News Bits: LG eBook Concept Notebook, AMD and Nvidia Investigation, Strong Holiday Notebook Sales

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LG eBook concept features OLED display, liquid fuel

LG’s innovative eBook concept is a step apart from the ordinary. It replaces the traditional LCD display with an OLED (Organic Light Emitting Diodes) display, which does not need a bezel and consumes less power. Perhaps the most interesting feature of the eBook concept is how it is powered – by blue methyl alcohol fuel.

The eBook concept from LG has won the "Best of the Best" Red Dot Award (a German prize for industrial design). Now the only question is, will the eBook ever make it to production?

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Notebook sales up 52% on Black Friday while Desktop PC sales fall 7% compared to last year

The overall growth of the number of PCs sold in the U.S. retail channel during the week of Black Friday 2006 was slower than the Black Friday week of 2005. Black Friday 2006 growth for all PC unit sales was 22.9% on-year, compared to 36.2% for the same period last year. Desktop unit sales were down 7.2% this year, while notebook sales skyrocketed up 51.6%.

Notebook sales are up 44.6% sequentially so far in 2006. The strong growth is due in part to the agressive pricing strategy that has been undertaken by manufacturers to boost sales during the holiday season.

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U.S. Department of Justice to investigate AMD and Nvidia

The U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) has subpoenaed Advanced Micro Devices (AMD) and Nvidia as part of an antitrust investigation into the market for graphics processors and graphics cards. AMD recently bought out ATI Technologies so this investigation would be covering possible illegal activities that Nvidia and ATI may have collaborated on in the past. While the DOJ did not specify what this investigation is about, it’s assumed that it would be related to some sort of price fixing. Back in 2002 Dell complained of graphics chips prices being set inordinately high and an investigation took place then. However, nothing is known about any manufacturers complaining about prices recently so it’s unclear what the DOJ is after here.

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3D transistors have 50% less power consumption

Infineon today said it has developed 3D transistors, or multi-gate FINFET (Fin Field Effect Transistor) transistors, which minimize the amount of leakage current. Portable devices built around 3D transistors could run for twice as long as a device using regular planar circuitry.

Infineon has fabricated a 65nm chip which has more than 3,000 3D transistors. Initial tests show them to be as powerful as today’s mature technologies, while consuming about half the energy with the same functionality. Infineon claims that their 3,000-transistor chip has 10 times less leakage than a single-transistor device.

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New device for road warriors charges and syncs all mobile gadgets

Malleable Devices Inc. today announced the kwikSynCh charger, which charges a large range of small electronic devices and also transfers data between the devices and your laptop. It is compact, lightweight, and portable, and uses interchangeable tips to provide data and power compatibility with thousands of different mobile devices. The kwikSynCh charger is also a universal USB 2.0 data system.

Other features of the kiwkSynCh include its ability to simultaneously charge two devices from a single car socket, wall outlet, or USB port.

For more information on MDI products, please visit their website at MDIGlobal.com.

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