Qimonda expands foundry agreement with Winbond

Qimonda and Winbond Electronics today announced that they have signed an agreement to expand their existing cooperation on the production of standard memory chips (DRAMs).

Ricoh sues Quanta Storage and Asustek for disc patent infringement

Japan-based Ricoh on August 24 filed legal proceedings at a US District Court in Wisconsin against Quanta Storage and Asustek Computer, two leading makers of optical disc drives (ODDs) in Taiwan, for infringing on four of its patents related to CD-RW and DVD+RW formats, according to industry sources in Taiwan.

TSMC sues SMIC for alleged breach of 2005 settlement

Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC) announced filing a lawsuit against Semiconductor Manufacturing International Corporation (SMIC) in a California court, alleging that the company is in breach of a 2005 settlement with TSMC and that SMIC continues to misappropriate TSMC's trade secrets.

Sony NEC Optiarc to start from own production

Sony NEC Optiarc, a joint venture (JV) that combines Sony's and NEC's optical disc drive (ODD) businesses, will launch its first product, a 18x DVD burner (called the AD-7170A), next month, and the company will manufacture it at its own plant in Malaysia, according to industry sources in Taiwan.

Panel makers to raise monitor panel prices

With the peak season coming, panel makers plan to raise prices for monitor panels in the range of $5-12, according to the makers.

Sources: Samsung to raise NAND flash contract prices

Samsung Electronics has notified its clients that it will raise its NAND flash contract prices in the beginning of September, according to other NAND flash makers.

Microsoft rolls out red carpet for Firefox

Microsoft has issued an open invitation to the Mozilla to bring both its Firefox browser and Thunderbird e-mail application into the Windows fold.

Verizon imposes new fees on DSL

Just as DSL customers were set to see their monthly bills drop due to the technology being excluded from the Universal Service Fund, Verizon has announced it will impose new fees on its subscribers that largely negate any savings.

ASP for 32" LCD TV panels stabilizs in H2 August

The ASP (average selling price) for 32" LCD TV panels stabilized in the second half of August, with prices standing at $360, according to Displaysearch.

Apple to partner with Foxconn on labor conditions

In response to media reports alleging poor working and living conditions at a plant in China, where its Ipod products are assembled, Apple issued a statement on the company website on 17 August to reveal results of its own investigation at the plant.

Apple shopping for third notebook manufacturer

Rising notebook sales at Apple Computer have sent the company shopping for a third contract manufacturer in order to stamp out more systems.

Ebay hopes higher fees will reverse trend

EBay is about to find out whether a fee increase will help the company reverse a strategic error and boost revenue - or drive away some of its highest-volume sellers.

Groups file FTC complaints against AOL

The Electronic Frontier Foundation and the World Privacy Forum filed separate legal complaints with the Federal Trade Commission this week claiming that America Online engaged in unfair and deceptive trade practices when the company posted its users' search data online.

Apple still leads music player sales

Apple Computer continued to lead the U.S. digital music player market in the second quarter with a 75.6% share, according to the NPD Group.

Intel prepares massive phase out of 90 nm desktop CPUs

Intel will phase out production of almost all of its 90nm-made desktop CPUs by the end of 2006 as the company transitions to 65nm, according to sources at Taiwan motherboard makers.

Server shipments may reach 8 million units in 2007

Worldwide demand for servers has been climbing, with shipments likely to hit eight million units next year, compared to seven million units in 2005, according to industry sources.

Healthy DRAM pricing persists, NAND flash sees upward trend

Spot prices for DRAM remained stable last week, amid a tight supply of DDR and warming demand for DDR2.

Apple attacked by Vikings

Regulators representing the Nordic states are set to meet in Reykjavik, Iceland later this this month.

Simplo profits from Dell's urgent battery orders

Simplo Technology chairman Raymond Sung has confirmed that the company has received urgent orders for 400,000 battery modules from Dell after the US computer giant announced a recall of about 4.1 million Dell-branded notebook-use lithium-ion batteries with cells manufactured by Sony due to fire risk.

AMD increases Athlon 64 X2 CPU shipments for H2

AMD aims to ship a total of 9.8 million Socket-AM2 and Socket-939 Athlon 64 X2 processors in the second half of this year, sources familiar with the chip vendor's roadmap noted.