SanDisk Corporation today introduced the Sansa c200 series, a stylish flash memory-based MP3 player with a bright LCD color screen (1.4", 128 x 98 pixels) and a microSD expansion slot – and the $100 U.S. MSRP threshold for a 2GB model. The announcement was made at a press conference at IFA.
The c200 is sold in two capacities – 1GB and 2GB. However, the memory can be expanded with the addition of an optional microSD card, which currently is available in capacities of from 256MB to 2GB. The c200 supports WMA, MP3 and the protected WMA DRM format that gives consumers the ability to purchase or subscribe to music from most music service providers.
Suggested retail prices are $79.99 for the 1GB unit and $99.99 for the 2GB unit, and the SanDisk c200 is expected to be available from retailers in the U.S. and Europe in October, with other regions following later.
Offered on the Sansa c200 are an FM tuner/recorder with presets for 20 channels, a voice recorder and a user-replaceable lithium-ion battery that provides up to 15 hours of continuous playback. The SanDisk c200 has Hi-Speed USB 2.0 interface and is Microsoft Windows PlaysForSure compatible, meaning that it will support subscription music from on-line music providers such as Rhapsody, Napster and Yahoo! Music.
The Sansa c200 will display both music album art and digital photos, which can be imported directly from a personal computer or seamlessly from music files with album art data in the song information. It also can run a slide show of images while playing music. The player sports a thin profile of 1.3” x 3.1” x .6”, weight of 1.51 ounces with battery, 1.09 without, and a durable plastic case.
The Sansa c200 joins a family of SanDisk Sansa players that also includes the budget-priced m200, with capacities of 512MB, 1GB and 2GB; and the top-of-the-line e200, which has a 1.8-inch TFT color screen, plays music, photos and video clips and comes in capacities of 2GB, 4GB, 6GB, and 8GB.
Source: SanDisk Corporation
Samsung Electronics introduced its K5 Digital Audio Player: a flash-memory based MP3 player with built-in slide-out speakers, OLED LCD display, and a sleek one-button design.
The display and navigational array are smooth to the touch with sparkly ice blue adaptive graphics. The menu and navigation system is simple to use. Another most requested travel function is an alarm clock which the K5 sports, allowing consumers to wake up to their favorite songs rather than a jolting alarm clock buzz. The K5 also features comfortable two-part ear buds and can display JPEG images with a 1.7-inch full-color screen.
The player offers battery life of up to 30 hours using earphones, or 6 hours in speaker mode. It supports consumer's existing MP3 collection or popular subscription services such as Napster, Rhapsody, Yahoo, and Urge so they can easily play their content transferred from a PC.
The K5 also features a built-in FM radio tuner and supports MP3, WMA, WMA DRM10 and JPEG formats. It is available in black and will ship later in the year in pink.
Samsung's K5 will be available on September 10th at $209.99 MSRP (2GB) and $259.99 MSRP (4GB).
Source: Samsung Electronics
Hitachi Global Storage Technologies today introduced the newest member of its CinemaStar product line. With an upper capacity of 160 gigabytes, the new 2.5-inch hard disk drive is tailor made for the next iteration of slim digital video recorders (DVR) by incorporating features that optimize the storing, retrieving, streaming and editing of digital video. The new product, called CinemaStar C5K160, is based on the Travelstar 5K160 notebook hard drive, Hitachi's debut perpendicular recording product.
The CinemaStar C5K160, which is expected to be available in the first half of 2007, is designed for DVRs, portable video players, DVR-enabled televisions, PVRs and high-end audio devices among others.
ATI Technologies Inc. today announced Xilleon 260, the first System-on-a-Chip that supports Full HD for worldwide DTV (digital television) standards including Europe, Japan, Korea and North America. ATI is showcasing DTV solutions at IFA from September 1 to 6, 2006 in Berlin, Germany.
Xilleon 260 follows the Xilleon 240 currently found in TV solutions from various consumer electronics manufacturers. Xilleon 260 features HD deinterlacing, 3D comb filter, dynamic contrast, noise reduction, sharpness, and color control. It also offers a full audio subsystem for home theater applications.
Xilleon 260 is currently sampling to customers.
Source: ATI Technologies Inc.
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