Strong second half shaping up for large-size TFT LCD panels, says Isuppli

Despite achieving shipment growth of only 2.7% in the second quarter of 2006, the large-size TFT LCD panel market is in shape for an excellent second half of 2006, as tight supply and price increases bolster the market, according to iSuppli.

Mooly Eden: A look into the origins of Core 2 Duo

Santa Clara (IL) - If you were to look into the story of Intel's latest microprocessors, you'd quickly learn that they aren't based so much on their seemingly most likely predecessor, the Pentium 4. Track down the family line and you end up at Banias, the first Pentium M. Join us for an interview with Mooly Eden, the man in charge of a project that convinced Intel to put the Gigahertz campaign into reverse.

Warner engineers file for triple-format DVD patent

The electronics industry is in a fine mess, with two blue-laser disc standards (Blu-ray and HD-DVD) competing to succeed ordinary red-laser DVDs.

Microsoft takes on YouTube with "Soapbox"

Planning to take advantage of the wildly popular video sharing sites, Microsoft has launched its own online video hosting service, further adding to the number of Internet companies that are trying to emulate the extreme popularity of YouTube.

A solar boat to cross the Atlantic

A group of Swiss people will soon attempt to realize the first Atlantic crossing with a solar boat. This ship, named "sun21," is a 14-meter-long catamaran able to sleep 5 or 6 persons.

Web flaws race ahead in 2006

Less rigor in Web programming, an increasing variety of software, and restrictions on Web security testing have combined to make flaws in Web software the most reported security issues this year to date, according to the latest data from the Common Vulnerabilities and Exposures (CVE) project.

Intel takes final hurdle on way to mass-produced silicon laser chips

Santa Clara (CA) - Researchers at Intel and the University of California, Santa Barbara (UCSB) today said they have succeeded in building the world's first hybrid silicon laser using standard silicon manufacturing processes. The technology could be become a key enabler to make photonic interconnects in mainstream communications and computing devices a reality.

Warner warms up to YouTube with media sharing agreement

Warner Music Group (WMG) and YouTube today announced a joint partnership in which Warner will distribute its copyrighted content through the increasingly popular video sharing site. Warner is the first company to announce support for YouTube's new "content identification and royalty reporting" system, which YouTube says will be generally available by the end of the year.

Intel to announce "lightspeed" chip

Researchers at Intel and the University of California, Santa Barbara are expected to announce the development of a chip that can transfer data using photons instead of wires.

CMC, Ritek 18x DVD media production limited, tight supply possible

Although several leading global brands have already launched or will soon offer 18x DVD burners, CMC Magnetics and Ritek, Taiwan's top two makers of optical discs, currently produce 18x DVD+R/-R discs only in limited volumes and the supply may fall significantly short of global demand, according to industry sources.

Don't skip that commercial!

The cable/satellite network FX is unveiling a new idea to make sure that everyone watching the station will not miss its station promos, even those who fast-forward through commercial breaks at 12 times the regular speed. And the idea to accomplish that goal is less high-tech than you may think.

Wikipedia goes mobile with Webaroo

Wikipedia, the popular free online encyclopedia and web 2.0 mover and shaker of the moment, has been reverse-engineered to work offline.

Seagate envisions 2.5 TB desktop hard drives for 2009

Scotts Valley (CA) - Seagate today provided an updated outlook on the future of the hard drive. The company nearly tripled today's highest storage density and believes that 275 GB capacities will be realistic for future Ipods, while desktop computers will be able to store up to 2.5 TB on one drive.

DRAM contract prices to sustain growth on continue shortage

Following a recent up-tick in the contract pricing of DRAM and Samsung Electronics' observation of a DRAM shortage, Nanya Technology is echoing the general mood of optimism, indicating that recent demand from PC OEMs is indeed strong.

Environmental damage highlighted by Google Earth

Rampant forest destruction, retreating glaciers and explosive urban growth have been highlighted by a partnership between the United Nations and internet search giant Google.

Mercedes bionic car

When car designers start to work on a new project, they usually begin with sketches coming from their experience or their imagination.

Wal-Mart demands double RFID chips with groceries

RFID pioneer and corporate monolith Wal-Mart is speeding on with its deployment of the track-and-trace technology.

ASML pushes EUV for sub 22 nm lithography

ASML has reiterated its positive outlook for extreme ultraviolet (EUV) as the mainstream lithography light source when going to deep submicron production while its closely-tied pure-play foundry partner Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC) said it is happy to see multiple choices for light sources at the deep submicron level, according to company executives during the ongoing SEMICON Taiwan 2006 show.

BMW to build world's first hydrogen luxury performance car

German automaker BMW said Tuesday it will introduce the world's first hydrogen-powered luxury performance car.

DDR2 DRAM prices increase on record pace

DDR2 memory appears to get more expensive by the hour these days. Climbing seasonal demand from motherboard and PC makers and decreased production output due to a 90 nm transition drive to the highest spot market prices in more than over a year.