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Acer/Powerlan partner

Acer Computer has signed a partnership agreement with Australian-owned IT services company Powerlan. Under the terms of the deal, Powerlan will become one of Acer's key resellers, an alliance that will allow both companies to reach into new markets, according to the companies.

"The alliance is a mutually beneficial one," said Acer Australia's managing director, Patrick Lin. "For Acer, the partnership extends our reach into the corporate market and can only strengthen and build on Acer's position in this sector. On the other hand, Acer's government ties will enable Powerlan to penetrate that market segment."HP first to offer AMD PowerNow processorsAdvanced Micro Devices has announced that HP will be the first OEM to begin shipping the company's Mobile AMD-K6-2+ family of processors.

The processors feature AMD's PowerNow technology, similar to Intel's SpeedStep technology and Transmeta's LongRun.

PowerNow technology adjusts the processor speed across at least seven different levels, depending on the requirements of the system and the application running to extend battery life.

PowerNow will also be adopted by Compaq, Fujitsu and NEC, who all plan to offer notebook computers running on the new AMD processors.

Transmeta demos Crusoe chip in systems

Transmeta displayed the first set of laptops computers powered by the company's low-watt Crusoe processor at the PC Expo conference in New York last week.

Officials demonstrated ultra-thin laptop prototypes from Fujitsu, NEC and Hitachi, as well as a generic "Web pad".

IBM also showed off one of four Crusoe-powered ThinkPad 240 models, which the company announced it would begin testing.

Transmeta has also pledged to keep the wattage requirements of all future Transmeta processors below 6 watts.

Dell moves into wireless

Dell has become the latest major computer vendor to announce the establishment of a wireless business unit aimed at tapping into the emerging global market for wireless network access.

The new Dell unit will be headed by Moe Grzelakowski, a former Motorola executive who next month will join the company as senior VP, wireless.

Dell is moving into wireless networks because traditional mobile computing is no longer sufficient for many of its customers, according to the company.