Next Generation Push-To-Talk over Cellular leverages EVDO Rev A to improve call setup performance for discriminating users

Motorola, Inc. today announced that it has released its next generation Push-To- Talk over Cellular (PoC) solution, optimized for CDMA 1x networks equipped with EVDO Rev A data capability. This solution leverages the improved performance capabilities provided by the CDMA 1x EVDO Rev A standard including higher speed data rates, low call set-up time latency and quality of service (QoS).

Motorola’s end-to-end Push-To-Talk over Cellular solution provides walkie- talkie like capability to mobile devices equipped with special PoC client software, connecting people to those they communicate with most. With the push of a button on their PoC-enabled handsets, both enterprise and personal users can connect directly with individuals or groups and quickly share information.

In today’s time-pressed world, instant access to people at the push of a button can quickly translate to a signed deal for a small company or a fun- filled night on the town with college friends. Market research shows that customers would appreciate access to Push-To-Talk on a variety of mobile devices for use both at work and at play.

Motorola’s next generation PoC solution provides competitive call set-up time performance with other PoC and proprietary solutions, “buddy list” availability, an open ecosystem to support a wide variety of mobile devices from multiple manufacturers equipped with the PoC client and access to the Internet to enable “push-to-X” features and services to complement basic PoC.

“Motorola’s latest Push-To-Talk over Cellular release demonstrates our commitment to delivering innovative and relevant applications that enable service providers to offer both enterprises and consumers a truly competitive communications experience,” said Mark Poulin, senior director, Push-To-Talk product management, Motorola.

For business users, this next generation Push-To-Talk system paves the way for new enterprise applications such as Push-To-Productivity and encrypted, PC-based dispatching, which will enable companies to enhance communication among employees, customers and suppliers.

Source: Motorola, Inc.


XDE offers enhanced picture performance from standard DVDs

Toshiba America Consumer Products, L.L.C. (“Toshiba”) today announces its new video enhancement technology for DVD with the introduction of the XD-E500. XDE, or “eXtended Detail Enhancement,” is more than just DVD upconversion. XDE takes DVD picture quality to a whole new level. In addition to providing upconversion from 480i/p up to 1080p, XDE offers user selectable picture enhancement modes that allow for greater detail, more vivid colors and stronger contrast that bring standard DVD quality closer to the HD experience. XDE technology lets consumers enjoy their existing DVD libraries in a whole new way.

“Consumers have embraced the DVD format like no other technology and invested in large libraries of their favorite movies. As the market moves towards high definition, XDE lets them experience their existing DVD library and the tens of thousands of DVD titles in a whole new way,” said Louis Masses, Director of Product Planning. “XDE offers consumers a simple solution to add on to their HDTV purchase. XDE works with existing DVDs to deliver a near HD experience with enhanced detail and richer colors. Toshiba is delivering to consumers what they want — a high quality experience at an affordable price.”

XDE Flexibility

In addition to upconversion from 480i/p to 1080p, XDE technology offers consumers the ability to customize their viewing experience to their liking with its picture mode settings. With these three selectable settings — Sharp, Color and Contrast — users can get the most out of their DVD movie-viewing experience on their terms.

  • Sharp Mode offers improved detail enhancement that is one step closer to high definition. Edges are sharper and details in movies are more visible. Unlike traditional sharpness control, XDE technology analyzes the entire picture and adds edge enhancement precisely where it’s needed.
  • Color Mode makes the colors of nature stand out with improved richness. Blues and greens are more vivid and lifelike. Color Mode combines the improvement in color with the detail enhancement of Sharp Mode and is ideal for outdoor scenes.
  • Contrast Mode is designed to make darker scenes or foregrounds more clearly visible without the typical “washing out” that can occur with traditional contrast adjustment. Recommended for dark scenes where detail may be difficult to notice, Contrast Mode is also combined with Sharp Mode to provide a clearer viewing experience.

In an effort to reach a broad spectrum of consumers from around the world, Toshiba’s new XDE technology and the exciting experience it delivers, will be featured in an extensive print and online advertising campaign. This includes placement on NBCOlympics.com, a site that signifies strength, performance, diversity and unity among many. A new Web site, http://www.toshibaxde.com/, will be launched to help educate consumers on the benefits of XDE technology and how it works so they can experience the best of what this new technology has to offer and enjoy their DVD movies in near HD quality.

XDE will be launched today onboard the XD-E500 1080p/24fps Upconverting DVD player. Featuring XDE technology, the XD-E500 also incorporates key features found on today’s upconverting standard DVD players such as HDMI-CEC, DivX certification, JPEG capability,

MP3 and WMA playback and much more in a slim, high-gloss cosmetic design to complement today’s HDTV.

The XD-E500 is shipping this month with an MSRP of $149.99 and can be found at authorized retailers nationwide. For more information on XDE please visit http://www.toshibaxde.com/ or http://www.tacp.toshiba.com/.

IMPORTANT

This product does not play HD DVD or Blu-Ray discs. It upconverts standard definition (480p) DVD content to HD (720p, 1080i or 1080p) to match the resolution of your HD display. Although near the picture quality, it does not produce or output native HD video content.

To display upconverted 720p, 1080i or 1080p video content, a 720p, 1080i or 1080p capable HDTV or HD Monitor (as applicable) with an HDCP capable HDMI or DVI input is required.

The effect of enhancements may vary depending upon disc content quality and display device capability/functionality/settings. Depending on the quality of the DVD disc, some video noise may be visible.

Some DVD-R/DVD-RW discs may be incompatible due to laser pick up and disc design. Some recordable media or recording formats may not be supported.

Compatibility with other HDMI-CEC products will vary by manufacturer. Some products may not be compatible at all or may only allow for limited functions.

Viewing 24 frames per second requires content created in 480p / 24 frames/sec and an HD display capable of accepting a 1080p/24Hz signal.

Source: Toshiba America Consumer Products, L.L.C.


Goldmund, makers of the world’s most extravagant and technologically advanced systems for audio-video purists, announced today the creation of a new processor, the Goldmund U-32, which is capable of extending to an infinite number of discrete channels.

Goldmund, the same company that took the groundbreaking approach of using multi-channel processors with up to 32 channels, an innovation required to create the ultimate home theater experience, the Goldmund Media Room, have delivered a processor capable of reaching an unlimited number of channels.  The Goldmund U-32 was created to meet the demands of Goldmund clients looking to build larger media rooms that can seat up to 50 guests.

The new Goldmund U-32 Processor includes a set of high-power digital signal processors (DSP) capable of more than 50 times the strength of its predecessors.   When paired with the recently announced U-Telos family of amplifiers, which is capable of achieving an ideal crossover for the associated speaker with full time delay correction and a signal measurement feature to control the protection of each driver it operates, the Goldmund U-32 can reach an infinite number of discreet channels, which is necessary to properly reproduce extreme surround-sound accuracy in a very large Goldmund Media Room.  The U-32 is ideal for bringing the Goldmund Media Room technology into commercial screening rooms, hotels and resort settings.

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Goldmund Media Rooms using the new Goldmund U-32 Processor will provide perfect seamless surround sound by enveloping each individual user with a higher than usual number of speakers, each being smaller and less expensive, each non-audible separately, but together capable of providing each user with sound levels up to 130dB at all frequencies.

“Our clients have increasingly been requesting that we go bigger than Goldmund has ever gone before,” said Michel Reverchon, president of Goldmund. “Now with the new Goldmund U-32 processor, there is unlimited potential as to how far we can take the perfection of the Goldmund Media Room.”

Additional information can be accessed by visiting the Goldmund website at www.goldmund.com.  The Goldmund Media Room in Los Angeles is available for select demonstrations by appointment.


DiFi™ sound technology delivers a high-end listening experience at an entry-level price.

Digital Signature™, rapidly gaining a reputation for advanced, affordable multimedia speaker systems, announced today that it is launching the latest edition to its line of Digital Music Stations, the Mint 220. The introduction of the Mint 220 will allow space and budget conscious music lovers the ability to enjoy rich, dynamic sound quality from their iPod and wireless streaming from their Mac or PC.

Digital Signature MINT Wireless PC Mac Stereo System

“The Mint 220 doesn’t just deliver higher quality sound for the iPod — laptop users want premium sound without the hassle of plugging in cables, once you plug in the transmitter you are ready to listen, and that’s where the Mint 220’s wireless capabilities really shine,” according to Joyce Ahn, VP of Product Marketing for Digital Signature. “Now everyone can have high fidelity audio not just for music, but for all of their digital entertainment — the Mint 220 truly delivers the best all-around value in its class.”

As Digital Signature’s latest offering in the Mint Digital Music Station line, the Mint 220 is poised for success in the popularly-priced market segment of consumer audio. Digital Signature expects the Mint 220 to push the audio envelope both in terms of ultimate listening enjoyment and affordability, because it delivers rich, dynamic sound quality, easy connectivity, remote operation and wireless audio streaming for home, dorm, work and play — at a market-leading MSRP of $179.

The Mint 220 features Texas Instrument’s PurePath Digital™ audio technology, with wireless transmission via Digital Signature’s proprietary 2.4 GHz USB transmitter, which is completely lossless over ranges of up to 45’. A remote control offers the final component of complete wireless freedom. With the ability to control all of the user’s music, the Mint 220 is as easy to use as it is to set up.

The Mint 220 Digital Music Station features an integrated amplifier, iPod dock/charger, and two 3.5-inch Peerless speakers in the sealed design preferred by many audiophiles for tight control of mid- and high-range sound fidelity in bookshelf systems.

The Mint 220 Digital Music Station is available for purchase now at Best Buy and at www.mintds.com


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