Sharp made an announcement that its STX-2 mobile hand set will be shipped to AT&T. The product will be available for US market through AT&T. The STX-2 which is marketed as “FX” by AT&T supports AT&T Mobile TV which is powered by MediaFLO, a multimedia broadcasting service that is being offered to mobile handsets. Furthermore, it incorporates versatile functions which include popular social networking service (SNS) applications such as Twitter and Facebook. Read more
TDK-EPC, made an announcement of development of the MLG0402Q series, a multilayer ceramic coils in 0402 size featuring a world’s highest Q factor of 15.8 at 1 GHz and 10 nH. The newly developed coils are chip components and their high Q factor has been achieved through use of a new technology that increases the precision of position control during the time of forming the layers, resulting in optimization of coil design. Read more
As demand for short distance radio communication for such systems as remote controllers, alarm systems and automatic meter reading is on the rise, one major concern that has preoccupied manufacturers of these systems is their power consumption, requiring these systems to have a longer battery life. At the same time, small and lightweight criteria for wireless devices imposed by the market demand forcing manufacturer to further reduce the battery, however, reduced battery size will translate to reduced total available energy. For such battery driven devices one way to extend the battery life is through intermittent operation through use of all digital PLL (Phase Lock Loop) offering a quick operations as well as their advantage in eliminating large on-chip passive filters. In comparison analog-based PLL does not constitute a good solution due to their long start-up time. Based on this requirement, NEC and NED Electronics developed a low-power low-noise all-digital phase lock loop (ADPLL) LSI targeted to be employed in midget wireless equipment yielding a long operation lifetime for small sized batteries. Read more
Gain in popularity for an on-board car navigation system around the world for its recognition as an important technology has contributed to its rapid price reduction, to full fill this market need both in terms of functionality and price sensitivity, Pioneer Corporation has launched new in-dash navigation systems featuring Pioneer-original new compact map database format “L-FORMAT” targeted at consumer markets of North America, Europe, Russia, and Australia beginning in June 2009. All the new in-dash car navigation systems employ built-in flash memory as a map data storage medium, with each model offering its distinctive features such as the newly-developed “L-FORMAT”, innovative user interface, and expanded web linkage functions (FEEDS) allowing users to export and import the data between their PCs and the navigation systems via SD card. Read more
PLUS Vision Corp. will release a sheet type interactive boards “PLUS Wireless Interactive Panel UPIC” which can be easy rolled up for easy carry. “UPIC” features three distinguishing functions by becoming a Whiteboard, Screen for projector or Interactive screen. The back of “UPIC” is magnetic making it very easy to set it up by just simply attaching it on a blackboard or a whiteboard. The “UPIC” has a thickness of 0.4mm and it weighs 1.5kg (56 inches type) resulting in a easy storage unlike the conventional interactive boards. The “UPIC” is capable of establishing wireless connection to PC through the use of exclusive digital pen which is equipped with Bluetooth technology eliminating any needs for power cord connection as well as any cables for PC connection. Read more
Here is a headphone that offers a beautiful clear audio with echo and noise cancellation technology at an affordable price by Sony. Well we never expect less from Sony. The new headphone offers up to 12 hours of wireless playback time and easy recharging via USB cable. The two new models, namely DR-BT100CX and DR-BT101 feature simple and easy to use finger-tip controls which make it straightforward to adjust the volume, play and skip music tracks, and accept or reject incoming calls at the touch of a button.
Fujitsu has announced the latest version of its FLEPia an e-paper with an 8 inch (123.6 x 164.8mm) color display which was first announced by Fujitsu on April of 2007. The FLEPia then was available only to the corporate users with only 300 units shipped according to Fujitsu. The device was tested several times as an information terminal for places like restaurants. The latest version offers much improved brightness and contrast as well as faster page redraw speed. The new FLEPia has a 768 x 1024-pixel XGA resolution further the display color and page redraw time can be selected which ranges from 64 colors (1.8 seconds) for high-speed replacement of menu pages for example to 260,000 colors (8 seconds) for displaying images. Read more
Since 2006 Sanyo has been developing LSI chip for microphone free earphones. The first generation LSI the “LC70700W” has been already used for industrial application. The “LC70700W” was a two chip solution one is the earphone microphone LSI and the other is noise cancellation LSI. For the second generation “LC70701LG” LSI Sanyo managed to combine the two LSI chips into one and at the same time achieving to reduce its overall form factor by 82%. Read more