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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

PC Expo Show Preview
June 1, 1998

233MHz Toshiba Satellite Notebooks at $1,999 An Intel 233MHz Pentium CPU with MMX powers Toshiba's new Satellite 325 notebook, retailing at $1,999. It's outfitted with a 12.1ý DSTN screen, 4.1GB hard drive, 32MB EDO RAM, lithium ion battery and 20x CD-ROM drive. A Xircom K56flex PC card modem, upgradeable to V.90, comes standard. The Microsoft-laden software bundle also features Symantec Norton AntiVirus Scanner and access to Disney's Daily Blast on-line games and entertainment services. Call (888) 598-7802. Fujitsu PC Adds Zip to LifeBook Notebooks Fujitsu PC will use PC Expo to show its new LifeBook 200 Series, targeting the consumer, SOHO and higher education markets. There are

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

News Japan
March 1, 1998

¥ Sony's PlayStation For Your Palm Sony has developed a palm-sized PDA able to run software downloaded from a PlayStation. Based on the PlayStation's memory card, the PDA uses a 32-bit RISC processor, a monochrome LCD (32 x 32 pixel) and an infrared communications port. The device, due in time for Christmas in Japan, has five input buttons and a reset button. ¥ Sega Brings 128 CPU To Arcades Sega may start selling arcade games based on a new high-performance 128-bit processor. The new CPU is expected to be the heart of the new Sega 128-bit system due in 1999. The new boards will cost ¥200,000

News Japan
March 1, 1998

¥ Sony's PlayStation For Your Palm Sony has developed a palm-sized PDA able to run software downloaded from a PlayStation. Based on the PlayStation's memory card, the PDA uses a 32-bit RISC processor, a monochrome LCD (32 x 32 pixel) and an infrared communications port. The device, due in time for Christmas in Japan, has five input buttons and a reset button. ¥ Sega Brings 128 CPU To Arcades Sega may start selling arcade games based on a new high-performance 128-bit processor. The new CPU is expected to be the heart of the new Sega 128-bit system due in 1999. The new boards will cost ¥200,000

News Japan
January 1, 1998

¥ Toshiba Dolby Digital DVD Hits Europe Toshiba will introduce the first Dolby Digital DVD player in Europe this spring. The high-end SD-K310 will support both Dolby Digital and MPEG-2 audio. Toshiba hopes to grab 30 percent market share in Europe initially. ¥ Sanyo To Build HPC for OEMs Sanyo will build a Windows CE hand-held PC this summer. Although branded sales are unlikely in the U.S., Sanyo will probably OEM product for others as it currently does with notebook PCs. Pricing should be between ¥70,000 and ¥80,000. ¥ NTT Gets Phone In Your Ear NTT has developed an ear-pad headphone for cellular phones and PHS handsets. The "MiMie"

Convergence Blows Through Comdex
January 1, 1998

LAS VEGAS-Like a soft summer breeze, the spectre of digital consumer electronics blew gently through COMDEX/Fall '97 as the computer industry prepared for the start of a new era. While there were batches of new palmtops, most notably those based on Microsoft Windows CE 2.0, heaps of new monitors, digital cameras and image editing software, in the back meeting rooms, DTV was in the air. Even on the show floor engineers were discussing how the computing industry and consumer electronics industry would live together in the digital TV era. For a show supposedly about computers, there was a great deal of talk about digital TV and

News Japan
January 1, 1998

¥ Toshiba Dolby Digital DVD Hits Europe Toshiba will introduce the first Dolby Digital DVD player in Europe this spring. The high-end SD-K310 will support both Dolby Digital and MPEG-2 audio. Toshiba hopes to grab 30 percent market share in Europe initially. ¥ Sanyo To Build HPC for OEMs Sanyo will build a Windows CE hand-held PC this summer. Although branded sales are unlikely in the U.S., Sanyo will probably OEM product for others as it currently does with notebook PCs. Pricing should be between ¥70,000 and ¥80,000. ¥ NTT Gets Phone In Your Ear NTT has developed an ear-pad headphone for cellular phones and PHS handsets. The "MiMie"

Toshiba D-VR650 Super Multi Drive DVD Recorder + VCR
January 1, 1904

This unit is the top of Toshiba’s line, offering ATSC, QAM and NTSC tuners and HDMI with upconversion to 720p and 1080i. It records and plays DVD-R/-RW/+R/+RW and DVD-RAM. It includes a 4-head Hi-Fi VCR. Toshiba also offers another model without the tuners. Available in April for $279.99. www.toshiba.com