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Viewsonic Speeds Up Its LCD Monitors

Philips Introduces A New Family Of Audio/Video Decoders

NEC To Introduce Assisted GPS Solution In Global Market

Viewsonic Speeds Up Its LCD Monitors

ViewSonic today announced the improved response time of its VX Series by 33 percent. The 2-millisecond VX922 is company's first desktop display to combine ViewSonic's proprietary Dynamic Structure and Amplified Impulse video response acceleration technologies to support rates of up to 500 frames per second across the entire color scale.

The VX922 will be available Dec. 1, 2005 through traditional ViewSonic resellers, distributors and mail order for an estimated street price of $429.

Source: ViewSonic

Philips Introduces A New Family Of Audio/Video Decoders

Royal Philips Electronics today introduced a new family of audio/video decoders to enhance the consumer experience of the digital home. By integrating multi-standard stereo and a seamless interface with advanced silicon tuner solutions into the new SAA7136 and SAA7137 decoder family, Philips is enabling consumers to experience high-fidelity stereo and 480p/576p component video capture, in wireless TV, media gateways, digital media adapters and other emerging applications. Prices are claimed to be approximately 20% lower than for older generation stand-alone analog stereo and video decoder solutions.

A number of Philips’ reference design partners, PC and consumer electronics customers, such as Sling Media, will introduce technologies with this solution at CES 2006. Sling Media’s Slingbox enables consumers to watch their living room TV programming from wherever they are by turning virtually any Internet-connected Windows-based laptop or desktop PC into a personal TV. The Slingbox redirects, or "placeshifts," a single live TV stream from a cable box, satellite receiver or digital video recorder (DVR) to the viewer's PC-located anywhere in the home or anywhere in the world, via the Internet.

The new family builds on Philips' first generation A/V decoders by incorporating a variety of features, including 10-bit analog-to-digital conversion, enhanced Macrovision Detection, support for 480p/576p component video capture, and 1080i/720p downscaling. The new SAA7136, packaged in BGA-256, and the SAA7137, packaged in SQFP-208, are supported by Philips MACH-III (Mini-module Advanced Carrier Hardware) Evaluation System.

Samples of Philips' family of A/V decoder solutions are now available to lead reference design partners and major CE and PC OEMs.

Source: Royal Philips Electronics

NEC To Introduce Assisted GPS Solution In Global Market

NEC Corporation today announced that it will start delivery of its recently launched new Assisted Global Positioning System (A-GPS) solution with global roaming capability. The A-GPS solution is compliant with an early version of the Secure User Plane for Location (SUPL). SUPL, a standards-based interface that enables a mobile handset client to communicate with a location server where inter-connection is realized by a network independent U-Plane, is a standard promoted by the Open Mobile Alliance (OMA). NEC's new system realizes the world's first commercial deployment of an OMA SUPL-based system.

NEC's A-GPS solution works on a network-assisted basis to combine location information of both GPS and base stations, realizing highly accurate positioning. This network assistance achieves a significant decrease in positioning time and mobile handset power consumption.

The advantages of the SUPL-based A-GPS solution toward deployment of location-based services include the following:

  • Employment has only a minimal effect on existing mobile infrastructure
  • Quick and easy deployment
  • Realization of global roaming of location services

In collaboration with other services, this A-GPS service platform solution enables creation of new value-added services for consumers, mobile operators and business users who utilize mobile GPS in daily business.

Vodafone K.K. in Japan is the first user of NEC's A-GPS solution, which complies with an early version of SUPL, and employs it as the core system of their newly launched GPS navigation service, "Vodafone live! NAVI."

Source: NEC Corporation

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