Oct 22 - CenDyne Ships First 4X DVD Recorder.
CenDyne, Inc. today announces that by the end of October, it will
begin shipping the industry's first 4X DVD Recorder. The new drive
comes with easy-to-use software for recording any type of video,
photography, music or data onto DVD-R, DVD-RW, CD-R and CD-RW media,
making it a great storage system for consumers who are now purchasing
or will purchase digital camcorders and cameras for the upcoming
"More consumers are taking advantage of the low
prices of digital camcorders and digital cameras and buying them
now -- as a result, they have more digital images to store,"
said Ed Meadows, president, CenDyne, Inc. "Storing video and
photos on a computer hard drive is risky, due to the threat of viruses.
Now, consumers can easily use DVD to not only store digital video
and photos -- but also create unique home movies with special effects,
and to share these memories with friends and family to view on their
DVD movie players."
The drive burns discs that are compatible with standard
DVD-R and DVD-RW formats, so that movies and photography stored
on DVD media can be viewed on a wide range of home DVD players and
other DVD burners.
The new CenDyne 4X DVD Recorder comes with easy-to-use
Sonic(TM) MyDVD 4(TM) DVD authoring and recording software that
allows consumers to archive their VHS home movies or create their
own movies and burn them onto DVD media. The MyDVD software lets
users capture video clips, transfer video, create and edit movies,
add titles and other effects to movies and video, and burn images
to a disc quickly and easily.
The drive also reads and writes CD-R and CD-RW media
and provides buffer under-run protection and support for CD-RW media.
Nero Express, Nero Vision Express and InCD software also ship with
the new drive for CD creation.
The CenDyne 4X DVD-R/RW Recorder was designed to be
installed internally into a PC; it comes complete with everything
necessary to begin recording data right away, including media.
The CenDyne 4X DVD Recorder (model number CDI CD00209)
will be available by Oct. 31 at an estimated retail price of $299
at leading computer and consumer electronics retailers.
For more information, go to the company's Web site
Oct 22 - SONICblue Launches
ReplayTV 5000 Series Digital Video Recorder. SONICblue(TM) Incorporated
(Nasdaq:SBLU) today announced the launch of the ReplayTV(R) 5000
digital video recorder (DVR) series, the next generation of the
Company's Emmy award-winning ReplayTV product line. SONICblue's
ReplayTV 5000 series offers consumers unparalleled DVR functionality,
including Commercial Advance(R) which affords users the choice to
playback recorded shows without advertisements, at prices lower
than competitive DVRs available in retail outlets.
"ReplayTV 5000 has all the makings of a homerun
for SONICblue," said Greg Ballard, CEO, SONICblue. "The
product offers consumers a powerful set of features, even some that
are currently being challenged by the networks and studios, and
extremely affordable pricing -- the perfect combination to reach
mass market adoption. And, with our recently expanded retail partnerships,
the product can easily be previewed and purchased in locations across
SONICblue's ReplayTV allows users to store up to 320
hours of television or other media content, to choose to playback
recorded programs without commercials, to stream programming to
other ReplayTV devices within the home and to share content with
friends and family who own a ReplayTV. In addition, the ReplayTV
5000 offers users two methods of downloading updated channel guide
information, either via a standard phone line or via a broadband
home network, ensuring that the device will grow with users as home
networking becomes more prevalent.
Pricing and Capacity
The ReplayTV 5000 series consists of:
-- ReplayTV 5040 -- Up to 40 hours of recording capacity
$299.99 (MSRP) plus a $50.00 rebate for an after rebate price of
-- ReplayTV 5080 -- Up to 80 hours of recording capacity
$399.99 (MSRP) plus a $50.00 rebate for an after rebate price of
-- ReplayTV 5160 -- Up to 160 hours of recording capacity
$499.99 (MSRP) plus a $50.00 rebate for an after rebate price of
-- ReplayTV 5320 -- Up to 320 hours of recording capacity
for $899.99 (MSRP)
In addition, consumers must choose either a $9.95
monthly fee, the lowest service fee of any DVR on the market, or
a one-time service activation fee of $250 for each new ReplayTV
5000 product purchased. All ReplayTV 5000 models are compatible
with cable, satellite and antenna programming feeds.
For more information on the ReplayTV 5000 series,
or to buy it directly, please visit www.SONICblue.com.
Oct 22 - Argus Announces
Affordable 3-in-1 Digital Camera. Portability, convenience and
versatility make the new Argus DC-1540 3-in-1 Digital Camera an
essential tool for today's computer-savvy consumers.
Developed by Argus Camera, a leading provider of quality
digital, 35mm and Advanced Photo System (APS) cameras, the DC-1540
can be used as a digital camera, a PC cam or a video camera and
then be folded up to fit in a pocket or purse. Combine this with
two megabytes of internal memory and the convenience of USB plug
and play compatibility and you get everything you need to send video
or still images using your PC.
"Why should people have to fumble with three
cameras when all they really want to do is send snapshots of their
children to grandma and grandpa or communicate visually via the
Internet?" said Bill Pearson, President of Argus Camera. "They
can now use the same device to take their pictures, videos or to
conference via the Web."
Designed to be truly portable, the DC-1540 uses two
AAA batteries enabling you to take up to 80 pictures with a resolution
of 352x288 pixels while you're away from your computer. It also
features a 10-second self timer, the ability to power off after
being idle for 30 seconds and a frame rate of 25 frames per second
for transmitting video images. Plus it comes with a comprehensive
software package from ArcSoft.
Affordably priced at $49.99, the DC-1540 is available
now at most major retailers in the U.S in November 2002. For more
information on Argus and its full line of products, visit the company's
Web site at www.arguscamera.com.
Oct 22 - Toshiba Announces
Voluntary Recall of Pocket PC e740. Toshiba's Computer Systems
Group (CSG) is voluntarily recalling its Pocket PC e740 bearing
serial numbers 72014641L through 92041620L(a).
These products can experience a loss of data if the
battery is allowed to fully discharge or if the battery is disconnected
from the product for any reason. The company believes a voluntary
recall is the most prudent and responsible way to ensure product
quality and customer satisfaction.
Serial numbers can be found on the back of the product.
Toshiba CSG is asking customers to call 800/788-1653 to request
repair of their Pocket PC e740 product. Packaging with pre-paid
postage will be mailed to the customer along with instructions on
where to ship the unit for repair.
Customers are urged to back-up their data before sending their Pocket
PC e740 in for repair. For instructions on how to do this, customers
should reference their Users' Guide or visit the Toshiba Web site
Although customers are urged to immediately return
their products for repair, customers may continue to use the product
without loss of data if they: (1) never let the battery fully discharge;
(2) never disconnect the battery from the product; (3) regularly
back-up stored data; and (4) always connect the product to an external
power supply before changing the battery.
Customers can contact Toshiba at www.csd.toshiba.com
for return instructions or further information.
Oct 22 - Home Networking
is Big and Growing. Home networks are currently being used in
almost eight million U.S. households, and are projected to reach
14 million households by 2004.
That's the finding in a recent study by Solomon-Wolff
Associates, a New Jersey-based market research firm.
The study finds that 43 percent of Internet households
have two or more computers. This means that 25 million households
could use home networks.
"The use of home networks is strongly related
to connection speed," said Joey Wolff, partner, Solomon Wolff
associates. "Only 20 percent of dial-up Internet users use
home networks, but 54 percent of broadband users have networks.
If you are already paying for broadband access, the cost of a network
to allow more than one person at a time to access the Internet is
a good value."
According to Wolff, the projected increase in the
use of home networks is a result of several factors. The number
of households will continue to increase, and those with two or more
computers will also increase. Almost half the Internet households
are expected to have two or more computers by 2004, increasing the
likelihood of use of home networks. Survey data also indicates that
home network users tend to be those who are self-employed and/or
those who work from home offices.
"We expect 42 percent of those Internet households
with two or more computers to have networks by 2004," said
Wolff. "And, we expect to see a growing percent of them using
the wireless networks. Currently wireless networks account for only
one out of ten home networks."
Located in Mountain Lakes, New Jersey, Solomon-Wolff
is a 19 year-old research company specializing in high tech and
Oct 21 - ATI's New RADEON
Family Generates Abundance of Design Wins. ATI Technologies,
Inc., (NASDAQ:ATYT)(TSX:ATY) today announced that the RADEON(TM)
9700 PRO and the RADEON(TM) 9000 PRO are leading the graphics industry
with a barrage of design wins.
ATI's groundbreaking RADEON(TM) 9700 PRO visual processing
unit (VPU) and RADEON(TM) 9000 PRO are driving the visual revolution
with numerous tier one and custom PC makers including Acer, Apple,
Alienware, Dell, eMachines, Falcon Northwest, Fujitsu, Fujitsu Siemens,
Gateway, Hewlett-Packard, NEC and Voodoo Extreme.
Launched earlier this year, the RADEON 9700 PRO has
blown all competition out of the water with its cinematic-quality
images and breakneck speeds, thrilling gamers and PC enthusiasts.
The RADEON 9000 PRO, also launched this past summer, delivers the
most complete set of features and the highest performance to the
mainstream market - at the best price.
"The profusion of design wins from the world's
top computer manufacturers proves ATI hit the mark with enthusiasts
and mainstream consumers with the RADEON 9700 PRO and the RADEON
9000 PRO," said Rick Bergman, Senior Vice President, Marketing
and General Manager, Desktop, ATI Technologies, Inc. "We've
been crowned the 'king of graphics' and that leadership position
is reflected in our market share. ATI is winning because we deliver
what the market wants: the most feature rich and performance driven
graphics products - and we're doing it on time."
"ATI's new products are meeting with massive
success," said Dr. Jon Peddie, President of Jon Peddie Research,
the leading analyst firm in graphics and multimedia. "The company
has really hit the mark with its RADEON 9700 and RADEON 9000 products
- and obviously customers are happy with what they see. ATI's products
garnered a large number of the new design wins for this season from
OEMs and add-in-board manufacturers worldwide. It's a good indicator
that things are going well for ATI, and the industry."
Visit ATI's Web site at www.ati.com.
Oct 21 - NETGEAR Launches
Industry's First Eight-Port Gigabit Switch. 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 GS108 Eight-Port Gigabit Ethernet Switch,
an industry first.
The GS108 addresses the growing network performance
needs of an emerging Gigabit Ethernet market that seeks to build
powerful, small-scale, high-speed networks capable of moving large
files and multimedia applications quickly across the network.
Now bandwidth intensive office workgroups, such as
graphic design firms, video production studios, print shops and
law offices, have a cost-effective solution for deploying the higher-speed
networks required by their unique business processes and applications.
The GS108 is an unmanaged copper Gigabit Ethernet
switch featuring eight 10/100/1000 Mbps ports providing the flexibility
to seamlessly upgrade existing networking infrastructures to Gigabit
technology, while maintaining compatibility with existing legacy
The GS108 is the latest member of NETGEAR's growing
family of Gigabit networking solutions that includes the GS104,
the industry's first small form-factor four-port unmanaged Gigabit
switch, the recently announced GSM712 12-port Managed Gigabit Switch
and the popular GS524T 24-port Unmanaged Gigabit Switch.
"NETGEAR is solidifying its position as one of
the industry-leading providers of managed and unmanaged Gigabit
networking solutions designed for small and growing businesses,"
stated Patrick Lo, CEO and chairman of the board of directors of
Backed by a three-year warranty and 24/7 technical
support, the NETGEAR GS108 Eight-Port Gigabit Ethernet Switch will
be available in October 2002, via retailers, direct marketers, and
e-commerce sites, at a list price of $700.
For more information visit the company's Web site
Oct 21 - SanDisk Settles
Patent Infringement Action Against Flash Card Assembler PQI.
SanDisk Corporation (NASDAQ:SNDK) today announced a settlement with
Taiwan-based Power Quotient International Co., Ltd. and Power Quotient
International-USA, Inc. (collectively,"PQI") in which
PQI stipulated that their flash memory cards infringe SanDisk's
U.S. Patent No. 5,602,987 ("the `987 Patent"), and that
SanDisk's patent is valid and enforceable.
As part of the settlement agreement, PQI also consented
to an injunction and will not manufacture or sell their CompactFlash(TM)
or PC-ATA cards in the United States. PQI will pay SanDisk an undisclosed
amount to compensate SanDisk for past sales.
Additionally, as part of the settlement, PQI agreed
to provide notice to their customers that "PQI CompactFlash(TM)
and PC-ATA cards are subject to United States Patent No. 5,602,987.
The unlicensed sale or importation of these cards into the United
States constitutes infringement of United States Patent No. 5,602,987."
The agreement settles a complaint for patent infringement
against PQI that SanDisk filed in the U.S. District Court for the
Northern District of California in San Francisco, which sought damages
and an injunction against PQI from making, selling, offering for
sale, using or importing into the U.S. all PQI CompactFlash(TM)
cards and PC cards that infringe SanDisk's U.S. Patent No. 5,602,987.
Steven S. Baik, senior intellectual property counsel
for SanDisk, said, "This case confirms once again the validity
and enforceability of the SanDisk `987 patent in the area of flash
memory cards. This legal victory sends a clear message that SanDisk
will aggressively enforce its intellectual property rights."
SanDisk's web site/home page address: www.sandisk.com.
Oct 21 - The Net Is Saving
Travel Industry's Financial Hide. Despite the sluggish economy,
an increasing number of travelers are flocking to the Internet to
snap up great bargains, fueling the competitive battles between
travel suppliers and Web agencies to gain consumers' attention and
dollars. According to the latest Consumer Technographics(R) survey
by Forrester Research, Inc. (Nasdaq: FORR), more online households
traveling year over year will contribute to the sustained growth
in Web travel.
This year, nearly 26 million US households -- 43
percent of Web travel households -- will book leisure travel online,
12 percent more than in 2001. In 2002, when Web travelers will spend
just under 30 percent of their leisure travel budgets online, leisure
travel will drive $22.6 billion in revenue. By 2007, 32 percent
more households will spend 39 percent of their travel budgets online,
generating $49.7 billion.
"Without the Internet, the travel industry's
financial performance would be even worse than we're now seeing,"
said Henry H. Harteveldt, senior analyst at Forrester. "More
than six in 10 US households research their leisure travel online
today because they know that's where they'll find the best deals."
If they don't like what they see, consumers look
elsewhere. Responding to an increasingly demanding and savvy audience,
the industry has aggressively developed or enhanced the products
it sells to Web travelers.
Aided by new technologies and a hotel product in which it consigns
hotel rooms at a "wholesale" rate and resells them to
consumers at a retail price it sets, Web travel agency Expedia took
the top slot from perennial leader Travelocity.com on Forrester's
annual Web Travel Winners list. Value and innovation helped American
Airlines and Southwest Airlines move up the ranks, and they landed
both United Air Lines and Hilton Hotels on the list for the first
"As much as online travel bookers love the Web,
they are not loyal to the companies from which they buy," added
Harteveldt. "Travel companies are faced with the challenge
of making the Web as functional as offline options and ensuring
that the best values are always online."
For additional information, visit www.forrester.com.
Oct 20 - Sunday Shopping
Best Sunday Deals - See our Best
Sunday Ad Deals Table below for specific system prices.
Weekly Comparison. System prices were difficult
to compare as new systems were advertised. Vendors concentrated
on advertising higher-priced desktops and laptops.
Laptops - Stores advertised higher-end models
in the low-priced laptop category, high-end Pentium 4 laptops prices
came down to reasonable levels.
Desktops - Best Buy came out with a great deal on a HP 1.7
GHz Intel Celeron complete system, they were selling it for $599
which is the price the older 1.4 GHz Celeron typically sold at.
Could this be the end of the 1.4 GHz Celerons?
Prices were about the same on Pentium 4 desktops, faster systems
are starting to sell for $1000 or less. AMD Athlon desktops are
not being advertised much as they still seem to be having trouble
making any CPU faster than the 2200+.
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 12 month no-interest financing on all laptops.
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
laptops, and desktop packages.
has 12 month no interest financing for purchases over $298.
CompUSA is offering 6 months
no payments, no interest on purchases $199 and higher (when you
ad and take it to a store).
Staples no ad 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
12 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 Sunday Ad Deals
Price* (see above)
Prices up or Down this Week
HP 1.7 GHz complete system
Compaq 2.4 GHz complete system
1. Best High-end Pentium 4 System
Sony 2.4 GHz with DVD-RW complete system
Best Buy, Circuit City
2. Best High-end Pentium 4 System
HP 2.53 GHz complete system
Best Low-cost Athlon XP System
Athlon XP System
HP 2200+ complete
1. Best Low-cost Notebook
Compaq Athlon XP 1600+ with DVD/CD-RW
2. Best Low-cost Notebook
Toshiba Celeron 1.5 GHz with DVD/CD-RW
1. Best High-end Notebook
Toshiba Pentium 4-M 2.0 GHz with DVD/CD-RW
Best High-end Notebook
Toshiba Pentium 4-M 2.4 GHz with DVD/CD-RW
Best Sunday Deal
ATI Radeon 9000 Pro 128 MB DDR
Best Buy, Circuit City
Best Sunday Deal
Philips 19" Realflat CRT Monitor
$179 (after rebates)
Best Sunday Deal
Sony 48X CD-RW
Best Sunday Deal
Maxtor 120 GB 7200 RPM Hard Drive
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 18 - AMD Reports Third
Quarter Results. AMD (NYSE:AMD) today reported sales of $508,227,000
and a net loss of $254,171,000, for the quarter ended September
29, 2002. The net loss amounted to $0.74 per share, presented in
accordance with generally accepted accounting principles (GAAP).
Third quarter sales declined by 34 percent from the
third quarter of 2001 and by 15 percent from the second quarter
of 2002. In the third quarter of 2001, AMD reported total sales
of $765,870,000 and a net loss of $186,929,000, or $0.54 per share.
Excluding the effects of restructuring and other special charges,
the 2001 third quarter loss was $97,424,000, or $0.28 per share.
In the second quarter of 2002, AMD reported sales of $600,299,000
and a net loss of $184,938,000, or $0.54 per share.
"The sequential decline in third quarter sales
was primarily due to the aggressive actions we took in the PC supply
chain to align our product mix with current customer and end-user
demand which has been less than we forecasted," said Robert
J. Rivet, AMD's chief financial officer.
"We took more aggressive action in the third
quarter than in the second quarter, which masked the progress that
AMD is achieving in the marketplace. The sell-through, that is,
actual consumption of AMD microprocessors, was higher in the third
quarter than in the second quarter. While AMD's unit sales for desktop
were hard hit by our actions, we believe we held market share in
mobile unit sales and made substantial progress in server unit sales,
increasing unit shipments by 17 percent.
" The improved alignment of inventory in the
supply chain and the increased availability of the highest performing
AMD Athlon XP(TM) processors on 130-nanometer technology should
enable AMD and our customers to take advantage of the anticipated
fourth quarter seasonal improvement in demand.
"Flash memory product sales grew in the third
quarter based on the strength of the high-end mobile phone market,
as bit demand for AMD Flash memory continued to increase.
"We are accelerating our strategy to reset our
business model and lower our corporate breakeven point. We will
begin to implement additional and aggressive actions in the fourth
quarter that are expected to significantly reduce our quarterly
breakeven point beginning in the first quarter of 2003."
PC processor sales of $262 million for the quarter
declined by 31 percent from the $380 million reported in the second
quarter of 2002. This decline was driven by a drop in both units
and dollars of microprocessors for desktop applications. AMD believes
it held share in the mobile segment and gained share in the server
Conversion of AMD Athlon XP processors on 130-nanometer
technology is now complete, and the Company's Fab 30 plant in Dresden,
Germany is now producing 100 percent of its wafer-outs on 130-nanometer
process technology. AMD plans to begin production shipments of Hammer-based
processors in the mid first half of 2003.
AMD memory sales of $189 million were up 8 percent
from the $175 million in the second quarter of 2002. For the second
quarter in a row, AMD Flash memory bit shipments reached an all-time
In July, AMD began production shipments of AMD MirrorBit(TM) Flash
memory products. AMD MirrorBit architecture is a breakthrough technology
that allows Flash memory devices to hold twice as much data as standard
NOR Flash devices without compromising device endurance, performance
For more information visit www.amd.com.
Oct 18 - Symantec Reports
34 Percent Revenue Growth. Symantec Corp. (Nasdaq:SYMC), the
world leader in Internet security, today reported results for the
fiscal second quarter 2003, ended Sept. 27, 2002.
Symantec posted revenue for the quarter of $325 million,
a 34 percent increase compared to $242 million for the same quarter
last year. Performance was driven by continued strength in the company's
collection of "must-have" security solutions for individuals
and enterprises around the globe.
"In the face of today's difficult economy and
the challenge of successfully integrating four acquisitions, we
continue to demonstrate our commitment to deliver great value for
customers and strong financial results for our investors,"
said John W. Thompson, Symantec chairman and CEO. "Our business,
both consumer and enterprise, is firing on all cylinders across
For the quarter, Symantec's worldwide enterprise security
business grew 30 percent compared to the same quarter last year
and represented 44 percent of total revenue. Performance in the
enterprise security business was supported by 61 percent growth
in firewall/VPN sales and 36 percent growth in antivirus sales compared
to the same quarter last year. Symantec's security services revenue
grew 102 percent compared to the same quarter last year, supported
by 127 percent growth in managed security services.
Symantec's consumer business grew 68 percent and represented
38 percent of total revenue, supported by continued strength in
consumer antivirus revenue, which grew 76 percent compared to the
same quarter last year. Symantec's enterprise administration business
represented 16 percent of total revenue and declined 2 percent.
International revenues grew 45 percent over the same
quarter last year and represented 47 percent of total revenue in
the second quarter. Symantec posted growth in every region. Sales
in Europe, Middle East and Africa led the increase with 55 percent
year-over-year growth followed by 51 percent growth in Japan, 35
percent growth in Canada, 26 percent growth in the United States
and 24 percent growth in Asia Pacific.
More information can be found at www.symantec.com.
Oct 18 - IBM Reports
2002 Third-Quarter Results. IBM today announced third- quarter
2002 results from continuing operations of $.99 diluted earnings
per common share compared with $.97 in the third quarter of 2001.
Third-quarter income from continuing operations was $1.7 billion
compared with $1.7 billion in the 2001 third quarter. Revenues were
$19.8 billion, flat (down 2 percent at constant currency) compared
with the third quarter of 2001.
Samuel J. Palmisano, IBM president and chief executive
officer, said: "We are encouraged by the solid results the
IBM team produced this quarter. In this difficult economic environment,
we delivered a good revenue performance and grew EPS. In addition,
we gained share and momentum in key businesses.
"Global Services, Storage and IBM eServers, particularly
our pSeries UNIX server and Intel-based xSeries line, performed
well, despite the economy. We believe both WebSphere and DB2 gained
share in a difficult software market. Microelectronics increased
revenue for the first time in many quarters and cut its losses substantially.
"Our performance was the result of disciplined
execution, backed with IBM's strong strategic position in areas
becoming increasingly important in the information technology industry.
Customers continue to value and invest in integrated solutions,
deep industry expertise, comprehensive services capability, and
open enterprise hardware and middleware.
"We recognized early the fundamental changes
now taking place in computing and did the hard work to prepare ourselves,
including the acquisitions of PricewaterhouseCoopers Consulting
and several software companies. As a result, we are well positioned
for the future and believe we will continue to distance ourselves
from the competition."
For more details visit www.ibm.com.
Oct 18 - Transmeta Corporation
Reports Fiscal Q3 2002 Financial Results. Transmeta Corporation
(Nasdaq:TMTA), designer and supplier of the energy-efficient Crusoe
processor, today announced financial results for its third quarter
ended September 27, 2002.
On a pro forma basis, excluding a one-time restructuring
charge for the payment of severance and benefits related to the
July workforce reduction, the benefit from previously recorded inventory-related
charges, and other non-cash charges, the net loss for the quarter
was $17.8 million, or a pro forma loss of $0.13 per share. This
compares with a pro forma net loss of $25.3 million or a pro forma
loss of $0.19 per share in the second quarter and a pro forma net
loss of $23.1 million or a pro forma loss of $0.18 a year ago.
"We are disappointed with the slowdown in our
third quarter revenues," said Dr. Matthew R. Perry, president
and CEO of Transmeta. "The overall economic picture continued
to constrain end-user spending on computing devices. Our results
were affected by adjustments our customers made to their short-term
forecasts late in the quarter," he said.
"However, design win activity gained momentum
across many geographies in the third quarter. We began our first
major shipments to China, and we gained new design wins with other
Chinese customers. Interest in Crusoe is very strong in Taiwan,
where we won numerous designs for our TM5800 and are seeing very
strong interest in our next-generation processor. We also continued
to win new designs in Japan," he said.
"Customers everywhere tell us they are choosing
Crusoe processors because they like the balance only we can provide
of low maximum power, low cost, long battery life and high performance--in
The company said that its first processor based on
the next-generation 256-bit Crusoe architecture, the TM8000, remains
on plan to ship in the third quarter of next year. "Customers
are very excited about the value proposition this product offers
over competing technologies. We are already in discussions with
several potential customers regarding design-ins," Dr. Perry
"Our goal remains to be profitable by the fourth
quarter of next year, as we believe we are well positioned with
our new products and market focus to achieve growth in the second
half of 2003," Dr. Perry said.
On November 7, Transmeta will join Microsoft and Hewlett-Packard
in New York as Microsoft officially introduces the Windows XP Tablet
PC Edition software, and as Hewlett-Packard debuts its HP Compaq
Tablet PC, which is powered by Transmeta's 1-GHz Crusoe TM5800 processor.
Later in the month, the company will be showcasing its technology
at Comdex in Las Vegas. Transmeta's products will be featured both
at its suites and at some of its customers' and partners' booths,
including those of Microsoft, Hewlett-Packard and Antelope Technologies.
For more information visit www.transmeta.com.
Oct 18 - New Study Reveals
31% of E-mail Addresses Are Changed Annually. A new study indicates
that e-mail addresses are changed at the rate of 31 percent annually,
causing 53 percent of those consumers to lose touch with personal
and professional contacts, as well as preferred Web sites. The survey,
conducted by research firm NFO WorldGroup, identified that half
of all Web site relationships are lost, on average, due to e-mail
address changes. Return Path Inc., the leading provider of e-mail
change of address services, and Global Name Registry, license operator
of the .name top-level domain, commissioned the study.
According to the study, e-mail address turnover is
driven by ISP switching, job changes and consumer efforts to avoid
SPAM. Loss of contact with valued Web sites and e-newsletters occurs
most often. And, the survey revealed that young adults (53 percent)
are significantly more likely to lose these contacts than older
individuals (42 percent).
"The rate of e-mail address turnover continues
unabated from the pace we first identified in September 2000,"
said Matt Blumberg, chief executive officer of Return Path. "In
addition to the impact on consumer relationships identified, there
is a real and significant subsequent financial impact on reputable
businesses that rely on e-mail to communicate with their customers."
Notifying contacts of an e-mail address change is
no small task, according to the survey. While consumers, on average,
registered their e-mail address with more than twelve Web sites,
according to the study, e-mail address changers only notified about
six Web sites of the change. And, twenty-two percent of those who
changed an e-mail address did not notify any Web site about the
change. E-mail address changers also reported lost personal and/or
professional relationships after switching e-mail addresses.
"The volume and frequency of e-mail address changes
suggests that consumers have simply come to accept the hassles that
accompany such action," said Earl Quenzel, vice president sales
and marketing, Global Name Registry, which offers a lifetime e-mail
address that simply redirects incoming mail to a current e-mail
account . "Businesses like Global Name Registry and Return
Path are responding with solutions that offer consumers the flexibility
to change an e-mail address while minimizing lost relationships."
For more information visit www.returnpath.net.
Oct 17 - Intel Reports
$0.10 Third-Quarter Earnings Per Share. Intel Corporation today
announced third-quarter revenue of $6.5 billion, up 3 percent sequentially
and flat year-over-year.
Third-quarter net income was $686 million, up 54 percent
sequentially and up 547 percent year-over-year. Earnings per share
were $0.10, up 43 percent sequentially and up 400 percent from $0.02
in the third quarter of 2001.
"Although the industry is experiencing one of
its worst downturns ever, we continue to move our technology forward,
introducing 18 new processors during the quarter, all on our leading-edge
0.13-micron technology," said Craig R. Barrett, Intel chief
executive officer. "Our product and technology leadership,
combined with solid execution, is paying off, bringing our microprocessor
market segment share to its highest level in four years. Going forward,
we remain committed to investments in new products and technologies,
setting the stage for us to emerge even stronger when the economy
and demand recover."
On October 10, a federal court in Texas ruled that
Intel's Itanium(R) processor infringes patents owned by Intergraph
Corporation. Under the terms of an April 2002 settlement agreement
between the parties, Intel agreed to pay Intergraph liquidated damages
of $150 million within 30 days of entry of final judgment of infringement,
and an additional $100 million if Intergraph prevails on appeal.
Intel plans first to seek reconsideration of the ruling by the trial
court, and is currently analyzing the accounting treatment for the
payments the company may ultimately be required to make.
Based on a preliminary analysis, payments are expected to be capitalized
and amortized over a period of years, and the ruling is not expected
to have a material effect on Intel's reported results of operations
for the third quarter of 2002. Further information concerning the
accounting treatment is expected to be included in Intel's Form
10-Q for the third quarter, to be filed in early November.
THIRD-QUARTER REVIEW AND RECENT HIGHLIGHTS
-- The average selling price of Intel Architecture
units was slightly lower sequentially.
Product Shipment Trends (Sequential)
-- Intel Architecture microprocessor unit shipments
-- Chipset unit shipments were higher.
-- Motherboard unit shipments were approximately flat.
-- Flash memory unit shipments were higher.
-- Ethernet connectivity product unit shipments were
Intel Architecture Business
During the quarter, Intel introduced 18 new microprocessors
based on 0.13-micron technology, extending the company's performance
leadership across all segments of computing. The company also launched
four advanced chipsets and announced a range of technologies that
will bring increased performance and new capabilities to the computing
Intel increased its desktop performance leadership
with high volume shipments of Intel(R) Pentium(R) 4 processors at
2.8, 2.66, 2.6 and 2.5 GHz. The company also announced plans to
introduce a 3.06 GHz Pentium 4 processor that will bring Hyper-Threading
(HT) Technology to the desktop in the fourth quarter.
HT Technology allows a variety of multithreaded operating system
and application software to run as though the PC has two processors,
boosting performance by as much as 25 percent. Intel introduced
new chipsets that support HT Technology along with leading edge
DRAMs, a faster system bus and higher performing integrated graphics.
The company also increased its value segment leadership with the
Intel Celeron(R) processor at 2 GHz, and said it is developing an
advanced security technology, codenamed LaGrande, that will be integrated
into future Intel platforms.
Intel launched 11 new mobile PC processors for mainstream
notebooks at speeds up to 2.2 GHz. The company also announced that
its next-generation Banias mobile PC platform will include an 802.11a/b
wireless networking solution along with software that will simplify
and improve the security of wireless networking. Intel and VeriSign*
announced plans to bring wireless security to Banias-based corporate
For the enterprise, Intel delivered Xeon(TM) processors
at 2.8 and 2.6 GHz for two-way servers and workstations. Intel and
IBM* announced plans to develop blade servers that will offer highly
scalable performance, new reliability features and a lower total
cost of ownership.
In addition, the Itanium 2 processor continued to set new industry
performance records. Intel and NEC announced that an Itanium 2-based,
32-way server achieved the world's highest TPC-C benchmark result
on a non-clustered Microsoft* Windows* platform. Hewlett-Packard*
announced new four-processor performance records on the SAP* R/3
two-tier SD benchmark as well as the TPC-C benchmark.
Intel Communications Group
Intel began OEM customer sampling of a product code-named
Calexico that will connect notebook PCs with 802.11 wireless networks
in offices, homes and public "hot spots" such as airports,
hotels and restaurants. Calexico is designed to support the 802.11
a and b specifications, and is being extensively validated for reliable,
secure and easy-to-use wireless connectivity in forthcoming Banias
processor-based notebook PCs.
In network processing, Intel introduced its first
control plane processor based on the Intel(R) XScale(TM) core along
with an applications and services processor based on the Low-Voltage
Intel(R) Xeon(TM) processor, enabling cost-effective and flexible
design of feature-rich networking systems. In optical, Intel introduced
metropolitan area networking products based on tuneable laser technology
that deliver multichannel, 10-Gbps throughput across the telecom
industry's primary optical networking protocols. In storage, Intel
introduced four system controllers, becoming the first company to
offer a full line of RAID products that support the leading industry
drivers, development tools and firmware.
Intel also announced that it is adding communications
capabilities to its forthcoming 90-nanometer (nm) process technology.
The company will integrate high-speed silicon-germanium transistors
and "mixed-signal" circuitry for a new generation of faster,
more integrated, less-costly communications chips to be introduced
beginning next year. The announcement underscores Intel's goal of
driving the convergence of computing and communications through
advances in silicon.
Wireless Communications and Computing Group
Intel introduced Wireless MMX(TM) technology and two
flash memory technologies designed to bring the richness and excitement
of desktop PC applications to wireless and handheld products based
on the Intel(R) Personal Internet Client Architecture (Intel(R)
Intel XScale technology-based processors have been
adopted in more than 25 newly introduced handheld devices, including
PDAs from Acer*, Asustek*, Fujitsu-Siemens*, HP*, Hitachi*, Sharp*
and Toshiba*. During the quarter, Sony* introduced the first Palm*
operating system-based PDA based on XScale technology, while BSQUARE*
introduced the first 2.5G cell phone/PDA based on the technology.
Philips* announced a new design that will enable the company and
its OEM customers to market a new generation of interactive, digital
audio/video devices based on the XScale core. SONICblue* selected
XScale technology to power a portable media player that will allow
users to watch television programs transferred from ReplayTV* devices
as well as play PC-based audio, video and photos.
Technology and Manufacturing Group
Intel disclosed nanotechnology breakthroughs that
are anticipated to allow the company to be the first to bring 90-nm,
300-mm process technology into volume production next year. Intel's
new process will be the first to combine the smallest, highest-performing
transistors utilizing strained silicon, a one-square-micron SRAM
cell, and high-speed interconnects that integrate copper with a
new, low-k dielectric material. Intel said it plans to reuse over
75 percent of its 0.13-micron, 300-mm process tools when it transitions
to 90-nm, 300-mm production, thereby reducing costs and facilitating
a mature tool set.
In addition, Intel disclosed an experimental three-dimensional
(3-D) tri-gate transistor design that achieves higher performance
with greater power efficiency than traditional planar transistors.
Intel believes the 3-D transistor will address obstacles to scaling
transistors below 30 nm and help continue the pace of Moore's Law
beyond the decade.
For more infromation visit www.intel.com.
Oct 17 - ViewSonic Delivers
High-Brightness HDTV-Capable Displays. Enhancing its award-winning
line of desktop displays, ViewSonic(R) Corp., a worldwide Visual
Technologies(TM) leader, introduces its UltraBrite(TM) high-brightness
CRT displays. The G71f+SB, E70f+SB, E90f+SB, A70f+ and A90f+ are
designed for users seeking optimal viewing of graphics, games, video
and TV (including HDTV), in addition to traditional computer applications.
ViewSonic's new displays optimize color hue, saturation
and intensity for Internet, gaming, presentation graphics and video
applications by allowing users to increase brightness by three to
five times that of traditional CRTs. These UltraBrite CRT displays
also offer enhanced features including a dedicated toggle button
for brightness level selection, one-touch auto image adjustment,
ViewSonic's exclusive PerfectFlat(R) technology and a sleek metallic-silver-on-black
design. When coupled with ViewSonic's NextVision(TM) N6 video processor,
all of the new monitors can display content from an HDTV source.
"As users demand more advanced technology for
digital photography and video applications, ViewSonic continues
to improve CRT technology to meet these needs at reasonable prices,"
said Young Bae, CRT product manager, ViewSonic. "The high brightness
capabilities of our UltraBrite CRTs give users the ability to view
graphics and video with sharper photo-realism and color intensity
at the touch of button."
Offering up to 500 nits of brightness and a maximum
resolution of 1280x1024, the G71f+SB is designed with a FD Trinitron(R)
CRT for outstanding video, gaming and graphics performance. Through
ViewSonic's PerfectFlat screen and UltraBrite technologies, this
17-inch (16.0 inch viewable) CRT offers bright, clear images with
optimal color performance. Also available in an all-black design
(G71f+B), the G71f+ is currently shipping through authorized ViewSonic
resellers, distributors and mail order catalogs at an estimated
street price (ESP) of $199.
Featuring 300 nits of brightness and an ultra-fine
horizontal dot pitch of 0.21mm the E90f+SB, E70f+SB, A70f+ and A90f+
provide vivid, crisp images for gaming, photo, video and TV applications
to education, small office/home office and consumer users. These
monitors have 17 or 19 inch screen sizes and range in price from
$159 - $259.
For further information, visit www.ViewSonic.com.
Oct 17 - Panasonic's
Latest Hot-Rod Toughbook Tops Fully Ruggedized Speed Charts.
Panasonic Computer Solutions Company, the leading provider of ruggedized
portable computers, today announced the release of an upgraded Toughbook(R)
CF-28--the world's fastest MIL-STD 810F -tested notebook computer
and the first fully shock-and-water resistant model in the company's
history with an estimated street price starting at under $2,700.
Featuring Intel's(R) latest 0.13-micron, copper-interconnect
1GHz/733MHz Pentium(R) III Enhanced-SpeedStep(R) CPU, the CF-28
automatically shifts bus ratios, core-operating voltages and processor
speeds between full power and power-conservation modes based on
workload demand. Other battery runtime enhancements include an ultra-low-power
hibernation mode and Intel's Advanced Transfer Cache architecture
for faster L2 cache data transfers and reduced system power consumption.
"The new 1GHz CF-28 is a direct response to the
evolving needs of our customers for faster processing speeds in
a bulletproof, cool-running notebook that can be affordably deployed
to their entire field force," said Rance Poehler, Panasonic
Computer Solutions Company President. "It is also a reaffirmation
of our commitment to do whatever it takes to retain our position
as America's largest and most respected supplier of ruggedized computing
solutions to industry and public-service agencies."
Poehler cited Panasonic's(R) unprecedented control
over virtually every aspect of the CF-28's design and construction
for the company's ability to solve heat buildup issues that have
stymied competitors' attempts to break the 1GHz speed barrier in
a dust, dirt and watertight standard-size, under-nine-pound notebook.
"Panasonic is the only manufacturer building
ruggedized computers able to run higher-end Intel processors without
a cooling fan," Poehler said. "At Panasonic we don't define
units with fans as fully ruggedized. We design and build our own
magnesium-alloy cases, most of the key components inside those cases,
and the proprietary heat-dispersal systems for those components.
One of our major competitors offers a Taiwan-OEM-made 'rugged' unit
that needs a fan and outside air intake to keep from burning up.
That kind of design would never meet our case-integrity standards.
"When we decide to upgrade a model, we don't
call some third-party vendor and say 'Hey, Charlie, toss a faster
CPU into that model starting with serial number 1025598.' We do
new design studies, build new prototypes, and test every conceivable
combination of CPU and chipset to ensure the computer exceeds all
our temperature control, power efficiency and durability standards.
"That's why we can guarantee that the 1GHz CF-28,
the fastest fully ruggedized Toughbook ever made, is as rock-solid
and dependable in a crisis as any of its predecessors."
The new Toughbook CF-28 features 256MB of PC133 SDRAM
(512MB maximum), a 30GB stainless-steel-encased removable HDD with
polymer damper, an integrated drive bay for a 1.44MB floppy (standard)
or optional CD-ROM, CD-RW, DVD-ROM, or DVD/CD-RW combo drive, a
lithium-ion battery pack, integrated GPS capability, and a wide-array
of integrated wired and wireless connectivity options. Screen options
include a 12.1-inch SVGA anti-reflective TFT active-matrix color
LCD, a 12.1-inch SVGA transflective TFT active-matrix color LCD
touchscreen, and a 13.3-inch XGA transmissive, anti-reflective,
TFT active-matrix color LCD touchscreen.
Legendary Toughbook durability is assured by a full
magnesium-alloy case with elastomer-protected corners and bottom
cover, the shock-mounted hard drive, a string-silicon seal between
case halves, seamless rubber gaskets around component doors, fully
sealed display screen, keyboard, touchpad, port and hinge fittings,
stay-tight case hinges and a bonded scratch-and-mark resistant finish.
Information on Panasonic's full line of notebook PCs
for the mobile professional can be obtained at http://www.panasonic.com/toughbook.
Oct 17 - America Online
Announces End to Third-Party Pop-Up Ads. America Online, Inc.,
the world's leading interactive services company, today announced
that it will no longer accept third-party pop-up advertising or
merchandise sales on the flagship AOL service. The announcement
was made by Chairman and CEO Jon Miller at today's "AOL Live@Lincoln
Center" salute to members, celebrating the launch of the new
Mr. Miller said: "This new policy will contribute
to our most important goal -- a better member experience. AOL is
an effective medium for advertisers, and we're working with our
partners to continually improve the opportunities available to them
by offering enhancements like standardized sizing and placement
of advertising. The most important thing we offer advertisers, though,
is the chance to be part of a service that consumers love, and we've
determined that pop-ups aren't the best way to do that. By ending
third-party pop-ups and merchandise sales we are giving our members
what they want --which in turn will make AOL an even better vehicle
for our advertising partners."
The new policy will take effect as the Company works
through the inventory of ads and merchandise promotions it is already
committed to run. AOL will continue to utilize a variety of mechanisms
including pop-ups to notify members about key features on the service,
and on a limited basis, to make special offers from AOL Time Warner.
Members will notice a significantly reduced volume of pop-up ads
once the company has fulfilled its current commitments.
AOL further announced today that it will make it easier
for members to find and change their marketing preferences, and
opt-outs will no longer expire on an annual basis.
America Online, Inc. is a wholly owned subsidiary
of AOL Time Warner Inc. Based in Dulles, Virginia. They can be found
online at www.aol.com.
Oct 17 - Actiontec's Wireless-ready
Router Available for AOL Users. Actiontec Electronics has announced
that its Dual Mode Wireless-Ready Cable/DSL Router will be one of
the first routers to enable multiple users to log on to America
Online (AOL) at the same time with just one Internet connection.
This gives subscribers to AOL's broadband service the ability to
have more than one PC in the house simultaneously accessing AOL
content and traveling through cyberspace.
The Actiontec Dual Mode Wireless-Ready Cable/DSL Router
has been designed to easily network PCs and notebook computers allowing
them to share Internet connections through an Actiontec USB DSL
Modem or any Ethernet DSL or Cable modem. Its ability to handle
two computers over a wired connection and up to 32 more using an
802.11b compliant PC card gives everyone on the network the ability
to use AOL to surf the Internet at high speeds. The router has been
tested and approved by America Online for use with AOL Broadband.
Installing the router is easy using Actiontec's new
installation system. An automated setup wizard that utilizes color-coded
cables and an on-screen pictorial guide helps users through the
installation process and will get even the least-technical user
set up and networking in minutes.
The automated wizard, known as Connection 1-2-3, automatically
detects and verifies network settings and TCP/IP readiness of each
computer and corrects problems, keeping user intervention to a minimum.
The router, the first of its kind to enable the use
of USB modems for networking, features two WAN ports - one USB connection
for use with the Actiontec USB Home DSL Modem and the second for
use with any Ethernet cable or DSL modem. It also has three LAN
ports - for high-speed Ethernet networking, a USB LAN port and a
"wireless-ready" slot for an 802.11b compliant card, which
activates wireless networking. There is also a second slot for future
cards that will permit applications such as wireless printer sharing
and VoIP access for Internet-based phone calls.
In addition, the Actiontec Dual Mode Wireless-Ready
Cable/DSL Router features a built-in firewall, advanced 64- and
128-bit wireless security encryption, advanced Web site and Web
service blocking, and power filters designed to audit and report
Web browsing activities.
The Actiontec Dual Mode Wireless-Ready Cable/DSL Router
carries an MSRP of $99.99 is available through AOL's online store
- Keyword: AOL Shop Direct.
Each package will include a router, an AC power adapter, an Ethernet
cable, a USB cable, Quick Start Guides and the Actiontec Installation
Buddy(TM), and Connection 1-2-3(TM). The product is compatible with
Windows 98 or higher for a PC and System 7.1 or higher for a Macintosh.
For more information, visit
Oct 16 - RADEON 9700 PRO
to Power eMachine Desktop. ATI Technologies Inc. (NASDAQ:ATYT)
(TSX:ATY.TO) today announced that its revolutionary RADEON(TM) 9700
PRO Visual Processing Unit (VPU) will power the new eMachines T2200SE
(Special Edition), a high-value, affordable desktop PC designed
for gaming and multimedia enthusiasts and priced at under $1,000.
ATI's RADEON 9700 PRO boasts key features that deliver
unparalleled performance and visual quality. The VPU's eight fully
programmable parallel rendering pipelines, combined with Microsoft(R)
DirectX(R)9 support and AGP 8X support, delivers a stunning level
of raw performance.
"ATI is the graphics solution of choice for PCs
sold into the retail market and we are developing a powerful brand
along with our customers," said Rick Bergman, Senior Vice President,
Marketing and General Manager, Desktop, ATI Technologies Inc. "As
the undisputed leader in the graphics space, the RADEON 9700 PRO's
power and performance is the perfect addition to eMachines' impressive
line of desktop PCs."
"eMachines wanted the world's greatest graphics
chip to power the T2200SE, so without hesitation, we chose ATI's
RADEON 9700 PRO," said Gary Elsasser, Vice President, Technology
and Platform Development, eMachines, Inc. "With the spectacular
performance and cinematic-quality visuals of the RADEON 9700 PRO,
eMachines is continuing to deliver the best high-value PCs to consumers."
In every key area, the RADEON 9700 vastly exceeds
the performance of any other product on the market. Among many groundbreaking
advancements, the RADEON 9700 has made the leap to DirectX 9.0 support,
AGP 8X support, 256-bit memory interface, over 110 million transistors,
8 pixel pipelines and 4 vertex engines.
In addition to featuring the new RADEON 9700 PRO VPU,
the eMachines T2200SE will also feature an AMD Athlon (TM) XP 2200+
with Quantispeed (TM) architecture, 512 MB DDR memory, 40x CD-RW
drive, 16x DVD drive, 100 GB hard drive, built-in 10/100 Mbps Ethernet
port, six USB 2.0 ports and three 1394 Firewire ports for optimum
device connectivity. The new eMachines T2200SE is available at www.emachines.com.
Oct 16 - America Online
Launches New Version - AOL 8.0. America Online, Inc., the world's
leading interactive services company, today unveiled AOL(R) 8.0,
the newest version of its convenient and easy-to-use flagship service.
Reflecting AOL's unmatched focus on consumers' online experience,
AOL 8.0 enhances the features that members use most often, introduces
a new approach to programming that will provide more relevant and
timely content throughout the day, and builds on the sense of community
that has always been at the heart of AOL's popularity.
AOL 8.0 responds to consumers' most frequently-cited
concern -sorting through unwanted e-mail - giving members greater
control over their incoming mail with a mail sorting feature that
lets them choose to view only messages from people they know. The
new version also introduces a distinct new online experience for
members using broadband connections, and a new premium service,
AOL(R) Call Alert, that lets members on dial-up connections know
when they are receiving incoming telephone calls.
AOL began a Sneak Preview release of the AOL 8.0 software
last week, letting members download the new version beginning on
Wednesday October 9. Already, more than 1.5 million members have
To help members learn what new features are available
and how to make the most of them, AOL will be presenting a series
of "AOL Classes" chats with AOL For Dummies author John
Kaufield. The one-hour discussions will take place at 8:00 tonight
and tomorrow night, and at 7:00 on Thursday, October 17 at AOL(R)
Keyword: AOL(R) Classes or AOL Keyword: AOL Live. AOL 8.0 also includes
a new "Did You Know?" feature that provides members with
contextual explanations for new AOL 8.0 features.
AOL members in the U.S. and Puerto Rico can upgrade
to new version AOL 8.0 at AOL Keyword: Upgrade now, and later this
fall at AOL Keyword: Nuevo AOL 8.0. Others can download the new
version at www.aol.com.
Oct 16 - Sonic Ships OpenDVD-compliant
DVD Software Player. Sonic Solutions (NASDAQ:SNIC) today announced
the release of Sonic CinePlayer 1.5, the world's first OpenDVD(TM)-compliant
DVD software player.
The newest member of Sonic's complete line of DVD
creation and playback applications, Sonic CinePlayer 1.5 delivers
exceptionally-high-quality DVD video and audio playback while incorporating
support for OpenDVD, enabling OpenDVD-compliant DVDs to be opened,
edited and re-burned using OpenDVD applications.
"Sonic CinePlayer 1.5 is a major step forward
for software DVD players," said Takumi Kigoshi, Product Manager,
Computer Peripherals and Applied Digital Products for TDK Electronics
"Not only does Sonic CinePlayer provide us with a stable and
compatible DVD playback engine with great performance, but it is
the first step toward linking the DVD playback and DVD creation
experiences. We are very excited about this new, innovative, DVD
player for the Windows platform."
"With the advent of OpenDVD, personal DVDs have
become a dynamic medium that can change over time, and the new Sonic
CinePlayer 1.5 takes advantage of this technology to provide a tightly-integrated
experience," said Mark Ely, Vice President and General Manager
--Desktop Products Group at Sonic Solutions.
"Sonic CinePlayer also incorporates advanced technology for
high-performance playback with exceptional video quality, delivering
a truly cinematic viewing experience."
CinePlayer is now available for sale on the Sonic
web store at http://estore.sonic.com
for US $49.95.
Oct 16 - Intel Unveils
Advances In Technology For Cell Phones. Intel Corporation today
announced several advances in memory and processing technologies
that will help to significantly improve battery life, performance
and storage capacity for cell phones.
The latest additions to Intel's lineup of leadership
technologies include the world's first 1.8 volt multi-level cell
wireless flash memory chip based on .13-micron process technology.
In addition, Intel is delivering new microprocessors using innovative
packaging technology that "stacks" memory and processor
chips together, bringing powerful computing and memory capabilities
in a single system package designed specifically for wireless devices
based on the Intel(R) Personal Internet Client Architecture (Intel
"The convergence of voice and data in the wireless
industry is requiring new innovation in silicon technology,"
said Ron Smith, senior vice president and general manager, Intel
Wireless Communications and Computing Group.
"In addition to longer battery life and higher performance,
we have to address size and space issues. Intel is using its unique
microprocessor and flash memory manufacturing and packaging expertise
to develop and deliver some very compelling, breakthrough technologies
to the wireless handset market." Smith made the announcement
at the Intel Developer Forum in Taipei.
More information on 1.8 Volt Intel StrataFlash Wireless
Memory can be found at http://developer.intel.com/design/flcomp/prodbref/251890.htm.
More information on the new processors can be found at http://www.intel.com/go/ap.
Oct 16 -Bluetooth To Ramp
Up In Markets Outside of Mobile Handsets. While mobile handsets
are expected to account for approximately two-thirds of the Bluetooth
devices that will ship in 2002, and cordless headsets will also
be a growing category, Allied Business Intelligence's (ABI) new
Bluetooth report notes that there are significant opportunities
for Bluetooth semiconductor vendors in other markets, especially
"As market consolidation begins to take place
among Bluetooth semiconductor vendors it is increasingly important
for these players to identify tangible markets outside of the mobile
handset opportunity," said Navin Sabharwal, Director of Residential
& Networking Technologies and report author.
"In our view one of the most significant opportunities
is the computing segment, which is expected to ramp up markedly
in the 2003-2004 time period. Microsoft's recent addition of Bluetooth
support for Windows XP will be a critical driver for Bluetooth adoption
in computing devices as PC OEMs treat this as a green-light to accelerate
their Bluetooth integration programs."
ABI projects that computing devices will account for
21% of all Bluetooth-enabled devices that will ship in 2003, with
a 27% share by 2007. The coming wave of Bluetooth cordless input
devices including mice and keyboards will be an important factor
in driving PC OEMs to embed Bluetooth functionality. Cordless computing
peripherals have shown tremendous growth in recent years and Bluetooth
will increasingly displace IrDA and proprietary RF technologies
as Bluetooth chipsets continue to drive down the cost curve and
exhibit improved power efficiency.
The ABI report "Bluetooth - The Global Outlook
for Bluetooth Component and Equipment Markets" examines the
evolution of Bluetooth technology, analyzes potential overlap with
other wireless technologies, forecasts the IC market and segments
Bluetooth device shipments into 15 categories. The report projects
Bluetooth IC shipments to increase rise from 11.2 million in 2001
to 33.8 million in 2002. In the longer run the Bluetooth semiconductor
market is forecast to grow to just over 1.1 billion chipsets by
2007, with associated revenues of $2.54 billion.
Allied Business Intelligence Inc is an Oyster Bay,
NY-based technology research think tank that publishes research
and technology intelligence on the wireless, broadband, electronics,
networking and energy industries. Details can be found at www.alliedworld.com
Oct 15 - Intel Forms Innovation
Alliance With Asian Industry Leaders. Intel Corporation's vision
of "anytime, anywhere computing," fostering seamless interaction
among desktop, notebook and handheld computers, and such consumer
electronic products as televisions and stereos, took a giant leap
forward today with the creation of the Innovation Alliance.
The announcement, made at the Intel Developer Forum
in Taiwan, was supported by a host of leading Asian computing design
companies. Joining Intel were Asustek, Compal, FIC, Foxconn, Gigabyte,
Inventec, MicroStar, Mitac, LG, Quanta, Samsung and Wistron.
Initial product offerings based on the output from
Innovation Alliance will be available in 2003.
"This is the first time an agreement of this
magnitude has been made between such world-class Asian companies
and Intel," said Jason Chen, vice president, sales and marketing
group general manager of Intel's Asia-Pacific operations. "We're
very pleased and honored to be working with these companies as we
accelerate the pace to deliver products based on next-generation
usage models sooner than if we had worked separately."
Central to speeding up the pace of innovation is the
shared vision of where desktop and mobile computers are going. Intel's
recently published Desktop and Mobile Platform Vision guides identify
consumer and corporate end-user desired experiences. These guides
provide direction on the technologies and base features needed to
deliver these experiences in mainstream clients. The Desktop Platform
Vision Guide, as the name suggests, focuses on the next generation
of mainstream desktop platforms.
"The Innovation Alliance is a great example of
companies working together to bring new, innovative ideas to the
desktop PC that truly benefit end users," said Louis Burns,
vice president and general manager of Intel's Desktop Platforms
Group. "We are happy to be working with these leading Asian
companies, and we are looking forward to a successful collaboration."
The Mobile Platform Vision Guide describes next-generation
mobility platforms, including notebooks in the thin-and-light, mini,
sub and mini/sub convertible categories.
"The formation of the Innovation Alliance is
a major step in advancing the mobile PC platform," said Anand
Chandrasekher, vice president and general manager of Intel's Mobile
Platforms Group. "We are excited to be working with key design
firms to accelerate innovation along the vectors of mobility --
vectors that include extended battery life, outstanding performance,
new thin-and-light form factors and simple, secure and seamless
The Platform Vision guides are available at http://developer.intel.com/platforms/desktop/vision/.
Oct 15 - Toshiba and SofaWare
Team to Ensure Secure Routers. SofaWare Technologies, a Check
Point(TM) Software Technologies Ltd. (Nasdaq:CHKP) company, and
Toshiba America Information Systems, Inc., Network Products Division
(NPD), today announced they have joined forces to ensure the broadband
Internet experience for home and home office computer users is safe
The new partnership reflects both companies' commitment to utilize
SofaWare's Safe@ Internet security software in providing users with
a new line of secure, turnkey cable modem gateways.
"Toshiba is committed to providing the most secure
broadband experience on the market. The Safe@ security software
developed by SofaWare and based on Check Point's enterprise-class
and industry standard Stateful Inspection technology, is state-of-the-art,"
said Fred Berry, vice president and general manager for Toshiba
"Consumers purchasing Toshiba's wireless cable modem gateway
will now have the same level of protection that large enterprises
have relied on for years."
The first Toshiba NPD solution to include SofaWare
Safe@, the PCX5000 Wireless Cable Modem Gateway, was recently awarded
DOCSIS, Wi-Fi and WHQL certifications, ensuring it meets with industry
specifications and guarantees the modem's interoperability with
qualified cable system headends.
Unique in its class, the PCX5000 is a complete home networking solution
that includes a cable modem, wireless and wired router and Safe@
Internet security software based on Check Point Software's market-leading
VPN-1(R)/FireWall-1(R) technology. The PCX5000 can be configured
through an intuitive Web management interface, simple enough to
use by anyone.
"We are extremely pleased that Toshiba has chosen
to partner with SofaWare to incorporate the Safe@ solution into
their leading cable modems," said Sheila Aharoni, vice president,
business development, SofaWare Technologies. "The powerful
combination of Toshiba and SofaWare ensures peace-of-mind for broadband
user and an easy way for service providers to deliver essential
value-added security services to their customers."
Unlike PC-based firewalls that only protect a single
computer, SofaWare's Safe@Home(TM) is the first comprehensive security
solution designed to protect multiple Internet devices behind a
single residential gateway. This unique approach allows protection
for multiple PCs, laptops and other Internet-based multimedia devices.
Additionally, a seamless upgrade path will allow for more comprehensive
security solutions in the near future, including remote management
by a service provider. This will greatly simplify installation,
configuration and maintenance, and also will enable value-added
security services, such as content filtering and email anti-virus.
For more information, visit www.sofaware.com.
Oct 15 - CEA Unveils the
2003 Edition of Five Technologies to Watch. The Consumer Electronics
Association (CEA) today released the 2003 edition of Five Technologies
to Watch, a publication that identifies five up-and-coming technologies
expected to become major players in the consumer electronics industry
during the next year.
Included in the latest installment are digital display
technology, convergence of wireless devices, digital imaging, flash
memory and electronic entertainment/games.
The 2003 edition is all about size and portability
- the smaller and more mobile, the better. From video screens that
can be rolled up and placed in your pocket to a PDA/mobile phone/digital
camera combination, each technology promises to enhance both the
way we work and the way we play.
Far from an advertisement for exciting new products
however, Five Technologies to Watch is geared toward industry professionals,
media and financial analysts and provides a comprehensive analysis
of all five trends and their impact on the consumer electronics
Each of the five technology sections details the strategic
issues, market forecasts, consumer perspectives, key players, partnerships,
business models, and public policy changes for that particular technology.
"Five Technologies to Watch illustrates the boundless
possibilities of digital technology," said Gary Shapiro, president
and CEO of CEA. "By analyzing where these technologies have
been, where they are now, and, most importantly, where they are
going, it is clear that the consumer electronics industry is poised
for a bright future."
CEA's resources are available online at www.CE.org.
Oct 15 - Home Entertainment
Gets Into the Game at 2003 CES. New gaming hardware, software
and accessories will converge with home entertainment at the 2003
International CES, the world's largest consumer technology tradeshow,
held January 9-12 in Las Vegas, Nev.
"The 2003 International CES is the must-attend
event for anyone involved in the $15 billion electronic gaming industry,"
said Karen Chupka, vice president of events and conferences for
the Consumer Electronics Association (CEA), the producer of CES.
"Gaming consoles continue to make steps toward positioning
themselves as the centerpiece of the home entertainment experience
by converging several technologies such as DVD players, broadband
connections and hard drives for storing music and games.
"CES will showcase gaming through several show
exhibitors, technology pavilions, a CES SuperSession and its own
designated CES conference track. If it's gaming, it's at CES,"
Even CES' own viral attendee marketing campaign uses
gaming to spur on excitement for the show. Tomorrow 200,000 industry
professionals will be sent an online game, testing their electronic
racing skills to see how fast they can drive to Las Vegas. Individual
top scores for the Sirius Satellite Radio Las Vegas Challenge, will
be posted daily on www.CESweb.org/race.
Many of the major players in home entertainment are
weaving gaming into their business strategies. Microsoft used the
past two Consumer Electronics Shows to debut its Xbox and online
gaming. InterAct, an industry leader in gaming accessories, also
uses CES to debut its new products.
Other exhibitors at CES, such as DTS, Dolby and Monster Cable, show
how gamers can take their entertainment to the next level with home
theater technology. Plus, CES offers a platform for the latest in
wireless gaming products to be displayed.
Online registration is available at www.CESweb.org,
the interactive source for CES information.
Oct 15 - CyberLink Launches
Home Movie PowerProducer. CyberLink Corp., a leading developer
of digital video software and e-learning solutions, announced toady
the total wizard style software that enables anyone to produce home
movies & photo slideshows.
This latest development offers step-by-step guide
for users with little time or knowledge of video editing and burning,
to produce movies and photos onto CDs or DVDs. With PowerProducer,
in just 3 easy steps, users can import photo or video files from
video capturing devices, then perform basic editing functions like
adding special effects and creating chapters to the video clip.
It also features the "QuickBurn" solution, a one-click
step to capture video from DV camcorders directly into DVD disks.
According to the Jon Peddie reports, over 1.3 million
DVD Recordable drives were shipped in 2001 and anticipated to swell
to over 30 million by 2004. "Digital video applications will
be one of the stimuli for Media recording growth," stated Alice
H. Chang, CEO of CyberLink Corp.
"Home users would want to store their home videos into lasting
digital disks. Yet they need software solutions with the least learning
curve to produce home DVDs or CDs for sharing and storing. PowerProducer
is exactly the software to fulfill this need."
PowerProducer is designed with the users in mind.
Based on the HTML interface, it features a wizard-style interface
with detailed instructions and information to guide users start
to finish. According to Alex Weng, Product Manager of PowerProducer,
"Even first timers will be able to produce movies with PowerProducer.
We want to give them the best out-of-the-box experience."
PowerProducer is now available in retail and OEM bundled
versions. More information can be found at www.goCyberLink.com.