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Jetking plans to franchise its Hardware Education
Institutes in Delhi and is using a computerized selection procedure. The Institutes will
provide training in repair and maintenance for PCs, LANs, notebooks and UNIX and e-mail.

PRT In India

Platform Re-engineering Technologies (PRT), USA, plans to
set up an Indian subsidiary as a one-stop shop for clients worldwide. Incorporated in
1989, PRT specializes in providing technological vision and direction to clients on
emerging technologies, besides offering turnkey solutions and a range of technical
services. The Indian subsidiary will develop software for Indian and foreign clients, and
act as a recruitment agent for a Barbados subsidiary, Total Technology Solutions.

Computer Education In The
Next Decade

The National Convention Of Computer Educators And Trainers
(NCCET), 20-21 April 1996, at Patna, focused on Computer Education For All: Preparing For
The Next Decade 2000-2010. The NCCET raised management and administrative matters relating
to human resource development in computer literacy and also discussed sub-themes such as
the status of computer education, computer literacy for policy makers, and training
computer educators. A draft national IT curricula was prepared by a committee of
scientists, academicians, professors, teachers and trainers.

PCs Access Mainframes
With Eicon”s Aviva

Eicon’s Aviva Mainframe Edition, a 3270 display and
printer emulation program, is a desktop-to-mainframe connectivity solution to allow
Windows NT and Windows 95 users to access mainframe-based apps using 3D View, Tour Guide,
Portfolio and OpView. These use Eicon”s Desktop Data Link Switching to consolidate LAN,
WAN and SNA traffic over a TCP/IP backbone. The Aviva Mainframe Edition has been available
since March 1996 and the Aviva Mainframe 5250 will be available from the third quarter of
1996.

P-Rating To Benchmark 6×86
Chips

yrix, SGS-Thomson, IBM and AMD have developed a processor
performance indicator known as the P-rating, based on the Ziff-Davis Winstone 96, and will
be used to test 6×86 chips at MDR Labs. Cyrix”s 6×86 chip has already been tested, as has
SGS-Thomson”s ST6x86 and both delivered better performance than the Pentium. Cyrix 6×86
processors are in volume production now and ST6x86 evaluation copies were available in
end-March.

TGK India And T-Net Alliance

GK India, an Indo-Japanese joint venture, and T-Net,
networking solution providers, will market Internet services. TGK India will act as a
strategic business associate and national systems integrator. TGK will provide Internet
solutions such as installation, user-specific training and consultancy with the necessary
hardware and software. It will also provide datacom products from Shiva Corporation and
Plaintree Systems, as well as Silicon Graphics computer systems.

Multimedia Accelerator
Supports Microsoft”s Direct 3D

GS-Thomson”s ST2000 supports Microsoft”s new Windows 95
Direct 3D API standard. This allows creating an industry-standard method for implementing
multimedia functions across all Windows 95 apps. The ST2000 is the result of an alliance
between SGS-Thomson and NVidia Corp which specializes in advanced PC graphics technology.

NASA’s Earth-Monitoring
Database

NASA has chosen Illustra Information Technologies, a recent
acquisition by Informix, to develop the imaging and spatial portions of NASA’s earth
monitoring database system. This will provide environmental scientists with a constantly
changing view of the earth and its atmosphere.

Tulip”s Price Cuts

Tulip India Ltd has reduced prices from five to 21 percent
on the entire range of its products. It has also reduced prices on 10 PC models introduced
recently. Competitors including TISL (eight to 10 percent) and Apple (nearly 30 percent)
have followed suit. Compaq and Digital have announced no price cuts, but plan heavy
discounting.

Apple, Netscape And SGI
Cooperate On Net Graphics

Apple Computer, Netscape Communications and Silicon
Graphics announced Apple”s support for the Moving Worlds VRML 2.0 proposal and Apple”s
contribution of its 3D metafile format (3DMF) for developing a new binary file format for
Moving Worlds. This is an open, cross-platform specification for dynamic 3D environments
on the Internet. 3DMF will enable higher compression, file streaming and faster parsing of
3D objects and virtual worlds. The proposal has been submitted to the VRML Architecture
Group.

Lasers From Modi Xerox

Modi Xerox has introduced the MX6300 and the MX6600 laser
printers. The MX6300, targeted at small offices, is a monochrome printer with a straight
paper path to prevent paper jams. Users can choose various media styles, paper sizes and
weights. It comes with a Windows 3.1 driver, a remote printer console to make changing
printer settings easy and is compatible with PCs and Macs. The MX6600, is a professional
office printer whose data compression technology allows complex graphics to be printed
within the standard memory available. It also has PostScript (optional) for documents with
multiple typefaces and symbol sets.

Anderson Appointed Apple
Chief Financial Officer

Fred F Anderson, Jr, has been appointed Executive Vice
President and Chief Financial Officer of Apple Computers from 1st April. Anderson, who
replaces Joseph A Graziano, will oversee finances, investor relations, tax, information
systems and corporate development and will report to Apple Chairman and CEO, Dr Gilbert
Amelio.

Unicorp To Sell Apple
Products

Unicorp Industries Ltd has been appointed an Apple
authorized distributor for the full range of Apple products. It plans to focus on the
government and corporate sector.

Cisco Systems” Strategy For
Enterprise Networks

Cisco Systems” CiscoBlue is aimed at customers with
networks using IBM’s System Network Architecture (SNA). The CiscoBlue strategy
outlines how SNA users can build networks using routers and LAN and ATM switches,
facilitate integrating SNA and other protocols and enable high-speed access to mainframes.
CiscoBlue will also allow customers to consolidate SNA and non-SNA data and provide
traffic consolidation throughout the network from data centers to branch offices. Cisco
will also provide Token Ring switching products to complement its existing product range.

Business India’s Tenth
Local Node

Business India Information Technology’s aXcess is now
available through a local call in Pune. Till last year, this service was restricted to
branch offices in the metros and users in other parts of India logged into INET to get to
the nearest aXcess node. Business India has therefore decided to extend this service to
emerging centers of commerce and industry. aXcess” large subscriber base in Pune also
precipitated the demand for a local node.

Seminars And Exhibitions

MAY
Taguchi Methodology–Design Of Experiments
30 May 1996
Contact: Center For Reliability, VSI Estate, Thiruvanmiyur, Madras
600041. Tel: 44-4925479 Fax: 44-4925479 Email: relab@itm.ernet.in

JUNE
ESD Control In Industry, 6-7 June 1996
Contact: Center For Reliability, VSI Estate, Thiruvanmiyur, Madras
600041. Tel: 44-4925479 Fax: 44-4925479 Email: relab@itm.ernet.in

Computex Taipei, Taipei, 6-10 June 1996
Contact: Orbit, 1127 Midway Premises, AS Marathe Marg, Prabhadevi, Bombay
400025.
Tel: 22-220647 Fax: 22-263916

DMW ’96: First Trade Fair For Digital Media, Berlin, 18-21 June 1996
Contact: German House, 2, Nyaya Marg, Chanakyapuri, New Delhi 110021.
Tel: 11-3018721, 3018730 Fax: 11-3018664

AUGUST
National Seminar on Software Engineering & its Application, 24-26 August 1996
Contact: Information Technology Division, Institute Of Public Enterprise,
O.U. Campus, Hyderabad 500007. Tel: 40-818445 Fax: 40-868938

3Digital’s New
Alpha 21164 Chip

Digital Equipment Corp”s new Alpha 21164 chip is
manufactured in Digital Semiconductor’s 0.35 micron CMOS process that yields high
clock speeds and performance, a small die size and substantially lower power dissipation
(20 watts). The Alpha 21164”s strong floating point performance is important in the market
for multimedia apps. The new Alpha chip is available at two clock speeds–336MHz and
400MHz. Alpha is the leading RISC architecture for the Windows market, with more than
1,500 ported, native-mode Windows NT apps. With the release of the Digital FX!32
translation-emulation software, Alpha microprocessors will run all 32-bit Windows apps at
up to 70% of native Alpha speeds.

Matrox Implements
“Quartz” Architecture In DigiSuite

Matrox Electronic Systems Ltd”s DigiSuite, a set of digital
video products, will feature software development tools based on Microsoft’s new
multimedia architecture, codenamed “Quartz”. Quartz is a specific multimedia
implementation of the COM architecture used in Microsoft’s OLE. It features an
improved audio-video file format first proposed by the OpenDML consortium. A new data
streaming architecture, a consistent API for driver models and identical APIs for Windows
95 and Windows NT helps it overcome the limitations of Video For Windows (VFW).

DigiSuite is a family of digital video boards and Win32
software development tools for video apps such as nonlinear editing systems, digital disk
recorders, broadcast media servers, live video switchers, M-JPEG to MPEG transcoders,
commercial insertion systems, CATV barker channels, CG/paint/animation workstations and
visual effects/compositing systems. Its components include DigiMix, a digital
video/graphics mixer; DigiMotion, a digital audio mixer; DigiVid, a multi-channel analog
video I/O board; QMPEG-2, a four-channel MPEG-2 decoder; and Marvel Millenium, a
video-in-a-window console.

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