Hynix Semiconductor and European chipmaker STMicroelectronics NV completed the construction of their $2 billion plant in eastern China on Oct. 10, the Korean company said. Hynix and STMicro started building the chip-making facility in the Chinese city of Wuxi in April last year, with an aim of grabbing a bigger slice of the fast-growing memory chip market in China. For Hynix, the Wuxi plant was a desperate choice to avoid countervailing tariffs from the United States and Japan. The Wuxi plant has two production lines to produce 8-inch and 12-inch wafers. Hynix and STMicro began production at its 8-inch line in April this year with an initial monthly production capacity of 50,000 sheets.
TOYOTA MOTOR CORPORATION announced today the Japan sales launch of the completely redesigned Corolla sedan—now known as the Corolla Axio and completely redesigned Corolla Fielder small station wagon .The new Corolla models feature a new 1.8-liter 2ZR-FE engine and Super CVT-i (Super Continuously Variable Transmission-intelligent) transmission developed as the main powertrain for compact and medium-class vehicles. The new Corolla models adopt a light-weight, high-rigidity body that seeks both a quiet cabin and superior aerodynamic properties; it uses an advanced chassis to achieve performance that makes it truly possible to experience the joy of driving. The Corolla Fielder features the world’s first one-touch double-folding rear seats with backrests that can be folded flat with a single flip of a lever located in the rear cargo space. The optional advanced Intelligent Parking Assist system supports steering operations when parallel parking and backing into a parking space.Ultrasonic sensors installed on the front of the vehicle detect other parked vehicles and based on the results estimate the physical dimensions of a vacant parking space and set the target parking position. The Corolla Axio features a new Pre-crash Safety System that uses millimeter-wave radar. When the millimeter-wave radar detects a high risk of collision, the Pre-crash Seatbelts provide better initial restraint capabilities for passengers while the Pre-Crash Brake Assist system decelerates the vehicle to reduce the collision speed and contribute to less collision-caused damage.
Sharp Corp. and Kansai Paint Co., Ltd. have jointly developed a paint derived mostly from cornstarch. The two companies facilitate the coating process by shortening the time required for the drying process compared to previous paints. The paint is used to finish the stand of new models “LC-52GX1W,” “LC-52GX2W,” “LC-46GX1W” and “LC-46GX2W” of “AQUOS,” Sharp’s LCD TV receiver line, which are manufactured at Sharp’s Kameyama plant no. 2 and slated for launch in October 2006.The newly-developed paint by Sharp Corp. and Kansai Paint Co., Ltd only consists of a base resin and a solvent. The base resin can be cured by the vaporization of the solvent. This is an improvement achieved by further modifying the esterified starch. Specifically, the new paint excludes a curing agent by adjusting the chain length of ester, optimizing a modified resin and selecting the optimum solvent.
Samsung reached another milestone in camera phones by launching 10 megapixel camera phone SCH-B600.The10 megapixel camera phone SCH-B600 is 6mm thinner and 10g lighter than the Samsung 7 megapixel camera phone SCH-V770 and sets itself apart from its previous megapixel camera phones by combining mobile TV capability in Satellite standard. The SCH-B600 offers the same level of picture-taking sophistication that a 10 megapixel digital camera offers. The camera function includes 3x optical zoom and 5x digital zoom. Samsung SCH-B600 comes fitted with a LED autofocus feature which assists users to capture clear, crisp photos even in dark settings. The B600 also supports white balance, manual focus, continuous picture-taking, and interval picture-taking functions. It also supports Bluetooth which enables users to send pictures wirelessly to other mobile phones, printers or to Bluetooth headsets. The high color Reproduction 2.2″ 240×320 16M Color TFT LCD produces the highest possible display for its size. Moving pictures can be recorded in QVGA resolution at 15-30 frames per second. Users can watch live TV in crisp picture through Satellite DMB function.
The “Day of AKARI(Lighting)” in Japan is celebrated with the co-ordination of four associations every year on October 21 from 1981 and this is the 26th year. The four associations are: Japan Electric Lamp Manufacturers Association,Japan Luminaries Association, Japan Electric Association and Popularization Society of Illuminating Engineering Institute of Japan. Thomas Edison invented the practical incandescent lamp for the first time in the world on October 21, 1879. Edison’s great works were praised, creation of the affluent society by improvement in lighting culture was wished, and the “Day of Lighting” on October 21 was enacted. Edison’s greatest contribution to the problem of electric light was in filament design. He tried over 6,000 alternative filament materials over two years, and spent $40,000 conducting more than 1,200 experiments.
On display at the Renesas Technology Corp. booth at CEATEC JAPAN 2006is an electrically powered go-cart equipped with a microcontroller compatible with FlexRay, a next-generation high-speed onboard LAN network. With the aid of this go-cart, visitors to the booth can experience the advances in vehicle control brought about by FlexRay. FlexRay Enables X-by-Wire System. The controller area network (CAN) standard is a well-established automotive LAN network protocol. However, CAN has neither the speed nor the safety required for the electronic control of basic car operations, such as steering, braking and accelerating. Whereas the data rate for the CAN standard is 512kbps, with a maximum of 1Mbps, the data rate for FlexRay is 10Mbps, or approximately 20 times that of the current CAN standard. Noise and other factors make it difficult to build a stable high-speed automotive network, but Renesas Technology has swiftly overcome such problems with its advanced technological capabilities. It has developed an “x-by-wire” system incorporating FlexRay and created an electrically powered go-cart equipped with this system. An x-by-wire system is a system for the smooth and safe electronic control of steering, acceleration and braking by connecting these components by wire.The x-by-wire system does away with the need for existing bulky hydraulic systems, enabling the design of much simpler and smaller vehicles.
Sony has launched active speaker system SRS-U10 for portable media players. The design concept clearly indicates that Sony has designed the speakers keeping PSP in mind. The one piece speaker system is designed like a tray and is available in silver color. The built in digital amplifier with 3.6W out put, MEGABASS function delivers quality sound for which Sony is famous. You can place your PSP on the top of the tray type system with the attached stand.
The Thanko ultra-compact lightweight USB AC charger “USBACH01” allows you to charge any device that uses the common USB connector, including iPod, other mp3 players, and mobile devices. The Thanko USB AC charger with 2 USB ports allows you to charge two USB devices simultaneously. The Thanko USB AC Travel Charger allows you to charge most USB compatible devices from standard AC wall power worldwide using the normal USB cable supplied with your device or any Proporta USB Sync-Charge cable.
For multi-media fans Elecom Multi-Card Reader MR-C11 offers the most versatility. It can read and write 11 types of media cards: SD / SDHC memory card, MMC/ MMC 4.0, memory stick, memory stick PRO, memory stick PRO High-Speed, xD picture card, xD picture card type M and H. With USB 2.0 connectivity, you can take a file from your digital camera, video camcorder, MP3 player, or PDA and move it seamlessly from the device to your computer. The Elecom Multi-Card Reader MR-C11 cranks out 480 mpbs, making it 40 times faster than USB 1.1. Plus, it’s backwards compatible with older USB ports.
Audio Technica table lamp type speakers AT-DSP170 makes a great impact on your work, study table. The flexible arm allows you to adjust the positions of the speaker just the way you adjust your table lamp. With an digital out put of 2W×2ch, the full range 30cm speakers are pleasant to the ears. Power is drawn from the supplied AC adaptor.