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Posted by iNext on 2005-12-22       Article Source : EE Times

LONDON — Seagate Technology LLC has agreed to acquire rival disk drive maker Maxtor Corp. in an all-stock transaction valued at approximately $1.9 billion, the companies said Wednesday.

Under the terms of the agreement, which has been unanimously approved by the boards of both companies, Maxtor shareholders will receive 0.37 shares of Seagate common stock for each Maxtor share they own. When the transaction is completed Seagate shareholders will own approximately 84 percent and Maxtor shareholders will own approximately 16 percent of

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Posted by iTech on 2005-12-21       Article Source : EE Times

Leading PC and consumer electronics companies have announced they are developing a specification for a PC digital display interface that is also compatible with high-definition TV signals.

Penned the Unified Display Interface (UDI), the standard is expected to replace the aging VGA analog standard and provide guidelines to ensure compatibility with the DVI standard. UDI will be also be compatible with HDMI (High-Definition Multimedia Interface), the standard digital interface for High Definition TVs (HDTVs) and advanced CE displays.

UDI will be able

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Posted by iNext on 2005-12-21       Article Source : TechWeb News

Low-cost and portable PCs should continue to drive unit growth of the personal computer market in 2006, according to a report issued Tuesday by IDC.

The market research firm expects worldwide shipment growth to come in slightly under 15 percent for the fourth quarter of 2005. IDC looks for the value of shipments to have a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of about 3.5 percent in 2006 and 3.6 percent from 2005-2009. IDC said it looks for PC shipments to be valued

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Posted by iTech on 2005-12-21       Article Source : EE Times

LONDON — As expected Elpida Memory Inc. has begun sampling 2-Gbit DDR2 synchronous DRAMs made using an 80-nanometer manufacturing process, but the Japanese DRAM supplier was vague on when volume production would start.

Elpida (Tokyo) did not say who is being provided with samples and added that volume production would begin “in accordance with market demand,” in a statement issued Monday.

The company announced the original development of the memory in June 2005 and at that time said volume production

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Posted by inet on 2005-12-19       Article Source : CRN

Lenovo is planning more shakeups to the traditional design of the ThinkPad, including integration of phone capabilities into the systems and advanced LCD technology for outside viewing.

The Purchase, N.Y.-based PC maker has begun telling some solution providers about plans for tighter integration of VoIP capabilities into ThinkPads, and Lenovo’s chief of design told CRN it’s on the table.

“I think people would really like to have fewer devices in their world rather than more,” said David Hill, Lenovo’s director

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Posted by iNext on 2005-12-19       Article Source : EE Times

SAN JOSE, Calif. — Tadiran Batteries Ltd. has been awarded a four-year, $30 million contract for the supply of lithium batteries to Neptune Technology Group Inc., one of the world's leading manufacturers of automatic meter reading (AMR) devices for water utilities.

Igal Carmi, CEO of Tadiran (Port Washington, N.Y.), said that the award is in addition to the company’s previous order of $5 million from Neptune. Neptune, a pioneer in the development of AMR technology, is a provider of data collection systems,

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Posted by iMark on 2005-12-19       Article Source : EE Times

MANHASSET, N.Y. — Flat-panel TVs took major strides in becoming a mainstream product in 2005, thanks to aggressive marketing by TV makers and major production capacity expansions by display suppliers.

Sales of both liquid crystal and plasma flat screen TVs have soared as their prices have fallen, and display suppliers are pouring hundreds of millions of dollars into expanding or building next-generation fabs despite uncertain profitability.

Flat-panel TVs have been a saving grace for some troubled electronics companies during the

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Posted by iNext on 2005-12-17       Article Source : EE Times

SAN JOSE, Calif. — For years, Intel Corp. and Advanced Micro Devices Inc. have battled each other in the x86-based microprocessor business.
But in 2005, Intel verses AMD reached epic proportions: Call it a new and memorable chapter in the ongoing battle between the semiconductor industry’s version of David and Goliath.

In 2005, AMD smacked mighty Intel with a stone from its proverbial slingshot, sending the microprocessor giant back on its heels — at least temporarily. Microprocessor supplier AMD scored

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Posted by inet on 2005-12-17       Article Source : EE Times

Infineon Technologies AG and Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd. are separately moving to raise the bar for graphics memories in PC applications.

Samsung claims that it is mass producing the fastest graphics memory device in the world — a 900-MHz Graphics Double Data Rate 3 (GDDR3) chip.

The 512-Mbit 900MHz GDDR3, aligned in 32 rows of 16-Mbit chips, is enabling high-speed 256- and 512-megabyte (MB) graphics cards. The device is said to be 50 percent faster than the previous computer memory

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Posted by iMark on 2005-12-16       Article Source : EE Times

Fuel cell membrane specialist PolyFuel, Inc., has developed an especially thin membrane for passive direct methanol fuel cells (DMFCs) that it says delivers 33 percent more power density than the previous industry benchmark.

Just 45 micron thick, the membrane is already being utilized or studied worldwide by original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) of hand-held devices, particularly in Japan.

Polyfuel (Mountain View, Calif.) says the significantly reduced thickness increases performance by reducing the resistivity of the membrane, while allowing a higher level

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Posted by iNext on 2005-12-16   

Taiwan-based original design manufacturer Quanta Computer Inc. has been chosen as the ODM for the $100 laptop project sponsored by non-profit organization One Laptop Per Child.

Quanta has agreed to devote significant engineering resources from the Quanta Research Institute (QRI) the first half of 2006, with a target of bringing the product to market the fourth quarter.

The launch of 5 to 15 million units will be both in large-scale pilot projects in seven culturally diverse countries (China, India, Brazil, Argentina,

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Posted by iTech on 2005-12-16       Article Source : EE Times

Advanced Micro Devices Inc. claimed victory in its dual-core microprocessor challenge issued in August.
AMD won the challenge by default, as Intel Corp. failed to compete in the dual-core processor competition, it was noted.

AMD’s dual-core Opteron claims to hold a significant lead in overall performance-per-watt versus its competitor's products. Details about the challenge and results can be viewed at http://www.amd.com/duel/

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Posted by iTech on 2005-12-14       Article Source : EE Times

Prices for DRAMs and NAND-based flash memories fell last week amid lackluster demand and other factors in the marketplace, according to Gartner Inc.

DRAM contract prices have fallen on average by about 7.8 percent across all densities over the last month, according to Gartner. And last week, the DRAM spot market was slow in weak trading, according to the research firm.

“Demand is lacking,” according to the firm. “Average spot pricing across all densities and technologies was down 4.8 percent

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Posted by iNext on 2005-12-13       Article Source : EE Times

SAN JOSE, Calif. — Citizen Watch Co. Ltd. and E Ink Corp. on Monday (Dec. 12) demonstrated what the companies claim is the world's first flexible clock using an electronic paper display.

The clock is based on E Ink’s paper display technology, dubbed Imaging Film. With a thickness of 3.0-mm, a weight of 1.5-kg and a battery life that is 20 times longer than conventional digital clocks, the clock also can be bent while in operation.

The use of electronic

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Posted by iTech on 2005-12-13       Article Source : TechWeb News

China overtook the United States as the world's biggest supplier of information and communications technology products last year, according to a report released Monday.

The Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development, a group of 30 countries (including the United States) working together for democracy and a market economy, reports an increase in trade between China and other Asian countries. While Chinese technology trade has grown almost 38 percent a year since 1996, the OECD report notes a corresponding decline in European and

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