Notebook makers are facing poor order visibility for the second half of the year, as clients are reluctant to place long-term large-volume orders amid a price war between Intel and AMD, according to industry sources.
Motorola generated revenues of $8.99 billion in China's handset market in 2005, accounting for 24.4% of the company's global revenues for the year, the Chinese-language website Sina.com reported recently.
Last week Intel announced that it would lay off 1,000 managers, but its job cutting may not be over. Donald MacDonald, vice president and general manager, told Ben Ames of IDG that the company is looking to cut some more redundant positions and added that, "Nothing is off the table."
Microsoft today announced that it enlisted the help of communication technology powerhouse Nortel to drive its "unified" communications platform forward.
Tiburon (CA) - At the upcoming Siggraph conference in Boston, the Khronos Group and OpenGL ARB plan to announce merger of the two groups. The union between the Khronos Group and the OpenGL ARB may come as little surprise to the people who know both organizations. And in fact, even for those who have not labored long in the vineyards of graphics, the news might just be chalked up as one more mysterious move by those equally mysterious standards bodies that periodically erupt with some agreement that affects the industry.
Intel will cut prices of its 865G chipset in the fourth quarter of 2006, in an attempt to accelerate inventory clearance prior to the push of Microsoft Vista-compliant chipsets, sources at Taiwan motherboard makers indicated.
Sources at the Taiwan distributor of SanDisk have indicated that the chipmaker has cut its NAND flash prices 10-15% this week.
Samsung Electronics trimmed its forecast for 2006 NAND flash supply bit growth by 10 percentage points to 171% because of the delayed ramp of its 8Gbit multi-level cell (MLC) NAND flash during the first half of this year, according to company semiconductor business unit senior vice president Il-ung Kim at a July 14 investors conference.
As Intel and AMD introduce next-generation platforms in the coming weeks and months, reduced prices for current generation CPUs will lead to increased purchasing budgets, so DRAM prices should stop their decline. This is part of iSuppli's near-term DRAM forecast today. There's also something interesting about a little thing called the "PlayStation Portable 2."
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 is digging in for a fight with Google in the enterprise search market.
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 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 .
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.
Earlier this week, market research firm Hitwise reported that the popularity of Myspace.com has surged past prominent position: In fact, Myspace.com for the first time fetched more market share than any other US website, including properties such as the main sites of Yahoo, Google or MSN.
Santa Clara (CA) - An announcement did come from Intel today, but it wasn't the pleasant kind: The company is laying off about 1,000 managers, in a move spokesperson Chuck Malloy told TG Daily is intended "to improve communication flow and the decision-making process." Mulloy went on to say that only some of the managers selected for attrition have been notified, with the remainder expected to be told within the next few days.
Luxembourg - The European Union's Court of First Instance - the counterpart of the Federal Appeals Court in the US - has annulled a European Commission decision from July 2004 that enabled Sony Corp. and publishing giant Bertelsmann AG to spin off portions of their music divisions and merge them into the 50/50 joint venture known today as Sony BMG. While this does not undo the merger yet, it does cast its fate into extreme jeopardy.
In a not surprising, yet still puzzling, ruling this morning, the European Commission fined Microsoft $356.6 million (1.5 million euros per day) for what it described as the company's failure to "supply complete and accurate interface information which would allow non-Microsoft work group servers to achieve full interoperability with Windows PCs and servers."
Infocus has announced their aptly named Work Big IN42 projector which boasts a quiet 32 decibel noise level and a bright 3500 lumens output, which is good enough for a fully-lit room. The projector has a recessed lens that protects it from accidental damage and can display at 1024 by 768 resolution.
Michigan Governor Jennifer Granholm announced that Google has chosen the Ann Arbor area to establish a new sales and operations center for its Google's Adwords online advertising program.