News Briefs: DMA, AcerCM, Toshiba, NZ PC sales

News Briefs: DMA, AcerCM, Toshiba, NZ PC sales

DMA distributes AcerCM

West Australian distribution company Direct Memory Access (DMA) has been selected by Acer Communications and Multimedia (AcerCM) to distribute its peripheral products throughout WA.

The announcement comes on the heels of the appointment of BBF in Victoria and is effective immediately.

DMA began operations in Malga in 1994, and has established itself in the WA market. The appointment formalises distribution arrangements with the vendor: DMA has been a distributor of Acer peripherals for some time now, but will now move into storage, imaging and display products on top of its existing product line. The deal covers most of AcerCM's product offerings.

NZ PC sales on the up

Despite a declining worldwide PC market, the market in New Zealand expanded by 3.4 per cent in the second quarter, according to analyst IDC.

Compaq accounted for more than a quarter of sales of desktop, portable and Intel server PCs. HP has the second-biggest share of the market.

Analyst Darien Bird says commercial shipments are keeping sales strong; year-on-year growth is 4.5 per cent.

Local PC assemblers' market share declined from 36.1 per cent to 33.6 percent over the quarter. However, the country's biggest, the PC Company, had the third-highest sales in the desktop market.

Toshiba forgets memory

In the face of what it describes as a "deepening global downturn" in the semiconductor sector, Toshiba plans to permanently close by September,a memory chip production line at its Yokkaichi plant in western Japan.

The plant has two production lines which are jointly responsible for a monthly output of 20-cm wafers per month. Closure of Line 1, which produces DRAM (dynamic random access memory) chips using a 0.2-micron process and SRAM (static random access memory) chips using a 0.4-micron process, will mean a 50 per cent cut in wafer output from Yokkaichi, said a company spokesman.

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