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Comment: Battery failures could scorch Sony name
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9/29/2006   Post a comment
An ever-expanding recall of laptop PC battery packs from Sony could undermine the company's efforts to revive its glorious past.
Comment: BenQ gets hard lesson in brand building
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9/29/2006   Post a comment
Taiwan's BenQ is learning some hard lessons following the failure of its BenQ-Siemens brand, but its vision to build a global brand remains intact.
China's IPTV future still unclear
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9/29/2006   Post a comment
The recent cancellation of an IPTV trial in Beijing by one of the country's major telecom operators is the latest indication that unclear government policy still plagues IPTV in China.
Bluetooth bites Bluebird
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9/27/2006   Post a comment
Interoperability, honor, theft of IP, and money were all at stake in the raid on a Chinese manufacturing plant.
Bluetooth group assists in raid on Chinese plant
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9/27/2006   Post a comment
The Bluetooth Special Interest Group said it raided a plant in Shenzhen, China, suspected of infringing the group's registered trademarks by illegally including the Bluetooth trademark and logo on manufactured products.
India to auction 3G spectrum
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9/27/2006   Post a comment
The Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) has recommended that spectrum for 3G services be auctioned, ending speculation it may be given away free. The base price for regional licenses is $17 million maximum and lower for regions expecting less business.
Despite ITU nod, China IPTV codec's future unclear
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9/27/2006   Post a comment
A domestically developed audio/video codec known as AVS (Audio Video Coding Standard) is being considered as part of a global IPTV standard being drafted by the International Telecommunication Union.
Pantech unveils phones for Argentina market
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9/25/2006   Post a comment
Aiming to carve out a 10 percent share of the Latin American mobile phone market, South Korean handset maker Pantech Group has begun selling three mobile phones for carrier CTI Movil in Argentina.
Amkor teams with IBM, Chartered and Samsung on 65-nm
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9/25/2006   Post a comment
Amkor Technology Inc. will collaborate with IBM, Chartered Semiconductor Manufacturing and Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd. to qualify 90-nm and 65nm flip-chip packaging and design capabilities for Common Platform technology.
Report: Huawei reconsiders India plans
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9/21/2006   Post a comment
China's Huawei Technologies will abandon its application to India's Foreign Investment Promotion Board (FIPB) to implement local manufacturing of CDMA-based terminals, according to an India press report.
Russia to fund military electronics
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9/21/2006   Post a comment
As Russia embarks on a plan to invest about $1 billion over the next five years to establish a domestic electronics base, Russia's military is expected to be a primary customer.
Chinese DTV makers form IP alliance
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9/21/2006   Post a comment
A major DTV alliance is being formed in China aims to develop intellectual property that will help reduce patent payments to U.S., Japanese and European companies.
SIA warns of declining U.S. production capacity
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9/20/2006   Post a comment
The U.S. share of advanced semiconductor production capacity is in steep decline, dropping from 35 percent of global capacity five years ago to 11 percent in 2006, SIA warned.
India reportedly delaying Huawei expansion plans
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9/19/2006   Post a comment
China's Huawei Technologies is reportedly nervous about delays in gaining government approval of its investments in India.
IMF warns of Asian electronics slowdown
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9/19/2006   Post a comment
Emerging East Asian markets may no longer be able to depend on the electronics sector to sustain their economies, the International Monetary Fund warned.
MP3 chip maker defiant despite SigmaTel patent win
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9/19/2006   Post a comment
Actions Semiconductor Co. Ltd. said the loss of a patent infringement case to SigmaTel Inc. won't significantly hinder its growing MP3 chip business.
U.S., China launch standards portal
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9/18/2006   Post a comment
U.S. and Chinese standards groups are collaborating to launch a standards Web site designed to boost trade between the two countries.
India designates WiMax frequencies
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9/18/2006   Post a comment
India's Department of Telecom (DoT) has short-listed four frequency bands to allocate spectrum for WiMax services. The frequencies include 2.5 to 2.69 GHz, 3.4 to 3.6 GHz, 2.3 to 2.4 GHz and 700 MHz.
Private equity cracks industry
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9/15/2006   Post a comment
If anyone had any doubts that the electronics industry has fundamentally changed, those went out the window when news broke that two private-equity firms were interested in taking Freescale Semiconductor Inc. private.
SEMI surveys India manufacturing
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9/15/2006   Post a comment
Executives from global semiconductor association SEMI visited India recently to survey and analyze the growth of semiconductor manufacturing here.
Toshiba settles NAND flash patent dispute with Lexar
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9/15/2006   Post a comment
Toshiba Corp. has settled a NAND flash memory patent dispute with Lexar Media Inc., a subsidiary of U.S. memory maker Micron Technology.
Elcoteq buys Romania plant from Andrew
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9/14/2006   Post a comment
Global manufacturing services provider Elcoteq SE has agreed to acquire Andrew Corp.'s plant in Arad, Romania, for $19 million. Elcoteq also signed a long-term manufacturing agreement with Andrew.
India seeks bids to upgrade government fab
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9/14/2006   Post a comment
IBM and Atmel Corp. figure to be the main bidders for upgrading Semiconductor Complex Ltd.'s fab in northern India.
Dell to build PCs in India
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9/14/2006   Post a comment
Computer maker Dell Inc. will set up a plant in a special economic zone in Sriperumbudur near Chennai in southern India's Tamil Nadu, where it will start building desktop computers the first half of next year.
Sony unveils Blu-ray Disc recorder
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9/13/2006   Post a comment
Sony Corp. announced it would introduce a Blu-ray Disc recorder in Japan by the year's end, bringing hope to proponents of the fledgling optical disk format.
Canon to inspect copiers after fire reports
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9/13/2006   Post a comment
Canon Inc. joined the ranks of consumer electronics companies issuing warnings on possibly defective products, announcing it would inspect and replace parts in 1.87 million personal copiers due to fire risk concerns, according to online reports.
Actions Semiconductor hurls patent suit at SigmaTel
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9/13/2006   Post a comment
Fabless semiconductor company Actions Semiconductor Co. Ltd. has filed a patent infringement suit against audio semiconductor supplier SigmaTel Inc. in China, in the latest chapter of an ongoing feud between the companies.
Nokia signs $2.5B in deals with Chinese companies
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9/12/2006   Post a comment
Finland-based mobile phone supplier Nokia has signed agreements with Chinese customers China Mobile and PTAC valued at over $2.5 billion for 2006.
Infineon launches Malaysia power semiconductor fab
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9/12/2006   Post a comment
German chip maker Infineon opened its first power semiconductor fab in Asia, pledging to hire up to 1,700 workers at the new facility.
HD-DVD backers to add three-layer disk
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9/11/2006   Post a comment
Toshiba Corp. and Memory-Tech Corp. have developed a three-layered hybrid DVD/HD DVD ROM disk that would enable the reading of two data formats on a single-sided disk.
Will offshoring move U.S. chip industry to 'designless' model?
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9/7/2006   Post a comment
The offshoring of U.S. chip design jobs, a growing concern among American engineers, is beginning to show up on the agendas of technical conferences.
Blue laser glitch forces another delay for Sony PS3
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9/7/2006   Post a comment
Sony's Playstation 3 game console continues to wreak havoc on its recovery plans, with blue laser production issues forcing Sony to further delay volume production of the troubled game system.
InterDigital gets $134M in Samsung 2G dispute
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9/6/2006   Post a comment
Wireless technology company InterDigital Communications Corp. announced it has been awarded $134 million by an arbitrator in a decade-long royalty dispute with South Korean-based Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd.
Intel plans entrepreneur program in India
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9/6/2006   Post a comment
Intel will build on its academic program in India with a technology entrepreneurship initiative in partnership with the University of California at Berkeley.
Competitiveness fading on re-election agenda?
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9/5/2006   Post a comment
Competitiveness advocates are nervous that an abbreviated legislative session shortened by re-election campaigns will crowd their issue out of the fall agenda.


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