Be begins free trials of ADSL2+ broadband
Be has begun offering free trials of its ADSL2+ broadband service, which in theory can take speeds up to 24Mbps.
The free trial runs until the end of September and if you partake you will subsequently pay ?20 per month 'for life'. Be also throws in an ADSL2+ wireless modem router. ...more
Blue-laser backers move to promote rival formats
The battle for supremacy for next-generation blue-laser optical disc technology - Blu-ray Disc (BD) versus High-Definition DVD - has taken a couple of (admittedly rather small) twists and turns.
Sony has boasted that it will soon begin shipping 'key components' of BD technology, such as optical heads and optical related semiconductor devices (such as Photo detector and Laser diode driver ICs). These should be available in December, with the significance being that manufactures will be able to develop BD-related products and begin to expand the market. ...more
And also today (10-September-2001)...
Here, in brief, are some of the day's other stories.
Light ahead, on PC sales Research firm IDC has reported that PC sales will remain "weak" throughout the remainder of the year, with sales in the US and Japan falling over 20 per cent, year on year. The full global figures, however, will see sales fall only 9 per cent, before the new year sees a pickup in PCs shipped. ...more
Intel turns to Extreme UV lithography for printing shrinking processors
Intel has passed two milestones in the development of extreme-ultraviolet (EUV) lithography, a technology for building the ever smaller microprocessors of the future. Intel has set itself the goal of printing circuitry as small as 30 nanometers (nm).
The chip giant has installed the world's first commercial EUV lithography tool and set up an EUV mask pilot line. ...more
OCZ makes first FireWire flash drive
OCZ has made the first thumb-sized flash drive using the FireWire interface. Jessica Luken, Global Marketing Manager, claims the FireWire drive will prove much faster than the conventional USB interface and had benchmarks to prove it.
The test screens show the FireWire drive to be faster than a USB counterpart in every respect. ...more