Intel plans more cuts for Celeron D CPUs in October, to launch Core 2 Duo E4300 in Q1 2007

Aiming to counter pressure from the launch of Socket AM2 Sempron processors by rival Advanced Micron Devices (AMD), Intel plans to further cut the prices for the complete line up of its entry-level Celeron D processors in late October following a planned price reduction for the majority of the lineup on 23 July, according to sources at Taiwan motherboard makers.

Microsoft warns Google off enterprise search

Microsoft is digging in for a fight with Google in the enterprise search market.

Samsung and Sony ink contract for 8G LCD production

Samsung Electronics and Sony today signed a contract for the construction of an eighth -generation (8G) TFT LCD production line through S-LCD, a joint venture of the two companies.

Hitachi to strengthen global flat panel TV business

Hitachi plans to launch 60" and larger PDP (plasma display panel) TV in the US and Japan during the end of 2006 and the beginning of 2007, according to the Japanese-language Nikkan Kogyo Shimbun .

DVD burner quotes falling amid competition from Foxconn and NEC

The quotes for 16x DVD burners have fallen 5-10% during the second quarter of 2006 amid competition from makers such as Foxconn Electronics and NEC, according to Taiwan-based optical disc makers.

ECS to acquire Uniwill

Motherboard manufacturer Elitegroup Computer Systems (ECS), which previously acquired the desktop PC unit of Tatung, announced that it will acquire second-tier notebook maker Uniwill, via a share swap.

Displaysearch: TFT LCD fab utilization drops sharply in Q2 2006

Research firm Displaysearch reports that average industry TFT LCD array fab glass input utilization dropped from 94.7% in the third quarter of 2005 to 86.0% in the second quarter of 2006, the lowest level since the second quarter of 2003.

SEMI: Semiconductor equipment sales to rebound in 2006, stay flat in 2007 and pick up in 2008

The leading manufacturers of semiconductor equipment expect 2006 to be the second largest year ever for sales of new semiconductor equipment according to the mid-year edition of the SEMI Capital Equipment Consensus Forecast that was released today by SEMI at the annual SEMICON West exposition.

Orders for 17" LCD monitor panels up in July, says paper

In order to prepare for back-to-school demand in September, LCD monitor vendors such as Dell, Philips and Hewlett-Packard (HP) are increasing their 17" LCD monitor orders with panel makers this month, according to today's Chinese-language Commercial Times .

Google Checkout could increase costs for comparison shopping engines

Google Checkout adoption will translate to higher costs for the shopping comparison engines. Some of the costs will be passed onto merchants, and I'm not sure they'll stand for it.

AMD to launch AM2 3600+ ahead of schedule

AMD plans to launch the AM2-series Athlon 64 X2 3600+ in the retail market in the third quarter of this year, earlier than expected, to counter Intel's Conroe, according to sources.

LCD upstream makers trying to lower production costs

Due to pressure from panel makers to cut prices amid falling panel prices, LCD key component and material makers are seeking methods to stay profitable by lowering costs.

Foundry utilization may drop in Q4

Foundry utilization rates may drop from the fourth quarter of this year through the first quarter of next year amid an inventory pileup at customers, according to foundry sources.

Google ready for legal action in absence of net neutrality

Vint Cerf, Internet pioneer and Google VP, has told reporters that if the US Senate does not pass net neutrality laws then Google would readily file antitrust complaints against network operators that discriminated against Internet content providers.

McAfee sees 400,000 virus definitions by 2008

Although widespread virus outbreaks may be a thing of the past, the total amount of malicious software being written is on the rise, according to McAfee.

Investors sue Apple over stock grants

Apple Computer on Wednesday announced that two lawsuits have been filed against the company as a result of its awarding of stock grants.

Freescale ramps orders at TSMC, verifies 65nm at UMC

While it has decided to place some of its communication and mixed signal-IC foundry orders with its long established partner Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC), Freescale has also qualified United Microelectronics Corporation (UMC)'s 65-nanometer process, according to industry sources.

DDR2 contract prices to get boost in August

DRAMexchange has a bullish outlook for third quarter DDR2 pricing on an anticipated supply shortfall of 10-20% occurring late in the quarter.

Displaybank: Full HD TVs to account for 58% of overall 40" and larger TVs in 2010

In the market for 40" and larger LCD and PDP (plasma display panel) TVs, full HD (high-definition) TVs (with a resolution of 1920x1080) are likely to emerge as the mainstream with a market share increasing from 3.9% this year to 11.8% by 2007 and 58% by 2010, according to research firm Displaybank.

Pre-N chip production lead time extended

The lead time for the production of chips compliant with pre-N, or the 802.11n draft 1.0, wireless standard, has recently been extended to 12-16 weeks from the previous 8-12 weeks, as shipments of pre-N devices from Taiwan-based network-equipment makers started gaining momentum in June, according to sources at the makers.