PC Solutions Briefs: Legend, Intercad, NEC

PC Solutions Briefs: Legend, Intercad, NEC

Chinese market Legends

Legend Holdings, China's biggest PC maker, has reported net income up 68.7 per cent from a year earlier for the third quarter on consolidated revenue up 50.4 per cent.

The Hong Kong-listed unit of Legend Group Holdings, based in Beijing, said in a statement that China's PC market defied a downward trend elsewhere in the world, with a growth rate estimated at 50 per cent for the quarter. Legend estimates it holds about 30 per cent of the PC market in China. It is the biggest seller of PCs in the Asia-Pacific region, excluding Japan.

Legend announced last week that it would build a third manufacturing base in two phases in Shanghai. It will open in May with annual production capacity of about 800,000 units. A second phase will open by year's end and will add 700,000 units of capacity. A new Beijing factory set to begin operating in the current quarter will have annual capacity of 1.5 million units.

Intercad gets graphic

Intercad 3D Graphics has announced the shipment of its Gloria III professional graphics accelerator for computer-aided design and graphics from ELSA.

Continuing its partnership with nVidia in high-end graphics workstation solutions, ELSA's Gloria III is based on the graphics board maker's Quadro2 Pro. The Gloria III provides 6.4GBps bandwidth enabling full texturing with real-time frame rates.

"The new Quadro2 Pro architecture enables ELSA to continue providing the ultimate graphics performance at an extremely aggressive price point," said technical director at Intercad Peter Orzcykowski.

The Gloria III 64MB AGP accelerator is priced at $2850, ex tax.

Intercad also announced its entry-level graphics accelerator, the ELSA Synergy III. Based on nVidia's Quadro2 MXR, the accelerator offers dual monitor support and is priced at $1195 for the 32MB AGP product.

NEC launches monitor

NEC has released a new 50-inch XGA resolution plasma monitor for multimedia presentation.

The PlasmaSync 50MP1 is aimed at the corporate market for conferencing and boardroom presentations. With a resolution of 1365 x 768, the monitor features split-screen multi-source display capability. It supports composite component and S-Video as well as high-definition television and computer graphics standards to UXGA. The PlasmaSync 50MP1 also includes an internal stereo amplifier and optional attachable speakers and has a 3x digital zoom feature enabling users to enlarge selected areas of the screen by up to 300 per cent. The monitor carries a suggested retail price of $29,911.

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