Solid LFP growth
Large format printer (LFP) shipments in Australia increased 47 per cent in the final calendar quarter of 2002, according to market analysts at IDC. The 1414 units shipped gave an annual total of 4800, up from 3728 in the previous year. IDC attributed the growth to a combination of growth in the graphics arena, the fulfilment of back orders from Q3 and increased vendor efforts to attract channel support through promotions, incentives and additional advertising in industry magazines. IDC predicted graphics machines would remain popular as improved technology was introduced.
Kingston goes HyperX
Memory vendor Kingston Technology has announced local availability of its new HyperX power performance memory modules, three months after the US launch. HyperX is aimed at the gamer and power user market. It includes DDR memory tested at speeds up to 434MHz, with CAS Latency 2 support. The product line offers 256MB and 512MB modules supporting data rates of up to 434MHz. Pricing starts at $109 for the PC 2700 model with 256MB DDR 333MHz, and peaks at $385 for the 512MB 434MHz PC 3500 model. “This is for your white box builders and gamers – people who are building high end, fast machines,” international sales country manager for Kingston, Keith Hamilton, said.
PC vendors may licence Java
PC vendors are considering licensing Java to get it to customers, according to Sun Microsystems. Sun has been embroiled in a legal dispute with Microsoft over Java, urging support of the popular programming language on Windows. But PC vendors themselves are looking to access the technology, Sun’s executive vice-president of software, Jonathan Schwartz, said. “PC OEMs, all of them, are looking at licensing Java,” Schwartz said. “We hope to have progress soon, mainly so they can assure their customers of the continuity that they experience on the Web.”