(Nikkei BP Group)
(No.1 High-Tech News Site in Japanese)
| 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.