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News Japan
June 1, 1998

By Mike Ueda ¥ NEC Readies MPEG-4 Audio Streaming NEC has developed MPEG-4 compliant audio software that it claims can decode sound files in real time. The software is designed for use with Internet audio broadcasts. NEC, in a statement, said it expects its decoding technology to be part of the final specification for MPEG-4. Encoding software should be completed by year's end. ¥ Sony Boosting CCD Production Sony plans to increase production of CCD sensors from 700,000 to 2.3 million a month by September. The charge coupled devices are used primarily for digital still cameras. ¥ DVD+RW Drives To Ship By Fall The six companies backing the DVD+RW format

News Japan
May 1, 1998

By Mike Ueda ¥ Konica Starts Plastic Pickup Production Konica announced it would begin production of plastic optical pickups for use with CD and DVD players. The company expects to produce 500,000 units per month by year's end. ¥ Sony, Itochu Step Back From DBS in Japan Sony and Itochu decided to forgo entry into the digital broadcast satellite business slated to start-up in Japan in late 2000 and will instead focus on digital broadcasts via communications satellite. Both firms are lead shareholders in SKY PerfecTV, the digital communications satellite broadcaster that launches May 1. Matsushita Electric, Toshiba and Mitsui & Co. remain poised for full entry into

News Japan
May 1, 1998

By Mike Ueda ¥ Konica Starts Plastic Pickup Production Konica announced it would begin production of plastic optical pickups for use with CD and DVD players. The company expects to produce 500,000 units per month by year's end. ¥ Sony, Itochu Step Back From DBS in Japan Sony and Itochu decided to forgo entry into the digital broadcast satellite business slated to start-up in Japan in late 2000 and will instead focus on digital broadcasts via communications satellite. Both firms are lead shareholders in SKY PerfecTV, the digital communications satellite broadcaster that launches May 1. Matsushita Electric, Toshiba and Mitsui & Co. remain poised for full entry into

Gearing Up for Selling Season
April 1, 1998

The mobile electronics industry is looking for some relief from wet weather and lagging sales and is hoping to open the market to cabin-fever purchases of booming car stereo systems during the promo season. Most product previewed on the CES show floor is just beginning to hit retailers' floors and much of it will be showcased in Fuse '98, the Consumer Electronics Manufacturers Association's first consumer show, June 19-21 in Atlantic City, NJ. As Clarion pretty much has all the bases covered--autosound, navigation, security and multimedia--with its Windows CE-driven AutoPC, other manufacturers concentrate on pumping out more powerful and feature-ladden autosound products at lower

Portable Audio
April 1, 1998

JVC Booms Bass In Kaboom Box JVC began shipping its RV-B90 Kaboom Box, available in gray and black, for $330. The Kaboom Box packs Twin 6 7/16" super woofers, with a four-amp configuration and 40 watts of power, and Twin ducts with rugged tubular construction. The system will intensify low frequencies with its Super Exciter Bass Circuit, and the Active Clear Sound controls high frequency noise. Call (201) 794-3900. Aiwa Redesigns X-Trainer Series Aiwa's portable CD players in its Cross Trainer series sport a new look--black and purple casing with orange accents and rubberized exteriors with more securely locked CD doors. Model XP-SP1200 just began to hit

Megapixels Storm PMA Show
March 1, 1998

NEW ORLEANS--The slowly but steadily growing pressure of electronics imaging products at the Photographic Marketing Association's (PMA) annual new product bash was readily apparent. And it was not only the fact that more traditional film camera manufacturers are beefing up their digital product input. The number of primarily electronic companies taking space at PMA is definitely on the rise. Also apparent is the increasing number of megapixel (one million pixel) digital still cameras popping up. Miniaturization is a growing factor -- in all three types of cameras: digital, 35mm point and shoot and Advanced Photo System (APS)--along with the appearance of more APS units coming

News Japan
February 1, 1998

¥ Fujitsu, Sony Sign Chip Deal Fujitsu and Sony agreed to jointly develop the next generation of LSI chips, .18 micron system. The two companies expect to have the first .18 micron DRAM sometime in 1999. The two companies are also studying a joint agreement for .13 micron chips. ¥ One Million Add Cell Phones in Dececember Japan's cellular and PHS service providers added 1,087,000 new subscribers in December 1997. The total number of mobile telephone subscribers is up to 28,740,000. ¥ Pioneer Opens DVD Studio Pioneer opened a DVD production studio in Hong Kong, in anticipation of DVD replacing video CD as the most popular video media in

News Japan
February 1, 1998

¥ Fujitsu, Sony Sign Chip Deal Fujitsu and Sony agreed to jointly develop the next generation of LSI chips, .18 micron system. The two companies expect to have the first .18 micron DRAM sometime in 1999. The two companies are also studying a joint agreement for .13 micron chips. ¥ One Million Add Cell Phones in Dececember Japan's cellular and PHS service providers added 1,087,000 new subscribers in December 1997. The total number of mobile telephone subscribers is up to 28,740,000. ¥ Pioneer Opens DVD Studio Pioneer opened a DVD production studio in Hong Kong, in anticipation of DVD replacing video CD as the most popular video media in