Showing posts with label Sony. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Sony. Show all posts

Friday, January 29, 2016

Sony to Acquire Altair Semiconductor for $212 Million

Sony Corporation has agreed to acquire Altair Semiconductor for US$212 million.

Altair, which is based in Israel, supplies modem chip technology and related software for LTE.

Sony said it aims to not only expand Altair's existing business, but also to move forward with research on and development of new sensing technologies. By combining Sony's sensing technologies - such as GNSS (Global Navigation Satellite System) and image sensors - with Altair's high-performance, low power consumption and cost-competitive modem chip technology, and by further evolving both, Sony will strive to develop a new breed of cellular-connected, sensing component devices.

http://www.sony.net/SonyInfo/News/Press/201601/16-008E/

LTE IoT Chipset Targets 10 years of Battery Life

Ericsson, in partnership with AT&T and Altair Semiconductor, plan to demonstrate ultralow power consumption for IoT devices with a target battery operational life of ten years.

The demonstration of LTE Power Saving Mode on a commercial LTE Internet of Things (IoT) chipset is showcased at this week's GSMA Mobile 360 Series - North America event in Atlanta, Georgia.

The IoT device Altair's FourGee-1160 Cat 1 chipset featuring ultra-low power consumption. Power Saving Mode is an Ericsson Evolved Packet Core feature based on 3GPP (Release 12) for both GSM and LTE networks. The feature is able to dramatically extend IoT device battery life up to ten years or more for common use cases and traffic profiles.

Cameron Coursey, Vice President, Product Development, AT&T's IoT Organization, says: "IoT connectivity is essential to helping businesses stay tethered to their assets around the world. Whether a trucking company hauls expensive cargo across the country or a restaurant transports fresh food overseas, a long battery life on their connected devices can help them provide continuous service.  Businesses can save money and become more efficient with battery replacements every few years rather than very few months.

Friday, May 29, 2015

Sony Acquires Optical Archive Inc.

Sony Corporation of America acquired Optical Archive Inc. (OAI), a start-up developing optical storage systems for the data center market.  Financial terms were not disclosed.

OAI was founded by Frank Frankovsky, who previosly was a lead hardware engineer at Facebook and who served as Chairman/President of the Open Compute Project.

Sony said it plans to leverage OAI to develop new optical disc library systems that will meet the technological demands from the growing cold archive market.

The term "cold archive" refers to a class of data that must be retained over a long period of time but isn't accessed frequently, such as cloud-based photo storage and data retained for legal or regulatory reasons. Cold archive is the largest and fastest growing portion of the data center storage market.

"This acquisition marks the beginning of our commitment to this growing market," said Terushi Shimizu, Senior Vice President and Deputy President, Device Solutions Business Group, Sony Corporation.  "Optical disc libraries will provide many advantages to customers who are currently using tape or hard drive technology to store cold data, such as lower costs, extremely durable media life, and higher data throughput rates. We plan to leverage and expand our existing optical disc production lines in order to accommodate the growing demand for this media."

"We are thrilled to be part of Sony," said Frank Frankovsky, CEO of OAI.  "Merging Sony's excellence in optical engineering and manufacturing with OAI's experience and capabilities in data center hardware design and operations will deliver innovative new storage solutions to customers."

http://www.sony.com

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Cisco and Sony Demo Live 4K Streaming

Cisco and Sony are demonstrating live delivery of full-frame rate 4K 60P content at this week's NAB 2014 show in Las Vegas. The live demonstration, which stream live 4K video from New York City to Las Vegas, uses the Sony F55 4K camera and HEVC encoding in Cisco’s Videoscape AnyRes platform.  The stream is decoded with a Cisco set-top box with 4K support and displayed on Sony XBR 4K Ultra HD TVs.

Joe Cozzolino, Senior Vice President, General Manager, Service Provider Video Infrastructure for Cisco, said, “This is an exciting time in our industry as advanced 4K content experiences reach a tipping point for distribution across multiple devices. We are ushering in the next era in content experiences with partners like Sony, and demonstrating that today’s cable networks are fully capable and ready to deliver full-frame rate 4K content.”

http://thenetwork.cisco.com
http://www.sony.com

Wednesday, September 4, 2013

Sony Launches 4K Video Download Service

Sony launched the world's first 4K Ultra HD video download service, providing access to an expanding library of native 4K Ultra HD feature films and TV shows.

The service, which launches with about 70 full length native 4K Ultra HD feature films and TV shows from Sony Pictures Entertainment and other producers, offers customers the option to rent and purchase content for download on Sony's 4K Ultra HD Media Player (FMP-X1) for playback on Sony 4K Ultra HD televisions.

Sony also expanded its 4K Ultra HD TV line-up with the addition of 55- and 65-inch models.

"We have been spearheading the advancement of 4K Ultra HD technology from the start, and have now reached another milestone as promised with the Video Unlimited 4K service going live," said Sony Electronics President and COO Phil Molyneux. "Sony 4K Ultra HD TVs featuring our exclusive TRILUMINOS Display have been receiving amazing feedback and now we are bringing the most immersive entertainment experiences to new audiences right in their living rooms."

http://www.sony.com/index.shtml

Thursday, June 27, 2013

Ericsson and Sony Demo HD Voice over TD-LTE Smartphone

Ericsson and Sony demonstrated HD quality voice and video calling (VoLTE) using TD-LTE (VoLTE).

The demonstration, which was conducted at Ericsson's Wireless Innovation Lab & Demo Center (WILD Center) in Shanghai, featured Sony’s 4G phone Xperia SP M35t smartphone, which supports TDD/FDD LTE, TD-SCDMA, HSPA and GSM over 13 bands. 

A connection to the Core & IMS nodes located in Ericsson’s VoLTE Competence Center in Anyang, South Korea was used for the HD voice and video calling over LTE demonstrations, using Ericsson’s end-to-end core and radio network infrastructure.

Sony's Xperia SP M35t will be commercially launched when 4G licenses are released in China.

  • In February, Ericsson successfully supported China Mobile in demonstrating the world’s first dual-mode HD VoLTE call between TD-LTE and LTE FDD at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona.

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