NEC have developed a 32Mb MRAM chip that, thanks to the company's efforts to miniturize the control circuits, allows 73-percent of a memory macro's area to be allocated to memory cells. The MRAM chip, which is intended for SoC (System-on-Chip) products such as those found in embedded and mobile devices, is also compatible with asynchronous SRAM.
NEC has announced a 46-inch MultiSync digital signage X461UN for commercial large format display. Unlike the typical professional LCDs in the market, the new MultiSync is groundbreaking with an ultra thin screen bezel that’s measured at a mere 7.3mm, and it’s configurable of up to 10x10 matrices to deploy a seamless video wall at a total surface area of approximately 645 square foot screen real estate! (Pic shown actual display with 2x2 conf.)
It's not a good day for a career in the tech industry, as multiple job cuts and proposed cuts are reported, including some from big names like Google. According to the search giant's own blog, positions in both recruiting and engineering are at risk, with the former seeing 100 jobs cut outright, while the latter involves the closure (and potential for relocation) of offices in Austin, Texas; Trondheim, Norway; and Lulea, Sweden. Google are hoping that the 70 engineers involved will be able to relocate rather than leave the company.
Meanwhile, Motorola have scythed 4,000 jobs, three-quarters of which are from the company's handset division, for a total of 6-percent of their global operations. It's part of an attempt to staunch the company's gushing cash reserves; the Q4 estimates suggest a 7 to 8 cent per share loss. Overall, Motorola has now shed 7,000 staff.
NEC's LaVie Light netbook seems to have had a name change - becoming the NEC Versa N1100 - but sadly it's not undergone a design revolution at the same time. UMPC Fever have one of the first review samples we've seen, and they're sharing the unboxing. Sadly, as you'll see in the gallery after the cut, the squared-off edges of the netbook are still just as blunt.
When I inquired a NEC professional series MultiSync from a local vendor, he asked if I would be using it for medical application (I wish); apparently, according to him, most of medical clientele are using NEC MultiSync monitors for critical medical imaging applications. Make no mistake, a wrong shade of color could be a life and death matter in medical practice. The NEC Display Solutions of American has introduced a new line of MultiSync MD Series high-brightness, color and grayscale flat-panel monitors for such critical professions.
NEC has announced two new all-in-one desktop PCs, the PowerMate P4000 and the PowerMate P6000. Each has a clean, minimalistic design, with a single power cable being the only necessary wired connection. The P4000 has a 16-inch WXGA display while the P6000 has a 19-inch WXGA+ display, both with NEC Smart Super Shine View EX technology. The P4000, though, makes do with a relatively weak 1.9GHz AMD Athlon 64 X2 processor, while the P6000 ramps that up to a 2.53GHz Intel Core 2 Duo.
NEC has announced the successor to their MultiSync LCD2690WUXI monitor, the LCD2690WUXi2, with a much wider color gamut H-IPS LCD panel. The new 25.5-inch pro-level LCD screen now can cover up to 97.5-percent of the Adobe RGB color range, as opposed to the 93.8-percent the previous model could manage. The extension in color gamut will put the LCD2690WUXi2 toe to toe with NEC's flagship 30-inch MultiSync LCD3090WUXi in term of Adobe RGB coverage.
NEC have announced a professional-quality LCD monitor, the 22-inch MultiSync P221W. Intended for use in color-critical environments, the P221W has a 1680 x 1050 native resolution, 96-percent AdobeRGB color gamut, AmbiBright automatic brightness adjustment and 1,000:1 contrast ratio. It also works with NEC's new SpectraView color calibration kit.
NEC's LaVie Light netbook hurt my eyes (and delicate sensibilities) when I first saw it, and this hands-on photoset from Engadget Chinese does nothing to change my opinion. Despite reassurances that it's really just the thickness of the netbook that loses it aesthetics-points, it still has to be one of the ugliest designs for a companion device we've seen this year.