Oct 07 - ATI and DRAM Industry Leaders Announce
Specification For GDDR-3. In a collaborative effort with the
world's leading dynamic random access memory (DRAM) vendors, ATI
Technologies Inc. (NASDAQ:ATYT) (TSX:ATY) has announced the completion
of the specification for the third generation of double data rate
(DDR) DRAM for graphics, known as GDDR3.
While today's DDR DRAM allows for speeds of up to
400MHz, GDDR3 was designed to initially provide memory clocks of
500MHz, with headroom for up to 800MHz. GDDR3 is targeted for introduction
"GDDR3 is the DRAM that will fuel the continued
trend in graphics towards life-like virtual worlds," said Rick
Bergman, Senior Vice President, Marketing and General Manager, Desktop,
ATI Technologies Inc. "ATI is committed to leading innovation
on the PC platform, and GDDR3 will allow us to continue to raise
the bar and define the industry standard for computer graphics in
upcoming product generations."
Over the past four years, advancements in DDR DRAM
have allowed simple graphic accelerators that rendered primitive
3D worlds to evolve into Visual Processing Units (VPUs) that render
life like cinematic worlds in real time as recently demonstrated
for the first time with ATI's RADEON(TM) 9700 PRO and ATI's FIREGL(TM)
GDDR3 not only continues the trend for the graphics
industry to be an early adopter of DRAM technology, but is the first
DRAM designed specifically for a market before an industry standard
"Our expertise in memory characterization and
system implementation is enabling GDDR3 as the ideal high-speed
DRAM for graphics," said Terry Lee, Executive Director of Advanced
Technology and Strategic Marketing for Micron's Computing and Consumer
Group. "We believe the significant performance advantages realized
by this device will rapidly drive its adoption in the graphics arena.
We expect it will then migrate into a broad range of applications."
"The graphics market has always been an early
adopter of new DRAM technology," said Peter Schaefer, vice
president, memory products for Infineon Technologies North America
Corp. "Infineon has also led the way to bringing high speed
memories to market. GDDR3 complements Infineon's development of
the high speed graphics DRAMs that are used in today's cutting edge
With the completion of the specification late in the
summer of 2002, DRAM vendors and users of high speed DRAMs can focus
on the next step in the process of delivering products to market.
GDDR3 will become available in 2003 and should continue to be an
important inflection in graphics for years to come.
Oct 07 - Micron Technology
Demonstrates DDR/DDR-II Platforms. Micron Technology, Inc. (NYSE:MU),
today announced it is demonstrating multiple internally-developed
DDR platforms, including DDR-II, DDR400, and DDR333 systems, at
the VIA Technical Forum (VTF).
VTF begins today at the Taipei International Convention Center in
Taipei, Taiwan. Micron is the only memory supplier to internally
develop DDR system-level solutions and provide customers with the
tools for high-speed system design.
With DRAM technology becoming increasingly complex,
Micron is focusing on ways to help its customers implement new high-performance
DRAM products. "Putting together these types of platforms requires
a diverse skill set, and Micron is uniquely qualified to develop
these new memory technologies," said Terry Lee, Executive Director
of Advanced Technology and Strategic Marketing for Micron's Computing
and Consumer Group. "By demonstrating platforms for all current
and emerging DDR SDRAM technologies, we are covering all the bases
for our computing customers."
The evaluation platforms use Micron components and
modules, as well as internally-developed memory controllers and
signal analysis software. The DDR-II platform is performing at 533
Mbps per pin and achieving a system bandwidth of 4300MB per second.
"With this system, we have been able to fully characterize
the DDR-II memory channel performance while operating in a system
environment," added Lee. "While the industry adoption
of DDR-II in high volume is not expected until late 2003 and early
2004, our customers benefit from our early system analysis work.
Micron will enable our customers to effectively utilize DDR-II memory
technology in the same manner as we have DDR-I."
The DDR400 platform is performing at 400 Mbps per
pin and achieving a system bandwidth of 3200MB per second. "DDR400
is an incremental speed increase over DDR333 and we have several
customers who are developing DDR400 platforms while using our engineering
support," stated Lee. "As the leader in this area, we
have also defined the DDR400 memory channel and are providing enabling
system-level technology for them."
To learn more about Micron Technology, Inc., visit
its web site at www.micron.com.
Oct 07 - Kodak Launches
"Perfect Touch" Digital Photo Processing in the Midwest.
Eastman Kodak Company today launched Kodak Perfect Touch processing,
its new premium photo processing service, now available at major
retailers throughout the Midwest region of the U.S.
One of the most important innovations for photo processing
since color, Kodak Perfect Touch processing individually scans and
digitally "corrects" each photo - giving consumers the
opportunity to see the difference that processing makes. Kodak Perfect
Touch processing uses digital technology to improve poorly exposed
or backlit pictures giving consumers pictures with more vibrant
colors, richer detail and fewer dark shadows. The service will roll
out across the rest of the U.S. in 2003.
In test markets, almost 75% of consumers said they
saw a dramatic difference in pictures processed with Kodak Perfect
Touch. Eleven retailers throughout the Midwest offer Kodak Perfect
Touch processing as of today, including Albertson's, CVS/pharmacy,
Costco, Dominick's, HyVee, Kmart, Kroger, Meijer, Rite Aid, and
Target and Walgreens.
"Kodak Perfect Touch processing gives people
better pictures," said Daniel A. Carp, Kodak's chairman and
chief executive officer. "If we can give consumers more great
pictures, they're going to take more pictures. Kodak Perfect Touch
will deliver those great pictures and drive consumers to generate
more prints - a clear indication that processing matters."
"As people take more pictures, they will need
more processing, which benefits our retail customers as well,"
Carp said. "Kodak is committed to expanding the benefits of
film and driving output for consumer and retailer alike."
According to research released today by Kodak, only
nine percent of picture-takers in the Midwest attributed issues
with their pictures to processing. In fact, more than half of respondents
blamed the problem on themselves.
"Many consumers don't realize that processing
has a big impact on the quality of their pictures, and we're on
a mission to educate them that their choice matters, " said
Jude Rake, Chief Operating Officer, United States & Canada,
Consumer Imaging, Kodak. "By getting their pictures processed
with Kodak Perfect Touch processing, they can see the difference
By fall 2003, more than 40,000 retailers across the
United States will offer Kodak Perfect Touch processing. Retail
prices will range between $7.99 to $9.99 for single prints, and
$9.99 to $11.99 for double prints.
For additional information about Kodak, visit www.Kodak.com.
Oct 07 - JABRA Ships Bluetooth
Mobile Phone Headset. JABRA(R) Corp., the nation's leading provider
of hands-free communication products, is now shipping the JABRA
FreeSpeak(TM) to retail stores nationwide.
"Business professionals and high-tech enthusiasts
have demanded a wireless headset that offers comfort, clarity and
affordability," said JABRA General Manager Raleigh Wilson.
"Now, JABRA fulfills that need. The JABRA FreeSpeak is unmatched
in its 'eargonomic'(TM) design, sound quality, value and compatibility
with new and existing mobile phones."
Weighing in at less than one ounce, the JABRA FreeSpeak
is made of a soft, sound-absorbing elastomer material that reduces
distortions, resulting in crisp sound quality. The earpiece and
microphone boom conform behind the ear so each user is guaranteed
a comfortable, secure fit. The earpiece also features the new intra-aura
JABRA MiniGel(TM), an evolution of the company's patented EarGel(R).
This soft, ergonomic gel tip pivots for use in either ear and channels
sound into the ear canal, enhancing reception and clarity.
The JABRA FreeSpeak is fully compliant with version
1.1 of the Bluetooth specification. It has a range of up to 30 feet
to a phone and utilizes an advanced rechargeable lithium polymer
battery that provides up to three hours talk time (Bluetooth phone)
or four hours talk time (non-Bluetooth phone) and 96 hours standby
time. The wireless headset is designed with easy, intuitive access
to volume controls and features visible and audible status indicators.
The FreeSpeak also includes an answer/end button that supports voice
activation for most mobile phones, so users can make and take calls
without touching the handset.
The cordless FreeSpeak headset works with the latest
Bluetooth(TM) phones and with many other mobile phones through a
Bluetooth adapter. The MSRP for the FreeSpeak headset and charger/holder
is $99 (for Bluetooth phones) and $179 for the headset and charger/holder/Bluetooth
adapter (for non-Bluetooth phones).
For more information visit www.jabra.com.
Oct 06 - Sunday Shopping
Best Sunday Deals - See our Best
Sunday Ad Deals Table below for specific system prices.
Weekly Comparison. System prices were mixed
this week. Vendors concentrated on advertising higher-priced desktops
Laptops - Stores advertised higher-end models
in the low-priced laptop category, high-end laptops went down compared
to last week.
Desktops - No Intel Celeron desktops advertised, no Pentium
4 low-end desktops were much advertised, Pentium 4 high-end desktops
were lower, and AMD Athlon prices were lower.
This Sunday's Special Discounts and Financing.
In addition to sales on specific items, the following store-wide
sales are advertised this week. (Note that
these ads are for the Dayton, Ohio area. Prices or offerings may
be different where you live.)
BestBuy is offering 6 months of free MSN with any computer purchase.
They are also offering $100 mail-in rebates on all desktop packages
and laptops, plus an additional $50 mail-in rebate on all LCD desktop
Circuit City is giving
away 3 months of free AOL on any in-store computer purchase. In
addition they are offering 12 month no interest financing on all
AMD processor desktop packages and laptop computer purchases.
has 6 month no interest, no payment financing for purchases over
CompUSA is offering 6 months
no payments, no interest on purchases of $199 and higher with printed
Staples has no store-wide computer
discounts this Sunday.
to Online Prices - Compare the Sunday ad prices to
those being offered at DealTime, it searches over 160 online computer
Shopping Alert on Lower Priced
Desktops. Many lower priced Celeron/Duron desktops made
by almost all computer manufacturers should be carefully investigated
Most of these low priced desktops have no AGP video expansion slot,
no onboard dedicated video RAM, no CD-RW drive, and very few empty
PCI expansion slots. These computers will be very difficult to upgrade,
and they have poorer performance than other desktops that do not
have integrated audio and video chips on the motherboard.
Often by spending $200-$400 more for a Pentium 4 or Athlon XP based
system, you can get twice the performance, more features, and you
will have an upgradeable computer that will serve you well for another
If you choose the $700 Celeron/Duron system to save a few bucks,
keep in mind that in a year or two you will probably want to replace
Note on the "Loaded Celeron" Intel
Celerons at speeds of 1.7 GHz or faster are potentially upgradeable
to Pentium 4 processors. Slower Celerons are not socket compatible
with the Pentium 4.
These faster Celeron systems are more like a low end Pentium 4 system
as they often include: 400 MHz bus speed, DDR RAM, CD-RW or DVD
drives, and flat screen monitors.
Shopping Alert on Lower Priced
Laptops - AMD Duron, AMD Athlon 4, and Intel Pentium
III laptops should only be purchased at significant discounts. These
processors have been superseded by the newer mobile AMD Athlon XP+
and the Intel Pentium 4-M processors.
About Windows XP. It has been a little over
11 months since Windows XP began to be bundled with new computers.
Windows XP became available for separate purchase on October 25,
2001. For more information on Windows XP see our Windows
XP Upgrade Guide.
Internet Rebates. Most stores are no longer
advertising 3 year Internet rebates. Check with your local store
before you buy. Please see our article, What
You Need to Know About Internet Rebates and Free PCs, for an
in-depth discussion of Internet Rebates.
Definitions. A complete desktop system/package/complete
package is defined as a computer with monitor and printer
A build-to-order system is customized at the retailer
and then ordered from a computer manufacturer. In addition to the
computer's stated price, you still pay sales tax and shipping charges
(if you order direct from the vendor without going through the chain
store, you may not have to pay sales tax and you could get a better
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
* Prices discussed in this article. We report
prices after rebates and discounts are subtracted.
Items highlighted in Black are good deals.
Items highlighted in Red means prices have
gone up and the system is not a good buy this week.
Items in normal text means prices are about the same as the previous
Best Ad Deals this Sunday
Price* (see above)
Prices up or Down this Week
Best High-end Pentium 4 System
HP 2.53 GHz complete system
Best Low-cost Athlon XP System
Compaq 1800+ complete system
Athlon XP System
system with with 17 inch monitor
1. Best Low-cost Notebook
Toshiba 1.8 GHz Celeron with DVD/CD-RW
Best Buy, Office Depot
2. Best Low-cost Notebook
Sony Athlon XP 1600+ with DVD/CD-RW
1. Best High-end Notebook
HP Pentium 4-M 2.2 GHz with DVD/CD-RW
2.Best High-end Notebook
Toshiba Pentium 4-M 2.0 GHz with DVD/CD-RW
Best Sunday Deal
Best Sunday Deal
80 GB Western Digital 7200 RPM Hard
Drive (online ad)
Best Sunday Deal
Sony 40X CD-RW
Best Sunday Deal
Samsung 40X CD-RW
Additional Information. For additional technical
information, advice on how to buy a laptop or desktop, and vendor
and manufacturer links, please see our Computer
Buying Advice page.
About Sunday Shopping Watch. Sunday Shopping
Watch appears every Sunday (except some holidays like Easter and
Christmas) in our News and Rumors column. It is a review of local
(Dayton, Ohio) computer chain store advertisements. While we can
not guarantee your local chain store has the same items, this article
can help you make informed buying decisions.
Oct 04 - Canon Introduces
New Micro-Portable LCD Projectors. The new LV-X2 and LV-S2 micro-portable
LCD projectors from Canon U.S.A., Inc. a subsidiary of Canon Inc.
(NYSE: CAJ) allow users to deliver the 'big picture' even in small
rooms. Incorporating Canon's newly developed high precision ultra
wide-angle lens, exclusive optical box, and 1.4X optical zoom, these
cost-effective projectors can display an amazing 100-inch diagonal
image from as close as 9.2 feet.
Weighing just 6.4 pounds, the value-packed Canon LV-X2
features XGA resolution (SXGA with advanced compression) and 1100
ANSI lumens, while the LV-S2 features SVGA resolution (XGA with
compression) and 1000 ANSI lumens. Both units offer a wide range
of projection distances, enhancing applications for educators, business
people and home users.
By connecting a Canon camcorder or digital camera
to either projector, users can take advantage of high impact presentations
in schools and businesses, while home enthusiasts can enjoy "theater-like"
displays. For maximum versatility, the LV-X2 and LV-S2 can be connected
to a variety of other devices including: desktop and laptop computers
(using standard VGA input), document cameras, DVD players or VCRs,
using Component, S-Video and RCA terminals. A wireless remote control,
user-friendly on-screen display menu, and available USB mouse control,
enhance operation function and ease.
"The new Canon LV-X2 and LV-S2 offer an extremely
wide display in a compact size," says Yukiaki Hashimoto, vice
president and general manager, Photographic Products Group, Canon
U.S.A., Inc. "For education, business and home theater, our
newest projectors provide an unbeatable combination of big picture
performance and value in a micro-portable package."
The Canon LV-X2 and LV-S2 will be available in November
at authorized Canon dealers, with a suggested list price of $2,999
and $1,999 respectively. For more information, visit www.usa.canon.com.
Oct 04 - Valicomm Announces
Opt-in Spam Control for Microsoft Outlook. Valicomm, Inc., a
provider of validated communications management software and services,
today announced the formation of the company and the launch of ValiMail
for Microsoft Outlook. ValiMail for Microsoft Outlook is a
software plug-in that effectively stops unsolicited e-mail, more
commonly known as spam.
Whereas most anti-spam technologies can only mitigate
the spam problem, ValiMail users can eliminate all spam messages
without compromising the reliable communication of valid e-mail
messages. Other anti-spam technologies such as content filtering,
collaborative reporting, and blacklisting of e-mail accounts fail
because they cannot consistently distinguish between valid messages
and unwanted spam. The result of these partial solutions is partial
spam mitigation and the potential for losing meaningful e-mails.
In contrast, ValiMail applies to e-mail the "buddy
list" concept often found in instant messaging systems. An
e-mail sender who is not already in a ValiMail users list
of approved sender accounts is required to request the users
permission to send e-mail messages to that account. The ValiMail
user may then accept or decline future e-mails from the sender.
The ValiMail service facilitates this permission granting process
and also includes mechanisms to prevent spammers from automating
permission requests effectively protecting users e-mail
accounts from spam.
Valicomm, Inc. Created to Empower Users
"We started Valicomm because, like other Internet
users, we face the same problem of spam and have not had much success
in stopping it with existing anti-spam solutions. With ValiMail,
we are setting a new standard for end-user e-mail control. We are
restoring for our users the order they once enjoyed in their e-mail
inboxes," said Peter Kim, co-founder of Valicomm.
According to Ferris Research, in 2003 the average
individual, even with spam filtering turned on, will still waste
15 hours per year identifying and deleting spam. This translates
to an estimated annual productivity loss of $750 per employee for
companies, and frustration from e-mail overload due to spam for
the individual. Furthermore, Jupiter Research projects that the
number of spam messages will rise from 60 billion in 2002 to 200
billion in 2006.
Valicomm addresses this costly plague with a solution
that empowers users to control access to their electronic communications
channels. Valicomms anti-spam technology is the first in a
series of ValiMail product features that will create for users a
hassle-free, reliable, and private Internet communications channel.
A free trial version of ValiMail is now available
for download at www.valicomm.com.
Oct 04 - Philips Wins
Emmy Award for Development of Widescreen TV. Philips Electronics
(NYSE: PHG) received the prestigious Technological/Engineering Emmy
Award for its `lifelong contribution' to the development and commercialization
of widescreen television or 16:9 format.
Mr. Lawrence J. Blanford, President and CEO of Philips
Consumer Electronics, North America accepted the award at an official
ceremony in New York.
"This award acknowledges the leadership role
that Philips has played throughout the development of television
broadcasting and reception, which has resulted in a constant stream
of innovations," said Blanford. "Philips' long-term involvement
in this development, and all the research work that has made it
possible, reflects the company's commitment to meaningful, human-oriented
innovations with the potential to improve people's lives."
"I am pleased that Philips is being recognized
by the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences for its
contribution to the development and continued education efforts
of the 16:9 aspect ratio," said director Martin Scorsese, founder
and president of The Film Foundation, a not-for-profit organization
dedicated to the preservation and protection of America's film heritage.
"Viewing a widescreen film on a widescreen-formatted set allows
viewers at home to watch movies the way the director intended them
to be seen."
Today, widescreen TV is firmly placed at the high
end of the TV market. Philips is by far market leader in Europe
in the widescreen market where the market has developed rapidly.
In 2001 more than 50% of digital rear projection TVs sold in the
US were widescreen, and early 2002 figures indicate this is now
Digital direct view widescreen set sales are increasing
steadily, and the vast majority of DVD movies are in the widescreen
format. The superb picture performance quality, like sharpness and
white uniformity of the widescreen Philips TV sets, is the result
of a close cooperation with its key partner LG.Philips Displays.
The Emmy Awards are presented by the US National Academy
of Television Arts & Sciences (NATAS) which is dedicated to
the advancement of the arts and sciences of television and the promotion
of creative leadership for artistic, educational and technical achievements
within the television industry.
Philips is located on the Internet at at www.philips.com.
Oct 04 - Kinder Shield
Labs Introduces Child Safe Email Software. Kinder Shield Labs
LLC, a provider of safe Internet solutions for children, announces
the release of KinderMail, a new software product that protects
children from unsolicited e-mail.
KinderMail's unique features allow parents to
control who their children interact with while using Internet email.
The simple interface allows parents to set up a list of approved
senders that the child can correspond with, all other incoming messages
are sent to a reject file that the parent can review at their leisure.
Additionally, attachments and executable files are also trapped,
even from trusted addresses.
"KinderMail provides the parent with control
over what their children can receive and send, it gives parents
the key to safely unlock the potential of Internet email for their
children, family, and friends," states Kinder Shield Labs President
Douglas Shields, "We have successfully solved this much talked
KinderMail has a simple, child-friendly interface
suitable for the targeted age group of 3 to 11.
KinderMail, which will run on any modern Windows®
operating system (Windows 95® and later), is intended to replace
traditional e-mail clients such as Outlook Express® and Eudora®.
The product is retailed at 39.95, as an added value,
Kinder Shield Labs donates $2.00 from every sale of KinderMail
to the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children.
For more information about KinderMail, visit the website
Oct 03 - AMD to Report
Lower than Expected Third Quarter Sales. AMD (NYSE:AMD) announced
today that sales for the third quarter ending September 29, 2002
will be approximately $500 million. The Company's projection made
in connection with the release of second quarter results was for
third quarter sales to improve modestly compared to the $600 million
in the second quarter. At these reduced sales levels, the Company
anticipates a substantial operating loss for the quarter.
"While our flash memory business is improving
and showed sequential sales growth for the second consecutive quarter,
the weakness in the personal computer market continues to impact
AMD," said Robert J. Rivet, AMD's Chief Financial Officer.
"In the absence of any significant improvement in PC demand
in the just completed quarter, we accelerated our efforts to reduce
processor inventory in the PC supply chain. The aggressive actions
we took to lower the total inventory and align the mix with current
opportunities had a significant negative impact on our third quarter
processor sales in units, revenues and ASP's. Going into the fourth
quarter, AMD and its customers are in a much-improved position to
take advantage of the anticipated seasonal improvement in demand."
In the most recent Gartner/Dataquest statistics on
second quarter market share, AMD achieved 19 percent worldwide combined
market share among shipments of Windows-based desktop and mobile
computers, gaining one percentage point of overall share compared
to the second quarter of 2001.
The Company will provide final third quarter financial
results on October 16, 2002. AMD can be found online at www.amd.com.
Oct 03 - American Power
Conversion Introduces Low Cost USB UPS. American Power Conversion
(APC) today announced an expansion of its award-winning Back-UPS
family of uninterruptible power supplies (UPS) with the introduction
of the Back-UPS ES 350 and 500 units.
These newly designed units offer USB (Universal Serial Bus) connectivity
as well as, battery back up, surge and fax/modem/ DSL (Digital Subscriber
Line) surge protection all-in-one device.
Power interruptions or outages can cause problems
including keyboard lockups, corrupted data, and lost Internet connections
as well as hardware degradation and system crashes resulting in
complete data loss.
The Back-UPS ES offers high-level surge protection
and provides battery backup for your desktop PC, monitor, and other
electronic equipment in case of a power failure. In addition, the
unit offers surge protection for up to three non-data peripherals
such as printers and scanners.
"Home and office computer users are looking for
cost-effective, reliable solutions for protecting their hardware
and more importantly their data on their desktops," said Joe
Loberti, general manager, APC Consumer Network Solutions Group.
"The Back-UPS ES provides complete, affordable, all-in-one
power protection which includes file saving, auto-shutdown software
to increase overall system reliability."
The Back-UPS ES 350 unit will supply up to 19 minutes
of runtime for a typical computer system and the Back-UPS ES 500
will supply up to 40 minutes of runtime. These runtimes give users
the ability to work through most outages and have plenty of time
to save programs and shutdown safely.
APC's new Back-UPS ES 350 and 500 units are currently
available in North America and carry a suggested retail price of
$39.99 and $59.99.
For more information about APC, visit APC's website at www.apc.com.
Oct 03 - Addonics Converters
Turn Common Storage Devices into High-Speed SCSI Drives. Addonics
Technologies today announced a pair of SCSI solutions, which convert
common ATAPI devices and IDE hard drives to high-speed SCSI devices
on all Windows, Macintosh, and Linux-based computers.
The Addonics ATAPI to SCSI and IDE to SCSI converters
make high-speed SCSI throughput affordable for any system. Users
having difficulty sourcing SCSI storage devices or reluctant to
invest in higher-priced SCSI drives can convert common ATAPI and
IDE devices to SCSI drives.
With the Addonics ATAPI to SCSI converter low-cost
ATAPI devices such as DVD-R/RW, CDRW, DVD, CD-ROM, ZIP or Magneto
Optical (MO) drives immediately become a SCSI device. There are
no drivers to install and the converter works with any operating
The converter also supports SCSI performance up to the Ultra LVD80
SCSI standard, ensures maximum performance of the fastest ATAPI
drive as well as minimizing any impact on the performance of other
devices in the SCSI chain.
Conversion is simple. Users merely attach the Addonics
converter to the back of any ATAPI device. Attach the power cable
to the converter and ATAPI device and then attach the SCSI cable
to the converter to achieve SCSI throughput in three quick steps.
The Addonics IDE to SCSI converter is similar to the
ATAPI to SCSI Converter but converts low-cost IDE drives to SCSI
Both converters are compatible with DOS, Windows 95,
98SE, Me, 2000, XP, NT, Linux and Macintosh and support all SCSI
standards up to LVD160 with selectable SCSI IDs from 0-15. List
price of the ATAPI to SCSI Converter is $109 and $99 for the IDE
to SCSI converter.
Visit Addonics at www.addonics.com.
Oct 03 - Disney Interactive
Releases Ultimate Ride Disney Coaster. Disney Interactive is
releasing Ultimate Ride Disney Coaster, the only PC title that allows
Disney fans and roller coaster enthusiasts of all ages to build
and ride their very own Disney-themed, real-time, photo-realistic
3D coasters. Filled with authentic Disney backdrops and props, players,
for the first time, can face the challenge in the role of a "Walt
Disney Imagineer" as they strive to complete missions created
by real Disney Imagineers.
Ultimate Ride Disney Coaster introduces users to the
thrill of making Disney coasters in familiar settings such as Toontown,
Frontierland, Tomorrowland and Main Street. Players can customize
each creation utilizing more than 60 props based on actual rides,
buildings, streets and landscapes found exclusively at Disney theme
parks from around the world. In addition, Ultimate Ride and Ultimate
Ride Coaster Deluxe owners can import and use props from those titles
to further personalize their creations.
Each ride is made even more exhilarating with new
features, such as triggers, which activate sound effects and prop
animations like fireworks, and the Invisible Track, which provides
riders the feeling of soaring through the air. The title's revised
engine, which automatically upgrades the functionality of Ultimate
Ride and Ultimate Ride Coaster Deluxe, also adds to the stomach-churning
excitement with enhanced audio and visual effects that make each
coaster extremely realistic.
Contenders competing in Imagineering Mission Mode
have 15 objective-based coasters to complete that must meet requirements
established by Disney Imagineers. Assignments focus on storytelling
and recreating world-famous Disney attractions with a personalized
touch, such as Space Mountain with the lights turned on. Those interested
in building without restraints can participate in Free Form Building
Mode, which lets imaginations run wild as gamers create their fantasy
Disney attraction, from kid-friendly rides in Toontown, to extreme
roller coasters in Tomorrowland.
Once finished, Ultimate Ride Disney Coaster allows
players to feel the adrenaline rush of riding their creation through
world-renown Disney environments and viewing it from several different
camera angles. A panel of Disney's most beloved characters, including
Mickey Mouse, Minnie Mouse, Donald Duck, Daisy Duck, Goofy and Pluto,
are available to provide feedback and serve as judges. The characters
amusingly rate elements, such as top speed, ride length and vertical
G force, with reactions ranging from wild enthusiasm to discerning
The title is available now at retailers for a suggested
retail price of $19.99. For more information on Disney Interactive's
products, visit http://www.disneyinteractive.com.
Oct 02 - AMD Athlon XP
Processor 2800+ to Boost PC Performance. AMD (NYSE:AMD) today
announced Fall availability of the world's highest performing PC
processor, the AMD Athlon(tm) XP processor 2800+ featuring an advanced
333 front-side bus (FSB).
With data throughput gains of up to 25 percent, the
AMD Athlon XP processor 2800+ will boost performance across the
board on real-world applications. AMD also announced Fall availability
of the AMD Athlon XP processor 2700+ with the advanced 333 FSB.
Limited edition desktop systems featuring the AMD
Athlon XP processor 2800+ targeted at PC enthusiasts and gamers
are expected to be available in late November exclusively from premier
enthusiast PC manufacturers ABS, Alienware, Falcon Northwest, MicronPC
and Voodoo PC.
"Digital entertainment, particularly gaming,
is driving the need for innovative technology to enhance the overall
computing experience for today's PC users," said Ed Ellett,
AMD vice president of Client Business. "The AMD Athlon XP processor
2800+ with its advanced 333 FSB is the ultimate processor for PC
customers who demand the highest levels of performance."
"With Unreal Tournament 2003, we've raised the
bar and delivered a game that allows PC users to turn up the detail
high enough to challenge the most powerful personal computer systems
available," said Mark Rein, vice president, Epic Games Inc.
"The AMD Athlon XP processor 2800+ is totally up to the challenge.
It will deliver the kind of awesome performance demanded by most
AMD partners with industry-leading graphics solutions
and chipset developers to help ensure that platforms based on AMD
Athlon XP processors provide customers with world-class system performance.
The AMD Athlon XP processors 2800+ and 2700+ combined with such
innovations as AGP 8X and PC3200 DDR SDRAM will deliver exceptional
"Our nForce2 platform processors were designed
to support AMD's faster 333 FSB, and we are truly amazed with the
performance of the new AMD Athlon XP processors 2800+ and 2700+,"
said Drew Henry, general manager of platform business at NVIDIA.
"nForce2-based systems and motherboards featuring NVIDIA and
AMD processors will offer consumers the perfect blend of price and
performance, and deliver a platform primed to take advantage of
today's popular digital media and business applications."
"The VIA Apollo KT400 chipset is engineered to
take full advantage of the new AMD Athlon XP processors 2700+ and
2800+ with the advanced 333 FSB, delivering the maximum 2.7GB/s
of memory bandwidth to the processor," said Richard Brown,
director of marketing, VIA Technologies Inc. "As the only Socket
A chipset with AGP 8X currently available in the marketplace, the
KT400 will be the chipset platform of choice for gamers and enthusiasts
looking to upgrade to the new advanced 333 FSB enabled processors."
For more AMD news and product information, visit www.amd.com.
Oct 02 - America Online
Demonstrates Latest Services and Product Innovations. America
Online will showcase the Company's latest service and product innovations,
including a "sneak peak" of the latest version of the
AOL service to be released in October - AOL 8.0 - in AOL's booth
# 224 during Internet World Fall 2002 from Tuesday, October 1 through
Thursday, October 3 in New York.
Jonathan Miller, Chairman and CEO of America Online,
will deliver a keynote address on Thursday, October 3 at 9:00 AM
in the Special Events Hall.
Demonstrations in the AOL booth will showcase the
following products and services:
- "Sneak Peeks" of the all-new AOL 8.0 service
scheduled to launch in October.
- The new Netscape 7.0 browser which is designed for
who want to get the most from their time online. Optimized for
the activities people most frequently engage in on the Web --
browsing, searching, communicating, downloading, shopping, and
listening to music -- Netscape 7.0 offers consumers a faster,
more convenient browsing experience through a range of new
- AOL for Mac OS X incorporates the popular "Aqua"
of Apple's OS X operating system with elements such as
luminous scrollbars and semi-transparent windows. It also
features an e-mail and IM counter in the OS X Dock and offers
many new enhancements to e-mail and IMs such as an Address
Book that is accessible from any computer. AOL for Mac OS X
also includes the speedy Netscape Gecko Web browser and offers
many other new features.
- AOL Music featuring a rich array of programming
services that make it easy to discover, experience, listen to
and buy music online.
- The AOL(R) Instant Messenger(TM) (AIM(R)) service
devices, with instant messaging and Buddy List(R) features
that work across handsets, handheld computing devices and
AOL can be found online at www.aol.com.
Oct 02 - Worldwide Chip
Sales up 2.2% in August. Global chip sales totaled $11.9 billion
in August, a 2.2% sequential increase over the $11.7 billion level
reach in July, the SIA announced today. On a year-to-year basis,
chip sales in August were up 14% from August of 2001, the first
double-digit increase from the industry's cyclical low in 2001.
"The August data confirm that the semiconductor
industry is in the midst of a broadly-based upturn," stated
SIA President George Scalise. "After 5.6% sequential growth
in the first quarter of 2002 and 5.8% growth in the second quarter,
the double-digit year over year increase in August sales is yet
further evidence of a sustained and durable recovery." The
wireless market continues to be the strongest end market, as reflected
in brisk growth of chips used in handsets, as new subscribers continue
to come on line in Asia and existing customers upgrade to newer
The PC market traditionally shows sequential third
quarter growth as a result of back to school purchases and anticipation
of the consumer holiday buying season and both trends were in evidence
with sequential increases in Microprocessor and DRAM revenues. A
number of product lines registered increases in Average Selling
Prices (ASP's) in August, as rising demand and the prior runoff
of inventory produced a better overall supply/demand balance.
Digital consumer products, such as DVDs, digital cameras
and video games, continued to lead rapid growth in Asian markets.
Chip consumption in Japan was up 3.5% in August, reflecting Japan's
continued strong export sales of popular consumer products. The
Asia Pacific market registered growth of 2.7%, led by strong demand
for wireless handsets as more and more subscribers come on line
in China, the world's largest cell phone market, and Asian consumers
migrate to 2.5G technology. Chip sales in the Americas declined
0.7%, reflecting the continuation of the equipment manufacturing
outsourcing to Asian locations. In Europe, sales were up 2.8% primarily
due to the wireless sector.
For 2002 as a whole, worldwide chip sales are expected
rise by 3% to $143 billion. The industry continues to forecast accelerated
growth rates exceeding 20% in both 2003 and 2004.
Information about the SIA can be found at www.sia-online.org.
Oct 02 - Pacific Digital
Ships 48X External USB 2.0 CD-RW Drive. Pacific Digital Corporation,
a leader in storage multimedia solutions, is now shipping a super-fast
48X external USB 2.0 CD-RW drive solution.
The Xtreme48 enables burning speeds of up to 7.2MB/s,
making it one of the fastest external CD burners available. The
Xtreme48 combines speed and portability with easy-to-use, award-winning
SimpliCD recording software from OAK Technology. The drive kit is
based on the award-winning Mach48 CD-RW drive, which has twice won
the PC World "Best Buy" award as the top CD-RW drive in
"The Xtreme48 is truly a breakthrough in speed
and simplicity," said Tony Tate, vice president of sales and
marketing. "It gives consumers the ability to achieve burning
speeds with a portable drive that were, up to now, only achievable
with internal units. In addition, our bundled software has a host
of capabilities that are very simple to learn and use. USB 2.0 has
gained considerable ground over the last few months and is now becoming
part of the mainstream."
The Pacific Digital Xtreme48 is available now at an
MSRP of $179. For more detailed product information, visit http://www.PacificDigital.com.
Oct 02 - Steve Jobs'
Keynote to Open Macworld Conference & Expo in January. IDG
World Expo, the leading producer of world-class tradeshows, conferences
and events for IT markets around the globe, today announced that
Steve Jobs, Apple's CEO, will deliver the opening keynote address
for Macworld Conference & Expo/San Francisco 2003. on Tuesday,
January 7, 2003 at 9:00 a.m.
Macworld Conference & Expo, San Francisco's largest annual technology
event and the world's most comprehensive Macintosh OS event, takes
place January 6-10, 2003 at The Moscone Center in San Francisco.
"This is the hottest Mac event of the year, and
we look forward to another record-breaking crowd in 2003,"
said Charlie Greco, president and CEO of IDG World Expo. "Steve's
keynote will set the direction for 2003 and kick off another great
For more information or to register for Macworld Conference
& Expo, please visit www.macworldexpo.com.
Oct 02 - Broderbund Ships
Family Tree Maker Deluxe Version 10. Broderbund, a leading publisher
of home productivity and digital media software, recently acquired
by Riverdeep, Inc., today announced the release of Family Tree Maker(R)
Deluxe version 10, the complete and easy resource for building family
On the market for over 10 years, the #1 selling genealogy
software program's most recent version of Family Tree Maker Deluxe
helps users discover, preserve and share family history by providing
tools and information to create detailed, heirloom-quality trees,
maps, timelines and reports that can then be personalized and printed,
or shared on-line.
Trying to piece together a branch of a family tree,
hoping to locate a distant relative, or preparing an album for the
next family reunion? Family Tree Maker Deluxe version 10 makes this
pursuit even more rewarding and enjoyable with powerful new features
including the ability to easily save and share files in PDF format,
attractive new family tree templates, an improved photo editor and
enhanced website integration.
Released in 1989, Family Tree Maker has sold over
4.5 million units and has evolved from a program that once simply
offered a database to input names and dates to a comprehensive tool
for users to discover, document and distribute family findings.
Now, with Family Tree Maker Deluxe version 10, users not only enter
important facts and research genealogical records, but they can
also bring history to life with powerful search tools and countless
trees and templates to beautifully display and share charts, reports
These can be printed in a variety of formats, burned
to CD to share, or preserved in albums for future generations to
enjoy. With the software, users can create an electronic scrapbook
to include music, recorded voices, photos and favorite video clips.
Trees can also be uploaded to a family web page on Genealogy.com
for family and friends to view.
"Family Tree Maker Deluxe is the most powerful
and complete genealogy software title on the market," says
Joe Roberts, Riverdeep's president of worldwide product development
and marketing. "With new features such as the ability to save
and share trees as a PDF file, our latest version offers more ways
for people to share their heritage with family and friends. It's
an excellent program that brings older and younger generations together
in their efforts to share and preserve family history."
Broderbund can be found online at www.broderbund.com.
Oct 01 - ATI Announces
The New ALL-IN-WONDER 9700 PRO. Multimedia on the PC rises to
a new level with today's announcement from ATI Technologies Inc.
(NASDAQ:ATYT) (TSX:ATY) of the ALL-IN-WONDER(R) 9700 PRO.
The world's fastest multimedia graphics card joins the award-winning
ALL-IN-WONDER(R) family to offer mulTView(TM) for dual TV tuner
support and 128MB of Double Data Rate (DDR) memory plus more - powered
by the new RADEON(TM) 9700 PRO VPU (visual processor unit) graphics
chip with cutting edge 2D and 3D graphics performance.
ATI's new flagship multimedia video card, ALL-IN-WONDER
9700 PRO, will be available this fall for less than USD$500 and
will complement the currently shipping ALL-IN-WONDER(R) RADEON(TM)
8500DV at USD$199 and the value-priced ALL-IN-WONDER(R) RADEON(TM)
7500 at USD$149.
"With dual TV tuner support, we've delivered
a major customer-requested feature," said Godfrey Cheng, Director
of Marketing, Multimedia Products, ATI Technologies Inc. "ALL-IN-WONDER
9700 PRO delivers many great new features that elevate the Home
Theater PC to a brand new level. ATI continues to pack the most
excitement into one easily installable solution for maximum performance,
features and stability - no other multimedia video card can deliver
this much entertainment."
"ALL-IN-WONDER 9700 PRO is designed around the
critically acclaimed RADEON 9700 PRO - the industry's first visual
processing unit - to deliver top performance, even for hard-core
gamers," said Blair Birmingham, Group Product Manager, TV PC
Multimedia Products, ATI Technologies Inc. "This groundbreaking
graphics chip includes Microsoft(R) DirectX(R) 9.0 support, our
VIDEOSHADER(TM) engine and video compression for an extremely high
quality video experience. We created ALL-IN-WONDER 9700 PRO for
the customer who wants to get the best multimedia experience out
of their computer for gaming, video editing and enhanced TV viewing.
"We're also delivering on the high resolution
visual experience in the family room by providing Component Output
capabilities (YPrPb) with this product. ALL-IN-WONDER 9700 PRO enables
unique support for a non-interlaced display in the family room for
DVD, personal video recording (PVR), gaming and other Windows-based
For more information, visit our ATI at www.ati.com.
Oct 01 - ViewSonic Introduces
Low Priced Microsoft Windows Powered Pocket PC. ViewSonic(R)
Corporation, a worldwide Visual Technologies(TM) leader, today announced
that it will expand its current mobile and wireless product portfolio
to include a Microsoft(R) Windows Powered Pocket PC device that
is the first to break the $300 price barrier.
The Pocket PC V35 operates on the Microsoft Pocket PC 2002 software
platform and is the smallest, lightest and lowest priced Pocket
PC running the very latest XScale processor from Intel(R).
The Pocket PC V35 provides business customers and
general consumers with a rich and familiar user interface and an
enhanced personal information manager, as well as the ability to
retrieve e-mail, play music, read e-books and watch video. In addition
to this broad assortment of applications, ViewSonic will ship a
custom Microsoft PowerPoint(R) file viewer and a digital image viewer
application with the Pocket PC V35.
"Performance and ease of use are priorities for
our customers, but price is still the number-one determining factor
for most everyday users," said David Feldman, ViewSonic. "With
ViewSonic's Pocket PC V35, consumers shopping for a personal digital
assistant will no longer have to sacrifice functionality, application
familiarity and style for affordability."
"With the ViewSonic Pocket PC V35, customers
will enjoy the same great Pocket PC experience at a very attractive
price," said Ed Suwanjindar, product manager in the Mobile
Devices Division at Microsoft Corp. "We're delighted to welcome
ViewSonic as the latest Pocket PC OEM."
At a trim 4.2 ounces, the ViewSonic V35 offers a "no
compromises" Pocket PC at the sharply competitive price of
$299. An Intel 300MHz XScale processor, along with 32MB flash memory
and 64MB random access memory (RAM), combine for high-power performance.
The Pocket PC V35 features a 3.5-inch 240 x 320 LCD display, a long
life Lithium-ion battery and four launch buttons for easily identifying
and updating contacts, tasks, notes and calendar schedules. A convenient
and easy-to-use jog dial allows users to quickly and easily navigate
through files and applications, while a built-in Secure Digital
(SD) slot provides additional memory, input-output and connectivity
The Pocket PC V35 will be available in November through
national and regional retailers, authorized resellers, distributors
and mail order with a one-year warranty. For further information,
visit ViewSonic Corporation at www.ViewSonic.com.
Oct 01 - Toshiba Introduces
Mobile PC Drive With Both DVD and CD Recording. Extending its
leadership in developing optical storage products to meet evolving
needs, Toshiba's Storage Device Division (SDD) today announced two
new combination drives that deliver DVD/CD recordability to notebook
and desktop computers.
Based on the DVD-R/RW format, Toshiba's combination
drives support the most widely compatible DVD standard, giving consumers
the highest level of compatibility with legacy DVD devices.
Toshiba's SD-R6012 slim combination drive -- the industry's
first DVD/CD recordable drive for mobile computers -- allows PC
manufacturers to deliver unprecedented functionality to mobile computer
users, providing both DVD and CD read and write capabilities. Until
now, only desktop computers have had the luxury of DVD recordability
for applications such as audio/video editing and personal digital
"Consumers are looking to create, edit, and burn
both work-related and personal digital productions -- on the fly
and on the go," said Maciek Brzeski, vice president of marketing
at Toshiba SDD.
"Our new lightweight combination drive brings
DVD recording to the mobile world, providing users with a stepping
stone to move from CD to DVD technology for creating and storing
family photos, files, videos and other memories people don't want
The SD-R6012 slim drive supports writing DVD-R/RW
at 1X, writing CD-R/RW at 16x/10x, and reads 8X DVD and 24X CD.
Toshiba Also Introduces Its First Desktop DVD Recordable
Increasing the functionality of its popular desktop
combination drive with the addition of DVD recording technology,
Toshiba also introduced the SD-R5002 recordable drive today. Supporting
read and write functionality for the DVD-R/DVD-RW/CD-R/CD-RW formats,
the new desktop drive is compatible with the majority of legacy
DVD players --enabling PC OEMs to build products that assure consumers
of media compatibility when used with other DVD/CD systems.
The SD-R5002 desktop drive is also available as an
upgrade kit, allowing consumers with existing desktop computers
to add DVD recording functionality. The included industry-leading
software provides for theater-quality movie viewing and burning
of DVDs that contain personal videos and digital still image slide-shows.
Toshiba's new combination drives are available to
PC manufacturers now. In addition, the desktop combination drive
upgrade kit is available through distribution or on www.shoptoshiba.com
for $349. For additional information, visit www.sdd.toshiba.com.
Oct 01 - NETGEAR Ships
802.11a/b Dual Band Wireless Networking PC Card. NETGEAR Inc.,
a worldwide provider of easy-to-use, high-performance networking
products at prices affordable to homes and growing businesses, today
announced the launch of the NETGEAR Dual Band PC Card (WAB501),
the industry's first 802.11a/b dual band wireless networking PC
card to ship.
The dual band wireless PC card is a critical element
in facilitating customers' smooth transition to the faster 802.11a
Unlike other non-standards-based solutions offering
proprietary modes which are not compatible in all environments,
the NETGEAR Dual Band PC Card is a completely standards-based high-speed
solution that is both backward and forward compatible with any IEEE
wireless networking standard in the 2.4 GHz and 5 GHz bands.
The Dual Band PC Card protects customer investment
in wireless infrastructure operating in the 2.4 GHz band such as
the widely deployed 802.11b standard, while being compatible with
the newer, higher-speed 802.11a wireless products that deliver faster
data transfer rates in the 5 GHz band.
Additionally, it will be compatible with future standards
planned for the 2.4 GHz band, such as 802.11g. Now NETGEAR's home
and business customers have the flexibility to be connected at the
fastest wireless speeds possible through the 802.11a standard where
it is available, while also being connected to the more common 802.11b
standard in such places as public hot spots.
"Dual mode 802.11a/b PC Cards offer a big first
-- client connectivity with complete compatibility," said Mike
Wolf, director, enterprise and residential connectivity, In-Stat/MDR.
"Whether its 802.11b in 2.4 GHz band or the faster 802.11a
in the 5 GHz band, these products will enable the ability to communicate
with any widely deployed wireless LAN infrastructure. Additionally,
these products are debuting at consumer friendly prices, meaning
they will be a good fit for both the home and business wireless
Backed by a 3-year warranty and 24/7 technical support,
the NETGEAR WAB501 Dual Band PC Card ($180 list price) is available
in October via systems integrators, retailers, catalogues and e-commerce
sites. For more information visit the company's Web site at www.netgear.com.
Oct 01 - Safe Wire-Free
Electricity for Mobile Devices Introduced by MobileWise. Safe,
wire-free electricity is no longer science fiction, as MobileWise,
Inc. today launched a technology that solves the "Last Wire(TM)"
problem - the dependency on plugging in mobile devices for electric
power. The announcement was made during product demonstrations at
the Power 2002 Conference sponsored by Giga Information Group.
Los Altos, California based MobileWise demonstrated
the first application of its wire-free electric power technology,
the Wire-Free-Electricity Base(TM) and its power delivery counterpart,
the Wire-Free-Electricity Adapter(TM), the latter residing within
or externally attached to a mobile device, enabling the mobile device
to draw power from the Wire-Free Electricity Base.
MobileWise is a fabless semiconductor company that
offers the first commercial, safe, wire-free electric power technology.
The company sells its family of wire-free electric power chipset
products to leading mobile, networking and power accessories OEMs.
MobileWise chipsets enable a safe, wire-free electric power delivery
and management to multiple mobile devices with a variety of power
needs, regardless of brand.
Immediately deployable in the aftermarket, the Wire-Free-Electricity
Adapter integrates externally into most existing laptop computers
and other portable electronic products. Connecting directly to the
device power input, it has a tiny footprint, and does not require
any redesign of the electronic circuits within the device.
The flat surface of the Wire-free Electricity Base
resembles a small desk blotter. Once a MobileWise-enabled device
is placed anywhere on the Wire-Free-Electricity Base, it will be
powered and charged, as if it is plugged to an electric outlet.
The Wire-Free-Electricity Base is as safe to use as a mouse pad
- without concerns about liquid or food spills. It's even safe to
place metallic or magnetic objects on it. It emits no harmful radiation,
and causes no radio interference.
The Base and the Adapter are designed to enable power
delivery into a mobile device regardless of its location or orientation
on the Base's surface. The Wire-Free Electricity Base even allows
multiple mobile devices to be safely charged and powered simultaneously.
MobileWise, Inc. can be found online at www.mobilewise.com.