San Antonio — The Progressive Retailers Organization was at the Westin La Cantera Hill Coun
Fremont, Calif. — Antec has launched the TriCool line of high-powered PC fans for the build-your-own computer market segment. The fans have three speeds and come in 80mm, 92mm and 120mm sizes. The models are compatible with onboard motherboard temperature monitoring systems that allow the user to monitor fan speed and temperature through a PC interface. The fans are shipping with suggested retails of $6 to $19.
Charlotte, N.C. — Verbatim has started shipping its Pro Line of Store 'n' Go USB flash memory drives. The drives come in capacities between 256MB and 2GB, with prices ranging from $74 to $599. Each has embedded V-Safe Security and V-Key File Synchronization software.
Santa Clara — NVIDIA Intel announced last week that the companies signed a broad, multiyear patent cross-license agreement spanning multiple product lines and product generations. Additionally, the companies signed a multiyear chipset agreement for NVIDIA to license Intel's front-side bus technology. This will enable NVIDIA to deliver its NVIDIA nForce platform technology on Intel-based systems.
San Diego — Linux OS maker Linspire rolled out a new office software suite as a less expensive alternative to Microsoft Office. Called OOoFf!, it was made by combining two Linux-based programs from OpenOffice.org and Firefox capable of running on Windows, Apple and Linux computers. It features basic applications for creating spreadsheets, presentations and documents, and can read, edit and save files in the same formats (DOC, XLS, PPT and PDF) that other suites use. OOoFf! is now available at an introductory price of $29.95 at www.oooff.com.