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News Japan
October 1, 1999

Pioneer's Mini-system With Built-in CD Recorder Pioneer Corp. at the end of November will launch a mini-system it claims is the industry's first single-body mini-system with a CD recorder built in. Model X-MR7, at 112,000 yen or $1,065, also features a three-disc CD changer, two-way book-shelf speakers and Pioneer's Legato-Link Conversion processor. A built-in sampling rate converter allows direct recording from digital sources sampled at different frequencies, automatically converting signals into sound data at the 44.1KHz sampling frequency standard for CDs. NEC's Single-chip Dolby Digital Audio Encoder NEC Corp. last month began sample production of a single-chip LSI for the Dolby Digital Consumer Encoder (DDCE) standard widely

Innovation Japan
September 1, 1999

Mobile Phone Usage Gaining in Japan The number of cellular and PHS handsets in use in Japan reached 50,518,000 at the end of July, surpassing the 50-million mark for the first time in history, according to the Ministry of Posts and Telecommunications. The per-capita penetration rate is now 39.9 percent. At the current rate of growth, the number of mobile phone users may surpass the number of NTT telephone subscribers by the end of March 2000. As of late July, there were 44,808,000 cellular subscribers, an increase of 862,000 in one month. The number of PHS subscribers declined 47,000 to 5,710,000. Microsoft, Softbank Target Wireless Internet Microsoft,

Innovation Japan
September 1, 1999

Mobile Phone Usage Gaining in Japan The number of cellular and PHS handsets in use in Japan reached 50,518,000 at the end of July, surpassing the 50-million mark for the first time in history, according to the Ministry of Posts and Telecommunications. The per-capita penetration rate is now 39.9 percent. At the current rate of growth, the number of mobile phone users may surpass the number of NTT telephone subscribers by the end of March 2000. As of late July, there were 44,808,000 cellular subscribers, an increase of 862,000 in one month. The number of PHS subscribers declined 47,000 to 5,710,000. Microsoft, Softbank Target Wireless Internet Microsoft,

Internet Cable Goes Retail
July 1, 1999

Looks like to there's no way around it, cable is coming to the Internet. Actually cable Internet isn't exactly new. Cable access has been available for some time, but the modems usually were leased from the access provider. Now, with cable modems soon to b e available from retailers, their presence and use should sky rocket in the next year. The major benefits of cable modem access are speed and ease of connection. The speed is obvious, up to 100 times as fast as traditional phoneline modems. A download that would take 30 minutes with a 56K phone modem, would land in under 10 seconds

Innovation Japan
May 1, 1999

By Mike Ueda ¥ Sharp Develops "Multi-Scene Display" Advanced TFT LCD Sharp Corporation has announced the development of an advanced TFT LCD, dubbed the Multi-Scene Display, an all-around display that can be used anywhere, anytime. In brightly lit environments, it has the characteristics of the energy-efficient, reflective-type Super Mobile LCD. For use in dark settings the LCD functions as a transmissive display with a built-in backlight. Mass production of 2-inch LCDs for use in mobile audio-visual products was to begin last month, with mass production of 7-inch LCDs for personal information tools and in-car use to follow. ¥ Euro Unification Sparks Panasonic Reorganization Panasonic is re-organizing its European

Innovation Japan
May 1, 1999

By Mike Ueda ¥ Sharp Develops "Multi-Scene Display" Advanced TFT LCD Sharp Corporation has announced the development of an advanced TFT LCD, dubbed the Multi-Scene Display, an all-around display that can be used anywhere, anytime. In brightly lit environments, it has the characteristics of the energy-efficient, reflective-type Super Mobile LCD. For use in dark settings the LCD functions as a transmissive display with a built-in backlight. Mass production of 2-inch LCDs for use in mobile audio-visual products was to begin last month, with mass production of 7-inch LCDs for personal information tools and in-car use to follow. ¥ Euro Unification Sparks Panasonic Reorganization Panasonic is re-organizing its European

PMA Focuses on Megapixel+
April 1, 1999

By Grant Clauser Once again, digital products seemed to steal the limelight at the annual Photo Marketing Association show held this year in Las Vegas, Nev. The crowds were abuzz with phrases like megapixel, CCD and Carl Zeiss. Despite a year of high returns for digital cameras, manufacturers didn't need sequined dancers and celebrity appearance to attract attention at their booths. But it didn't hurt either. Several manufacturers touted two megapixel CCD sensors that can capture an image at about 1600 x 1200 resolutions. Other news included some high-res low-priced models and a variety of ease of use features. One of the long-running problems with digital camera has been

News Japan
March 1, 1999

By Mike Ueda ¥ Ultraman Series to Be Released on DVD Matsushita and Tsuburaya Productions as a part of a multimedia/digitization pact will release DVD titles this summer based on Tsuburaya's "ULTRAMAN" series of TV movies: "ULTRA-Q," "ULTRAMAN" and "ULTRA-SEVEN." The ULTRA series is one of the longest (33 years) and biggest hits in Japan's TV movie history, targeting kids as its audience. Panasonic Digital Contents Company will release the titles this summer in Japan. ¥ ITS to be $64 Billion Market in 2015 The Ministry of Posts and Telecommunica-tions (MPT) forecasts the Intelligent Transport System (ITS) market will reach 7.36 trillion-yen ($64.56 billion) in fiscal 2015. The

News Japan
March 1, 1999

By Mike Ueda ¥ Ultraman Series to Be Released on DVD Matsushita and Tsuburaya Productions as a part of a multimedia/digitization pact will release DVD titles this summer based on Tsuburaya's "ULTRAMAN" series of TV movies: "ULTRA-Q," "ULTRAMAN" and "ULTRA-SEVEN." The ULTRA series is one of the longest (33 years) and biggest hits in Japan's TV movie history, targeting kids as its audience. Panasonic Digital Contents Company will release the titles this summer in Japan. ¥ ITS to be $64 Billion Market in 2015 The Ministry of Posts and Telecommunica-tions (MPT) forecasts the Intelligent Transport System (ITS) market will reach 7.36 trillion-yen ($64.56 billion) in fiscal 2015. The

1999 Buying Group Profiles
March 1, 1999

Associated Volume Buyers (AVB) 5000 East Spring StreetSuite 390 Long Beach, CA 90815 Phone: (562) 496-4402 Fax: (562) 496-4543 website: www.avb.net e-mail: blawrence@avb.net Bob Lawrence, Executive Director Dan Crain, President Kathy Maloney, Comptroller Mike Allen, Furniture Coordinator Jim Ristow, Electronics Coordinator Members: 1,100 Storefronts: 1,800 Chapters: 15 Annual Sales Volume: $3.5 billion Key Suppliers: Electronics: Thomson, Pioneer, JVC, Mitsubishi, Zenith, Hitachi, Primestar, Echostar, DirecTV. Key Suppliers, Appliances: General Electric, Frigidaire, Whirlpool, Maytag, Amana, Fisher & Paykel, Holland, Oreck. Key Suppliers, Furniture: Ashley, Lane Action, Powell, Best Chair, Simmons, Stratford, Pulaski, Howard Miller. Description: Associated Volume Buyers is a 100 percent member-owned, member-managed