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Sony goes PC-less with network camcorder

Sony Corp. has unveiled its latest contribution to the wireless home -- a pair of camcorders that can be directly connected to the Internet without the need for wires. One of the cameras, the DCR-IP7, also has the distinction of being the company's s...

Samsung to begin DDR333 production

Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd. has begun sample production of a new type of DDR (double data rate) SDRAM (synchronous dynamic random access memory) chip that is 25 percent faster that the current fastest memory chips in widespread use.

Report: Fujitsu to restructure, cut 15,000 jobs

Fujitsu will announce later Monday its plans for a wide restructuring of its business after it previously said expects to a report group net loss of 220 billion yen (US$1.8 billion) for the current financial year. Details will be unveiled at a 2pm ne...

Nokia signs up for Samsung's new cell phone DRAM

Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd., the world's largest memory maker, has developed a new type of DRAM (dynamic random access memory) for cellular telephone handsets and Nokia Corp., the world's largest cellular handset manufacturer, has signed a deal to b...

Sony planning to license Aibo

With worldwide sales about to pass the 100,000 unit mark, Sony Corp. is planning to boost its pet robot business by launching a range of new Aibo robots at different prices and also by licensing the basic hardware and software specifications to other...

Toshiba wires the Libretto for broadband

Toshiba Corp. has upgraded its Libretto mini-notebook computer by building in an Ethernet local area network adapter to make it easier to connect to broadband networks.

Toshiba to cut memory chip output by 25 per cent

In the face of what it describes as a "deepening global downturn" in the semiconductor sector, Toshiba plans to permanently close by September a memory chip production line at its Yokkaichi plant in western Japan, it said Wednesday.

Panasonic DVD player a handful

Panasonic has taken the wraps off its latest portable DVD (digital versatile disc) player to reveal a compact model with a 9-inch LCD (liquid crystal display) screen.

Panasonic unveils new concept camcorder

Digital video cameras have boasted the ability to double as digital still cameras. For some time, however, users wishing to take advantage of this feature have always faced one major hurdle: despite technology shrinking the size of stand-alone video ...

Fujitsu to end 3.5 inch IDE hard disk manufacturing

Faced with declining sales as a result of the sharp drop in the desktop personal computer market, Fujitsu Ltd. has decided to end production of 3.5-inch IDE hard disk drives within the year, the company said Thursday. Fujitsu will continue to make 3....

NEC outlines midterm plan, chip division cuts

NEC Corp., one of the world's largest electronics and semiconductor manufacturers, announced Tuesday its new midterm management plan with a sweeping reorganization of its semiconductor businesses in a bid to stay one step ahead of losses.

Hitachi to halt production of PC monitor CRTs

Hitachi has decided to halt production of cathode ray tubes (CRTs) for computer monitors by the end of this year and concentrate exclusively on liquid crystal display (LCD) panels, the company said Thursday.

Japan's chip makers put brakes on production

In the face of weakening demand and still plunging prices, many of Japan's major chip makers are using the upcoming Obon holiday period to idle plants for anywhere between two days and more than two weeks.

NEC plans to enter PDA market later this year

The personal digital assistant (PDA) market is about to get more crowded with the entry of another Japanese hardware maker. NEC Corp. said Monday it plans to follow in the path of Sony Corp., which launched its first PDA last year, and Toshiba Corp.,...

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First impression on unpacking the Q702 test unit was the solid feel and clean, minimalist styling.

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