Oct 06 -New Intel® Xeon Processor Provides
High Performance For Dual Processor Server Needs. Intel Corporation
today announced an enhanced Intel® Xeon processor for dual
processor (DP) servers and workstations, featuring the top performance
and fastest clock speed in the Intel Xeon processor family DP line,
as well as drop-in compatibility for highly valued investment protection.
"The way we stay on top of the market segment is to consistently
deliver better performance to meet demanding customer requirements,"
said Ajay Malhotra, general manager, Enterprise Marketing & Planning
for Intel's Enterprise Platforms Group. "These new Intel Xeon
processors deliver outstanding price-performance and value to our
customers, with drop-in compatibility with existing Intel Xeon processor-based
platforms to extend the life of previous investments."
The new Intel Xeon processor at 3.20 GHz features a 1 MB cache and
a 533 MHz system bus. It is designed for use in general-purpose servers
for Web hosting, data caching, search engines, security, streaming
media and high performance computing, and in workstations for digital
content creation, mechanical and electrical design, financial analysis,
and 3D modeling. System manufacturers are expected to ship systems
based on this new Intel Xeon processor this week.
The Intel Xeon processor at 3.20 GHz is drop-in compatible with existing
systems designed with the Intel® E7501 (for servers) or Intel®
E7505 (for workstations) chipsets, Intel®PRO Gigabit Ethernet
Network Connections and Intel® Server RAID Controllers. It is
also hardware compatible with systems from leading vendors and with
Intel Server Products using dual Intel Xeon processors.
The Intel Xeon processor at 3.20 GHz is now available worldwide for
Intel's list price of $851 each in 1,000-unit quantities.
Intel, the world's largest chip maker, is also a leading manufacturer
of computer, networking and communications products. Additional information
about Intel is available at www.intel.com.
Oct 05 - NVIDIA Unleashes ForceWare.
NVIDIA Corporation (Nasdaq: NVDA), the worldwide leader in visual
processing solutions, today introduced NVIDIA® ForceWare,
a powerful new suite of software tools and utilities designed to unleash
unparalleled digital media experiences across all computing platforms.
NVIDIA ForceWare provides increased productivity, stability, and functionality
for all desktop and mobile PCs utilizing NVIDIA GeForce graphics
hardware and NVIDIA nForce platform solutions.
With the introduction of ForceWare, NVIDIA is expanding its
technology leadership into the software world, said Ujesh Desai,
director of software product management at NVIDIA. By delivering
industry-leading features, innovative new features, and a unified
driver architecture for all of our product lines, end users are able
to achieve higher levels of productivity and functionality from their
The foundation of NVIDIA ForceWare is the revolutionary NVIDIA Unified
Driver Architecture (UDA), which delivers forward-and-backward hardware
and software compatibility across all NVIDIA products.
The NVIDIA ForceWare unified software environment (USE) includes
new drivers and compilers; desktop management software; system management
software; and new multimedia software.
The foundation of NVIDIA ForceWare is the revolutionary NVIDIA Unified
Driver Architecture (UDA), which delivers forward-and-backward hardware
and software compatibility across all NVIDIA products. For NVIDIA
GeForce graphics processing units (GPUs), ForceWare provides stunning
visual quality and blazing performance, while enabling users to take
advantage of cutting-edge technologies through continuous online updates.
Desktop Management Software
ForceWare features a robust set of desktop management tools, enabling
users to customize their Microsoft® Windows® desktop experience,
connect multiple displays, adjust video levels for DVD viewing, and
change screen orientation for unique monitor configurations.
New System Management Software
For nForce media and communications processors (MCPs), the NVIDIA
ForceWare system management tools include desktop overclocking and
monitoring utilities for high-speed system performance; unparalleled
security and firewall features; NVMixer for configuring audio
and speaker environments; and NVIDIA RAID for multiple disk management
For mobile computing environments, ForceWare also incorporates NVIDIA
PowerMizer technology for dynamic power and battery management
Innovative Multimedia Software
The NVIDIA ForceWare Multimedia tools integrate PC multimedia functionality
into a simple-to-use interface, allowing end users to record live
TV, watch DVDs, burn a TV show to recordable media, listen to music,
and even stream content to other clients.
NVIDIA ForceWare software will be available for download on www.nvidia.com
Oct 05 - NVIDIA Introduces Broad Line-Up
of Breakthrough Products at Computex. Today at Computex 2003,
senior executives from NVIDIA Corporation (Nasdaq: NVDA) unveiled
a line-up of breakthrough digital media products for the consumer
and professional markets, including new graphics technology for mobile
phones and other handheld devices. NVIDIA President and Chief Executive
Officer Jen-Hsun Huang outlined the Companys vision for the
digital media era and discussed NVIDIAs strategic relationships
with key industry players, including AMD, Intel, and Microsoft.
People around the world have embraced digital media with a
passion, whether they are playing online games, editing videos, or
exchanging photos on cell phones, said Huang. NVIDIAs
vision for the ultimate digital media experience is the
intersection of cinematic-quality graphics, seamless connectivity,
and reliable out-of-the-box functionality. Our goal is to provide
the technology and products that make the networked digital media
experience intense, realistic, and compelling.
The NVIDIA products announced today enhance the computing experience
on a variety of platforms, including desktop PCs, notebooks, cell
phones, and handheld devices, including:
NVIDIA® GoForce 2150, the industrys fastest and lowest-power-consuming
media processor for mobile phones with integrated digital cameras;
NVIDIA nForce3, a new generation of media and communications
processors (MCPs) for 64-bit AMD processors;
NVIDIA® ForceWare, NVIDIAs comprehensive suite of
software tools and applications designed to improve the end-user digital
media experience across all operating systems, including Microsoft
Huang also spoke about NVIDIAs commitment to continuing to
build strong relationships with industry leaders. Working with
leading players such as AMD, Intel, and Microsoft is a cornerstone
of our strategy, he explained. For example, we recently
announced support for the PCI Express Architecture endorsed by Intel,
an initiative that will dramatically improve multimedia graphics performance.
Dan Vivoli, executive vice president of marketing at NVIDIA, demonstrated
a Microsoft® Windows® XP Media Center Edition PC powered by
NVIDIA® GeForce FX graphics processing units (GPUs) and
NVIDIA ForceWare multimedia software, saying: We are excited
to be working closely with Microsoft on the Media Center PC and other
initiatives, including the evolution of Microsoft DirectX®. These
innovations are changing the way people interact with their PCs.
Joe Belfiore, general manager, Windows eHome Division, Microsoft
Corporation, added: Weve been very pleased by the reception
Media Center has received in the marketplace. We are thrilled to work
with partners like NVIDIA to define new uses for the PC and turn it
into a device that enables some really compelling, exciting consumer
NVIDIA GoForce 2150
NVIDIA GoForce 2150 is the industrys first media processor
with 1.3 megapixel camera support. It features an enhanced camera
interface and JPEG compression engine at 1.3 megapixel resolutions,
enabling handset designers to add exciting product features such as
high-resolution picture capture, motion JPEG video capture, and advanced
camera controls for cellular handsets and other handheld devices with
integrated digital cameras. All of this is accomplished at a fraction
of the power required by current solutions. Key features include a
64-bit graphics processing engine, video processing engine, embedded
memory for LCD frame buffer, LCD controller, and flexible CPU interface.
PCs, motherboards, and notebooks designed with NVIDIA nForce3 MCPs
deliver true-to-life digital entertainment experiences. With unprecedented
support for both 32-bit and 64-bit operating systems, games, and applications,
the single-chip-designed NVIDIA nForce3 MCPs optimize the movement
of data throughout the PC, eliminate system bottlenecks, and speed
up every-day media-rich applications for all professional, consumer,
and mobile computing environments. NVIDIA nForce3 MCPs incorporate
other advanced technologies including HyperTransport for maximized
internal data throughput, and AGP 8X for connection to the latest
NVIDIA GeForce FX graphics solutions.
NVIDIA ForceWare unleashes the full power and features of NVIDIAs
desktop, workstation, platform, mobile, and multimedia products. Delivering
a proven record of compatibility, reliability, and stability with
the widest range of games and applications, ForceWare ensures the
best out-of-box experience for every end-user by providing:
Industry-leading features for graphics, audio, video, and communications;
One driver for all products: the NVIDIA Unified Driver Architecture
Continuous performance and feature updates over the life of the products.
For more information on NVIDIAs new products or to see a rebroadcast
of the press conference, please visit the Company Web site at www.nvidia.com.
Oct 03 - ATI introduces RADEON
9800 XT and RADEON 9600 XT. ATI Technologies Inc. (NASDAQ:ATYT)
(TSX:ATY) today introduced the RADEON(TM) 9800 XT and the RADEON(TM)
9600 XT, delivering killer DirectX(R) 9 performance in leading games
like Half-Life(R) 2, which will be bundled with the graphics cards.
The RADEON 9800 XT, the most powerful visual processor
available, takes the award-winning RADEON 9800 architecture, the first
and only to feature eight full pixel pipes, and makes it even faster.
Shipping immediately, the graphics cards will feature 256MB of graphics
memory and a wide, 256-bit memory interface. In addition to the brute-force
capabilities of the visual processor, the architecture is efficiently
designed to process instructions in parallel, maximizing performance.
The RADEON 9800 XT will be available in stores and online in October
from ATI and its board partners. ATI's retail product will have a
suggested retail price of $499.
The RADEON 9600 XT, the world's first visual processor
developed using a low k dielectric process, features four pixel pipes
and 128MB of graphics memory and delivers unbeatable performance for
Recent reviews have shown the RADEON 9600 XT to outperform cards twice
its price in today's shader-intensive DirectX 9 games. Gamers will
enjoy the stunning visual quality that the RADEON 9600 XT delivers,
which renders in full precision at all times. The card will also be
available in stores and online in October from ATI and its board partners.
"ATI's performance and image quality in DirectX
9-class games is unmatched," said Rick Bergman, Senior Vice President,
Marketing, General Manager, Desktop, ATI Technologies Inc. "By
bundling Half-Life 2 with these products we are giving our customers
the opportunity to experience the full capability of ATI's DirectX
Customers purchasing ATI's RADEON 9800 XT and RADEON
9600 XT will also get a free copy of Half-Life 2 when the game ships.
"We chose to partner with ATI because of their outstanding DirectX
9 performance," said Gabe Newell, Founder and Managing Director,
Valve(R). "Half-Life 2 relies heavily on advanced shader technologies
to give the game a realistic and immersive environment. ATI's DirectX
9-class RADEON(TM) cards are the best choices for playing Half-Life
ATI's RADEON 9800 XT and RADEON 9600 XT will be available
in high-end gaming systems from system builders like ABS, Alienware,
CyberPower, Elite PC, Falcon Northwest, IbuyPower, MDG, Velocity Micro,
Voodoo PC and ZT Group.
Add-in-board partners and third party graphics card
manufacturers will also be distributing products for retail, and for
the OEM and white box markets. Board partners include ASUSTeK, Celestica,
Connect3D, CP Technology, GeCube, Giga-Byte, Hercules, Hightech Information
System, Sapphire, VisionTek and Yuan.
For more information on ATI or its new products, please
Oct 03 - Transmeta Announces
Industry-Wide Support for Efficeon Processor Platforms. Transmeta
Corporation (Nasdaq:TMTA), the leader in efficient computing, today
announced collaborative relationships with a core group of leading
technology companies, including 802.11 wireless developers, BIOS/firmware
companies, embedded manufacturers, graphics developers, operating
system developers and silicon component suppliers all committed to
supporting Transmeta's new x86-compatible Efficeon processor.
Aimed at ultra-portable and mainstream notebook computers,
as well as innovative new classes of devices such as tablet PCs, ultra-personal
computers, silent desktop computers, blade servers, thin clients and
embedded systems, the Efficeon processor is a leader in delivering
best-in-class performance, per watt, per dollar.
Adding to the list of leading technology companies
supporting Efficeon, Transmeta today announced industry-wide support
from Alliance Semiconductor Corp., American Megatrends Inc., Atheros
Communications Inc., General Software Inc., HyperTransport Technology
Consortium, Insyde Software Corp., Microsoft Corp., NVIDIA Corp.,
Phoenix Technologies Inc., Silicon Motion Inc., ULi Electronics Inc.
and XGI Technology Inc. The Transmeta Efficeon processor's dynamic
features and integrated architecture provide system designers with
a wide range of chipset options to differentiate their products.
The Transmeta Efficeon processor will usher in a new
era of efficient computing by offering users a compelling combination
of power efficiency, design flexibility, performance-on-demand and
"The momentum building around the Efficeon processor
and the efficient computing value proposition it delivers will bring
Transmeta-based products to the forefront of the mobile computing
industry," said Matt Perry, president and CEO of Transmeta. "This
industry-wide support from partners illustrates our commitment and
assures system builders and OEMs a faster time-to-market for a wide
variety of innovative products based on the Efficeon processor."
Dave Ditzel, the company's co-founder and chief technology
officer, will make a presentation about the Transmeta Efficeon processor
at Microprocessor Forum in San Jose, October 13-16, 2003. To learn
more about Transmeta's Efficeon processor, visit www.efficeon.com.
Oct 03 - Immersion Launches
Gaming Software That Immediately Enables Force Feedback. Immersion
Corp. (Nasdaq:IMMR), a leading developer and licensor of force feedback
technology, today released TouchWare(R) Gaming, a breakthrough software
product for the PC gaming industry that adds force feedback effects
to the vast majority of all PC Windows-based games, whether they were
originally designed with force feedback or not.
Force feedback, also referred to as haptics or simulated
touch, can dramatically enhance a game by allowing a user to actually
feel on-screen events, user movements and commands. Despite force
feedback's broad appeal, over 90% of PC games still have limited or
no haptic effects. To solve this problem, TouchWare Gaming(R) analyzes
a game's sound effects, converts them using sophisticated algorithms,
and maps them into appropriate force feedback effects on old and new
PC games running on Windows 95 or higher.
Games come alive with a wide range of touch sensations such as the
crushing force of totaling a car in Rock Star Games' Grand Theft Auto:
Vice City, the blast of a spell in Electronic Art's Harry Potter &
The Chamber of Secrets, and the boom of a corner kick in EA's FIFA
"The few hundred force feedback PC games on the
market today pales in comparison to the worldwide installed base of
over 4 million force feedback gaming peripherals," said Dean
Chang, Chief Technology Officer and Vice President of Technology Adoption
and Partner Services at Immersion.
"We developed TouchWare Gaming so the owners of those 4 million
peripherals plus future buyers of force feedback gaming peripherals
can experience realistic and fun force feedback in thousands of new
and old PC games, regardless of whether a game developer explicitly
added force feedback support or not."
In the five years since 1998, the number of installed
force feedback peripherals has grown to 4.62 million. It is estimated
that today only 15 percent of all gamers have force feedback peripherals.
Now the other 85 percent will have compelling reasons to buy products
made by Immersion's licensing partners, including Logitech, Microsoft,
Saitek, Thrustmaster and Belkin. TouchWare Gaming software fundamentally
changes the gaming experience, enabling players to enjoy force feedback
in PC games by easily installing the downloaded software.
Chang continued, "After years of research, we
have created an intelligent way to turn sound waves into haptic effects.
This technology breakthrough shows our long and deep commitment to
the gaming industry."
Pricing and Availability
TouchWare Gaming is available as an easy-to-install download for
gamers at www.immersion.com for
$39.95. For a limited time only, Immersion is now offering TouchWare
Gaming at a discount price of $29.95.
Oct 03 - OpenPeak Extends Thinking Homes
Software To Microsoft XP Media Center Edition PCs. OpenPeak Inc.,
a software company focused on simplifying control and communication
across consumer electronic devices within wireless environments, today
announced the extension of its Thinking Homes residential product
line to PCs with Microsoft Windows XP Media Center 2004.
Thinking Homes software extends Windows XP Media Center Edition 2004
to include control of consumer electronics devices, such as TVs, DVD
players, and amplifiers as well UPnP media. It also allows for control
of devices such as lighting, cameras, HVAC, and security systems in
a single control point for the entire house.
"Windows XP Media Center Edition 2004 is the perfect platform
for companies like OpenPeak to extend Media Center's easy-to-use navigation
beyond digital entertainment to new consumer applications, such as
home control," said Brad Brooks, marketing director, Windows
eHome Division at Microsoft Corp.
The Thinking Homes software is optimized for wireless environments,
which means adding new devices to the home control system doesn't
require any new wires. The result is a high-function system that's
complete and can integrate legacy devices as well as the latest UPnP-enabled
"We have worked with Microsoft to ensure the integration of
Thinking Homes functionality into the Media Center interface. This
has resulted in an outstanding solution for consumers who want a comprehensive
home automation system without the expense, complexity and aggravation
of other solutions," said Andrew Lona, Chief Marketing Officer
In addition to the Thinking Homes software, OpenPeak offers Thinking
Homes hardware accessories through OEMs, including an 802.11/IR bridge
that extends the range of traditional IR-based remote controls using
a wireless network platform. OpenPeak also has developed a comprehensive
family of 802.11 bridge devices, providing bridging to serial I/O,
relay outputs, analog and digital inputs.
The company can be found online at www.openpeak.com.
Oct 03 - ArcSoft Announces QuickDVD
for Microsoft Windows XP Media Center. ArcSoft, Inc., today announced
the availability of ArcSoft QuickDVD(TM), a video capture and DVD
creation program for Microsoft Windows XP Media Center Edition 2004.
ArcSoft QuickDVD provides users of Windows XP Media Center Edition
2004 with a fast, effective way to make high-quality home movies.
Using the Media Center remote control, making DVD movies is as easy
as following a convenient, step-by-step, on-screen wizard. The application
allows users to "burn" a customized DVD video from home
movie clips, recorded TV shows or other digital media, and create
custom DVD titles and menu designs.
"Companies like ArcSoft are creating new ways for consumers
to enjoy digital entertainment on the PC," said Brad Brooks,
marketing director, Windows eHome division at Microsoft Corp. "QuickDVD
is a good example of an integrated and convenient entertainment experience
accessible from a remote control that will be available on Media Center
Edition 2004 PCs."
The application supports the Microsoft DVR-MS file format for Windows
to produce perfectly synced video and audio, and ArcSoft QuickDVD
supports nearly all TV-tuner cards currently on the market.
"QuickDVD continues our tradition of making easy-to-use, powerful
multimedia applications for consumers at any level of technical ability,"
explained Todd Rumaner, vice president for ArcSoft. "It supplements
the usability of Windows XP Media Center perfectly to make DVD-creation
a possibility for everyone. All it takes to make a top-quality home
movie on DVD is a few clicks of the Media Center remote control."
For further details, please visit us at our corporate Web site: www.arcsoft.com.
Oct 02 - AMD Announces Support
for Windows XP Media Center Edition 2004 on Athlon 64 Processors.
AMD (NYSE:AMD) today announced support for Microsoft(R) Windows(R)
XP Media Center Edition 2004 on AMD Athlon(tm) 64 processors based
on AMD64 technology.
Desktop and mobile systems based on AMD processors provide
the performance users need to enjoy digital entertainment according
to their taste, schedule and location. AMD64 technology enables immersive
audio and video features for cinematic computing. Cinematic computing
is an evolutionary journey toward a destination where mind-blowing
3-D games reach a new level of realism, and experiencing digital media
is quick, effortless and real-time.
Using AMD Athlon processor-based PCs with Windows XP
Media Center Edition 2004, consumers can enjoy live television, personal
video recording, music, photos, videos, radio and DVDs from the Media
Center PC, all accessible with a simple remote control. Customers
will be able to shift television schedules, customize a music library
or select from multiple entertainment sources from the familiar simplicity
of the Windows operating system.
"AMD64 technology drives improved digital entertainment
experiences all the way from Hollywood to the living room, and coupled
with Windows XP Media Center Edition 2004 provides multi-media, multi-format,
anytime entertainment options for users on their home PCs," said
Rich Heye, vice president and general manager of AMD's Microprocessor
Business Unit. "Systems based on AMD Athlon 64 processors can
provide the performance to power many sources of digital entertainment
in the familiar Windows-based PC environment."
"Our customers demand great quality audio and video
experiences and reliable performance from their Media Center PCs.
With AMD64 technology, AMD is providing the performance and scalability
customers want for their digital entertainment systems," said
Joe Belfiore, general manager of the Windows eHome division at Microsoft
Corp. "In the familiar PC and Windows environment, these types
of technologies will help customers enjoy diverse types of digital
entertainment when and how they want it."
AMD is collaborating with leading system builders including
Shuttle and MSI to provide customers with creative PC form factors
that will fit not only in the home office, but any room of the home.
AMD is also working with partners including NVIDIA, ATI and Realtek
to provide customers advanced multimedia feature sets for an outstanding
cinematic computing experience.
For more AMD news and product information, please visit
Oct 02 - Dell Transforms
Desktop Computers into Home Digital Entertainment Centers. Underscoring
its continued belief that PCs are the center of the entertainment
hub in many consumers' homes, Dell (Nasdaq:DELL) today began offering
Dimension(tm) desktop customers with entertainment options designed
to fundamentally change the way consumers think about and use their
Dell Media Experience and Microsoft Windows(R) XP Media Center Edition
2004 give customers a choice of two easy-to-use interfaces that can
transform computer systems from traditional productivity tools to
digital entertainment centers.
Dell Media Experience
Beginning Oct. 17, Dell Media Experience software will ship standard
on all new Dimension desktops and on select Inspiron notebooks later
this fall. It features an intuitive, visual interface that allows
consumers to easily watch DVDs or downloaded video clips, listen to
MP3 files and play lists, and enjoy digital photo slideshows set to
The optional $30 remote control specifically designed for Dell Media
Experience allows consumers to easily access their digital content
10 feet away from the computer, much like they do with TVs and stereos
in their homes today. It will be offered initially in the United States,
Europe, Asia, and Japan.
"By offering Dell Media Experience on all Dimension systems,
Dell introduces consumers to the benefits of operating their PC as
an entertainment device using its remote control or a keyboard,"
said John Medica, senior vice president and general manager, Dell
Product Group. "It is a clear example of Dell's ability to provide
innovation to consumers."
Microsoft Windows XP Media Center Edition 2004
For customers seeking unparalleled access to digital content, Dell
offers Windows Media Center Edition 2004 on built-to-order Dimension
4600, 4600C, and 8300 configurations. The Dimension 4600 Media Center
configuration starts at $999.
Beyond providing an intuitive way to view DVDs, pictures, videos,
and listen to digital music, Media Center brings TV viewing and personal
video recording (PVR) capabilities to the desktop. Customers can use
Media Center to watch TV programming on the desktop, and can use PVR
functionality to pause live TV shows and record their favorite programs
directly onto the hard drive so they can be viewed any time. Dell's
Media Center system offerings come standard with a remote control
and infrared (IR) receiver.
"With PCs continuing to be the driving force in digital content
creation and usage, Dell is debuting Media Center Edition 2004 on
three innovative desktop form factors," added Medica. "The
sleek and compact Dimension 4600C is ideal for use in living rooms
or smaller spaces like dens, bedrooms or even college dorm rooms."
For $1369, a Dimension 4600C system comes equipped with a 2.6GHz
Pentium(R) 4 processor with Hyper-Threading(tm) technology, 256MB
RAM, the new 64MB ATI ALL-IN-Wonder(R) 9000 TV tuner card, 40GB hard
drive, DVD player, a 15" flat panel monitor, Microsoft Windows
XP Media Center Edition 2004 and a remote control with an IR receiver.
For $649 a Dimension 2400 system includes a 2.2GHz Celeron processor,
256MB RAM, a 40GB 7200rpm hard drive, a DVD player, a 17" (16.0"
viewable) CRT monitor, Dell Media Experience software, Windows XP
Home, and the remote control specifically designed for Dell Media
For more information about these products, go to www.dell.com/dimension.
Oct 02 - HP Announces Media
Center Notebook PC. HP (NYSE:HPQ) today unveiled new additions
to its leading home entertainment PC line, including the first HP
Media Center notebook PC and enhanced versions of its award-winning
HP Media Center desktop PCs. The offerings are designed to take the
hassle out of experiencing digital entertainment, making it easy for
anyone to enjoy photos, music and movies when, where and how they
The HP Media Center zd7000 notebook with widescreen
is a high-performance wireless notebook PC that integrates digital
entertainment, photography and Internet computing into a sophisticated
design with desktop comfort, including an expanded keyboard with separate
In addition to numerous accolades from customers, analysts
and press, the HP Media Center PC recently received the 2003 Intel
Innovative PC award in the consumer desktop category for its ease
of use, outstanding technology implementation and state-of-the-art
The new HP Media Center m300 Photosmart desktop PC
series builds on this legacy by offering advanced entertainment features
such as FM radio reception, an integrated camera dock (dock sold separately),
and the ability to print directly from the remote control. It additionally
offers a single software application for simplified organization,
editing and sharing of digital photos, and Internet music direct from
MusicMatch -- accessible from more than 10 feet away with the remote
"When HP and Microsoft broke the ground on an entirely
new category of PCs nearly one year ago, we forever altered the way
consumers could experience digital entertainment," said Sam Szteinbaum,
vice president and general manager, HP North America Consumer Computing
Organization. "HP continues to change the dynamics of the industry
as we merge our experience in the PC business with the evolving world
of consumer electronics to bring products to market that demystify
Both the HP Media Center zd7000 notebook and HP Media
Center m300 desktop PC series feature Microsoft Windows XP Media Center
Edition 2004 software, which also is being released today. This new
edition of the operating system software includes advanced features
such as the ability to: listen to FM radio stations with one-button
access from the remote control; rip CDs to a media library; print
using the remote control; play instant slide shows from convenient
front-mounted media card readers; calibrate the screen image for the
best possible picture, regardless of the display type (including flat
screen, LCD, CRT, and rear or front projection displays); and take
advantage of widescreen displays by using more of the screen for Media
"HP was the first to bring a Media Center PC to
market, and we are thrilled to continue working with the company to
deliver innovative solutions to consumers that offer a truly integrated
digital entertainment experience on the home PC," said Joe Belfiore,
general manager of the Windows eHome Division, Microsoft Corp. "HP
is offering consumers a range of Media Center PC offerings, letting
consumers choose the best solution to meet their needs and allowing
them to enjoy their digital entertainment whenever and wherever they
In addition, Windows XP Media Center Edition 2004 brings
together key partners such as MovieLink to offer consumers access
to more digital content such as on-demand movie and music subscription
services, all of which can be accessed from the remote control.
"We continue to work with HP as their Media Center
PC family of products evolves and delivers new and exciting features
and capabilities," said Louis Burns, vice president and general
manager, Intel's Desktop Platforms Group. "HP's Media Center
PCs, combined with the Intel Pentium 4 processor with HT Technology,
provides consumers with the power and flexibility to do multiple things
at once, which improves their overall digital home entertainment experience."
More information about HP Media Center offerings and
other digital entertainment solutions is available at http://www.hp.com/go/mediacenter2004.
Oct 02 - ViewSonic Announces
NextVision M2100 and Digital Media Center Entertainment System Packages.
ViewSonic(R) Corp., a worldwide leader in visual display products,
today announced an addition to its NextVision(TM) M Series of Digital
Media Centers along with several complete entertainment solution bundles.
The M2100, built on Microsoft's Windows XP Media Center
Edition 2004 operating system, brings consumers new functionality,
including FM radio, wide-screen 16:9-format viewing, high-definition
playback, a dual-format DVD +/- RW drive, and improved graphic performance
from the nVidia GeForce FX5X00 graphics card.
At an estimated street price of $1599, the M2100 allows
users to consolidate a Digital Video Recorder, FM radio tuner, MP3
music and digital or video photography into one centralized system.
PC gamers can utilize the M2100's multiple front inputs to quickly
add or remove favorite game pad/navigation devices for full utilization
of the product's improved 3D-gaming performance. Full featured video
outputs - including DVI, VGA, S-Video, and composite - also support
the use of two display devices, such as a traditional monitor with
a projector or LCD TV, for simultaneous viewing of computing or entertainment
The company also introduced a number of affordable,
complete entertainment packages featuring a ViewSonic Digital Media
Center and a ViewSonic display product, including:
-- High Resolution 42" Plasma Bundle - M2100 and VPW450HD Plasma
Display - $5999
-- Home Theater Projector Bundle - M2100 and PJ750 Projector - $3499
-- Family Room 27" LCD TV Bundle - M2100 and N2700w LCD TV -
-- Ultimate Gaming 20" LCD Bundle - M2100, VP201s 16ms response
time LCD and ViewSonic NeoSat(TM) Speaker System - $2499
-- Bedroom/Dorm Room 17" LCD TV Bundle - M2100 and N1700w LCD
TV - $1999
-- Low Cost 18" LCD Bundle - M2000, VX800 LCD Display ViewSonic
NeoSat Speaker System - $1699
-- Budget 19" (18" Viewable) CRT Bundle - M2000, G90fb (18"
Viewable) CRT Display and ViewSonic NeoSat Speaker System -
In addition to accessing entertainment via remote control, the new
operating system makes it easy to create, store, view and share entertainment
with consistent navigation and playback across digital content formats.
Current ViewSonic NextVision M Series Digital Media Center owners
will be offered a free operating system upgrade, allowing them to
enjoy the improved feature set without additional investment.
Complete information regarding ViewSonic's family of Digital Media
Centers can be found at: www.viewsonic.com/digitalmediacenter.
Oct 02 - Toshiba Offers Consumers Two
New Wireless Multi-Media Satellite Notebook PCs. Leading the digital
convergence revolution by combining the flexibility of mobile computing
with the entertainment value of consumer electronic devices, Toshiba's
Computer Systems Group (CSG) today announced the availability of the
wireless-enabled (Wi-Fi(R) 802.11a/g) Satellite(R) P25-S609 and P15-S479
Both are based on Microsoft Windows XP Media Center Edition 2004
providing an easy-to-use interface to view, record, edit and organize
a user's favorite personal photos, music, movies and television content
via remote control. Toshiba CSG introduced the industry's first Microsoft
Windows XP Media Center Edition notebook PC to ship in volume in June
2003 and created a follow-on product based on positive customer feedback
Creating a true personal theater experience that is a welcome addition
to any bedroom, college dorm room, home office or living room setting,
the Satellite P25-S609 features a 17.0-inch diagonal wide-screen XGA
display, enhancing the movie viewing experience whether a user is
two feet or ten feet away from the notebook PC. The Satellite P25-S609
is the ideal mobile entertainment station for space-constrained environments,
combining a CD, DVD and television playback into one device. In addition,
its massive 1024MB of system memory allows the notebook to handle
multiple programs and store large amounts of data and images.
Outfitted with a 15.4-inch diagonal wide-screen XGA display, the
Satellite P15-S479 is designed for consumers who desire increased
portability and want the ability to access their files while on a
trip, around the campus or in the home.
"Toshiba introduced the first retail notebook PC with Microsoft
Windows XP Media Center Edition answering the call from customers
who desired the ability to create and manage digital entertainment
on their mobile PC," said Carl Pinto, director of product marketing,
Toshiba CSG. "With the Satellite P25-S609 and P15-S479, Toshiba
takes digital entertainment to the next level by integrating enhanced
Windows XP Media Center Edition 2004 in new portable form factors
allowing our users to choose the right notebook for their needs."
"Windows XP Media Center Edition coupled with Toshiba's notebook
PCs combines the powerful benefits of mobile computing with digital
entertainment whether on the go or at home," said Joe Belfiore,
general manager of the Windows eHome Division, Microsoft Corp. "We
are excited that Toshiba has embraced Microsoft's vision of providing
people access to their favorite entertainment experiences wherever
and whenever they want."
Satellite P25-S609 and Satellite P15-S479 Key Features
Draped in a unique metallic blue design, the Satellite P25-S609
and P15-S479 offer a rich feature-set including a built-in DVD-Multi
drive allowing users to burn CDs and DVDs and act as a second hard
drive to store critical data. Engineered for gamers and multimedia
enthusiasts, the new notebooks include the NVIDIA(R) GeForce(TM) FX
Go5200 graphics processing unit delivering breakthrough 3D imagery
and rich color texture to enhance any multimedia application. Two
harman/kardon(R) stereo speakers (Satellite P25-S609 only) are also
included enhancing audio/video playback.
For added productivity, both units feature wide-screen displays
that allow users to view two documents side-by-side, ideal for editing
documents and multitasking. With integrated dual Wi-Fi(R) (802.11a/g)
wireless connectivity, Satellite P25-S609 and P15-S479 customers with
a wireless home network can enjoy the flexibility of wireless Internet
access from any room in the home or at a wireless public hotspot.
Pricing and Availability
The Toshiba Satellite P15-S479 and P25-S609 notebook PCs are available
direct via www.shoptoshiba.com and
through Toshiba's retail distribution channels including computer
superstores and consumer electronic stores. The Satellite P15-S479
has an estimated single user price (ESUP) of $2,199 and the Satellite
P25-S609 ESUP is $2,799.
Oct 01 - America Online
Continues Aggressive Battle against Spam. America Online, Inc.,
the world's leading interactive services company, announced today
it is equipping even more AOL members with powerful and effective
spam fighting tools by rolling out personalized and adaptive spam
filters to earlier versions of the AOL(R) service. The new spam filters
are available now for members using AOL(R) 8.0 Plus and will be delivered
automatically over the coming months to members using AOL(R) 8.0,
AOL(R) 7.0, AOL(R) 6.0 and AOL(R) for Mac OS X.
Previously available only to members using AOL(R) 9.0
Optimized, the latest version of the AOL and AOL(R) for Broadband
services, these spam filters learn and adapt to the type of e-mail
that each member considers to be spam, thereby vastly improving the
overall e-mail experience for AOL members.
The new spam filters require no additional software
and no action on the part of members to install, complementing the
server-side spam filtering AOL performs for all members 24 hours a
day, seven days a week, 365 days a year. AOL now blocks up to 2.4
billion pieces of junk e-mail each day.
"Unwanted e-mail is public enemy #1 for AOL members,
and we are continuing to work with our members to fight the battle
against spam. With these new spam filters added to the arsenal, even
more AOL members can now benefit from our powerful spam fighting weapons,"
said David Gang, Executive Vice President of AOL Products. "The
automatic delivery of these spam filters will be seamless to members
using earlier versions of the AOL software for Windows or AOL for
Mac OS X and they will quickly see a noticeable difference in the
number of spam e-mails they receive."
Thanks in large part to the efforts of its members,
AOL receives reports of up to 10 million unwanted mails per day, primarily
through the use of the popular "Report Spam" button which
is available with AOL 8.0, AOL 8.0 Plus and AOL 9.0 Optimized. Reporting
spam to AOL helps the software's spam filters get smarter as members
use them, while enabling AOL's proprietary server-side anti-spam filters
to adapt in real-time to the growing epidemic of junk e-mail from
For even more aggressive spam fighting, members can
go to AOL Keyword: Spam Controls, to further fine-tune their e-mail
experience and anti-spam defenses, set up filters that block e-mails
based on specific words or e-mails containing clickable URLs, and
more. A new Spam Folder serves as the central location where suspected
unwanted mail is automatically routed, separating spam from a member's
regular incoming e-mail.
To help further refine their spam filters, members using AOL 6.0 through
AOL 8.0 Plus or AOL for Mac OS X will be able to access their Spam
Folder and view its contents by logging onto their AOL(R) Mailbox
at www.AOL.com and clicking the "This
is Not Spam" button as necessary. Later this year, the Spam Folder
will be accessible from a link that will appear on their mailbox on
the AOL service.
Earlier this year, AOL provided members with an online
voice in the fight against spam by offering them the opportunity to
electronically sign an AOL-sponsored petition calling on state and
federal officials to work towards laws to curtail fraudulent and offensive
junk e-mail. In less than four months, more than one million AOL members
have reviewed and signed the online petition. By supporting the AOL-sponsored
campaign, members also indicate their full support of the efforts
of the Internet industry, policymakers, consumer advocates and other
interested parties to cut down on unwanted junk e-mail.
For members using the Windows(R) operating system and
who are able to upgrade, AOL 9.0 Optimized provides the optimal spam
fighting experience with the integration of spam controls features
directly on the main AOL(R) Mail interface and direct access to the
Spam Folder from the AOL Mailbox. Members can go to AOL Keyword: Upgrade
to download the new software or to request an AOL 9.0 Optimized CD-ROM.
About America Online
America Online, Inc. is a wholly owned subsidiary of AOL Time Warner
Inc. Based in Dulles, Virginia, America Online is the world's leader
in interactive services, Web brands, Internet technologies and e-commerce
Oct 01 - SUSE LINUX Releases Latest Advances
in Linux Technology. SUSE LINUX today announced the availability
October 24 of its newest consumer product - bringing to the consumer
the latest advances in Linux technology.
SUSE LINUX 9.0 -- the first home user operating system platform
to leverage AMD's Athlon 64 processor -- enables easier Windows migration
by supporting NTFS file systems and also gives experienced users a
sneak peek at the enhanced capabilities of the 2.6 Linux kernel -
with many of those capabilities back-ported into the 2.4 default kernel
as well. SUSE's latest release provides additional administration
and tuning features as well as an expanded slate of software packages.
"SUSE LINUX 9.0 brings together the past, present and future
of Linux," said Holger Dyroff, general manager, Americas, SUSE
LINUX. "Building on the Linux heritage of stability, security
and flexibility, SUSE LINUX 9.0 brings advanced features and easy
migration - providing users a path from costly proprietary systems."
Support for 32- and 64-bit environments
With release 9.0, SUSE LINUX provides both a version for 32-bit
operating environments and a product for the recently released AMD
Athlon 64 processor, enabling workstation users performance enhancements
available only through the 64-bit architecture.
"We believe that 64-bit applications will rapidly become the
standard, and that's why we had an operating system for the AMD Athlon
64 processor available at the time of its introduction," said
Juergen Geck, chief technology officer, SUSE LINUX. "Providing
customers 64-bit offerings since 1999, SuSE long ago innovated the
64-bit Linux market, and proved the viability of Linux for high-performance
computing. With SUSE LINUX 9.0 for AMD64, customers can run their
32-bit programs until they are ready to take full advantage of 64-bit
Ease of Migration
Enhanced support for the NTFS file system used by Microsoft Windows
enables users to more easily repartition the hard disk space - giving
them the opportunity to take advantage of the stability and security
of Linux, while maintaining the ability to access the Windows client
First look at the 2.6 Kernel
SUSE LINUX 9.0 is based on a SUSE optimized Linux kernel 2.4.21,
that enables users to benefit now from many of 2.6 kernel enhancements
-- including improved scheduling, advanced Linux sound architecture
and greater support for power management.
For test purposes, 9.0 also contains a test version of the 2.6 kernel
-- for technically skilled users.
Easy Internet access, upgraded applications
SUSE LINUX 9.0 supports a large number of WinModems, frequently
provided with inexpensive laptops. With the new desktop, DSL connections,
just like ISDN cards and modems, are now auto-detected during installation
-- configuring full Internet access with just a few mouse clicks.
Availability and Pricing
SUSE LINUX 9.0 will be available at the SUSE online shop and software
retailers from October 24. The recommended retail price for SUSE LINUX
9.0 Personal (3 CDs, User Guide, 60 days of installation support)
is $39.95. The price for SUSE LINUX 9.0 Professional (5 CDs, 1 double
DVD, User Guide and Administration Guide, 90 days of installation
support) is $79.95. SUSE LINUX 9.0 Professional for AMD64 is $119.95.
For more information, visit www.suse.com.
Oct 01 - SMC Ships New EZ-Stream Universal
Wireless Multimedia Receiver. SMC(R) Networks, leading provider
of networking solutions for the Enterprise, the SMB and all the way
home, today announced that the first of its new EZ-Stream(TM) Universal
wireless home entertainment networking products began shipping this
week to retailers and integrators.
The new EZ-Stream Universal Wireless Multimedia Receiver (SMCWMR-AG),
which distributes entertainment media throughout the home without
wires, is available now, at an MSRP of $249.99.
The EZ-Stream Universal Wireless Multimedia Receiver is a high-end
networked entertainment receiver that streams, plays and shares audio
(including MP3 and Internet radio), pictures and video from the networked
PC to the Home Entertainment Center.
Connected to the wired or wireless network for access to Internet
resources, music, photos and videos stored on a computer's hard drive,
it links to entertainment devices, including televisions and stereo
receivers, via standard A/V connectors. Employing the latest in high-end
wireless 802.11a/g technology for universal compatibility, speed and
bandwidth that optimizes demanding wireless applications like streaming
video, SMC's EZ-Stream Universal Wireless Multimedia Receiver is at
the center of the best performing home entertainment networking solution
"We're working with SMC to bring advanced wireless products
to market that 'untether' the home multimedia environment," said
Craig Barratt, president and chief executive officer of Atheros. "The
new EZ-Stream product line features high-performance, standards-based
Atheros 802.11a/g networking technology. The EZ-Stream Universal Wireless
Multimedia Receiver can distribute even the most demanding multimedia
-- streaming video -- throughout the home, without wires."
Easy set-up and operation being as important as performance, the
EZ-Stream Universal Wireless Multimedia Receiver includes an EZ Installation
Wizard that makes loading its software on the PC a breeze. User-friendly
Web-based management provides additional easy set-up tools, and an
intuitive TV user interface means users can do it all from the living
room couch. Staying current is effortless, thanks to Smart Box Management,
which searches automatically for available firmware updates upon power-up.
"The EZ-Stream Universal Wireless Multimedia Receiver is the
first of a new line of products that takes SMC's home networking expertise
to a whole new level," said Tom Rizol, SMC's vice president of
sales and marketing. "A high-performance entertainment networking
solution for homes that far surpasses anything the competition can
offer, EZ-Stream combines the best in networking with the best in
Additional high-performance Universal Wireless 802.11a/g products
will join the EZ-Stream Universal Wireless Multimedia Receiver over
the next several weeks, to optimize connections between the server
and computing, gaming or other network-capable devices.
For more information about SMC Networks or its products, visit www.smc.com.
Oct 01 - Customer Loyalty Becoming a
More Critical Issue in the Wireless Industry. As wireless penetration
continues to slow and legislation soon goes into effect allowing consumers
to keep their phone numbers after switching providers, customer retention
has become a top priority among wireless carriers, according to the
J.D. Power and Associates 2003 U.S. Wireless Regional CSI Study(SM)
The study finds the overall wireless growth rate between 2002 and
2003 among the 27 largest U.S. markets was just 5.3 percent -- considerably
lower than the 7.6 percent overall growth rate between 2001 and 2002.
In addition, more than one in four (26%) subscribers say they have
switched wireless carriers at least once in the past 12 months --
up from 24 percent in 2002, and the length of time a subscriber stays
with a carrier before they switch has shortened a full three months
"It's imperative that wireless service providers concentrate
on retention strategies as the ability to expand the customer base
becomes more difficult," said Kirk Parsons, senior director of
wireless services at J.D. Power and Associates. "The issue of
number portability, which becomes a reality for consumers in November,
removes a major barrier for customers in switching providers. With
the cost of acquiring each new customer ranging between $300 and $425,
wireless providers must make a serious effort to retain customers
with superior service and loyalty programs."
The study indicates that providing superior customer satisfaction
has become critical in the wireless industry to bolster customer retention
and increase revenue potential. Just 7 percent of current customers
of the highest-ranking providers are likely to switch carriers in
the next 12 months, compared to 21 percent for the lowest-ranking
providers. Furthermore, customers of the highest-ranking providers
are 38 percent more likely to renew with their current carrier than
are customers of lower-ranking providers.
No advertising or other promotional use can be made of the information
in this release without the express prior written consent of J.D.
Power and Associates. www.jdpower.com.
Oct 01 - Jupiter Research Reports That
PCs Are Increasingly Being Used for Entertainment Purposes. Jupiter
Research, a division of Jupitermedia Corporation (Nasdaq:JUPM), today
announced that 51% of online consumers would record TV content using
a PC if they could view the content on a standard television.
The report predicts that Microsoft's second generation Windows XP
Media Center Edition (XP MCE 2004) will become the standard operating
system for mid-level PCs and some desktop replacement notebooks over
the next 12 to 18 months, as it offers better ways for consumers to
leverage their media collections.
Based on a July 2003 Jupiter Research online consumer survey, the
new report "Consumer PCs and Digital Entertainment" states
that 34% of online users want to record TV on their PC to watch on
the PC's monitor, but that number increases to 51% if they can watch
the content on their TV.
According to Avi Greengart, Senior Analyst at Jupiter Research, "While
in most cases the PC and the television are not actually converging
into a single box, there is ample evidence that consumers see their
PCs as the entertainment hub of the home - for gaming, music, and,
increasingly, even DVDs and TV."
According to the Jupiter Research report, in the past, consumers
bought PCs for connectivity and productivity applications - e-mail,
Web browsing, word processing, preparing tax returns, etc. Productivity
has been joined by entertainment as a primary use for personal computers,
with price drops on CD-ROM and CD-R/W drives, the spread of MP3, the
rise of low cost online games, affordable digital cameras and DVD-enabled
Results of the report indicate that consumers are presenting PC hardware
and networking OEMs with the opportunity to broaden their entertainment
reach into passive video entertainment - DVD, television and personal
video recorder. Going forward, consumers will be purchasing multiple
PCs for the home and the entertainment share of use will increase,
with some PCs dedicated solely to entertainment purposes.
Jupitermedia Corporation (Nasdaq:JUPM), (www.jupitermedia.com)
headquartered in Darien, CT, is a leading provider of global real-time
news, information, research and media resources for information technology,
Internet industry and graphics professionals.