Sony: LCD TV demand to grow 30-40% in 2007

Global LCD TV demand will grow 40-50% in 2007, driven mainly by CRT TV replacement demand and the increase in digital TV (DTV) broadcasting, according to Satoshi Okawa, deputy president, TV Group, Sony.

Xbox 360 hack spurring demand for DL DVD discs

Sources at Taiwan optical disc makers makers indicated demand has been warming up for DVD+R/-R DL (single-sided double-layer) discs recently, following the increased availability of a modding hack that allows for the playing of pirated games on Xbox 360 consoles.

Gigabyte to transfer own-brand desktop motherboard and graphics card business to Gigabyte United

Gigabyte Technology announced that it will transfer its existing own-brand desktop PC motherboard and graphics cards business, valued at $124 million, to Gigabyte United Incorporated, a joint venture it will establish with Asustek Computer in January of 2007.

TSMC to expand 65 nm and 90 nm capacity

Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC) today held a meeting of its board of directors, which approved capital appropriation of $1.133 billion to expand 65 and 90 nanometer process capacity in 300 mm wafer fabs, according to a company filing with the Taiwan Stock Exchange (TSE).

Sony NEC Optiarc aims to be largest supplier of optical disc devices by end of 2007

Sony NEC Optiarc, a joint venture between Sony (55% stake) and NEC (45% stake), has begun shipments of optical disc drives (ODDs) for use in IT products and game consoles as well as audio/video optical disc devices, and expects to become the world's largest supplier for such products by the end of 2007, according to the Kyotaro Imamura, general manager of the Computer Peripherals & Optical Media Devices Division of Sony Taiwan.

Samsung considers investing in second 8G line with Sony

Samsung Electronics and Sony may invest in a second eighth-generation (8G) TFT LCD facility if demand rises further, according to a November 5 report from Dow Jones citing Sang Wan Lee, chief executive of Samsung's LCD business.

Microsoft-Novell peace deal could create two-tier Linux market

Microsoft's announcement of a peace deal with Novell Inc was a massive endorsement of Linux and open source, but the fine print means that the deal might not be good news for those not running Microsoft's approved version of Linux.

Red Hat faces big threats to business, stock price

Now even the big boys are getting in Red Hat's face, causing angst for a lot of shareholders of the small software company that focuses on Linux operating system.

16x DVD burners fall below $30

Lite-On IT, the largest Taiwan-based maker of optical disc drives (ODDs), has lowered its OEM/ODM prices for half-height (H/H) 16x DVD burners to $27-28, but some expected orders were shifted to Toshiba Samsung Storage Technology (TSST), the company's main competitor, because TSST offered prices as low as below $25, according to industry sources in Taiwan.

Google intern behind fake boarding pass site

Christopher Soghoian, the Indiana University student who created the fake boarding pass site and was busted by Federal Officials, is a Google Intern according to his resume.

FTC fines notorious adware firm $3 million

The company formerly known as 180Solutions has been fined $3 million for using drive-by downloads to smuggle adware on the PCs of unwary Americans and for offering no way to remove the software.

Global front projector shipments set record in Q3

Combined worldwide professional and consumer front projector shipments topped 1.22 million units in the third quarter of 2006, according to Pacific Media Associates (PMA).

China LCD TV shipments estimated to surpass 20 million units by 2010

China's LCD TV market is poised for tremendous growth during the next four years, with a whopping 49% compound annual growth rate (CAGR) expected during the period from 2005 to 2010, according to research firm iSuppli.

Testing providers anticipate strong demand for memory in 2007

Taiwan-based specialists in IC testing have a positive outlook for the memory industry in 2007, although there are also some concerns around overheated prices and growing difficulties in forecasting the supply, said company executives who yesterday attended a forum organized by Advantest Taiwan.

Microdisplay innovations keep RPTV segment stable

Shipments of rear-projection TVs (RPTVs) will remain stable through 2010, with only a small decline expected, despite facing intensifying competition from flat-panel display (FPD) technologies such as LCD and PDP (plasma display panel), iSuppli predicts.

LCD panel makers to see profits in 32" TV segment in Q4

LCD panel makers will see profits in the fourth quarter from sales of LCD monitors panels, including the 17", 19", 19" widescreen 20" and 20" widescreen segments, as well as 32" LCD TV panels, though makers will still see losses in the 37" and 42" LCD TV panel segments, according to estimates by the Taiwan-based Photonics Industry Technology & Development Association (PIDA).

LCD to beat PDP in 40" and larger panels in Q4

LCD TV panel shipments were larger than PDP shipments at the 37" and above segment for the first time in the third quarter of 2006 and are poised to overtake PDPs at the 40" and larger segment as early as the fourth quarter, according to research firm Displaysearch.

Supreme Court to review Microsoft patent case

The U.S. Supreme Court today agreed to consider an appeal by Microsoft in a dispute over whether the company should be liable for damages overseas for infringing a software patent owned by AT&T.

Brokerages lose $22 million to hackers in three months

Two American brokerage houses have written off $22 million in fraud losses on their third quarter financials, citing spyware, stolen identities and hacker fraud as the cause.

Sony apologizes for battery disaster

Sony has apologized for the laptop battery recall saga and announced details of the global replacement program to address customer concerns.