Stories by Martyn Williams

Sub-1-inch hard disk drives on the horizon

The growing demand for low-cost, high-capacity and compact storage for mobile devices is pushing development of small form-factor hard-disk drives and the first of a new generation of sub-1-inch (2.5 centimeters) drives should hit the market in 2004.

NEC recalls 170,000 laser printers

NEC is recalling about 170,000 monochrome laser printers, most of which were sold in Japan, because of an overheating problem that leads to a subsequent risk of fire.

Sony's PSX is not all it could be

Sony has dropped several features from its upcoming PSX, a product the company describes as one of its most important this year, because it has not been able to complete development in time for the year-end sales period, the company said Monday.

Toshiba to increase memory chip production

Toshiba is planning to increase production of memory chips because of strong demand for the devices from manufacturers of digital still cameras, cellular telephones and memory cards.

Consumer electronics driving hard disk innovation

The increasing use of hard disk drives in consumer electronics products is beginning to play an important role in development and support of new drive technology. Smaller and quieter drives are being demanded and the consumer market may also help inc...

Fujitsu unveils prototype mobile terminal

Fujitsu Laboratories, the research and development arm of Japan's Fujitsu, has unveiled a prototype mobile terminal that marries some of the functions of a PDA (personal digital assistant) with those of a Smart Display.

Toshiba to double 1.8-inch HDD production

Toshiba plans to double production of its PC Card-size 1.8-inch hard disk drive and is considering entering the market for 1-inch drives, it said Tuesday, citing strong demand for the small drives from makers of portable digital electronics devices.

Iomega plans 35G-byte removable storage in 2004

Iomega is planning to launch two removable magnetic-based storage formats in the first half of next year, one aimed at small and medium enterprises and the other at consumer users, company executives said Monday.

1GB Compact Flash card hits market

Renesas Technology, the joint-venture semiconductor company formed by Hitachi and Mitsubishi Electric, has begun shipping samples of a Compact Flash (CF) memory card that, the company said, has a write speed faster than that of any other CF card on t...

NEC plans advanced chip plant in Japan

NEC Electronics is planning to build a state-of-the-art semiconductor production line at one of its existing facilities in Japan, the company said Thursday in a statement.

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