The Minnesota-based blank media company Imation announced Thursday that has purchased the recording properties and brand name of well-known rival TDK. The deal, which covers media properties such as flash media, optical media, magnetic tape, and accessories, is for $300 million. TDK will remain in existence as a separate company, with its research and development, manufacturing and OEM portions. The $300 million sale price consists of $280 million in Imation stock, and $20 million in cash; the deal is expected to close this fall.
TDK Corporation (NYSE: TDK) is a leading global electronics company based in Japan. It was established in 1935 to commercialize “ferrite,” a key material in electronics and magnetics. A world leader in digital recording solutions, TDK is on the forefront of developing next-generation technologies such as Blu-ray Disc, massive capacity media ideal for HD video recording and data backups. TDK was the first company to ship Blu-ray Discs with its April 2006 introduction of 25GB BD-R and BD-RE media. The ultimate retail partner, TDK’s highly efficient supply chain management is award-winning. Its innovative packaging stands out from crowded retail displays, clearly conveying key
Blaupunkt THc650 6.5-inch component speaker system. Available now for $139.95 SRP (two-channel set). New in the company's Thin Line series, each speaker has a 3/4-inch tweeter, an external crossover unit and a 6.5-inch cone woofer that features a mounting depth of under two inches. The woofer incorporates Blaupunkt's exclusive Fringe Field technology, a design that employs a magnet and voice coil arrangement that reduces mounting depth by an inch or more and cuts the weight in half. Call (800) 950-BLAU or visit www.blaupunktusa.com. Optoma EP729 XGA digital projector. Available now for $1,499 estimated street price. This portable projector uses Texas Instruments'
The optical storage manufacturing industry has gravitated toward Taiwan and mainland China in recent years. Almost 50 percent of optical drives and 80 percent of discs will originate from a Taiwanese or Chinese manufacturer in 2005. Taiwan-based manufacturers are expected to ship 100.27 million drives and 11 billion discs in 2005, according to the Industrial Economics and Knowledge Center. These figures are equivalent to 42 percent and 70 percent, respectively, of total global shipments. Imation, TDK, Maxell, Philips, Mitsubishi, Sony, Pioneer, Wal-Mart, Auchan and Best Buy are some of the major brands and resellers that source optical storage products from Taiwan. Capable
Have you ever thought about how long it has been since home data storage and recording media have been used in our daily lives? Consumer media certainly has evolved from products such as unwieldy, low-capacity 5.25-inch floppy discs, low-fi audiocassettes and the reel-to-reel tape of a bygone era, to today's recordable DVDs capable of holding 4.7GB of information. The future of home recordable media will see even greater advances in storage capacity, capabilities and convenience, driven by new recording technologies, such as the Blu-ray disc, that are ushering in the next generation of high-definition video recording. When you sit and reflect for a moment,
Products in the pipeline Edited by David Dritsas Audiovox CDM-8600. Available now for $99 SRP with two-year contract and after $50 rebate. The color clamshell handset is Verizon Wireless-branded with dual displays, Web access, two-way SMS, voice-activated dialing and vibration alert. Weighing 3.2 oz., the pocket-size tri-mode is design-conscious. It also comes equipped with GPS location positioning technology and Get It Now menu online service for ordering ring tones, downloading news, text and games. Call (631) 233-3300 or visit www.audiovox.com. Hitachi Home-1 LCD projector. Available now for $1,799 SRP. Features include a 854x480 resolution, 800:1 contrast ratio, 16:9 aspect ratio, operating noise
HP's Compaq Tablet PC TC1000. Available now at prices starting at $1,699 SRP. This model is built around the Transmeta Crusoe TM5800 1.0-GHz processor and has a 10.4-inch TFT display NVIDIA GeForce2 Go 100 graphics; built-in wireless 802.11b, up to 60 GB hard drives and USB 2.0 connectivity. Call (800) 752-0900 or visit www.hp.com Minolta DiMAGE X. Available now for $499 SRP. With the same compact design as its successful 2.0-Megapixel DiMAGE X, Minolta's next version upgrades to a 3.3-Megapixel CCD and in uses a 3x optical zoom combined with a 4x digital zoom. Call (201) 825-4000 or visit www.minoltausa.com
Memorex Pocket CD-R and CD-RW media, $14.99 to $19.99, shipping now. Selling points: The 185MB/21-minute audio, 16X write speed discs are available in 10-pack versions, as well as a 50-pack spindle package for the CD-R.Each package of the new 10-pack pocket CD-RW will include FileCD 2.0 by NTI, a program that allows the user to format a CD-RW in about 8 minutes at 4X speed. Call (562) 906-2800 or visit www.memorex.com. SanDisk Corporation 64MB Memory Stick, $79.99, available in early November. Selling points: Memory Stick is one of the latest digital data storage solutions. A versatile flash memory card, it
By Markkus Rovito Electronics distributor M. Rothman & Co., Inc. celebrated its 50th anniversary recently with a gathering of customers at its Ramsey, N.J. headquarters and warehouse. In the showroom, the distributor held what Vice President Douglas Rothman called a substitute for summer CES by showing some of the latest products from its suppliers. "The last time we had a show was over five years ago," said Chief Financial Officer Lawrence B. Francis. "But we plan on having an annual show going forward." Representatives from M. Rothman-carrying brands, which include Sharp, Pioneer, Toshiba, Philips, JVC, Konka and TDK, demonstrated the current technology.
By Markkus Rovito Electronics distributor M. Rothman & Co., Inc. celebrated its 50th anniversary recently with a gathering of customers at its Ramsey, N.J., headquarters and warehouse. In the showroom, the distributor held what Vice President Douglas Rothman called a substitute for Summer CES by showing some of the latest products from its suppliers. Some representatives from M. Rothman-distributed brands, which include Sharp, Pioneer, Toshiba, Philips, JVC, Konka and TDK, were there to demonstrate the technology. High on M. Rothman's list of priorities at the event was showcasing its new website designed to make the entire ordering process simpler for retailers. With