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Copyworld extends Toshiba distribution

Toshiba's Electronic Imaging Division (EID) will restructure its distribution strategy, appointing Adelaide-based Copyworld to distribute its range of photocopiers, printers and fax machines in the Perth marketplace.

As part of a joint venture between the companies Toshiba will extend its operations into Western Australia. Toshiba's direct branch in Perth will become its exclusive reseller, under the Copyworld banner.

Toshiba EID's general manager, Terry Walker, said the restructure was about utilising "available resources".

MOS technologies gets cool distribution dealNewly formed MOS Technologies has been appointed the exclusive Australian distributor of Asetek's Vapochill case - a cooling unit capable of getting a CPU temperature below freezing while under load.

The unit, which is targeted at PC enthusiasts interested in overlocking, can push a 750MHz processor over the 1GHz mark, according to its Danish manufacturers.

MOS will sell the Vapochill case direct and via the channel. For more information e-mail get wireless with Wavenet InternationalWireless technology developer Wavenet International has been contracted to sell its wireless modems to systems integrator MITS to be used by the NSW Police Service.

The recently developed Brumby modems will be installed in around 750 police cars in a contract worth more than $250 million. They will connect police to e-mail and the Internet, allowing them to access information normally only available at the station.

The modems use packet switched digital wireless technology and are the size of a credit card.

AMD chips move into DDR memory

AMD is working on a prototype Athlon processor supporting double data rate (DDR) memory, which can achieve memory bandwidth 2.6 times greater than the current industry standard SDRAM.

The chip manufacturers demonstrated its AMD-760 chip set and DDR memory modules in conjunction with its OEM memory partners, at the recent WinHec conference in New Orleans.

The company expects DDR to cost the same as today's SDRAM.

AMD is developing its processor in response to increasing demand for DDR technology, according to a company statement.

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