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Iomega drives new ZipCD

Iomega has announced the availability of its internal 12 x 14 x 32 ZipCD ATAPI rewritable CD drive for data management.

The drive is part of Iomega's optical product line and is bundled with Adaptec Easy CD Creator and DirectorCD software. Compatible with Windows 95, 98 and 2000 operating systems, the drive features Burn-Proof technology which helps reduce failure rates by detecting and fixing potential data transfer interruptions.

The drive will retail for around $659, excluding GST.

Iomega expanded into optical technology a year ago; the new drive is the third optical product to be shipped by the company in Australia.

Record Q2 for AMD

AMD has reported a record second-quarter with sales nearly doubling over the same quarter last year.

The chip company earned $US207 million, or $1.21 per diluted share after tax, driven by PC processor revenues and flash memory products which each more than doubled when compared to last year's Q2 figures.

According to AMD, combined unit shipments of its Athlon, Duron and K6-2 processors reached more than six million units, as market demand for processors overtook supply.

The company's flash memory business grew by more than 10 per cent on Q1 sales, with demand exceeding production capacity. AMD has announced Fujitsu AMD Semiconductor Limited (FASL) will construct a third flash memory fabrication plant at Aizu-Wakamatsu in Japan, with production set to commence in the second half of next year.

The financial results provided a good platform from which to launch new products, visiting AMD product marketing manager Wee Yep Yin said.

Sony's signals semiconductor focus

Sony last week signalled the importance of semiconductor design and development to its business by establishing a new in-house semiconductor division.

The new unit, the Semiconductor Network Company (SNC), is Sony's fifth in-house division and joins the home network company, personal IT network company, core technology and network company and communication system solutions network company.

SNC will concentrate on design of system large-scale integrated circuit chips for its own use.

The new company will also work to further develop components already made by Sony, such as charge coupled devices for digital cameras, and provide central management of the company's component factories in Japan, Thailand and the US.

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