Stories by Sumner Lemon

Via's C3 drives low-power Web server

Via Technologies on Wednesday announced that a U.S. company, Rauch Medien, is offering lower power Web servers based on its C3 microprocessor.

Japanese company to offer IPv6 consulting services

Internet Initiative Japan Ltd. (IIJ) plans to roll out in early July a range of consulting services for companies building networks based on Internet Protocol version 6 (IPv6), according to a statement released on Wednesday.

Big guns take aim at digital copyright management

Backed by some of the biggest names in the online entertainment industry, RealNetworks Inc. on Wednesday announced the formation of the XMCL (Extensible Media Commerce Language) Initiative. The company said the initiative will define an open XML-based (Extensible Markup Language) framework for managing rights to digital media, including applications such as purchase, rental, video-on-demand and subscription services.

Faced with PC slowdown, Acer writes off inventory

Faced with reduced orders from IBM and slowing demand for PCs, Acer on Tuesday announced plans to write off AUS$72.7 million worth of inventory during the second quarter of 2001. The company is taking the charge as part of a larger $218 million write-off planned for the second quarter, it said.

Taiwanese mobile operator to license i-Mode service

Taiwanese mobile operator KG Telecommunications Co. Ltd. plans to roll out a wireless service in mid-2002 based on technology from NTT DoCoMo Inc.'s popular i-Mode service, the companies announced in a statement released on Monday.

Rambus chips to exceed 1GHz, executive says

Rambus Inc. unveiled its updated product road map for RDRAM (Rambus dynamic random access memory) on Wednesday, saying the company plans to take the computer memory chips beyond existing frequencies of 800MHz to 1GHz and faster.

Motorola to sample ARM-based processor for Palm OS

Motorola will ship samples of the two latest additions to its line of DragonBall processors, including the ARM-based DragonBall MX1, during the fourth quarter of this year, the company announced on Tuesday.

AmEx launches expense management app in Chinese

American Express on Monday announced the availability of a Chinese-language software package, called iDo Travel, that company officials said is designed to help Taiwanese companies save millions of dollars managing their corporate travel and entertainment expenses.

U.S. driving digital camera sales

Three years ago, nearly half of all digital cameras were sold in Japan. Not anymore. Last year, U.S. consumers replaced the Japanese as the top market for digital cameras, said Christopher Chute, a research analyst for worldwide digital imaging at International Data Corp. (IDC), in a presentation at the Computex exhibition here.

Intel testing sample DDR motherboards for P4

Intel engineers are testing sample motherboard designs based on a version of Intel's 845 chip set that adds support for DDR (double data rate) memory to the Pentium 4 processor. The 845 DDR chip set is not scheduled to be available until early next year.

Intel testing sample DDR motherboards for P4

Intel engineers are testing sample motherboard designs based on a version of Intel's 845 chip set that adds support for DDR (double data rate) memory to the Pentium 4 processor. The 845 DDR chip set is not scheduled to be available until early next year.

Acer readies smart phones for China

Acer is making preparations to launch a line of smart phones based on Microsoft Corp.'s Stinger platform in the greater China region, said Jim Wong, vice president of new business development at the company's Acer Brand Operation division. The phones, which are designed for GPRS (General Packet Radio Service) networks, are expected to ship during September or October, he said.

Acer to develop Chinese version of Palm OS

Acer will develop a long-awaited Chinese-language version of the Palm OS as part of an agreement to license the handheld operating system from Palm, according to Alan Kessler, general manager of Palm's platform solutions group.

Acer hit by blaze at Taiwanese high-tech offices

A fire that started early Saturday morning and burned for 37 hours outside Taiwan's capital, Taipei, has caused extensive damage in three of four buildings in an office complex packed with high-technology companies, including the island nation's largest brand-name PC manufacturer, Acer Inc. More than 200 local high-tech companies were reported affected by the blaze.