Exhibitors show off little, large and 3-D displays

As in previous years, the IFA international consumer electronics show in Berlin has been a platform for manufacturers to launch innovative gadgets aimed at tech-savvy consumers. This year's event, which runs through Wednesday, is no exception.

Texas Instruments Inc. introduced an enhancement to its digital light processing projection technology that enables HDTV sets to display 3-D images. Viewers, however, need to wear special "shuttered" glasses that allow each eye to see only alternate images.

Philips Electronics NV demonstrated a 42-in. 3-D display that can be viewed without special glasses. The prototype is equipped with a dual-mode control that allows users to display high-definition content in both 3-D and 2-D formats on the LCD screen.

DisplayLink Corp. showed how its network display system can be used to connect up to three wide-screen HD monitors to a single PC over a USB 2.0 connection. The ability to connect up to six monitors is planned, the company said.

Samsung TVs on display at the IFA show
Samsung TVs on display at the IFA show

Digital photo frames appear to be in demand, judging by the number of new products unveiled at IFA. Toshiba Corp. launched the 7-in. DPF7XSE digital photo and video frame. The aluminum plate frame contains an 800-by-480-pixel display that can show MPEG-4 and DivX video files or photos accompanied by sound from MP3 or WMA audio files played through a pair of 1-watt speakers. It is also equipped with 256MB of internal flash memory, a USB 2.0 port and a multiformat card reader.

Philips showed 7- and 10-in. digital photo frames powered by integrated rechargeable batteries. The frames have USB ports and slots for an array of card formats, including Secure Digital (SD), Compact Flash, Memory Stick and Memory Stick Duo.

Parrot SA's DF7220 digital photo frame can display pictures transferred via card, USB or Bluetooth wireless connection.

Sandisk Corp. unveiled several new memory cards in Berlin, including a 4GB Ultra II SDHC Plus card and the 8GB Ultra II Memory Stick Pro Duo, featuring read and write speeds of up to 10Mbit/sec. The SDHC card will retail for around $80 and the Memory Stick for $160. Worldwide availability is planned for October.

For mobile phones such as those from Sony-Ericsson Mobile Communications AB, Sandisk announced an 8GB Memory Stick Micro (M2) card. It has begun shipping the card to phone manufacturers and mobile phone network operators for evaluation, and plans to sell it in the fourth quarter. Pricing has not yet been determined.

For mobile phone users who need to use two different mobile phone networks, Matsunichi Communication Holding Ltd. in Hong Kong unveiled a GSM phone equipped with two SIM slots. Both can be active at the same time: Dual-SIM adapters for other phones simply select one of two SIMs each time the phone is powered off and on again. The D620 also comes with features found in most higher-end phones, such as a camera and media player.

For consumers on the go, Philips introduced a new range of slim rechargeable power packs to power up MP3 players, notebook computers and other portable devices. The Power2Charge line of chargers, which use USB sockets to connect the devices, can provide up to 15 hours of portable power for applications up to 5 volts. The chargers are designed with folding plugs and LED indicators. The Power2Go range includes a charger that can provide 60 hours of backup power for applications up to 20 volts.

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