Kokomo (IN) - When you take a small group of very smart, dedicated people, sit them around a couple of Mercury Mariner hybrid vehicles, give them a computer or two, a shoestring budget (less than $20,000) and a goal, what do you get? Well, in this case you get the Ody-Era team located in lovely Indiana. They're a blossoming group of teammates resolute on only one thing these days: Building the best vehicle for the DARPA urban challenges with the resources they have at hand.
Seoul (Korea) – Samsung has developed two new notebook displays that have been manufactured in a 16:9 aspect ratio, instead of the currently popular 16:10 widescreen form factor. The company also unveiled an LCD using a white LED backlight that promises to consume 40% less power than a regular LCD.
Sunnyvale (CA) – AMD announced two new add-in cards and a new external combo tuner in its TV Wonder series, which promise to equip a PC with the capability of a high-definition digital video recorder.
Analyst Opinion - If you were watching these two companies over the last decade, you might wonder whether one of them was constantly giving the other either a cure or a disease. I can’t remember a time when both were at the top of their game – which is the case right now as well: In the portable music player market, Apple is weakening and Sony is suddenly looking like they are getting their game on.
An innovation in hard drive technology could push future drive capacities to 4 TB. Hitachi claims it can shrink the GMR (giant magnetoresistance) heads currently used in reading hard drive platters and achieve a four-fold increase in capacity. The company will present its research at the upcoming Perpendicular Magnetic Recording conference in Tokyo.