IBM Acquires Stake In Changhong Electric

January 20 2009No Commented

Categorized Under: Video

According to a company filing on the Shanghai Stock Exchange, IBM has acquired stake in Changhong Electric worth $15.8 million.  Changhong is China’s largest TV production company.  The investment was made through IBM’s Global Services China unit.  Through the investment, IBM acquired 1.56% stake in Sichuan Changhong Electric from their parent company, Changhong Group.  Changhong transferred 29.76 million shares to IBM based on a stock value of 3.64 yuan (U.S. $0.53) per share.

Changhong also manufactures air conditioners, MP3 players, DVD players, batteries, packaging materials, and mold processors.  Changhong is an IBM customer through the use of the American company’s Product Innovation Management model.

[via PC World]

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New Line Of Sony Bravias Will Turn Off When No One Is In The Room

January 20 20092 Commented

Categorized Under: HD, Video

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[Sony Bravia V1]

In order to preserve energy, a new line of Sony Bravia televisions will automatically turn off when no one is in the room.  The Bravia V5 line of TVs will have a small sensor under the display screen that is able to tell whether there are people in the room.  If someone leaves, then the LCD screen will cut off power.  When someone returns, the TV will turn back on.  This will reduce energy consumption by 50% during the time that display switches off.

Sound and other circuits will remain turned on for roughly thirty minutes.  After that, the TV will go into standby mode.

Aside from standby and automatic detection, the Sony V5 Bravia lines will use less power than the V1 sets released last year.  The 40 inch V5 will consume 129 watts and the 46 inch V5 models will consume 153 watts.  The 40 inch Sony V1 Bravia TV uses 217 watts and the 46 inch V1 uses 263 watts.  The V5 models were able to match and exceed the EnergyStar 3.0 specification by this reduction in energy.

These TVs will arrive in the U.S. within the first half of the year.  Prices are not yet known for the U.S. market.  But the TVs will be available in Japan starting February 20th.  The 40 inch will cost ¥210,000 (US$2,323) and the 46 inch will cost ¥280,000 ($3,098).

[via PC World]

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