Sandisk to slash NAND flash prices by up to 15% this week

Sources at the Taiwan distributor of SanDisk have indicated that the chipmaker has cut its NAND flash prices 10-15% this week.

Samsung trims 2006 NAND flash bit growth by 10pp

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.

DRAM, NAND prices to stabilize thanks to Core 2, Sony PSP2 :iSuppli

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."

Intel plans more cuts for Celeron D CPUs in October, to launch Core 2 Duo E4300 in Q1 2007

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 warns Google off enterprise search

Microsoft is digging in for a fight with Google in the enterprise search market.

Samsung and Sony ink contract for 8G LCD production

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 to strengthen global flat panel TV business

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 .

DVD burner quotes falling amid competition from Foxconn and NEC

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.

Yahoo not happy with MySpace market share report

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.

Intel announces layoff of 1,000 managers, more may follow

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.

No more Sony BMG? Fate of 2004 merger cast in doubt by EU court

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.

Fined: Microsoft penalized by EC for not explaining interoperability

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 announces a new bright and quiet projector

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.

Google to hire 1000 people in Michigan, saves $38 million

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.

Time Warner to outline AOL's future on 2 August

Time Warner today said that it will be disclosing details about it plans for its AOL division after its second-quarter earnings conference, which is scheduled for 2 August.

HD DVD gets a $150 million marketing boost

Promoters of the HD DVD format are stepping up the battle against Blu-ray: A newly formed "North American HD DVD Promotional Group" announced that it will be launching a hefty marketing and advertising campaign to convince US consumers that HD DVD is "The Look and Sound of Perfect."

Almost 1000 vendors to deliver software for Vista at launch, says Microsoft

Microsoft announced that "nearly 1000 global independent software vendors (ISVs)" will offer a "range" when the new operating system will be launched early next year.

ECS to acquire Uniwill

Motherboard manufacturer Elitegroup Computer Systems (ECS), which previously acquired the desktop PC unit of Tatung, announced that it will acquire second-tier notebook maker Uniwill, via a share swap.

Displaysearch: TFT LCD fab utilization drops sharply in Q2 2006

Research firm Displaysearch reports that average industry TFT LCD array fab glass input utilization dropped from 94.7% in the third quarter of 2005 to 86.0% in the second quarter of 2006, the lowest level since the second quarter of 2003.

SEMI: Semiconductor equipment sales to rebound in 2006, stay flat in 2007 and pick up in 2008

The leading manufacturers of semiconductor equipment expect 2006 to be the second largest year ever for sales of new semiconductor equipment according to the mid-year edition of the SEMI Capital Equipment Consensus Forecast that was released today by SEMI at the annual SEMICON West exposition.