Alpine Electronics

More Players, Sophistication
January 1, 2001

By Jamie Latshaw Encouraged by consumer interest, more manufacturers will use CES introduce increasingly sophisticated mobile navigation and rear-seat entertainment products. At press time, a Sony representative said the company would have a few rear-seat entertainment products at CES—no navigation, however, as the company doesn't see it as a strong market for the U.S. Alpine disagrees. "We continue a very steady sales growth each month," said Steve Witt, vice president, brand marketing and communications, Alpine Electronics of America, adding the company's sales have shifted to about 90 percent DVD platform. In mobile navigation, Kenwood's DVD-based navigation system, model KNA-DV2100, features a second-generation DVD-ROM drive,

December 1, 2000

Robert Minkhorst will end his 30-year career at Philips on December 31, when he is slated to resign as chief executive officer of Philips Consumer Electronics North America. At press time, Philips had not appointed a successor. Darrel Issa has been elected to Congress. Issa is the chairman of the Board of the Consumer Electronics Association and president and CEO of Directed Electronics. He took his seat in the House of Representatives representing the 48th congressional district in California. Issa, a Republican, won with 61 percent of the vote.…Jim Minarik is the new president and CEO of Directed Electronics, Inc. Minarik is currently the