Samsung America Gets New Chief

RIDGEFIELD PARK, N.J. — Samsung, the world technology leader and innovator in consumer electronics and telecommunications, today announced the appointment of Mr. Yangkyu (Y.K.) Kim as President and CEO of Samsung Electronics America (SEA), effective immediately. In his new role, Mr. Kim is responsible for overseeing the company’s operations in the U.S., Canada, and Mexico.…

Kopin Acquires Microdisplay Maker

TAUNTON, Mass. — Building on its leadership in full-color microdisplay technology for high-performance applications, Kopin Corporation (NASDAQ: KOPN) today announced that it has acquired all of the outstanding common stock of Scotland-based Forth Dimension Displays Ltd. (FDD), an industry leading provider of all-digital, ultrahigh-resolution, near-to-eye ferroelectric reflective microdisplays. The purchase price was approximately $11 million…

Return of Fiber Good News for Components Biz

Despite the benefits of fiber optic networking, widespread implementation of the technology hasn't occurred as quickly as many expected. Fiber optics have been adopted by the telecom industry in long-haul applications, but wide market adoption in additional market segments has stumbled, due primarily to expense. However, demand for more and faster data access is spurring…

STMicro Protects Adobe Flash

GENEVA — STMicroelectronics (NYSE: STM), one of the world's largest semiconductor companies and a leader in chips for set-top boxes and digital TVs, today introduced out-of-the box content protection for TVs with the latest STB and TV System on Chip (SoC) platform with Adobe® Flash® Access, a complete protection and monetization solution that is a…

Trident, MStar Ink Patent Agreement

SUNNYVALE, Calif., and HSINCHU, Taiwan — Trident Microsystems, Inc. (Nasdaq: TRID), a leading provider of set-top box and TV semiconductor solutions, and MStar Semiconductors, Inc. today announced that they have entered into a patent license agreement relating to a part of Trident's motion estimation and motion compensation (MEMC) patent portfolio. The licensed MEMC patents are…

Get Ready for the Post-PC Era

The post-PC era is sneaking up on us. The invasion started years ago as convergence accelerated and as manufacturers began merging functionalities into single, mainly wireless, and highly portable devices. The intention was not to render the PC obsolete, but as more functions initially carried out on the device get incorporated into smaller form-factor equipment,…