Since the contract for OEM production of optical drives for Pioneer expires in July, ASUSTeK Computer might use this occasion to completely stop making optical drives to focus on motherboards and PCs. According to industy sources, the corresponding subdivision will be closed or sold to another company.
Pioneer, in its turn, which is the largest optical drive OEM customer with ASUSTeK Computer will continue expanding its possibilities in this market. The company plans to expand two ODD plants located in South China. Earlier this year, these fabs started producing Blu-ray Disc (BD) Combo drives.
This information has been confirmed by a representative of Pioneer High Fidelity Taiwan, a subsidiary of Pioneer.
The first information that ASUS might stop producing own optical drives were heard last spring, when the company started ordering DVD drives from third parties.
Nokia, Sony Ericsson, Motorola and NTT DOCOMO announced their intent to unite Symbian OS, S60, UIQ and MOAP(S) to create one open mobile software platform. Together with AT&T, LG Electronics, Samsung Electronics, STMicroelectronics, Texas Instruments and Vodafone they plan to establish the Symbian Foundation to extend the appeal of this unified software platform. Membership of this non-profit Foundation will be open to all organizations. This initiative is supported by current shareholders and management of Symbian Limited, who have been actively involved in its development. Plans for the Foundation have already received wide support from other industry leaders.
To enable the Foundation, Nokia today announced plans to acquire the remaining shares of Symbian Limited that Nokia does not already own and then contribute the Symbian and S60 software to the Foundation. Sony Ericsson and Motorola today announced their intention to contribute technology from UIQ and DOCOMO has also indicated its willingness to contribute its MOAP(S) assets. From these contributions, the Foundation will provide a unified platform with common UI framework. A full platform will be available for all Foundation members under a royalty-free license, from the Foundation's first day of operations.
Contributions from Foundation members through open collaboration will be integrated to further enhance the platform. The Foundation will make selected components available as open source at launch. It will then work to establish the most complete mobile software offering available in open source. This will be made available over the next two years and is intended to be released under Eclipse Public License (EPL) 1.0.
The Foundation's platform will build on the open mobile software platform, with more than 200 million phones, across 235 models, already shipped by multiple vendors and tens of thousands of third-party applications already available for Symbian OS-based devices.
The Foundation is expected to start operating during the first half of 2009, subject to the closing of the acquisition of Symbian Ltd by Nokia.
Source: Sony Ericsson
Seagate announced the Maxtor Central Axis, a network storage drive intended for the whole family. This latest drive from Seagate provides 1TB of storage that every computer in the home can back up to. In addition to media streaming capabilities for video, photos and music, the new Maxtor Central Axis network drive also includes a remote access service that allows people to retrieve content stored on their network drive through any Internet browser.
The Maxtor Central Axis 1TB drive is expected to be available in the US in July for a suggested retail price of $329.99. Availability in Europe and Asia will come later this year.
Matrox Graphics announced the availability of its M-Series multi-monitor graphics cards. These quad-capable display cards offer 512MB of memory, native PCIe x16 performance, and support for independent or stretched mode on up to four monitors simultaneously.
The M-Series cards are WHQL-certified on both Microsoft Windows XP and Windows Vista, and ship with unified drivers for easy deployment across a wide variety of systems.
The Matrox M-Series graphics cards will be available in Q3/08.
Source: Matrox Graphics
GlacialTech announced the launch of a new range of Igloo series targeted for performance oriented desktops, mini-servers, graphic workstations and gaming machines. Igloo 7223 is available in three versions: Igloo 7223 Light, Igloo 7223 and Igloo 7223 PWM.
Designed for AMD AM2/940/939/754/F sockets, GlacialTech Igloo 7223 CPU coolers support CPU wattages of up to 89W. These cooling solutions are available with pre-applied thermal compound.
AMD today introduced the new ATI All-In-Wonder HD solution, combining ATI Radeon graphics and ATI TV Wonder HD tuner card in one PCI Express 2.0 solution.
AMD LIVE! Ready and Certified for Windows Vista, ATI All-In-Wonder HD has an MSRP of $199, includes capabilities to watch and record free-to-air HDTV, unencrypted digital cable programming, and analog TV reception powered by ATI Theater 650 Pro hardware MPEG-2 encoding technology.
The novelty supports Microsoft DirectX 10.1 and 5.1 Dolby Digital surround audio transmission through HDMI, features native dual-link DVI-I for high resolution panels, and optional component video connectivity.
ATI All-In-Wonder HD will be available through Diamond Multimedia and VisionTek by late July.
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