PC Solutions Briefs: Apacer, AMD, CRT

PC Solutions Briefs: Apacer, AMD, CRT

Apacer picks up speed in the memory marketMemory manufacturer Apacer has introduced its next-generation PC2700 double data rate (DDR) memory module product line. Using technology in partnership with IBM, Nanya Technology and United Test Center (UTC), Apacer is offering memory that supports the DDR333 PC2700 industry standard.

Apacer has upped the ante with its chip scale packaging (CSP) DDR memory modules, with a new alliance with UTC to deliver complete CSP solutions.

The company claims memory packaged with the CSP-WGBA (window ball grid array) process are compact, more reliable and capable of operating at higher clock speeds.

Apacer forecasts that DDR memory, which is expected to comprise less than 1 per cent of the SDRAM/DDR memory market during the first half of 2001, will grow to more than 30 per cent by the end of the year.

AMD gets mobile

Advanced Micro Devices (AMD) has launched the first mobile version of its Athlon processor, along with faster versions of its mobile Duron processor for low-cost notebooks.

The new mobile Athlon 4, which was known formerly by the code name Palomino, will be launched with four versions running at 850MHz, 900MHz, 950MHz and 1GHz. The fastest part matches arch-rival Intel's highest performing mobile chip in terms of clock speed, a 1GHz mobile Pentium III.

Next month, AMD will outline enhanced versions of its Thunderbird and Spitfire platforms in Australia. Initially aimed at the mobile space, the chipmaker will eventually make them available for desktops.

AMD hopes the offering will make up the market share it used to hold with its K6 products.

EU gives CRT go-ahead

The European Commission (EC) has granted regulatory approval for the joint venture between Dutch electronics maker Koninklijke Philips Electronics and South Korean LG Electronics.

Last November, Philips and LG announced plans to merge their respective cathode-ray tube (CRT) businesses into a yet-to-be-named joint venture company. As part of the agreement, LG is to receive $US1.1 billion from the new entity to make up for the difference in valuation between the two business units.

Philips and LG expect the new company to become the world's leading supplier of CRTs, with projected annual sales of $6 billion and a global workforce of 36,000 employees, the companies said in November.

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