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Fujitsu Cuts GaN HEMT Production Cost to One-Third
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December 27, 2004 (HONG KONG) — Fujitsu Laboratories Ltd has developed a technology that enables low-cost production of gallium-nitride (GaN) high electron mobility transistors (HEMT), a key technology in mobile basestation amplifiers for 3G and beyond. This breakthrough technology reduces GaN HEMT production costs to less than one-third that of conventional levels, thereby contributing to the realization of lower-cost GaN HEMT-based amplifiers. The technology is designed to enable practical use of compact, more energy-efficient mobile basestations using GaN HEMT.
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InfoSonics to Distribute Samsung Handsets in Central America, Caribbean, Venezuela and Ecuador
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December 29, 2004 (HONG KONG) — InfoSonics Corp said it has been appointed as an authorized distributor for Samsung Electronics Latin America.
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Aeroflex Receives Test Equipment Orders to Support Military Communications
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December 29, 2004 (HONG KONG) — Aeroflex Inc, a developer of automated testing solutions and microelectronics for the aerospace, defense and broadband communications markets, announced that its Wichita division has received orders aggregating US$13.6 million for radio test sets in support of secure communications needs for the US Army, US Air Force and Army National Guard.
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World Semiconductor Market Grows 23.4% in 2004, Say Gartner Japan
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December 29, 2004 (Tokyo) — According to its own survey, Gartner Japan Inc said the size of the world semiconductor market grew 23.4% year on year to 218.5 billion yen in 2004, but the growth was slowing in the latter half. This analysis was made by Gartner Japan at a time when semiconductor makers over-reacted to the increase in inventory and restrained their production.
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JVC Develops Blu-Ray/DVD Combo ROM Disc Technology
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December 29, 2004 (HONG KONG) — Victor Co of Japan (JVC) has developed a Blu-ray/ DVD combo ROM disc technology, which enables storage of video content in both high definition and standard definition.
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China’s State Commercial Banks Select Nortel Solutions
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December 29, 2004 (HONG KONG) — Three of China’s major state commercial banks — Agricultural Bank of China (ABC), China Construction Bank (CCB) and the Bank of China (BOC) — have selected advanced optical and data solutions from Nortel to help improve the security and reliability of their networks and to enhance their business continuity capabilities.
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Dec 2004 Highlights

Tech Analysis: CEATEC Shows Latest FPDs, Blu-ray, HD DVD Devices

Cover Story: Matsushita Platform Unifies Software Across All Products

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Embedded Motherboard Market Moves Toward Smaller Form Factors, Say VDC
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December 24, 2004 (HONG KONG) — In a recent study on the global market for active backplane motherboards in embedded and real-time applications, Venture Development Corp (VDC) found that
the market is shifting rapidly toward the use of smaller form factors.
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PCs Upgrade, Downsize – and Make Smaller Dents in Consumers’ Wallets Digital Chosun
Samsung Plans to Invest W21.2 Tril. Next Year Korea Times
Local Venture Develops World’s 1st Rechargeable Mobile Smart Battery Korea Times
Wireless providers pursue mobile-phone chain stores Taipei Times
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