Stories by Kuriko Miyake

Wireless content providers from Japan look to Europe

Japanese wireless content providers are laying the groundwork to bring their wireless content services to the European market, starting with Spanish wireless operator Telefónica Móviles SA, according to Mitsui & Co. Ltd.

AMD launches 1.3GHz Duron

Advanced Micro Devices (AMD) on Monday started shipping a 1.3GHz version of its budget Duron processor, which is aimed at mainstream business and home PC users.

Ericsson and DNP to partner on Bluetooth chip design

L.M. Ericsson Telephone Co. has signed a licensing deal with Dai Nippon Printing Co. Ltd. (DNP) of Japan, the first of a series to provide Bluetooth designs based on Ericsson technology to third-party manufacturers, Ericsson announced Friday. The two companies hope the deal will speed development cycles for Japanese companies building consumer devices with Bluetooth.

Report: DoCoMo to list shares in New York and London

NTT DoCoMo, Japan's largest mobile telecommunication carrier, plans to list on the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) and the London Stock Exchange on March 1, according to a report in the Friday morning edition of the Nihon Keizai Shimbun newspaper.

Fujitsu develops 40G-bps optical transmitter module

Fujitsu has developed a prototype 40G-bps (bits per second) optical transmitter module for DWDM (dense wavelength division multiplexing) systems and will start sample shipments of the product in March this year, the company announced Wednesday.

Hitachi to roll out wearable PC

Hitachi will roll out a wearable PC and companion head-mount display for business users in February, the company announced Tuesday.

Japanese museum hires robot for US$151K per year

Japan's National Museum of Emerging Science and Innovation (NMESI), which was opened in July last year in Tokyo, has a new employee -- a humanoid robot developed by Honda Motor Co. Ltd.'s named Asimo, which will earn a ¥20 million [m] (US$151,412) annual salary. The director of the museum issued an official announcement of orders to Asimo -- at the entrance ceremony on Sunday.

Toshiba unveils first Bluetooth headset

Toshiba unveiled Tuesday a headset/microphone combination which contains an embedded Bluetooth chip, enabling the user to send voice commands wirelessly to PCs, home appliances and audio devices. The new product will be sold commercially later this year Toshiba said.

Sony, others file a lawsuit against Dell over MPEG2

Sony Corp., Mitsubishi Electric Corp., Victor Company of Japan Ltd., France Télécom SA, Scientific Atlanta Inc. and Koninklijke Philips Electronics NV's U.S. unit filed a lawsuit last Friday against Dell Computer Corp. for a patent infringement of MPEG2 video compression technologies, a Sony spokesman and a Mitsubishi spokesman confirmed Wednesday.

IPv6 trials to start in Japan

Fujitsu, its affiliate Internet service provider (ISP) Nifty and Internet access provider eAccess will launch IPv6 (Internet Protocol Version 6) networks for their ADSL (asymmetric digital subscriber line) users on a trial basis, the three companies announced Monday.

Sharp develops 16G-bit flash memory

Sharp and Tohoku University have developed technology that enables flash memory to hold more than 16G bits of memory, 250 times more than the current 64M-bit flash memory on the market, they announced on Tuesday.