Stories by Martyn Williams

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.,...

Samsung, Hitachi announce new flash memories

Two of the industry's leading suppliers of flash memory chips, Samsung Electronics and Hitachi, are rising to the challenge of fitting more memory into less space, to enhance the capabilities of tiny portable devices such as phones and digital music ...

Sega to market special-edition Dreamcast

Sega is breathing life into its Dreamcast games console one last time and has announced plans to put on sale a special edition of the device in September as it attempts to dispose of remaining consoles.

Sharp, Sanyo team on networked home appliances

Sanyo and Sharp on Tuesday announced plans to work together on production of home appliances that can be connected to home electronics networks. The tie-up is part of a larger collaboration between the two companies, announced the same day, in the fi...

Use your mobile phone to buy a Coke

Thirsty users in Singapore can now buy drinks from vending machines using their mobile phones, Singapore Telecommunications (SingTel) and F&N Coca Cola (Singapore) announced Tuesday. Subscribers to SingTel's cellular network will be able to use the n...

AMD to release faster PC chips next week

Advanced Micro Devices (AMD) has begun shipping faster versions of its Athlon and Duron processors and, according to industry sources, will officially launch them this Thursday.

Sharp to unveil Linux PDA next week

Sharp will unveil its long-awaited Linux-based PDA (personal digital assistant) at the JavaOne conference beginning in San Francisco on June 4, according to a company source.

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