CMC Enters the U.S. Consumer Market in a Big Way
LAS VEGAS—CMC Magnetics Corp., a Taiwanese-based company whose origins lay in blank optical and magnetic media and data storage, used COMDEX as a platform for a massive consumer electronics entrance into the United States.
The company is leaving almost no category untouched. DVD players, PC drives, digital cameras and digital audio players were all on display at a prominently positioned booth. But drawing the most attention was its Cyberboy PDA. CMC is has developed its own operating system with the look and feel of the Palm OS and old Windows CE OS combined. However, unlike competing PDAs, the Cyberboy has a built-in digital camera that also works as a video PC camera, MP3 player, voice recorder and FM radio. The unit will be priced at $499 suggested retail, has a monochrome screen, and, while it employs its own personal management information interface, can synch with Microsoft Outlook. It also features handwriting recognition that recognizes normal "Palmer Method" handwriting.
CMC, which is virtually unknown in the U.S., is looking to develop retail relationships and reports that it has already received promised retail support. It has not yet disclosed which companies will carry CMC-branded products.