Microsoft claims Belkin infringed U2 patent

Microsoft has filed a complaint against peripherals maker Belkin for allegedly infringing on a Microsoft patent pertaining to its U2 technology.

Google teams up with XM Satellite Radio in advertising pact

Google has struck a deal with American satellite radio company XM Satellite to allow the search engine's Adwords advertisers to automatically place ads on XM's non-music radio channels.

Panel makers evaluating price increase for 19" widescreen panels

With prices for 19" widescreen monitors having increased, panel makers said they are seeing a stronger-than-expected demand for panels of the segment but are still evaluating whether they should launch a price increase, according to sources.

New wafer fab construction soars in Q2

Strategic Marketing Associates (SMA) forecasts 35 new wafer fabs will begin to ramp the industry's monthly capacity to a new high in 2007 as most of the new fabs that began construction from 2004 will come online in 2007, and they will be joined by 8 of the 11 fabs that just began construction in the second quarter of 2006.

Revenues of OEM handset maker FIH expected to hit $10 billion in 2006

Foxconn International Holdings (FIH), the Hong Kong-listed handset subsidiary of Foxconn Electronics, is expected to see revenues grow by over 50% on year to $10 billion in 2006, according to market sources.

HP claims over 70 licensees of Lightscribe

Hewlett-Packard (HP), in response to questions raised by Taiwan-based makers of optical disc drives (ODD) regarding the global adoption of its Lightscribe direct disc labeling technology, recently claimed it has won 25 new licensees, including Samsung Electronics, LG Electronics and TEAC, raising the total number of licensees to above 70, according to industry sources in Taiwan.

Tight supply of 32" TV panels on the horizon

Supply of 32" LCD TV panels will run short of demand by 10-15% in September, as large-scale US-based electronics retailers such as BestBuy and Circuit City have released orders for LCD TVs for the upcoming hot season, according to TFT LCD makers.

Realtek wireless USB PHY transceiver ASP to halve by 2007

A potential partnership between Realtek and Intel whereby Realtek Semiconductor physical (PHY) interface technology is licensed for wireless USB solutions should lead to increased gross margins and net profits for the IC design house, industry sources indicated.

Qualcomm and SMIC form strategic partnership

Qualcomm announced a strategic agreement with Semiconductor Manufacturing International Corporation (SMIC), whereby SMIC will provide integrated circuit (IC) manufacturing services to Qualcomm using a specialized BiCMOS process technology at its Tianjin, China facility.

India ditches 'potentially harmful' $100 laptop plan

India has declared it won't be buying any $100 laptops, saying it prefers to spend the money on teachers and more traditional teaching tools.

Dell to give up direct-sales in China?

Dell notebooks have appeared in several retail stores in China, according to sources at notebook manufacturers, who suspect that the leading notebook vendor may finally be adopting channel-marketing in the region.

Brand vendors to cut orders for pre-N products amid weak demand, say sources

Taiwan-based WLAN-equipment makers were caught off-guard by recent reports stating that sales of pre-N (802.11n draft 1.0) devices in the US channel have been slower than expected, with some brand vendors preparing to postpone, reduce, or even cancel, their third-quarter orders placed with Taiwan makers, according to sources at manufacturers.

Mobile data revenues hit $100 billion in 2005

Global revenues from mobile data services surpassed $100 billion for the first time, in 2005, at $102.1 billion, according to Informa Telecoms & Media.

Second-tier Taiwanese makers cut OEM prices of 8x DVD+R/-R discs

Optodisc Technology and Prodisc Technology, both second-tier producers of optical discs in Taiwan, are facing financial pressures and are eagerly competing for orders of 8x DVD+R/-R discs by lowering OEM quotations from $0.15 to $0.12 per disc, according to industry sources.

Sandisk using aggressive pricing to move the memory card market to higher capacities

The aggressive pricing strategy that SanDisk has adopted in its NAND flash memory cards since the first quarter of this year has helped push the industry to migrate to production of high-density devices, according to sources at Taiwan memory card makers.

Hewlett-Packard to buy Mercury Interactive for $4.5 billion

Hewlett Packard is paying $4.5 billion to buy Mercury Interactive, a maker of business management software that has been entangled in a stock options scandal for the past nine months.

Apple must answer Microsoft's challenge: analyst

Although Microsoft's plans to launch its new music player and online music service, Zune, later this year could create some volatility for Apple Computer shares, Bear Stearns Equity Research analyst Andrew Neff expects Apple to respond with new innovations.

Steve Case apologizes for AOL Time Warner merger

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Lenovo cuts ThinkPad prices by up to 33%

Lenovo recently lowered the price of its ThinkPad notebook series in the US, with its X60 model being slashed by 33%, according to the Chinese-language website Sina.com.

MSI may benefit from SanDisk and Panasonic MP3 player orders

In order to secure contract manufacturing partners for MP3 player production, Panasonic and SanDisk have recently visited Taiwan-based makers including Foxconn Electronics, Inventec Appliances and Micro-Star International (MSI), according to industry sources.