PC Briefs: MS, LG.Philips, Sony

PC Briefs: MS, LG.Philips, Sony

MS chases mice revenue The humble mouse and keyboard set was one of the best selling peripherals over the Christmas period. Inform figures show revenue in the retail market for mice grew to $13 million and the keyboard market took in $7 million. More than half those sales were from Microsoft-branded mouse products. The vendor also topped keyboard sales with 43.9 per cent of the market. Microsoft’s Optical Mouse Blue was the most popular product but the new wireless product and older models also continued to do well. Wireless keyboards were popular. Although Microsoft is not widely known for its hardware products, 2003 marks 20 years in the sector for the company.

LG.Philips LCD to expand One of the world’s largest makers of liquid crystal display plans to build a new manufacturing facility in South Korea. LG.Philips LCD is a joint venture between Philips and LG Electronics. The company already has four manufacturing facilities in South Korea, all in the Gumi area. Displays made by LG.Philips LCD are used in large-screen TVs, notebook computers and flat-panel computer monitors. “We are looking at buying land to build a new factory and expand the LG.Philips LCD facilities in South Korea,” a Philips spokesman, Andre Manning, said. “However, no final decision has been made.”

Sony colours PlayStation Sony Computer Entertainment (SCEI) will begin selling colour models of its hit PlayStation 2 games console in Japan in February. The machines, which the company says are being released to mark production hitting 50 million earlier this month, will be available in silver, “sakura” and aqua. Sakura is the Japanese word for cherry blossom and the colour is similar to pink. It’s not the first time SCEI has sold colour versions of the usually black games console. The company did so in 2001 to mark sales of 20 million units and it also issued special colour editions in 2002.

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