| Toshiba Readies Diverse, Cutting-Edge Mobile Technologies
for CeBIT 2004|
17 March, 2004
Hannover, Germany and Tokyo, Japan -- Toshiba Corporation today announced
that it will feature a special "Innovation Corner" to demonstrate
a diverse range of its cutting-edge mobile terminals and display technologies
at the Toshiba Booth at CeBIT 2004, the leading IT technology trade show
that will be held in Hannover, Germany, from March 18 to 24. The technologies
and systems on display draw on Toshiba's latest advances and capabilities
in information processing, image processing, and electronic devices and
components, and demonstrate how Toshiba's commitment to innovation and
excellence will bring consumers new levels of comfort and convenience,
and a better quality of life, through future generations of consumer electronics.
Toshiba delivers the perfect medium for reading digital content, the
SD-BOOK. From Toshiba's SD-Card-based digital rights management
system (DRM) to a familiar folding two-page (dual-panel) design, the
SD-BOOK combines security with reading pleasure. As easy to hold as
a paperback, whether standing, sitting or lying down, the SD-BOOK
incorporates two high-resolution, 7.7-inch low temperature polysilicon
LCDs that offer the fine detail necessary for image reproduction and
comfortable reading of text. High level security suits the SD-BOOK
for both B2C and B2B applications, including mobile e-learning, security
control and content distribution.
A highly-portable "Mobile Viewer" allows anytime viewing
of high-quality moving and still images with sound on a 3.5-inch
LCD. The built-in 1.8-inch, 20GB HDD can store up to 80 hours of
QVGA-quality video at 15 frames per second (fps), equivalent to
512kbps of video data with audio, or 40 hours of QVGA video at 30fps,
equivalent to 1Mbps of video data with audio--much more capacity
than any digital video camera.
An optional one million-pixel digital camera can record still pictures
and video, and a dedicated cradle adds stereo sound speakers for
video, and even listening to music files.
SD Card Viewer with 3.45-inch Organic LED
The SD Card-based video and digital image viewer not only confirms
the increasing capabilities of flash memory, it also showcases the
superb performance of the Organic LED (Light Emitting Diode), a
next-generation flat panel that provides much brighter, sharper,
higher contrast pictures and a wider viewing angle than any of today's
LCD panels. This concept model integrates the latest prototype 3.45-inch
QVGA OLED display developed by Toshiba Matsushita Display Technology,
Co., Ltd., a leader in flat panel technology.
The OLED panel has the high-speed refresh essential for displaying
motion pictures and its light weight and low power consumption are
ideal for mobile devices. In addition to the application featured
at CeBIT, the new display is the perfect display for mobile TV terminals.
Toshiba's 3D display says goodbye to the twentieth century.
No longer does viewing 3D mean special glasses and eye fatigue,
thanks to the company's integral-imaging-based 3D display technology.
Vivid images and much reduced eye strain are complemented by smooth
motion parallax and a wide viewing angle.
Advances in integral imaging realize seamless viewing angles of
up to 14 degrees on each side of prototype 15.4-inch displays with
300 horizontal pixels and 400 vertical pixels. Natural 3D images
can be reconstructed by increasing parallax to 18. Toshiba has also
developed 3D content development software that transforms 3D CG
content into 3D images with parallax, and the displays at CeBIT
feature both 3D moving pictures and real-time 3D CG scenes.
Potential applications of the new 3D technology include advertising
and arcade games, and future applications may well include auto-stereoscopic
televisions for the home.
Screen Viewing Angle Control System to protect privacy
While mobile technology brings go-anywhere freedom, the downside
is visibility -- displays that can be read by the curious, and even
the dishonest. Toshiba restores personal privacy with an innovative
technology that gives the user complete control of a display's
viewing angle. Once it is activated, anyone looking at a display
from the side sees a reticulate pattern -- not the clear image enjoyed
by the user. And the user can adjust the viewing angle, narrowing
it or widening it to decrease or increase the number of people who
can read the screen. All thanks to a Toshiba-developed screen filter
and small control circuit built into the hardware.
Depending on the alignment of their liquid crystal molecules, LCDs
are either darker or brighter when viewed from an angle. Toshiba's
new technology uses this characteristic to order pixels in different
directions and to create the reticulate pattern when the display
is viewed from sideways on. Applications include cellular phones,
PDAs, portable PCs and ATMs. Toshiba's subsidiary, Toshiba
Electronic Engineering Corporation, will market the control screen
on a global basis from the fourth quarter of 2004.
Direct methanol fuel cell (DMFC) for notebook PCs
Toshiba's global leadership in fuel cells is embodied in the
exhibition of a prototype direct methanol fuel cell (DMFC) powering
a PORTEGE M100, B5-sized sub-notebook PC. The DMFC runs on a methanol-oxygen
fuel mix, and generates and supplies power directly to the PC. With
an energy density up to five times that of a typical lithium-ion
battery, the DMFC delivers much longer continuous operation.
Methanol in a fuel cell delivers power most efficiently when mixed
with water in a 3 to 6% methanol concentration -- a concentration
requiring a fuel tank that is much too large for use with portable
equipment. Toshiba's system allows methanol at a higher concentration
to be diluted by the water produced as a by-product of the power
generation process. The allows the methanol to be stored at a much
higher concentration, in a fuel tank less than one-tenth the size
of that required for storing the same volume of methanol in a 3
to 6% concentration.
Recognized by the Guinness Book of World Records as the world's
smallest hard disk drive (HDD), Toshiba's super-miniature 0.85-inch
diameter drive takes mobile storage to the next level. Only a quarter
the size of a 1.8-inch HDD, the new drive is a smaller, lighter,
high capacity storage medium in which low power consumption is complemented
by high performance. With an initial capacity of 2 to 4GB, the drive
is expected to add to the functionality and versatility of a wide
range of devices, including mobile phones, digital camcorders and
external storage devices.
Sample shipment is planned for summer 2004, with mass production
to follow in autumn.
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