PC Solutions Briefs: Intel, Palm, Kyocera

PC Solutions Briefs: Intel, Palm, Kyocera

Intel's P4 hits 1.8GHz

Intel's Pentium 4 processor has hit the 1.8GHz mark, with the chipmaker announcing availability to the channel. Intel also introduced a P4 processor at 1.6GHz.

Intel has moved to accelerate the chip's introduction into the market, with a 2GHz version planned for later this quarter. On the consumer side, the company is aiming at digital video and audio applications, while in the business sector it is marketing the chips based on return on investment and performance.

The 1.8GHz version is priced at $A1085 in 1000-unit quantities; the 1.6GHz version is priced at $568. Intel is also shipping boxed versions to Intel Premier Providers and Intel Product Dealers.

Palm beats forecasts

Palm slightly surpassed its own analyst estimates with fourth-quarter revenue of $US165.3 million and a pro forma net loss of $89.2 million. In the same quarter last year, revenue was 53 per cent higher and the company earned pro forma net income of $17.2 million, a difference of more than 600 per cent compared with this year. But the US-based notebook vendor said it's on track to turn a profit again next quarter because of inventory reductions.

Kyocera Mita aims at entry-level lasers

Kyocera Mita has announced the release of its new entry-level ECOSYS laser printer, the FS-1000+. The model supersedes the FS-1000, the number two laser printer on the market.

"With 2001 being the first full year since Kyocera's acquisition of Mita, this printer is one of the first of many new products that we will be launching this year," said David Finn, managing director for Kyocera Mita Australia.

The FS-1000+ prints at a rate of 12 pages per minute, with a first-page print speed of 13 seconds. With a three-year return-to-base warranty, the printer is aimed at the SOHO market.

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