Week in tech part 1

All the latest tech news from Japan, Korea and Taiwan.

Japan

Hardware

- Hitachi Ltd. plans to expand the application of its HDD hard-disk-drive technology, currently used mostly for computers and servers, to home appliances including DVD recorders and digital cameras. The company aims to bolster sales of HDD-related products from the 480 billion US$4.0 billion projected for the current fiscal year to 780 billion US$6.6 billion in 2005. Hitachi recently set up an HDD technology RD division for digital appliances, including DVD recorders with a built-in 1-2.5-inch HDD, car navigation systems, cellular phones and digital cameras. Since it purchased IBM's HDD operations last year, Hitachi has become the world's largest HDD manufacturer. The global...

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