PC Solutions Briefs: Kodak, S3, Intel, Intercad

PC Solutions Briefs: Kodak, S3, Intel, Intercad

Kodak buys up imaging

US-based imaging vendor Bell + Howell has sold its imaging operations to Eastman Kodak in a deal worth approximately $US150 million.

Although the sale is subject to regulatory approval, Bell + Howell plans to use the money to pay off debts. The deal is expected to be finalised by the end of this year. Australian resellers have been advised the two companies will collaborate on portfolios, processes and channel strategies. In the meantime, it's business as usual, with the companies continuing to operate as separate entities.

"As a team, we will continue to improve the breadth, depth and value of our product and service offerings to meet the needs of your customers," Bell + Howell Imaging Solutions president Don Deegan said in a letter to the company's channel partners.

S3 turns SONICblue

True to the reinvention of the company as an Internet appliance vendor, S3 began trading this week as SONICblue.

The company has been talking of a name change since August this year, following a decision to rework its product strategy away from chips and graphics cards and move into digital media. However, the company will maintain its leading brands, including Rio, Diamond and FireGL.

"We intend to continue to be a leading supplier of many of the key building blocks of the digitally connected home," company CEO and chairman Ken Potashner said in a statement.

Intel RAIDs GSU31 controller for storageIntel has announced the availability of its integrated RAID controller GSU31, including a software suite and range of utilities, which the company claims makes it easier to set up and configure storage requirements.

The GSU31 is used to integrate I/O subsystems into entry-level servers and workstations and is suitable for 1U and 2U rack mount servers and tower chassis, according to the company. Priced at $US499, the controller supports Ultra-160 SCSI technology and is pre-validated with Pentium III products.

Intercad gets graphics Synergy with ELSAIntercad 3D Graphics will ship ELSA's Synergy III graphics card at the end of this month.

The card, which features Nvidia technology, provides dual monitor support for PC hobbyists through to gamers and CAD users. The AGP 32MB card will be available from early December and will retail for around $500. Synergy III uses a unified memory frame buffer to support high-resolution, true-colour display and full-screen antialiasing.

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