AT&T has a bone to pick with several big-name LCD makers, and it will do it in court. The telco has sued a number of display manufacturers over allegedly fixing the price of more than 300 million mobile LCD screens.
Those on the receiving end of the lawsuit include Samsung, LG Display, Optronics, Sharp, and Chungwa. According to the lawsuit, the display makers "formed an international cartel illegally to restrict competition in the United States in the market for LCD panels."
AT&T called the whole situation a "conspiracy," accusing the defendants of agreeing to eliminate competition and fix LCD panel prices that they knew would be incorporated in LCD products and sold in the U.S.
This isn't the first price fixing scandal to hit the LCD industry, nor is it the first time LG, Chunghwa, and Sharp have been tied to price fixing allegations. All three agreed to plead guilty to similar charges in November 2008 and to pay $585 million in criminal fines.
Display technology seems to be reading for some pretty amazing leaps if the flexible display prototypes from Hewlett-Packard, Philips and Samsung pan out. Besides being incredibly thin, these displays can be bent, stretched, even folded. But just how durable are they?
In an interesting twist on the game whack-a-mole, a video posted by luxury1004 on YouTube suggests pretty darn durable. The video shows a hammer being taken to a Samsung AMOLED display. The 2.8-inch, 20 micrometer thin display, playing a clip from Gran Turismo 5, comes out unscathed.
Proof positive that laser printing is alive and well, Samsung on Thursday announced half a dozen new laser printer models for immediate availability in Taiwan.
Included in the lineup are two monochrome laser printers, the ML-1915 and ML-2580N, and four monochrome laser MFPs (multi-function peripherals), the SCX-4600, SCX-4623F, SF-650, and SF-650P. All six units boast Samsung's AnyWeb and Print Screen Button technologies, the company said.
The new models fit in with Samsung's plan to compete with Hewlett-Packard to become the largest laser MFP vendor in Taiwan, and to become the third largest vendor overall, DigiTimes reports.
Luxury always comes at a price, and for the new Samsung phone designed by Giorgio Armana, that price is equal to 10 one-hundred dollar bills.
"Today more than ever, elegant dressing is part of daily business life. When Samsung asked me to desgin the new business and lifestype smartphone, I decided to use my fashion aesthetic to create it," Armani said.
The $1,000 smartphone features a 3.5-inch AMOLED touchscreen, Microsoft Windows Mobile 6.5, slide-out QWERTY keyboard, 7.2Mbps HSDPA, 5.7Mbps HSUPA, WiFi connectivity, Bluetooth, FM radio, TV-out, GPS navigation, a 5MP camera, and 8GB of internal memory, which can be expanded to 32GB via a MicroSD slot.
Samsung apparently isn't feeling the love for the U.S. market and instead says the Giorgio Armani-Samsung smartphone will be available in Italy, the UK, Germany, the Netherlands, Spain, Russia, China, and the UAE. Would you have bought one anyway?
Samsung Electronics, well known for its wide variety of computer peripherals, flat screen televisions, and digital cameras, appears poised to enter the memory card market.
DigiTimes is reporting that Samsung has struck an agreement with memory card maker Transcend to jointly market the cards for the Taiwan market. Samsung’s offerings will be targeted to the high-end market. Further details were not provided.
Neither Samsung or Transcend commented on the report. A formal announcement of the agreement is expected on October 20.
In recent days, several SSD manufacturers have made it known that they wanted nothing to do with Samsung’s new 32nm NAND Flash chips. Now Samsung is coming clean and admitting to the issues. The new chips suffer from unacceptably slow write speeds, and are therefore not suitable for use in SSDs. It seems the problem lies mainly with the chips interaction with existing flash controllers.
According to Samsung, "… for quality SSDs, every NAND process geometry upgrade requires a matching upgraded controller. Should (Samsung's) 30nm-class NAND be used with a conventional controller of insufficient quality, performance slowdowns are indeed possible."
NAND flash memory uses floating-gate transistors to create arrays of memory cells. As these arrays scale to smaller and smaller sizes, errors will accumulate faster. Error Correcting Code (ECC) on the controller is used to correct these issues. If an insufficiently powerful controller is used, the memory may become corrupted. Samsung is currently working on its own flash controller to pair with the 32nm NAND chips. In the meantime, don’t expect SSD price drops for at least several months.
According to Samsung president Oh-Hyn Kwon, the memory maker has decided to ramp up production of DDR3 chips and put an end to the DDR3 shortage.
A DDR3 shortage is news to us, but Kwon said that the supply of DDR3 chips has tightened in recent times, which he blames on a faster-than-expected pickup in demand. To alleviate the potential problem, Samsung will allocate more capacity to DDR3 output, with most of the focus moving towards 40nm.
How this all will affect pricing remains anyone's guess. According to Kwon, industry players won't even known what kind of pricing trend to expect until after late November, but he did add that DRAM pricing has returned to "reasonable" levels.
It's been kind of quiet over at Samsung lately, and we now know why. The eggheads behind the scenes have been readying a slew of mobile technologies, not the least of which is a pair of 1GHz ARM Cortex A8 processors, which the S5PC110 and S5PV210, the company announced at the sixth annual Samsung Mobile Solutions Forum held at the Westin Taipei Hotel.
"More and more, user generated content currently accessed via the PC will be spread to mobile devices," said Dr. Kwang Hyun Kim, senior VP, strategic marketing team, Samsung. "PC-level performance with lower power consumption will become mainstream requirements for advanced mobile devices. Samsung developed S5PC110 and S5PV210 application processors to satisfy these conflicting requirements to enable a new level of user experience not previously possible."
Built around a 45nm Low Power fabrication processor, Samsung says both new chips will pave the way for longer battery life for mobile devices running on standard size batteries. On the performance side, the two CPUs will also come equipped with 32KB data and 32KB instruction caches, as well as 512KB L2 cache. All this in addition to a built-in 3D graphics engine and an integrated 1080p full HD codec engine - phew!
Samsung also announced a 5-megapixel system-on-chip (SoC) image sensor for high-end mobile phones, the world's first mobile display driver IC with embedded touch screen control, ramped up production of the company's proprietary OneDRAM fusion memory for handsets, and production of a new non-volatile memory technology called PRAM (phase change random access memory) that promises high-performance and low power consumption.
With this announcement, MetroPCS has stolen a march on Verizon, as the latter plans to offer such a LTE handset only in 2011, although it too plans to launch its LTE service in 2010.
“As the Internet goes ‘mobile’ we are excited to be at the forefront of this wireless evolution with the building out of our 4G broadband data services. We anticipate to begin offering our 4G LTE services and a dual-mode LTE/CDMA smartphone in our major metropolitan markets in late 2010,” said Roger D. Linquist, president, chief executive officer and chairman of the board of MetroPCS.