By Lisa Johnston
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ORLANDO, FLA. —Los Angeles-based Ceiva Logic introduced at PMA its second-generation digital frame, the Ceiva II Digital Picture Frame. Created by the design firm IDEO, the Ceiva II will ship this summer for a suggested retail price of approximately $299. The Ceiva II can hold 36 images on its 8MB of internal memory, while an online option allows users to store up to 1,000 images. The 8 x 10-inch frame has an LCD screen for viewing and connects to the Web so users can subscribe to the required Ceiva Network, which costs $49.95 per year.
ORLANDO, FLA. —SanDisk and Zoran announced that they are partnering to accelerate the development of MPEG-4 digital cameras, flash memory cards and standards. Under a memorandum of understanding signed by both firms, Zoran will integrate new MPEG-4 technologies and other features into its COACH (Camera On a Chip) processor with SanDisk's technical support, marketing input and partial funding. Both companies will collaborate in adding MPEG-4 technology to digital camera systems and flash memory. The new chip will be optimized to work in future digital cameras that use Multi-MediaCards, Secure Digital flash memory cards, CompactFlash cards and TriFlash components produced by SanDisk. Availability of digital cameras that incorporate the new chip is currently projected for second-half 2002.
ORLANDO, FLA. —Targus introduced at PMA three new lines of digital camera case accessories: Pro Black, Adventure and Sport. The Pro Black camera case line features suspension shoulder straps, protective zippered top closure with inner mesh zippered pocket, a durable T-Leatherette and Nylon-twill exterior and a large front-flap accessory pocket with self-adhesive closure and inner storage compartments. The Adventure Line is designed to endure harsh climates and features a suspension shoulder strap. All Adventure Line bags offer some of the following features, depending on size: protective zippered top closure with inner mesh pocket, co-molded handle and a large front-flap pocket with inner accessory pockets. Rounding out the introduction is the Sport Line, in silver, charcoal and iridescent blue.
This TWICE webinar, hosted by senior editor Alan Wolf, will take a look at what may be the hottest CE products at retail that will be sold during the all-important fourth quarter. Top technologies, market strategies and industry trends will be discussed with industry analysts and executives.