Sharp reaches out-of-court settlement with Dell and two other companies, ending ongoing case over its thin-film-transistor business in North America and Europe.
Research firm finds that supply chain of thin-film transistor LCDs made in Japan hasn't been majorly affected by the devastating earthquake and tsunami.
British handset maker Sendo International will start shipping a cell phone that incorporates Microsoft's Smartphone 2002 software come September. The Sendo Z100 Smartphone will initially be available to subscribers of mobile operator CSL in Hong Kong. First announced last year, the highly anticipated device is a tri-band phone with GPRS (General Packet Radio Services) capabilities and an interface based on the Windows platform. The handset offers various features such as e-mail and Web browsing using a pocket version of Internet Explorer. It has a 176-by-220-pixel thin-film transistor screen that's capable of displaying 65,536 colors. PDA-like features found on the device, powered by an ARM9 core-based processor from Texas Instruments, include audio and video playback using Windows Media Player, file viewers for Microsoft office files, and a cradle to sync with your PC. Ernest Khoo reported from Singapore. To read the full story, visit CNETAsia.
Acer Display Technology, a division of Acer Group, has licensed TFT-LCD (thin film transistor liquid crystal diode) technology from IBM, in an effort to quickly jump into the market for flat panel monitors. Acer will invest $600 million in a manufacturing plant in Taiwan and begin production by the second quarter of 1999, according to the company, manufacturing sleek flat panel displays, active-matrix notebook screens, and other products in sizes 13 inches and larger.
Toshiba will share technology for making TFT-LCDs (thin-film-transistor liquid crystal displays) with Taiwan's Walsin Lihwa, dispatching a group of its engineers to a new subsidiary to be based in Japan. The agreement will enable Walsin Lihwa to produce active-matrix displays on glass substrates as large as 550mm by 650mm (22 by 26 inches), Reuters reported. Toshiba has already licensed its DRAM chip technology to another Walsin Lihwa group company, Winbond Electronics.