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
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
"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
"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
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
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
--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
"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
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
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,"
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.
-- 76% say that DSL Internet has improved business
-- 70% say broadband has improved customer service.
-- 62% say that a broadband connection also enabled
compete more effectively.
-- 59% say DSL Internet has helped improve employee
-- 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
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
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.
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.
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
Price* (see above)
Best Celeron Deal
Compaq 1.1 GHz complete system
Best Pentium III System
Best Pentium 4 System
HP 1.5 GHz complete system
Best Duron System
Best Athlon System
Best Athlon XP System
Compaq 1500+ (1.33 GHz) DDR with 17 inch
Best Low Cost Notebook
Compaq 900 MHz Duron with DVD
Best High-end Notebook
Sony 1 GHz Athlon 4 with CDRW/DVD
||Available now in new computers. Can be purchased in stores
Additional Information. For additional technical
information, advice on how to buy a laptop or desktop, and vendor
and manufacturer links, please see our Computer
Buying Advice page.
About Sunday Shopping Watch. Sunday Shopping Watch appears
every Sunday (except some holidays like Easter and Christmas) in
our News and Rumors column. It is a review of the highlights of
local (Dayton, Ohio) computer chain store advertisements. While
we can not guarantee your local chain store has the same items,
this article should help you to make informed buying decisions.
Oct 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
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
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
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
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
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
"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
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
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.
Preliminary Worldwide PC Vendor Unit Shipment Estimates for 3Q01
(Thousands of Units)
3Q01 3Q01 3Q00 3Q00
Shipments Market Shipments Market Growth(%)
Company Share(%) Share(%)
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,"
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
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
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
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
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
"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
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
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
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'
-- 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
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
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
THIRD QUARTER 2001 BUSINESS REVIEW
Intel Architecture Group
-- Microprocessor unit shipments were higher than
-- Chipset unit shipments were higher than the second
-- Motherboard unit shipments were higher than the
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
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
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)
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
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
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
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.