Asustek may give up network IC business, says paper

Asustek Computer is currently in talks with US-based Agere to sell its 65.25%-owned subsidiary, Attansic Technology, according to the Chinese-language Apple Daily .

U3 starts billing 5% royalty fee

Sandisk and M-Systems will start billing a 5% royalty fee from NAND flash disk drive makers that adopt the U3 platform, according to sources at controller IC design houses.

Micron aims to triple NAND-flash market share in two years

With its 50nm NAND flash chips slated to volume production in early 2007, Micron Technology intends to be more aggressive in the market.

Supply for 5G glass to run tight

The supply of fifth-generation (5G) glass substrates will soon run tight, amid rising demand, according to market sources.

Go Daddy cancels planned IPO

Domain registrar Go Daddy has decided not to attempt an initial public offering, citing difficult market conditions, the company said.

Sanyo and Quanta to start a global TV business alliance in October

Sanyo Electric and Quanta Computer have decided to form a strategic alliance for their global TV businesses.

Microsoft and PC vendors to offer upgrade coupon to promote Vista-capable PCs in Q4

Microsoft and the world's leading PC vendors have reached an agreement to promote the long-awaited Vista OS by offering PC buyers worldwide a free upgrade coupon, as a way of encouraging them to buy a Vista-capable PC as early as possible, according to market sources, citing information leaked from Taiwan-based PC makers.

AUO betting on 40-, 42" LCD-TV panel market

AU Optronics (AUO) is now aiming for the 40", 42", 46" and 47" LCD-TV markets, according to the company.

DRAM contract prices continue to go up in August

The contract prices of major DRAM chips are continuing to trend upward in the first half of August.

Samsung converts 12" capacity to NAND flash to meet demand from Apple, say sources

Although Apple disappointed its fans with not rolling out a new Ipod gadget during its recent Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC), Samsung Electronics started converting about 4% of its current 12" wafer production capacity from DRAM to NAND flash to be ready for upcoming demand from Apple.

Clone notebook share worldwide declines to 14.5% in Q2

The combined share of clone (white-box) notebooks in the total worldwide notebook market continued to decline to 14.5% in the second quarter of this year from 15.7% in the first quarter, according data released recently by research firm Gartner Dataquest.

AOL draws fire after accidentally releasing data on keyword searches

AOL on Monday apologized for releasing information on about 20 million keyword searches in a move that ignited a firestorm of criticism about privacy rights on the Internet.

Asustek rumored to soon merge with Gigabyte

Asustek Computer is interested in acquiring another motherboard specialist Gigabyte Technology, which shows better strength in distribution, according to sources in the Taiwan motherboard industry.

VIA and SiS may lose pricing edge as Nvidia MCP61S targets value desktops

Taiwan-based chipset suppliers Silicon Integrated System (SiS) and VIA Technologies will gradually lose their pricing edge in the entry-level chipset market as the Nvidia MCP61S integrated graphics processor (IGP) chipset is expected to win wider adoption with motherboard makers by providing cheaper cost with better performance, sources indicated.

AMD aims to ship 26 million desktop CPUs in H2 2006

Advanced Micro Devices (AMD) aims to ship 26 million desktop-use processors in the second half of this year, bringing its projected shipments of desktop CPUs for all of 2006 to about 46 million units, according to sources at Taiwan motherboard makers familiar with AMD's product roadmap.

AOL to 'free' up to 5,000 workers in restructuring


SCO stock continues downward spiral

In the months after the SCO Group's Linux-related lawsuit against IBM was filed nearly three and a half years ago, the tiny Utah software company saw its stock soar tenfold.

Intel inventory glut looms large over electronics supply chain

Excess stockpiles of PC microprocessors and core logic chipsets caused surplus semiconductor inventories in the global electronics supply chain to rise more than expected in the second quarter, according to research firm iSuppli.

CMO said to give up on 6G LCD production

Chi Mei Optoelectronics (CMO) may give up constructing a sixth-generation (6G) LCD plant amid slow panel demand and rapid growth of panels for over-40" TVs, according to the Chinese-language Commercial Times.

Toshiba and Sandisk mark construction start of 300 mm wafer fab for NAND flash in Japan

Toshiba and Sandisk today announced that they begin construction of 12" fab Fab 4 for NAND flash production, following the companies' agreement that was announced in April 2006.