Due to the rapid pace of innovation the consumer electronics industry is constantly setting new standards. The merging of television with the internet, media and devices in HD and 3D, the massive upsurge in sales of tablet PCs, apps and smartphones, and networking for the home and for people on the move, with permanent access to their favourite media, are setting the trends in 2011.
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The world’s most important trade show for consumer electronics, IFA in Berlin, is presenting the entire range of innovations from every branch of the industry. This is the last highlights.
31. DAB+ digital radio on board
Model Ten+, the smallest and most powerful table-top radio yet from Tivoli Audio, can receive digital signals in three forms: DAB (Digital Audio Broadcasting), DMB (Digital Multimedia Broadcasting) and DAB+, the particularly effective DAB upgrade. It thus combines state-of-the-art digital radio with the properties of an analogue tuner. Users of the Model Ten+ will appreciate the wide range of available stations and the many additional facilities offered by the world of digital radio as well as the finest reception in CD quality. The surprisingly full sound with excellent treble and bass definition, as well as the clarity of both the spoken word and of music, are just some of the other outstanding features of this latest addition to the Tivoli range of audio products.
32. Enormous computing power for the latest generation of TVs, 3D with and without glasses
During IFA the latest series of TV sets from Toshiba will be on display, with their powerful Cevo Engine. The massive computing power of this multi-processor platform enables these sets to incorporate new applications and innovative technologies, providing a fresh impetus for multimedia presentations and more sophisticated control concepts. The Toshiba display will also show how Personal-TV is used to personalize television sets and adapt them to reflect an individual user’s habits. For example, face recognition automatically identifies the user and sets the picture and sound to match an individually adjustable user profile. At this year’s IFA one of the main themes is 3D, which will also feature strongly in the presentation by Toshiba, whose new generation of sets demonstrates the high levels of picture quality that can be achieved with 3D displays, either with or without 3D glasses, with original 3D images or with sophisticated 3D content generated from 2D images.
33. Revolutionary notebooks for 3D gamers
With its new Qosmio F750 series, Toshiba is presenting the first notebook computers using glasses-free 3D technology and the simultaneous display of both 2D and 3D content. Another of the highlights from Toshiba is its high-end gaming notebook, the Qosmio X770. To satisfy even the most demanding gamers, the new gaming notebooks now offer NVIDIA® GeForce® GTX 560M graphics and 2nd generation, high performance Intel processors.
34. The faster alternative to internal hard drives
Verbatim is presenting its new generation of solid state drives (SSDs) for the first time. They offer a genuine alternative to the standard hard disc drives which are installed in desktop and laptop computers. Very high data transfer rates are one of the outstanding features of SSDs, with reading speeds of up to 250 MB per second and writing speeds of as much as 180 MB per second. As a result the system startup
is faster and the response capability is also significantly improved. SSDs also help to preserve batteries and, because they do not have any moving parts, they offer to improved impact resistance. The SSD kits that have been designed for private users contain detailed installation and operating instructions in 12 languages, a special mounting for the HDD to be removed, so that it can be used subsequently as an external hard drive, and cloning software for the reliable copying of the data and operating system from the standard HDD onto the SSD.