Cyber Monday 2009: Amazon HDTVs

Here are some Cyber Monday HDTV deals from Amazon (links go to Amazon’s product page):

Source: Amazon via Engadget

Cyber Monday 2009: Best Buy HDTVs

Sit back, relax, and start clicking; it’s Cyber Monday. Here are the deals from Best Buy, sorted by price:

  • Proscan 19B30Q 19-inch 720p 60Hz LCD TV: US$159.99
  • Toshiba 22AV600U 22-inch 720p 60Hz LCD TV: $279.99
  • Samsung LN22B650 22-inch 720p 60Hz LCD TV: $336.00
  • Apex LD3249 32-inch 720p 60Hz LCD TV: $339.99
  • Proscan 32LC30S60 32-inch 720p 60Hz LCD TV: $339.99
  • Samsung PN50B430P2D 50-inch 720p 600Hz Plasma TV: $697.99
  • Samsung LN46B500P3FXZA 46-inch 1080p 60Hz LCD TV: $797.99
  • Panasonic TC-P50X1 50-inch 720p 600Hz Plasma TV: $797.99
  • Insignia NS-L46Q120-10A 46-inch 1080p 120Hz LCD TV: $799.99
  • Panasonic TC-P50S1 50-inch 1080p 600Hz Plasma TV: $897.99
  • Mitsubishi WD-65C9 65-inch 1080p 120Hz DLP TV: $999.99
  • Panasonic TC-P50U1 50-inch 1080p 600Hz Plasma TV: $999.99
  • Samsung LN52B530P7F 52-inch 1080p 60Hz LCD TV: $1197.99
  • Mitsubishi WD-73C9 73-inch 1080p 120Hz DLP TV: $1499.99
  • Panasonic TC-P58S1 58-inch 1080p 600Hz Plasma TV: $1499.99
  • Samsung PN50B860 50-inch 1080p 600Hz Plasma TV: $1579.98
  • Samsung UN46B6000VF 46-inch 1080p 120Hz LED Backlight LCD TV: $1599.99
  • Samsung PN58B650 58-inch 1080p 600Hz Plasma TV: $1939.99
  • Panasonic TC-P65S1 65-inch 1080p 600Hz Plasma TV: $2499.99

Source: Best Buy via Engadget

Apple Flattens Flash Memory Prices

Apple is accused of ordering more flash memory chips than the amount the company will actually use. Because Apple is a company with a healthy appetite for flash, the company’s actions can flatten prices. Apple uses flash for a variety of products: iPhone, iPod touch, iPod nano, iPod shuffle, and is an option on MacBook Pro notebook PCs. Flash suppliers in South Korea, Samsung and Hynix, provide chips to Apple. Bad Apple! But, not really. Flash memory as well as other types of semiconductors including LCDs go through a supply-demand cycle. It might be that Apple is simply protecting itself from a potential shortage of flash. Source: The Korea Times via MacRumors

iPhone on Verizon

Well, not quite. I was thinking of a way to bring together the best smartphone on the market with the best network. In my opinion, that would be the iPhone and Verizon Wireless, respectively. I think I’ve found a way: iPod touch and MiFi. Let me explain.

The MiFi 2200 is a mobile WiFi device that connects to the 3G network, in this case Verizon’s EV-DO, and provides a WiFi connection. The MiFi goes for US$49.99 and requires a 2-year $60/mo contract. Mate the MiFi with the iPod touch and I think we have something here. There are some limitations.

The MiFi, though five devices can connect to it at once, lasts only four hours with a single connection. Hopefully the 40-hour standby can come in handy. For you to receive calls on Skype or some other VoIP app, you’ll need to have that running: not good. But when you do want to make a call using Skype, send a text message, browse the Internet, etc., you won’t need to search for a nearby McDonald’s or a Barnes and Noble to get connected to a free WiFi link. That’s convenient.

Want to save some money? $60/mo is much more affordable than $85 (550 minutes, 200 text messages, unlimited data plan, technically 5GB/mo). Keep in mind you also get unlimited calls and unlimited text messages with that $60. Over the course of two years, you’re saving about $600, probably more, since taxes are levied more on voice plans. I wonder if there is tax on the data plan… An iPod touch is quite a bit more affordable than an iPhone. And finally, remember you’re on Verizon and not on stinky AT&T. Priceless.

Apple’s Tablet & Duke Nukem Forever

IT World Canada’s Rafael Ruffolo compares a yet-to-be-finished game title Duke Nukem Forever with Apple’s yet-to-be-announced tablet. He points to Duke Nukem Forever’s 13-year development time (still not completed) and thinks the tablet from Apple is headed toward the same fate:

… I predict it’s heading toward Duke Nukem territory.

I predict he is wrong. Many media outlets have reported that Apple’s tablet has been delayed from an early-2010 launch to mid-2010. Nobody knows for sure why but rumors seem to center around a shift in display technology from LCD to OLED. Source: DIGITIMES, IT World Canada

Sharp Chasing Technology

Atul Goyal, CLSA research analyst, thinks Sharp is making a mistake by chasing technology with its new Sakai-based LCD factory, the world’s largest. I beg to differ. Sharp is leading in areas that give the company a technological advantage and the size gives it a cost advantage. UV2A is a good example of both. Sharp’s new liquid crystal alignment technology improves contrast, lowers power consumption as well as reduce manufacturing costs. Sharp’s 10th generation LCD fabrication is the most expensive manufacturing site built in Japan’s history. Daisuke Wakabayashi writes:

Sharp has decided to try and cut costs by moving suppliers on site, a kind of hyper-‘just-in-time’ delivery system.

There is a term for this: co-location. There is nothing hyper about it. Co-location has been going on for many years. As LCD fabs become larger it becomes increasingly difficult and costly to transport very thin but very large LCD glass substrates. LCD glass suppliers such as Corning and AGC have been co-locating at TFT LCD manufacturing sites since around sixth generation LCD fabs were constructed. Continue reading →