Wired for sound, video

 
 
By Peter Coffee  |  Posted 2001-01-15 Email Print this article Print
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Making Apple's imac look obese, the $2,500 Panasonic CF-E1 Audio Video Personal Computer that we saw last week at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas starts with a 15-inch flat-screen display instead of a bulky, heavy, space-heating CRT.

Making Apples imac look obese, the $2,500 Panasonic CF-E1 Audio Video Personal Computer that we saw last week at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas starts with a 15-inch flat-screen display instead of a bulky, heavy, space-heating CRT. The AVPCs software suite anticipates the desire to capture, compress and e-mail video clips, while its optical audio interface integrates the machine with high-end audio gear. Its two IEEE 1394 ports, four USB connections and a PC Card interface accommodate a variety of other devices—and, yes, it also shows DVD movies.


 
 
 
 
Peter Coffee is Director of Platform Research at salesforce.com, where he serves as a liaison with the developer community to define the opportunity and clarify developers' technical requirements on the company's evolving Apex Platform. Peter previously spent 18 years with eWEEK (formerly PC Week), the national news magazine of enterprise technology practice, where he reviewed software development tools and methods and wrote regular columns on emerging technologies and professional community issues.Before he began writing full-time in 1989, Peter spent eleven years in technical and management positions at Exxon and The Aerospace Corporation, including management of the latter company's first desktop computing planning team and applied research in applications of artificial intelligence techniques. He holds an engineering degree from MIT and an MBA from Pepperdine University, he has held teaching appointments in computer science, business analytics and information systems management at Pepperdine, UCLA, and Chapman College.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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