PC Solutions Briefs: NAI & ASI, Apple, Intel, Hitachi

NAI and ASI team up for school donation

Network Appliance and local integrator ASI Solutions have bandied together to donate a high-speed Internet caching device.

ASI CEO Ken Lowe and Network Appliance vice president for worldwide sales Ali Zadeh donated the high-tech Calypso device to Sydney Girls High School to help speed up Internet services within the classroom. Normally reserved for large Internet service providers, the Calypso is one of the latest offerings from Network Appliance.

Apple quarter below plan

Apple posted a net profit of $170 million or 47 cents per diluted share for the last quarter, the company announced last week.

The results are up on the corresponding quarter from last year, but still represented a shortfall in projected sales due to disappointing September figures.

Revenues for the quarter were $US1.87 billion, with gross margins of 25 per cent, down from 28.7 per cent a year ago. International sales accounted for 44 per cent of the quarter's revenues.

According to Apple CEO Steve Jobs, things will get worse before they get better. "Our sell-through for September was way below plan, leaving us with an overhang of channel inventory," he said in a statement.

Apple will reduce inventory over the next quarter, resulting in a second disappointing financial quarter, despite moderately strong sell-through sales, he said.

Intel hails 815EM chipset

Intel has introduced a new mobile chipset designed for notebooks and mobile PCs. The 815EM chipset integrates graphics functionality and allows the owner to use utilise external AGP4X or AGP2X graphic controllers if they wish.

It also provides support for Intel's SpeedStep technology which will help notebook vendors lower manufacturing costs by eliminating external components, according to the company.

In 1000-unit quantities, the Intel 815EM chipsets are priced at $US47.50 each.

Hitachi joins Transmeta

Hitachi has become the latest Japanese PC maker to choose the Crusoe microprocessor from startup Transmeta to power a B5-size notebook.

Transmeta currently has three variations of the Crusoe microprocessor, the TM3200, TM5400 and TM5600.

Its low-power consumption is also attracting the attention of other notebook computer manufacturers. The limited amount of energy available from the machine's battery means manufacturers are keen to adopt any technology that might extend battery life.

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