SodaStream to Preview a New Soda Maker, SodaStream Play, at London Design Festival, September 19-22, 2013
SodaStream and Yves Behar join forces to create the world's first color-customizable soda maker
AIRPORT CITY, Israel, Sept. 12, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- SodaStream International Ltd. (NASDAQ: SODA), a leading manufacturer of home beverage carbonation systems, today announced that SodaStream Play, designed by Yves Behar, the world-renowned designer and social entrepreneur will make its debut at designjunction during the upcoming London Design Festival from September 19-22.
Adopting the concept of "play it your way," the new SodaStream Play will be available in six fresh, strong colors and is the first soda maker in the world that can be color-customized to fit the preferred design choice or kitchen interior of the consumer.
Behar's design re-examines the interface, shape and material selection of the SodaStream system, redefining the way it is used. The simple shape of the Play soda maker expresses the efficiency of the system while making a strong design statement in the kitchen. As an innovative new feature, the refined mechanics of the machine allow the high-gloss slider column to automatically return to the original position after being pressed, simplifying the process of carbonation. The matte texture and contrasting color of the column and base add a light-hearted, playful feel, and the carbonating bottle easily locks into place with a single-push motion. The Play will work with either the 60L or 130L CO2 cylinder, providing even greater user flexibility.
Yves Behar explains, "SodaStream has always been about 'fresh, just in time' soda and sparkling water. I wanted this new, affordable design to reflect the contemporary idea of creating things yourself. Play is minimal by design and simple to use, while the six bright colors are interchangeable and create personalization for the consumer."
"After a very successful collaboration with Yves on the award-winning Source soda maker, we have decided to partner once again to create Play," stated Daniel Birnbaum, CEO of SodaStream. "This new soda maker maintains the design language of the Source family, yet has a clear identity, with a price point that will appeal to a larger segment of the market. Customization is a key part of our product portfolio ethos; the ability to mix-and-match the heads and columns of the Play with different colors reflects the empowering choice we provide consumers to decide how fizzy and how much flavor they desire. We understand that people want a product that is fun yet can fit within the aesthetic of their living space. Play allows you to do just this."
SodaStream Play will be available in stores in Spring 2014.
As part of the installation at designjunction during London Design Festival, SodaStream is also proud to launch a new carbonating bottle designed by Yves Behar.
The new bottle was created to accompany SodaStream Play and Behar's already iconic SodaStream Source home soda maker, which was launched in 2012.
The fresh design, inspired by the single water drop motif, is available in three colors for the base and cap: black, chrome and white. The drop motif also features in the surface pattern of the Source and Play machines, creating a sense of fluidity and modernity. Combining a sculptured design with functionality, the clean, monolithic shape of the reusable bottle expresses the special emphasis on sustainability while retaining the minimalistic approach of the Source collection. The new bottle will come in a one-liter as well as a half-liter "to-go" version, for consumers to enjoy both in and out of the home.
Mr. Birnbaum notes, "When designing the SodaStream carbonating bottle, we challenged ourselves to create a completely new, BPA-free plastic bottle that actually looks beautiful on both the kitchen counter and dining room table, and maintains the integrity of our sustainability message. The result is an iconic, elegant accessory that is reusable thousands of times to help reduce the waste caused by conventional soda bottles and cans."
Chief Corporate Development and Communications Officer
SodaStream International Ltd.
SodaStream International is the world's leading manufacturer and distributor of home beverage carbonation systems, which enable consumers to easily transform ordinary tap water instantly into carbonated soft drinks and sparkling water. Soda makers offer a highly differentiated and innovative solution to consumers of bottled and canned carbonated soft drinks and sparkling water. Our products are environmentally friendly, cost effective, promote health and wellness, and are customizable and fun to use. In addition, our products offer convenience by eliminating the need to carry bottles home from the supermarket, to store bottles at home or to regularly dispose of empty bottles. SodaStream products are available at more than 60,000 retail stores in 45 countries around the world, including over 15,000 retail stores in the United States. For more information please visit http://www.sodastream.com.
About Yves Behar
Yves Behar is a designer, entrepreneur and sustainability advocate. He is the founder of fuseproject, the San Francisco and New York based design and branding firm he established in 1999. He is also Chief Creative Officer at Jawbone where his products, brand and communications guidance has built the company into a leader in wearable and audio consumer electronics. He is also co-founder of August and creative co-founder of OUYA. His collaborations with renowned partners such as Herman Miller, GE, Puma, Nivea, Canal+, MINI, Samsung, Issey Miyake, Prada and many others have received international acclaim.
Yves Behar believes that design should be a force for positive social and environmental change. He is well known for his humanitarian work on projects such as One Laptop Per Child and See Better to Learn Better. For each of these he was honored with the INDEX award, making him the only designer to have received the award twice.
Behar's works are included in the permanent collections of museums worldwide, including the Museum of Modern Art, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, Centre Pompidou and the Art Institute of Chicago. Behar is a frequent speaker on design, sustainability and business topics; he has given talks at TED, the World Economic Forum in Davos, and the Clinton Global Initiative. Behar is currently the artist trustee of the Board of Directors of the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, has garnered over 200 awards, and was named a Top 25 Visionary by TIME Magazine. http://www.fuseproject.com.
About London Design Festival
The London Design Festival is an annual event, held to celebrate and promote London as the design capital of the world, and as the gateway to the International creative community. Over ten days in September, the London Design Festival features hundreds of events which take place across London, showcasing the city's pivotal role in global design.
The Festival is both a cultural and a commercial event. The program ranges from major international exhibitions to trade events, installations to talks and seminars, from product launches to receptions, private views and parties. The majority of events are free of charge - enabling visitors to participate, listen, learn, commission and make purchases.
Festival audiences are significant, with an estimated direct audience of over 350,000 people, from over 60 countries with a wider audience of over 1mm people coming into contact with the major public commissions in 2012.
The critically acclaimed designjunction presents the third edition of its flagship London show this September during the London Design Festival. designjunction, which last year attracted more than 17,000 visitors, will showcase the very best in furniture, lighting and product design from around the world, presenting an edited selection of leading global brands and emerging enterprises. designjunction showcases design against a stunning industrial backdrop, striking a balance between creative and commercial, while offering a much-needed alternative to the traditional trade show.
This year, designjunction returns to the centrally-located 1960s Postal Sorting Office, where a powerful line-up of renowned international brands, smaller cutting-edge labels, pop-up shops, large-scale installations, eateries, flash factories, seminars and screenings will be presented across three floors of the impressive 120,000 sq ft venue.
designjunction will feature more than 150 brands - making it central London's leading destination for contemporary design and the most important global meeting point of the Festival. Since its inception 2011, designjunction has achieved global success, transporting satellite editions of the show to other destinations including Milan and more recently New York.
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Crowdsourced Rankings on G2 Crowd Reveal Best e-Signature Software
Grid? ranks products based on customer reviews and big data aggregation rather than subjective analyst opinion
CHICAGO, Sept.12, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- G2 Crowd, the trusted source for enterprise software reviews, today released the Grid? for e-signature, which ranks six products based on 500 ratings from real users plus 30 data points on each vendor aggregated from social signals and online sources.
Adobe EchoSign, DocuSign, and Silanis e-Sign all earned Leader status thanks to high ratings from G2 Crowd users and the products' substantial scale, market share, and support and service resources. Among the Leaders, Silanis e-Sign earned the highest customer satisfaction score, and DocuSign achieved the highest scale score based on having the highest market share and the most resources. In addition, the Grid? identifies RightSignature, Sertifi, and AssureSign as three emerging Niche vendors that all received many excellent user reviews, but have significantly lower market share and scale than the Leaders.
The Grid? charts e-signature software to help professionals find platforms that best match the specific needs, size, and budget of their organization. Satisfaction rankings are calculated from user reviews that include 45 questions about all aspects of a vendor's product and support. Scale is calculated from big data aggregated about the vendor's size, market share, and social impact.
"E-signature has become a key tool for sales and legal departments to save time and reduce costs of gathering signatures and storing contracts, as well as for automating customer-facing business transactions such as opening new banks accounts," said Godard Abel, cofounder of G2 Crowd. "On average, e-signature reviewers go live in two months and earn payback within nine months, making this a great investment for most companies. But with so many e-signature products on the market, it can be tough to identify which will be the right fit. Many traditional analyst firms don't publish reports for e-signature; many companies don't have access to unbiased data on functionality, customer satisfaction, price, and more to help them in the selection process. The Grid? and our related research deliver this critical information."
G2 Crowd makes it easy for users to compare products by overall reviews and by specific functions. For e-signature, some of the key functions rated by users include signature process, security and scalability, and platform. Premium research offers the original data for filtering and weighting, as well as individual profiles of each software platform with the most helpful positive and negative e-signature reviews, detailed company information, user satisfaction ratings, feature scores and customer metrics. Quarterly updates provide current rankings based on the latest reviews and social data.
Jackery Meets Customer Demand with new Black Version of Jackery Bar
Innovative Battery Offers Industry-Leading Extra Operational Time in a Portable Design - Jackery is Amazon's #1 Provider of Premium Portable Batteries
SANTA CLARA, Calif., Sept. 12, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Jackery, a provider of premium rechargeable battery products for mobile devices, announced today the launch of a new black version of its popular Jackery Bar portable battery. Jackery's loyal customer base submitted many requests for a black Jackery Bar to join the silver version and the company's original distinctive orange.
The black version of the Jackery Bar offers users an additional 120 hours of operational time and is the world's smallest portable battery with a 2.1A output. Weighing only 5.4 ounces, the Jackery Bar is designed for maximum convenience, giving smartphone and tablet users a reliable and portable power source. Ideal for users that need power and device security, the Jackery Bar is a secured batter with four layers of smart safety protection.
"We introduced a sleek and stylish black color for Jackery Bar in addition to the classic orange and silver colors due to a lot of demand from our customers for the classic black look," said York Wu, CEO of Jackery. "Jackery Bar offers great looks and power, with a powerful charge that can be on standby for up to six months. Our products embrace both form and function, with a great design aesthetic that is complemented by our extraordinarily powerful portable batteries."
In addition to iOS and Android devices, Jackery's products are also compatible with Windows phones, various smartphone and tablet platforms, multiple gaming devices, and MP3 players. Jackery also features the Air, Giant, and Mini products, each designed to offer portability and power for electronics users.
Jackery is a Santa Clara, California-based technology company focused on developing premium battery products for smartphones and tablets. The company offers a lineup of two products, the Jackery Bar and Jackery Mini, which both offer considerable charging time and small form factors for owners of the most popular smartphones, tablet devices, MP3 players and gaming devices. For more information, visit http://www.jackeryusa.com.
IntergraphÂ® Mobile MapWorks Enables Real-Time GIS Updates in the Field
New Solution Enables Organizations to Update Field Asset Information in Real Time
HUNTSVILLE, Ala., Sept. 12, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Intergraph(Â®) has launched Intergraph Mobile MapWorks, a practical tool for performing on-the-fly field updates of geospatial information. Intergraph Mobile MapWorks is an iOS and Android tablet-based app for viewing, editing and updating field asset information in real-time. It can be downloaded from Apple's iTunes and the Google Play app stores.
"Today's mobile landscape requires the ability to quickly and easily manage all field asset information through intuitive interfaces that have become the norm of mobile apps," said Mladen Stojic, vice president - Geospatial, Intergraph. "Intergraph's Mobile MapWorks allows local government organizations to more easily manage field assets through tablets to drive faster, smarter decision-making."
Accessible through a simple interface, Intergraph Mobile MapWorks uses OGC-standard web services and is compatible with all GIS platforms on the market. As such, users can work directly in their database without any data conversion, synchronization, or temporary data stores. This open architecture also allows field updates to become instantly available to any and all GIS platforms, on the desktop, web, or mobile devices. Intergraph Mobile MapWorks can be easily customized to meet the needs of local governments, utilities and public works organizations, with the flexibility to meet the specialized asset management needs of defense and intelligence agencies.
The launch of Mobile MapWorks supports Intergraph's efforts to bring mobile solutions to the marketplace that function as an extension of the overall enterprise with the ability to access geospatial data and asset and incident information in the field for real-time reviewing and updating. Other mobile offerings from Intergraph include Intergraph Mobile Responder and Intergraph Mobile Alert, meeting specific industry needs for public safety, government, and infrastructure organizations.
"With data existing on both mobile devices and the enterprise, there is an inherent need for updating the data in real-time for enhanced reporting and accuracy when managing and monitoring assets in the field," added Stojic.
To learn more about Intergraph's Mobile MapWorks, click here.
Intergraph is the leading global provider of engineering and geospatial software that enables customers to visualize complex data. Businesses and governments in more than 60 countries rely on Intergraph's industry-specific software to organize vast amounts of data to make processes and infrastructure better, safer and smarter. The company's software and services empower customers to build and operate more efficient plants and ships, create intelligent maps, and protect critical infrastructure and millions of people around the world.
Intergraph operates through two divisions: Process, Power & Marine (PP&M) and Security, Government & Infrastructure (SG&I). Intergraph PP&M provides enterprise engineering software for the design, construction, operation and data management of plants, ships and offshore facilities. Intergraph SG&I provides geospatially powered solutions, including ERDAS technologies, to the public safety and security, defense and intelligence, government, transportation, photogrammetry, and utilities and communications industries. Intergraph Government Solutions (IGS) is a wholly owned subsidiary of Intergraph Corporation responsible for the SG&I U.S. federal business.
Intergraph is part of Hexagon (Nordic exchange: HEXA B), a leading global provider of design, measurement, and visualization technologies that enable customers to design, measure and position objects, and process and present data
Plug-and-play: New low-cost MSP430(TM) USB LaunchPad and NFC BoosterPack let developers tap into the Internet of Things (IoT)
Next-generation MSP430 LaunchPad provides more speed, memory and peripherals for low-power consumer, industrial, medical and wireless connectivity applications
DALLAS, Sept. 12, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Designed with input from the engineering and maker communities, Texas Instruments (TI) (NASDAQ: TXN) today announced the highly anticipated MSP430(TM) USB LaunchPad Evaluation Kit and supporting ecosystem of software and support for its portfolio of USB microcontrollers. The MSP-EXP430F5529LP LaunchPad, based on the ultra-low power MSP430F5529 microcontroller (MCU), provides engineers and makers of all experience levels more connectivity, memory and performance options for a variety of low-power consumer, industrial, medical and wireless connectivity applications.
Implementing USB was traditionally a complex task, especially from a software perspective. To ease development, TI's robust MSP430 USB portfolio includes the comprehensive MSP430 USB Developers Package which contains free and open source USB API stacks, source code, sample applications and a code-gen tool to quickly configure USB applications for all MSP430 USB microcontrollers. For more information about the MSP430 USB LaunchPad and supporting MSP430 USB ecosystem, visit http://www.ti.com/430usb-pr-lp.
Boosting connectivity to the Internet of Things (IoT)
The added functionality of TI's new near field communication (NFC) BoosterPack and NFCLink Library make the MSP430 USB LaunchPad a perfect starting point for IoT development. Based on TI's TRF7970A NFC transceiver, the DLP7970ABP NFC BoosterPack gives developers a quick and easy connection via NFC for only USD $25.00. For ordering information about TI's new NFC BoosterPack, visit http://www.ti.com/430usb-pr-nfc. TI's existing Wi-Fi, Sub-1GHz and ZigBeeÂ® BoosterPacks can also easily plug into the MSP430 USB LaunchPad to enable wireless connectivity to smart home and building, health and fitness and portable consumer applications.
The new MSP-EXP430F5529LP LaunchPad includes support for Energia. The community-developed, open-source integrated development environment (IDE) based on the Wiring framework enables code compatibility across TI's Energia-supported MCU LaunchPads and BoosterPacks including the new NFC BoosterPack and recently announced SimpleLink(TM) Wi-Fi CC3000 BoosterPack. Developers can now leverage Energia to port code developed for these BoosterPacks and easily add NFC connectivity and secure short range wireless connectivity or Wi-Fi to applications for the IoT.
Features and benefits of the MSP-EXP430F5529LP:
-- Includes the 16-bit ultra-low power MSP430F5529 MCU, with 128KB Flash,
8KB RAM, 25MHz CPU speed, integrated USB and PHY supporting USB 2.0, and
integrated 12-bit ADC.
-- Incorporates USB connectivity and other peripherals including serial
ports for UART, I2C, and SPI controllers so developers can support the
communication standard best suited for their application.
-- Contains TI's TPS2041C USB power switch and TUSB2046 full-speed USB hub
that are well suited for designs using MSP430F5529 MCUs.
-- Compatible with TI's existing low-cost SimpleLink Wi-Fi CC3000, CC110L
Sub-1GHz and CC2530 ZigBee BoosterPacks for multiple wireless
-- BoosterPack XL connection standard allows more functionality and
compatibility with existing BoosterPacks ecosystem and future MSP430
-- Compatible with complete portfolio of existing BoosterPacks so
developers can now quickly and easily evaluate functionality across TI's
broad portfolio of microcontrollers.
Pricing and availability
Developers can immediately purchase the new MSP430 USB LaunchPad evaluation kit for $12.99 USD from the TI eStore or authorized distributors. Developers ready to expand the functionality of their MSP430 USB LaunchPad can purchase numerous BoosterPacks by visiting http://www.ti.com/430usb-pr-bp.
Find out more about TI's LaunchPad ecosystem and ultra-low power MSP430 MCUs:
Leading the industry in MCUs for low-power, real-time control, safety and connectivity, TI continues its 20+ years of microcontroller innovation to offer the broadest microcontroller portfolio in the industry: Ultra-low power MSP MCUs, real-time control C2000(TM) MCUs, Tiva(TM) ARM(Â®) MCUs and Hercules(TM) Safety ARM MCUs. Designers can accelerate time to market by tapping into TI's tools, software, wireless connectivity solutions, extensive Design Network offerings and technical support.
About Texas Instruments
Texas Instruments Incorporated (TI) is a global semiconductor design and manufacturing company that develops analog ICs and embedded processors. By employing the world's brightest minds, TI creates innovations that shape the future of technology. TI is helping more than 100,000 customers transform the future, today. Learn more at http://www.ti.com.
MSP430, SimpleLink, C2000, Tiva, Hercules and TI E2E are trademarks of Texas Instruments Incorporated. All registered trademarks and other trademarks belong to their respective owners.
Digi International Enables M2M Applications in China
- Digi installs power distribution monitoring pilot system for Shandong Power through a strategic collaboration -
MINNETONKA, Minn., Sept. 12, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Digi International (NASDAQ: DGII) and Ericsson, the world-leading provider of communications technology and services to telecom operators, today announced a collaboration to enable easy access and control of remote devices used in machine-to-machine (M2M) applications throughout China. In addition to its advanced LTE network, Ericsson's customers in China will now have access to Digi's wireless gateways, routers and embedded wireless modules. This combination of outstanding network performance and industry leading wireless hardware can help open new M2M markets throughout China.
"We are growing our M2M network ecosystem and Ericsson is a leading provider of communications technology and services with an established M2M presence in China," said Frederic Luu, vice president of Asia and EMEA sales and marketing, Digi International. "By collaborating with Ericsson, we are able to broaden our customer base in China. With our wireless gateways, Ericsson customers can enjoy simple, scalable and secure device connectivity."
Digi and Ericsson have installed a successful power distribution monitoring pilot system for Shandong Power of the State Grid Corporation of China (SGCC). The system will be deployed in five cities across Shandong. The system features the Application Platform V1.0 (DMAP V1.0) as well as a device management system designed by Ericsson that is based on Digi hardware.
About Digi International
Digi International is the M2M expert, combining products and services as end-to-end solutions to drive business efficiencies. Digi provides the industry's broadest range of wireless products, a cloud computing platform tailored for devices and development services to help customers get to market fast with wireless devices and applications. Digi's entire solution set is tailored to allow any device to communicate with any application, anywhere in the world. For more information, visit Digi's website at http://www.digi.com, or call 877-912-3444.
Ericsson is a world-leading provider of communications technology and services. We are enabling the Networked Society with efficient real-time solutions that allow us all to study, work and live our lives more freely, in sustainable societies around the world.
Our offering comprises services, software and infrastructure within Information and Communications Technology for telecom operators and other industries. Today 40 percent of the world's mobile traffic goes through Ericsson networks and we support customers' networks servicing more than 2.5 billion subscriptions. We are more than 110,000 people working with customers in more than 180 countries. Founded in 1876, Ericsson is headquartered in Stockholm, Sweden. In 2012 the company's net sales were SEK 227.8 billion (USD 33.8 billion). Ericsson is listed on NASDAQ OMX, Stockholm and NASDAQ, New York stock exchanges. http://www.ericsson.com
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Includes water-resistant tablet, wireless cooking thermometer, tablet stand and exclusive content
SAN DIEGO, Sept. 12, 2013 /PRNewswire/ --
WHO: Sony has introduced the Xperia Tablet Z: Kitchen Edition in the United States starting at $649.
WHAT: The Xperia Tablet Z, the world's thinnest 10.1" tablet,* has been recognized as the Best Power Performer Android(TM) tablet by Good Housekeeping's September 2013 issue. Now the Xperia Tablet Z: Kitchen Edition is the perfect kitchen companion. The white 32 GB Xperia Tablet Z included in the Kitchen Edition features both hardware and software to make cooking in the kitchen simpler and more convenient. The Xperia Tablet Z can withstand the toughest kitchen environment with its durable glass, carbon-fiber reinforced back panel and water-resistant design. Spills and sticky fingerprints can be rinsed away easily by running the tablet or even submerging the tablet under fresh water for up to 3 feet for up to 30 minutes with all ports and covers firmly closed. And the vivid HD display, powered by Mobile BRAVIAÂ® Engine 2, delivers enhanced color reproduction for a brilliant HD TV-like viewing experience.
The new Xperia Tablet Z: Kitchen Edition includes $115 worth of accessories, content and recipes. Cooking is simplified by the iGrillÂ® from iDevices, an app-enabled BluetoothÂ® meat thermometer that allows cooks to monitor food from up to 200 feet away. The iGrill will alert the chef when the food is ready via the Xperia Tablet Z. A lightweight, foldable stand is also included and is perfect for the kitchen.
Cooking enthusiasts can find daily meals, organize shopping lists and discover time-saving cooking tips and tricks with pre-loaded premium food and cooking apps, including:
BigOvenÂ®: Take 250,000+ recipes (including your own and recipes from friends), your grocery list and menus anywhere on your tablet.
EvernoteÂ® Food: Evernote Food helps you remember the food you love. From discovering great recipes and restaurants to capturing your memorable food experiences, Evernote Food is the one app you need to remember your life in food.
Juicing Recipes: Offers information on juicing, including recipes, and everything you need to start or sustain a healthy juicing diet.
Food Planner Pro: Food Planner allows you to keep an integrated meal plan, inventory database, grocery list and recipe collection that can sync between multiple devices. Quickly plan meals, import recipes, track inventory, create grocery lists and share it all in real time with other members of your family.
iGrillÂ® Pro: Connects the wireless cooking thermometer to the tablet.
Out of Milk Shopping List: Shopping List, Pantry List and To-Do List in a small, intuitive and easy-to-use app.
Or, foodies can browse through 260 preloaded classic recipes from around the world, one for each weekday of the year, and a how-to video series provided by Saveur, a magazine for people who experience the world food first.
WHERE: Xperia Tablet Z: Kitchen Edition is available now starting at a suggested retail price of $649 at Sony stores and online at store.sony.com/kitchentablet.
-- Integrates DVB-S2 standard for home gateways and headless SAT>IP
applications to increase HDTV services
-- Enables advanced features including delivery of satellite TV to any
IP-enabled client multimedia device
-- First high-definition DBS devices to integrate Full Band Capture with
powerful remote diagnostic capabilities
Broadcom Corporation (NASDAQ: BRCM), a global innovation leader in semiconductor solutions for wired and wireless communications, today announced two new 28 nanometer (nm) direct broadcast satellite (DBS) systems-on-a-chip (SoCs). Engineered with second generation digital video broadcasting (DVB-S2) technology and integrated Full Band Capture, Broadcom's BCM4548 for home gateways and BCM4562 for headless SAT>IP applications provide global operators with two powerful new devices for increasing HDTV and interactive services for subscribers around the world. For more news, visit Broadcom's Newsroom.
"Broadcom's advanced engineering provides the satellite industry with powerful and cost-efficient SoC and discrete DVB-S2 devices for direct broadcast satellite applications that will enable global operators to provide new residential offerings, including more HD content," said Rich Nelson, Broadcom Senior Vice President, Broadband Communications Group. "Broadcom's continued innovation brings advanced features to satellite subscribers around the world, ensuring that consumers can access and view high-quality content on multiple screens--and now multiple devices--throughout the home."
BCM4562 for Satellite TV Delivery to Any IP-Enabled Client Multimedia Device
Broadcom's new SAT>IP SoC, designed for headless SAT>IP applications, distributes satellite-broadcasted content to in-home IP-connected STBs and smart TVs using industryconnectivity standards. By integrating two Full Band Capture tuners and eight DVB-S2 demodulators, the new BCM4562 device supports industry standard software, conditional access and digital rights management (DRM) technologies, and can receive satellite signals and distribute them as internet protocol (IP) content. This allows anyone with an IP-enabled client multimedia device such as a smartphone, tablet, gaming console or smart TV to watch satellite-broadcasted content on any screen in the home.
In addition to integrating two Full Band Capture tuners and eight DVB-S2 demodulators, the new BCM4562 device is engineered to provide advanced security with conditional access termination on-chip, ensuring that all distributed content remains protected by DRM throughout the home. Broadcom's new SAT>IP SoC is also PHY-agnostic, interfacing with all connectivity standards that consumers use to connect to content via the internet or TV including GigE, MoCA 2.0, WiFi and PLC. The SoC integrates 1 Gigabit Ethernet (GbE), Multimedia over Coax Alliance (MoCA) 2.0, a PCI-Express interface for WiFi connectivity and RG-MII interface for adding powerline communications (PLC) adapters. Together, these features free up thin client set-top boxes (STB) to simply render video.
BCM4548 for Multi-Channel DVB-S2 Home Gateways
Broadcom's BCM4548 is the world's first 28nm SoC to enable multi-channel DVB-S2 gateways for satellite operators. By design, Broadcom's BCM4548 single-chip engineering dramatically simplifies system design and cost by integrating DVB-S2 demodulators and replacing multiple discrete tuners with dual Full Band Capture tuners that digitize the entire 250-2350 MHz spectrum.
As Broadcom's second generation satellite Full Band Capture device, the BCM4548 integrates improved Full Band Capture technology to provide a breakthrough in bandwidth scalability and flexibility using any available demodulator to tune to a frequency, removing narrowband 'block' tuner restrictions and resulting in a more efficient distribution of video streams and IP services to connected devices in the digital home. Additionally, Full Band Capture coupled with Broadcom's FastRTV(Â®) technology provides consumers with fast channel change regardless of frequency. Remote diagnostics capabilities from Full Band Capture also save operators from expensive on-site customer visits.
Broadcom will demonstrate its 28nm satellite front-end devices at IBC 2013 from September 12-16, 2013 in RAI Amsterdam, booth #2.C36.
For additional information on and technical specifications for Broadcom's BCM4548 and BCM4562 28nm SoCs, please visit http://go.broadcom.com/dvbs2.
Broadcom's BCM4548 and BCM4562 devices are currently sampling.
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Broadcom Corporation (NASDAQ: BRCM), a FORTUNE 500(Â®) company, is a global leader and innovator in semiconductor solutions for wired and wireless communications. Broadcom(Â®) products seamlessly deliver voice, video, data and multimedia connectivity in the home, office and mobile environments. With the industry's broadest portfolio of state-of-the-art system-on-a-chip and embedded software solutions, Broadcom is changing the world by Connecting everything(Â®). For more information, go to http://www.broadcom.com.
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Maclocks Launches its Innovative iPad POS Stand & iPad Mini POS Stand for iPad-based Payment Setups
AUSTIN, Texas, September 12, 2013 /PRNewswire/ --
Maclocks, maker of the world's best selling iPad locks, unveils its complete product
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individuals and merchants, compatible with all card readers on the market such as Square,
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Channels that have joined the dedicated Christian bouquet on the Amos 5 platform
include Bride TV, Fortis TV, Calvary Network International (CNI) and RTV, which RRsat has
recently begun to distribute across the African continent. With its strong neighborhood of
channels and Pan-African footprint, the dedicated platform is the preferred solution for
delivering the Good Word across Africa.
Leading entertainment and media companies delivering premium content to the African
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Geographic, Nat Geo Wild and Voyage.
"We welcome Bride TV, Fortis TV, RTV and CNI to the family of over 50 Christian
channels that RRsat delivers to dedicated viewers of Christian content throughout the
world," said Lior Rival, Chief Commercial Officer of RRsat. "We are proud to offer
professional broadcasting solutions for every broadcaster seeking to deliver high quality
premium content to households across Africa, whether it is an ethnic channel or a major
RRsat will be presenting its robust broadcasting solutions for the African market as
well as other global solutions at the IBC 2013 exhibition from September 13 through 17 at
Booth #A23, Hall 1.
About RRsat Global Communications Network Ltd.
RRsat Global Communications Network Ltd. (NASDAQ: RRST) provides global, end-to-end,
digital content preparation and management as well as distribution services to the rapidly
expanding television and radio broadcasting industries, covering more than 150 countries.
Through its RRsat Global Network, composed of satellite and terrestrial fiber optic
capacity and the public Internet, RRsat provides high-quality and flexible global
distribution services 24/7 to more than 630 channels reaching multiplatform operators,
Internet TV and direct-to-home viewers worldwide and also offers occasional use services
for sports, news and events with a fleet of flyaways and over 10 transportable satellite
news gathering services (SNG) units. More than 130 television and radio channels use
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ExperianÂ® Data Breach Resolution Releases its 2013-2014 Response Guide
The updated edition highlights the HIPAA Omnibus Rule, new state notification laws and more
COSTA MESA, Calif., Sept. 12, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Despite the increasing awareness around the rise in data breaches and potential damage, not all organizations are taking the necessary steps to mitigate the fallout from a cyberattack. According to a 2013 Experian Data Breach Resolution and Ponemon Institute study, Is Your Company Ready for a Big Data Breach?, nearly 40 percent of companies that experienced a breach say they have not developed a formal preparedness plan even after the incident. To help businesses and institutions get started,Experian Data Breach Resolution has released its updated 2013-2014 Data Breach Response Guide.
An excellent tool for any organization looking to develop a data breach response plan, the content is appropriate for professionals handling security, risk and compliance, as well as senior leadership and executives responsible for business continuity. It contains information on how to create a plan and what to do during the crucial first 24 hours of a breach. The guide also addresses how to notify customers, patients or employees and work with a data breach resolution partner. Additional content in the guide provides recent information on the HIPAA Omnibus Rule and a snapshot of upcoming federal legislation on breach notification laws.
"A company of any size, across industries, can fall victim to a data breach, and it is never too soon to prepare a plan," said Michael Bruemmer, vice president at Experian Data Breach Resolution. "This guide is a valuable resource that will help organizations assess their levels of preparedness and understand the required steps to take in managing a data breach."
The 30-plus-page handbook includes practical checklists and forms. It also outlines many key steps to begin a data breach preparedness plan:
-- Identify an incident response team lead:Start by selecting your incident
lead. Think of someone from an internal or external legal department or
a chief privacy officer. Your incident lead should be able to manage and
coordinate the company's overall response efforts and team and act as an
intermediary between C-level executives and other team members to report
progress and problems.
-- Select the right people for the right roles:Determine who is on the
response team and what their role would be in the wake of a breach.
Include individuals from departments across the organization such as
legal, human resources, marketing, compliance and information technology
to ensure the appropriate stakeholders are at the table. Include the
company's key decision makers as advisers to your data breach response
team to help ensure you have the needed leadership, backing and
resources to properly develop and test your plan.
-- Conduct preparedness training: In addition to a company-wide focus on
data security and breach preparedness, department-specific training
should trickle down from the data breach response team. Each member of
the team has a unique responsibility to apply prevention and
preparedness best practices to his or her own department.
For additional data breach resources, including Webinars, white papers, videos and more, visit http://www.experian.com/databreach.
About Experian Data Breach Resolution
Experian is a leader in the data breach resolution industry and one of the first companies to develop products and services that address this critical issue. As an innovator in the field, Experian has a long-standing history of providing swift and effective data breach resolution for thousands of organizations, having serviced millions of affected consumers. For more information on the Experian Data Breach Resolution division at ConsumerInfo.com, Inc. and how it enables organizations to plan for and successfully mitigate data breach incidents, visit http://www.experian.com/databreach.
Experian is the leading global information services company, providing data and analytical tools to clients around the world. The Group helps businesses to manage credit risk, prevent fraud, target marketing offers and automate decision making. Experian also helps individuals to check their credit report and credit score, and protect against identity theft.
Experian plc is listed on the London Stock Exchange (EXPN) and is a constituent of the FTSE 100 index. Total revenue for the year ended March 31, 2013, was US$4.7 billion. Experian employs approximately 17,000 people in 40 countries and has its corporate headquarters in Dublin, Ireland, with operational headquarters in Nottingham, UK; California, US; and Sao Paulo, Brazil.
Experian and the Experian marks used herein are service marks or registered trademarks of Experian Information Solutions, Inc. Other product and company names mentioned herein are the property of their respective owners.
InfoSonics Introduces its Most Powerful Smartphone: the verykoolÂ® s470 "Black Pearl"
SAN DIEGO, Sept. 12, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- InfoSonics Corporation (NASDAQ: IFON) today announced the launch of its new verykoolÂ® s470 Smartphone, its most powerful smartphone to date. The S470, nicknamed Black Pearl, powered by a 1.2 GHz quad core processor and the Android 4.2 (Jelly Bean) operating system, is now the most powerful smartphone in verykool's current lineup.
"We have designed the Black Pearl with a combination of features and an affordable price that make it a very competitive product in the premium smartphone category," said Joseph Ram, InfoSonics president and chief executive officer. "The s470's quad core processor with Android 4.2, a 4.7-inch HD capacitive touch screen with In-Plane Switching technology, an 8-megapixel rear camera and a 2?megapixel front?facing camera combine to deliver a great user experience."
The Company noted the following additional details of the s470:
-- 3G HSPA+ (42.2DL/11.5UL) dual band (850/1900) and 2G GSM quad band
-- Connectivity includes Wi-Fi, Wi-Fi hotspot, Modem Tethering, Bluetooth,
GPS and USB port
-- SMS and MMS messaging plus push e-mail, IM and SNS
-- Built-in FM radio, audio/video player and recorder
-- 2000 mAh Li-Ion battery
-- Speakerphone, proximity/light/gravity sensors, and 3.5mm audio jack with
stereo headset included
The verykoolÂ® s470 is available now and comes in two versions: a single SIM version for operator customers and a dual SIM (unlocked) version for the open market. Its suggested retail price is $229 (U.S.). To learn more about the device, visit our verykoolÂ® website at http://www.verykool.net/Products/s470.
About InfoSonics Corporation
InfoSonics is a San Diego-based designer, manufacturer and provider of wireless handsets and related products to OEMs, carriers, distributors and consumers in the United States, Latin America, Europe, Africa and Asia Pacific. The company is committed to delivering quality products with innovative industrial designs that appeal to consumers and offer exceptional value. InfoSonics sells and supports its own line of products under the verykoolÂ® and other private label brands. Additional information can be found on our corporate website at http://www.infosonics.com and http://www.verykool.net.
Except for the factual statements made herein, the information contained in this news release consists of forward-looking statements within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995 that involve risks, uncertainties and assumptions that are difficult to predict. Words and expressions reflecting optimism, satisfaction or disappointment with current prospects, as well as words such as "believes," "hopes," "intends," "estimates," "expects," "projects," "plans," "anticipates" and variations thereof, or the use of future tense, identify forward-looking statements, but their absence does not mean that a statement is not forward-looking. Such forward-looking statements are not guarantees of performance and our actual results could differ materially from those contained in such statements. Factors that could cause or contribute to such differences include, without limitation: (1) customer acceptance of the new s470 handset; (2) our ability to continue to differentiate our products, including the s470, from the competition; (3) significant changes in supplier terms and relationships or shortages in component or product supply; (4) extended general economic downturn in world markets; (5) inability to secure adequate supply of competitive products on a timely basis and on commercially reasonable terms; (6) inability to attract new sources of profitable business from expansion of products or services or risks associated with entry into new markets, including geographies, products and services; and (7) rapid product improvement and technological changes leading to changes in consumer demand for multimedia wireless handset products and features. Reference is also made to other factors detailed from time to time in our periodic reports filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission. These forward-looking statements speak only as of the date of this release and we undertake no obligation to publicly update any forward-looking statements to reflect new information, events or circumstances after the date of this release.
Note: All trademarks and copyrights other than InfoSonics and verykool are property of their respective owners.
SoftKinetic Provides 3D Imaging Solution for IntelÂ® All-in-One Computer Reference Design
New Design Features the First Embedded, Time-of-Flight Camera
SAN FRANCISCO and BRUSSELS, Sept. 12, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- SoftKinetic, the world's leading provider of 3D imaging and gesture recognition solutions, today announced that IntelÂ® has embedded the SoftKinetic DepthSenseÂ® 525 3D camera module into its new Intel Portable All-In-One (AIO) reference design. Intel demonstrated this cutting edge reference design AIO at the Intel Developer Forum, September 10-12, 2013 in San Francisco.
The embedded DS525 3D camera module features SoftKinetic's patented Time of Flight (ToF) depth sensor that allows data recognition from as close as 15cm, at up to 60 frames-per-second (fps). The DS525 delivers fast, low latency data transfer to provide the highest quality user experience with virtually no lag.
"Intel's Portable All-In-One reference design with our embedded DS525 module provides a highly sophisticated interface, capable of recognizing the most natural and intuitive user movement," said Michel Tombroff, CEO of SoftKinetic. "We are incredibly excited to partner with Intel to showcase our combined capabilities."
Intel also licenses iisuÂ®, SoftKinetic's industry-leading middleware for gesture tracking, as part of the Intel Perceptual Computing Software Development Kit (SDK). The SoftKinetic hardware and software combination allows Intel to provide new user experiences for its various platforms.
"We have been thrilled with our relationship with SoftKinetic and the flexibility of their technology," said Anil Nanduri, Director, Solutions & Products - Perceptual Computing Group at Intel. "The flexibility and robust capabilities of SoftKinetic Time-Of-Flight 3D technology have allowed us to integrate it quickly and seamlessly with our portable AIO reference design, and we are excited to bring this level of 3D gesture recognition experiences."
SoftKinetic's vision is to give everyone the freedom to control, explore and enjoy the entire digital world through the most natural and intuitive user interfaces and machine interactions. SoftKinetic is the leading provider of gesture-based platforms for the consumer electronics and professional markets, including interactive digital entertainment, consumer electronics, health care, digital signage, and medical systems. The company offers a complete family of 3D imaging and gesture recognition solutions, including patented 3D CMOS time-of-flight sensors, modules and cameras (DepthSenseÂ® family of products, formerly known as Optrima product family), multi-platform and multi-camera 3D gesture recognition middleware and tools (iisuÂ® family of products) as well as games and applications from SoftKinetic Studios.
Milestone to Unleash the Power of New Husky Appliance Series
COPENHAGEN, Sept. 12, 2013/PRNewswire/ --
The global leader in video management software enters the total solution market with a complete family of high-performance NVRs
Milestone Systems, the open platform company in IP video management software (VMS), will be releasing a new series of products called the Milestone Husky Series. These NVR appliances will feature robust, ready-to-use surveillance solutions that provide Milestone's advanced VMS pre-installed on high-performance hardware.
"Milestone Husky is a new family of unique performance-optimized solutions for out-of-the-box video surveillance. When designing the Husky appliance series, we thought big: creating a range of products to meet a wide variety of needs, with robust products that are plug-and-play yet configurable and scalable," says Lars Nordenlund, VP of Incubation and Ventures at Milestone Systems. "These are powerful appliances with reliable, high quality components and superior feature sets, all-in-one solutions that drive faster processing and better quality video and analytics."
The ready-to-use Milestone Husky Series will include a three-year Software Upgrade Plan and hardware warranty, available in three form factors designed for different surveillance requirements:
-- the Husky M10, a very sleek and small fanless device
-- the Husky M30 high-performance desktop appliance
-- the Husky M50 rack-mounted high-power units
The Husky Series will also be offered in custom-build versions with more than 40 individual combinations of pre-matched software and suitable hardware. The boxes provide fast processing power of i3/i5/i7, high storage capacity of 1 to 24TB, RAM options from 4GB to 16GB, and dual network interface cards.
Easy and fast to install, Milestone Husky NVRs have automatic device discovery with wizards for configuring the entire system, and the device license keys are pre-activated. The Milestone open platform supports more than 2,000 camera models from over 100 manufacturers, as well as compatibility with ONVIF and PSIA compliant devices. Third-party integrations with video analytics and access control add even more value.
Customers will get instant and remote access to live and recorded video through a flexible choice of client interfaces: Milestone XProtect(R) Smart Client, XProtect(R) Web Client or Milestone Mobile - all available in 26 languages.
The Husky M30 and Husky M50 are pre-installed with professional grade, full-featured Milestone VMS. Maps provide overviews of an entire installation and the Alarm Manager gives immediate visual verifications while camera carousels do virtual patrolling. Workloads are minimized through a video timeline, Sequence Explorer and Smart Search - advanced investigation tools with easy evidence sharing and export options.
"We have listened to customers in the low to middle complexity range of the video surveillance market - and now match their needs for a total integrated solution with reliable Milestone quality. The Milestone Husky series is a serious move from the world VMS leader into the appliance business," states Nordenlund.
The Milestone Husky series will be available by November and can be pre-ordered from Milestone channel partners, in the U.S. and Canada initially, rolling out in selected world regions throughout 2014. Demonstrations will be shown at the ASIS International trade show in Chicago September 24-27, at Milestone's booth 2223.
About Milestone Systems
Founded in 1998, Milestone Systems is a global industry leader in open platform IP video management software. Delivering powerful surveillance that is easy to manage, reliable and proven in thousands of customer installations around the world, Milestone technology supports flexible choices in network hardware and integrations with other systems. Sold through partners in more than 100 countries, Milestone solutions help 'video enable' organizations - managing risks, protecting people and assets, optimizing processes and reducing costs. For more information, visit: http://www.milestonesys.com
Johnson Controls Plans Further Production Expansion in China
FRANKFURT, Germany, September 12, 2013 /PRNewswire/ --
Presence in China will get stronger with 11 new production facilities
Johnson Controls, a global leader in automotive seating, seating components,
automotive electronics, and interiors, will expand in China: After 16 years of continuous
growth, Johnson Controls Automotive Experience plans to increase its number of production
locations from 57 to 68 in China over the next few years.
"We are focusing on innovative complete interior solutions in China that anticipate
market needs and meet customer expectations in terms of differentiation, comfort, safety,
and sustainability," said Johannes Roters, group vice president and general manager China,
Johnson Controls Automotive Experience. "This will enable us to help our customers
increase their market share in China and achieve economic success. Out of all
international suppliers, our company has the strongest presence in China and has a
comprehensive product portfolio with vertical integration and efficient processes. In
addition, we are the industry leader in industrial design and development."
Thanks to strategic partnerships with Chinese partners, Johnson Controls Automotive
Experience is very well positioned in the growth market of China, recording sales of
approximately US $4.6 billion in 2012 and employing nearly 25,000 people (including joint
ventures) in the country.
Since beginning operations in China in 1997, the company has continuously expanded its
activities in the country. Johnson Controls Automotive Experience is now engaged in 32
joint ventures with 24 strategic partners. The company operates 57 production plants in 27
cities in China, a number that is expected to increase to 68 over the next few years.
The automotive supplier is highly vertically integrated in China. Besides its
extensive manufacturing footprint, Johnson Controls operates ten engineering sites in
eight Chinese cities. With more than 1,150 engineers and 44 designers, the company has
established expert capabilities in design, development, engineering, and product safety
Over the last 16 years, Johnson Controls' two biggest Chinese joint ventures -
Shanghai Yanfeng Johnson Controls Seating Co., Ltd. (YFJC) and Changchun FAWAY-Johnson
Controls Automotive Systems Co., Ltd. (FJC) have become fully fledged technology
providers. Both supply customers with products characterized by their high-quality design,
superior craftsmanship and innovative engineering solutions. Reliable quality assurance
and production processes complete the range of services.
Johnson Controls supports the growth of both local and international automakers in
China. The company locally supplies comprehensive interior solutions, including design,
development, and production. It also offers products and solutions from its global
production network in Chinese locations.
Johnson Controls will present its innovations from Sept. 12-22, 2013, at the
International Motor Show (IAA) in Frankfurt, Germany, in Hall 5.1, Booth B28.
Facts and figures about Johnson Controls Automotive Experience in China
In China since 1997
China headquarters 9th Floor, Building B
SOHO Zhongshan Plaza
1065 West Zhongshan Road
Shanghai 200051, China
Group vice president and general
Sales (fiscal year 2012)
Employees (including joint
ventures) US $4.6 billion
Manufacturing sites today 25,000
Planned manufacturing sites in 57
Engineering sites 68
10 sites in 8 cities: Shanghai
(3 sites), Changchun, Beijing,
Shenyang, Guangzhou, Chongqing,
More than 1,150
Designers Design, development,
Capabilities engineering, prototype, testing
for automotive seating,
interiors, and electronics
Joint ventures 32 (with a total of 24 strategic
Biggest joint ventures Shanghai Yanfeng Johnson
Controls Seating Co., Ltd.
logical implication manufactures
complete seat systems and
components, as well as overhead
Changchun FAWAY-Johnson Controls
Automotive Systems Co., Ltd.
logical implication manufactures
complete seat systems and
components, as well as total
Products Complete seat systems
Automotive Seating Seating components (metal
Automotive Interiors structures, mechanisms, foam,
Automotive Electronics Overhead consoles
Infotainment and connectivity
Customers All major international and
national automakers present in China
About Johnson Controls
Johnson Controls is a global diversified technology and industrial leader serving
customers in more than 150 countries. Our 168,000 employees create quality products,
services and solutions to optimize energy and operational efficiencies of buildings;
lead-acid automotive batteries and advanced batteries for hybrid and electric vehicles;
and interior systems for automobiles. Our commitment to sustainability dates back to our
roots in 1885, with the invention of the first electric room thermostat. Through our
growth strategies and by increasing market share we are committed to delivering value to
shareholders and making our customers successful.
About Johnson Controls Automotive Experience
Johnson Controls Automotive Experience is a global leader in automotive seating, overhead
systems, door and instrument panels, and interior electronics. We support all major
automakers in the differentiation of their vehicles through our products, technologies and
advanced manufacturing capabilities. With more than 240 plants worldwide, we are where our
customers need us to be. Consumers have enjoyed the comfort and style of our products,
from single components to complete interiors. With our global capability we supply more
than 50 million cars per year.
For more information, please contact:
Johnson Controls GmbH
51399 Burscheid, Germany
Liberty Global taps ActiveVideo CloudTVâ¢ to complement cloud UI strategy
AMSTERDAM, Sept. 12, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- ActiveVideoÂ® and Liberty Global (NASDAQ: LBTYA) today announced that ActiveVideo's CloudTVâ¢ software platform has been enlisted by Liberty Global to expand the reach of user experiences offered by Horizon TV, Liberty Global's revolutionary media and entertainment platform, currently being deployed in Europe and Latin America.
CloudTV decouples the user experience from device dependencies, enabling IPTV, telco, cable and other pay-TV providers to reduce costs and time-to-market for multiplatform television experiences. CloudTVâ¢ H5, the latest version of the platform, features key innovations in product and network scalability that are supporting the accelerated deployment of differentiating user interfaces and applications written in HTML5.
"Consumers are seeking new enhanced experiences for their video entertainment all the time," said Aamir Hussain, managing director and CTO, Liberty Global Europe. "Liberty Global is constantly innovating and leading in delivering compelling and differentiated TV experiences leveraging cloud-based architectures. Liberty Global is using ActiveVideo's CloudTV platform to complement its cloud UI strategy and expand Horizon-like experiences, including cloud DVR, VOD navigation and advanced applications, to STBs and connected devices."
"Moving the user interface into the cloud reduces operational costs and time to market for advanced services and simplifies future software releases," said Jeff Miller, president and CEO of ActiveVideo. "We look forward to working with Liberty Global as they continue to accelerate the evolution and availability of the Horizon user experience to devices that cannot run it natively."
Using highly optimized browser technology, CloudTV massively scales to render the complete UI in the cloud to enable consistent multiscreen delivery of advanced user interfaces. The CloudTV H5 platform streams user experiences with low latency in either H.264 or MPEG2 via IP or QAM networks to any STB, CI Plus television or connected device. The cloud-based execution and rendering enables rapid, cost-effective development of complex animations and functionality for any connected device, regardless of processing capability.
CloudTV is available on more than 10 million devices in the United States and abroad with Cablevision Systems, Ziggo, Oceanic Time Warner Cable and other operators and with Comcast in a multi-stage trial in one of the country's most competitive markets. In addition, Charter Communications is using CloudTV to support its cloud-based UI strategy. CloudTV also is on Philips-brand NetTVs and is powering advanced user experiences for Net2TV, a virtual service provider.
ActiveVideoÂ® is a Silicon Valley company that harnesses the power of the cloud to accelerate multi-platform television experiences. The company's anchor technology enables Pay-TV Operators, Online Video Providers and CE Manufacturers to deliver advanced user experiences - irrespective of device dependencies - by rendering the UI in the cloud. The company's flagship platform - CloudTVâ¢ - frees the service provider from device dependencies that limit reach and fragment user experiences across diverse device platforms. Using a "write once, deploy everywhere" approach, CloudTV eliminates the need to write content services for countless device makes and models, resulting in lower operational cost and faster time to market. ActiveVideo is based in San Jose, CA, with offices in Los Angeles and Hilversum, the Netherlands. For more information, visit http://www.activevideo.com; find us at http://www.facebook.com/ActiveVideoNetworks; follow us at http://www.twitter.com/activevideo.
About Liberty Global
Liberty Global is the largest international cable company with operations in 14 countries. We connect people to the digital world and enable them to discover and experience its endless possibilities. Our market-leading triple-play services are provided through next-generation networks and innovative technology platforms that connected 24.5 million customers subscribing to 47.5 million television, broadband internet and telephony services at June 30, 2013.
Liberty Global's consumer brands include Virgin Media, UPC, Unitymedia, Kabel BW, Telenet and VTR. Our operations also include Chellomedia, our content division, Liberty Global Business Services, our commercial division and Liberty Global Ventures, our investment fund. For more information, please visit http://www.libertyglobal.com.
CONTACT: ActiveVideo, Paul Schneider, PSPR, Inc., +1-215-817-4384, email@example.com, Liberty Global, Joram Kanner, +31-20-778-9684, firstname.lastname@example.org
VisualOn Integrates High-Efficiency Video Coding (HEVC) with LG G2 Smartphones to Deliver New Standard for Mobile HD Video
-- The LG G2 is one of the first smartphones on the market to adopt HEVC for both streaming and local playback
SANTA CLARA, Calif., Sept. 12, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- VisualOn, Inc., today announced the debut of high-efficiency video coding (HEVC) on LG G2 smartphones. VisualOn's HEVC (or H.265) solution has been implemented in LG's new G2 smartphones to deliver the latest standard in high-quality video for consumers. As a result, consumers will experience optimized data usage, higher resolution video, efficient media storage and seamless playback.
The new HEVC video compression standard has been widely anticipated, but commercial deployments are just coming to market. HEVC reduces video bit rate and bandwidth requirements by nearly half as compared to those of prior standards, H.264/MPEG-4 AVC, while delivering better video quality. With VisualOn's HEVC software decoder, LG G2 will feature 1080p, 6mbps at 30 fps for both local playback and streaming. In addition, VisualOn's HEVC solution is natively supported in LG G2 to play all HEVC-compliant video from any content providers.
"As the industry continues to evolve, we're ahead of the curve when it comes to implementing a new, sophisticated video delivery standard," said Yang Cai, CEO of VisualOn. "By teaming up with LG, we've provided a high-performance solution tailored for the G2 device to give their consumers a high-quality experience across their mobile video applications."
"We were looking for a solution that took advantage of G2's capabilities to deliver the best video playback the industry has to offer," said Dr. Chris Roh, Principal Research Engineer of LG. "VisualOn's software HEVC decoder provides our customers support for the latest streaming media formats."
VisualOn, Inc. is a Silicon Valley-based multimedia software company that enables rich entertainment experiences across smartphones, tablets, laptops, connected TVs and other mobile and convergent devices. VisualOn's unique patented technology is designed to be platform-agnostic for ease of integration, with optimized quality and performance and minimal power consumption. VisualOn supports streaming, VOD, mobile TV and other multimedia applications with quality levels rivaling hardware-based solutions. VisualOn's HEVC solution is now commercially available for popular mobile platforms. For more information, please visit http://www.visualon.com or email@example.com( mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org ).
The best iPhone recovery software for your new iPhone 5S/5C - EaseUS MobiSaver
NEW YORK, Sept. 11, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Apple announced its new iPhone on September 10 - The iPhone 5S and iPhone 5C. With fingerprint sensor on Home button, 12-Megapixel camera, more available colors and iOS 7, the new iPhone will certainly amaze its users in the middle of September. It is the best time for you to apply for the new smart phone and choose software to protect your data, says EaseUS Software.
With more than nine years of data recovery experience, EaseUS data recovery software for Windows is proven as one of the best data recovery solution. After EaseUS's non-stop development and improvement, they have expanded data recovery software to iOS and the Mac OS X platform. EaseUS Software, the leading provider of data backup and disaster recovery solution, now allows its users to back up and recover data from the newly released iPhone 5S and iPhone 5C.
EaseUS iPhone backup and recovery software - EaseUS MobiSaver - enables users to recover lost or mistakenly deleted Contacts, Notes, Photos, Messages, etc. from both iPhone 5S and 5C. Simply connect your iOS devices to the computer, launch the program and all your lost data can be retrieved in a few seconds. It fully supports iOS 7, and you can also use it to back up data from your old iPhone 4/4S/5 and recover it to the new iPhone 5S/5C.
-- Support Windows and Mac OS X.
-- Support all iOS devices: iPhone 5S/5C/5/4S/4, iPad and iPod touch 5(th)
-- Recover directly from iOS device as well as from iTunes backup.
-- Recover and backup 12 data types: Videos, Photos, Messages, Calendar,
Notes, Contacts, etc.
-- Preview function before recovery.
Pricing and Availability:
EaseUS MobiSaver 2.5 is now available at EaseUS Software:
EaseUS Software, is an innovative software developer dedicated to delivering the best software products and services of data security and storage management to the worldwide consumer and business market segments. Millions of people spreading over 180 countries are now using EaseUS' products and all speak highly of EaseUS' software and service. For more information, please visit http://www.easeus.com/.
"EaseUS" is registered trademark of CHENGDU Yiwo Tech Development Co., Ltd. All other trademarks acknowledged.
EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn., Sept. 11, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- MTS Systems Corporation (NASDAQ: MTSC), a leading global supplier of high-performance test systems and position sensors, today announced its multiple enabling technologies for the precision agriculture industry, including position feedback sensors that enhance the performance of GPS-guided systems that are designed to increase the efficiency of farm equipment and crop yields.
As the worldwide demand for agricultural productivity continues to grow, the concept of precision farming has come into the mainstream. Precision farming enables farmers to optimize the yield per acre, while minimizing the expense and environmental impact. This highly complex and technical approach to farming requires more accurate agricultural equipment control.
To meet this increased demand in performance, equipment designers and manufacturers are using MTS TemposonicsÂ® in-cylinder magnetostrictive sensors in several applications, including position feedback and control for steering applications and position control of various farm implements. "Steering today's mammoth tractors, combine harvesters, sprayers and other equipment at the required level of precision necessitates that there is a closed loop feedback between the steering system and the GPS-enabled mapping software, and this cannot be achieved with a manual system," said Bill Bachrach, General Manager of MTS Sensors. "MTS Temposonics sensors are being incorporated into global position sensing (GPS) and joystick-controlled steer-by-wire agricultural equipment to enable the operator to have better awareness and control of the equipment."
MTS sensors are also used in applications that contribute to higher crop yields, including seed depth and spacing control, sprayer arm height and suspension, as well as liquid level tank measurement and control for fertilizer distribution. By enabling better control of seed and fertilizer, there is reduced waste as well as increased crop yield. The sensors feature a durable in-cylinder design that is resistant to dust, water and other environmental factors, and provide repeatable measurement feedback that is accurate to within a few microns. The sensor design meets the performance requirements of rugged terrain conditions, resulting in fewer in-field failures, highly precise position and motion feedback, and simplified operations that enhance safety.
"MTS is a technology leader in the precision farming industry, working side-by-side with equipment manufacturers to meet today's ever-increasing demands," said Dr. Jeffrey Graves, President and CEO of MTS Systems Corporation. "By contributing to the technology that is revolutionizing agriculture, we are reducing negative impacts on the environment, while helping farmers meet the increasing global demand for food."
About MTS Systems Corporation
MTS Systems Corporation is a leading global supplier of high-performance test systems and position sensors. The Company's testing hardware and software solutions help customers accelerate and improve their design, development, and manufacturing processes and are used for determining the mechanical behavior of materials, products, and structures. MTS' high-performance position sensors provide controls for a variety of industrial and vehicular applications. MTS had 2,147 employees at September 29, 2012 and revenue of $542 million for the fiscal year ended September 29, 2012. Additional information on MTS can be found on the worldwide web at http://www.mts.com.
ViXS Announces XCode 6400, the World's First System-on-Chip (SoC) with Native Support for 10-bit High Efficiency Video Coding (HEVC) and Ultra High Definition (HD) 4K
Unique and innovative architecture enables high-performance,
cost-effective media devices that satisfy consumer demand for
superlative quality and painless portability
TORONTO, Sept. 11, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -Â ViXS Systems Inc. (TSX: VXS), a pioneer
and leader in media processing silicon solutions, today announces its
most advanced SoC solution for video devices in the pay television and
consumer electronics markets, the XCode 6400.Â Â Supporting the latest
video codecs and broadcasting resolution standards with ample
processing power to handle today's software-intensive networking,
display and streaming services, the XCode 6400 enables manufacturers
around the world to design innovative consumer devices to push the
boundaries of performance with sleek form factor and ultra-low power
consumption.Â These devices can take advantage of the next wave in
bandwidth reduction by using HEVC while significantly increasing
display resolution using Ultra HD 4K.
A key feature of the XCode 6400 is native support for decoding HEVC
(H.265).Â HEVC allows the transmission of HD content using only half
the bandwidth of today's AVC (H.264) video streams, and just a quarter
of the bandwidth of MPEG-2, with no degradation in video quality.Â This
significant savings in bandwidth is critical for all categories of
content distributors, especially with Ultra HD format deployment.
The XCode 6400 has advanced support for Ultra HD 4K resolutions by
incorporating the new 10-bit ITU Rec.2020 4Kx2K UHDTV color space
specification and the new HEVC main 10 profile (M10P) requirements
specifically developed for 4K broadcast and display.Â The SoC can
decode over 60 frames per second (fps) and display HEVC UHDTV 4K
broadcasting content at full resolution of 3840x2160@60fps in M10P.
At the heart of XCode 6400 is a unique and innovative media processing
XCODE architecture that ViXS has been developing and deploying for over
a decade.Â The media-processing core offloads real-time functions such
as transcoding, video streaming, audio processing and content place
shifting, resulting in a more cost effective, memory bandwidth
efficient and energy saving silicon solution when compared to other
architectures relying on central processing unit (CPU), digital signal
processing (DSP) or graphics processor unit (GPU).
Complementing the media processing engine is a robust dual-core ARM(Â®) Cortex(TM)-A9 MPCore(TM) as the main applications processor, delivering 7,000
DMIPS performance.Â This stellar processing power will support the
comprehensive software stacks necessary for the feature-rich devices
that pay television operators and consumer electronics manufacturers
must provide to media-hungry consumers.
"The XCode 6400 is a landmark achievement for ViXS, culminating over a
decade of research, innovation and customer deployments, and we are
excited to deliver first samples later this year," said Sally Daub,
President and CEO, ViXS Systems Inc.Â "We designed this SoC to address
all the key technology evolutions for video, security, and networking
so our customers are free to create the most compelling consumer media
devices in the market."
Key features of the XCode 6400 include:
-- Decoding HDTV and Ultra HDTV HEVC at main and main 10 profile
at up to 4Kp60
-- Up to 10 x HD decodes
-- Up to six 720p30 or four 1080p30 HD transcodes
-- Up to six simultaneous video streams to consumer devices such
as smartphones and tablets
-- Multi-format HD decoding engine supports all popular Internet
-- XConnex(TM) MoCA 2.0 support with backward compatibility to
-- Advanced hardware-based security technology, including memory
scrubbing and sandboxing, that supports the latest conditional
access and digital rights management specifications
-- ARM Cortex A9 Dual Core applications processor with 7,000 DMIPS
performance and media off-loading processor farm with
cumulative 8,400 DMIPS performance
-- 3D OpenGL ES 2.0 hardware graphics engine
-- Optimized DDR3 platform memory
-- 40 nanometer low power process and flip chip package featuring
advanced power management with active and passive standby modes
-- ViXS Xtensiv(TM) software suite that includes support for
Digital Living Network Alliance (DLNAÂ®) certification as well
as third party middleware stacks
Customer samples of the XCode 6400 family will be available in Q4 2013
with volume production commencing in Q2 2014.
About ViXS Systems Inc.
ViXS is the semiconductor pioneer in designing and developing
high-performance media solutions for the consumer electronics and video
service provider industries.Â With 422 patents issued and pending
worldwide, ViXS has been recognized with a number of industry awards
for innovation.Â ViXS is the world leader in transcoder SoC deployments
with over 27 million shipments to date, and still growing.
ViXS has a comprehensive portfolio of products to meet the diverse needs
of the global media industry.Â Portfolio highlights include the most
advanced dense transcoder available for cloud-based solutions, as well
as SoC's for home devices capable of doing the most simultaneous number
of HD streams in the industry.Â Moreover, ViXS is the only company to
have integrated transcoding and Multimedia over Coax Alliance (MoCA)
technologies to create the lowest-cost media gateway capable of
delivering premium content to consumer IP devices, such as the iPad,
inside and outside of the home.
ViXS is headquartered in Toronto, Canada with global operations and
offices in Europe, Asia and North America.Â For more information on
ViXS, visit our website:Â www.vixs.com.
SOURCE ViXS Systems Inc.
ViXS Systems Inc.
CONTACT: David Jones
ViXS Systems Inc.
T: (416) 646-2000
Gameloft Collaborates with Intel to Offer Android HD Games for Intel Architecture
All upcoming Gameloft titles will be optimized for Android platforms using Intel Architecture
PARIS, September 11, 2013 /PRNewswire/ --
Gameloft, a leading global publisher of digital and social games, today at the Intel
Developer Forum 2013 announced with Intel, their plans to enhance upcoming Gameloft titles
for Android platforms using Intel architecture.
"We are thrilled to optimize our upcoming games for new Android platforms running
Intel architecture and once again expand our game catalogue to new high-performance
smartphones and tablets," states Gonzague De Vallois, senior vice president of Publishing
at Gameloft. "Intel's innovative hardware platforms help us unleash our development
capabilities for even greater creativity and reach new audiences."
"Gameloft games are visually stunning and will help create immersive gaming
experiences on Intel-based platforms," said Doug Fisher, corporate vice president and
general manager, Intel Software and Services Group. "With top gaming companies like
Gameloft investing in Intel Architecture, it's clear there is no better time for
developers and consumers alike to choose systems running the latest Intel processors."
A leading global publisher of digital and social games, Gameloft(R) has established
itself as one of the top innovators in its field since 2000. Gameloft creates games for
all digital platforms, including mobile phones, smartphones and tablets (including
Apple(R) iOS and Android(R) devices), set-top boxes and connected TVs. Gameloft operates
its own established franchises such as Asphalt(R), Order & Chaos, Modern Combat or Dungeon
Hunter and also partners with major rights holders including Universal(R), Illumination
Entertainment(R), Disney(R), Marvel(R), Hasbro(R), FOX(R), Mattel(R) and Ferrari(R).
Gameloft is present on all continents, distributes its games in over 100 countries and
employs over 5,000 developers.
Gameloft is listed on NYSE Euronext Paris (Euronext: GFT.PA, Bloomberg: GFT FP,
Reuters: GLFT.PA). Gameloft is traded OTC in the US (sponsored Level 1 ADR ticker: GLOFY).
PNMsoft Introduces New Intelligent BPM Solution for Microsoft Dynamics CRM
CRM Solution Enables Design and Operation of Advanced Workflows
LONDON, September 11, 2013 /PRNewswire/ --
PNMsoft [http://www.pnmsoft.com ] has announced the release of PNMsoft Sequence CRM
Edition (SCE) [http://www.pnmsoft.com/technology/extending-crm ], a new product which
extends Microsoft Dynamics CRM with Intelligent Workflow Applications. PNMsoft SCE
includes the core functionality of Sequence iBPMS (Intelligent Business Process Management
Suite), plus a fully integrated CRM solution. PNMsoft SCE extends sales, marketing and
service capabilities, enabling the rapid development of advanced CRM workflows which
ensure that CRM-related activities are performed in an optimized, visible manner.
Global Head of Product, James Luxford, explained that, "Many companies who use
Dynamics CRM are looking for ways to achieve advanced workflows that react to and interact
with CRM data. PNMsoft SCE gives them that capability. We're also providing out-of-the-box
integration tools never before seen in CRM products. PNMsoft SCE connects systems such as
SharePoint and ERP to Dynamics CRM, making it the central activity hub of the company."
Visual Workflow Canvas
PNMsoft SCE includes a Workflow App Studio which enables business users and process
developers to collaboratively design workflow applications for Dynamics CRM on an
intuitive, visual canvas.
South West Water, a leading UK water provider, is using PNMsoft SCE to enable
efficient task management and queue allocation within its Dynamics CRM. This has
significantly improved its level of Customer Service.
Peter Hart, Project Manager, Information Services for South West Water said, "Sequence
is efficiently allocating the right work to the right people. We are absolutely confident
and committed this solution is the right customer service management solution for South
West Water." Read Full Case Study
PNMsoft, a Gartner Magic Quadrant rated vendor, are publishers of the world's leading
BPM and Intelligent Workflow software solutionfor Microsoft products such as Dynamics CRM
and SharePoint. PNMsoft Sequence[TM] [http://www.pnmsoft.com/technology/sequence-kinetics
], an Intelligent BPM software, enables organizations to rapidly create smart workflows
that solve complex problems by connecting people and systems with smart, collaborative
Zeepro Introduces Zim, the First Dual Head Personal 3D Printer Fully Plug & Play
The Zim project will go live on Kickstarter September 13th, 2013
STAMFORD, Connecticut, September 11, 2013 /PRNewswire/ --
Zeepro Inc. introduces Zim, the first and only personal 3D printer to feature a dual
color printing head, Ethernet & WiFi connectivity, an onboard micro-camera, smartphone and
tablet control, and an exclusive refillable cartridge system. With Zim, 3D Printing is
about to go mainstream, as everyone from hobbyists to children will now be able to print
high quality 3D objects quickly and safely using various materials and colors, at an
affordable price (Zim Kickstarter campaign pledges range from 599 USD to 899 USD).
Zim is built with one or two extruders. Now users can choose to either print a 3D
object in multiple colors, or use one extruder to print in color while using the other
extruder to print a support structure in PVA plastic (which dissolves in water).
Connected, plug & play and user friendly
Zim can be controlled remotely via smartphone, tablet, or PC using the printer's
built-in Ethernet and WiFi. Zim is also equipped with a state of the art micro-camera, so
users can check in on their 3D printing projects even when they are on the go.
Exclusive refillable filament cartridge
Zim's cartridge system loads the filaments automatically and safely into the
extruders. Cartridges protect PVA from moisture and are convenient to store. Best of all,
Zim's cartridges are available in a rainbow of colors, and Zeepro offers a refillable
cartridge for those who want to use their own filament.
Zim features a fine resolution (as low as 80 microns per layer) with a print volume of
205 cubic inches (5.9"x5.9"x5.9"). Zim prints 3D objects at a fast speed (up to 110 mm/s)
in ABS or PLA, and provides more than 20 printing modes, ranging from standard to expert.
Zim's elegant design features a monobloc aluminum C frame. Zim fits in any home or
office, and is easily portable.
"We dreamt about making the best personal 3D printer in the world. We wanted it to be
plug and play, as well as really easy to use. We also wanted it to be connected, precise
and fast... all that enclosed in a beautiful design and affordable. We assembled a great
team of highly motivated and talented designers and engineers. Together, we imagined Zim.
We are very proud to present Zim on Kickstarter starting September 13th." Philippe
Guglielmetti, Zeepro's CEO.
The Zim project will go live on Kickstarter September 13th, 2013.
Zeepro aims to design and build the best personal 3D printers. Zeepro was founded by
an experienced team of engineers, designers and entrepreneurs. Zeepro has 12 full time
employees with operations in both the US and Europe. The company has already raised 1
million USD in its first round of funding. For more information visithttp://www.zeepro.com.
GRENOBLE, France, September 11, 2013 /PRNewswire/ --
At IBC 2013, Allegro DVT expands its encoding product line with the AL3200 appliance.
AL3200 is a cluster-oriented file-based transcoder, capable of encoding UHD assets sourced
in various input file formats, up to 4K multi-rate HEVC at 60 frames per second, for
adaptive VOD streaming or progressive download.
This advanced headend equipment was developed to help broadcasters target the
following applications, thanks to the bandwidth savings (up to 50% bandwidth savings as
compared to H.264/AVC) brought by HEVC:
- enhanced HD coverage on existing DSL networks.
- new generation mobile services.
- make the most of the extra bandwidth provided by FTTH networks and offer UHD
AL3200 appliance can be operated in two scenarios:
- For smaller deployments, as a singleton unit, where one AL3200 appliance
hosts both the transcoding engine and our web-based management system, responsible for
handling jobs queue.
- For large scale deployments, as a managed cluster node, where each AL3200
transcoding node is supervised by Allegro DVT's management system. In this case, the
management node is responsible for dispatching jobs to transcoding nodes in a fair
AL3200 is available as a 19''x1RU rackable appliance, or as a Genova software license
in order to be used in conjunction with private clouds or virtual machines.
In addition, other Allegro DVT's HEVC products are updated, and AL1200/AL2200 live
HEVC encoders/transcoders now support real-time encoding of 1080p30 content, delivered in
MPEG-DASH or Transport Stream.
Allegro DVT will be showcasing AL3200 at IBC 2013 on booth 1.A46, so feel free to book
you private demonstration at email@example.com .
Allegro DVT is a leading provider of H.264/MPEG-4 AVC|SVC|MVC and HEVC/H.265
solutions, including industry standard compliance test suites, H.264/MPEG-4 AVC and
HEVC/H.265 encoder, codec and decoder hardware (RTL) IPs; and multiscreen encoders and
transcoders. Allegro DVT products have been chosen by more than 100 major IC providers,
OEMs and broadcasters. For more information, visit Allegro DVT's Website
[http://www.allegrodvt.com/broadcast ] or contact firstname.lastname@example.org,
Jungo MediaCore Technology Integrated Into Aha by Harman to Create Unique IVI Solution
TEL AVIV, Israel, September 11, 2013 /PRNewswire/ --
- Jungo's MediaCore multimedia middleware now integrated with the Aha
- Car models equipped with the joint solution to be available from 2014
Jungo Connectivity Ltd [http://www.jungo.com/?PR=aha ]., a leading provider of
automotive connectivity and multimedia software solutions, today announced the integration
of its MediaCore multimedia middleware into the Aha(TM) by HARMAN service
The joint solution enables the simple integration of Aha into In-Vehicle Infotainment
(IVI) systems from a wide range of manufacturers. It will be a standard MediaCore feature
and available in a variety of car models from 2014.
Aha by HARMAN is a next-generation infotainment experience that uses the HARMAN Cloud
Platform to enable Web-based content - including music, news, social feeds, sports,
podcasts and audio books - in vehicles using a radio-like format that is familiar to
drivers. Also available as a standalone application for iOS and Android smartphones, Aha
synchs with the car's IVI system and uses the in-dash controls.
MediaCore will allow the Aha platform to use an intuitive API from Jungo to facilitate
the simple integration of Aha into IVI systems from a range of manufacturers. Integration
and deployment of systems will be supported by a technical team comprising specialists
from both companies.
"This agreement with Aha by HARMAN is an important milestone for Jungo Connectivity
and demonstrates our position as a leading innovator in the IVI industry," said Jungo
Connectivity CEO Ophir Herbst. "The combination of Jungo's platform expertise and the
unique Aha application offers customers the best infotainment experience while driving."
"Jungo's MediaCore solution will enable our Tier 1 partners and OEMs to offer Aha on
an accelerated basis, furthering our goal of integrating Aha into as many new vehicles as
possible," said Woody Arnold, VP of Engineering, Aha by HARMAN. "Since many of the OEMs
already use the Jungo middleware for connectivity and multimedia, this partnership will
make implementation of Aha's functionality faster and more plug-and-play from the outset."
About Jungo Connectivity
Jungo Connectivity Ltd. is a divestiture of the Connectivity Division of Jungo Ltd.
Jungo Connectivity is a provider of connectivity and multimedia software solutions.
Jungo Connectivity's products enable semiconductor companies, device manufacturers and
OEMs (original equipment manufacturers) to easily develop products that intelligently
connect with any portable device over various protocols for any application. Jungo
Connectivity solutions have been deployed in global markets throughout various industries
including the automotive industry, mobile communications, digital TV, point-of-sale,
medical equipment and defense industries.
The Connected Home division of Jungo Ltd. is now part of Cisco Videoscape Unity
platform through the acquisition of NDS.
TI wireless power chip simplifies development of Qi charging stations
Second-generation WPC 1.1-compliant power controller requires one-third fewer components, enables wireless charging stations to operate from a USB port
DALLAS, Sept. 11, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Building on its industry-leading power management portfolio, Texas Instruments (TI) (NASDAQ: TXN) today introduced its next-generation wireless power transfer circuit to support the Wireless Power Consortium (WPC) 1.1 specification. The bq500212A transmitter, which is shipping in volume production, requires one-third fewer components than competitive solutions. The circuit allows designers to quickly take to market Qi-compliant wireless charge pads or stations that can operate from a USB port or 5-V power adapter. To order samples and a development kit, visit: http://www.ti.com/bq500212a-pr.
With more Qi charging stations available in the marketplace, consumers of Qi-enabled smartphones, smartwatches and many other "enclosed" portable consumer electronics will be able to keep their batteries charged longer. Products like the Kickstarter-born AGENT Smartwatch are using TI's bqTESLA(TM) wireless power products, including the bq500212A and a bq51050B receiver, to ensure wireless power capability.
"AGENT Smartwatches need to be water resistant, and consumers shouldn't need to worry about plugging their watches into a charging adapter day after day," said Chris Walker, founder of Secret Labs. "TI's wireless power products give our customers the ability to simply set their AGENT Smartwatch on the included Qi charging pad (or any other Qi-compliant charging pad) from time to time to keep the battery topped off. No wires, no hassle."
Features and benefits of bq500212A:
-- Complete WPC 1.1 Qi-compliant design: bq500212A needs only five
components, including two new CSD97376 Power Stage integrated circuits;
while other products may require up to 15 devices.
-- Intelligent power control: TI's Dynamic Power Limit(TM) technology
enables the transmitter to work from either a USB port or low-power
adapter. The device's standby mode ensures <100 mW of standby power with
no receiver on the pad and <50 mW once the receiver has finished
-- Hybrid capacitor scheme significantly reduces system bill of materials
cost by using a combination of X7R and COG capacitors instead of only
relying on COG capacitors.
-- Foreign Object Detection, as mandated by the WPC1.1 specification, comes
standard on the bq500212A, which features an improved algorithm with
greater accuracy of error sensing.
TI and wireless power
TI's wireless power management portfolio is helping fuel design engineers' imaginations to develop innovative, efficient wireless charging capabilities for smartphones, tablets and other portable electronics, and design wireless power charging sources, ranging from pads to sources used in cars and furniture. The company is actively developing power circuits to support the WPC standard, as well as other wireless power specifications, including Alliance for Wireless Power (A4WP) and Power Matters Alliance (PMA). TI's bq5101x integrated receivers provide a regulated DC output and digital-control feedback to the transmitter, while TI's bq500xx family of wireless power transmitters efficiently manages the power transfer to the receiver.
Availability and pricing
The new bq500212A wireless power transmitter comes in a 48-pin, 7-mm by 7-mm QFN package with a suggested resale price of US$2.78 each in 1,000-unit quantities. The bq500212A is available in volume production through TI and its worldwide network of authorized distributors.
Find out more about TI's wireless power solutions, application notes and evaluation modules:
-- Check out a new white paper to learn about different wireless power
design requirements, including the differences between WPC, A4WP and
-- Order the new bq500212AEVM-550 evaluation module and download an
application note to get started on Qi-compliant wireless power
-- Join the TI E2E(TM) Power Community to ask questions and help solve
problems with fellow engineers.
About Texas Instruments
Texas Instruments Incorporated (TI) is a global semiconductor design and manufacturing company that develops analog ICs and embedded processors. By employing the world's brightest minds, TI creates innovations that shape the future of technology. TI is helping more than 100,000 customers transform the future, today. Learn more at http://www.ti.com.
TI E2E, Dynamic Power Limit and bqTESLA are trademarks of Texas Instruments. All registered trademarks and other trademarks belong to their respective owners.
Hastings Entertainment, Inc. to Host Midnight Release Party for Grand Theft Auto V
AMARILLO, Texas, Sept. 11, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Hastings Entertainment, Inc. (NASDAQ: HAST), a leading multimedia entertainment superstore retailer, has announced its plans to host a midnight release party for the highly anticipated, third-person, action game Grand Theft Auto V. Fans are encouraged to visit their local Hastings for a midnight release party on Monday, September 16th, 2013. Festivities for the night will begin at 9:00 p.m. local time and will end with the release of the game at midnight. In what is expected to be one of the biggest video game releases of 2013, this installment of Grand Theft Auto will be the first to come out since 2008. Only select stores will be participating in the midnight release party, so check with your local store to see if they are among those participating. As a benefit, anyone who purchases the game at midnight will also receive a code for an in-game vehicle called the Atomic Blimp.
While awaiting the release of the game, Hastings will also have a number of other offers going on throughout the store. These offers will include: 30% off all used video game accessories, 20% off select headphones, and up to 70% off all Turtle Beach headsets. In addition, all energy drinks during the midnight release party will be 2 for $4 and candy will be "buy 2 and get the 3(rd) free".
To find out more about the Grand Theft Auto V midnight release party in your area, please visit or contact your local Hastings superstore or visit us online at http://www.goHastings.com.
Founded in 1968, Hastings Entertainment, Inc. is a leading multimedia entertainment retailer that combines the sale of new and used books, videos, video games and CDs, as well as trends and consumer electronics merchandise, with the rental of videos and video games in a superstore format. We currently operate 128 superstores, averaging approximately 24,000 square feet, primarily in medium-sized markets throughout the United States. We also operate three concept stores, Sun Adventure Sports, located in Amarillo, Texas and Lubbock, Texas, and TRADESMART, located in Littleton, Colorado.
We also operate http://www.goHastings.com, an e-commerce Internet Web site that makes available to our customers new and used entertainment products and unique, contemporary gifts and toys. The site features exceptional product and pricing offers. The Investor Relations section of our web site contains press releases, a link to request financial and other literature and access to our filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission.
Atmel Launches Smart RF Receiver IC Family with Industry's Lowest Power Consumption and Leading RF Performance
Ideal for Long-Range Car Access and Smart RF Systems, the Extreme Flexibility in These New Devices Reduce Production Time and Cost
HEILBRONN, Germany, Sept. 11, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Atmel(Â®) Corporation (NASDAQ: ATML), a global leader in microcontroller and touch technology solutions, today announced the availability of a new family of low-power, high-performance RF receivers designed specifically for the automotive and smart RF markets.
With the industry's lowest power consumption, high sensitivity and excellent out-of-band blocking performance, the three new devices (ATA5781, ATA5782 and ATA5783) are ideal for automotive applications including remote keyless entry (RKE), passive entry go (PEG)/ passive entry passive start (PEPS), remote start (RS) and tire pressure monitoring (TPMS) systems. This new RF family is also a perfect fit for a broad range of smart RF applications including remote control systems such as garage door openers or telemetering applications.
The ATA5781, ATA5782, and ATA5783 family consumes only 9.8mA typical in receive mode whereas the power consumption of competing devices is 12mA typical. This reduced drain will leave more charge in the battery leading to longer standby times when the car is stopped with the receiver enabled. The parts feature an excellent sensitivity of -122.5dBm typical when programming the IFBW (intermediate frequency bandwidth) to its lowest value of 25kHz. This enables an extended RF communication range.
RF blocking performance rates the receiver's immunity to disturbers. These disturbers are frequently present in the field. The outstanding blocking performance of the ATA578x family significantly reduces power-robbing false wake-ups. It also prevents RF range reduction and communication failure caused by RF disturbers.
The new devices provide dual paths for simultaneous FSK and ASK reception and superior flexibility by combining RF functionality, an advanced state machine, and an Atmel AVR(Â®) microcontroller core. Customers can configure up to five services including RKE, RS, PEPS, and TPMS on the fly in idle mode via SPI (serial peripheral interface). This makes end-of-line programming at the customer production site no longer necessary and thus helps to save production time and cost. The dual path reception and flexibility lets customers adapt receiver behavior to individual applications. Customers can optimize power consumption since they can adapt the polling scheme as needed. If customer-specific adaptations are required, designers can add the existing firmware via Flash (ATA5782) or user ROM (ATA5783).
The new RF receiver family includes:
-- ATA5781: Ready-to-use RF receiver IC with integrated firmware
-- ATA5782: Firmware is included in read-only memory (ROM). Additional
Flash option for application-specific software needs.
-- ATA5783: Cost-optimized version of ATA5782, where customer software is
Atmel's RF portfolio includes receiver and transceiver devices (ATA5831/32/33) that are pin-, function- and RF-matching-compatible to ensure maximum development re-use for one- and two-way systems. This minimizes the system designers' design efforts. To help further reduce development and production complexity and to accelerate time to market, end-application engineers can use the same printed circuit board design for uni-directional and bi-directional car access systems.
Samples of Atmel's ATA5781, ATA5782 and ATA5783 in 5mm x 5mm small QFN32 packages are available now starting at $1.90 USD (50K pcs). Car access kits (ATAK51003-V1) to support design-in and shorten time-to-market are available.
Atmel Corporation (Nasdaq: ATML) is a worldwide leader in the design and manufacture of microcontrollers, capacitive touch solutions, advanced logic, mixed-signal, nonvolatile memory and radio frequency (RF) components. Leveraging one of the industry's broadest intellectual property (IP) technology portfolios, Atmel is able to provide the electronics industry with complete system solutions focused on industrial, consumer, communications, computing and automotive markets.
Siemens' First Overseas Digital Enterprise Opens Up at Chengdu High-Tech Zone
CHENGDU, China, Sept. 11, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- On September 11th, Siemens Electronics Works Chengdu (SEWC) at Chengdu High-tech Zone officially began operation. As the latest "digital enterprise" in Siemens' Industry Automation production and R&D network, SEWC is highly digitalized from product design to manufacturing. Meanwhile, "Simatic IPC 3000 SMART", a new generation of IPC series, tailor-made for Chinese customers, was put into mass production today. SEWC will produce Simatic industry automation products successively. Anton S. Huber, CEO of Siemens AG Industry Sector Industry Automation Division said: "With this investment, the Chengdu plant will be able to participate immediately in our large global manufacturing network producing not only high tech products for the local market but for all our customers around the world."
With factors such as digitalization, automation, virtualization and environmental sensitivity, SEWC can be described as an exemplar of modern sustainable manufacturing. "SEWC is a model digital enterprise utilizing the most advanced digital manufacturing technologies. The investment shows our confidence in further growth in China, and also shows that Siemens saves no efforts in fulfilling the commitment of 'zero distance to the customer'. SEWC will raise R&D and production efficiency of Siemens' industry automation products, and shorten the time-to-market." Dr. Marc Wucherer, President of Industry Sector Siemens North East Asia said, "The importance of Chengdu in West China, backed by governmental support, human resources, logistics, traffic and infrastructure provides a sound environment for SEWC to be rooted in Chengdu."
"SEWC will not only help consolidate Siemens' leading role in the industry, but also adds new impetus to Chengdu Hi-tech Zone in developing advanced manufacturing and constructing a globally influential high-end industrial base," said Liu Chao, Member of Standing Commitee of the CPC Chengdu Municipal Committee; Party Secretary of CPC Chengdu Hi-Tech Zone. "Following the tide of the '3rd entrepreneurship', at current and in the near future, Chengdu Hi-tech Zone will offer unprecedented opportunities for domestic and foreign companies."
SEWC mainly manufactures Simatic Industry Automation products, providing reliable control systems and solutions for industrial enterprises. Advanced automation technology creates huge potential for industrial upgrading; for example, the efficiency is improved by optimization of automation process. Simatic industry automation products are widely applied to the automobile, metallurgy, petrochemical, food & beverage, pulp & paper and infrastructure industries.
SOURCE Chengdu High-tech Industrial Development Zone