Year in CE
Gee explained that Apple's success with portable products has stimulated the market, creating opportunities for other makers. He said that one of Coby's aims with portable players is universal compatibility with all formats, including DiVX and XviD. The company's new products include hard drive MP3 players, portable DVD players with built-in Sega games and portable video players in various form factors.
Tripp Lite, known primarily for computer and home theater power products showed their intent to enter new territory with a complete line of PC accessories including everything from notebook backpacks to USB hubs. Tripp Lite's Gloria Wong said the company is targeting college students and mobile professionals with the new line. She said that the growth in the use of laptop PCs by students and business users prompted the new direction. Wong said the new line will be in distribution by February and will likely be expanded later in the year.