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PC Briefs: Blackmagic Design, AJA Video Systems, Toshiba, NEC

PC Briefs: Blackmagic Design, AJA Video Systems, Toshiba, NEC

SD video card for Mac

Melbourne-based Blackmagic Design and AJA Video Systems have announced an SD video card that is fully compatible with Mac OS X 10.2. The Kona SD is a PCI-based QuickTime video card for the Mac that works in 10-bit uncompressed video with six channels of AES/EBU digital audio. It also supports a variety of special effects in real time. Apple's newly released Mac OS X 10.2 is fully supported by Kona SD 2.1, which is available now free to all registered Kona SD users.

DVD format takes blue shift

Toshiba and NEC are putting the finishing touches to a blue-laser optical disc format which they intend to propose to the DVD Forum as a next-generation format. The new system will continue the DVD format battle, going up against the next-generation Blu-ray disc. Toshiba and NEC, neither of which were among the nine companies that developed the Blu-ray format, are in the "nearly final stages" of completing their proposal for the replacement for DVD, said Midori Suzuki, a spokeswoman for Toshiba. Blue lasers have a shorter wavelength than the red lasers that are used in CD and DVD systems, so capacity can be increased. However, consumer devices using blue lasers are still a way off - formats and pricing remain significant barriers.

PC market slows slightly

The PC market was unable to sustain the vigour of May sales, with market analyst Inform reporting a flatter performance during June. PC shipments grew just 3 per cent during the month, well below the expectations of analysts, who had been dazzled by the growth rate of June 2001. At that time, winter sales and end-of-financial year sales pushed the growth rate to 33 per cent. Despite this, total indirect volume shipments grew 12 per cent on June 2001. The Compaq brand retained top spot for the month, with 22 per cent market share. HP remained in second place with 19 per cent, followed by IBM and Toshiba.


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