Vendors join forces for LCD production
Hitachi and Matsushita Electric have reached a basic agreement to jointly produce liquid crystal display (LCD) panels and invited Toshiba to also participate, according to newspaper reports. The two companies plan to share the $US899 million cost of a new LCD plant planned by Hitachi to be built as early as 2006. The factory would make large-scale panels for televisions, the Nihon Keizai Shimbun newspaper reported. Such tie-ups have become more common in the display industry in recent years as companies look to share their expertise to speed development of new technology and share the increasingly high cost of advanced production lines. Earlier this year ground was broken on a new LCD plant being built for a Samsung Electronics and Sony joint venture.
Dell unveils new lightweight projector
Dell's new 2300MP projector serves up bright images in a package that won't weigh down the business traveller, according to the company. Weighing in at 2.1kg, it is designed to appeal to mobile sales professionals or marketing executives on road shows or marathon sales trips. The projector is based on digital light processing (DLP) technology, often used in rear-projection televisions. The 2300MP projects images at XGA (1024 x 768 pixels) resolution and is rated at 2300 lumens. Consumers can also use the devices to create home theatres. Larger PC customers often buy projectors along with notebooks or other mobile computing devices, which leads companies such as Dell and HP to sell projectors as part of their product lineups. Dell will sell the 2300MP for $US1499 in North and South America at first. Pricing information was not yet available for the Australian market.