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The teams were scheduled to deliver laboratory and field-test results to the NRSC on Wednesday (Dec. 15) as part of an FCC review of digital audio broadcast technology. Lucent, however, said it would not meet the deadline.

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The teams were scheduled to deliver laboratory and field-test results to the NRSC on Wednesday (Dec. 15) as part of an FCC review of digital audio broadcast technology. Lucent, however, said it would not meet the deadline.

Or, to use a different metaphor, maybe we are like a string of lights, shining and blinking on a tree. We pass on to one another little bits and pulses of this pool of power in the form of colorfully wrapped boxes, in smiles and laughs and through shining eyes.

Well, I won't pretend this is the most definitive statement on the meaning of the holidays. But I'm glad I took out a few minutes to stop and think about it here in the sometimes-dark depths of December. May you have a chance to do the same.

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Happy Holidays!

As longtime proponents of easy-to-use, focused-use Internet appliances, we have felt somewhat vindicated in recent weeks by the emergence of various information appliance products and platforms. Startups, component vendors, PC companies and even Microsoft have announced initiatives to empower consumers and business with Internet-focused devices. International Data Corp. believes these devices will diverge in form factor, design and services, but as a whole will outship consumer PCs in only a few years.

Yet the PC is not on its deathbed, or even looking sick. Indeed, IDC predicts that worldwide consumer PC shipments will grow at a compounded annual rate of 13 percent over the next four years-a healthy clip for an industry described by some as mature or even dying. Like other industries, the PC will continue to evolve and transform itself, adding value in a variety of ways. Specific growth drivers include:

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– New technologies. USB, digital imaging and video, home networking, graphics and improved I/O products will expand consumer use and interest in computers. The power and flexibility inherent to the PC will ensure that it remains the platform of choice for advanced applications.

– Broadband. While slow to roll out, broadband will enhance the consumer Internet experience considerably, increasing the number of users (and thus contention) in the home. Families will invest in second and even third computers, driving the percentage of multiple-PC households past 40 percent by 2003.

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– New business models. A tremendous industry shift to relationship-based business models is leaving behind the one-time-transaction model of the past. The Internet has become the killer app” of home PCs, enabling new service and advertising revenues to subsidize the initial price. Rebates and other incentives have trimmed the initial system profit to nearly zero (or below in some cases), making computers seem extremely inexpensive. Indicating the price elasticity of the category, consumers have and will continue to buy systems.

– Lower-income homes. In the United States, household PC penetration is above 50 percent, and penetration in households with more than $75,000 in total income is over 80 percent. But for lower-income households, penetration remains under 25 percent, providing tremendous opportunity. Lower-income families have the same educational needs as wealthier ones, and new business models will give them access to PCs.

Modest and soft-spoken, F.C., as he is popularly called by colleagues at Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. Ltd., casually accepts that he's played a major role in the development of Taiwan's semiconductor process technology and manufacturing.

Few would dispute that.

Tseng, president of TSMC, and its chairman, Morris Chang, are acknowledged patriarchs of the world's largest pure-play foundry company.

F.C. is an established, seasoned veteran, but he's also the best-kept TSMC secret,” a spokeswoman for the company said. While everyone knows Morris Chang, few know the mind directly behind him.”

Tseng started his career in the semiconductor and electronics industry at Taiwan's Industrial Technology Research Institute, where he helped pioneer the territory's first IC project in 1976.

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