24 Sep 2003:
Acer, Asustek unveil new Centrino notebooks at Computex
Both Acer and Asustek Computer debuted new Centrino notebooks at Computex on September 22. While Acer unveiled its Aspire 2000 notebook equipped with a 15.4-inch wide-screen, Asustek showed off its S5 series, which it claims has the longest battery life of any 12.1-inch-screen notebook.
TI to set up wireless application center in Taiwan
During a keynote at the e21 CEO Summit at Computex Taipei 2003, Texas Instruments (TI) CEO Tom Engibous announced that TI plans to open a new wireless application center in Taipei later this year.
Grace Semiconductor officially opens in Shanghai
Grace Semiconductor Manufacturing Corporation (GSMC) formally opened for business in Shanghai yesterday with a host of political and industry leaders participating in the ceremony. GSMC has now started accepting orders for volume production, said company chairman Zou Shichang.
AU Optronics unveils 46-inch HDTV TFT LCD panel
AU Optronics (AUO) today unveiled a 46-inch HDTV TFT LCD panel. The panel features 1920×1080 resolution, 16:9 aspect ratio, Premium MVA wide-viewing-angle (170 degrees both horizontally and vertically), high color saturation (75% NTSC; EBU>100%), greater than 600-nit brightness, 800:1 contrast ratio and response time of less than 12ms (gray to gray).
Nvidia out ’nforce for Computex: GoForce ready for mobile market
Buried between a general company overview and several product launches, Nvidia yesterday launched the world’s first graphic processor with megapixel camera support at Computex Taipei 2003. The processor is the company’s first step into the handheld market.
Philips to showcase multiple new products
Leading the line-up of products at the Computex booth of global electronics giant Royal Philips Electronics will be a couple of video-related reference designs and a new WLAN chipset.
MSI will show off its new products in Computex
Micro-Star International (MSI) is displaying a range of new products at Computex Taipei 2003.
Promise introduces new hot-swap Serial ATA Drive enclosure
Promise Technology, the originator and leading supplier of ATA RAID solutions, announced last week the availability of the SuperSwap 1100, a hot-swap drive enclosure for Serial ATA (SATA)/150 drives. The SuperSwap 1100 enclosure transforms a SATA hard drive into a readily available, hot-swappable storage solution, ideal for desktop and small server applications.
SiSonic surface mount microphone to appear in mobile devices soon
With MEMS (micro-electromechanical systems) technology now offering an alternative solution, traditional condenser microphones in mobile phones and other high-volume, digital communications and multimedia devices could become a thing of the past. Knowles Acoustics (formerly Emkay Innovative Products), a division of Knowles Electronics, began mass production of a surface mount microphone, produced using semiconductor manufacturing technology, in December 2002. Called the SiSonic, this silicon-based microphone is currently shipping in a variety of devices. It will be included in new mobile phones, personal digital assistants (PDAs), digital voice recorders, headsets, MP3 player/recorders, camcorders and digital still cameras (DSCs). Devices are scheduled to reach the market in the third quarter.
23 Sep 2003:
Mitac unveils its first Microsoft 2003 OS Smartphone – the Mio 8390 – at Computex
Mitac International today debuted its first smartphone running on Microsoft Smartphone 2003 OS at Computex Taipei 2003.
Kingmax provides leading memory module to customers
Taiwan-based module maker Kingmax Semiconductor introduced the industry’s the DDR Micro-DIMM memory module with capacity up to 512 MB. The module targets Sub-Notes, a small notebook computer, available in Japan, US and the Eurorean countries.
D&C Technology molds success with innovations
D&C Technology has been dedicated mainly to the development and manufacture of high precision plastic molds and products related to compact flash (CF) cards, card bus and PCMCIA products.
AverMedia riding high on digital video trend
AverMedia Technologies, a leading developer of digital multimedia video convergence technology and video peripherals, will present its latest products and technical know-how at Computex Taipei 2003.
D-Link moving fast into high-end markets
D-Link is one of the world’s leading suppliers of data networking equipment. Key to the company’s success has been its globally acclaimed networking products that offer industry leading performance at competitive prices and its solid supplier-customer relationships.
New features differentiate PanRAM products
Good looks, capacity and speed are no longer enough in the memory products market. PanRAM is adding unique features to many of its products to help distinguish them from the competition.
Taiwan striving to become innovation center
Computex Taipei 2003, the world’s third-largest computer trade show, officially kicked off at the exhibition halls of the Taipei World Trade Center (TWTC) on September 22 with a record high number of local and foreign exhibitors, show organizers said.
Abit debuts new processor µGuru
Abit Computer debuts its new microprocessor µGuru designed exclusively for Abit motherboards. The µGuru’s independent onboard memory allows users to save overclocking settings for specific applications.
TFT LCD capacity booked up by notebook brands
To ensure stable supply and guard against price increases, two first-tier, international notebook vendors have booked the entire capacity of certain TFT LCD production lines in Taiwan, sources have told DigiTimes.
22 Sep 2003:
Taiwan’s Fodus to volume produce 802.11a/b/g total solution chipsets in 4Q
Taiwan-based Fodus Communications is now sampling its 802.11b/g and 802.11a/b/g total solution chipsets and expects to enter volume production in the fourth quarter.
G-Tek Electronics introduces personal wireless gateway
Taiwan-based G-Tek Electronics is showcasing its PWG-1000 personal wireless gateway at Computex Taipei 2003, touting the device as a truly plug ’n play device offering seamless access to voice and data at home, in the workplace and while traveling.
Tatung’s TTAB-B12D Tablet PC: The latest offering in a new wave of computing
For most mobile business folks, notebook computers satisfy the demand for mobility, but there are some applications for which the input options, size, weight and hinged design prove inconvenient.
LCD TVs to hit the floor at Computex
With TV preparing to go digital around the world in 2005, LCD TVs are expected to be a big hit at this year’s Computex. The show organizers and exhibitors agree that these products will be one of the most promising items in the upcoming digital TV era.
Hoopla and high stakes for some product launches at Computex 2003
With SARS pushing this year’s Computex Taipei three months back, some high-profile international companies are taking this year’s September exhibition as the perfect platform to show off their wares. Coupled with the efforts of local players, this should ensure Computex 2003 will be every bit as exciting as the events of previous years.
eTurboTouch shows off touch technology
With the theme of “The Leading Touch Technology,” eTurboTouch Technology is displaying a wide spectrum of patented touch sensor and touch monitor solutions at Computex Taipei this year.
From coolers to media centers, Tatung has it all at Computex
Tatung subsidiary Forward Electronics is adding cool technology to the electronics giant’s broad range of products at Computex Taipei 2003 this year. Forward is offering a customizable, water-based cooling system for high-end CPUs used in desktop PCs and servers.
HannStar Display schedules LCD TV panel production at 5G plant in 1Q next year
HannStar Display is testing panel production at 5G TFT LCD line with volume production scheduled in the first quarter of next year, according to company vice president David Joe.
CTX rolls out all-in-one 17-inch LCD monitor
CTX Europe on September 17 announced the launch an all-in-one 17-inch LCD monitor called the M730V. The product combines a high quality panel and advanced video chipset for improved pictures. A built-in Web camera and TV capabilities complete the package.
Asustek showcasing latest innovations at Computex
Taiwan-based Asustek Computer is exhibiting its latest motherboards, graphics cards, optical storage drives, broadband communications, servers, desktop barebone systems, notebooks, PDAs, wireless devices, networking switches, mobile phones and other products at Computex Taipei 2003.
Overview of ICT industry in China, part two
The global downturn, compounded by the outbreak of the SARS epidemic, hit Chinese ICT industry growth in the first half of 2003 and forced it down to a disappointing 10.4%, according to the China Center for Information Industry Development (CCID). With the CCID estimating China’s ICT industry growth in 2002 at 17%, the second half needs to be very good to maintain high growth.
AscenVision focuses on advanced technology R&D for Layer 4 to Layer 7 network applications
Founded in August 2000, AscenVision Technology is emerging as an important player in the Layer 4 to Layer 7 network solution industry. Under the leadership of Dr. ChinMing Kuo, the company has drawn seasoned industry veterans and top engineers from Silicon Valley and Taiwan to realize the vision of providing cost-effective intelligent network solutions.
Overview of ICT industry in China, part one
Several trends have started to develop over the last few years in the information and communication technology (ICT) industry in China:
TÜV Rheinland provides on-site certification and approval consulting services
At Computex Taipei 2003, TÜV Rheinland Berlin Brandenburg will host two free seminars on September 22 introducing telecom and household appliance certification.
Gigabyte’s full range of products on display at Computex
Gigabyte Technology’s range of products has expanded significantly since last year’s Computex. Visitors this year can expect to see a full range of motherboards, system products and peripherals.
Hiwin wins gold at 11th Symbol of Excellence awards
Hiwin Technologies, a leading precision machinery and transmission components maker in Taiwan, won gold in the eleventh Symbol of Excellence awards for its Precision Linear Stage – KK series linear synchronous motor.
Iwill, DigitalScape showcase CGI technology at Computex
Iwill, a Taiwan-based manufacturer of motherboards, appliances and consumer electronics peripherals, will showcase CGI (computer generated imagery) technology at Computex Taipei 2003 in cooperation with US-based DigitalScape and Digiscope.
Kye aims at global wireless market
Kye Systems, a Taiwan-based computer peripherals maker, earlier this year won a “Symbol of Excellence” gold award for innovation from the China External Trade Development Council (CETRA) for its Wireless TwinTouch Optical Office kit.
National Semiconductor to present the latest in analog technology
At Computex Taipei 2003, US-based National Semiconductor is showcasing the latest electronic devices using its state-of-the-art analog solutions and will also hold two industry briefings.
PMI showcasing DDR500/466 memory modules
Taiwan-based memory module maker Power Memory International (PMI) is showcasing its latest memory modules at Computex Taipei 2003.