PC Briefs: Kyocera, SanDisk

PC Briefs: Kyocera, SanDisk

Kyocera's Sydney HQ

Sydney has become the hub of Kyocera Mita's operations in the Asia-Pacific, with the official opening of its regional headquarters by the Treasurer and Minister for State Development, Michael Egan, last week. The headquarters will cover New Zealand, South Pacific Islands, Singapore, Malaysia, Thailand and Hong Kong, and will lead to around $13 million invested in Australia, according to Kyocera Mita managing director David Finn. The establishment of the regional headquarters will also springboard further investment through Kyocera's other business interests, such as telecommunications, solar and metal processing, Finn said.

Small PC vendors win

The slump in the economy has moved some PC buyers in Europe, the Middle East and Africa (EMEA) to small local vendors instead of large sellers, according to market researcher Gartner. While four of the five large brand-name vendors recorded sales declines, the small vendors saw their market share go up by about 5.5 per cent in the third quarter. "We all focus on Dell's price war with Compaq and Hewlett-Packard, but there is another price war out there, the one between AMD and Intel. Small vendors are now better positioned to take advantage of short-term opportunities," said Brian Gammage, principal analyst with Dataquest at Gartner.

1GB cards flashed

With higher-resolution digital cameras and other digital devices demanding more and more storage capacity, SanDisk has introduced what it says is the world's highest capacity CompactFlash Type I card - a 1GB model. SanDisk senior vice president Nelson Chan heralded the introduction of the new card as "a technological breakthrough", suggesting that the advent of the 1GB CF Type I card is an indication that flash technology will ultimately replace recording tapes and disks in future audio and video products. The new 1GB CompactFlash Type I card is expected to go on sale in the first quarter of 2002 with a suggested retail price of less than $US800

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