Sandisk enters the SSD arena with a cheaper 32GB drive

It looks like Samsung’s dominance in the SSD market was very brief, as Sandisk has decided to start producing their own SSD disks and for a cheaper price than Samsung’s.

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Expect these drives to add $600 to the price of existing laptops in exchange for a longer battery life, and a faster and silent performance. The first laptops with these drives should arrive on the first semester of this year.

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BlackBerry versus BlackJack: RIM sues Samsung for trademark infringement

Thoroughly annoyed by Samsung‘s entry into the smartphone sector with its new BlackJack, RIM (maker of the BlackBerry, of course), has sued Sammie for trademark infringement in US Federal Court in Los Angeles. Oh, RIM, we understand that you want to protect your trademark over the BlackBerry name. But do you really, honestly, believe that just because another smartphone has the name “Black” in it, that throngs of people will rush out to buy the BlackJack when they meant to buy the BlackBerry? Or is this just a ploy to squeeze some money out of Samsung when you two finally settle this dispute? Yeah, that’s what we thought. (Needless to say, Cingular must find this whole thing pretty hilarious.)

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Samsung to Ship 70-Inch 1080p LCD Early Next Year

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Samsung teased us with the promise of a 70-inch LCD HDTV last August, and now it’s actually announced dates on the release of that monster, saying that we’ll see the full 1080p flat panel with the 8ms response time and 2000:1 contrast ratio in “February or March” of next year.

The company also boldly stated it would be able to crank out a million of these in a year, so this is one item you won’t have to be standing in line to get. You will certainly need to bring huge bags of money along, though, but Samsung wasn’t saying how much this baby will cost. When it ships, it’ll be the largest mass-produced LCD TV on the market, at least for a while.

Samsung reportedly to mass produce 70-inch LCD TV panels next February [DigiTimes]

Samsung SCH-B630 Cellphone: DMB-TV, TV-Out and Plenty Thin

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Samsung’s line of ultra edition cellphones is about to expand with the release of the SCH-B630. A slider, the cellphone has a few features that make it stand out from the pack, specifically its 3.0-megapixel built-in camera and ability to pull down DMB digital TV broadcasts all within a 12.9mm (0.5 in.) thin body. Even more advanced is the fact that it has a TV-out port so you can watch DMB broadcasts on your TV should your TV not have the proper antenna. All this talk of DMB probably means that the cellphone will be exclusive to Korea for a little while. More lovely pics can be found inside.

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Truthfully, it’s not a terribly exciting-looking cellphone and appears to be a basic slider, albeit one with a 2.12-inch display. Incidentally, the already-here Samsung M610 has a slightly larger display (2.22-inch) and is also a little thinner at 11.9mm (0.47 in.). Expect to see standard Bluetooth support and microSD card slots aplenty. No word when or if the cellphone will make it stateside but by the looks of it, it’s really not all that “ultra.”

Samsung SCH-B630 DMB Phone [SlashPhone.com]

Cingular to sell slim Samsung phone with keyboard

Cingular Wireless will sell a slim cell phone from Samsung Electronics with a computer-like keyboard and a music and video player, the No. 1 U.S. wireless service said Monday.

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CNET Senior Associate Editor Bonnie Cha takes a first look at Samsung’s BlackJack.

The phone is aimed at attracting both business and consumer customers.

The BlackJack, the latest device with both entertainment and business features such as e-mail, follows the footsteps of the “Q” phone from Motorola and the BlackBerry Pearl from Research In Motion, which both launched earlier this year.

Cingular, a venture of AT&T and BellSouth, said the phone, which runs software from Microsoft, would sell for $199 to customers who sign up for a two-year service plan.

The No. 2 U.S. mobile service, Verizon Wireless, owned by Verizon Communications and Vodafone Group, now sells the “Q” for $99 after a rebate.

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New Samsung lappie redefines portable computer

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Think your cute little MacBook is a small computer? Please. That thing is a regular behemoth compared to Samsung’s new SPH-P9000, a super-slim foldable laptop that looks like a fancy PDA. Featuring Windows XP, a 1GHz processor, 30GB of hard disk space, and 256MB of RAM, it’s not going to impress anyone playing Half Life 2, but that’s a lot crammed into a tiny package. The laptop folds itself out into its full form with a 5-inch screen and foldable keyboard that reimagines how a laptop should look. Rounding out the package is built-in WiMAX and EVDO and even an iSight-esque 1.3-megapixel camera. Not that this should come as any surprise, but sadly this sweet looking computer is coming straight to Korea and nowhere else for the time being.

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WirelessHD Standard Coming in Spring 2007

New Special Interest Group Employs 60 GHz Technology for True Uncompressed High-Definition Video/Audio/Data Transmission
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SUNNYVALE, Calif.–(BUSINESS WIRE)– LG Electronics Inc., Matsushita Electric Industrial Co., Ltd. (Panasonic), NEC Corporation, SAMSUNG ELECTRONICS, CO., LTD, SiBEAM, Inc., Sony Corporation and Toshiba Corporation today announced that they are working as a special interest group called WirelessHD to develop a specification for a wireless high-definition digital interface (WirelessHD™ or WiHD™), that is intended to enable high-definition audio video (A/V) streaming and high-speed content transmission for consumer electronics (CE) devices. In addition to actively promoting the new format throughout the industry, WirelessHD will present the format available for adoption as soon as the specifications are completed, in Spring 2007.

The migration to high-definition content along with the proliferation of digital source devices has intensified consumers’ desire to simply and flexibly connect to highest quality, high-definition displays and consumer electronics systems. In-Stat notes that global sales of devices with a high-speed digital A/V interface is expected to grow from 60M units in 2006 to 495M units in 2009.

“Emerging as the first consumer electronics industry initiative for wireless uncompressed digital video transmission, WirelessHD will provide consumers wireless flexibility and ease of use while preserving the benefits traditionally associated with popular wired alternatives for point-to-point display, such as HDMI and DVI,” said Brian O’Rourke, a Senior Analyst with In-Stat/MDR. “The data rates (or bandwidth) that WirelessHD will support are truly impressive.”

WirelessHD, which intends to specify the unlicensed, globally available 60 GHz frequency band, will enable wireless uncompressed high-definition, high-quality video and data transmission and is first targeted to be built into HDTV’s as well as a wide range of audio video (A/V) devices, both fixed location and portable.

“The availability of high-definition wireless connections stands to eliminate the morass of cables, switches and other complexities traditionally needed to support the wide variety of devices consumers have and will continue to buy, such as HDTVs, HD disc players, digital video cameras and game consoles. With high-definition wireless links, media streaming and transmission from any source to any display or recorder is dramatically simplified by removing the need for a hard-wired connection. WirelessHD will provide a high-speed wireless digital interface that will enable customers to simply connect, play, transmit and port their HD content in a secure manner,” stated John Marshall, Chairman of WirelessHD.

The participants’ commencement of WirelessHD relates to acknowledgement that industry support is critical. In addition, commencement of WirelessHD relates to the recent availability of several new technologies that make it possible to achieve the multi-gigabit data rates required for uncompressed video streaming. Such breakthroughs enable low cost, better image quality, and higher performance wireless A/V systems. The key characteristics and focal technologies include:

  • High interoperability supported by major CE device manufacturers
  • Uncompressed HD video, audio and data transmission, scaleable to future high-definition A/V formats
  • High-speed wireless, multi-gigabit technology in the unlicensed 60 GHz band
  • Smart antenna technology to overcome line-of-sight constraints of 60 GHz
  • Secure communications
  • Device control for simple operation of consumer electronics products
  • Error protection, framing and timing control techniques for a quality consumer experience

“After its launch, WirelessHD has great potential to be adopted rapidly in the consumer electronics segment. WirelessHD should first appear in adapter products, followed by digital televisions and projectors, DVD players, and set-top boxes. Other potential markets include game consoles and portable devices,” said O’Rourke of In-Stat/MDR.

The convergence of these industry leaders with a common application focus, accompanied by the latest advances in wireless technology and available spectrum, represents a unique opportunity for the industry that stands to change the way consumers access and manage high-definition digital content today and tomorrow. In the development of this industry initiative, WirelessHD looks to build momentum at this time by issuing a call for additional interest. Interested companies can visit www.WirelessHD.org or email info@wirelesshd.org.

About WirelessHD

Formed in 2006, LG Electronics Inc., Matsushita Electric Industrial Co., Ltd (Panasonic), NEC Corporation, SAMSUNG ELECTRONICS CO., LTD, SiBEAM, Sony Corporation and Toshiba Corporation, have joined together to create the next generation wireless interface specification for HD media streaming and transmission. WirelessHD will facilitate technical advancement by creating a specification focused on fixed and portable devices. WirelessHD is the first consumer electronics and technology industry-supported, high definition digital wireless interface for simplified media streaming and HD content portability. For more information on WirelessHD, please visit www.wirelesshd.org.