PC Briefs: Natcomp, Toshiba, Inform

PC Briefs: Natcomp, Toshiba, Inform

Natcomp signs on Albatron

Natcomp has formed an agreement with Taiwan-based manufacturer Albatron to distribute the company's range of motherboards and graphics cards in Australia. Traditionally a manufacturer of large-screen multimedia monitors, rear-projection systems and plasma displays under the brand name Monivision, Albatron this year entered into agreements with chip manufacturers Intel and AMD to release processor-based motherboards. The company's mission is to become the top-brand motherboard manufacturer within the next three years.

Toshiba expands its semiconductor operations in ChinaToshiba has taken full ownership of a semiconductor joint venture in Wuxi, China, as it moves to build up its semiconductor manufacturing operations in the country. The Tokyo-based company paid an undisclosed sum to Huajin Electronics Group for the remaining 5 per cent stake in Wuxi Huazhi Semiconductor Company that it did not own. The company currently produces bipolar and Complementary Metal Oxide Semiconductor (CMOS) chips, but Toshiba is considering widening manufacturing operations to include discrete components such as transistors, diodes and LEDs in the future.

Skyrocketing PDA sales look set to continue, says InformHandheld channel sales soared in May, up 35 per cent on April figures, reported Inform. The analyst predicts June will also reach record levels. Preliminary figures from the retail sector alone indicate more than a 20 per cent increase on May. The market is likely to see a small readjustment in July, said Luke Solyom, Inform's chief research analyst for handheld devices, but the upward trend should continue. He said as more wireless enabled devices are launched, the channel will see a shift in sales from the mid-range arena to higher priced models.

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