As Nichia and Sony will increase production of blue laser diodes used in Blu-ray Disc (BD) drives and Sharp recently joining such production, the current global shortage of BD pick-up heads (PUHs), in which blue laser diodes is a key component, will gradually relax next year, according to sources in Taiwan's optical disc drive industry.
Executives at Samsung Electronics recently said the company has signed a long-term contract with Dell for 27" widescreen LCD monitor panels, according to the Korean-language Electronic Times, Seoul .
Redmond (WA) - The wait is over, at least for business customers, for Microsoft's new Windows Vista operating system, as well as the latest version of Microsoft Office. The new programs, which will be available for consumers in January, round out a sweeping release of updates over the past few months for Microsoft's most widely used applications.
A study commissioned by Deloitte & Touche found that more people shopped online the day after Thanksgiving than this Monday. According to the firm, 20% of consumers were buying products on Black Friday, while only 19% were shopping on Cyber Monday.
Atlanta (GA) - Philips today announced that it has sent its one millionth Ambilight TV off the production line. Compared to regular LCD TVs, Ambilight devices emit ambient light out of the sides of the TV frame.
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Framingham (MS) - IDC today released first projections of Windows Vista's likely impact on the existing Windows market. The market research firm believes that 90 million units will be installed next year. But only the consumer market is expected to adopt Vista almost instantly, while businesses will wait at least until 2008 for a broad deployment.
Nvidia said it has filed three amended SEC forms relating to the firm's fiscal year 2006 ended January 29, 2006, the first quarter of fiscal 2007 ended April 30, 2006, and for the second quarter of fiscal 2007 ended July 30, 2006.
Ritek, the second largest producer of optical discs in Taiwan, recently announced it will be raising its prices for CD-R discs to $0.12, up from $0.11, according to company vice general manager Chang Yu-Kun.
Although spot prices of DRAM did not improve much during the week of November 22-28, pricing is remaining firm in the contract market with some PC OEMs starting to ink long-term supply deals to ensure a stable supply through the first quarter of 2007, according to DRAMeXchange.
With motherboard shipments going down due to weak demand during the wait for Microsoft's Vista operating system (OS), several designers of PC-related ICs may see their November revenues drop about 10% sequentially, according to industry sources.
The Free Software Foundation's founder Richard Stallman has confirmed that the recent patent covenant between Novell Inc and Microsoft Corp is not a violation of the current version two of the GNU GPL, but will be outlawed under version three.
DRAM makers' annual maintenance may affect supply in the first quarter 2007, as new capacity coming online at the time will be limited, according to market observers.
Redmond (WA) - In plain shipment numbers, Nintendo's Wii can claim to have had the most successful launch week. The manufacturer today said that more than 600,000 consoles were sold in the first eight days after launch, generating sales of more than $190 million. Meanwhile, Ebay is experiencing brisk PS3 and Wii activity with sale prices having settled around $1200 and $400, respectively.
It may not be the buyer's bonanza once hyped by retailers, but "Cyber Monday" is not just window dressing either.
Microsoft has become an ICANN-accredited domain registrar, giving it the ability to sell domains directly to its customers.
SCO claims that the reason that it has not got as much evidence it would like to back up its infamous case against IBM is because Biggish Blue destroyed it.
Apple Computer is reported to be closing in on a deal that would at long last bring the Beatles music catalog online and to its iTunes music service.
Microsoft, the world's top software maker, may have to stop selling its flagship ``Office'' suite program in Korea temporarily due to patent infringement, according to a local technology transfer agent.
Although market players generally believed DDR2 contract prices would stay flat in the second half of November, prices are rising instead due to strong PC demand for the upcoming Christmas season, supply issues related to some makers transitioning to 90nm production and growing demand for DDR2 512MB 667MHz DIMMs.
Microsoft's Windows Vista operating system doesn't pose antitrust issues so far, according to the latest status report on Microsoft's compliance with the U.S. antitrust settlement.