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Compal expects slow adoption of LED lighting source in notebooks

Ray Chen, president of Compal Electronics, yesterday said volume shipments of LED-based notebooks will not arrive until the second half of 2008 with the application to be seen in only select models.

Integrated graphics platforms to be mainstream technology for handsets

With more and more handset makers putting 3D graphics into mobile phones, handset platforms with integrated graphics technology will become the mainstream products in the market, according to Tony King-Smith, vice president for marketing at Imagination Technologies.

IDF: Transition to 450mm wafers should be industry-wide, says Intel senior fellow

Although Intel would actually like to start using 450mm silicon wafers by 2011-2012, the transition should be industry-wide, said Mark Bohr, Intel senior fellow and director of process architecture and integration. Speaking at a roundtable during the Intel Developer Forum (IDF) in Beijing.

Intel unveils Geneseo roadmap

At the Intel Developer Forum (IDF) in Beijing, Intel unveiled its roadmap for Geneseo technology, which was last year presented at the Fall IDF in San Francisco as a joint Intel-IBM proposal to enhance PCI Express (PCIe) technology to address performance requirements of new usage models, such as visualization and extensible markup language (XML).

Digital content creation market to grow to nearly $5 billion in 2012

The digital content creation (DCC) market has seen a healthy period of growth with the total DCC market growing 16% from $2.6 billion to reach more than $3 billion in 2006, according to research firm Jon Peddie Research.

Japan ready to move to Super Hi-Vision TV by 2025

As part of its preparation for its bid for the 2016 Olympics Game in Tokyo, Japan will carry out test broadcasting in Super Hi-vision in 2015, and the nation is expected to have super hi-vision broadcasting within a decade from then.

Chip suppliers pessimistic about Q2 PC market

Some chip suppliers have expressed pessimism about the PC market in the second quarter, as demand for Windows Vista is not expected to pick up during the traditionally low season.

South America to pass 350 million cellular connections by end of 2007, says Wireless Intelligence

By the end of 2007, South America is expected to pass the 350 million connections mark in cellular communications, which represents an annual growth of 15%, according to research firm Wireless Intelligence.

Desktop graphics growth in clone market declining

Shipment growth of discrete graphics cards and IGPs (integrated graphics processors) for desktop PCs in the clone PC market are slowly declining as notebooks are increasingly replacing desktop PCs, noted sources at Taiwan-based graphics card makers.

Monitor prices may rise in May

Monitor vendors are feeling the pressure from rising panel prices, with market watchers predicting that monitor prices may go up as early as May.

TI: Mobile devices with embedded projectors to hit market in H2 08

Recently demonstrating a DLP (digital light processing) pico-projector prototype, Texas Instruments (TI) said it has been in talk with handset, PDA, digital still camera (DSC) and notebook makers to discuss launching products with the built-in pico-projector technology, with product launches to take place as early as the second half of 2008, according to company senior vice president John Van Scoter.

Scientists develop smart image search engine

Electrical engineers from UC San Diego are making progress on a different kind of image search engine – one that analyzes the images themselves.

Synopsys says 45 nm tools to be available in H2 07

As the semiconductor industry is preparing 45 nm production, electronic design automation (EDA) player Synopsys has indicated that the company should deliver concrete development progress for corresponding tools in the second half of 2007.

CES 2007: Ritek showcasing writable HD DVD, Blu-ray discs

Ritek is showcasing HD DVD-R (write once) and Blu-ray Disc (BD) blank discs at the 2007 International Consumer Electronics Show (CES) taking place in Las Vegas from January 8-11.

CES 2007: Sony shows OLED TV prototypes

Sony is demonstrating two slim TVs that incorporate OLED (organic light-emitting diode) technology at CES 2007 in Las Vegas (January 8-11).

CES 2007: Toshiba offering four embedded NAND flash solutions

Toshiba America Electronic Components (TAEC) announced at CES 2007 that it is offering a selection of four embedded NAND solutions developed by Toshiba: GB NAND, LBA-NAND, GB MCP and Package-on-Package (PoP).

CES 2007: Netgear and BitTorrent team up on high-definition content delivery

Netgear announced an ongoing collaboration and agreement with BitTorrent to promote video downloads streamed to high-definition televisions (HDTVs) through the new Netgear Digital Entertainer HD (EVA8000) media receiver.

CES 2007: PC users not hungry for terabyte drives

The launch of the Hitachi Global Storage Technology (HGST) 7K1000 one Terabyte (1TB) hard disk drive (HDD) marks a major milestone for the storage industry not only for the capacity of the drive but also for the changing dynamics in the HDD industry.