August 30, 2001 |
Consumers have cooled on electronic gadgets. But executives of the world's largest consumer electronics producers say it's just a matter of time before they start buying again. How much time it will take, though, is up for debate. Predictions for improvements in the demand for electronic gadgets for the home ranged from three months away to two years.
February 6, 1992 |
Intel, the leading U.S. computer chip company, has agreed to work with Japanese electronics giant Sharp Corp. in the development of an increasingly popular information storage device known as flash memory. The decision to hook up with a Japanese firm could prove controversial for Intel, whose chief executive, Andrew S. Grove, has advocated restrictions on Japanese investments in American high-tech companies and other measures to protect the U.S. electronics industry.
November 7, 2002 |
After suffering its worst-ever downturn in 2001, the semiconductor industry is poised for double-digit growth next year, according to two forecasts released Wednesday. The Semiconductor Industry Assn. projected that global chip sales would grow nearly 20% to $169 billion in 2003. The forecast, based on a survey of its members, also predicted sales to grow 22% in 2004, but leveling off in 2005 for a compounded annual growth rate of 8% to 10%. Meanwhile, independent research firm Gartner Inc.
October 8, 1998 |
Packard Bell NEC has agreed to pay $3.5 million to the federal government to settle a "whistle-blower" lawsuit that accused the electronics firm of using recycled parts in personal computers that were sold as new. The lawsuit, filed under seal and not disclosed until Wednesday, involved the sale of computers to military base exchanges and other government agencies. Packard Bell, based in Sacramento, denied any wrongdoing or liability as a result of the settlement.
October 21, 1990
The Oct. 7 Business section did something worthwhile for California by countering with facts the usual hype dispensed by the California Chamber of Commerce. James Flanigan also picked up on the subject and wrote one of his more cogent columns, "Hardly Lean, We Are No Longer Hungry." California has had it good for so long that it is only natural for chamber of commerce types to believe that the future will simply be more of the same. However, it should be observed that the federal government's willingness to spend a disproportionate amount of its budget in California accounted for much of the state's luster over the years.
July 1, 1996 |
The technology gods tell us that in the not-so-distant future, our cameras won't use film and our tape recorders won't use tape. So what will they use? That depends on whom you ask. Three companies--including Toshiba in Irvine as well as Intel and Sandisk in Santa Clara--have three slightly different ideas. Trouble is, high-tech history dating back to the Beta-VHS videotape wars tells us that only one can win.
January 9, 2010 |
The giants of the electronics industry made the big splashes at the Consumer Electronics Show, as usual, with towering displays, celebrity spokespeople (Taylor Swift sang for Sony, live and in 3-D) and invitation-only soirees. On the far opposite end of the scale were boutique or just plain small companies, a few of which were even of the mom-and-pop variety. Sometimes, that's where the fun stuff resided at CES, with products that varied from highly inventive to downright wacky.
February 17, 1992 |
Considering the backdrop of tense relations between the United States and Japan, members of the Electronic Industries Assn. of Japan could not have expected a warm reception for the message they delivered to their American counterparts in Honolulu last week. With a huge trade deficit looming and the harsh criticism of American workers by some Japanese leaders still ringing in their ears, members of the San Jose-based Semiconductor Industry Assn.
January 9, 1991 |
The consumer electronics industry, hungry for major new products that might restore the double-digit growth rates of the early 1980s, will get only an unsatisfying nibble of the future at its semiannual trade show, which begins Thursday in Las Vegas. Two of the most exciting new products to be shown at the Consumer Electronics Show--a new type of cassette tape player from Philips and a new model of the Nintendo video game system--will only be demonstrated at the show, not formally introduced.
January 11, 1999 |
The consumer electronics industry's ongoing transition from analog to digital design is far from simple. But convincing consumers that products such as DVD and digital TV not only offer better quality but are easy to use may be the most difficult challenge facing the $76-billion U.S. industry in 1999. "Digitization leads to a complicated set of choices for consumers," Howard Stringer, chairman and chief executive of Sony Corp.