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  • Products Compliant with Apple's iMac Shown at PC EXPO
  • October 2, 1998 (TOKYO) -- A large iMac balloon greets visitors to the Makuhari Messe convention complex, where the WORLD PC EXPO 98 is being held, and among the displays related to the Macintosh PC, those on the new iMac are at the center stage.
    Companies introducing peripherals for Apple Computer Inc.'s iMac are exhibiting a wide variety of new products. And seminars on use of the iMac are offered at the iMac Pavilion.

    The following are some of the interesting products that editors from Nikkei MAC have spotted at the iMac Pavilion.

    Microtech International unveiled its MiiZip 100, a USB-compliant Zip drive for the iMac. Its price and date of release are not yet determined. The company expects to commercialize the product around mid-November at a price less than 30,000 yen.

    The SDD-120USB MAC is a SuperDisk drive for the iMac, developed by Matsushita Electric Industrial Co., Ltd. and Imation Corp. Japan. SuperDisk has a 120MB storage capacity and is the size of a floppy disk. The drive is sold for 33,800 yen and a media unit for the drive is priced at 2,200 yen. The products will be available in mid-October.

    Yano Electric Co., Ltd. is exhibiting a floppy disk drive for the iMac called UFD-01 and a PC card drive called UPCRW-01. The UFD-01 is expected to be priced at 14,800 yen as of early October. The UPCRW-01 is to be sold at 24,800 yen in mid-October.

    Other new products related to iMac are USB-parallel conversion cables to connect iMac's USB and existing printers.

    Pixela announced a cable called PixaCable USB, for use with Canon Inc.'s Wonder BJ series printers. The cable will be priced at 9,000 yen, for shipment this month.

    Seiko Epson Corp. unveiled a cable for the company's PM series, and it is available at 9,000 yen.

    Alps Electric Co., Ltd. has unveiled a cable for its MD-1000 and MD-1300 products, to be sold at 11,000 yen in November.

    And Pixela is exhibiting a prototype of a compact flash card reader for the iMac. Pricing and shipment schedules are to be announced later.

    The iMac seminars are particularly popular. Apple's iMac has been in short supply because of the great demand for the product.

    (Nikkei MAC)

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    Updated: Thu Oct 1 16:20:34 1998 PDT