Apr 1, 2002 12:00 PM
Analog Way Singapore Subsidiary
Image converter manufacturer Analog Way now has offices in the United States, France and Singapore. By creating the newest subsidiary in Asia, the company hopes to bring closer and faster service after sales to the Asia market.
Sharp Builds in Japan
Sharp Corporation announced that it would spend 28 billion yen ($210 million) on a new plant in central Japan to make LCDs and flat-panel televisions that use them. The company plans for the plant to initially produce the equivalent of 100,000 30-inch televisions per month. The plant is scheduled to launch production in May 2004.
Globecomm Unveils Lab
Globecomm Systems Inc. recently completed a new high-technology Content Management and Distribution Laboratory at its headquarters in Long Island, NY. The new facility is designed to enable content owners, broadcast companies and equipment providers to develop and evaluate products for content delivery and interactive television applications in an actual operating environment.
NCSA Training Seminar
Electrograph Systems Inc. and Pioneer Industrial Display Group will provide an in-depth training seminar about plasma display technology at the NSCA Expo2002 in Denver. The seminar, which will be held on April 26 at 2:30 p.m., is called “Profitability with Pioneer Plasma Displays.” Electrograph Systems' and Pioneer Industrial Display Group's booth numbers will be 403 and 407, respectively.
The Lenbrook Group announced the death of Lenbrook founder David S. Simmonds. Simmonds spent more than 50 years in the electronics and telecommunications industry and started his own business in 1978. He is survived by his wife, Barbara, five children and 23 grandchildren. Today, Lenbrook owns internationally distributed brands such as NAD Electronics and PSB Speakers.
While Supplies Last Grommes Precision has two new lightning suppressors that come with a free Application Guide for a limited time. The guide provides information about and suggested installation examples for the equipment. Visit their Web site for more information.
BRINGING IT HOME: CONSUMER NEWS
DMX/AEI Music Launches Rebranding
DMX/AEI Music is launching a worldwide rebranding drive as DMX Music Inc. Under the new name, the company hopes to better serve customers globally. DMX Music Inc., formed by the merger of DMX Music and AEI Music Network, is a subsidiary of Liberty Digital.
Integra and Imerge Sign Licensing Agreement
Onkyo's Integra Division announced plans to develop home entertainment products using Imerge's XiVA technology for the distribution of streaming audio programs over conventional wired and wireless Ethernet networks.
Best of CES
Final decisions for the Best Home Audio Product honor at the annual TechTV Best of CES Awards were based on product usability, usefulness, affordability and value. The recipient of the Best Home Audio Product award at the 2002 CES was Escient Convergence's FireBall distributed music system.
Elan's VIP Program on the Rise
A collaborative effort between Elan Home Systems and custom electronics manufacturers, the VIA! Integration Partner program has doubled since its debut at CEDIA Expo 2001 in September. Elan and its VIPs share training and products with each other's engineers and technical support staff.
NEC at Awards Show For 3rd Year
At this year's sixteenth nnnual American Society of Cinematographers' Awards for Outstanding Achievement in Cinematography, NEC's HD6K projectors were used to display movie clips, career retrospectives of the lifetime award winners and live video.
Luck of the Draw
Patrick Callahan, of Design Electric in Riverside, California, went home from the CEDIA Regional meeting in Los Angeles with more than quality training. His name was drawn at random from those who attended the Xantech New Stuff technical training classes to win a Xantech MRC44 system.
GVI Security Inc. DBA Samsung CCTV will extend a 2-year limited warranty for all Samsung Electronics security products purchased in the United States. The new warranty ensures that Samsung Electronics security products are free from defect in material and workmanship and, should the products be defective, Samsung CCTV will remedy any defects according to the terms of the warranty.
Nexo USA Distributes Camco
Nexo USA was appointed exclusive Americas distributor for Camco's range of digital power amplifiers. Camco and Nexo have shared distribution channels in key territories for years. With Camco's decision to position itself for entry into the U.S. market, the two companies agreed on a distribution agreement for mutual benefit.
Imagica Nets Sci-Tech Award
The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (AMPAS) awarded the Imagica Corp. the Scientific and Engineering award for its Multiformat Optical Westgate printer.
Expotus-managed distributor Stagecraft, based in the Philippines, received the Turbosound International Distributor of the Year award, which is based on sales growth for fiscal year 2000-2001. Stagecraft's sales had jumped 156 percent.
David Blackmer died on March 21, 2002 in his home in Wilton, New Hampshire. He was 75 years old.
Blackmer was involved in improving audio since his stint as a stock boy at Lafayette Radio in Boston in the 1940s. The story goes that he fixed a pile of malfunctioning radios that nobody else could fix. He had been building radios since age 10 and had been an ingenious problem solver and a budding inventor, figuring out how things worked and thinking up improvements. It was his life-long passion to improve the sound quality of audio equipment until it approached the sound of the original.
He was a longtime Fellow of the Audio Engineering Society and a life member of the International Electrical and Electronic Engineers. He studied radar electronics in the U.S. Navy and studied at Harvard University and MIT. He worked at Trans-Radio Recording Studio, Epsco, Hi-Con Eastern and Raytheon and was involved in designing the telemetry for the Mercury space program. He was cofounder of Instrumentation Laboratory, a medical equipment company.
Blackmer is best known as the inventor and founder of dbx. Originally dbx was based on the simple idea of using decibel expansion to replace the peaks lost to the limited dynamic range of magnetic tape. It led to much more. The Blackmer VCA and RMS detector changed the world of audio, yielding the dbx noise reduction system, dbx compressors, and dbx subsonic synth. Dbx VCAs were used in most early automated consoles, and dbx processes were used in many early stereo televisions.
As president and chief engineer of Earthworks Audio, Blackmer developed an astonishing string of audio tools that are more accurate than anyone thought possible. In his later years he developed a new model for human hearing that included the importance of time-domain resolution. He strove to establish new standards of sonic realism.
Blackmer touched the lives of many people. Engineers who worked with him may remember a process he called “tickling,” in which he would assign a project to an engineer saying, “Do this and see what you get. My suspicion is…” The engineer would try the seemingly far-fetched idea and often find exciting results. Those results would draw only distracted approval as he would usually be onto the next idea. A visionary, Blackmer had more ideas than he could possibly use. He encouraged everyone to aim for a higher standard of excellence. He will be missed.
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