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/// CPU Status Report Late Breaking Industry-Wide News
ANOTHER VIDEO GAME CONTENDER - It is rumored that 3DO Co. will soon
move into the video game market. Sources say that 3DO's Interactive
Multiplayer unit is, "faster and more powerful than game machines now on
the market". Much attention has been focused on the 3DO system "because
of its ability to combine video, audio, text and graphics."
One problem that the 3DO system has to overcome is the few games that
will be available for it through Christmas. Sources say that "customer
decisions on machine purchases usually are based on what games can be
played on those machines ... and so far, the software selection for 3DO
The manufacturer says 10 to 20 games will be available for Christmas
sales, though more than 150 games are under development.
PEN COMPUTER OFFERS WIRELESS NETWORKING CAPABILITIES - Fujitsu Per-
sonal Systems Inc. has announced the PadPlus RF, one of the industry's
first mobile computers with fully-integrated wireless communications
technology. The PadPlus RF is a pen-based mobile computer that allows
transparent wireless client/server and peer-to-peer LAN communications.
The PadPlus RF incorporates Proxim Inc.'s RangeLAN wireless adapter
and radio into its enclosed housing, with a retractable antenna in the
upper left corner. The PadPlus RF has the same form-factor and func-
tionality as the PoqetPad Plus.
The PadPlus RF features a communications range of up to 300 feet with
interference immunity made possible by the spread spectrum technology.
The PadPlus RF has a burst data rate of 242Kbps and provides users with
three full channels. With error correcting hardware and firmware desig-
ned to retransmit undelivered data, users will be sure that data is
never lost or corrupted.
The PadPlus RF is available immediately through FPSI systems
integrators and VARs. Preliminary pricing for the PadPlus RF is $2,449.
HP CUTS VECTRA PRICES - Word from Los Angeles is Hewlett-Packard Co.
is cutting prices of selected Vectra personal computers by up to 14%.
APPLE BIG IN ASIA-PACIFIC - Apple Computer Inc.'s bottom line is
being given a boost by a tremendous boom in the personal computer market
in Asia, according to a top company executive. Reports say that sales
of the major Macintosh and PowerBook product lines are higher than the
rate of market growth.
"Our Asia-Pacific business is growing at a rate of around 50 percent"
annually, said Randy Battat, vice president of Apple's Macintosh desktop
and PowerBook division.
IBM AND PHILIPS UNVEIL OPTICAL DISK DRIVE - Philips Electronics NV
and IBM Corp. announced they have formed a joint venture to develop
affordably-priced optical disk drives for the computer market. The 3.5-
inch IBM MTA-3127 optical disk drive is the first in a series of
products aimed at a market for small, high-capacity drives.
"We are aiming at a very big market share, by far the biggest," said
Philips spokesman Jack Reemers. He explained the disk drive market is
currently worth $250 million annually, but forecasts it will grow
rapidly to more than $1 billion.
INTEL CORP. ANNOUNCES '386 CHIP FOR EMBEDDED PROCESSING MARKET - A
new line of '386 chips intended for the embedded processing market will
be available in volume in the second quarter of next year, Intel Corp.
The embedded market includes microwave ovens, consumer electronics,
copiers, facsimile machines, telecommunications and other devices in
which the tasks are more limited than those of microchip-based PCs.
NEW CHIP SPEEDS UP GRAPHICS PROCESSING 30 TIMES - Samples of chips
that are said to process graphics 30 times faster than current tech-
nology are being sold in samples by Toshiba Corp.
Toshiba officials said the LSI (large-scale integration) chip is
capable of processing 150,000 polygons -- the basic building blocks of
computer graphics -- per second, compared with 5,000 per second for
computer graphics workstations now on the market.
FUJITSU AND HYUNDAI TO JOINTLY PRODUCE CHIPS - Fujitsu and Hyundai
Electronic Industries Co. announced they will jointly produce computer
memory chips. Manufacturing will take place in the Hyundai factory in
Inchon, South Korea, as well as in Fujitsu's plants in northern Japan
and Gresham, Ore. The two companies also said they are considering
jointly developing more advanced chips.
APPLE DENIES TEXAS MOVE IS IN THE WORKS - Apple Computer is once
again denying rumors that say the firm will move some of its operations
to Austin, Texas. The company did say, however, that it was planning on
moving some of its operations out of California's Silicon Valley.
MEGAHERTZ CUTS MODEM COSTS - Megahertz Corp. has reduced prices by as
much as 38% on its PCMCIA (Personal Computer Memory Card International
Association) modems. The price reductions include those on modems with
the company's patented XJACK connector system.
Those reduced in price range from the XJ1144 14,400/14,400bps data/
fax w/XJACK (reduced to $399 from $599) to the CC324FM 2400/9600bps
data/fax (to $239 from $379).
ASTRONAUTS TO TEST COMPUTER - The helpfulness of an "intelligent"
computer called the Astronaut Science Advisor is to be tested later this
month on the next space shuttle mission. The system was designed "to
help space travelers increase their productivity and improve the
scientific quality of data they collect".
Experts at NASA's Ames Research Center in Mountain View, Calif., say
that the computer has four major functions:
-:- Diagnosis and trouble-shooting of experiment equipment.
-:- Data collection.
-:- Management of experimental procedures.
-:- Detection of "interesting" information.
"Scientists hope the nonhuman assistant will enhance the crew's abi-
lity to perform science experiments and reduce reliance on air-to-ground
communications," sources said. "If it does, it can play a critical part
on longer missions and the space station."
NO JAIL TIME FOR 'NASA CRACKER' -- An Australian computerist who
authorities say shut down some NASA computers for 24 hours in a 1990
system intrusion has avoided jail time.
In Melbourne, the 22-year-old Nahshon Even-Chaim was sentenced to 12
months' jail but was freed immediately by the judge on a good behavior
Judge Anthony Smith warned Even-Chaim, who was known in his
underground computing circles as "Friend," that he may have to serve the
sentence if he breached the $1,000 bond over the coming year. Smith also
ordered Even-Chaim to carry out 500 hours of unpaid community work over
the next two years.
WORDPERFECT CORP. SETTLES SUITS - WordPerfect Corp. says it has set-
tled lawsuits against a Canadian bulletin board system operator and a
Texas beta-tester it accused of illegally copying and distributing beta
versions of its new WordPerfect 6.0 word processor.
A statement from the company says the software was first found on a
BBS called "California Dreamin" located in Toronto. It was then traced
to a beta-tester in Texas, the company said.
"Under court authority," says the statement, "U.S. marshals and Royal
Canadian Mounted Police, together with company representatives, con-
fiscated computer equipment and unauthorized copies of the program from
the electronic bulletin board operator and from the beta-test site."
This was WordPerfect Corp.'s first direct action against a beta-
tester, though the publisher previously has taken actions against pirate
BBSes through the Business Software Alliance of which WordPerfect Corp.
is a founding member.