News Bits: Samsung s Advanced-VSB Technology to Bring Portable and Mobile TV to US, Belkin Introduces the First N1 Wireless ExpressCard for Notebooks, Targus Releases New Accessories

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Samsung’s Advanced-VSB Technology to Bring Portable and Mobile TV to US

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Samsung recently introduced a new innovative technology that brings portable and mobile TV to North American digital TV broadcasting. Advanced-VSB (A-VSB) is a proposed open standard that broadcasters can implement at low cost and helps enable consumers to enjoy TV everywhere they go like in their car, on a laptop and other portable devices.

Samsung Electronics and Rohde & Schwarz have teamed up to develop a dramatic enhancement to the Advanced Television Systems Committee (ATSC) digital TV transmission standard. This technology is now being standardized in ATSC and an ATSC-supervised lab test was conducted in November, 2006 with field tests planned for early 2007. A completed standard is targeted for the first half of 2007, with implementation by broadcasters and consumer electronics manufacturers beginning soon afterward.

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Belkin Introduces the First N1 Wireless ExpressCard for Notebooks

Belkin introduces the first N1 Wireless ExpressCard for notebooks, giving you another option for your notebook to gain access to emerging, high-speed technologies. Connecting through your notebook’s ExpressCard slot, this Card doubles your available bandwidth so you can run multimedia applications, such as streaming HD video and online games, as well as expand your wireless range and connection to wireless hot-spots. The N1 is currently available for $99.99, with launches in Asia, Europe and Australia to follow.

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Targus Releases New Accessories

Targus recently announced a new line-up of accessories including their Universal ExpressCard Notebook Docking Station with Digital Video and Audio. The new Universal ExpressCard docking station provides a single one-touch high-speed interface and has the capability to transfer data rates four times faster than USB (up to 2.5 gigabits per second). The ExpressCard Notebook Docking Station is available now for $189.99. Targus also announced the availability of its new Travel-Ease Active Noise Cancellation Headphones. Designed to reduce ambient background noise and improve audio quality, the headphones make working on a notebook computer, listening to music on a CD player or watching a movie more enjoyable whether traveling in the office or at home. The Noise Cancellation Headphones are available now for $69.99.

Other Targus accessories announced were a new patent-pending 4-in-1 Voice Recording Wireless Presenter. The new Voice Recording Presenter incorporates four individual products into one small, convenient form factor. It functions as a wireless PowerPoint presenter, voice recorder, laser pointer and SD memory card reader and it’s available for $69.99. The last accessory recently launched was a unique line of travel hubs that combine useful functions with practical functionality. The new Travel USB 2.0 4-port hub with a notebook light it is perfect for the traveler on-the-go because it lights up your keyboard and can clip to your notebook screen for just $29.99.

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