Flatbed market holding up
Flatbed scanner shipments in Australia fell 2.2 per cent to 182,377 units in the second half of 2002, according to IDC. Katina Goussetis, an IDC analyst, said the “minimal decline” showed that demand remained strong for these products despite recent hype about multi-function peripherals (MFPs). However, increased uptake in digital cameras and MFPs would eventually lead to a decreasing consumer market for scanners and a vendor focus on the mid to high-end market space. The total scanner market recorded year-on-year growth of 3.6 per cent to 368,952 units. The low-end consumer space fell by 19 per cent during the same time period.
HP plans new iPaq handheld
Hewlett-Packard looks set to expand its line of iPaq handhelds with the introduction of a new device, the iPaq h2200. Manufactured by Taiwanese hardware maker High Tech Computer, the h2200 was based on either a 200MHz or a 400MHz Xscale processor from Intel and would be available with at least 64MB of synchronous dynamic RAM (SDRAM) and 32MB of ROM, according to a draft version of the user manual filed with the US Federal Communications Commission (FCC). Because the device uses Bluetooth wireless networking connectivity, HTC is required to obtain FCC approval, which has been granted for the h2200, before it can be sold in the US.
Bluechip takes Coolpix
Sydney-based Bluechip Infotech has signed a deal to sub-distribute the seven Coolpix cameras in Nikon’s digital range for Australia. Sole distributor, Maxwell Optical Industries, provides cameras to photographic specialists such as Camera House and mass merchants such as Harvey Norman but has appointed Bluechip to fulfil orders from the computer reseller channel. Managing director, Johnson Hsiung, said the Coolpix range would complement Bluechip’s existing digital camera offerings from Fuji and Olympus.