PC Solutions Briefs: Toshiba, HP, Kingston

PC Solutions Briefs: Toshiba, HP, Kingston

Toshiba posts profit

Buoyed by strong sales of semiconductors, Toshiba last week posted its first half-year profit in three years.

Consolidated group net income from April to September 30 of its 2000 fiscal year reached 53.9 billion yen ($949 million), up sharply from a net loss of 48.3 billion yen in the corresponding period last year.

In addition to strong growth in semiconductor sales and memory chips in particular, Toshiba also cited robust growth in PC peripherals and cellular phones as well as increased demand for other semiconductor products and liquid crystal displays (LCDs).

The company said it expects the second half of the fiscal year to suffer from unfavourable overseas markets. Nevertheless, Toshiba said its semiconductor business is expected to see continued growth due to stable prices and a projected increase in unit sales.

HP releases SME range

Hewlett-Packard has launched a product range designed to fit out an entire SME office.

The idea is to allow businesses to implement a complete hardware and software package, according to the company, by integrating software packages such as Quicken's accounting suite. A deal with the software vendor will give customers the option to have the financial software installed on HP's PC and mobile product offerings.

The new range of hardware includes HP's all-in-one e-pc s10 as well as its procurve 10/100 switches and omnibook xe3 notebook with CD or DVD-ROM and integrated 56Kbps modem and 10/100 LAN. HP is also offering its netserver e800 system, designed for the SME market.

"It's no longer a matter of buying a PC to start with and later acquiring a printer," said HP small and medium business program manager Graham Thomas. "Businesses of all sizes require an integrated solution."

Kingston breathes new life into old PII CPUsKingston Technology has released an upgrade for Pentium II processor-based systems running at 233MHz or higher.

The TurboChip 566 is designed for desktop computers with a Slot 1 design. The Celeron-based chip can increase system performance by up to 90 per cent, providing a relatively inexpensive upgrade option.

"Kingston is addressing an ageing 66MHz motherboard market," said Kingston Technology Australasian marketing manager, Keith Hamilton.

The TurboChip is available from Agate Technology, Simms International and Tech Pacific and carries a retail price of $548. It comes with a heat sink, fan integrated cooling unit, power chord and voltage regulator.

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