Friday, February 5th, 2016

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RSA 2016 Topics and Focus

January 2016 – This year, the RSA Conference San Francisco returns to its traditional time slot of February. This year’s event has been updated to reflect not only the issues of the current business environment, but to make the take-away from the event more actionable on a short term basis. In the past, while the conference had sessions that provided a high degree of education to the attendees,... [Read more]

Imagination Tech and other focus on Automotive

January 2016 – The connected car was one of the areas that dominated the CES 2016 show floor. The connected car at the show was divided into to many pieces: infotainment, dashboard & center console, ADAS, and autonomous vehicles. Some of the vendors such as VOXX and Pioneer are providing both OEM and Aftermarket products such as head units and remote start controls. Companies like Bosch and... [Read more]

Audio takes the stage at CES 2016

January 2016 – One of the growing sectors of the consumer electronics marketplace is the headphone and in-ear headset (earbud) marketplace. This is direction the industry is shifting and the revolution towards high performance and high resolution is in progress. We took briefings with several companies that were showing their new personal sound devices. Klipsch was showing their new product line... [Read more]

Home and Car get Audio Updates

January 2016 – At CES the automobile joined the home as a platform for high performance audio at a usable and non-audiophile configuration. DTS was showing their new soundbar and encoding arrangement for systems that gave a full room sound from a standard AV configuration. Typically to get the sound it requires a 5.1-11.1 surround speaker system. The new DTS system can provide the same sound experience... [Read more]

TEC Awards at 2016 NAMM

January 2016 – At the 2016 NAMM show in Anaheim, the held the 2016 TEC awards to celebrate the technological excellence in the industry. In addition to the technology awards, several lifetime achievements were recognize and inducted to the Hall of Fame and received the Les Paul Award on the the anniversary of what would be his 100th birthday. The awards cover a large range of technology for the... [Read more]

She Rocks Awards at NAMM 2016

January 2016 – At the 2016 NAMM show, the Women's International Music Network (the WiMN), and WiMN's Founder Laura B. Whitmore and guitarist Nita Strauss hosted the 4th annual She Rocks Awards. The award ceremony featured live performances in addition to the award presentations. The featured performances were by singer-songwriter, Jenna Paone; guitarists Nita Strauss, Malina Moye, and Jennifer... [Read more]

Dish ups the Challenge to Cable

January 2016 – In a show that was dominated (in square footage) by televisions, now supporting up to 8K images, Dish Network rolled out new platforms to deliver content. Dish showed off their new Hopper 3 with Sling. They also introduced a companion device the HopperGO. The Hopper 3 from Dish is a next generation set top box (STB) that will be appearing at customer installations in early 2016.... [Read more]

Maxim Highlights Automotive Solutions at CES

 January 2016 - One of the major trends at CES 2016 was the smart car and the connected car. This year’s show featured not on the vehicles but the vendors from the supply chain in the ecosystem. One of the primary suppliers in that chain is Maxim Integrated. They were showing three major pieces of their solution at the event. The premise of the solution is that the processing of the data... [Read more]

Monster 2.0 expands headphones

January 2016 – At CES 2016 Noel Lee, recent recipient of the CTA Hall of Fame award, launched Monster 2.0. After a 37 year run with the company, they are restarting their focus on the core of the business and reinventing the retail experience. The company is embracing and adjusting to address both the brick & mortal retail marketplace, but the dynamics and different purchasing style for shopping... [Read more]

Samsung SSI DRAM and NAND at CES 2016

January 2016 – In a briefing at CES, we had a chance to discuss the directions and current state of the DRAM and SSD marketplace from Samsung SSI. The rise in mobile device use and migration to the cloud has pushed the memory and storage requirements of the servers used to connect to these devices. The challenge of the data centers is scalability. The servers have a finite power and space envelope,... [Read more]