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Sharp announced two new TV models that can display digital photographs stored on common media formats. The 15-inch and 20-inch versions of the SharpVision Aquos will come with a PCMCIA slot with an adapter that will accept most popular formats of removable memory cards. People can view photos and run slide shows by inserting a memory card from their digital cameras. The televisions sell for $1,700 and $2,700, respectively.
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Iomega's Predator CD-RW drive will debut at the Comdex trade show next week in Las Vegas and is set for a U.S. release in January. Iomega has discarded the shoe-box dimensions of other CD-RWs and trimmed away bulk and weight. The result is a design with sculpted curves and rounded edges. The drive replaces the motorized front-loading drive tray of most other external drives with a top-loading design similar to that of portable CD players. The drive has a rated performance of 8X write-once, 4X rewrite and 32X read. When the product is fully launched, people will be able to switch among four connection types: USB 1.1, FireWire, PCMCIA, and USB 2.0. The Predator in USB 1.1 configuration is expected in stores in January for $269.95. The Predator with FireWire support will be available in the first quarter for $349.95.
Motorola has been named in a patent infringement suit brought by General Patent (GPC), an R&D and technology transfer company. The suit seeks to enforce four of GPC's patents, which cover specific aspects of the PCMCIA credit-card-size modems used in notebook and laptop PCs. GPC also has filed patent infringement suits against IBM, U.S. Robotics (now 3Com), and seven modem manufacturers. IBM and two other companies settled, while others have agreed to license GPC's patents.