PC Briefs: Optima, Intel, Lexmark

PC Briefs: Optima, Intel, Lexmark

Optima goes ACT

Optima Technology Solutions has opened an office in Canberra, that will be headed up by new federal sales manager, David Hughes. Optima hopes its local presence and its 20,000 PC contract with the Department of Defence will open doors to further government contracts. The company plans to have five sales and service staff in Canberra within the first six months, although most PC support will continue to be done from Sydney. “We are expecting a larger number of Government tenders this year, as the systems purchased for Y2K begin to fall out of service warranty,” Hughes said. He has more than 25 years experience in the Canberra market, having previously held senior sales positions at Compaq, Osborne and Wang.

Intel’s new laptop trio

Intel has three new processors available for laptops — the Mobile Intel Pentium 4 processor — M at 2.50 GHz ($US562 in 1000-unit quantities) and the mobile Intel Celeron processor at 2.40 and 1.26 GHz ($US149 and $US107, respectively, in 1000-unit quan­tities). The company last week cut some microprocessor prices. The 3.06GHz version of the Pentium 4 chip with a 533MHz front-side bus was reduced to $US401, a reduction of about one third.

Lexmark quarterly results

While Lexmark’s printer revenue declined in the first quarter 2003, its overall revenue of $US1.11 billion, was a 6 per cent increase on the same period in 2002. Laser and inkjet printer revenue of $US370 million was down 8 per cent on the previous year’s quarter. Laser and inkjet supplies revenue was $US642 million, up 17 per cent from the year before period. Laser and inkjet supplies now make up 58 per cent of total revenue, up from 52 per cent in the prior-year quarter. Gross profit was $US356 million or 32.1 per cent of revenue for the quarter, up from 29.5 per cent a year ago.

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