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News Japan
September 1, 1998

By Mike Ueda ¥ Wireless SmartCard In Development Hitachi Maxell Plans to expand its non-contact Smartcard sheet business. The company plans to manufacture a flexible PET (polyethyleneterephthalate)-made modular sheet which integrates an IC chip with 1Kbyte embedded EEPROM and an antenna coil. With the 0.15mm-thick sheet, it is possible to develop a 0.25mm smartcard. The chip has a transmission range of 10cm, which will allow for easier in-store transactions and vending machines. ¥ Mitsubishi Starts LCD Production Mitsubishi Electric will begin to produce low-temperature polycrystal silicon TFT LCDs in fiscal 1999. The company will initially manufacture 2- to 4-inch viewfinder LCDs and eventually expand its product line to

News Japan
August 1, 1998

By Mike Ueda ¥ New Video CD Format For China Matsushita, Sony, JVC and Philips have signed a deal with the Chinese government to make a new high-quality Video CD format. As the world's largest CD Video market, China has some 12 million Video CD players. The new format will use MPEG-2 video and hold about 50 minutes of video on a disc. ¥ IBM, NEC Work On DVD 'Watermarks' IBM and NEC are working together to establish a comman to prevent illegal copying of DVDs. The partners are proposing an electronic watermark on each disc, which will limit recording and copying of DVDs. The new technology is

News Japan
August 1, 1998

By Mike Ueda ¥ New Video CD Format For China Matsushita, Sony, JVC and Philips have signed a deal with the Chinese government to make a new high-quality Video CD format. As the world's largest CD Video market, China has some 12 million Video CD players. The new format will use MPEG-2 video and hold about 50 minutes of video on a disc. ¥ IBM, NEC Work On DVD 'Watermarks' IBM and NEC are working together to establish a comman to prevent illegal copying of DVDs. The partners are proposing an electronic watermark on each disc, which will limit recording and copying of DVDs. The new technology is

Hot Products - PC Retailing
August 1, 1998

Hewlett Packard Plays Imaging Options Six new SKUs shipping from Hewlett Packard feature new digital imaging options--both on the computer and on the Internet. The HP Message Board, available in the new The HP Pavilion PC 6300 and 8300 Series, enables users to easily add audio, animations and digital images to their e-mail messages or postings to a private bulletin board. The HP 8300 series features a front serial port for easy connection of digital cameras. New Pavilion price points range from $999 (300MHz AMD K6-2) to $2,029 (400MHz Pentium II with MMX). The 8300 Series Pavilions will be available to all HP retail partners,

Hot Products - Mobile Audio & Video
August 1, 1998

Garmin's Portable GPS Ideal for the Car Garmin now offers its first portable mapping system that is designed specifically for the car. The StreetPilot GPS is a cartridge-based system that will allow the driver to locate and mark all points of interest and then organize them into a logical route of travel. The StreetPilot will estimate arrival time for each selected intersection, distance between waypoints and will display arrows to indicate which way to go at selected intersections. The StreetPilot retails for less than $600 ($549 minimum advertised price); city-specific cartridges are available for $99 to $199. Call (913) 397-8200. Magellan GPS Price Falls Below $1,500 Magellan

The Top 50 Lead-Generating Products
July 1, 1998

The Retailer's Choice at Mid-Season The Top 50 Lead-Generating Products appearing in Dealerscope Consumer Electronics Marketplace: Oct. 1997 - March 1998 1. FreeTalk Personal Radio (Advertisement) Kenwood Communications Corp. 2. ViaTV Videophones (Advertisement) 8X8, Inc. 3. Equator Ventless Washer-Dryer Combo (Advertisement) Equator Corp. 4. Trinitron Television (Advertisement) Sony Electronics, Inc. 5. Fedco Computer Battery Catalog (Advertisement) Fedco Electronics, Inc. 6. 61" Proscan HDTV Thomson Consumer Electronics 7. Sanyo Energy Single Source Batteries (Advertisement) Sanyo Energy Corp. 8. 1998 Sony Videoscope Television (Advertisement) Sony Electronics, Inc. 9. Dishguard 18" Satellite Protection System (Advertisement) Dishguard 10. GR-DVX Camcorder (Advertisement) (Replacement Model--GR-DVL 9000) JVC Corp. of America 11. Beepwear Watch Beepwear Paging Products (Formerly MTX Paging Products, LLC) 12. Panasonic Palm Theater DVD (Advertisement) Panasonic Consumer Electronics Co. 13. GeoBook (Advertisement) Brother International Corp. TIE: 14-15. Neptune Super Stack Washer/Dryer Maytag Corp., Inc. TIE: 14-15. Thomson Digital Products Launch (Advertisement) Thomson/RCA

News Japan
July 1, 1998

By Mike Ueda ¥ Matsushita Backs DVD lab in Taiwan The Industrial Technology Research Institute (ITRI) and Matsushita have reached an agreement to cooperate in the development of both DVD industries and the DVD market in Taiwan. This agreement is expected to help popularize DVD and develop the market in Taiwan, which is the world's third largest producer of information equipment. ¥ Fujitsu Adds PC Card To Multi Fujitsu has developed a new series of multifunction PC peripherals, called Image Ace. The first model, the Image Ace IA-3000, has six different functions all rolled into one unit. The six functions include image scanning (automatic-feed and hand-held scanning), PCMCIA

News Japan
July 1, 1998

By Mike Ueda ¥ Matsushita Backs DVD lab in Taiwan The Industrial Technology Research Institute (ITRI) and Matsushita have reached an agreement to cooperate in the development of both DVD industries and the DVD market in Taiwan. This agreement is expected to help popularize DVD and develop the market in Taiwan, which is the world's third largest producer of information equipment. ¥ Fujitsu Adds PC Card To Multi Fujitsu has developed a new series of multifunction PC peripherals, called Image Ace. The first model, the Image Ace IA-3000, has six different functions all rolled into one unit. The six functions include image scanning (automatic-feed and hand-held scanning), PCMCIA

Mindshare
June 1, 1998

Every month, Dealerscope offers the latest and greatest on brown goods, white goods, and, some call them, "beige goods." This month, you'll find we're heavy on the white and the beige. On pages 20 to 23, we give a comprehensive look at industry major appliance brandshare and distribution trends with Part I of our annual Statistical Survey & Report--now in its 76th year! (Part II of this report, covering consumer electronics, is slated to appear in Dealerscope's August 1998 issue.) Then, at the center of this June Dealerscope, is "White Goods: A Retail Resource," an 8-page pull-out sponsored by the Association of Home Appliance Manufacturers (AHAM).

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