PC Briefs: Matsushita, MS, Via

PC Briefs: Matsushita, MS, Via

Matsushita drives ahead

Toshiba has signed up a division of Matsushita Electric Industrial Co (MEIC) better known for its Panasonic brand name — to manufacture its card-size and notebook computer hard disk drives. Increasing demand for the drives, which Toshiba currently produces, is behind the move, said Kenichi Sugiyama, a Toshiba spokesperson. MEIC Industries will manufacture 1.8-inch and 2.5-inch drives for Toshiba at its Indonesian subsidiary and Toshiba will continue to produce drives at its factories. The Indonesian production of 1.8-inch drives is set to begin in April. The 2.5-inch drives will follow later in the year.

New copyright protection tools

Microsoft has announced new copyright protection tools that let recording companies restrict the use of CDs and DVDs on personal computers. Universal Music and EMI as well as independent CD maker MPO International have adopted the new software. Microsoft’s new Windows Media Data Session Toolkit allows media companies to add a protected “second session” to CDs and DVS for use on PCs. This second session included the audio and video content in Microsoft’s Windows Media format, plus rules for the use of that content.

Via upgrades C3 processor

Via Technologies has upgraded its C3 processor with a new core, codenamed Nehemiah, that includes a random number generator integrated at the hardware level. The new processor launched at 1.0GHz and processed 3D media applications 70 per cent faster than Via’s existing Ezra core, said Via director of marketing, Richard Brown. Via recently upgraded its Epia mainboard and would sell that product coupled with the new Nehemiah C3 to PC manufacturers as a complete platform. A mobile version will be out around the end of the first quarter and by the end of 2003, Via plans to scale the C3 Nehemiah processor up to 1.4GHz.

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