PC Briefs: Intercad, DNA, NEC

PC Briefs: Intercad, DNA, NEC

Intercad sticks with 3Dlabs

Mechanical design specialist distributor Intercad has decided to back 3Dlabs for graphics cards, announcing it will no longer sell competing products. "With the introduction of Wildcat VP560, 3Dlabs has completed what is a comprehensive product range," said Peter Orzcykowski, Intercad's technical director. "Now that we have a product for every segment of the professional 3D market, we no longer feel that there is a need to supplement our range with accelerators from other manufacturers." 3Dlabs' Wildcat range caters for users in DCC production, mechanical design, architectural design, animation, GIS and medical imaging.

DNA smells the Rose

Digital Networks Australia is to distribute a range of keyboard/video mouse switches and extender systems throughout Australia for Rose Electronics. "Digital Networks is an ideal business partner because of its penetration into the top end of the systems integrator market and proactive value-add sales and marketing approach," said Robert Dean, Rose Electronics' Australia/NZ country manager. "Digital Networks is a very good fit for us, and works well with our business model."

NEC cuts a profit

Heavy cost-cutting helped NEC return to profitability in the first half of the current financial year, the period from April to September, despite a drop in sales. For the six-month period, the Tokyo company made a net profit of $A14.5 million compared to a net loss of $A430 million in the same period a year earlier. The company's semiconductor business saw significant improvement over the same period a year earlier, with sales rising 11 per cent on the back of stronger demand for plasma display panels (PDPs) and for semiconductors used in consumer electronic devices. But the division still ended the half in the red. NEC said it planned to spin off its semiconductor operations to a new company, NEC Electronics, on November 1.

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