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Extron Electronics and Inline Combine Operations Extron Electronics and Inline have announced that the two computer-video interfacing companies have combined
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Oct 1, 2002 12:00 PM

Extron Electronics and Inline Combine Operations

Extron Electronics and Inline have announced that the two computer-video interfacing companies have combined their sales, marketing, engineering, product development, and production departments. The combined group will operate from Extron Electronics' headquarters facility in Anaheim, California. Inline's product lines will be marketed and supported by Extron Electronics through Extron's worldwide facilities.

Beyma to Introduce in Brazilian Market

Beyma has reached agreement with a Brazilian firm to open the first Beyma branch in Brazil. The goal of Beyma in Brazil is to cover a market with 170 million consumers in the professional, car audio, and sound industries. The protectionist laws and the complexity of the Brazilian powerful market have induced the Spanish firm to create a branch to easily penetrate into the growing economy, known as one of the most important economies in South America.

Stardraw Launches First Web-Based Application

Software provider Stardraw.com is to launch the world's first Web-based CAD system. Stardraw.net is a tool that allows people to design and document integrated systems through a browser using an online library of more than 30,000 industry-specific symbols. Stardraw.net is delivered through HTML pages, using tools that download themselves when they are needed.

Wireless Encrypted Date Demoed

AI Wireless, a division of Associated Industries, demonstrated the AI Wireless Tri-Sector Access Point, which operates video over 802.11b at 6.2 Mbps actual data rate and 4.6 Mbps data rate with 448-bit Blowfish Encryption. The enhanced wireless 802.11b protocol developed by AI Wireless has been designed for maximum data throughput in harsh outdoor environments.

Sound Dynamics Celebrates 15 Years

Sound Dynamics — which is based in Belper, Derbyshire, United Kingdom — is celebrating its 15th anniversary. Steve Porter and Gerry Cornell founded the company in 1987, just as the aerobics boom was getting underway. The company sells standalone systems and self-install wall-mounting kits as well as commissions full installations; Sound Dynamics has also ventured into manufacturing, producing proprietary amplifiers that have the minimum of fascia controls.

Sound Advance Offers Free Freight

Sound Advance Systems, a manufacturer of audio equipment for residential and commercial applications, offers free freight on all U.S. orders that are placed and shipped during the remainder of 2002. All orders over $2,500 that are shipped to one location will qualify for free standard UPS ground or common carrier freight. Payments being made within 30 days are also eligible for the standard prompt-pay discount.

Samsung On-Call Provides Support

Samsung Electronics America introduced the Samsung On-Call service program in support of new users of Samsung-DirecTV receivers. Samsung's comprehensive service program offers an advanced exchange warranty that increases customer satisfaction by providing for express delivery of refurbished replacement units in the event of a hardware-related warranty claim.

AKG Donates to Bluegrass Showcase

AKG Acoustics recently partnered with the Gibson Bluegrass Showcase, donating a number of microphones and headphones for use at the showcase. The Gibson Bluegrass Showcase is a 35,000-square-foot facility in Opry Mills, Tennessee. The facility features instrument manufacturing with tours available, a full-service restaurant and bar, as well as a stage setting and a retail shop. Recent performances and events that have been held at the showcase include Jerry Douglas, Alison Krauss and Union Station, Lonestar, Vince Gill, Amy Grant, Earl Scruggs, Brad Paisley, Ricky Skaggs, Sam Bush, the Tennessee Titans Steve McNair charity event, the MDA Telethon, and the Leukemia Society charity event.

KVH Awarded $1 Million Contract

KVH Industries was awarded development contracts that are valued at about $1 million by New York-based L-3 Communications Corp. Under the terms of the contract, KVH will use its new digital signal-processing-based fiber-optic gyros to create a low-cost, high-performance inertial measurement unit for defense-related applications.

Christie Digital Puts the Spotlight on Digital Cinema

Media Principia's The Baroness and the Pig was introduced at the Toronto International Film Festival using a Christie Digital Systems DCP-H projector. The movie was the first high-definition digital movie to be transmitted via satellite by Pixel Systems and projected digitally at the Toronto International Film Festival. Christie digital projectors were also used to screen more than 60 other movies at the festival.

Counterfeit Shure Mics Destroyed

Chinese authorities recently destroyed a large quantity of counterfeit Shure microphones along with a number of knockoff accessories and parts in an event shown on Enping City and Jiangmen TV news. In total, 730 counterfeit Shure mics fell under the hammer, along with parts and accessories including 15,000 mic cartridges, 7,000 mic grilles, 5,300 mic handles, and an assortment of cables, packaging, and fake user guides.

Survey Reports Industry Salary, Benefits

The North American Retail Dealers Association (NARDA) and its division the National Association of Service Dealers published the 2002 Compensation and Benefits Report. The survey shows that the median total cash income for associates who work for NARDA members is from $32,680 to $40, 720 annually. The survey and report were sponsored by Frigidaire Financial Corp., General Electric Capital Corp., and Transamerica Distribution Finance Corp.

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