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.
In an effort to reduce development process to fabricate a much competitive and high resolution surveillance camera in the increasingly popular security-segment of digital camera industry; Sanyo turned to its company’s 4MP production camcorder, whipped out a full HD resolution networked surveillance Camera based on the goodies and image processing engine from the “Xacti” camcorder.
Panasonic's controlling-stake acquisition of Sanyo has been confirmed, in a deal that will see the company pay $6.4bn to stakeholders. The deal, which was confirmed back in November but delayed after 29-percent Sanyo stakeholder Goldman Sachs refused Panasonic's earlier offers, will see the combined company take the number two spot in the league of Japanese electronics manufacturers, with Hitachi maintaining first place.
The Sanyo R227 Internet Radio was announced in October for release in Canada, but we just learned the device will be available for US customers very soon. This is great news for those looking for more ways to access their favorite Internet radio stations while not hunkered over their computers.
The thrust for higher power and better sound quality in small digital packages, especially on flat panel displays, has pushed engineers in developing Class D amplifier technology onto a small chip-sized IC. Folks at Sanyo has announced the development of a high performance and efficiency hybrid IC promises to deliver 600 watts of low distortion’s Class D digital amplifying.
Built on the same technology as the World brightest 70 series Dual Lamp projector, Sanyo has rolled out another industrial grade projector at Japan Today. Like the LP-XF70, the new LP-XTC50 is a standard 4:3, conventional 3xLCD panel projector with a native resolution of 1024x768. The beam is capable of 5000 lumen brightness drawing from its dual 330W NSHA lamps with a full on/off contrast of 1100:1.
Panasonic's takeover of Sanyo could be days away from a full announcement, according to the latest rumors from sources close to the deal. While Panasonic would only say that no official statement of the takeover bid had been made, three sources speaking on condition of anonymity have claimed that Panasonic President Fumio Ohtsubo and Sanyo President Seiichiro Sano met last month and agreed, in principle, to the deal.
Another day, another set of tiny desktop LCDs that most of us can't buy. Akihabara have been playing with Sanyo's ALBO Home Network Viewer, a 7-inch 800 x 480 LCD with integrated WiFi b/g, memory card slots and infrared receiver. It also automatically flips from portrait to landscape when you physically rotate the display.