Stories by Martyn Williams

Dataquest: DRAM market to get worse

Weakened by a collapse in prices that began over a year ago, the world's DRAM (dynamic random access memory) manufacturers will face even lower sales in 2002 and be hit by a wave of industry consolidation, according to market research company Dataque...

Gates upbeat on PC industry future

Slowing world economies and the knock-on effects of the September terrorist attacks in the U.S. could impact the PC business in the short-term, but long-term prospects are bright, said Bill Gates, chairman and chief software architect of Microsoft Co...

Microsoft signs up new game developers to Xbox

With just over a month left before it makes its first foray into the home game console business, Microsoft Corp. has added the support of three Japanese computer game makers to its Xbox plans.

Sega to take Xbox to video arcades

Sega Corp., Japan's leading arcade game maker, announced plans Friday to make a motherboard for arcade game machines based on Microsoft Corp.'s new Xbox games console.

Sony's PS2 sells 20M, color versions planned

Fresh from celebrating the sale of its 20 millionth PlayStation 2 console, Sony Computer Entertainment Inc. (SCEI) will use the Tokyo Game Show, which opens Friday, to unveil versions of the PS2 game console in a range of colors other than the tradit...

Sony to take $124M stake in game maker Square

Sony Computer Entertainment Inc. (SCEI), the company behind the PlayStation family of game consoles, plans to take a stake in one of Japan's largest computer game software producers as competition heats up between the major hardware players.

NEC unveils PDA, Fujitsu to follow

NEC unveiled its PocketGear PDA (personal digital assistant) on Friday, at the same time as rival electronics maker Fujitsu announced it plans to enter the increasingly crowded PDA market.

Sanyo unveils new Symbian-based PDA prototype

Sanyo Electric has taken the wraps off an updated prototype of its planned personal digital assistant (PDA) based on the Symbian operating system at the CEATEC Japan 2001 exhibition, which opened on Tuesday just outside of Tokyo.

Digital video goes mobile

Taking video on the road has never been easy -- cumbersome video cassette players or expensive portable DVD (Digital Versatile Disc) players have meant that recorded TV shows and movies are best watched at home.

Sony previews new Airboard tablet PC

Sony took the wraps off a new model of its Airboard portable IT television Tuesday at the CEATEC exhibition just outside of Tokyo, and hinted that the possibility of a U.S. launch is being studied.

As economies slow, games turn profit for Sony

Sony Chairman and Chief Executive Nobuyuki Idei said Monday the company's game business has recently begun to turn a profit and, despite the economic woes facing many sectors of the IT business, is expected to continue for at least the rest of the fi...

Microsoft announces Plus package for Windows XP

Voice control for Windows Media Player and three-dimensional screen savers are two of the functions that will be included in Microsoft's Plus for XP software, which is scheduled to ship with the new Windows XP operating system in less than one month,...

NEC, SGI strengthen partnership in Japan

SGI Japan, the Japanese unit of Silicon Graphics, strengthened its partnership with NEC and one of its subsidiaries, NEC Soft Ltd., with the signing of an agreement Wednesday that calls for more cooperation and a future capital tie-up between the com...

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