San Antonio — The Progressive Retailers Organization was at the Westin La Cantera Hill Coun
New York — Samsung introduced two new consumer oriented 17-inch LCD monitors this week. The SyncMaster 173B and 173P will ship in October with suggested retail prices of $519 and $549. The 173B features integrated speakers, an analog input and retains the SyncMasters variable height adjustment capability. The 173P has analog and digital inputs, but drops the integrated speakers. It also has a newly developed on-screen software-based interface for adjusting the monitor's color, contrast and other controls. By using this software the designers were able to eliminate all but one button from the chassis — the power button. The 173P also has a new industrial design giving the user the ability to better adjust it for viewing comfort.
Lexington, KY.— Lexmark will soon start shipping the PrinTrio Photo P3150, the company's first sub-$100 all-in-one printer with built-in flash memory card slots. The 3150 accepts CompactFlash I and II, MMC, SD, Memory Stick and Microdrive memory cards. The product is comprised of a 48-bit scanner and an inkjet printer capable of making prints between 4-inches by 6-inches to 8.5-inches by 11-inches. The inkjet component is a six-color 4,800 by 1,200dpi printer.
San Diego — Sony has introduced Giga Pocket PVR technology into its entry-level RS series of Vaio desktop PCs. The PCV-RS430G will ship later this month with a suggested retail in the $1,300 range. In addition to the Giga Pocket, it will feature a dual-format DVD burner, which can burn to plus and dash blank DVD media. The PCV-RS430G is powered by an Intel Pentium 4 2.8GHz processor with Hyper-Threading Technology, 512MB RAM, 120GB hard drive and a 128MB ATI Radeon 9200 graphics card. It features analog inputs allowing video tape to be downloaded and converted to a digital format and then burned onto a DVD. The other two RS series PCs, the RS410 and RS420, do not offer Giga Pocket at this time.
San Jose, Calif. — Flash-memory maker Lexar Media showed an engineering sample of the first ExpressCard flash memory card, a new format for desktop and laptop computers. The new card format, spearheaded by the PCMCIA trade association, is roughly half the size of a current PC Card and achieves transfer speeds of 250MB per second, almost four times faster than traditional PC Cards. System and card manufacturers, including Lexar Media, are expected to bring the first ExpressCard products to market in the second half of 2004. ExpressCard will support advanced serial I/O technologies, USB 2.0 and PCI Express, which Lexar said would enable the development of a wide variety of future mobile computing applications.