Stories by Martyn Williams

Mini memory cards set for capacity boost

Two of the smallest memory card formats on the market will be getting a capacity boost in the coming months, according to card makers at the Computex trade show, last week.

Taiwan manufacturers gear up for dual-layer DVD

The trickle of drives and media supporting new dual-layer DVD formats looks set to turn into a flood in the coming months as Taiwan's major drive and disc manufacturers prepare to start mass production.

Video ready to get up and go

Keen to ride on the success of digital music players like Apple Computer's iPod, Taiwanese electronics manufacturers are promoting multimedia players that include video functions, at the Computex trade show currently taking place in Taipei.

Apple lines up for Toshiba's new 60G-byte drive

Toshiba is planning to launch a 60G-byte version of its 1.8-inch hard disk drive in the coming months and has already found a customer in Apple Computer, the company said Wednesday at the Computex 2004 exhibition in Taipei.

Pretec shows fast MMC memory card

Pretec Electronics has developed a prototype MultiMediaCard (MMC) memory card that is capable of faster data transfer than current cards. It unveiled the card in Taipei on Tuesday, the first day of the annual Computex trade show.

Motorola-brand LCD and PDP TVs set for launch

The first flat-panel televisions to bear the Motorola brand name should be available in the U.S. and Asian markets within the next few months, the Taiwanese company making the products said Tuesday at the Computex trade show in Taipei.

Toshiba begins worldwide hard-disk/DVD recorder sales

With sales of its combination hard disk and DVD video recorders growing fast at home, Toshiba is kicking off a string of international launches aimed at securing a 20 percent share of the worldwide market for such devices.

Hitachi plans big increase in Microdrive production

Hitachi is planning to double production of hard-disk drives at its plant in Prachinburi, Thailand, the company said Monday. The company's Hitachi Global Storage Technologies (HGST) unit will invest US$200 million over several years to achieve the in...

Broadband Internet takes to the skies

If Scott Carson gets his way, the announcement "We have reached surfing altitude" might soon be as familiar to air travelers as safety demonstrations, packs of peanuts and stowing the tray in the upright and locked position.

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