3-D software for 'virtual surgery'

Computer scientists at Brigham Young University (BYU) have developed a new software tool to perform 'virtual surgery.'

Prices for 37" LCD TVs may fall below $1000 by year-end

Prices for low-end 37" LCD TVs may fall below $1,000 before year-end and the 37" segment will see its share rise significantly throughout the period, according to Hsiung Hui, executive vice president of AU Optronics (AUO), who spoke at a recent investors conference.

PMA: Flat panel TV shipments in North America rise 9% in June

Shipments for flat panel TVs and business displays in North America rose 9% on month, but the average street price dropped nearly 6% in June over the previous month, according to research firm Pacific Media Associates (PMA).

Global large-size panel shipments up 5% in Q2

Global large-size panel shipments increased 5% to 61.5 million units in the second quarter of this year, boosted mainly by TV panel sales with a 12% sequential growth and a 6% increase in monitor panel sales, according to research firm WitsView Technology.

Supply of blue-laser pick-up heads expected to be short in Q4

The production of blue-laser pick-up heads (PUHs) by only a few makers, including Pioneer, Philips, Hitachi and Sony, is insufficient to meet increasing global demand for blue-laser DVD players, recorders, drives and burners, and the shortage is expected to be significant in the fourth quarter of this year, according to industry sources in Taiwan.

Large-size LCD-panel shipments decrease 2.4% in June

Worldwide large-size panel shipments decreased 2.4% sequentially to 20.3 million units in June, mainly as a result of weak sales in the TV and monitor segments, which saw a 4.2% and 3.1% drop to 4.11 million and 10.45 million units, respectively, according to WitsView Technology.

ASP for handset-use LEDs falls more than 20%

Taiwan LED manufacturers are aggressively seeking more profits by focusing on products used in digital camera flashes and MP3 players, as the average selling price (ASP) of SMD LEDs used in mobile phones has fallen significantly since early this year.

Prices for 20" LCD TV panels now cheaper than similarly sized monitor panels

Quotes for 20" LCD TV panels have fallen to less than monitor panels of the same size, according to industry sources, noting that 20" LCD TVs are now even priced less than some 20" monitors in the Taiwan market.

Global PDP shipments rose 3% in Q2

Global PDP (plasma display panel) shipments rose only 3% sequentially in the second quarter of 2006 to 2.4 million panels, according to research firm DisplaySearch, noting that the growth was 8% slower than PDP manufacturers' aggregate forecasts.

Prices for 19" LCD monitor panels to rise $3-5 in August

Due to back-to-school and year-end holiday demand, the average selling price (ASP) for 19" LCD monitor panels is expected to increase $3-5 next month, according to Taiwan-based panel and system makers.

Analysts predict price increase for 17" panels

Prices for 17" monitor panels are likely to rebound in the second half of July, and a price increase of $3-5 is anticipated in the near future, according to WitsView Technology.

Shipments of PC-related chips expected to grow 20%

Despite a slow start to the PC market's high season, PC-related chip designers still expect that orders from OEM clients will rise significantly in September, driving shipments up 20% for the third quarter, industry sources indicated.

Google tests more accessible Web search for blind

Google has begun testing a new version of its search system that makes finding information on the Web easier for the blind or visually impaired, its creator said on Wednesday.

Powered shoes - perfect for a virtual stroll

A pair of motorised roller skates that cancel out a person's steps could let users naturally explore virtual reality landscapes in confined spaces.

A battery-powered plane takes off

In a brief article, the Agence France-Presse (AFP) reports that a manned plane has flied on AA batteries in Japan yesterday.

Flaw finders lay siege to Microsoft Office

Responding to a steady influx of flaws in the company's Office productivity suite has occupied many of Microsoft's programmers since late 2005.

Sharp eying 10G LCD production

Sharp will invest 500 billion yen (about $4.26 billion) to build a tenth-generation (10G) TFT LCD plant, with construction to begin in the third quarter of 2007 and volume production to begin in mid-2008, according to the Japanese-language Nihon Keizai Shimbun.

Pricing trend shows growing acceptance of DDR2

The recent rally of DDR2 pricing, especially for effectively tested (eTT) chips, may portend the the growth of DDR2 penetration in the channel, rather than only in the PC OEM segment.

LED backlights to penetrate notebook market

LED backlights introduced by various TFT LCD panel and backlight unit (BLU) makers where on display at various flat panel display exhibitions this year, such as Finetech Japan & Display 2006 (April 19-21), Computex 2006 (June 6-10) and FPD Taiwan 2006 (June 14-16), according to research firm WitsView Technology.

Ricoh develops dual-format HD laser

The battle between Blu-ray and HD-DVD to control the high-definition DVD market could be solved by a laser that can read the two competing formats.