PC Solutions Briefs: Fujitsu, OKI, IXLA

PC Solutions Briefs: Fujitsu, OKI, IXLA

Fujitsu launches Lifebooks for corporatesFujitsu has launched a series of notebooks specifically targeted at corporate users and featuring high-end functionality such as handwriting recognition and pen-based technology.

The range - a series of five dubbed P, B, S, C and E - are designed to meet all the demands of the corporate sector. The P series uses Transmeta's Crusoe processor and is one of the first notebooks using the low-power processor on the Australian market. The B series is the only notebook on the Australian market to feature touch-screen technology, while the S series is a sub-notebook with a 600MHz processor and docking bay. Companies requiring high graphics and developers are the target market of the C series, which features S-Video output, IEEE 1394 AV connection and a CD-RW drive. At the highest end, the E series incorporates a DVD drive, wireless IR mouse, 20GB hard drive and 850 MHz Intel processor.

OKI breaks speed barrier

OKI has announced a new colour laser printer for larger offices through to small businesses. The C9400 series features 1200 x 1200 resolution, with single-pass full colour printing at 21 pages per minute. Businesses can also print oversize documents with paper handling for up to 2850 sheets. In addition, the printer features a 10/100Base-TX Ethernet card for network printing.

The series offers a choice of memory upgrades, from a standard memory of 192MB to 1024MB, as well as OKI's storage device manager which enables network and system administrators to manage the storage devices in the printer. Files can be downloaded to the printer via the network and protected by a password.

IXLA slashes staff

Digital imaging software company IXLA has cut staff and exited from the low end digital camera and hardware business in an effort to regain profitability by December.

The Melbourne-based company has increased revenues by 216 per cent to $10.4 million and claims it is now on the track to profitability, something the company promised shareholders at its last annual general meeting. In an announcement to the ASX, CEO Dr Soon The said the company also expected a cash injection via a "divesture of a significant investment before the end of the fiscal year".

"We have restructured our operating businesses by reducing our workforce by more than 20 per cent in the past six months, including the removal of one layer of management, leaving a structure that is more appropriate to our strategy going forward," said Soon The.

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