PC Solutions Briefs: Samsung, Hitachi, CRT, AMD

PC Solutions Briefs: Samsung, Hitachi, CRT, AMD

New memory flashes into the market

Two of the industry's leading suppliers of flash memory chips, Samsung Electronics and Hitachi, are rising to the challenge of fitting more memory into less space.

Samsung has begun to ramp up the mass production of a 512Mb NAND-type flash memory chip, while Hitachi has begun the production of flash memory chips in a much smaller package. Samsung is also planning to sandwich two of the chips together to produce a 1Gb device.

Meanwhile, Hitachi announced two new AND-type flash memory chips in chip scale package (CSP) form.

CRT price drop forecast

The price of cathode ray tubes (CRTs) is expected to fall during 2001, an executive of LG Philips Displays said, as the recently created company opened its new global headquarters in Hong Kong.

"The year 2001 is not a good one," said Philippe Combes, chairman and chief executive officer of the company at a news conference. "We all see a price [decline] in the CRT industry."

CRTs are facing stiff competition from liquid crystal displays (LCDs) and large plasma displays, the prices of which are both falling rapidly. However, Combes expressed optimism about the future of the technology over the next four or five years.

AMD Q2 income falls

Advanced Micro Devices (AMD) announced revenue and earnings for its second fiscal quarter were lower than previous estimates, blaming weak demand for flash memory chips and competitive pricing in the market for PC processors.

AMD said revenue for the second quarter, which ended July 1, was down about 17 per cent from the first fiscal quarter, at $US985 million.

Looking for a brighter note, AMD said that despite the weak conditions in the PC market and what it called aggressive pricing moves by Intel, AMD achieved record unit sales for both its Athlon and Duron chips during the

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