PC Briefs: Dell, Macromedia, AMD

PC Briefs: Dell, Macromedia, AMD

Dell upgrades projections

Increasing market share in the server marketplace has helped Dell Computer boost its earnings estimates for its second fiscal quarter of 2003, which ends on August 2. In an announcement last week, Dell said it now expects second-quarter revenue to reach $US8.3 billion, up about 9 per cent from last year's second quarter. The latest projections are higher than those Dell announced on May 16, when it laid out its first-quarter results. The earlier estimates for the second quarter envisioned revenue of $8.2 billion. The company attributed the improved performance to gains in market share in education, government and consumer business segments, which came about despite weakened demand overall in the marketplace.

A Flash in the hand

Macromedia has announced the availability of its Flash Player 5 for the iPAQ Pocket PC, a handheld developed by Compaq and now owned by Hewlett-Packard. Normally a technology reserved for delivering rich Internet content and applications to personal computers, the new availability will enable Flash technology to be extended from the PC client to new generations of mobile and handheld computers. A partnership with HP sees Macromedia eyeing 80 per cent of the market for handheld computers driven by the PocketPC platform, according to Gartner Dataquest.

AMD's fastest mobile

Advanced Micro Devices has released its fastest mobile processor to date, the AMD Athlon XP 1800+. The 1800+ runs at a clock speed of 1.53GHz, a slight increase over AMD's previous top-of-the-line XP 1700+ mobile processor, which runs at 1.47GHz. Hewlett-Packard and Acer's European unit were to launch notebook PCs based on the new chip last week. The HP Pavilion ze1250 is already being advertised for sale in the US at $US1,799, with 15-inch XGA display, 512MB SDRAM, 30GB hard drive, DVD/CD-RW drive and an integrated Ethernet connection.

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