In the face of a difficult year, many corporations seem to surrender, including such giants like Sony (plans to cut 16,000 jobs and close 10 percent of plants), Segate (reduction of 10 percent of American employees), and Panasonic (reduction of capital spending on the newest LCD and plasma plants by over 20 percent). Samsung withdrew a takeover bid of nearly 6 billion dollars for Sandisk. However, the size of the show (about 2,700 exhibitors) remained at last year's level, just of its own momentum - reservations for this type of fair are made a year in advance.
The above-mentioned Sony Corporation presented the lightest in the world 8-inch notebook (P Series VAIO Lifestyle PC), weighing just over 0.6 kg and not thicker than a typical mobile phone, with LED-backlit LCD screen of 1600 x 768 resolution and multiple forms of wireless connectivity (3G, Bluetooth, 802.11n, GPS). This netbook-size device, with Vista on-board, has the potential of a "grown-up" laptop, and can work up to 4 or 8 hours - depending on the battery type. The product has won the Best of CES Awards in the "Computer &Hardware" category. Unfortunately, its price is also fully-grown ($900), much above the average in this segment going through a price revolution. Another success of this company is victory in the "Digital Photo &Video" category - the winner was Cyber-shot DSC-G3 camera with a built-in Wi-Fi interface and web browser, giving the option of placing the pictures and videos directly on the Internet (basic parameters: 10 Mpix, 4x zoom, 3.5" touch screen of 210 ppi resolution).
Another winner was Panasonic ("Televisions" category), with its G10 series of plasma televisions in the 1080p format (42, 46, 50 and 54 inches) meeting THX specifications and equipped with Internet interface (VieraCast).
The winner of the category "Cell Phones &Smartphones" and the best product of the show became Pre Palm, with a completely new, multitask operating system Palm WebOS, advanced web browser, and virtually all the features and interfaces available in mobile phones. The phone has touch screen with resolution of 320 x 480, but also a sliding full QWERTY keyboard and built-in 8 GB memory. However, many skeptics say that despite the spectacular success, the phone may have problems with market expansion caused just by the original operating system, requiring to develop new applications.
Computer monitors have been dominated by the 16:9 format with Full HD resolution (1920x1080). There were several 3D solutions (Samsung, Viewsonic), however, they required to use dedicated glasses. Introduction of the third dimension to television still seems to be far away - several competing technologies presented at the exhibition, including laser projection, at the current state of the market are rather only something of interest. The obstacles to quick development include technological problems, costs, and above all - lack of 3D content. Major investments in such productions will probably take place only after some standardization in this field.
For the true answer to the question on how the electronics industry will cope with the weakening in economic activity in 2009 we have to wait till the next CES.
The first - with the gymnasts - is probably difficult to be implemented by Europeans because of, some say, increased earth gravity in Europe (by the way, it applies to the US as well) - so our people weigh more and are not flexible enough...
The second structure - the antenna cluster on the roof of the building - required a special imagination that is not taught at European technical universities.
Where to go to see the two "designs"?
The answer at the end of this issue.
Comparison of CA-31X amplifiers
Gain adjust. [dB]
Max. output level [dB]
2 x 110
2 x 110
2 x 110
2 x 114
The camera has mechanically switching IR filter, so the picture is of the highest quality, regardless of whether the camera is working in daylight or with artificial lighting, including IR illumination.
The included Auto Iris lens (DC) enables focal length adjustment.
Due to high parameters the camera can be recommended for use in systems where strength, image quality, modern look and affordable price are the key factors. It is used in banks, courts, consulates, airports etc.
The SN-483 M10731 camera is equipped with 1/4" Sony CCD, ensures resolution of 480 TVL and S/N>48 dB.
- Sunell SN-483
The camera can operate in color or B/W mode (due to IR illuminator with adjustable threshold and range up to 100 m). The features make it ideal for use in outdoor monitoring systems, especially in tough environments typical for industry and construction sites, at various yards with no or low lighting at night, at parking lots etc. Its solid housing is vandal proof.
In such places it is convenient to build wireless systems. ULTIAIR devices, dedicated for transmitting video streams from IP cameras, allow to quickly design and build effective surveillance systems. They eliminate the need of creating cable infrastructure which is often the main obstacle in practical implementations. The whole system can be effectively managed by professional surveillance suite NUUO, with implemented applications of image analysis.
Image quality, compression efficiency, stability and affordable prices are the main reasons for using ACTi cameras. A wide range of offered devices allows to select optimum cameras for any application. Tough times require creative solutions - the company provides cheaper models with professional features, e.g. K1314. PoE option makes it easy to install the cameras, night mode enables 24-hour operation.
A very important feature of ACTi cameras is compatibility with the leading surveillance suites: LuxRiot, Milestone, ULTISYSTEM K3216, NUUO K3116... To sum up, ACTi cameras allow to build professional, reliable IP CCTV systems that are technically and economically optimized.
- The most powerful USB adapter in the market (Tx power up to 20 dBi)
- Detachable external antenna (SMA R/P connector),
- Access Point mode,
- Energy saving option in AP mode,
- 64-bit, 128-bit or 256-bit encryption - WEP, WPA,WPA2, WPA-PSK/WPA2-PSK (TKIP/AES).
- Access Point with built-in router - TL-WR542G N2950 - for providing connectivity with other buildings,
PoE adapter with leads for LANs. The PoE set N9205 contains two passive devices shown in the picture. They are equipped with RJ-45 and 2.1/5.5mm...
- archive DWR of Sept. 17, 2007
Intelligent video surveillance systems. Intelligent video surveillance system based on image analysis and continuous monitoring of the system performance dramatically improve efficiency of the system management performed by the operator. The unquestionable advantages of such systems are: - the duties of several operators taken over by one person, - elimination of human errors caused mainly by loss of concentration due to monotony of the surveillance job...
Halogen-free TRISET cables. The new cables from TRISET family - TRISET-113 HF E1019 and TRISET-11HF E1029 are manufactured using HF (halogen free) technology. When burning, they do not give off toxic gases...
- archive DWR of June 2, 2008
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