LG Electronics and PRADA announce the global launch of the new PRADA Phone by LG, LG-KF900

LG Electronics (LG) , a worldwide technology and design leader in mobile communications, and PRADA, world’s leading fashion brand, today announce the global launch of the highly anticipated successor to the PRADA Phone by LG. The latest handset from LG and PRADA partnership is set to hit the stores in Europe by late November this year.

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The latest edition of the PRADA Phone by LG (Model: LG-KF900) offers a collection of technical upgrades catering to today’s highest mobile needs. In the outer peripherals, new handset preserves the same original minimalist exterior that has now become a key design inspiration of touch screen handsets worldwide. A defining modification for the new handset involves a set of aesthetics keys that slide out to form a more professional look that not only grazes an elevated level of sophistication, but is also a highly efficient communication tool that complements the latest PRADA Phone by LG’s technology.

The handset’s user interface also receives a powerful improvement with LG’s latest active flash UI technology and haptic feedback on touch input enhancing the experience of the phone’s exclusive contents offerings. Dynamic upgrades to the software is well complimented by hardware extensions that include 3G capability with HSDPA up to 7.2 Mbps and advanced 5 megapixel camera featuring slow motion video recording and DivX playback. Other features include Wi-Fi, full HTML browser, and video calling capabilities.

Reinventing the most exclusive form of mobile sophistication and style, the latest version of the PRADA Phone by LG magnifies the heritage of the predecessor with exclusive PRADA elements including ring tones, wallpapers, and video clips that are carefully selected for users to fully experience the handset inside and out. Each of these unique contents displays PRADA’s extraordinary artwork dedicated to the company’s visionary design philosophy. Contents include the PRADA Fall/Winter 2008 Lookbook, new PRADA animation films dedicated to the PRADA Phone by LG, and wallpapers illustrating principal themes from PRADA’s annual design collections dating back to 2001.

This time around, LG and PRADA reinvents mobile trend with another stunning offering, the ‘PRADA Link’ (Model: LG-LBA-T950). Expected to release with the new handset, this sleek and elegantly packaged digital timepiece is a Bluetooth device that can remotely monitor phone calls as well as read full SMS text messages without having to extract the phone from a bag or pocket. Extending the handset’s luxurious exterior beyond the device itself is a new wearable type accessory; the PRADA Link not only revolutionizes the conventional methods of mobile communication, but adds practicality and convenience to a fashionable statement.

The new PRADA Phone by LG and the PRADA Link will be available with a starting price of 600 Euros and 299 Euros, respectively. The products can be purchased through major mobile dealerships in the UK, France, Germany, Italy, Spain, Netherlands, and other countries in Europe. Please contact your local operator for details on the handset’s availability in your area.

NEC Electronics expands the company's lineup of 16-bit 78K0R microcontrollers for Automotive Applications

NEC Electronics announced today it has expanded the company’s lineup of 16-bit 78K0R microcontrollers (MCUs) to support cost-sensitive automotive applications. Based on NEC Electronics’ fast and efficient 78K0R core, the new 78K0R/Fx3 MCUs are optimized to deliver higher performance and expanded memory options for automotive body electronics applications such as window, seat and door modules; and heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) systems. The new products complement NEC Electronics’ current F Series lineup of 8-bit and 32-bit MCUs and provide an easy scalability path for in-vehicle comfort systems.

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“Automotive system designers are demanding higher performance and expanded memory configurations to accommodate the requirement for more electronic content in current and next-generation vehicles, particularly in lower-cost systems where 8-bit MCUs have traditionally been dominant,” said Shinichi Iwamoto, vice president, microcomputer operations unit, NEC Electronics Corporation. “NEC Electronics’ new 78K0R/Fx3 devices successfully bridge the cost/performance gap to provide a path to higher performance in a reliable, flash memory-based MCU.”

Increased Flexibility and Higher Performance for Body Electronics
To deliver faster operating and CPU speeds than NEC Electronics’ 8-bit 78K0 core, the 16-bit 78K0R core employs a three-stage pipeline architecture that achieves a CPU clock speed of 24 megahertz (MHz), and executes 15 Dhrystone million instructions per second (MIPS).

Additional features include expanded storage capacities, memory configurations ranging from 24 up to 256 kilobytes (KB) and an enhanced instruction set featuring 25 additional instructions. Dual-operating data flash memory (simultaneous code execution and internal EEPROM emulation) enables engineers to reduce memory access time and simplify software design, while eliminating the need for memory banking also helps them increase operating speed and reduce system costs.

In addition to supporting the controller area network (CAN) protocol, the new NEC Electronics MCUs also offer extended Local Interconnect Network (LIN) support with automatic baud rate detection and enhanced timer functionality. This allows engineers to reduce software overhead, and simplify LIN and complex timer design in increasingly sophisticated body electronics systems.

To facilitate shorter software development cycles, NEC Electronics offers a wide range of MCU development tools, including its full-function IECUBETM in-circuit emulator with real-time trace and emulation capabilities, MINICUBE2TM on-chip serial debugging emulator and flash programmer, PG-FP5 flash programmer, integrated debugger and an automatic source code generator.

Pricing and Availability
The 36 new 78K0R/Fx3 MCUs support a wide range of memory configurations, as well as pin counts ranging from 30 to 100 pins. The devices are available in quad flat no-lead (QFN) packages and quad flat pack/shrink small-outline packages (QFP/SSOPs). Samples are scheduled to be available in June 2009. Prices will vary depending on memory, package and pin configurations. Pricing and availability are subject to change.

Panasonic introduces the world’s first Micro Four Thirds system camera, the LUMIX DMC-G1, the world’s smallest and lightest digital interchangeable lens camera

Panasonic today announced the world’s first Micro Four Thirds system camera, the LUMIX DMC-G1, the world’s smallest and lightest digital interchangeable lens camera system*, with the body and kit lens weighing in at approximately 580 grams (1.28 lbs). Based on the new Micro Four Thirds System standard, the LUMIX G1 eliminates the internal mirror structure that defines digital single-lens reflex (DSLR) cameras, thus reducing the size and weight by nearly half.** With the mirror-less system, the G1’s flange back, which is the distance between the mount and the image sensor, has been reduced from 40 mm – as specified in the Four Thirds System – to approximately 20 mm.

The new Panasonic LUMIX DMC-G1 will enhance the advanced photo quality and flexibility made possible by the Four ThirdsÔ System, and with its innovative design, consumers will appreciate the portability of a smaller camera body and lenses. The G1 will be available in mid-November as a kit with the new LUMIX G VARIO 14-45mm/F3.5-5.6 ASPH/MEGA O.I.S lens. Also available in November, and announced today, is the LUMIX G VARIO 45-200mm/F4.0-5.6/MEGA O.I.S.lens.

“With the LUMIX G1, we are filling a void that has existed for a long time in the digital camera market, because consumers wanted the power of an SLR, but previous models were bulky and inconvenient,” said David Briganti, National Marketing Manager, Imaging, Panasonic Consumer Electronics Company. “The LUMIX G answers this challenge as consumers can benefit from the flexibility of changing lenses; a quick Auto Focus; and a sensor that produces high-quality photos. By packing all those powerful assets into an extremely compact body with easy-to-use features familiar to point-and-shoot users, we are excited about G, as it brings new possibilities to the consumer.”

The LUMIX G1 is also the world’s first interchangeable lens camera that will come with color variety – with availability in black, blue and red models – allowing consumers to personalize their style through color, something very popular with point-and-shoot camera models.

lumix_g1For current Four Thirds users with a collection of lenses, an optional mount adapter will allow Four Thirds lenses to be compatible with the LUMIX G1.*** Also, today, with the introduction of the Micro Four Thirds System, Panasonic is announcing a wide-variety of accessories including: External Flash DMW-FL220(GN22); PL Filter: DMW-LPL52; Mount Adapter: DMW-MA1; Battery Pack: DMW-BLB13; DC Cable: DMW-DCC3; Soft Case: DMW-CG1; Soft Bag: DMW-BAG1; Shoulder Strap (Stylish) DMW-SSTG1-A/C/R; Shoulder Strap (Woven) DMW-SSTG2-W; Shoulder Strap (Leather) DMW-SSTG3-T. The G1 is also compatible with current accessories: External Flash: DMW-FL360(GN36)/DMW-FL500(GN50); ND Filter: DMW-LND52; MC Protector: DMW-LMC52; Remote Shutter: DMW-RSL1; HDMI mini Cable: RP-CDHM15(1.5m), RP-CDHM30(3.0m).

The G1’s compact size can also be attributed to its electronic full-time Live View Finder, as opposed to a conventional optical viewfinder. The electronic Live View Finder, with an impressive and high-resolution 1,440,000-dot equivalent, allows the user to shoot the exact image the camera sees while also displaying information about the camera’s settings through the view finder. The G1 also features a clever built-in eye sensor, so the camera can detect when the user is nearing the view finder and automatically switches off the LCD, thus conserving battery life. Also, the Live View Finder has a large 1.4x (0.7x on a 35mm equivalent) magnification and when using the G1 in manual focus mode, the frame in the view finder or LCD will enlarge by 5x or 10x (can adjust using the dial).

 

The Live View Finder and the bright 460,000-dot resolution, 3.0-inch LCD provide a 100% field of view, letting the user adjust settings before taking a shot, which is a great learning tool for consumers beginning to use manual controls, as they can visually confirm the effects of changed settings. The LCD can also swivel 180 degrees horizontally and 270 degrees vertically, giving the consumer flexibility to take high- and low-angle shots, and its Auto Power technology will automatically boost brightness by as much as 40% depending on the shooting condition so it remains visible in all lighting environments.

 

The G1 introduces a new Contrast AF (Auto Focus) function that is not only accurate and easy to use, but also very fast. Users can choose from a wide-range of AF modes, including multiple-area AF with up to 23 focus areas, 1-area AF with a selectable focus area, Face Detection, and AF Tracking. In the 1-area AF mode, the AF frame size can be changed by simply turning a dial. The G1 also has a Quick AF function that begins focusing as soon as the user aims the camera – no need to wait to press the shutter button halfway. This provides quicker focusing that can help capture the subject before the crucial moment passes.

 

Users familiar with point-and-shoot digital cameras, and new to the world of advanced interchangeable lens cameras, will benefit from Panasonic’s Intelligent Auto (iA) mode. When in iA mode, the G1 will detect the shooting condition and automatically adjust for the ultimate shooting results. Panasonic’s iA includes the following intuitive technologies.

 

· AF Tracking – Automatically tracks the subject as it moves, keeping it in focus without the need to hold the shutter halfway down.

· Intelligent Exposure – Helps prevents photos from being under- or over-exposed by analyzing the framed image and adjusting the brightness in areas that are too dark because of dim lighting, backlighting or the use of the flash.

· MEGA O.I.S. – Gyrosensors detect hand-shake and the lens system shifts to compensate, helping to prevent hand movement from creating a blurry image.

· Intelligent ISO – Determines if the photo subject is moving and changes the ISO setting and shutter speed accordingly, thus giving a blur-free photo.

· Intelligent Scene Selector – Senses the ambient conditions and will automatically select the appropriate mode from Scenery, Portrait, Close-up, Night Portrait or Night Scenery.

· Face Detection – Detects faces in the frame (up to 15 faces), even if they are moving, and selects optimal focus and exposure settings so portraits come out clear. Also features Digital Red-Eye correction.

 

The Panasonic LUMIX DMC-G1, a 12.1 Megapixel camera, also includes the following advanced features.

 

· Live MOS Sensor – Provides the best of both worlds with high image quality from a CCD sensor, and the lower-power consumption of a CMOS sensor. New technology makes it possible to read four channels of data simultaneously and deliver 60 frames-per-second full-time Live View images.

· Venus Engine HD – New imaging processor enhances noise reduction and provides independent gradation control for each of the R, G and B colors.

· Supersonic Wave Filter Dust Reduction System – Designed to prevent dust from adhering to the image sensor by vibrating 50,000 times per second, the filter repels dust and other particles.

· My Color Mode – Users can freely adjust the color, brightness and saturation while composing shots, allowing for more expressive and creative shots. 

· HDMI Output – With an optional HDMI cable, the G1 can connect to an HDMI-capable High Definition television, such as a Panasonic VIERA Plasma or LCD. When connected to a VIERA, using VIERA Link capability, the TV’s remote control can direct the slideshow on the G1.

· My Menu – This new tab automatically stores the five most recently used menu selections for quick, convenient retrieval. The custom-setting can also be used to program a frequently-used function which can be activated by pressing the down arrow on the cursor key. The color of the menu viewed on LCD can also be changed to three different colors: black, red, blue.

 

Pricing for the Panasonic LUMIX DMC-G1 and its Micro Four Thirds accessories will be announced in early October.

* Lightest body and kit lens; and smallest in volume measured in cubic centimeters – as of September 12, 2008

**Compared to the Panasonic LUMIX DMC-L10.

*** Needs an adapter (available as an optional accessory) to use Four Thirds lenses. Lenses that are not compatible with the Contrast AF function can be used with manual focusing. There are also some limitations to other functions.

Motorola Introduces Latest Addition APX O9 Integrated Control Head For The APX Mobile Radio Line

Motorola has announced the launch of the APX O9 Integrated Control Head for the APX mobile radio line. The one-touch functionality and intuitive controls in one integrated unit provide instant multi-agency interoperability for mission critical first responders.

The O9 Control Head is the latest addition to Motorola’s APX multi-band family of radios. The industry’s first Project 25 (P25) multi-band (700/800 MHz and VHF) family of radios, APX communicates with current and future P25 networks (FDMA and TDMA) and has integrated GPS for situational awareness.

The O9 Control Head features programmable controls, combining several communication and warning functions into a simplified single-button press for safe and more efficient operation. Under stressful situations, the enlarged one-touch buttons make it easy to select and change modes, channels and zones. Buttons can also be used to sequentially operate lights, sirens/PA systems, status messages and GPS coordinates.

The integrated design of the control head reduces the amount of equipment required in a vehicle, providing officers with more cabin space and easier access to all controls. The large, full-color display of the O9 Control Head is easy to read and optimizes the intelligent lighting feature of the APX 7500 mobile radio by illuminating the appropriate keypad buttons and display screen in different colors to highlight specific events. The screen also adjusts to optimize different viewing conditions such as the night time.

“Just as the APX 7500 mobile radio does the work of two radios and reduces the amount of equipment in a vehicle, the APX O9 Control Head also eliminates the need for other vehicle warning and communication system controls,” said Bob Schassler, Motorola senior vice president, Enterprise Mobility Solutions. “Simplified operations mean officers can stay focused on the mission. The APX mobile radio provides true interoperability and exceptional audio quality in one device to aid the multi-agency communication that is essential for mission critical operations.”

Motorola will be offering a complete control head portfolio with three options available for the APX 7500 mobile radio. The O3 Handheld Control Head, the O5 Standard Control Head and the O9 Integrated Control Head will give users the flexibility to choose the control head that best meets their organizational needs.

APX meets public safety specifications for mission critical communications by improving officer coordination, response time and safety via access to real-time information for enhanced decision making. The backwards and forwards compatible radio works on all P25 radio systems like ASTRO 25 plus SMARTNET and SmartZone analog systems and will continue to work as networks migrate to new P25 Phase 2 technology (TDMA).

Since its introduction in August 2008, APX has been recognized by the design community with a number of award recognitions, including the iF Product Design Award and the Australian International Design Award. In addition, the team was named “Design Team of the Year” in the EE Times’ Annual Creativity in Electronics (ACE) Awards and won the “Silver Award” in BusinessWeek’s 2009 International Design Excellence Awards (IDEA), organized by the Industrial Designers Society of America (IDSA).

Panasonic Presents The New LUMIX DMC-FP8 Digital Camera With A 28mm Wide-Angle Lens

Panasonic announced the new LUMIX DMC-FP8 digital camera as part of its new FP-Series, which pursues excellence in both design and function. The LUMIX FP8, with 12.1 megapixels, features a high-quality 28mm wide-angle, 4.6x Leica DC lens with folding optics – encased in a futuristic-looking stylish body.

In addition to its unique design, the FP8 also features advanced functions including high-speed Auto Focus (AF) and Panasonic’s Intelligent Auto (iA) suite of technologies. With a fast AF, combined with a high-speed start-up of only 0.95 seconds, the FP8’s fast response catches even the most fleeting shots. Panasonic’s iA, a popular feature on LUMIX cameras, now includes POWER Optical Image Stabilization (O.I.S.) which features double the repression power compared to the previous image stabilization system, MEGA O.I.S. The hand-shake generated when pressing the shutter button, or when shooting at night with a slow shutter speed, is significantly minimized by the improved POWER O.I.S. to help reduce blurry photos.

“We realize that consumers are looking for fashionable and slim digital cameras that still take high-quality photos and feature advanced photo settings,” said David Briganti, Senior Product Manager, Imaging, Panasonic Consumer Electronics Company. “With the LUMIX DMC-FP8, we are giving users that sleek and compact design, while not compromising the advanced, yet easy-to-use features and technology for which the Panasonic LUMIX line of cameras is known.”

The FP8’s design has intricate detailing which features blue LED cursor buttons that glow when pressed, and its centered back panel gives it an overall ultra-modern and unique look. Additionally, the 2.7-inch large Intelligent LCD offers a dynamic and clear view of the scenes and subjects being photographed. In the Face Recognition mode, up to three people can be simultaneously recognized to show their names on the monitor once registered. Additionally, the powerful battery life of the highly energy-efficient image processing LSI, Venus Engine V, allows users to take approximately 380 pictures.

Other features of the DMC-FP8 include:

  • HD Movies with VIERA Link Networking – Records dynamic HD motion pictures in 1280 x 720p at a smooth 30 fps, in addition to WVGA (848 x 480) and normal VGA (640 x 480). With HD component output capability, the user can enjoy watching photos and video in stunning HD quality by simply connecting the camera to a television via an optional component cable (DMW-HDC2).
  • Scene Modes – Twenty-seven scene modes are available with the FP8, including the High Dynamic mode which helps to capture a scene with moderate exposure, even though the scene may contain both bright and dark areas together.
  • PHOTOfunSTUDIO 4.0 – Included with the FP8, this software allows users to view, edit and archive captured photos and videos with greater ease. The new PHOTOfunSTUDIO 4.0 features dramatic speed-up of operation and also allows users to store and sort for photos by a specific, recognized face in the image.

The LUMIX DMC-FP8 will have a suggested retail price of $299.95 and will be available in September 2009 in black, red and silver.

Samsung Launches MultiXpress SCX-6545N Monochrome Multifunction Laser Copier

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Samsung Electronics Corporation, announced the launch of the MultiXpress SCX-6545N, a Network-Ready Monochrome Multifunction Laser Copier with the capability of printing up to 45 ppm (pages per minute). With an MSRP of $4,999.00, the SCX-6545N is one of the most cost-effective MFP’s on the market-to-date, offering medium-to-large size businesses an alternative to current A3 copier options.

A recent Accenture study showed that although the A3 market is larger in dollar volume verses the A4 market, A3 paper (11×17) capabilities were utilized a mere 5 percent of the time opening the door for feature-rich A4 MFP copiers like the SCX-6545N at 20 percent less the cost.

“Companies are buying capabilities they don’t use, which costs them money, so they need to rethink their overall purchasing strategy” said Mr. Doug Albregts, Vice President, Sales and Marketing for Information Technology Division, Samsung Electronics America Inc. “The MultiXpress series has great performance and features and a better value. For customers, especially in the corporate and government arena, concerned with maximizing their investment, the SCX-6545N copier is reliable, flexible and cost-effective.”

Performance and Efficiency
The SCX-6545N is geared towards medium-to-large size workplaces that require fast, high volume printing, up to 45 ppm in black and white. Even in duplex printing mode, the SCX-6545N is still capable of printing as high as 40 ppm, making it one of the fastest A4 printers in the market.

The SCX-6545N can quickly connect to any network environment with its high-speed gigabit Ethernet interface. For heavy network printing demands, the powerful 500 MHz CPU, 256MB of memory (expandable to 512MB), and PCL and PS3 emulation help alleviate bottlenecks resulting in increased performance and office efficiencies.

Samsung’s leading edge printing technology will let you focus on your work while it delivers your documents time and time again with a robust 200,000 max page monthly duty cycle.

Additionally, Samsung’s exclusive 800 x 480 7-inch color wide LCD touch screen and intuitive UI design is easy to read and to use.

Reducing operational cost is at the core of all Samsung printers. The SCX-6545N has one of the lowest costs of ownership in its class with a toner cartridge yield of up to 25,000 pages at a price of $99.00.

Flexibility and Security
The SCX-6545N offers all the functionality that businesses expect from a DMFP. The SCX-6545N can help increase business productivity with reliable performance, quality output, and simple maintenance. Adding in Samsung document management software makes it a full end-to-end solution.

Additional paper handling capacity can expand from 520 to 3,240 sheets, and the new 2-bin finisher and 4-bin mailbox provide paper sorting, collating and stacking mode functionality. The SCX-6545N is capable of handing a number of paper sizes and numerous media types like plain paper, envelops, labels, card stock and transparencies, for true versatility.

The 80GB hard drive allows businesses to manage and monitor network print jobs and print securely and efficiently enabling encryption, form printing and storage of scanned data.

Scan to anywhere functionality helps to distribute documents efficiently by scanning directly to email, FTP, SMB or client.

With User Authentication, Samsung adds an additional layer of security to help protect sensitive information in a shared workgroup environment.

Additionally, IT managers can remotely monitor and manage the performance of the SCX-6545N in real-time with additional solutions including SyncThru™ Admin 5 and Web Services.

“With our mid-to-large size customers looking to cut their overhead, our copiers are built with the right mix of price and performance,” said Ken Colby, Director of Printer Product Marketing for Samsung Electronics America, Inc. “The SCX-6545N bundles the printer, copier, and scanner and solution functions into one convenient package. In essence, you are getting all the functionality and benefits of a high-end A3 copier at an A4 price.”

Environmental Attributes

The SCX-6545N is conscious of the environment in which it operates. Its integrated automatic duplex printing feature potentially reduces paper and enables businesses to reduce costs and paper waste.

Compliant with ENERGY STAR 1.1, the SCX-6545N will reduce power consumption automatically when not in use by switching to sleep mode after a set time of inactivity. At only 55dBA, the SCX-6545N operates at a conversational level, enabling convenient placement in the workplace without disturbing the ambiance.

Samsung also offers its S.T.A.R. program that allows users to easily recycle their used SCX-6545N toner cartridges at no cost. Hardware recycling is also a breeze with EnviroSync which allows Authorized Samsung dealers to recycle old hardware on behalf of businesses who are replacing old product with new Samsung printers.

Samsung MultiXpress 6545N DMFP Laser Copier

  • Fast 45 PPM (max pages per minute) print and copy speeds
  • Standard duplex printing
  • Unparalleled reliability with up to 200,000-page Monthly Duty Cycles
  • Up to 4,800 x 4,800 dpi enhanced scan resolution
  • High speed gigabit network-ready connectivity (Ethernet 10/100/1000)
  • 800 x 480 7-inch wide color touch screen LCD with user-friendly interface
  • Maximum 3,240 sheets of paper storage (through multiple configurations)
  • Collate documents using optional 2-bin finisher and 4- bin mailbox
  • 80GB HDD manages and monitors network print jobs
  • Compact, ergonomic design
  • Printer noise at a quiet 37dBA (standby), 55dBA (print) and 57dBA (copy)
  • SyncThru Admin 5 and SynxThru Web applications are solutions that increase productivity and manage costs.

Panasonic Debuts New Lumix Dmc-Fz35, 18x Optical Superzoom Digital Camera

Panasonic announced the new LUMIX DMC-FZ35, a digital camera featuring AVCHD Lite, High Definition (HD) video recording capability, combined with a powerful 27mm wide-angle, 18x optical zoom LEICA DC lens. A successor to the popular FZ28, the FZ35 packs enhanced creative features combined with the power to shoot HD videos, including motion zoom capabilities to take full advantage of the 18x zoom. The operational layout of the FZ35 includes a dedicated video record button, making it a true hybrid – a single model that performs seamlessly at capturing both still and motion images – while still providing smooth and easy operation in either mode.

“The LUMIX FZ35 is truly unique as it includes advanced features like HD video recording, but still resembles and functions like an intuitive point-and-shoot with the ability to capture beautiful photos and video,” said David Briganti, Senior Product Manager, Imaging, Panasonic Consumer Electronics Company. “This model’s versatility makes it a great choice for a new or advanced user who wants a hybrid device that shoots high-quality still and motion images.”

For users looking for increased creativity while shooting both video and still images, the LUMIX FZ35 delivers. New manual controls and creative options, include:

  • Creative Movie Mode – Allows the user to set the shutter speed and aperture manually to make even more impressive movies. Changing the shutter speed brings special effects to movies, which is especially suitable for shooting fast-moving subjects. The ability to control the aperture is convenient when there are several subjects at different distances.
  • My Color Mode – This special option gives free reign to the user’s creativity. The color, brightness and saturation parameters can be freely adjusted while seeing how the adjustments affect the picture, live on the monitor.
  • High Dynamic Mode – Helps to capture a scene with moderate exposure even though the scene may contain both bright and dark areas.

The 12.1 mega pixel-FZ35 features the upgraded POWER Optical Image Stabilizer (O.I.S.), which allows for double the repression power compared to the conventional image stabilization system, MEGA O.I.S., and ultra high-speed Auto Focus (AF) for capturing action scenes as they happen. Additionally, with the super-powerful 18x optical zoom lens, it is easy to capture subjects that are far away or take dramatic close-ups.

With the enhanced energy-efficient image processing LSI – the Venus Engine HD* – the FZ35 has an extended battery life of approximately 470 pictures, making it the ideal choice for active photo enthusiasts. As with all Panasonic LUMIX cameras, the FZ35 features Intelligent Auto (iA) Mode, a suite of intuitive technologies including Face Detection, Intelligent Scene Selector, Intelligent Exposure and Face Recognition. With the improved Face Recognition, the FZ35 recognizes up to three faces simultaneously while taking photos** and allows users to specify the age of the registered subject. When babies under 3 years-old are registered, the camera will automatically switch to Baby mode if the baby appears to be in the frame.

The LUMIX DMC-FZ35 will have a suggested retail price of $399.99 and will be available in September 2009 in black.

Epson Develops New S1D13781 Controller for Effortless Display

Seiko Epson has announced the development of an embedded system display controller that effortlessly handles advanced Graphical User Interface (GUI) visual effects. The new S1D13781 controller supports both color and monochrome STN and TFT panels. Samples are currently available and priced at ¥990.

Mobile device GUIs with advanced visual effects are quickly becoming commonplace. Realizing these GUIs has required the handling of a host of features and complex display functions. In developing the new S1D13781 controller, Epson identified and focused on the display features required for a GUI with advanced visual effects. Application notes and sample programs are also available to maximize ease of use. The S1D13781 supports alpha blending, a popular visual effect rendering technique, with a built-in feature that automatically updates alpha values on the basis of a customizable number and duration of transparency gradations. Exploiting this feature makes it easy for customers to develop even more impressive GUIs for their embedded systems.

Main features

1. Attractive graphics

  • Enables display effects using alpha blending
  • Automatic updating of alpha values enables fade effects
  • Facilitates appealing illusory effects using blinking, inversion, etc.
  • Supports Picture-in-Picture display
  • Displays 24 bpp (RGB 8:8:8) full-color
  • Supports Wide QVGA LCD panels

2. Built-in usability

  • Consolidated functions to reduce number of configuration registers
  • Memory / register / lookup table assigned to the same memory space
  • Configuration settings for various LCD panels included in the application notes
  • Sample programs for the implementation of every display function included
  • Includes peripheral circuit diagram examples for board design

Dell Introduces Stylish And Ultraportable Laptop, The Vostro 1220

Dell announced the latest addition to its expanding line of Vostro laptops, the 12.1-inch Vostro 1220. This stylish, ultraportable laptop was designed exclusively for business travelers who are unwilling to compromise performance, battery life and security for a thin and lightweight design.

Available in Obsidian Black or Deep Cherry Red, the Vostro 1220 starts at a mere 3.36 lbs, is equipped with the latest Intel Core 2 Duo processors and features up to 9 hours of battery life on a 6-cell battery, making it an ideal travelling companion for on-the-go, global entrepreneurs.

According to IDC, worldwide commercial shipments of 12-inch widescreen laptops are expected to grow almost 35 percent from 2008 to 2009. “This trend supports what Dell has been hearing from our customers,” said Sam Burd, global vice president, Dell Small and Medium Business. “Today’s globe-trotting entrepreneurs need a laptop that is powerful and long-lasting. That used to mean carrying around an ungainly device, the Vostro 1220 combines performance, built-in security and long battery life with useful features like videoconferencing to be the ideal weapon of choice for any road warrior.”

Vostro 1220: Productivity, Security and Connectivity

  • Only Dell offers pre-installed videoconferencing software, Dell Video Chat, which along with the purchase of optional integrated webcam and microphone gives customers a complete videoconferencing solution.
  • More security options than similar Acer, HP and Lenovo small-business systems including mobility solid state drives for three times the reliability of traditional hard drives, fingerprint readers with easy-to-use software, and multi-factor authentication and encrypted hard drives with Wave Systems software that can easily encrypt data without impacting system performance.
  • 802.11 draft-n wireless LAN or optional Mobile Broadband external solution for optimal connectivity anywhere your business takes you.

Backed by dedicated and specially trained small-business sales and support experts, Dell Vostro laptops come with a 30-day worry-free return policy6, are available with Dell CompleteCare Accidental Damage Service7 and Dell ProSupport8 services that give customers the ability to customize and tailor services to fit their technical expertise and business needs.

Pricing and availability
Starting at $799, the Vostro 1220 is available worldwide today.

LG Electronics Unveils Two New Ultra-Slim "Full LED" 55-Inch LCD TVs

LG Electronics have unveiled two new ultra-slim “full LED” LCD TVs in Seoul. The new 55-inch screens- models 55LH95 and 55LH93 respectively – lead the market in terms of picture quality, design and convenience.

LG LED LCD TV

“These products were designed specifically to target the high-end segment and offer unmatched quality and design,” said LG Electronics Home Entertainment Company President and CEO, Simon Kang. “These new models will change the LED LCD TV market landscape and we expect these devices to reinforce the premium image of LCD TVs in general,” said LG Electronics Home Entertainment Company President and CEO, Simon Kang.

LG’s ambitious new product line offers a brighter and clearer screen than competing products thanks to backlighting that employs a total of 3,360 LEDs –- seven times more than existing edge-lit LED TVs. LG’s full LED LCD models also features a 5,000,000:1 contrast ratio through enhanced dimming technology that divides the screen into 240 blocks. And with a refresh rate of 240 Hz, these TVs maintain a vibrant, smooth image even during fast-paced action scenes.

LG’s newest ultra-slim full LED LCD TVs employ patented technology that helps keep the overall chassis thickness down to just 24.8mm. This proprietary technology allows the LEDs to be spread-out horizontally and minimizes the distance between the LEDs and the screen. Another innovation offered for the first time in the new LED LCD TV is the enhanced wireless feature which eliminates the need for image compression. Content can be sent from DVD players, game consoles or home-theater units wirelessly without any degradation.

Price and availability
LG’s ultra-slim full LED LCD TV is priced at around KRW 7 million (approximately US$ 5,500) for the 55LH93 and around KRW 7.6 million (approximately US$ 5,900) for the 55LH95 model which will be launched in July 2009.

LG plans to aggressively expand the LED LCD TV business and is aiming for three to four million unit sales next year. Three different models of full LED LCD TVs will be offered to suit different market segments. The ultra-slim model will be positioned as the premium product with additional products in this category being announced later this year. The company will unveil less expensive 42-inch and 47-inch full LED LCD TVs by the end of the year without the ultra-slim feature.

LG is forecasting that the global LED LCD TV market will grow to 30 million units by next year and to 68 million by 2011, up from 3.1 million this year. LG is aiming to become the world’s second biggest seller of LCD TVs and predicts that the proportion of LCD TVs that feature LED technology will also grow from 2.6 percent this year to 20 percent next year and to 40 percent by 2011.

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