PC briefs: Hallmark, Apple, KVM

PC briefs: Hallmark, Apple, KVM

Hallmark wins for Intel

PC assembler Hallmark Computer International has taken out Intel's award for Excellence in Server Sales for Q3 2001. Hallmark reported a strong 156 per cent growth in Intel server sales since Q2, bucking the trend of economical caution and low consumer confidence. "The integrated server market has been hit particularly hard over Q3, making Hallmark's award that much more significant," the company said. The award is the result of long-term planning, driven largely by Hallmark business development manager Jason Lee, according to a company spokesperson.

A for Apple on report

Apple fared well in the 3rd Annual Computer Report Card from the Silicon Valley Toxics Coalition, a grassroots coalition whose goal is "to advance environmental sustainability and clean production in the industry and to improve health, promote justice and ensure democratic decision-making for communities and workers affected by the high-tech revolution in Silicon Valley and other high-tech areas of the US and the world". The Computer Report Card provides consumers, local governments and advocates with a tool to measure electronics equipment and the performance of companies that produce computers, according to the SVTC.

KVM device from Iogear

Iogear will launch its MiniView III USB 2.0 KVM sharing switch in the first quarter of 2002. The KVM (keyboard, video, mouse) device is designed to enable users to take advantage of USB 2.0 devices. Users can control up to four computers, and access two next-generation USB peripherals from a single KVMP switch, according to company officials. The MiniView III USB 2.0 KVM Peripheral (KVMP) is Mac and PC compatible and sports push button controls to select computers and an OSD (on-screen display) menu. The two and four-port products are priced at $US179.99 and $249.99 respectively, and will be available in Q1 2002 from all major catalogue resellers, online resellers and selected retail outlets.

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