PC Solutions Briefs: Toshiba, Iomega, Palm, Shinei, Transmeta

PC Solutions Briefs: Toshiba, Iomega, Palm, Shinei, Transmeta

New notebooks unveiled

Toshiba has launched its Satellite Pro 4340XDVD notebook. It has an Intel Pentium III SpeedStep 650MHz processor, which the vendor says is an increase of 50MHz from the previous model. The notebook also has a fully upgradeable 64MB memory, 14.1-inch TFT display, DVD, 12GB hard disk and in-built stereo speakers. It is aimed at both SMEs and corporate work groups. The Satellite Pro 4340XDVD notebook computer has a RRP of $5170 (including GST).

Getting zipped

Removable storage vendor Iomega has rebranded its Clik! line of removable storage products as PocketZip. The company says the move is to build on the name recognition of its Zip brand of removable storage products. Iomega says its PocketZip disks will work interchangeably in all existing Clik!-branded products. Peter Dawson, Iomega country director, Australia/NZ, predicts that downloading information is "here to stay". He believes PocketZip technology is an alternative to expensive solid-state memory cards in portable electronic devices. Iomega says PocketZip-branded disks will be available from Q1 of 2001.

Holding hands

Palm and Shinei International have teamed up to announce the release of Tsunamidi, an add­on MIDI player for Palm handheld computers. The Tsunamidi is designed for Palm V and Palm Vx handhelds. It is a portable MIDI player from Shinei International and works as a portable recording studio for use with Palm V series' handhelds. It is General MIDI-compliant, containing a built­in speaker and external stereo headphone connector. There are also standard MIDI IN and MIDI OUT connectors, and it is possible to connect instruments to Palm V series handhelds, allowing for composition and playback on external MIDI devices. The Tsunamidi add­on also comes bundled with free trial versions of Minimusic's Notepad and Beatpad applications, and Tobel Studio's Noter software.

Transmeta shares double

Microprocessor designer Transmeta has launched its highly anticipated 13 million share initial public offering (IPO) on the Nasdaq, with shares closing at twice the initial price. But questions about the performance of Transmeta's low-power Crusoe chip - and hesitation on the part of some big US-based computer makers to use the chip - continue to haunt the chip maker.

Transmeta's Crusoe microprocessors are designed for performance at low power, to prolong battery life in mobile computers. Earlier this month, IBM backed out of tentative plans to use Transmeta's chips in its ThinkPad 240 notebooks.

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