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Study: LCD monitor, TV shipments grew in 2002

Despite continued weakness in the electronics industry worldwide, LCD (liquid crystal display) monitor shipments grew to a record high and demand for LCD TVs surged last year, according to market analyst DisplaySearch Inc.

CES - Removable hard disk group to show new device

A consortium of companies developing a removable hard disk system for consumer use called iVDR (Information Versatile Disk for Removable usage) plan to unveil a prototype 1.8 inch drive with a serial ATA interface for the first time at the Consumer E...

Sony, Nichia to pursue blue laser diode market

Sony Corp. and Nichia Corp., a Japanese developer of blue lasers, have reached a basic agreement to jointly commercialize blue laser diodes by the first quarter next year, they announced Wednesday.

Sony, HP, others propose new specs for digital imaging

A group of six digital still camera makers and printer vendors, including Sony and Hewlett-Packard (HP), have jointly proposed a new industry standard that allows images recorded by a digital still camera to be printed out without using a computer, t...

DoCoMo, others to study radio wave effects on people

Four of Japan's major mobile phone companies with a total of over 70 million subscribers have reached an agreement that they will jointly study the possible biological effects on humans of exposure to radio waves from mobile phone systems, they annou...

Sony adds download function to music CDs

Sony Music Entertainment (Japan) will add a new function to music CDs early next year that allows users to store purchased CDs on PCs, while still preventing illegal music-copying, the company announced Wednesday.

DoCoMo to roll out 3D-LCD mobile handset

NTT DoCoMo Inc. will launch a mobile handset on Nov. 16 that gives the illusion of three-dimensional (3D) effects on its LCD (liquid crystal display), the company announced Wednesday.

Battle looms over successor standard to DVD

Two competing technologies which enable more than 20G bytes of data to be stored on each side of an optical disk are nearing commercialization, leading to fears that the industry could be split between support for one format or the other.

Sanyo debuts a dinosaur robot to guard your house

Japanese companies Sanyo Electric Co. Ltd. and Tmsuk Inc. have developed a home robot that is capable of sensing intruders or smoke, and both sending that information to and being controlled by the owner's cell phone. The companies will start taking ...

Notebooks to get wider screens with higher resolution

The difference in screen sizes between notebook computers and desktop PCs will narrow next year as users will get to see more notebook PCs with larger and wider LCDs offering higher resolutions, according to industry executives at the LCD/PDP Interna...

Sharp displays CPU-on-glass LCD

Sharp Corp. and its partner Semiconductor Energy Laboratory Co. Ltd. (SEL) unveiled Tuesday what the companies claim to be a world-first prototype of an LCD (liquid crystal display) with an 8-bit CPU (central processor unit) on its glass substrate.

Monochrome LCDs getting a bit OLED

Developers say a bright large-size full-color OLED (organic light-emitting diode) display is still some way away from commercialization, but in some areas, OLED displays -- also called OELDs (organic electroluminescent displays) -- are already replac...

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