ECS acquires Uniwill, sets goal of 3 million notebooks for 2007

Elitegroup Computer Systems (ECS), a leading motherboard producer in Taiwan, formally acquired Uniwill Computer, a second-tier notebook Taiwanese PC maker, on December 25 and expects its OEM/ODM notebook shipment volume to rise to three million units in 2007, according to ECS.

HannStar aims to ship more than 4 million own-brand LCD monitors in 2007

HannStar Display aims to double shipments of its own-brand Hanns.G LCD monitors to more than four million units in 2007, according to the company.

China made over 50 million notebooks from Jan-Oct

There were 50.08 million notebook PCs produced in China during January-October of 2006.

Intel to increase shipments of 965 chipsets by 50% in Q1

Before Intel will start gearing up to push its new Bearlake-series chipsets in the second quarter of 2007, the US chipmaking giant plans to increase shipments of 965-series chipsets by 50% in the first quarter to meet strong demand generated by Microsoft's Windows Vista operating system (OS), according to industry sources.

Second-tier CD-R disc makers feel pressure to accept Veeza

Second-tier makers of optical discs in Taiwan are feeling increasing pressure to comply with Veeza, Philips' new licensing scheme for its CD-R patents, following acceptance of the scheme by the two top makers CMC Magnetics and Ritek, according to industry sources.

Samsung reacts to declining flash prices

Samsung Electronics has alloted all of the capacity at its new memory line (Line 15) for DRAM production due to a significant price reduction for NAND flash memory in 2006, according to sources.

Samsung president to serve jail time over DRAM price fixing

The president f Samsung Semiconductors, Young Hwan Park, will serve time in jail over memory price fixing, the Wall Street Journal said.

Playstation 3 supply catches up with demand, firm says

Ellington (CT) - There's a good chance that you are still able to put a Playstation 3 console under your Christmas tree, if you weren't willing to wait in line for three days or more at launch or pay outrageous premiums for the console on Ebay. Supply is improving and you can get the console below suggested retail price. hit with music piracy lawsuit

The next round of legal proceedings against alleged music mass piracy has begun. has become the latest example, with looming lawsuits from Arista Records, Warner Bros, Capitol Records, and more, aiming to take down the site.

Intel to launch pricing campaign in Q2 2007

Intel will launch a pricing campaign in the second quarter of 2007, with the price for the Core 2 Quad Q6600 processor falling to $530, according to industry sources.

NAND flash prices continue to slide

Although there are many opinions about the demand outlook for NAND flash, one thing for certain is that there seems to be no short-term change in the downward price trend for NAND flash.

Vendor performance blamed for slowing PC sales in Q3

Growth in U.S. PC sales pulled back in the third quarter of this year, from year-over-year gains of more than 5% in the first half of the year to flat sales in the third quarter. IDC believes that "poor vendor performance" as well as a "slower pace of replacements" are to blame for the decline in market growth.

Wii strap problem triggers class-action suit

The news of ineffective Wii straps causing controllers to go flying during intense game play, followed by a voluntary recall of all straps currently in circulation, has led to - you guessed it - a class-action lawsuit.

Sony BMG to pay more than $1.5 million to settle rootkit suits

Adding to the previous class-action lawsuit brought against Sony because of the anti-piracy software that it hid in its music CDs last year, suits from California and Texas were settled today, calling for Sony to pay more than $1.5 million.

VIA to take aim at UMPC market

VIA Technologies is restructuring its business and taking aim at the Ultra-Mobile PCs (UMPCs) market, with the company expecting solid growth in the segment in 2007, according to VIA Technologies president and CEO, Wen-chi Chen.

ViewSonic wins Vista certification

ViewSonic said recently that its LCD monitors have won certification for the Windows Vista operating system (OS) and Chi Mei will soon also join the ranks of LCD monitor vendors with Vista certification, according to the companies.

MPO Group settles with Microsoft over pirated software

The MPO Group will pay several million dollars to Microsoft after the company pirated thousands of copies of Microsoft's Exchange and SQL Server CDs. Through its Thailand factory, MPO burned 20,000 illegal copies of Microsoft's software, complete with forged documentation and licenses.

Cray raises $81 million in public offering

Cray today said that it has raised $81.3 million in a public offering of 8,625,000 shares of common stock at a price of $10.00 per share.

Hitachi gets more serious about its hard drive business

Hitachi is trying to put itself in a better position that enables the company to better capitalize on the booming hard drive market.

Yahoo and Google battling for every inch of search market

Nielsen Netratings today released updated numbers of the U.S. search market. Google still leads the ranking with a comfortable lead, but Yahoo is not giving up easily.