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PC Briefs: USB, Guillemot, Intel

PC Briefs: USB, Guillemot, Intel

USB to rival Bluetooth

Universal Serial Bus (USB) may come to challenge Bluetooth wireless technology with a new chip that allows devices with USB ports to be directly connected. The "USB on-the-go" chip is designed to connect devices such as digital cameras, audio players, printers, mobile telephones and handheld computers, chipmaker Philips Semiconductors said. The ISP1362 chip can function as a USB host as well as a USB peripheral, removing the need for a PC as the go-between. The chip, which is scheduled to go into volume production in the second quarter, supports the USB 2.0 specification, which allows transfer speeds of up to 480Mbps, Philips said.

Asia-Pacific - Intel's biggest market in Q4 During the fourth quarter, the Asia-Pacific eclipsed the Americas as the greatest source of revenue for Intel, the company has revealed. The Asia-Pacific region, excluding Japan, accounted for 35 per cent, or $US2.4 billion, of Intel's fourth-quarter revenues in 2001, according to the company. The Americas, which includes the US, accounted for 33 per cent ($2.3 billion) of Intel's fourth-quarter revenue, with Europe and Japan contributing 25 per cent ($1.8 billion) and 7 per cent ($490 million) respectively. The most likely cause for the jump in Asia-Pacific sales is an increase in PC and notebook manufacturing in the region, said Nathan Brookwood, principal analyst with Insight 64.

Guillemot goes with ATI

Guillemot has ended its relationship with graphics card vendor nVidia, announcing a new partnership with ATI Technologies in the development of a new range of Hercules graphics products. The company will market ATI's new All-In-Wonder products, including 8500 DV technology in retail and distribution channels through a European Exclusive Agreement that also takes in the Australian market. Guillemot will also have worldwide access to the latest ATI 3D graphics technologies. The Hercules products will begin shipping in February.


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