DRAM makers offering more of their chips in eTT form

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Persistent weak DRAM pricing has prompted more DRAM makers to offer their chips in effectively tested (eTT) form, meaning reducing demand and weakening sales at testing houses. Following Elpida Memory's increase in its eTT sales...

Game makers excited about Windows Vista

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A new breed of visually striking games promises to light up computer screens with even sharper, more lifelike graphics than ever before. But unlike the popular "Gears of War" or "MotorStorm," the games won't be...

Panel Makers Show Off AMOLED Advances

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Panel makers in the Far East are wandering around marking out territory on their latest battleground. Not content with the measly number of letters in the acronym OLED, the Koreans and the Taiwanese are...

Second-tier makers using new Nvidia GPU

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Albatron Technology, Biostar Microtech International and Leadtek Research announced the availability of their respective new graphics cards featuring new Nvidia GeForce 7900 GS and 7950 GT chips, with the former providing optional HDCP (High-bandwidth Digital...

Japanese Chip Makers Team up for 45nm

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Toshiba Corp. and other Japanese chip makers on Tuesday scrapped a tentative plan to set up a microchip foundry but said they will standardize technology to make cutting-edge chips in a latest effort to join...

Mobo Makers Confirm May Launch for Turion64 X2 and AM2

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The availability of AMD's next-generation CPUs – the Turion 64 X2 mobile and Socket-AM2 processors – will still follow the chip vendor's May schedule, according to unnamed motherboard makers that have recently received this confirmation...

DVD Dispute Burns at PC Makers

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After quietly heating up over recent months, the battle over next-generation DVD formats boiled over Thursday, as Dell and Hewlett-Packard assailed Intel and Microsoft, which have lined up in the opposite camp. ...

PC Makers Snub Windows Sans Media Player

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Four major PC makers have no plans to sell the media-player-free version of Windows, which Microsoft was ordered to offer by Europe's competition commissioner. Microsoft will make an updated version of Window...

Flat-Screen Makers Face Patent Lawsuits in U.S.

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Two industrial manufacturers, Guardian Industries Corp. and Honeywell International Inc., have sued dozens of companies in the global PC and video display businesses in a U.S. federal court to try to recoup royalties on liquid-crystal...

PC Makers Seize the Reins of XP SP2 Security

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While they are bullish about Windows XP SP2 (Service Pack 2), PC makers aren't putting all of their security eggs in the Microsoft basket. PC vendors are well on their way toward getting SP2, Microsoft...

Game makers pursue serious concerns

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Glucoboy, a glucose meter that can be connected to a Nintendo GameBoy, will be available for kids with diabetes this spring. SuperCharged!, released last year, helps physics students understand electromagnetism; Virtual U, released in 2001,...

Taiwanese Makers Open Up 16x DVD Burners

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ASUSTeK Computer, the world's largest maker of mainboards, and Pioneer, one of the world's biggest producers of electronic equipment, recently began to ship their new DVD burners that are capable of recording DVDs at 16x...

Taiwan TFT LCD makers slide 8-20% in July sales

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The consolidated sales of the five largest Taiwan-based TFT LCD makers – AU Optronics (AUO), Chi Mei Optoelectronics (CMO), Chunghwa Picture Tubes (CPT), Quanta Display and HannStar Display – declined 8-20% in July, according to...

Notebook Makers Worried About "Dothan" Compatibility

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While Intel's next-generation mobile processor code-named Dothan is expected to be pin-to-pin compatible with existing platforms for Intel Pentium M microprocessors, notebook makers are worried about increased thermal design power of the chip, as their...

Dell Says Flat TV Not Competing with Other Makers

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Personal computer maker Dell Inc. said on Friday its flat-panel televisions are not intended to compete with traditional TV makers but to persuade users to move its PCs into their living rooms. Chief executive Michael...

Microsoft loosening contracts for PC makers

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Amid mounting pressure from competition regulators, Microsoft will scrap a clause in its licensing contracts with PC manufacturers that prevents them from enforcing any hardware patents they have that may have implications for software. The...

AMD Opteron Gains Support from Memory Makers

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One of the world's most known memory experts – Transcend – released its new registered PC3200 memory modules for server applications in general and AMD Opteron-powered solutions in particular. Transcend's new 1GB PC3200 memory modules...

Sun: More PC makers warm to Java

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After signing similar deals with Dell and Hewlett-Packard earlier this year, Sun Microsystems announced Tuesday that several other PC makers will begin shipping machines loaded with its Java software. The distribution agreements with Acer, Gateway,...

Mobo makers seek to bundle Athlon 64 for sale

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In view of the potential short supply of Athlon 64 processors, first-tier Taiwanese motherboard makers are negotiating with Advanced Micro Devices to bundle their motherboards with AMD's new-generation processors for sale in the retail market,...

Microsoft seeks cash from IM client makers

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Microsoft Corp. is contacting providers of instant messaging (IM) software to try to cut licensing deals before it boots the clients from its MSN IM network. Microsoft isn't targeting rival IM network operators such as...

A subdued tone for cell phone makers

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The communications market is still waiting to see a little daylight. Although a few companies are reporting signs that business is improving, most makers of cell phones and related equipment are showing little...

IBM turns up the heat on Taiwan's chip makers

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The rise of Chinese chip makers, like Semiconductor Manufacturing International Corp. (SMIC) and Grace Semiconductor Manufacturing Corp., was expected by some observers to mark the beginning of a shift in the center of contract chip...

Laptop makers mobilize Pentium-M models

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PC manufacturers are coming out with a slew of new notebooks containing Intel's Pentium-M processor, and executives claim that goes a long way toward improving the laptop experience. Dell Computer, IBM, Hewlett-Packard...

PC makers try to get Xmas tills a-ringing

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PC Makers have had a crappy year, so here come the Christmas offers... The race to offer consumers the fastest and cheapest PCs began Sunday and includes instant discounts at the checkout counter,...

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