PC Briefs: Hitachi, Sony, NEC

PC Briefs: Hitachi, Sony, NEC

EU gives Hitachi green light

The European Commission has given the go-ahead for Japanese electronics group Hitachi to acquire sole control of the hard-disk drive business of IBM. It was concluded that the impact of the deal on competition in the 15-member European Union does not raise serious concerns, the commission said. IBM makes hard disk drives (HDDs) for all major applications including servers, desktops and mobile applications such as notebook computers. Hitachi manufactures HDDs only for the mobile and server segments. As a result of the transaction, Hitachi will have a leading position in HDDs for mobile applications.

Sony gridirons Twisted Metal

Sony Computer Entertainment America (SCEA) has bought Incog, developer of "Twisted Metal" PlayStation games. Incog will continue to be managed by Scott Campbell, its current president and principal founder. It will not move from its current location and no changes to its 51-strong workforce are anticipated, SCEA said in a statement. Incog has developed "Twisted Metal," "Twisted Metal 2" and "Twisted Metal Small Brawl" for the PlayStation console. "Twisted Metal: Black for PlayStation 2" and "Twisted Metal: Black Online", the company's first online title, are scheduled for release on August 27. Financial details of the deal are not being released, SCEA said in its statement.

NEC to sell ‘green' desktop

NEC Solutions has launched the PowerMate eco, a fanless, ecologically sensitive desktop PC. Some of the environmentally friendly computing features include the absence of boron in the CRT monitor and a motherboard made of lead-free solder, which is important in reclamation of PCs. NEC Solutions also claims the eco's plastic casing is 100 per cent recyclable. The material is called NuCycle, a polycarbonate resin mixed with flame-retardant silicone, company officials said. The PCs are shipping through direct online sales and major resellers. A standard configuration will cost $US1,599.

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