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SiS intends to place orders for the chipset production at UMC

Taiwanese LCD shipments: expecting the sequential growth

Creative NOMAD Jukebox Zen: the 20Gb offer

Biostar announces M7NCD ATX on on nForce2

SiS intends to place orders for the chipset production at UMC

According to the latest messages from Taiwan, SiS decided to place orders for the chipset production at UMC, having started negotiating on this. UMC hasnt sounded any comments yet.

Its not a secret that the growth of mobo demand in Q3 resulted in some deficit of SiS P4 chipsets with the little redress from the 26-28,000 to 35,000 wafers/month production volume increase at SiS´ 200-mm fab. According to provisional data, UMC will be executing orders for 0.15- and 0.18-micron chipsets, leaving SiS´ graphics and comm chip production to the company itself.

Source: The DigiTimes

Taiwanese LCD shipments: expecting the sequential growth

As weve reported recently, despite the growing demand, Taiwanese LCD makers hadnt succeeded to raise the December retail prices. Naturally, there are many factors affecting the pricing. One of the most important is the serious growth of several companies´ production volumes.

In November Chunghwa Picture Tubes (CPT) shipped 428,000 of 15" panels, 6,000 of 18" and some 17" panels. Chi Mei Optoelectronics (CMO) increased monthly shipments of 17" panels up to 200,000 units. In Q1 2003 the company plans to launch the production of 20" and 30" LCD TV panels along with cellular phone panels.

At the same time, despite the increased shipment volumes, AU Optronics (AUO) expects less sales comparing to October. Quanta Computer that had recently reduced its Q4 forecasts, shipped about 10,000 of 17" LCD panels in November. Due to the production lines re-equipment together with Hitachi for making notebook and TV panels, HannStar Display reduced its November shipments. The information on Taiwanese shipments of large LCD panels for the end of November is provided in the table:

Taiwanese shipments of large LCD panels
January November 2002, thousand units
Q1 Q2 Q3 October November
AUO 2140 2170 1770 736 >750
CMO 1020 1370 1195 467 496
CPT 1151 1316 1126 368 470
HannStar 1024 1065 911 330 320
Quanta 480 693 690 220 220
Total 5815 6614 5692 2121 >2256

Source: The DigiTimes

Creative NOMAD Jukebox Zen: the 20Gb offer

In the near future the line of NOMAD Jukebox Zen MP3 players will be expanded with the double-capacity model. Today Japanese branch of Creative announced the NOMAD Jukebox Zen 20GB.

According to the features stated, the new player differs only by 20Gb hard disk, still supporting MP3 (8-320kbps), WMA (8-192kbps), WAVE (11,02548,0kbps), 98dB SNR. The player has two interfaces: IEEE1394 and USB 1.1. Its dimensions are 75.9x24.5x112.6 mm, weight — 268 g (w/battery, providing up to 12 hours of operation). The LCD screen features 132x64 pixels.

The sales of NOMAD Jukebox Zen 20Gb (in Japan) are expected to start late in December, the suggested price making about $360.

Source: ASCII24

Biostar announces M7NCD ATX on on nForce2

Having announced the M7NCD, Biostar Microtech joined the companies, making boards on NVIDIA nForce2.

The novelty has the ATX form-factor and bases on NVIDIA nForce2 SPP + MCP2-T, supporting AMD Athlon XP / Athlon / Duron with FSB 200/266/333 MHz. M7NCD has three 184-pin DDR SDRAM DIMM, supports dual-channel DDR 200/266/333/400, has 3 PCI slots, AGP 4x/8x slot, CNR slot, USB 2.0, IEEE 1394a ports, integrated 6-ch. Audio (Realtek ALC650), LAN (MCP).

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