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Low-end cell leans on analog
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2/28/2005   Post a comment
esigned primarily for the entry-level cell phone user and first launched in Brazil, Kyocera's K112 handset nevertheless supports a fairly rich feature set, including games, calculator, ring tones and an alarm-one of my favorite little extras. On a more technical note, the handset also features an internal antenna-an amazing bit of RF engineering in itself-to bypass all those breakage-prone stubs and whips.
Advanced hard drives clamp mobiles' power drain
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2/28/2005   Post a comment
The Apple iPod set a trend among portable handheld consumer devices: It was among the first battery-powered MP3 music players to use a microminiature hard drive. That was followed late last year in South Korea by the Samsung SPH-V5400, arguably the first camera phone to make use of a 1.5-Gbyte hard drive. Clearly there is a move toward replacing flash memory with hard-disk drives (HDDs) in portable devices to increase storage capacity in an effort to meet consumer demands for more songs, picture
Panasonic steps up plasma play
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2/21/2005   Post a comment
If the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas was any indication, a flood of newly released models of high-definition TVs promises to push the market to the breaking point. In fact, Current Analysis data demonstrates that the number of HDTV models in the retail plasma market alone has grown by over 65 percent since 2003 (from 33 to 55 distinct product lines), while the total plasma market has nearly doubled (from 40 to 70 distinct lines). As a result, models such as Panasonic's TH42PX20U face in
Under the Hood of the Kyocera K112: Low-tier phone leans on analog
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2/16/2005   Post a comment
First launched in Brazil, the K112 handset includes games, calculator, ringtones, and an alarm. On a more technical note, the handset also features an internal antenna— an amazing bit of RF engineering in itself—to bypass those breakage-prone stubs and whips. From the February Planet Analog magazine folio, Portelligent's David Carey was impressed.
Camera flashes on OLEDs' promise
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2/14/2005   Post a comment
The 3.3-megapixel Kodak LS633 is the first digital still camera (DSC) available on the market with an organic light-emitting diode display.
Application processors duel
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2/7/2005   Post a comment
Convergence of functionality in handset designs is constantly raising the bar for value-added features, such as cameras, games, music playback and video capturing. It is estimated that the average cost of a handset will drop from about $125 today to $110 by 2008. In contrast, the average cost of the ICs within the handset will increase from approximately $40 today to $44.50 by 2008, as consumers demand higher functionality at a low price. A versatile application processor is key to achieving a s


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