PC Solutions Briefs: Trend Micro, Via Technologies, Acer

PC Solutions Briefs: Trend Micro, Via Technologies, Acer

Trend Micro gets new MD

Antivirus vendor Trend Micro is losing its managing director for Australia and New Zealand to a Master of Business Administration.

Kenny Liao is taking a onr year-long sabbatical to complete an Executive MBA at the Sloan School of Management at MIT (Massachusetts Institute of Technology). Accordingly, Trend Micro has appointed Chris Poulos as managing director of the company's Australia/NZ operations. Poulos joined Trend Micro last October as sales director for the region and has worked in management roles at IBM, Microsoft and Lotus.

Poulos will continue to steer the company towards a services focus.

Via debuts 750MHz C3 processor notebooksTaiwanese semiconductor maker Via Technologies unveiled the latest member of its C3 family of processors last week.

Like the earlier 733MHz version, the 750MHz version of the processor is built using a 0.15-micron manufacturing process. At 52 square millimetres, it has what Via claims is the smallest die size of any x86 CPU-based processor on the market. The chip has a 128KB Level 1 and 64KB Level 2 cache, is compatible with a 100MHz or 133MHz bus, and supports Intel's MMX and AMD's 3DNow instruction sets.

With low power consumption and a price of $US49 per chip in bulk quantities, Via is targeting the chip for use in notebook computers and low-cost desktop personal computers - a market segment currently occupied by Intel, AMD and Transmeta.

In the coming weeks Via will introduce a C3 processor manufactured using a 0.13-micron process. The chip is the first to use the company's Ezra core, which will allow the company to pack more processing power and speed into a smaller chip.

Acer licenses Palm OS for personal digital assistantPC and electronics device maker Acer will license Palm's operating system for use in a PDA, Acer spokeswoman Erica Hao said last week.

The company is reportedly close to sealing a deal with Palm for the licensing of the operating system for a PDA now in development. At last year's Comdex trade show in Las Vegas, Palm demonstrated a PDA that was based on the Linux operating system.

The deal will make Acer the first Taiwanese company to license the Palm OS, which runs the popular Palm brand, Handspring Visor and Sony Clie PDAs. In addition to Sony, Japan's Kyocera and South Korean Samsung Electronics are the only other Asian companies that have licensed the Palm OS.

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