Stories by Martyn Williams

  • Sony to sell PS2 chips to other companies

    Just as Sony rolled DVD Video player functions into its recently launched PlayStation 2 (PS2) games console to give it a double role, the company has announced it hopes others will soon start building support for PS2 gaming into their consumer electronics products.

  • PS2 kickstarts Jap DVD market

    The launch of Sony PlayStation 2 is proving to be a big boost to the digital versatile disc (DVD) Video market in Japan, which has seen lacklustre sales ever since the format was launched in Japan three years ago.

  • Dacom, Asia Global ink Korean deal

    Asia Global Crossing, which is in the process of building a pan-Asian undersea fibre optic cable, last week took a big step towards serving one of Asia's major Internet markets with the signing of a landing deal with Dacom, a major data communications service provider in South Korea.

  • Matsushita plans 4.7GB DVD-RAM launch

    Japan's Matsushita Electric Industrial Company has announced plans to launch products based on a higher-capacity, second-generation version of the DVD-RAM format, which is still battling for market acceptance against increasingly popular writable CDs.

  • Cisco reports strong third-quarter results

    Cisco Systems' strong third-quarter results announced yesterday reflect the company's best year-on-year growth in three years as well as the networking equipment vendor's thirteenth consecutive quarter of growth, according to Cisco.

  • NEC opens world's most advanced chip plant

    NEC has officially opened its newest chip manufacturing plant, a 78 billion yen ($US735.8 million) production line at its Yamagata factory in northern Japan that claims the title of the world's most advanced silicon wafer production facility.

  • Toshiba appoints new president

    A month after outlining a new internet-centric business plan, Toshiba president and CEO Taizo Nishimuro on Monday announced plans to step aside and leave the implementation of the plan in the hands of Tadashi Okamura, 61, currently president of Toshiba's Information and Industrial Systems and Services in-house company.

  • Sony predicts 10 million PlayStation 2 sales

    Brushing aside an embarrassing recall of utility discs shipped with its month-old PlayStation 2 game console, Sony Computer Entertainment (SCEI) yesterday forecast it will sell 10 million units of the new machine around the world in the 12 months starting from April.

  • Samsung shrinks SRAM memory chips

    Samsung Electronics has succeeded in shrinking to one quarter of its previous size a type of memory chip commonly used in mobile telephones and other handheld electronic devices, the company has announced.

  • PlayStation 2 mania hits online auction sites

    With the Saturday morning clamour for PlayStation 2 (PS2) consoles continuing into this week and warnings from maker Sony Computer Entertainment (SCEI) about short-term shortages of units due to supply problems with memory cards, lucky owners are looking to the internet to make a quick buck.