Japan’s Sharp Denies Talks with Intel

Japan’s Sharp Corp has denied a Japanese newspaper report it is in talks with U.S. chipmaker Intel Corp on a capital alliance that would offer a possible lifeline to the troubled TV maker as discussions with Taiwan’s Hon Hai Precision Industry Co stall.

Sharp spokeswoman Miyuki Nakayama denied the report in Japan’s Mainichi newspaper, which reported on Friday without citing sources that the companies were in talks for Intel to invest more than 30 billion yen (236 million pounds) in Sharp, potentially making it Sharp’s top shareholder.

An Intel spokesman declined to comment.

The paper said the two could reach a deal as early as next month, although Sharp will also continue its capital tie-up discussions with Hon Hai, it added.

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Intel Plans to Equip Chips With USB 3.0 in 2012

Intel Corp disclosed that the company will equip its PC chipsets with the function of a USB 3.0 host controller in 2012.

Some forecast that Intel would embed the USB 3.0 host controller function in its chipsets in 2011. But it became clear that the company intends to introduce the function in 2012.

However, Renesas Electronics Corp and other companies have already started shipping their USB 3.0 host controller chips, and PC motherboard makers are beginning to ship motherboards using those chips. USB-IF, an industry group promoting the use of USB 3.0, intends to quickly expand the market by spreading the use of motherboards using existing host controller chips.

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