A week in tech

A round-up of all the latest tech news.

Japan

Hardware

- Sharp Corp. is considering increasing production capacity at its new liquid-crystal-display panel plant next year. The firm is scheduled to start operating a new television-use LCD panel production plant in Mie, in central Japan, beginning in January. Sharp has allocated 100 billion $930.3 million for a sixth-generation LCD panel line using huge glass substrates.

Semiconductors

- Elpida Memory Inc. has developed a pair of transistor technologies that significantly boost the readwrite speed of DRAM memory chips. Using the technologies, the firm has prototyped a DDR2-standard 512M memory chip that can read and write at a speed of 667Mbps - 25% faster than...

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