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TAIEX surges past 7,600 points

The TAIEX closed above 7,600 points yesterday, as bargain hunters pushed the index back into positive territory toward the end of the session, dealers said.

Investors picked up select technology stocks, in particular flat-panel and solar firms offering either better profitability or relatively low valuations, they said.

However, strong selling in many old economy stocks as investors took profit capped the market’s upside, they added.

The weighted index closed up 1.07 points, or 0.01 percent, at the day’s high of 7,600.98, on turnover of NT$89.4 billion (US$3.1 billion).

Intel unveils memory array

US chip giant Intel Corp yesterday said it expected the technology to make a new type of energy- efficient memory chips, or three-dimension (3D) chips, would be ready next year, bringing it one more stop closer to the mass production of the chips.

Intel made the remarks in Taipei after kicking off a US$15-million 3D chip program in collaboration with local research powerhouse Industrial Technology Research Institute (ITRI) in December, last year.

Intel yesterday showcased a series of experimental memory array in Taipei after the research program unveiled around a year ago and set up an Intel lab in Taiwan jointly with the National Taiwan University.

Next year, those memory chips would be tested on mobile devices such as Ultrabooks and tablets, Intel chief technology officer Justin Rattner said.

By creating memory with the new architecture, devices will be able to achieve longer battery life, faster integration of mobile data and improved graphics with higher resolution.

HP sues CPT, Tatung

Hewlett-Packard Co (HP) has accused LCD panel makers Chunghwa Picture Tubes Ltd (CPT, 中華映管) and Tatung Company of America Inc of price-fixing.

The scheme cost HP more than US$1 billion in damages from overcharges, it said in an antitrust complaint filed in San Francisco’s federal court.

HP said in the filing that the two companies and other LCD makers conspired to set prices and restrict output for panels from 1998 to 2006. The company is seeking treble damages, according to the complaint filed on Friday.

iPhone pre-orders start

Taiwan Mobile Co (台灣大哥大) and Far EasTone Telecommunications Co (遠傳電信) yesterday started accepting pre-orders online for the iPhone 5 after Apple Inc said on Monday that the latest version of its smartphone series would hit Taiwan on Friday next week.

Pre-orders on Chunghwa Telecom Co’s (中華電信) Web site is also set to begin today.

Tax agreement signed

Taiwan and Thailand on Friday signed a pact to prevent double taxation and income tax evasion.

The two sides first signed an agreement on July 9, 1999, but Bangkok failed to have it approved and signed into law.

The amended version of the agreement was finally passed in June this year at a meeting of Thailand’s Cabinet. The agreement will become effective in the near future after both sides exchange official letters, officials said.

NT edges up against US dollar

The New Taiwan dollar edged up NT$0.005 to close at NT$29.116 against the US dollar. Turnover was US$678 million.

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