PC Briefs: LCD, IBM, Sony

PC Briefs: LCD, IBM, Sony

LCD shipments to pick up

The market for liquid crystal display flat panel display (LCD FPD) screens will rebound sooner than had been expected due to proactive changes in the industry, according to market analyst DisplaySearch. The analyst expects the market for large LCD FPDs to beat its prior forecast in March by 7 per cent, growing a total of 55 per cent in 2002 to 70.2 million units shipped. Growth is being driven by an investment increase, which in part is allowing a number of major manufacturers to launch fifth-generation factories this year. DisplaySearch expects to see an increase in the price of TFT (thin film transistor) LCD panels throughout the year, projecting a growth of 79 per cent in large-area TFT LCD revenue to $US20.3 billion.

IBM boots out the disk

Fully functional, diskless PCs running Windows could become a near-future reality thanks to work being done by IBM Research on technology called iBoot. Under development at Big Blue's Israeli research facility, iBoot leverages the fledgling iSCSI Ethernet protocol to connect diskless PCs to a host server over an organisation's IP network, making it possible to boot the Windows operating system from the server, according to IBM. iBoot is the first system able to boot both Windows 2000 and Windows XP from a remote server, according to IBM.

Sony to unleash new Stick

Sony plans to release a new generation of its Memory Stick Duo flash memory card in July. The new Memory Stick Duo card is about one-third the size and one-half the weight of a standard Memory Stick. The company is initially targeting the 16MB product at mobile phones. A date for the product's launch overseas has yet to be decided. At the recent Memory Stick partners forum, Sony Computer Entertainment suggested that its PlayStation 2 game console will start supporting Memory Stick in the near future. Three other vendors - Hitachi, Samsung and Japanese PC maker Sotec - also announced plans to produce Memory Stick-related products.

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