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Published Apr.17 2007,17:50 PM (GMT+8)
After two years of negotiations, the first wireless 802.11x standard was released in 1997. The Wi-Fi Alliance, on the other hand, was subsequently established in 1999. The 802.11a standard was also approved in 1999 by IEEE as well, which served as the first industrial commercial standard. After several years of development, wireless technology has become a common and convenient tool in our daily lives. In recent years, multimedia content has emerged as a mainstream application in internet surfing; game consoles or desk top PCs. These devices have evolved as the home multimedia center; creating the so-called digital home. Their applications require higher and wider download/upload bandwidth to meet the user demand. Thus, to accommodate this development, the industry must have a new wireless communication protocol to replace the existing 802.11a/b/g.
Published Apr.10 2007,18:53 PM (GMT+8)
For the past several years, the NAND Flash industry has been undergoing robust growth, as consumer-based electronic products, namely digital cameras, mobile phones, USB drives and MP3/PMP players experienced surging sales. Digital cameras and mobile phones store their data within NAND Flash chips via an external memory card, while MP3/PMP players and USB drives have the chips embedded directly inside them. To the average PC user, USB drives have emerged as a perfect substitute for floppy disks in backing up data. These four different consumer products already account for roughly 90% of the current NAND Flash consumption. However, excluding mobile phones, steady growth is seen in the other three applications. Many are thus pinning their hopes on the PC sector as the next catalyst behind the NAND Flash industry.
Published Apr.03 2007,16:22 PM (GMT+8)
The 4th Samsung Mobile Solution Forum was held at the Westin Hotel Taipei on March 27th, 2007. A total of more than one hundred and forty companies, and around one thousand guests attended the forum.At the exhibit, Samsung introduced a wide-range of products that were equipped with Mobile Technology, such as OneNAND, OneDRAM, MCP, LSI, Mobile DDI and Mobile TV chip set. Viewers were able to see actual products on display, or participate in related discussion forums.
Published Mar.27 2007,16:42 PM (GMT+8)
At this year's CeBIT show, which was held between March 15th-21st, Taiwan's Tier 1 MB makers were all present during the event. Due to Microsoft's newly released Vista operating system, they unveiled a series of Vista supportable models to attract potential buyers from Europe.
Published Mar.20 2007,18:07 PM (GMT+8)
Ever since the introduction of the GDDR memory, each improved generation focused on better data processing speeds. On the contrary, for each new DDR memory, the enhancements were concentrated on faster speeds and lower power voltages. The applications of GDDR have already expanded from graphic cards to the popular game consoles of today. Recently, new applications are also being seen in digital TVs and other consumer electronics products.
Published Mar.13 2007,14:20 PM (GMT+8)
During the seminars held in Shenzhen, development in the built-in memory of mobile communication products was a key topic among relevant memory manufacturers. This can be largely attributed to the massive mobile communications and consumer electronics market in China. In addition to renowned international cell phone makers, white brand players have also established their respective footholds in the market. Although low-cost cell phones are still the mainstream product in emerging market, the growth of multimedia phones and smart phones has become quite impressive as well. With the functions of cell phones becoming more and more sophisticated, memory makers are offering a wide range of built-in memory products for different mobile communication devices. Finding the most cost-effective memory solution has become a key emphasis for both memory makers and cell phone vendors.
Published Mar.06 2007,18:29 PM (GMT+8)
The 3GSM World Conference 2007, which was held during mid February in Barcelona, Spain, not only brought together telecom operators and equipment makers, but also software and hardware manufacturers from the IT sector, Internet companies, broadcasters and entertainment providers. The main theme for this year centered on how to successfully realize the wireless broadband business models connected by handsets by copying the current business models of the computer-based Internet, TV broadcasters, and music/movie/game/commercial content providers. The integrated applications are expected to deliver many new business opportunities in the booming wireless broadband world. From this year's 3GSM World Conference, this report will provide an analysis of the future trend in wireless communications network.
Published Feb.27 2007,18:31 PM (GMT+8)
Microsoft officially launched the Windows Vista Enterprise Edition in Nov. 2006, while the Personal Edition was unveiled during Jan. 2007. From the Graphic market's perspective, the two most important spec. in Vista are the Aero function and support of DirectX 10.
Published Feb.13 2007,18:49 PM (GMT+8)
Although Q406 is normally considered a hot season, sales were weaker than expected for Q406. Many consumers appeared to be delaying their NB purchasing plans until the official release of Microsoft's Vista operating system and Intel's Santa Rosa platform. Vista's business edition was already launched in Nov06, but its home edition was not released until the end of Jan07. Santa Rosa related projects are expected to begin shipments in April and May. Intel's Santa Rosa platform, on the other hand, will not be available until Q207. It is expected that consumers will be quicker in adopting Vista than enterprises. All in all, until both Vista and Santa Rosa are readily available, or when the less advanced Napa and Napa Refresh platforms become cheaper, will consumers be more willing to open their wallets. NB purchasing was thus weak during the Christmas season, as vendors mainly promoted mid to low end models, which contributed to the weaker 4Q06 performance.
Published Jan.30 2007,18:13 PM (GMT+8)
DRAMeXchange estimates that global handset shipments grew by 19.3% QoQ to 290m units in 4Q06. Annual handset shipments grew by 21.5% YoY to an approximate of 978m units in 2006. Buoyed from the thirst for handset from emerging markets, growing maturity of 3G and multimedia-oriented handsets, annual shipments have maintained double digit growth for the past several years.
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