DRAM supplied with a new PC hits cost benchmark

A combination of consistently tight supply and strong demand is not only sustaining the firm pricing of DDR2, but it could also drive the cost of DRAM supplied with PC systems to more than 10% of the cost of an individual PC, according to industry players.

Nokia and Motorola boost chip spending in 2005 and 2006, says Isuppli

Leading mobile-phone makers Nokia and Motorola will increase their semiconductor spending by the highest percentage among the world's top-10 OEM chip buyers in 2005 and 2006, research firm Isuppli predicts.

3G subscriptions to reach 285 million globally by year-end, says ABI Research

Third-generation (3G) subscriptions, including CDMA2000, are forecast to hit 285 million by the end of 2006," says Jake Saunders, the Asia-Pacific director at ABI Research.

HP investigates trade secret leaks

Investigators for Hewlett-Packard sought private telephone records of board members while hunting for leaks to the media of confidential company information, the computer maker said in a regulatory filing Wednesday.

Panasonic batteries recalled

Japanese electronics giant Matsushita, the maker of Panasonic products, has begun recalling some 6000 laptop batteries due to fears that they may overheat, a company spokesman has said.

AMD and Intel embroiled in government spat

The prime Minister of India has been called in to resolve a dispute which threatens the development of semiconductor investment in the country.

Quotes for 17" panels see largest rise in two years

The average quotes for 17" LCD monitor panels rose $12 in the first half of September to $125, a 10.6% increase from the second half of August and the largest increase during the past two years, according to WitsView Technology.

OLED shipments up 15% in Q2, but revenues down 14%

Worldwide OLED (Organic Light Emitting Diodes) shipments grew 15% on-year to 16.1 million units in the second quarter of 2006, but revenues experienced an annual decrease of 14%, according to research firm Displaysearch.

Sandisk faces MP3 licence dispute

Electronics manufacturer Sandisk is facing a legal fight over its use of popular MP3 compression technology.

Intel seeks graphics talent while scheduling job cuts

Sources at chipset makers speculate that Intel intends to attract a number of graphics talent with high salaries and preferential welfare benefits at the same time the vendor reportedly is scheduled to soon announce a layoff of 10,000-20,000 employees.

AMD 64-bit dual-core notebooks keep pricing edge

The unit price of AMD Turion 64 X2-based notebooks is on average about $150 less than an Intel Core 2 Duo (Merom)-based notebook, according to product portfolios that notebook vendors have offered.

Philips to set up LED plant in Singapore

Royal Philips Electronics announced on September 5 that it will invest in setting up a high-power LED production facility in Singapore.

Samsung lands microSD card orders from Nokia

Samsung Electronics, which was known as a chief advocate of the MultiMediaCard (MMC) format, is said to land microSD card orders from Nokia, according to industry sources considering this as a proof of relatively poor sales of MMC cards.

Quanta expects to ship 10 million $100-laptops

Quanta Computer president Michael Wang stated that the company has set a 12-month shipment goal of 10 million notebooks for the $100 laptop project, initiated by the One Laptop per Child (OLPC) research initiative, starting from when actual shipments kick off at the end of the first quarter, 2007.

Spansion confident about NOR flash outlook

Spansion has a confident outlook for NOR flash in 2006 and anticipates the NOR flash market will be stronger than that for NAND flash, said company executive vice president and chief operating officer Jim Doran.

Intel takes 10% stake in InComm

Intel has taken up an approximate 10% stake in InComm after the controller IC design house joined the Intel-advocated Open NAND Flash Interface (ONFI) working group in July, according to industry sources.

TSMC looking to charge SMIC $130 million for alleged stolen IP

The failure of SMIC to comply with the terms of a cross-licensing agreement between the China-based foundry and Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC) has led TSMC to claim damages of $130 million in the Superior Court of the State of California, according to TSMC.

Target shipment of Sony PS3 may be halved

Sony's target shipment volume of four million PlayStation 3 (PS3) consoles by the end of this year is likely to be cut to two million units because volume production is not set yet, according to sources in Taiwan's game console manufacturing industry.

AUO top 32" LCD panel maker in August

AU Optronics (AUO) will be the top maker worldwide this month for 32" LCD panels, with the company estimating it will ship 400,000 units, while LG.Philips LCD and Chi Mei Optoelectronics (CMO) will place second and third with 360,000 and 320,000 shipments, respectively, according to industry sources.

Over 565 million RFID tag ICs shipped in 2005

More than 565 million high-frequency RFID tag ICs were shipped in 2005, according to ABI Research.