Stories by Martyn Williams

Infineon joins AMD, UMC chip development project

Infineon Technologies AG has jumped on board a semiconductor manufacturing process development project formed earlier this year by Advanced Micro Devices Inc. (AMD) and Taiwan's United Microelectronics Corp. (UMC), the three said Tuesday.

Online on the main line

The World Cup brought a lot to Japan. An influx of overweight, pale-skinned, topless soccer fans, Beckham-mania (among Japanese women at least) and an explosion of national pride not often seen among the Japanese. It also brought some experiments int...

Microsoft unveils Corona beta launch details

Microsoft Corp. has announced that its next-generation Windows Media platform, until now known under the code-name Corona, will be launched in public beta in early September and carry the official name Windows Media 9.

NEC unwraps QXGA notebook

NEC Corp. unveiled Monday a new model in its Versa Pro notebook computer line-up and claimed a world first by fitting the machine with a QXGA (2,048 pixel by 1,536 pixel) resolution LCD (liquid crystal display) panel.

Sony debuts new 3-megapixel still camera

Sony has made the second update in as many months to its P-series range of compact digital still cameras with the announcement this week of a new 3-megapixel model that will go on sale in Japan in July and overseas later this year.

PalmSource, Access tie on browser technology

Japanese software company Access Co. Ltd. has concluded a multiyear deal with PalmSource Inc. that will make its NetFront 3.0 browser the default Web browser technology in Palm OS 5.

Micron receives subpoena in DOJ DRAM probe

Micron Technology Inc. confirmed late Tuesday that it has received a subpoena to provide information to the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) antitrust division as part of an industry-wide investigation into alleged anticompetitive practices among com...

Toshiba music player is hot little number

Toshiba's new digital music player is a hot little number. Instead of using a removable flash memory card, the company has chosen a removable hard-disk drive, which means a physically larger player but one with a much greater capacity for your favori...

Football Web site passes 1 billion page views

At the halfway point of the FIFA World Cup, the official Web site of the sports tournament had attracted more than 1 billion page views between May 31 and June 14, the Fédération Internationale de Football Association (FIFA) said Monday.

HP, Fujitsu-Siemens first with Athlon XP 2200+

Advanced Micro Devices Inc. (AMD) launched its latest Athlon XP processor on Monday and said the first machines to feature the processor will come from Hewlett-Packard Co. (HP) in the U.S. and Fujitsu Siemens in Europe.

NEC testing PDA voice translation system

With tens of thousands of soccer fans, most of whom don't speak a word of Japanese, heading here for the World Cup, NEC Corp. has begun trials of a new electronic translation system that aims to make communication problems and linguistic misunderstan...

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