We've already written about the terrifying situation in Japan this past week, and how SlashGear readers can help the ongoing aid effort. Now, Japanese manufacturers are beginning to add up the impact the earthquake and tsunami have had on tech production, affected both by physical damage to facilities as well as ongoing power shortages and transportation break-down. Components used in everything from Apple's iPad 2 through digital cameras, mobile devices and computers have been impacted, with some estimates putting recovery several quarters out. Read on for more details.
Fujitsu Semiconductor has become the latest company to sign up to ARM's Cortex A15 cores, following Texas Instruments and others in creating the next-generation of SoCs. Although exact products haven't been confirmed yet, the deal will give Fujitsu access not only to ARM's processors but to GPUs like Mali.
Fujitsu has unveiled what the company is calling the "world's first truly wireless display," using a combination of cable-cutting wireless data and an inductive power system. Set to go on show at CeBIT 2011 this week, and expected to spawn commercial displays "within the next year," the Wireless 22-inch Fujitsu screens use SUPA (Smart Universal Power Access) hotspots built into desks, countertops and office panels.
Back at the end of January Fujitsu offered up a video on YouTube where it talked about the new Q550 Slate computer and said that the machine was as obvious as a hammer. Fujitsu is now offering up more details on the Q550 including a price and the launch window along with full specs.
We mentioned before here and here that tablets are increasingly being adopted at the enterprise level. Originally a luxury item for media consumption and game play on the go, tablets are rapidly heading to the work place. Fujitsu has this in mind and will be targeting enterprise users when they officially unveil their new Windows 7 tablet---the Stylistic Q550---at CeBIT.
Of all the awesome things, you could teach a robot to do, why would you decide to teach one to erase a whiteboard? A chalkboard would make sense, no one likes getting chalk dust on their hands after all. Some geeks from the Italian Institute of Technology and Tokyo City University have worked together to teach a Fujitsu HOAP-2 robot to erase the whiteboard.
Fujitsu has announced a new sixth generation of its Milbeaut imaging processors has debuted. The debut comes with the unveiling of the new MB91696AM imaging processor that will start sampling in April. The new processors have some very impressive specs and will bring better image quality to the devices it is used in.
A video demo of Fujitsu's Stylistic Q550 tablet has been released, and the company seems pretty keen to differentiate the slate from other Windows 7 machines. According to director of mobile product Meinolf Althaus, Fujitsu's custom UI attempts to mimic the usability of a hammer: not in that you have to thump it, but in that you automatically recognize how to interact with the tablet, rather than needing to remember what does what.
Video demo after the cut
Fujitsu's latest ScanSnap document scanner has been unveiled, and it's the smallest in the company's range to date. The Fujitsu ScanSnap S1100 measures a mere 10.74 x 1.87 x 1.33 inches and weighs 12.3 oz, and is USB bus powered for easier use, but can still scan a letter-sized color document in 7.5s. There's also support for scanning plastic cards, such as credit cards, or scan direct to Evernote or Google Docs.
Fujitsu has refreshed its notebook range, adding Intel's new 2nd-gen Core 2011 processors to a new line-up of LIFEBOOK models. The new CES 2011 offerings include the 13.3-inch LIFEBOOK T901 convertible tablet PC, a pair of 12.1-inch ultraportables, the LIFEBOOK P701 and P771, and the Blu-ray toting, 3G-equipped LIFEBOOK A531 and AH531.
Fujitsu has been talking more about its tablet plans for 2011, with a mock-up on show at Visit 2010 this week. Having shown off a couple of concepts last month - this appears to be one of them wheeled out for a second time - Fujitsu still aren't talking much in the way of specifications, but are promising a 10.1-inch screen and "best-in-class visibility from all sides and angles."
Video demo after the cut