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TEAC unveils external multi-formet DVD recorder, DV-W22PUB

Sanyo Epson Imaging Device Corporation: the new LCD manufacturer

Sony LIBRIé: the first e-Book on electronic paper

NEC MobilePro 900c: the new H/PC for Windows CE .NET 4.2

TEAC unveils external multi-formet DVD recorder, DV-W22PUB

TEAC unveiled its new external USB2.0 DVD recorder, DV-W22PUB, shipments starting late in March. It supports the following DVD-R/RW, DVD-RAM and CD-R/RW speeds:

  • Write
    • 2x DVD-R
    • 16x CD-R
  • Re-write
    • 1x DVD-RW
    • 2x DVD-RAM
    • 10x CD-RW
  • Read
    • 8x DVD-ROM (4x for dual-layer)
    • 4x DVD-Video
    • 24x CD-ROM

Sized 133x146x15mm, it weighs about 265g. The drive powers from 100-240V AC adapter for writing, while USB power is enough for reading.

Source: ASCII24

Sanyo Epson Imaging Device Corporation: the new LCD manufacturer

SEIKO Epson and Sanyo Electric merged their LCD businesses into the new market player, Sanyo Epson Imaging Device Corporation.

The new company will be formed of the respective divisions of Epson, Sanyo Electric, and Tottori Sanyo Electric (Sanyo LCD R&D) and will focus on creating the manufacture base for producing D-TDF, STN, low-temperature polycrystalline silicon, TFT matrices and displays for mobile handsets, digital cameras, etc. It´s interesting that the usual TFT and EL businesses won´t be merged.

Officially the new company will start working in October 2004. At that, total assets will make ¥360 billion (about $3.27 billion). Epson is expected to own 55% of the merge, and Sanyo Electric will own the remaining 45%.

Source: PC Watch

Sony LIBRIé: the first e-Book on electronic paper

For the last several years we´ve been watching the development of the so-called "electronic paper", being a high-clarity monochrome display to become a foundation for comfortable and inexpensive "electronic papers", etc. So, it´s finally happened: Royal Philips Electronics, Sony Corporation and E Ink Corporation announced the first e-Book released by Sony under the new LIBRIé brand. The novelty is to go on sale in Japan late this April.

The new Sony LIBRIe EBPR-1000EP e-Book bases on Philips´ Electronic Paper Display that, in its turn, utilizes E Ink´s technology. The primary goal was to achieve equal comfort for reading under the bright sunlight and in a dim room, and also achieve the maximum similarity with a usual paper. The image looks like it was printed on a b/w printer at about 170 ppi. As the display requires power only to change pages, the developers claim 4xAAA batteries will work to change up to 10,000 pages!

As for other LIBRIé EBPR-1000EP features, it can store up to 500 books of average size on a 512MB Memory Stick PRO card. The device supports Sony´s BBeB (BroadBand eBook) format and utilizes OpenMG copyright security.

LIBRIe EBPR-1000EP features SXGA (800x600) 4-tone grayscale (for better font smoothing) and 5-stage brightness controls. The e-Book also features 10MB memory, keyboard, Memory Stick PRO slot, voice recorder, speaker, and headphones output (for use with a voice recorder), USB2.0 interface. Sized 190x126x13mm, it weighs 190g.

In Japan it will cost about ¥40,000 ($365). Besides, the sales will lead to content providing services. In Japan the content provider will be Timebook Town. At that, the monthly fee will be ¥210 ($1.9), two-month fee — ¥315 ($2.85). The downloaded BBeB files will be available for reading only on LIBRIé.

No information is disclosed when such devices and services will be available outside Japan. Besides, Sony´s extremely proprietary data format seems suspicious. Well, let´s wait and see in which direction these technologies will be developed.

Source: PC Watch

NEC MobilePro 900c: the new H/PC for Windows CE .NET 4.2

It has been almost a year since the announcement of NEC MobilePro 900, something between a PDA and a notebook (Handheld PC, H/PC, in terms of the company), and the maker has decided to release a new version, MobilePro 900c.

MobilePro 900c mainly differs from the predecessor by Microsoft Windows CE .NET 4.2, being almost identical in everything else: 64MB RAM, 32MB Flash, 8.1" HVGA (640x240) display, 400MHz Intel PXA255, PC Card Type I/II and Compact Flash Type I/II slots, Fast IR port, 56K V.90 modem and USB 2.0 (actually another difference from the previous model).

In Europe the MSRP of MobilePro 900c is $900.

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