Stories by Sumner Lemon and Martyn Williams

US government blocks imports of Sharp TVs

The U.S. International Trade Commission issued a decision Wednesday that blocks the U.S. import of LCD panels and LCD televisions made by Sharp, ruling that the company violated a patent held by rival Samsung Electronics.

Intel launches Core i7 as PC demand softens

Intel began sales of its high-end Core i7 desktop chips in Tokyo late Saturday night, bringing to market a series of processors that are significantly more powerful than any of the company's current desktop products.

Hynix board rejects Micron acquisition offer

The board of directors at Hynix Semiconductor Inc. has rejected a US$3.1 billion acquisition bid by rival memory maker Micron Technology Inc. The announcement, reached hours before the deadline for a definitive agreement, likely brings to a close long-running negotiations to secure a tie-up or merger between Micron and Hynix, analysts said.

Microsoft denies Japanese Xbox launch delayed

Microsoft says it is on track to begin selling its Xbox game console in Japan on Feb. 22, despite comments made Wednesday by Richard Belluzzo, the company's president and chief operating officer, which indicated the console would begin shipping in Japan during March.

Rambus sidelined as DDR deluge begins

Time has run out for Rambus. Motherboards based on Intel's long-awaited 845-D chip set, which provides DDR SDRAM (double data rate synchronous dynamic RAM) support for the Pentium 4 processor, finally started hitting the retail market on Friday.