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Hardware

- Sony Corp. aims to make picture quality the hallmark of its marketing efforts for flat-panel TVs by installing its proprietary Wega Engine circuitry in more than 90% of the flat TVs it sells globally in fiscal 2004, up from more than 50% in the current fiscal year. The Wega Engine, which digitizes analog video signals to remove extraneous noise for a clearer picture, has been used in Sony TVs since 2002. More than 90% of the LCD liquid crystal display and plasma TVs Sony sold in Japan in fiscal 2003 were equipped with the technology, but the ratio in North America was less than 50%, and in Europe...

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