Thursday, January 05, 2006


Philips at CES

Philips announced today at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) a few new products.

Key innovation highlights from Philips include advanced television technology with a new generation of Ambilight FlatTV displays, groundbreaking High Definition recording devices, mobile infotainment products and Internet protocol enabled phones. In addition, Philips announced a number of relationships that include Skype, Microsoft, Yahoo, vTuner and other market leaders, which will redefine how consumers access and enjoy digital content from Philips.

Full Surround Ambilight FlatTV display
Introduced for the first time at CES 2006, Philips showcased the new Full Surround (four-sided) Ambilight FlatTV display. Providing lighting around all four sides of the screen, Ambilight Full Surround creates a floating design, enhancing the coloring for greater visual impact and immersing viewers in the entertainment experience. Ambilight Full Surround not only provides an improved viewing experience, but complements the décor of any room.

In addition to the Ambilight Full Surround model, Philips also showcased the new Surround (three-sided) Ambilight FlatTV model, which emits lighting along the left, right and top. Ambilight Surround draws viewers into a relaxed experience and is ideal for movie watching and large rooms where a wall can be dedicated to the TV.

High Definition recording devices
A founding member of the Blu-ray Disc Association, Philips introduced its all-in-one PC Writer (TripleWriter), consumer Blu-ray Disc Video player (BDP9000) and new Blu-ray media (BD-R and B-RE, single layer 25 GB and dual layer BD-R and BD-RE 50 GB*).

Both the BDP9000 consumer player and the TripleWriter (SPD7000) will be available in the second half of 2006

GoGear HDD jukeboxes
The HDD1850 and HDD6330, let consumers have ultimate control over their digital content at home or on the move. The Philips’ GoGear HDD jukebox range supports Microsoft’s PlaysForSure initiative. Both of Philips’ GoGear HDD devices will be compatible with portable subscription offerings, allowing consumers full access to more than one million track catalogs from supporting online services.

Busy consumers will appreciate the HDD1850 and HDD6330’s flexible features, intuitive control and compact design. The HDD1850 features 8 GB for up to 4,000 songs or 2,500 pictures; the HDD6330 features an impressive storage capacity of 30 GB to hold up to 15,000 songs or 8,400 pictures.

Expanding communications and entertainment through new relationships
Broadening its Connected Planet™ family of products, Philips introduced a new DECT™ phone enabled to supply consumers with Voice-over-Internet Protocol (VoIP) communications. The new phone has the ability to utilize existing landline telephone service, as well as make free Internet calls via Skype.

Philips also announced a new collaboration with MSN for an exclusive deal that will revolutionize the way consumers communicate and take VoiP on the PC to a whole new level.

Extending the relationship with Microsoft, Philips’ hard-disk, portable jukebox products give consumers a great way to discover and share new music using PlaysForSure technology.
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