Stories by Paul Kallender

Japan mobile satellite broadcasting

Mobile Broadcasting Corp. (MBCO) is in the process of launching its satellite broadcasting service, with mobile receivers available in November.
It will be the world's first satellite digital broadcasting service to deliver audio, video and data directly to portable, handheld devices.

Written by Paul Kallender07 Oct. 04 21:00

NTT DoCoMo shows prototype cell phone fuel cell

NTT DoCoMo Inc. and Fujitsu Laboratories Ltd. have developed a prototype fuel cell that will be used as a battery recharger in mobile phones in Japan in 2006, the companies announced Thursday.

Written by Paul Kallender30 Sept. 04 13:32

Japanese bank taps veins to boost security

Japan's third-largest bank, The Bank of Tokyo-Mitsubishi Ltd., will deploy a biometric security system based on vein-pattern recognition technology in branches nationwide in October, the bank said on Tuesday.

Written by Paul Kallender28 Sept. 04 09:49

Sony is developing 200Gb Blu-ray storage

Sony is set to announcethat it has developed an 8-layer version of the Blu-ray Disc that is capable of storing 200G bytes of data, according to a company spokesman.
The announcement will be made at the International Symposium on Optical Memory 2004, from Oct.11 to Oct.15, in Jeju Island, South Korea, according to Sony. The company further plans to commercialize a 4-layer 100G-byte version in 2007, said Sony spokesman Taro Takamine.

Written by Paul Kallender23 Sept. 04 22:00

Sony executives outline high-definition future

Sony hopes to make itself the leading brand for products using high-definition technology in Japan this year and worldwide in 2005, executives said at the company's dealers' convention in Tokyo.
Sony showcased its new lineup of HVX Grand Wega HD (high-definition) TVs, Vaio laptops and desktops, and DVD recorders. It hopes that some of the products will bolster its brand image abroad, including a 70-inch Grand Wega rear projection TV, aimed at the U.S. HD TV market, and its first high-definition video camcorder, the HDR-FX1.

Written by Paul Kallender19 Sept. 04 22:00

Sony to mass produce OLEDs for small screens from 2005

Sony will start mass production of full-colour Organic Light Emitting Diode (OLED) displays and is considering using the technology across a wide range of the company's portable devices with screen sizes up to 10 inches (25cm) from next year.

Written by Paul Kallender16 Sept. 04 11:08

Canon, Toshiba form joint venture on SED TVs

Canon and Toshiba will establish a joint venture next month to manufacture and market panels for large TVs using SED (Surface-conduction Electron-emitter Display) technology, the two companies said on Tuesday.

Written by Paul Kallender15 Sept. 04 08:29

NEC begins grid computing trial with Mazda Motors

NEC Corporation is to provide Mazda Motor Corp. with an experimental grid computing system that will undergo testing in 2005, the companies said today. If the tests are successful, NEC hopes to become a major grid computing systems vendor to large enterprises in Japan and internationally, the company said.

Written by Paul Kallender13 Sept. 04 10:09

Panasonic introduces 65-inch plasma screen

Matsushita Electric Industrial Co. Ltd. will introduce a high-definition PDP (Plasma Display Panel) television with a screen measuring 65 inches diagonally to the Japanese market on Oct. 1, and in the U.S. market in early 2005.
The display is the largest available through consumer sales channels and is capable of rendering 3.62 billion colors, 2,048 shades of graduation and the world's highest contrast ratio of up to 3000:1, Matsushita, better known for its Panasonic brand, said in a statement Monday.

Written by Paul Kallender06 Sept. 04 22:00

Japan's electronics companies escape two quakes

Reports from Japan's major electronics and semiconductor makers suggest their manufacturing facilities suffered no damage and no production stops after two earthquakes shook the country's western region on Sunday.

Written by Paul Kallender06 Sept. 04 09:29