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