Samsung Partners with Vitex on Thinner OLEDs

Samsung partners with Vitex for thinner, lighter OLED displays, while standards bodies hammer out timeframes for 802.11g certification. And don't overclock your PDA! These stories plus more Web news for Wednesday, Feb. 26.

Proprietary Coating to Yield Thinner OLEDs

Samsung SDI partnered with Vitex Systems to market displays based on organic light emitting diodes that the two companies claim are 50 percent lower in weight and thickness than any other commercially available display. Vitexs proprietary Barix thin-film coating procedure eliminates the need for a glued-on-metal can or extra sheet of glass. The resulting thinner, lighter display is expected to deliver higher reliability at a significantly reduced manufacturing cost.

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Wi-Fi Group Gives Time Frame for Approval

The Wi-Fi Alliance announced Tuesday that it will complete interoperability tests of 802.11g-based products in July. Completion of those tests depends on the approval by the Institute for Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) of the 802.11g specification as a standard. Earlier this month, the IEEE said it expected to finalized the 802.11g standard in June. The Wi-Fi Alliance will ensure that certified 802.11g products will be interoperable with each other and 802.11b products and that the maximum rates will be 54mbps, according to Amer Hassan, a Wi-Fi Alliance spokesman.

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Flat-Panel Contracts Stay On a Short Leash

Suppliers of large flat-panel displays and their OEM customers are finding themselves unable or unwilling in many cases to sign pricing agreements that extend beyond 30 days. The unusually short terms are causing companies to forge as many as a dozen separate agreements in a single year, even when volumes and panel specifications remain relatively stable. And few industry observers expect the trend to subside, as contracting TFT-LCD business cycles continue to complicate procurement functions within the market.

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Motorola Shows 30-Nm Images with Nano-Imprint

Motorola on Tuesday disclosed new details about its internal nano-imprint lithography program, claiming it has demonstrated the ability to print feature sizes down to 30-nm with a tool from a U.S. startup. Douglas Resnick, a manager at Motorola Labs in Tempe, Ariz., said the lab is using a tool from startup Molecular Imprints to demonstrate the feasibility of nano-imprint lithography in future device production. Last year, MII rolled out a nano-imprint tool geared for sub-100-nm designs.

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Xilinx Debuts 10 Gbps on a Chip

Xilinx on Monday said it is the first Programmable Logic Device (PLD) vendor to demo 10 Gbps technology using a standard CMOS logic process. The multi-gigabit technology is expected to make its way into target field-programmable gate arrays and complex programmable logic devices. Based on Non-Return to Zero (NRZ) signaling, the company said its serial I/O technology supports industry most major chip-to-chip, chip-to-module, and serial backplane applications. Xilinx said it plans to include its 10 Gbps circuitry in its Serial Tsunami products slated for delivery this year.

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Quick and Easy Overclocking Poses Risks to PDAs

Several software companies have developed small programs that allow handheld users overclock their processor. The programs seem to be confined to handhelds running processors from Intel and Microsofts Pocket PC 2002 operating system, said Dave Linsalata, an analyst for smart handheld devices with market research company IDC. But increased performance comes at a price. Faster clock speeds result in more power consumption, decreased battery life and increased heat given off by the device. This can lead to system failures, and the loss of critical data, analysts and vendors warned.

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Dvorak Online: Illegal Internet Sales Tax Looms

"With the dot-com bubble burst, the need for online shopping and other Internet activities to remain tax-exempt is obvious even without Constitutional prohibitions," John C. Dvorak said. "The Internet sales tax will simply kill a growing industry and put a lot of people out of work," he said.

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