Thursday, April 30, 2009

XFX intros world's first 40nm graphic card

MUMBAI, INDIA: Powered by the latest 40nm manufacturing processing technology, the XFX ATI Radeon HD 4770 Graphics Card is truly lethal. Representing an industry milestone in the advancement in gaming performance, it is capable of widespread destruction with faster frame rates, higher resolutions and unparalleled speed.

GDDR5 memory arms users with twice the data per pin at 750MHz than equally equipped GDDR3 cards. The brute processing power delivered by the XFX ATI Radeon HD 4770 ensures exceptional performance for physics, artificial intelligence, dual-stream picture-in-picture computing and ray tracing calculations.

Unparalleled 24x custom filter anti-aliasing (CFAA) and high performance anisotropic filtering delivers unmatched realism, smoothing jagged edges and creating amazingly realistic graphics. And ATI CrossFireX technology seamlessly scales rigs to quad mode.
Engineered to maximize the latest DirectX 10.1 games, the XFX ATI Radeon HD 4770 delivers outstanding performance for today’s and tomorrow’s games. ATI Stream Technology enables the XFX ATI Radeon HD 4770 to tackle the most GPU-punishing tasks like video transcoding with amazing speed.

ATI Avivo HD video and display technology allows users to watch the latest Blu-ray movies or other HD content at full 1080p display resolutions with picture-perfect clarity. Enhanced DVD Upscaling ensures that standard DVD movies are viewed in near high-definition quality. And this amazing little card uses post-processing algorithms to enhance standard and low-resolution videos and movies on HD displays.

The Unified Video Decoder 2 frees up the CPU for other tasks so that users enjoy the ultimate visual experience for even the most processing-intensive content, including VCC-1, H.264 and MPEG-2. ATI Stream technology accelerates the conversion of standard and HD video into multiple formats for use on differing consumer electronics devices.

Built-in HDMI with 7.1 digital surround sound support enables maximizes the latest audio technologies. Dynamic Power Management ensures that high performance is available when it’s needed, and conserves power when demand on the graphics processor is low.

No matter how you measure it, the XFX ATI Radeon 4770 graphics card does it all faster, better and deadlier than anything on the market. Forty truly is the new deadly.

Pricing & availability
The XFX ATI Radeon 4770 is available at an estimated street price of Rs. 8750 and three years warranty with Rashi Peripherals across all of its 53 branches in India.

Top 10 FPD equipment suppliers of 2008: VLSI Research

SANTA CLARA, USA: VLSI Research Inc. has announced the Top 10 Flat Panel Display (FPD) Equipment Suppliers of 2008. After two years of underinvestment by their customers, the manufacturers FPD equipment turned the corner by recording a 32 percent growth in sales in 2008.

The industry reached $8.2 billion in revenues, a strong bounce-back from the 26 percent decline in 2007. Once again the leading suppliers were Applied Materials, Ulvac, and Tokyo Electron, with all three managing double-digit growth rates. Dainippon Screen and Canon followed, as the two were catapulted into the top five by remarkable 180 percent and 120 percent growth rates, respectively.

Though there were multiple changes in the rankings, the Top 10 were composed of the same companies as last year. Nikon moved up a couple spots to 6th place, followed by Daifuku. Hitachi High-Technologies and Hitachi Plant Technologies finished the year 8th and 9th, while Shibaura Mechatronics closed out the Top 10. The group grew 35 percent as a whole and continues to represent 70 percent of the overall industry. Of the top ten, all but one are Japanese companies.

Although relatively young, the FPD equipment industry is showing signs of maturity. Despite the volatility on a yearly basis, the market size has stabilized around an average of $7.7B for the past four years. Most of the capital expenditures by the display manufacturers are capacity-driven, as the end-product cycles are relatively slow and therefore limit technology buys. The last major transition in the industry occurred when Generation-8 fabs came online in 2004. However, Sharp is planning to commence production in its Generation-10 fab by October 2009, which could engender a new wave of spending by other LCD makers.

It can be argued that the strong growth in FPD equipment sales was the result of mistimed anticipation on the part of their customers. Orders for flat panel display equipment started picking up as early as the fourth quarter of 2007 and continued strong throughout the first half of 2008. Display manufacturers, who spend their capital expenditures on FPD equipment, were heavily investing in Generation-8 fabs and hoping that the summer Olympics would stimulate a demand for LCD televisions.

Unfortunately, the high expectations were not met, and in fact display manufacturers suffered four quarters of sequential declines in 2008, ending the year down 4 percent. Exacerbating the disappointment was the depressed consumer confidence following the worldwide economic meltdown in September. As a result, FPD equipment sales saw a slowdown in the second half of the year, but not before significant orders were secured.

Given the current macroeconomic prospects, VLSI Research expects the FPD equipment industry to decline by 47 percent in 2009. Display manufacturers already overspent on capacity in 2008, and they are now projected to shrink by 21 percent in the current year due to deteriorating consumer spending.

eGames cooks up Burger Island for Wii

LANGHORNE, USA: Casual games developer and publisher eGames, Inc. has released Burger Island for Wii. Following the recent launch of Burger Island: Burger Bash on the iPhone, the Wii version, published by Destineer, hit stores on April 28.

"We are pleased to bring the Burger Island franchise to Wii and continue our publishing relationship with Destineer," said eGames Vice President of Sales and Marketing Rich Siporin. "Our partnership with Destineer continues to grow and following the development of Burger Island for the Nintendo DS(tm) and Wii, we look forward to announcing several other projects with them in the very near future."

Introduced by eGames in 2007 as a casual PC game followed by Nintendo DS and iPhone versions, Burger Island represents eGames' initial title developed for the Wii and allows cooperative burger flipping play for the first time. Future Wii projects, including a special version of eGames' fashion-themed time management game Satisfashion, are currently under development.

"Burger Island is a great franchise and we're thrilled to bring it to a new platform," said Destineer CEO Paul Rinde. "Our partners at eGames create compelling titles that work perfectly on a variety of platforms."

Automotive DMB/DAB will feel heat from Internet radio

BOSTON, USA: Recent DMB and DAB digital radio announcements in France, Germany and the UK finally signal the start of semi-consistent digital radio standards being introduced across Europe, according to the latest report from the Strategy Analytics Global Automotive Practice, "European Automotive Radio: DAB/DMB Faces Competitive Challenges from AM/FM and Internet Radio."

“Commercial interest in DMB/DAB will need to rebuild in what is a very difficult automotive planning climate”, says Joanne Blight, automotive director and report author. “Even with such digital radio progress made in Europe’s Big 3, and a full scale commitment from France from 2010 onward, there is still uncertainty over the automotive opportunity.”

“Positioning and pricing of digital radio and understanding consumers’ full multimedia requirements inside and outside the vehicle will be critical,” commented Peter King, consumer devices director. “DMB and DAB has a lot of work to do. Existing FM stations, and Internet access to radio and podcasts, offer huge, low cost choice benefits for consumers.”

This report also concludes that automotive Internet radio faces significant business model challenges but is likely to be found in vehicle-device interfacing solutions starting in 2011.

Cree announces industry's first Red-Green-Blue-White multichip LED and XLamp Color LED

DURHAM, USA: Cree Inc., a market leader in LED lighting, is expanding its high-power color LED product offerings.

Cree is unveiling the industry's first multichip MC-E LED with red, green, blue and white chips -- all in a single package. It is also pairing new LED chip innovations with its industry-leading XLamp XP-E package to deliver the highest performance family of discrete, high-power color LEDs available.

The XLamp MC-E color is a unique package design, combining white, red, green and blue LED chips in a single component. The first of its kind in the industry, this compact component provides design flexibility for color-changing LED applications that require high flux from a small lighting source, such as entertainment and architectural lighting.

With the industry's highest performance, the XLamp XP-E color LEDs provide up to 22 percent more flux than the existing XLamp XR color portfolio, with an 80 percent smaller footprint. The XP color portfolio is available in flux bins, at 350 mA, up to:

* Royal Blue: 500 mW
* Blue: 39.8 lumens
* Green: 107 lumens
* Amber: 56.8 lumens
* Red: 56.8 lumens

Compared to the current XLamp XR color LEDs, space between the LED die can be reduced by 75 percent with the new XLamp XP-E color LEDs and 94 percent with the new XLamp MC-E color LED.

This reduction in spacing can allow better color mixing and shadow reduction for color-based applications, including decorative, architectural and entertainment lighting. Cree is sampling the MC-E and XP-E color LEDs, with production quantities targeted for Q3 calendar 2009.

"We have leveraged the LED chip and packaging innovations developed for our lighting-class white LEDs to deliver real performance gains in high-power color LED applications," said Paul Thieken, Cree marketing director, LED components. "The combination of technology innovation and package flexibility gives designers working with Cree's color LEDs increased brightness, flexibility and control."

Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Consumer confidence falls in April: CEA-CNET Indexes

ARLINGTON, USA: Consumer confidence in the overall economy decreased in April, according to figures released by the Consumer Electronics Association (CEA) and CNET.

Although there was a slight decrease in consumer expectations about the future, the CEA-CNET Indexes painted a different picture for technology spending expectations, which reached their highest level this year.

The CEA-CNET Index of Consumer Expectations (ICE), which measures consumers’ confidence in the overall economy, dipped to 168.5 in April, but was up nearly three points over April 2008. The number is down four points from last month and moderates the upward trend persistent since February.

“Consumers continue to worry about economic uncertainty,” said Anne Claudio, Vice President of Research at CBS Interactive. “While we’re seeing indications of overall consumer confidence stabilizing, this month’s decline is still well above the all-time low seen last summer. Consumers continue to be cautious and reactive.”

While overall consumer confidence dipped in April, confidence in technology and consumer electronics (CE) climbed significantly. The CEA-CNET Index of Consumer Technology Expectations (ICTE) rose to 77.4, an increase of more than 10 points from last month and its highest level since December of 2008. The ICTE is up on a year-over-year basis for the first time since last September.

“While tax season may have caused some consumers to be more careful with their personal finances, they are still looking to spend disposable income on technology and CE,” said Claudio. “The ICTE showed that consumers are more likely this month to buy consumer electronics and spend more on those products than last month. We are hoping the increase in the CE confidence index will result in positive returns for manufacturers.”

The CEA-CNET Indexes are comprised of the ICE and the ICTE, both of which are updated on a monthly basis through consumer surveys. New data is released on the fourth Tuesday of each month. CEA and CNET have been tracking index data since January 2007.

Samsung Mobile and MetroPCS intro Samsung Tint!

DALLAS,USA: In its ongoing effort to provide consumers with the largest selection of wireless handsets for low-cost unlimited service, MetroPCS Communications Inc., the nation's leading provider of unlimited, flat-rate wireless communications service and Samsung Telecommunications America (Samsung Mobile), a leading mobile phone distributor in the US, launched the Samsung Tint.

The sleek, compact flip design of the Samsung Tint makes it both durable and fashionable. The Samsung Tint includes grey and pink faceplates as a standard accessory to help match the user’s style. Additional faceplates are also available in various colors. This handset also features customizable wallpaper, banner themes and fonts to personalize the visual experience on the Samsung Tint.

The Samsung Tint is equipped with a powerful feature set, including an integrated camera, SMS, MMS, email and IM messaging capabilities1, advanced voice recognition, Bluetooth wireless technology and speakerphone for easy, hands-free operation.

For immediate access to family and friends, the Samsung Tint offers ChatLINK a push-to-talk social networking tool that works like a walkie-talkie. Users can simply push a button and talk without dialing to individuals or groups with compatible phones.

With the Samsung Tint, MetroPCS subscribers will be able to navigate the mobile Web, download ringtones and graphics and interact with social networks without having to use a laptop or PC.

The Samsung Tint is available with all MetroPCS service plans and is available for purchase in all metropolitan areas where MetroPCS service is available, which include Greater Miami/Ft. Lauderdale, Tampa, Orlando, Jacksonville, Atlanta, Detroit, Dallas, Los Angeles, San Francisco Sacramento, Las Vegas, Philadelphia, New York City and Boston.

MetroPCS’ plans for its wide variety of other phones range from $30 to $50 per month and allow subscribers to talk all they want, 24-hours-a-day, seven days a week. Unlike most carriers, MetroPCS does not require a signed contract, which means that consumers can activate service without going through a credit check or paying a deposit.

The Samsung Tint is available at all MetroPCS authorized dealers and company-owned retail locations. Visit MetroPCS’ website at for specific locations or to purchase the Samsung Tint and sign up for service plans.

Home networks for CE

DUBLIN, IRELAND: Research and Markets has announced the addition of the "Home Networks for Consumer Electronics 2Q 2009" report to its offering.

This report examines the catalysts and inhibitors for connected consumer electronics. It specifically focuses on the key technology components -- including home networking, media processing, and device discovery and media server software. The report also provides definitions and profiles of various CE devices and includes worldwide forecasts.

"Several factors are driving the connected consumer electronics market, but none is more significant than the rise of premium access content services -- such as multichannel television and broadband Internet offerings -- and the continued trend of centralized digital media in the home," said Kurt Scherf, vice president and principal analyst with Parks Associates. "The pace of product and service development in this space will grow more intense as the market is joined in force by CE manufacturers, service providers, retailers, and the content industry."

Low-cost, lightweight netbooks reach new audience

LONDON, UK: According to the Strategy Analytics Wireless Enterprise Strategies (WES) service report, “Netbook Vendor Models and Specifications Database,” two-thirds of netbooks sell for less than $500, and over 50% of netbook owners use the Windows XP Home Edition operating system.

While Asus remains, by far, the best-represented vendor, there are also a significant number of models from MSI, Acer, Gigabyte, Everex and Samsung.

“Just under a quarter of netbooks run any form of Linux operating system. However, Windows XP Home remains the dominant operating system, commented Andrew Brown, Director of Wireless Enterprise Strategies and author of the report.

“Over 50 percent of netbooks have screens smaller than 10 inches. While all models ship with WiFi, very few are purchased with integrated cellular connectivity. Strategy Analytics expects this to change with the growth in mobile operators as a channel for netbooks with service contracts,” he added.

This new report covers a wide range of technical specifications including Vendor, Model, Operating System, CPU, Graphics, RAM, HDD, Flash Memory, Keyboard, Mouse, Bluetooth, WiFi, WWAN, Weight (ounces), Screen Size, Resolution, Battery Capacity, Battery Life, ASP $ Model (unsubsidized) and Price Band.

Monday, April 27, 2009

Freescale smart motion sensor enables precise hand movement control

AUSTIN, USA: Freescale Semiconductor has introduced a highly advanced low-power sensor based on proven micro-electromechanical system (MEMS) technology specifically engineered for handheld portable electronic devices.

The 3-axis MMA7660FC accelerometer enhances user interfaces for mobile phones, small appliances and gaming by allowing the user to tap, shake or orient the device for specified commands. The device also includes smart power management features to help extend battery life.

Motion sensing is helping drive market growth for mobile messaging, browsing and overall data usage. According to a report published earlier this year by industry analyst firm iSuppli, accelerometer adoption in cell phones is forecast to grow from $220 million in 2009 to $426 million in 2010.

“Global revenue from all types of MEMS for cell phones will increase to $1.3 billion by the end of 2012, which is a substantial increase from $299 million in 2007,” said Jérémie Bouchaud, director and principal analyst, MEMS, for iSuppli. “The main driver of this increase is the overwhelming adoption of accelerometers in portable electronics due to consumer demand for advanced user interfaces on mobile devices, such as touch-screen and orientation detection.”

Freescale’s cost-effective, low-power accelerometer integrates a number of smart motion features such as orientation, shake and tap detection with auto wake-up/sleep detection in a compact 3 x 3 x 0.9mm package. The MMA7660FC can be configured with custom portrait/landscape trip points for six orientations: left, right, up, down, back, and front. In addition to precise hand movement control, the MMA7660FC communicates directly with the main system processor through an I2C interface for communication simplicity and flexibility.

The MMA7660FC accelerometer is designed to achieve up to five times longer battery life than current solutions on the market when continuously operating to determine motion. Configurable power saving modes and a power-select capability helps designers achieve optimal current consumption by choosing one of eight sample rates.

System-level power is reduced through an automatic configurable auto wake-up/sleep feature achieved without intervention or polling by the host processor. The MMA7660FC accelerometer provides conversion to digital values at a user-configurable output data rate, offering proportional savings in supply current and power.

“The use of sophisticated accelerometer technology in portable electronic devices is evolving from a luxury to a requirement as consumer preferences continue to evolve,” said Demetre Kondylis, vice president and general manager of Freescale’s Sensor & Actuator Solutions Division. “With Freescale’s MMA7660FC accelerometer, developers of portable electronics can now incorporate a single device for orientation, tap and shake detection while extending battery life for broader consumer adoption.”

Key applications for the MMA7660FC accelerometer include portable consumer devices such as mobile phones, PDAs and digital cameras. Additional applications include shock detection and motion control in PCs and peripherals, activity monitoring in medical and sports applications, and orientation and freefall detection in gaming and toys.

Luidia's first Digital Ready interactive whiteboard technology

SAN FRANCISCO, USA: Luidia, Inc., the award-winning developer of eBeam interactive whiteboard technology for classrooms and conference rooms, today introduced its patent-pending Digital Ready whiteboard technology, which provides unprecedented flexibility to instantly upgrade traditional whiteboards post-purchase with a wide range of interactive tools and capabilities.

Digital Ready whiteboards can be upgraded to perform a variety of digital functions by simply plugging in modules for the interactive tools of the user’s choice. The built-in connections make Digital Ready whiteboards extremely easy to upgrade with additional capabilities ranging from tools for capturing meeting notes to sharing remote meetings.

Luidia has partnered with Claridge Products and Equipment Inc. –- a leading US maker of high-quality display products for education and business markets –- to develop a complete line of Digital Ready whiteboards, which will be available for purchase by the fourth quarter of 2009. They will be demonstrated for the first time at Claridge’s booth No. 1724 in the South Hall of San Francisco’s Moscone Center during the AIA Expo2009, part of the American Institute of Architects national convention.

“Digital Ready technology will change the way schools and businesses plan for and adopt interactive display technology,” says Luidia CEO Rafi Holtzman. “Now they can future-proof their investment in interactive classrooms and meeting facilities with affordably priced whiteboard products that can be upgraded for digital functionality at the time of purchase, or later, as their needs and budgets allow.”

Digital Ready whiteboards offer users flexibility in planning and paying for interactive classrooms, offices, and conference rooms, as well as the ability to upgrade their display systems as new tools become available. For architects and builders, they offer greater control over the look and design of whiteboards and interactive boards, including the ability to specify a GREENGUARD certified porcelain markerboard surface guaranteed for the life of the building.

Digital Ready whiteboards will be available in Q4 2009.

Technology policy, free trade and DTV transition Focus of 2009 CEA Washington Forum

ARLINGTON, USA: Technology policy in the new Administration, free trade and the final countdown to the digital television (DTV) transition were the major themes at the Consumer Electronics Association (CEA)® Washington Forum, which concluded recently in Washington, DC.

CEA’s Washington Forum, which focused on critical issues facing the technology industry, featured the fifth annual Digital Patriots Awards Dinner, which recognized Representative Roy Blunt (R-MO) and Representative Gregory Meeks (D-NY), for their support in advancing technology innovation.

Representative Roy Blunt and Representative Gregory Meeks were honored at the Digital Patriots Dinner on Wednesday evening, for their support of pro-innovation policies as well as their participation in CEA's "America Wins with Trade" grassroots tour. Rep. Blunt has served in Congress since 1997 and has been a strong advocate for both free trade and digital television. CEA President and CEO Gary Shapiro said, "We honor Rep. Blunt for reaching across the aisle to build bi-partisan support for the Columbia Free Trade Agreement and for his leadership on DTV."

While accepting his award Rep. Blunt recognized his colleague, Rep. Meeks for his tireless fight for free trade. Acknowledging the importance of a strong competitive marketplace, Rep. Blunt remarked, “America is the most competitive market in the world. American businesses focus on results, government focuses on spending priorities. The government should take a lesson from businesses in this regard."

Representative Gregory Meeks delivered a passionate acceptance speech that addressed the importance of consumer technology in improving people’s lives, and stressed the need for passage of pending free trade agreements with Panama and Columbia. Meeks stated, “The CE industry is leading the U.S. in competitiveness. No matter where you come from, whether you are rich or poor, CE levels the playing field for all people. Your innovation makes the world a better place.”

Meeks then expounded on the importance of free trade. “You understand that trade is integrally tied to our national interest and the opportunity to create a better life for our children,” he said. “There are two major relationships between countries: trade and war. You have to make a choice. I like trade better, that is my choice.”

Other events at the CEA Washington Forum included a luncheon keynote address on Wednesday afternoon from David Plouffe, campaign manager, Obama for America. Plouffe discussed the vital role technology played in Barack Obama’s grassroots presidential campaign and will continue to play in his presidency. Plouffe credited a state-of-the art Internet presence, in part, to the success of Obama’s campaign. “Our campaign was organized on-line, where we tried to create a home,” said Plouffe. “We could not win without the historical productivity of the people; we built a web presence that became a tool for the people.” Plouffe went into great detail on the role technology played in allowing Obama’s campaign to be “real-time” with supporters and enabled the campaign to be vibrant.

Thursday morning’s session, “The DTV Transition - The Final Countdown (And This Time We Mean It),” highlighted the opportunities and challenges of the upcoming June 12 DTV transition. The session was moderated by Rob Pegoraro of The Washington Post and included panelists Mary Lou Kenny, NTIA; Bill Lake, FCC and Jason Oxman, CEA. The panelists stressed that their organizations are focused on educating those Americans who still utilize over-the-air broadcast, to ensure all consumers receive the necessary information for a successful transition. Consumer awareness of the DTV transition has reached 97 percent of US households. CEA’s Oxman pointed to the success of the DTV Transition Coalition’s comprehensive public awareness campaign, which has lead to wide consumer awareness of the transition date, and noted the necessary steps that lay ahead to ensure all are prepared after the transition.

The final event at the CEA Washington Forum featured a luncheon keynote by political pundits Tucker Carlson and Paul Begala. Carlson, an MSNBC senior political correspondent, started things off with his view of President Obama, praising him for some of his political appointments as smart decision making. Begala, a CNN political analyst, talked about the hope President Obama has inspired in Americans, as the number of people who believe our country is moving in the right direction has dramatically increased since his election. “For all of Obama’s gifts though, it is us and our system that put him there and that should make us feel good about our country and its prospects,” Begala said. Both praised the technology industry for making products that benefit our lives and our economy.

Forecasts for video game and interactive entertainment industry

DUBLIN, IRELAND: Research and Markets has announced the addition of the "Worldwide Market Forecasts for the Video Game and Interactive Entertainment Industry" report to its offering.

This series of reports provides detailed worldwide five year forecasts for the video game market and includes one year of updates and new forecasts. The price includes most recent updates (June 2008) plus one year of updates and Historical Retail Sales Report.

Executive summary
Report forecasts video game market to reach $57 billion in 2009

A series of new reports forecasts worldwide video game and interactive entertainment industry revenue to reach $57 billion in 2009. This forecast includes revenue from video game hardware and software, dedicated portable system hardware and software, PC games, and online PC and console games in 25 countries. According to DFC, there are now 11 countries that have annual video game revenue in excess of $1 billion.

With high spending on expensive hardware and a slumping economy, there was some concern that consumers would not have enough money to buy software products. This does not appear to be the case.

"Consumer spending on software is at record levels and the game business seems to actually benefit from a recession because games are a relatively cheap form of home entertainment," said DFC analyst David Cole.

The report forecasts sales for each of the major game platforms. The Nintendo Wii is expected to be the number one selling console system of this generation. "The Wii does not appear to be a fad and it has the chance to be one of the best selling systems of all-time" says Cole. However, that does not mean the other systems will not do well. The Sony PlayStation 3 is expected to equal the Wii in annual software sales by 2012. Meanwhile, the Microsoft Xbox 360 remains a leading player in some of the top markets, most notably the US and UK.

Sunday, April 26, 2009

LG, DivX announce world's first CE devices with DivX HD 1080p playback!

SAN DIEGO, USA: DivX Inc., a digital media company, and LG Electronics Inc. announced that LG's new line of digital TVs is the world's first device series capable of playing back full DivX HD 1080p videos.

Over 200 models of LG digital TVs have been DivX Certified, including the LH50, LH70, LH85, PS70 and PS80 series. In addition, a wider variety of innovative LG TVs are now DivX Certified for playback of full DivX HD. Over 100 million DivX Certified devices have shipped worldwide from major manufacturers, and more than 400 digital TV models from leading consumer electronics manufacturers have been DivX Certified to date.

Available in the United States and Europe in late May and late April respectively, the LG digital TVs will enable consumers to easily playback DivX HD videos from the PC or the Internet through the USB slot.

Typical HD video requires a considerable amount of digital storage space, but DivX HD video provides a superior media experience by maintaining the highest visual quality while significantly reducing the video file size. Using DivX technology, users can fit approximately two hours of high-quality DivX HD video on an 8GB media card.

"Being first to market with digital TVs capable of playing back DivX HD 1080p video is a big win for LG as well as our customers," said Simon Kang, CEO and President of LG Home Entertainment TVs Co. "As people expand their DivX HD video collections they are looking for more convenient ways to watch them on their TVs. We've given them the ultimate convenience by building support for DivX HD playback into our digital TVs. This is another feature we've integrated beautifully inside of our TVs and we look forward to working with DivX in the future to offer even more innovative solutions that effortlessly bring HD video into people's living rooms."

"DivX video technology has long been capable of producing great HD video with remarkably efficient compression," said Kevin Hell, CEO, DivX Inc. "Now consumers will be able to easily enjoy those DivX HD files directly on their televisions. The LG digital TVs provide a comprehensive, cutting-edge digital media experience that clearly represents the future of consumer electronics devices."

Products that bear the DivX Certified logo have undergone a rigorous testing program to ensure interoperability, security and visual quality. DivX Certified products enable consumers to create, play and share high-quality video content across a range of devices and platforms.

Global OLED revenues to reach $5.5B by 2015 on strong AMOLED growth

AUSTIN, USA: In the Q1’09 Quarterly OLED Shipment and Forecast Report, DisplaySearch forecasts the total OLED display market will grow to $5.5 billion by 2015, from $0.6 billion in 2008, with a CAGR of 37 percent. Currently, this growth is being driven by the adoption of active matrix OLED (AMOLED) displays for the primary display in mobile phones and portable media players.

Expansion of AMOLED manufacturing capacity will enable production of larger displays for mini-notebook and notebook PCs, desktop monitors and larger TVs. DisplaySearch forecasts that in 2015, TV will pass mobile phone main display to become the highest-revenue application at $1.92 billion.

“AMOLED displays have become an important differentiating factor for high-end electronic products,” noted Jennifer Colegrove, Director of Display Technologies at DisplaySearch. “AMOLED revenues will exceed those from passive matrix OLEDs (PMOLEDs) in 2009, and AMOLED is likely to pass PMOLEDs in terms of unit shipments in 2010, driven by mobile phone main display applications.”

Fig. 1: OLED Display Revenue ForecastSource: DisplaySearch Q1’09 Quarterly OLED Shipment and Forecast Report

DisplaySearch also reported that worldwide OLED display revenue in Q4’08 was $156 million, an increase of 17 percent Q/Q. OLED revenues for FY2008 reached $615 million, a 24 percent increase Y/Y.

PMOLED had a weak Q4’08, caused by slowing shipments of monochrome and area color OLED. AMOLED experienced a strong quarter, driven by demand for mobile phone main displays, as Nokia, Samsung Electronics and Sony Ericsson heavily promoted AMOLED mobile phones in early 2009.

“The OLED display industry is at a crossover point, as AMOLED passes PMOLED on a revenue basis. PMOLED makers need to investigate new market and product opportunities such as OLED lighting,” Dr. Colegrove said.

Samsung SDI, whose OLED group merged with Samsung Electronics’ mobile display business to form Samsung Mobile Display (SMD) in January 2009, had a strong Q4’08. As a result, Samsung SDI (now SMD) took the #1 position in shipments with a 31 percent share, passing RiTdisplay. Samsung SDI (now SMD) has been the leader in total OLED revenues for several quarters thanks to its AMOLED shipments
The DisplaySearch Quarterly OLED Shipment and Forecast Report includes shipments by supplier; by AMOLED vs. PMOLED; by small molecule vs. polymer; by monochrome vs. area color vs. full color; and by application, such as mobile phone main display, sub-display, mini-note, notebook PC, TV, MP3, auto console, car audio, digital still camera, near-eye and others. It also shows capacity plans by supplier and has a comprehensive supply/demand forecast.

Source: DisplaySearch

Large-area TFT LCD shipments grew 29 percent M/M in March

AUSTIN, USA: March 2009 shipments of large-area TFT LCD panels reached 37.9 million units, showing strong M/M growth of 29 percent, according to the most recent DisplaySearch Monthly TFT LCD Shipment Database.

In addition, large-area TFT LCD revenues reached $3.9 billion, up 31 percent M/M. While shipments were down only 5 percent Y/Y, revenues were 47 percent lower than March 2008, indicating the magnitude of price declines over the past year.

All three major applications—notebook PC, monitor and TV—showed over 20 percent M/M growth, and total shipments were the highest in six months. February shipment results indicate that the TFT LCD industry had reached the bottom of the cycle, and March’s results show some recovery.

DisplaySearch’s research found that notebook panels had the highest M/M growth at 38 percent, followed by LCD TV at 30 percent and LCD monitor at 24 percent. However, monitor panel shipments are still lower than the same month last year. Notebook panel shipments were flat and TV panels were 14 percent higher than March 2008. Table 1 shows monthly shipments by application.

Table 1: Monthly Large-Area TFT LCD Panel Shipments by Application (Millions)Source: DisplaySearch April 2009 Monthly TFT LCD Shipment Database

In addition to large-area TFT LCDs, the Monthly TFT LCD Shipment Database also tracks 5.0” to 10.2” mini-note (netbook) panel shipments. Mini-note PC panel shipments were 2.7 million in March 2009, up 79 percent M/M; HannStar continued to be the leader in mini-note panel shipments in March. The Premium Version of the Monthly TFT LCD Shipment Database includes shipment data by suppliers for each application and screen size.

For the notebook PC application, shipments of 16:9 panels reached 2.8 million, a 24 percent share of the 11.6 million notebook panels shipped, up from 17 percent in February. In monitors, 16:9 panels reached 4.3 million units, a 28 percent share of the 15.4 million monitor panels shipped, up from 26 percent in February. Meanwhile, 32” TV panel shipments reached 4 million units in March, which is the highest monthly volume ever.

According to David Hsieh, Vice President of DisplaySearch: “March results are encouraging for panel makers as they reflect a good recovery in demand.” Looking forward, Hsieh added, “Considering the current end-market demand and the low panel inventories, we expect that shipments will continue to grow in Q2’09, and we forecast that panel makers will reach 80 percent capacity utilization in Q2’09.”

He concluded: “We previously predicted that March would show double-digit growth over February, as panel makers have been increasing capacity utilization, and these results bear out our forecast. However, the key challenge for panel makers is to evaluate the supply/demand balance, which will be determined by the amount of production increase and by whether the growth in demand is sustained in Q2’09.”

For information on the DisplaySearch Monthly TFT LCD Shipment Database, contact Carl Holec at!

Source: DisplaySearch

Welcome to Pradeep Chakraborty's Electronics Blog

Welcome to PC's Electronics Blog!

Hi friends, in my quest to expand my network of blogs and sites, I am starting this blog on electronics.

Again, I need to share with you all that my career started off as a journalist at Electronics For You, way back in 1989. That's how my affair with electronics started!

Later, I had the privilege of being part of Global Sources, as well as Electronics Business Asia and Electronics Manufacturing Asia -- both at Reed Elsevier.

Given this background in electronics, it is apt for me to start a blog on this subject. This blog is absolutely new, and no posts have been transferred from any of my earlier blogs.

This blog will include specific blog posts related to electronics (and consumer electronics), as well as press releases, industry updates, new products, features, statistics, etc. It will cover electronics manufacturers, A/V products, automotive electronics, personal and office automation/electronics, access control and electronic security products, in-car entertainment electronics, displays, etc.

Thanks for your kind support as always. Suggestions for improvements are always welcome! :)