PANASONIC FORMALLY ENDS PRODUCTION OF PLASMA DISPLAY PANELS
Panasonic Corp. (Osaka, Japan) formally announced today that, “in order to create a business structure that can respond to changes in the business environment and to accelerate the growth strategy of the company, the company will end the production of plasma display panels (PDP) in December 2013, and stop business operations at the Amagasaki P3 Factory (production currently stopped), the Amagasaki P5 Factory (production currently suspended) and the Amagasaki P4 Factory, which is currently operating, by the end of March 2014.”
Here is the rest of the company’s announcement:
“In the display panel business, Panasonic has been promoting the development of non-TV applications and carried out various restructuring measures, such as reduction of fixed costs, for both PDP and LCD panels. Through further fundamental business restructuring, the company is aiming to optimize the business and focus its management resources.
“Since 2000, Panasonic has promoted its PDP business and led the global flat panel
display market with its strategy of utilizing PDP for large displays and LCD for small- and medium-sized displays.
“However, with the rapid development of large-screen LCDs, and facing the severe price competition in the global market brought on by the Lehman Shock in September 2008, the company consolidated production in the Amagasaki P4 Factory, made a shift toward commercial applications and worked to improve the earnings of the business.
“Until now, due to the superiority of the picture, Panasonic’s PDPs have received high appraisal and there has been firm demand from customers worldwide. However, due to rapid, drastic changes in the business environment and a declining demand for PDP in the flatpanel display market, it was judged that continuing the business would be difficult and a decision was made to stop production.
“The company will end sales of plasma TVs for consumer use and PDP related products for commercial use, such as Interactive Plasma Displays, with the products for FY 2014 (ending March 31, 2014). However, by selecting display panels that are most suitable for each product for both consumer and commercial use, Panasonic will work to develop and provide appealing products that meet the demands of customers, and will aim toward new development of its visual and display businesses.”

MSE AUDIO ACQUIRES MUSEUM TOOLS, SECRET SOUND
MSE Audio (Overland Park KS) has acquired Museum Tools(Healdsburg CA,) and its Secret Sound parabolic-dome loudspeaker, which was developed in the late 1980s to address the targeted audio requirements of museum exhibits. Now part of the SoundTube speaker brand, the Secret Sound line will be focused on delivering high quality audio to museum exhibits, digital signage and themed displays. Products include the original Secret Sound domes and accessories, along with SoundTube’s FP dual-parabolic dome speakers, the SoundTube 31 series of three-inch speakers and SA mini amplifiers, SolidDrive invisible audio solutions and selected Rockustics rock speakers.

Contemporary Research

Contemporary Research Introduces Three Next-Gen QMOD-HDTV Modulators

Contemporary Research introduces the QMOD-SDI1.5, QMOD-HDMI1.5 and QMOD-YPB2, the next generation of its QMOD HDTV modulation technology.
Based on totally new architecture, these units have evolved by the power of two. New QMOD1.5 series modulators start at single-channel operation and price, yet can be upgraded to two channels by entering an optional software key, while QMOD 2 series products start out with two channels.
All units feature unique adaptive encoding, the ability to convert non-ATSC and advanced video formats into a QAM cable channel.
The QMOD-SDI1.5 features HD-SDI, Component, and Composite/CC inputs, and supports SDI embedded, digital coax, optical and stereo audio.
Designed for general and digital signage applications, the QMOD-HDMI1.5 includes HDMI (non-HDCP), RGBHV/Component inputs. Dual Composite/CC, stereo and coax audio inputs support single and dual-channel modes of operation. The RGBHV/Component input will support 1080p/720p 60 Hz video from PCs or consumer HD cameras; additional resolutions, scaling and positioning is available with the optional scaling upgrade key.
The QMOD-YPB2 HDTV Modulator delivers cost-effective dual-channel distribution of Component cable and satellite TV sources, supported by dual Component, Composite/CC, stereo and coax audio inputs.

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SAMSUNG DISPLAY STARTS UP FIRST LCD FABRICATION PLANT OUTSIDE KOREA
Samsung Display Co., Ltd. (SDC) held an inauguration ceremony for its new SSL (Samsung Suzhou LCD) plant at Suzhou, China, on October 25. The ceremony was attended by Kinam Kim, President/CEO of Samsung Display; Wonkie Chang, President/Head of Samsung China; Jiang Hongkun, Secretary of the CPC Suzhou Municipal Committee, and Li Dongsheng, Chairman/CEO of TCL Corp., among others. SSL has started fab operations for LCD products that include 48-inch and 55-inch HD/UHD TV panels.
This SSL facility represents SDC’s first non-Korean LCD fabrication plant. SSL was established on April 21, 2011, as a joint venture between Samsung, Suzhou Industrial Park and TCL Corp. SDC has a 60% stake in SSL, SIP (Suzhou Industrial Park) has a 30% stake and TCL has a 10% stake. Kim said, “We will continue to strengthen our market edge by embracing a differentiated product strategy with SSL, and providing the world’s best grade of display products as we increase our cost competitiveness.”

Samsung

The SMART Signage Platform New Business Experience

The embedded Samsung SMART Signage Platform creates more opportunities for your business. As an easily integrated, open platform, it helps eliminate external hardware, streamlining deployment and helping businesses save money. See how this New Business Experience can open more doors for your business at samsung.com/smartsignage.

VESA PUBLISHES MULTIPLE PROJECTOR STANDARD (MPCDI) SPECS
The Video Electronics Standards Association (VESA, Newark CA) has published the VESA Multiple Projection Common Data Interchange (MPCDI) Standard, developed by VESA’s Multi-Projector Automatic Calibration (MPAC) Task Group to create a standard data format for projection calibration systems to communicate with devices in a multi-display configuration. The standard allows multi-projector systems to generate the data required to combine individual display components into a single, seamless image. These systems can produce data that can be consumed by a variety of devices, other programs and displays without requiring individual integration efforts. Rather than having to worry about integrating with multiple systems, the new piece of hardware and software can be integrated easily with the standard.
“The MPCDI standard will be vital for the longevity of currently implemented projection systems for industries, such as corporations, education, information management and telecommunication [that are] increasing their use of projectors to display information in a broader form,” said Daniel Baker, Assistant Producer, Creative Technology Group, Walt Disney Imagineering. “In any market, there are constantly changing technologies with new capabilities. Upgrading and replacing components means new custom software. With a common standard such as MPCDI, existing systems are supported because components can be replaced interchangeably, therefore conserving costs when replacing and upgrading systems.”
VESA’s MPCDI standard defines how multiple displays—typically projectors—are combined to create a single, seamless display. Currently, multiple projector systems require the integration of many different components. With custom multiple-projector displays, this can require combining projectors, image generators, warping boxes, media servers, splitters and distribution amplifiers.

Blackmagic Design

Barco Makes Meetings Better with Expanded Corporate AV Offering

The demands of a changing business environment are challenging organizations to find smarter, more efficient ways to work, conduct meetings and collaborate. Barco provides a wide range of projectors featuring several brightness levels and resolutions to meet your AV presentation needs.
Our Present, Collaborate and Impress DLP projectors are also stylishly designed to integrate into your modern environment, and are extremely simple to operate.
To take the conference room to the next level, Barco has also designed the world’s most revolutionary presentation/collaboration product, ClickShare, an easy-to-use, wireless system for up to 64 users that instantly displays content – from a laptop, tablet or even smartphone – on-screen in a single click.
And, when budget and wall space is scarce, our OBLX system can provide you with a high-resolution LCD canvas for displaying your content anywhere. Up to four panels, in 2x2 landscape mode, can be mounted on a free-standing structure to create a large, virtually seamless video canvas, with an unlimited ability to expand horizontally.

ONE SYSTEMS RECEIVES TWO US PATENTS
One Systems, Inc. (Nashville TN) has been granted patents by the US Patent Trademark Office for its horn and driver design, “Equivalent Throat Technology” and “Inside/Only Voice Coil” design, both designed by Mike O'Neill, Chief Engineer.
US Patent No. 8,477,979,979 B2 includes the compression driver and horn structure used in ET and ETS horn/driver designs. The Equivalent Throat system’s driver is capable of producing wider dispersion and beamwidth than a conventional driver because the exit radius is coincident with the phase plug summation plane. As a result, a smaller radius exit will produce a wider dispersion. “Prior art for large format drivers/large exit diameters required either limited bandwidth or diffraction slots to achieve the desired ‘low Q’ response,” explained O'Neill. “When this technology is incorporated into One Systems products, they maintain excellent time domain response over a wide frequency range.”
US Patent No. 8,542,865 B2 includes the voice coil design used with the ET and ETS horn/driver designs. The Inside/Only design dissipates heat continuously in any voice coil position, minimizes voice coil “rubs” as a source of reliability problems and minimizes power compression. “The Inside/Only voice coil design ensures that our direct radiator designs provide high output and intelligibility from a very compact enclosure,” O'Neill continued. “Both of these technologies are at the heart of One Systems’ design philosophy and allow us to continue to be technology leaders in the industry.”

BICSI AND CCCA ADDRESS CONTERFEIT CABLING
In response to increasing global distribution of counterfeit cable products, BICSI President Jerry Bowman, RCDD, NTS, RTPM, CISSP, CPP, CDCDP, detailed research and activities of the Washington DC-based Communications Cable and Connectivity Association (CCCA) in fighting counterfeiting and substandard cabling at Europol’s Awareness and Knowledge Building Conference on Counterfeit Household Products and Fake Automotive Parts. Held earlier this month in Alicante, Spain, the conference included speakers from the European Union (EU), world law enforcement and customs officials such as Europol, Interpol and World Customs Organization, as well as private sector experts from major household, industry and automotive brands. Tampa-FL-based BICSI is the international association supporting the information technology systems (ITS) industry with information, education and knowledge assessment.
“All ITS industry stakeholders are affected by counterfeit and substandard product,” Bowman stated. “Everyone in the supply chain has a duty of care to ensure that the product they are purchasing or installing conforms with safety and quality standards and regulations. When a counterfeit product is installed, it’s more than a performance issue: It can threaten the safety of the workplace and put the consumer at risk. CCCA has made significant strides in educating the ITS consumer and US law enforcement in order to ensure that the consumer is not deceived into buying cabling that is counterfeit or does not meet advertised standards. While the work of CCCA is outside of BICSI’s charter, CCCA member cabling manufacturers and distributors have banded together to serve as the industry watchdog for these quality and safety issues.”
Frank Peri, CCCA's Executive Director said, “This is an excellent example of CCCA and BICSI leadership working together to educate international law enforcement on counterfeit cables that threaten a global industry and risk public safety. When the layers of protection to assure that cables meet essential transmission and fire safety requirements are circumvented by counterfeits, end users and the entire supply chain suffer.”

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