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Australia lights up Korean skies

An Australian company, Laservision, has launched itself into the Asian market, with the recent unveiling in Korea of the world's largest outdoor laser display, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Trade, Tim Fischer said.

The laser display has been designed and installed in Korea's largest theme park by Laservision, and is expected to attract up to 30,000 visitors to the park each day.

"It's hard to imagine a better advertisement for Australia's ability to supply innovative and complex technological solutions in one of the world's most important technology markets," said Fischer.

The Korean contract is the latest in a series of successes for Laservision, with light/water installations recently opened on Singapore's Sentosa Island, and systems also sold to Thailand, China, and Indonesia.

Laservision

Tel: (02) 658 1000 Fax: (02) 651 3217

Asia-Pacific software sales hit record growthSYDNEY - Shipments of PC-application software to the Asia-Pacific region swelled in the first quarter of this year to a level nearly equal to that of Western Europe, according to the Software Publishers Association (SPA).

The total value of software sales for the first quarter in the region hit $US349.7 million, up 45 per cent over the same period last year, while shipments grew 101 per cent to 12 million units, reported the SPA, an industry organisation based in Washington, DC.

The bulk of those shipments - 76 per cent in value terms - were in Japan, where shipments of US-made software surged 200 per cent, growing 66 per cent in terms of revenue, the SPA said.

Way behind Japan, Australia and New Zealand together accounted for 9 per cent of shipments in revenue terms; South Korea accounted for 3 per cent; and Hong Kong, Taiwan and Singapore each held 2 per cent.

IDC: Notebook sales to grow by 15 per cent SYDNEY - Notebook users are clamouring for desktop features in their systems, according to a new report from International Data Corp (IDC).

Alongside the transition to Pentium that took place late in 1995, multimedia notebooks made their presence fully known in the market, said Bruce McCabe, manager for IDC's desktop systems program. "Equipped with a larger active-matrix TFT screen, full-size CD-ROM drive and 16-bit sound capability, the notebook came closer than ever before to being a complete replacement for the desktop PC - without the need for a docking station," he said.

IDC forecasts that around 211,000 notebooks will ship this year, compared with 183,000 in 1995 - a growth rate of just over 15 per cent. "1995 was characterised by supply problems from almost all the major vendors and escalating average values driven by the new Pentium and multimedia notebooks. 1996 has seen price points settle to more comfortable levels, renewed activity in the value notebook segment, and significant product releases from all the major vendors - all of which are driving strong growth," McCabe said.

The report, The Australian Mobile PC Market, Review and Forecast, 1995-2000, is available from IDC.

IDC

Tel: (02) 9922 5300 Fax: (02) 9957 2330

Gateway opens first Australian showroom

SYDNEY - PC maker Gateway 2000 has opened a showroom in Sydney - the first of its kind for the company in Australia.

The main purpose of the showroom is to let people look around and get a "feel for the products", explained Gateway's retail sales manager, John Rae. Visitors can also order on the spot, he said.

Orders placed by showroom customers will be logged via computer to Gateway's manufacturing plant in Malaysia, and customers can expect delivery to their door within five to 10 working days, Rae said.

Rae says showrooms like the new 180-square-metre display space in Sydney's CBD are one prong of Gateway 2000's three-pronged direct sales strategy, which comprises an 1800 sales line; corporate and government account management; and the product showrooms.

Gateway 2000

Tel: (02) 9844 8448 Fax: (02) 9844 8550


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