PC Solutions Briefs: Samsung, LCD, Motorola, Intel

PC Solutions Briefs: Samsung, LCD, Motorola, Intel

Samsung storms into laser printing with SOHO offerSamsung is planning to storm the laser printing market place with a range of printers focusing on efficiency, affordablity and high performance.

The vendor's entry into laser printing begins with a sub $1000 laser printer - the ML6060. Samsung hopes to grab a significant amount of share away from other big-brand name players in the market, and like those vendors is aiming at the small business sector.

The ML6060 is a 12ppm network ready printer, with 1200dpi resolution that can be easily upgraded, according to the company.

The company also plans to release a 20ppm and a 35ppm machine, as well as three multi-function products: a 2400dpi colour fax, a flatbed all-in-one digital fax and a home or business colour fax/printer/copier later in the year.

LCD price war looms

A silent price war between LCD flat-panel display manufacturers has caused LCD prices to descend steadily during the past six months, and that fall is about to dip even lower.

"We've been in a [flat-panel] price war for a good six months," an industry source said. "But expect new price points in the next couple of weeks. You will see the lowest average selling prices for flat panels ever. I don't see the price decline bottoming out until the end of the year."

Aggressive competitive pricing could be the catalyst for an escalated flat-panel price war, the source said.

Motorola speeds wireless Bluetooth capabilityMotorola said it would begin assisting OEMs with embedding Bluetooth wireless capabilities in products such as PCs, printers and copiers. Bluetooth uses low-power radio signals to exchange digital voice and data across short distances. Computer Group, a business unit of Motorola, will let the embedded Bluetooth technology run on Linux, VxWorks by Wind River Systems, Microsoft's Windows 2000, and on Apple PowerPCs and Intel processors.

Intel announces DSP chip

Intel debuted its Micro Signal Architecture (MSA) in Tokyo last week, marking the first step towards its new chipset for mobile devices, which is due to launch later this year.

Designed with Analog Devices, the architecture features a fast digital signal processor (DSP) for wireless handheld devices. The MSA is capable of operating at speeds of up to 400MHz, which Intel claims is more than twice as fast as other DSPs for wireless handhelds.

The architecture will be a key part of Intel's integrated chipset for mobile phones and other handheld devices.

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