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PC Briefs: Palm, Intel, Philips and Benq

PC Briefs: Palm, Intel, Philips and Benq

Palm cuts handheld prices

Palm Solutions Group cut prices on three of its most popular handheld computers last week. The price of its flagship Tungsten T handheld was chopped by by 20 per cent to $US399. The company also dropped the suggested selling price of its Palm m130 handheld to $US199 and trimmed the price of the m515 by 14 per cent to $US299. Analysts described the price cuts as “normal and cyclical” adjustments as Palm got ready for the introduction of new models and brought Palm’s products more in line with low-priced hardware running the Pocket PC operating system from Microsoft.

Centrino launches March 12

Intel’s Centrino bundle of a chipset, processor and wireless LAN module for portable computers will be released on March 12, according to reports. The Centrino package is designed for mobility, allowing for smaller notebooks that last longer on a single battery charge. Intel also hopes Centrino will boost wireless LAN (WLAN) use. Intel now makes its own modules for 802.11b WLAN, a market dominated by WLAN specialists. Intel revealed the Centrino name in January, saying then that the products would come to market in the first half on the year. It later specified March as the launch month.

Optical storage venture

Koninklijke Philips Electronics and Benq have established an optical storage joint venture. The company, Philips Benq Digital Storage, will work mainly on product roadmaps, product development, manufacturing and customer support of optical storage devices, such as DVD+RW drives. It will also research new optical standards. Philips Benq Digital Storage aims to achieve a market share of 15 percent in the medium term. The joint venture will be based in Taipei and start operations in March. Philips will own 51 per cent of the company and Benq 49 per cent.


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