PC Solutions Briefs: AcerCM, Intel, Panasonic

PC Solutions Briefs: AcerCM, Intel, Panasonic

AcerCM projects life for new product

Acer Communications and Multimedia Australia has announced its new SL700 and 710 X/S DLP projectors. The units feature built-in hot keys for easier use and a specially designed lens that projects a 60-inch picture from two metres. The projectors are being marketed at business travellers. Weighing in at 1.4 kilograms, the projectors are available immediately and retail for $9495.

Intel expected to halve price of Pentium 4Intel is expected to cut the price of its fastest microprocessor by more than 50 per cent, according to one financial analyst company.

Lehman Brothers Holdings analyst Dan Niles said in a research note that he expects Intel in the US to cut the cost of its Pentium 4 line of chips by as much as 54 per cent at the end of August.

Intel controlled about 79 per cent of the microprocessor market in the second quarter of 2001, compared to AMD's 21 per cent market share, according to Lehman Brothers. In the second quarter of 2001, AMD increased its processor shipments by 23 per cent from the same quarter a year ago, while Intel shipped 12 per cent less processors in the same timeframe.

"We believe Intel is planning to detonate a price bomb on AMD," Niles claimed.

Matsushita Electric's DVD player a handfulMatsushita Electric Industrial, better known by its Panasonic brand name, has taken the wraps off its latest portable DVD (digital versatile disc) player to reveal a compact model with a 9-inch LCD screen.

The player is the first to be able to play back DVD-RAM rewritable DVD optical discs. Most players are not compatible with DVD-RAM because the discs are enclosed in cartridges, requiring special drive mechanisms. Matsushita is backing the format and is also selling a DVD-RAM video recorder for domestic use.

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