. Dennis, President and CEO of Visioneer. "We feel that the OneTouch 8920 USB represents a substantial advancement in image quality over the prior generation OneTouch 8820 USB, which is currently ranked as one of the top two scanners in a popular technology magazine. Photography students and graphic design professionals alike will be impressed by the OneTouch 8920 USB's ability to deliver exceptional high-resolution scans.
The OneTouch 8920 USB is capable of scanning a 4" x 6" photograph in less than 11 seconds at 300 dpi color. Visioneer's goal is to give our customers affordable, quality products that are fast and easy-to-use, and with the OneTouch 8920 USB, we created a scanner that also lets you take your amateur photos to the professional level."
The Visioneer OneTouch 8920 USB is available October 15th, through authorized retailers, computer super stores and online services, mail order catalogs and from Visioneer's web site at www.visioneer.com. Its suggested retail price is $149.99.

Oct 17 - ViewSonic ViewBox Transforms Computer Monitors Into TVs. ViewSonic(R) Corporation, a worldwide Visual Technologies(TM) leader, today introduced the ViewSonic ViewBoxTM VB50/HRTV, a multimedia converter that provides Broadcast TV and video entertainment connections for any computer display.
Ideal for the home, office or dorm, the VB50 instantly turns any CRT, LCD, plasma or projection display into a high-resolution television, with up to 1024 X 768, 24-bit color and a full-screen image. The VB50 HRTV converter provides reception of analog cable or terrestrial broadcast TV, and re-scales the image to be compatible with high-resolution monitors. The VB50 is also equipped with multiple video entertainment ports, enabling users to easily connect to DVD players, VCRs, video game consoles and video camcorders. With an estimated street price of $129, the VB50 is a smart choice for consumers who value high-quality, digital entertainment, but have limited space and budget.
The user-friendly VB50 features Plug-and-Play, tabletop connectivity, eliminating the need for software drivers or internal computer installation. The RGB computer pass-through feature enables users to watch TV or DVD movies with or without the power of a computer. In addition, the VB50 comes with cables and a 28-key remote control in-the-box - everything needed to connect to a display.
The VB50 is available now through authorized ViewSonic retailers, value-added resellers, and mail order channels. The product is backed by a one-year replacement warranty and toll-free technical support, seven days a week, 24 hours a day.
For further information visit ViewSonic Corporation at www.ViewSonic.com.

Oct 17 - America Online Launches New Version -- Aol 7.0. America Online, Inc., the world's leading interactive services company, today announced the launch of its new version, AOL 7.0, which integrates local programming into every part of the service, provides easy access to high-speed audio and video content, and introduces breakthrough music and entertainment features to extend AOL's hallmark convenience and ease-of-use.
This new version of the AOL service is available as an upgrade for existing members at no additional charge in the United States and Puerto Rico with localized versions for AOL's international markets in the near future.
Built to respond to extensive consumer research and member feedback, AOL 7.0 offers:

-- A fresh new look that puts local, community-focused features, shopping and resources front and center throughout the service to make AOL an even more relevant and valuable part of members' daily lives;
-- Two new breakthrough features: Radio@AOL -- the first built-in radio service designed to make it easy for mass-market consumers to access their favorite music online -- and AOL Box Office -- offering one-stop access to tickets for events of every kind;
-- Enhancements to the most popular features of AOL -- including e-mail, instant messaging and the Buddy List(R) feature, My Calendar, and the AOL Media Player -- all aimed at making AOL even faster, more reliable, and easier to use than ever before;
-- An upgraded version of the popular "You've Got Pictures"SM service that allows members to upload pictures directly from any digital camera or scanners for one-stop viewing, sharing, storing and printing, and offers free, unlimited photo storage space and a bundled pricing plan for both prints and online photos;
-- One-click access to the Internet's best selection of high-speed audio and video content threaded through AOL's Entertainment, Music, News, and Sports channels;
-- Increased member services support including a new Help button on the AOL toolbar, providing advanced online help features to complement AOL's free 24-hour live customer service network; and
-- A new "Goodbye" screen that provides information on TV shows that evening, new movie releases and other events, along with exclusive offers from AOL and its leading partners, as members sign off the service.

Listening to Consumers

Barry Schuler, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of AOL, said: "AOL 7.0 is at the center of a range of AOL initiatives that will open the next chapter of the Internet. We're building on our strong, engaged relationships with more than 31 million members worldwide to lead the transformation of new categories like music, entertainment, local, and digital photography -- with more on the way as broadband and AOL Anywhere create new opportunities like home networking. We've designed this upgrade to both reflect the way consumers are using the medium today and give them new ways to get even more value from it."
AOL members can upgrade to new version AOL 7.0 at AOL Keyword: Upgrade. Others can download the new version at www.aol.com.

Oct 17 - U.S. Wireless Users Will Reach 191 Million in 2005. The U.S. wireless industry had a net gain of 5.2 million subscribers to reach a cumulative base of 119.4 million subscribers at the end of the second quarter of 2001.
InfoTech predicts that by 2005, the U.S. wireless subscriber base will increase to 191 million. These findings are in the recently published report by InfoTech "The Wireless Business Connection".
Many carriers are still feeling the impact of a weakening economy, yet most posted modest gains in subscribership and revenue during the second quarter. Carriers such as Verizon Wireless (NYSE:VZ), added over 800,000 subscribers to end the quarter with just under 28 million subscribers and over $4 billion in revenue.
Sprint PCS (NYSE:PCS) added the most subscribers in the industry during the second quarter with 843,000 new subscribers; its revenue increased by 53% to over $2.26 billion. AT&T Wireless (NYSE:AWE) completed its spin-off from AT&T during the quarter and added 668,000 subscribers.
Further information about InfoTech can be obtained at the company's web site at www.phillips-infotech.com.

Oct 17 - Intel Reports Third Quarter Earnings. Intel Corporation today announced third quarter revenue of $6.5 billion, down 25 percent from the third quarter of 2000 and up 3 percent sequentially.
For the third quarter, net income excluding acquisition-related costs was $655 million, down 77 percent from the third quarter of 2000 and 23 percent sequentially. Third quarter earnings excluding acquisition-related costs were $0.10 per share, a decrease of 76 percent from $0.41 in the third quarter of 2000 and 17 percent sequentially.
"Intel delivered solid third quarter results in a turbulent environment, with revenue and microprocessor units up from the second quarter," said Craig R. Barrett, president and chief executive officer. "The actions taken to accelerate our desktop product roadmap have generated strong demand for the Intel(R) Pentium(R) 4 processor and the Intel(R) 845 chipset platform. In addition, the ramp of our 0.13-micron process technology remains ahead of schedule with three fabs currently on line and another expected by the end of the year."
"While economic conditions worldwide remain weak, we continue to strengthen our competitive position and expect to see moderate unit growth in microprocessors and flash memory in the fourth quarter," he continued. "We remain confident that our strategy for supplying the key computing and communications building blocks for the worldwide Internet build-out positions us for higher levels of growth when the economy recovers."
During the quarter, the company paid its quarterly cash dividend of $0.02 per share. The dividend was paid on Sept. 1, 2001 to stockholders of record on Aug. 7, 2001. Intel has paid a regular quarterly cash dividend for nine years.
During the quarter, the company repurchased a total of 34.9 million shares of common stock, at a cost of $1.0 billion, under an ongoing program. Since the program began in 1990, the company has repurchased approximately 1.5 billion shares at a total cost of approximately $25 billion.

THIRD QUARTER 2001 BUSINESS REVIEW

Intel Architecture Group

-- Microprocessor unit shipments were higher than the second
quarter.

-- Chipset unit shipments were higher than the second quarter.

-- Motherboard unit shipments were higher than the second
quarter.

Online delivery of Intel earnings releases, annual reports, press releases and other materials is available via the Internet at www.intc.com.

Oct 17 - IBM Announces Third-Quarter 2001 Results. IBM today announced third-quarter 2001 diluted earnings per common share of $.90, a 17 percent decrease compared with diluted earnings per common share of $1.08 in the third quarter of 2000. Third-quarter 2001 net income was $1.6 billion, a 19 percent decline from $2.0 billion in the year-earlier period. IBM's third-quarter 2001 revenues totaled $20.4 billion, down 6 percent (3 percent at constant currency) compared with the third quarter of 2000.
Louis V. Gerstner, Jr., IBM chairman and chief executive officer, said: "The third quarter saw an acceleration of the fundamental shift in customer buying behavior that is altering our industry's landscape. Customers now allocate an increasing percentage of their spending to solutions, not boxes. The major beneficiary of this change, of course, has been IBM Global Services. Another very important beneficiary, however, has been IBM's middleware software, since many of the major software solutions providers now recommend IBM middleware as their preferred platform.
"Finally, and perhaps surprising to some, another major beneficiary of the industry shift has been IBM's powerful high-end zSeries servers, as customers all over the world see the value of server consolidation. In the third quarter, zSeries MIPS grew 42 percent and have grown by more than 40 percent in each quarter of 2001.
"Turning to our individual units, Services continued its double- digit growth, excluding maintenance, and the backlog increased by nearly $2 billion from last quarter. Software had an outstanding quarter and we are increasing share in every important area of our software portfolio. Servers also had a strong quarter with major share gains in the UNIX market. The PC segment of our industry remains in trouble, and this negatively affected our PC and hard disk drive businesses. As expected, our Microelectronics business was weak," Mr. Gerstner said.
"IBM's results for the first nine months of this year include $63 billion of revenue, $5.4 billion of net profit -- both even with last year -- and $2.2 billion of free cash flow, double last year's amount. This is a remarkable record, given that many technology companies have been reporting huge revenue declines and vastly lower profits or losses for the first time in many years. IBM's balance sheet remains among the strongest in the technology industry or any industry."
More information can be found at www.ibm.com.

Oct 16 - AMD Discloses Details of "Hammer" Processor. At Microprocessor Forum today, AMD (NYSE:AMD) disclosed details of the company's next-generation PC microprocessor architecture codenamed "Hammer."
AMD developed "Hammer" architecture as a foundation for its future portfolio of processors.
"The 'Hammer' architecture is designed to enable AMD to expand our presence from the dual processing market to the 4- and 8-way enterprise market, and provide top-to-bottom solutions for the performance desktop and notebook markets," said Fred Weber, vice president and chief technical officer of AMD's Computation Products Group. "AMD's approach to 64-bit computing puts the IT customer first. It enables IT managers to take advantage of existing support, allowing them to upgrade to 64-bit software at the appropriate time and preserve their investment in 32-bit applications."
"The 'Hammer' architecture innovations include a high bandwidth, high-performance integrated memory, input/output and multiprocessing controller, and a highly scalable system bus that uses HyperTransport(tm) technology with support for single- and multi-processor configurations," Weber said. "Together, these innovations are designed to reduce bottlenecks in the data pathways and speed up the transfer of information, providing more performance and therefore, more productivity."
Another key benefit for IT managers is the "Hammer" architecture's ability to run both 32-bit and 64-bit software seamlessly, lowering total cost of ownership.
With "Hammer," AMD has developed an architecture that is centered on delivering unparalleled system performance for desktop and mobile computers as well as workstations and servers. Recognizing that business and home users need an accurate measure of performance, AMD recently announced its True Performance Initiative as a way to help the computer industry develop a reliable processor performance metric that PC users can trust. Processor performance is measured by instructions (work) per clock cycle times megahertz, not megahertz alone. Products developed with "Hammer" architecture are planned to support this initiative.
AMD has consistently focused on removing bottlenecks for both the system and microprocessor to deliver superior application performance. Past innovations such as QuantiSpeed(tm) architecture, Smart MP technology, advanced system buses, and full-speed on-chip cache have all been developed or improved upon by AMD. The next-generation "Hammer" architecture continues this tradition with an 8th-generation microprocessor core and the integration of key system elements.
For more information visit www.amd.com.

Oct 16 - Intel Describes Low Power, High Performance Future for Processors. Intel Corporation today outlined new processor and system design trends that will improve the overall computing experience of users in the future. These include optimizing chip power consumption and embracing new "parallel" processor design techniques.
Justin Rattner, Intel Fellow and director of the company's Microprocessor Research Lab, opened the Microprocessor Forum here by saying that power efficient designs are ushering-in a new era of "ultra dense" servers, longer-lasting mobile PCs and more stylish and easy-to-use desktop PCs. These technologies are emerging, he said, because designers are now balancing power with performance when designing new products.
"The art of system design has changed," Rattner said. "As first described at last February's International Solid State Circuits Conference, Intel is now prioritizing power consumption, reliability, functionality and connectivity with speed. We're designing for the total computing experience, and that's bringing new innovations to the table."
Rattner also said that Intel is leading the chip industry into a new era of "thread level parallelism," where single processors are starting to manage data as if two real processors were present, which improves throughput and system response time. Intel's future Hyper-Threading technology, based on a thread-level design, is due in the Intel(R) Xeon(TM) processor for servers in the first half of 2002. Intel's advanced design philosophy also has the company on track to deliver multi-core, multi-threaded processors within the next few years.

Additional Intel Microprocessor Forum Presentations

In subsequent addresses at the forum, Intel provided future details on mobile, enterprise and communications technologies.

-- Bob Jackson, principal engineer of the Intel Mobile Platforms Group, described upcoming mobile Intel(R) Pentium(R) 4 processors, saying that they will include special low power mobile technologies such as enhanced SpeedStep technology and Deeper Sleep alert states for extended battery life. He also discussed the "Banias" design for mobile processors due in 2003, saying that it will be able to turn off parts of the processor that are not being used to save power and will bundle instructions for faster execution.
-- Intel Fellow Glenn Hinton provided an architectural update on Hyper-Threading technology, saying that it "threads" data instructions in parallel streams by duplicating architectural registers within the processor circuitry. John Shen, director of Intel's Microarchitecture Research Lab, co-presented with Hinton and provided additional details on multi-threading processor design.
-- Separately, Intel announced a new technology that will enable the company to deliver the industry's first fully programmable network processors capable of performing at wire speeds exceeding 10 gigabits per second. Intel Fellow Matt Adiletta will further discuss the technology in a presentation on Thursday.
-- On Tuesday, Dr. Dileep Bhandarkar, director of Intel's Enterprise Architecture Labs, will disclose a new processor code-named "Nocona," a future member of the Xeon processor server family due in 2003. He also said that the Xeon processor for servers is expected to reach 1.6 GHz or above in the first half of 2002, and that upcoming 64-bit McKinley-based systems are expected to deliver an integer performance increase of up to 1.7 times greater than today's Intel(R) Itanium(TM)-based systems.

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/

Oct 16 - Epson Introduces EPSON Stylus Photo 820 Printer. Epson America Inc. today unveiled its latest photo printer -- the family-friendly, value-packed EPSON Stylus Photo 820.
With its superior six-color image quality, convenient true BorderFree(TM) printing and affordable price, the EPSON Stylus Photo 820 is perfect for photo enthusiasts and amateur photographers. This sleek-looking printer also has incredibly fast print speeds and supports the breakthrough technology, PRINT Image Matching(TM), to produce the best possible prints. The EPSON Stylus Photo 820 is the successor to the popular EPSON Stylus Photo 780 and is available for under $100.
"The EPSON Stylus Photo 820 not only offers the amazing photo quality that Epson has built its reputation on, but also boasts the fastest photo and text-printing speeds in its class," said Fabia Ochoa, product manager, photo imaging, Epson. "The winning combination of superior photo-print quality, plus speedy performance and affordability, make this printer an ideal choice for any family that is looking to print true-to-life quality photos and everyday text documents, without having to spend a lot of money."

EPSON Stylus Photo 820 in Detail

The EPSON Stylus Photo 820 printer is ideal for printing at home with its ease of use and impressive photo quality -- the best available from inkjets today -- plus ultra-fast printing speeds for photos and text. It speeds through black text at up to 12 ppm, can print a 4" x 6" photo in 48 seconds and an 8" x 10" photo in just 1:42 minutes on photo paper. It can even print a photo as fast as 45 seconds on plain paper.
The EPSON Stylus Photo 820 offers up to 2880 x 720 dpi resolution, Epson's Advanced Micro Piezo(TM) ink jet technology and a superior six-color photo ink system for creating incredible detail, more accurate skin tones and an ultra-wide color range designed ideally for photography. The printer uses tiny four-picoliter droplets, delivering smooth gradations and "dotless" photo quality for prints that are indistinguishable from traditional photos.
By utilizing innovations such as PRINT Image Matching technology and Epson's patented, true BorderFree(TM) photo-printing technology, the EPSON Stylus Photo 820 is able to produce the best prints possible in a variety of frame-ready and album-ready photo paper sizes. Customers can effortlessly print their photos on Epson's Borderless 4" x 6", 5" x 7", 8" x 10" and letter-size photo papers without having to trim the borders or tear off awkward perforations.
The EPSON Stylus Photo 820 also produces long-lasting photos that can resist fading up to 25 years(a) with Epson's optimized combination of photo inks and fade-resistant papers, like EPSON ColorLife Photo Paper and EPSON Matte Paper Heavyweight. Epson offers a wide variety of papers for this printer, including photo stickers, panoramic photo paper and photo-quality greeting cards.
The EPSON Stylus Photo 820 is available for an estimated street price of $149 ($99 after a $50 mail-in rebate) and can be purchased through Epson authorized dealers, mail order, resellers, computer superstores, photo specialty stores and on Epson's retail Web site www.epsonstore.com.

Oct 16 - New Dell Inspiron 4100 Packs Power and Personality. Dell (Nasdaq:DELL) today introduced the Inspiron(R) 4100, a thin, affordable notebook that packs some of the best industry features into slightly more than six portable pounds.
The Inspiron 4100, available today on a global basis, is one of the first mainstream notebooks to support a high-resolution 14.1-inch Ultra XGA display and offer standard 16MB of ATI's Mobility(tm) RADEON(tm) video graphic memory.
The new notebook is designed to be easy for customers to personally configure with a variety of options. Customers can choose from three different display resolutions for the large, bright 14.1-inch viewing area, three hard drive sizes up to 30 GB, and four optical drives, including an 8X DVD / 4X CD-RW combination drive. Eighteen different QuickSnap(tm) color inserts, ranging from Burl Wood to Snakeskin to Spring Palette, provide customers the ability to personalize the look of their notebook.
The Inspiron 4100 features Intel's Mobile Pentium(R) III processor-M in speeds of up to 1.2GHz combined with Intel's 830 chipset, and can be configured with up to 1 GB of PC 133 SDRAM. ATI's Mobility Radeon with 4X AGP and 16 MB of DDR memory deliver super fast 2-D and 3-D graphics performance and exceptional DVD playback performance. The new notebook also offers fully integrated communications with optional integrated networking, modem and/or internal TrueMobile(tm) 802.11 wireless connectivity.
The price of a wireless-ready Inspiron 4100 starts at $1,229. All Inspiron notebooks support Microsoft Windows XP. More information on Inspiron notebooks is available at www.dell.com/inspiron.

Oct 16 - Archos announces MiniCDRW II. Archos has taken the CDRW market to a new level of efficiency and portability with the MiniCDRW II -- the fastest, smallest and most compact CD-writer on the market.
This unique, multi-connection CD-RW drive could fulfill many holiday wish lists by offering a quick, portable and easy-to-use tool for burning CDs. Depending upon your system requirements, the MiniCDRW II offers a choice of USB 2.0 or FireWire or PC Card Interface.
The USB 2.0 connection for the MiniCDRW II is a big jump forward, since it is 40 times faster than the USB 1.1 and at the same time is compatible with USB 1.1. For example, a file, which currently takes 80 seconds to transfer with the USB 1.1, can be transferred in two seconds with the USB 2.0.
The Archos MiniCDRW II is Hot Swappable and Plug and Play on virtually any PC or Apple Macintosh -- desktop or notebooks. Simply connect the cable and you are ready to read, compile and copy data to and from a CD in a matter of seconds.
The MiniCDRW II is delivered with mastering software (for Mac or PC), and will allow you to transfer your music, photos, and data files to CDs by writing up to 16x speed on CD-R and updating and rewriting at up to 10x on a CD-RW. The drag and drop software facilitates the process in the same way you save data to a hard drive.
The size of a portable hand-held CD player, measuring 6.3 x 5.1 x 1.2 inches and weighing just 18 ounces (500 grams), the new Archos MiniCDRW II is the must have, multi-task tool for personal and professional storage on CDs. Built on the tradition of the first Archos MiniCDRW, which was released in 1999, the MiniCDRW II continues to impress users with its steady operation and reliability.
The MiniCDRW II comes with everything you need to quickly record your own CDs wherever you may be, and it is available from leading retailers throughout the United States for $179.
For more information, visit the Archos Web site at www.archos.com.

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