A123 Systems is the bankrupt lithium-ion automotive battery company that has received bids from at least three foreign rivals. The company was partially funded by the U.S. Department of Energy. Johnson Controls of Milwaukee and Wanxiang Group Corporation of China both sent out their bids for A123. Two other bidders that recently joined the auction include NEC Corporation of Japan and Siemens AG of Germany.
The USB 3.0 logo became official earlier this month and now the first certified USB 3.0 powered device has become official. The first USB 3.0 powered device was developed by NEC and is called the xHCI host controller. The host controller is being used for a USB 3.0 1080p camera capable of 60 raw, uncompressed fps.
The Sony camera is 3 megapixel with a CMOS sensor by Point Grey. The device will be presented at the Intel Developers Forum. The Sony camera is expected to be released by the beginning of 2010.
BLADE Network Technologies is a server and data center switch company that competes with Cisco Systems. BLADE Network Technologies raised $10 million in funding led by NEC and Juniper Networks. Garnett & Helfrich Capital, the initial investor in Blade Network also participated in this round. Blade has raised $40 million in total funding thus far.
BLADE Network is led by CEO Vikram Mehta. Mehta said that BLADE was able to effectively compete against Cisco and 3Com because hardware does not cost much these days. “Our real story is software” stated Mehta in an interview with VentureBeat. Based on this round of funding, BLADE is valuated at $230 million.
NEC is launching a new monitor called the EA190M. This monitor views objects at a 16:10 widescreen. This EA190M monitor consumes 50% less energy and has 50% less mercury than most traditional monitors. There is also a one touch ECO mode that allows users to quickly switch between two energy saving modes. The EA190M has 250 nits of brightness and a 900:1 contrast ratio with a 5ms response time.
There are 5 visual presents which includes standard, text, movie, games, and photos. There is also a 4-way stand that comes with the monitor. Resolution tops off at about 1280×1024. The MultiSync EA 190M will be shipping sometime this month at a price of about $259 and a 3 year warranty is included.
NEC Display Solutions of America has announced that the 43″ CRV43 widescreen display will become available in July. The price of the display is expected to be roughly $7,999. The display has a 32:10 aspect ratio and 2,880×900 native pixel resolution. The CRV43 uses a Digital Light Processing (DLP) where 4 engines create a single image on the screen. The brightness rating is 200 nits and there is a .02 millisecond response rate. The contrast ratio is 10,000:1 and there is a 12-bit dynamic range. The display has four USB 2.0 ports and there are single-links for a DVI-D and HDMI port. The measurement of the screen is 41.5×20.8×15.2 inches. The display weighs 45.5 lbs. and there is a three year warranty on all parts and labor, including the backlight. Sure the price is steep for some people, but the way that other people see it: there isn’t a price too high for having the best monitor of its kind.
NEC and Renesas are planning to merge companies in order to form a bigger and stronger semiconductor company. Combined they would bring in roughly $13 billion in annual sales of semiconductor machinery. Renesas itself is the product of a merger between Hitachi and Mitsubishi Electric.
In terms of overall market share, the combined company would still be the #2 behind a merged business between Intel and Samsung. The two companies are aiming to conclude talks by July and become one company by next April.