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Posted by inet on 2005-10-19       Article Source : CRN

In a move that attacks rival Dell in the low entry price space, Lenovo is now shipping a sub-$400 desktop aimed at the small-and-midsized business segment, the vendor said Tuesday.

The company said it would ship the ThinkCentre E Series at an entry price of $379, and include crash and image recovery software with the systems.

"The small business market is growing really fast," said Dilip Bhatia, Lenovo's manager for worldwide desktops. "It's one of the biggest markets out there.

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Posted by iTech on 2005-10-19       Article Source : TechWeb News

Peace, happiness, good health and electronics - especially MP3 players - are what people want most this holiday season. If they're young, they want the electronics more than anything, according to a survey released by the Consumer Electronics Association last weekend. Holiday shoppers also expect to spend more on electronics this year.

"Despite concern about the overall economy, consumers intend to purchase, as well as hope to receive a plethora of consumer electronic gifts this season," Sean Wargo, director of Industry Analysis

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Posted by iTech on 2005-10-19       Article Source : EE Times

Applied Micro Circuits Corp. and Beijing UD Technology Company Ltd. (UDTech) have announced a strategic partnership to accelerate customers' development schedules and reduce time-to-market for products based on AMCC's PowerPC embedded processors and networking solutions.

Under this partnership, UDTech (Beijing, China) will develop low cost evaluation kits for various AMCC processors, which AMCC (San Diego) will distribute to customers worldwide. UDTech will also develop reference designs for specific end-market applications served by AMCC's processor solutions.

The turnkey reference designs will include comprehensive

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Posted by iTech on 2005-10-19       Article Source : EE Times

MUNICH, Germany — The Open PLC European Research Alliance (OPERA), a European initiative to develop broadband over powerline technologies and specifications, plans to release its specification by the end of the year and propose it as a global standard.
The specification will cover the PHY, MAC and equipment for broadband PLC (or Powerline Communications, as the technology is better known in Europe).

The OPERA group links European universities and companies developing chips and equipment for broadband and utilities. Its Euros

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Posted by iTech on 2005-10-18       Article Source : EE Times

LONDON — Oki Electric Industry Co., Ltd. has developed a GaN-HEMT power transistor on silicon substrates that it says dramatically improves amplifying performance compared with other available power transistors.

The company revealed details of the device, which it is targeting at WiMAX products, at this week’s conference of the Electrochemical Society, being held in Los Angeles.

The Gallium Nitride High Electron Mobility Transistor, formed on a large diameter silicon substrate, exhibited a record for transconductance rating of 350mS/mm and maximum

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Posted by inet on 2005-10-18       Article Source : AP

Good results in hardware and services aided third-quarter profits at International Business Machines Corp., beating analysts' forecasts for the technology bellwether.

In the three months ending Sept. 30, IBM earned $1.52 billion, or 94 cents per share, on revenue of $21.5 billion.

In the same period last year profit was $1.55 billion, 92 cents per share, on revenue of $23.3 billion.

But comparisons are complicated because last year's figures included IBM's personal-computer division, which since has been sold

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Posted by iTech on 2005-10-18   

Quantum Corp. announced today the DLT-V4 drive for small and medium-sized businesses (SMBs). Retailing for under $1,000, this tape drive product establishes a "new threshold" in backup, recovery, and archiving for SMBs, according to the company.

The DLT-V4 drive delivers 320 GB of compressed capacity and a 72 GB per hour compressed data rate, which represents four times the capacity and three times the speed of existing DAT 72 tape drives. The first tape drive to ship with an SATA interface, the

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Posted by iTech on 2005-10-18       Article Source : EE Times

The Consumer Electronics Association (CEA, Arlington, Va.) said in a survey of the upcoming holiday shopping season released Monday (Oct. 17) that it expects a 9 percent increase in revenues from sales of consumer electronics this holiday season.

CEA is forecasting that overall holiday spending will increase 14 percent per average household (from $1,254 to $1,430) over 2004.

In a survey of 1,000 adults, CEA found that MP3 players topped this year's wish list, displacing digital cameras at the top

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Posted by inet on 2005-10-18       Article Source : EE Times

LONDON — Israeli consumer electronics chip specialist CeRoma has licensed both the ARM1136J-S processor and ARM7TDMI processor with the Artisan SAGE-HS high-speed library for its next generation Giraffe SoCs targeted at digital TV set top boxes.
ARM has been pushing hard to get companies such as CeRoma, which makes a range of SoCs for the digital television business, to embed its processors as it pushes further into the consumer electronics sector.

“Consumers are demanding enhanced interactive services and greater variety

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Posted by iTech on 2005-10-18       Article Source : CRN

Compellent Technologies is expanding on its SAN technology to make it easier for solution providers to offer customers low-cost tiered storage and remote data replication.

The Minneapolis-based storage vendor on Monday introduced two software modules for its Storage Center, a SAN appliance that works with Fibre Channel and/or SATA hard drives, said Phil Soran, the company’s CEO.

The first module, Data Progression, automatically migrates inactive data to a lower-cost tier of storage based on use patterns, Soran said. The key

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Posted by inet on 2005-10-18       Article Source : EE Times

LONDON — Oki Electric Industry Co., Ltd. has developed a GaN-HEMT power transistor on silicon substrates that it says dramatically improves amplifying performance compared with other available power transistors.
The company revealed details of the device, which it is targeting at WiMAX products, at this week’s conference of the Electrochemical Society, being held in Los Angeles.

The Gallium Nitride High Electron Mobility Transistor, formed on a large diameter silicon substrate, exhibited a record for transconductance rating of 350mS/mm and maximum

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Posted by iTech on 2005-10-17       Article Source : EE Times

LONDON — Israeli consumer electronics chip specialist CeRoma has licensed both the ARM1136J-S processor and ARM7TDMI processor with the Artisan SAGE-HS high-speed library for its next generation Giraffe SoCs targeted at digital TV set top boxes.
ARM has been pushing hard to get companies such as CeRoma, which makes a range of SoCs for the digital television business, to embed its processors as it pushes further into the consumer electronics sector.

“Consumers are demanding enhanced interactive services and greater variety

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Posted by iTech on 2005-10-17       Article Source : EE Times

LONDON — Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd. has blamed the South Korean Fair Trade Commission (FTC) for killing a deal it was putting together to build a $3.8 billion joint-venture flash memory wafer fab with Apple Computer Inc., according to a Korea Times online report.
“It is true that Samsung and Apple were conducting joint research on the project, but we found that it is commercially not feasible,” the report quoted Hong Kyung-sun, a Samsung spokesman as saying.

The two companies

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Posted by inet on 2005-10-17       Article Source : Desktop Pipeline

Epson America Inc. has introduced two new photo printers, the Epson Stylus Photo R220 and R340. Both use six ink cartridges. The Epson Stylus Photo R220 is the most affordable six-color photo printer in Epson’s line with a price tag under $100. The Epson Stylus Photo R340 is equipped with a 2.4-inch photo viewing monitor and memory card slots for printing photos without a connection to a PC. Both are compatible with Windows and Macintosh systems. 


Both printers print at

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Posted by iTech on 2005-10-16       Article Source : CRN

Seagate has begun shipping half-terabyte hard drives into the channel, following Hitachi to the 500-Gbyte mark, but the vendor is stretching its five-year warranty program to cover a broader technology lineup.

Scotts Valley, Calif.-based Seagate is banking on its new line of Barracuda 7200.9 drives to reach new levels of performance, ruggedness and reduced noise output to grab attention in the channel.

“This drive is very robust,” said James Knight, product marketing manager at Seagate. To provide for ruggedization, the

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