Pico projectors – miniaturised projectors that are the size of a cellphone or can even fit inside a handset -have failed to meet the projections of analysts.

Last year, they predicted 2m-3m units would be shipped in 2009, but it now appears that only around 250,000 units will ship this year.

However, a pickup is expected as the technology improves and consumers are “wowed” by demonstrations of it in more consumer electronics devices. Read more

  • US chipmaker Micron ruled out participating in the Taiwanese government’s restructuring plan for the beleaguered D-Ram memory chip industry. The move all but rules out further consolidation in an industry suffering from heavy overcapacity.
  • Search advertising in the US is predicted to fall this year, according to Screen Digest, the first time the industry has faced a serious contraction since it reached maturity. Google, which dominates the search advertising market and holds about 60 per cent market share in the US, has seen its growth slow from 31 per cent in the first quarter of 2008 to 13 percent in the fourth quarter.

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