PC Solutions- Briefs

PC Solutions- Briefs

PC Solutions- Briefs

Pioneer to ship first DVD recorder disksPioneer last week announced that it is about to start shipping the industry's first DVD recorder and re-recordable disks aimed at consumers.

The Tokyo-based consumer electronics company will release the DVR-1000 DVD recorder on the Japanese market in early January at a retail price of 250,000 yen ($3800), the company said in a statement.

Pioneer will also begin shipping re-recordable disks using a new format called DVD-RW at 3000 yen ($45) each, the company said.

The disks will have the same 4.7GB capacity and 12 centimetre size as standard DVD-Video disks. Each disk will allow for between two and six hours of recording.

Dell aims Webpc at consumers

Dell last week announced Webpc, a consumer desktop computer specifically designed to provide easy access to the Internet in an attractive box.

Webpc, which is around one-third the size of a traditional desktop tower, is available in three basic configurations, according to Dell. The $US1000 model ships with an Intel Celeron 433MHz processor, a 15 inch CRT monitor, a printer and one year of Dellnet Internet service. The high-end version is priced at $US1499 and includes a Pentium III 500MHz processor, 128MB of RAM, a 13GB hard drive, the Internet service, a DVD drive, monitor and printer.

Philips expands semiconductor productionPhilips Semiconductors, a division of Philips Electronics NV, is investing 250 million euros ($US253 million) to increase the production capabilities of its MOS4YOU semiconduc- tor manufacturing facility in the Netherlands.

The plant, in Nijmegen, will increase production from 200,000 to 300,000 8 inch wafers per year, the company said in a statement.eMachines agrees to merge with Free-PCLow-cost computer maker eMachines has agreed to merge with Free-PC, which made a name for itself earlier this year by offering `free' desktop computers to customers who agreed to take part in targeted advertising and marketing schemes.

The merged company, which will be called eMachines, will not be in the free-PC business, company officials said. eMachines will continue selling inexpensive PCs, and use Free-PC's direct marketing technologies to generate additional revenues.

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