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Toshiba Corporation and Matsuya Co., Ltd. Collaborate on Department Store Information and Communication Technology Solutions
Jul 16 15
Toshiba Corporation will undertake a joint project with Matsuya Co. Ltd. that will use Toshibas information and communication technology (ICT) to promote the Matsuya Ginza store. The project will start in Tokyo on July 22, 2015 and will feature virtual fitting rooms for yukata, Japans light summer kimono, and a Mandarin-Japanese simultaneous interpretation system to help sales assistants to serve customers from China. Toshibas virtual fitting system allows shoppers to try on yukata simply by selecting photographs of designs they like and then standing in front of a special screen. The screen superimposes the design on the customer, and can follow movement in real-time to create a realistic fitting experience. Once a customer finds a yukata she likes, she can buy it at the Ginza Yukata Station on the ground floor of the store. Another incentive to buy is a coupon for a free fruit jelly from Sembikiya Nihonbashi, a famous confectioner, with every purchase of JPY 2,000 or more, including tax. The Mandarin-Japanese simultaneous interpretation system will be available from mid-August 2015 to mid-September 2015 at five shops in Matsuyas International Boutiques section on the stores second floor. Chinese-speaking shoppers can speak into a tablet, which will display a simultaneous translation for the shop assistant to read. Toshiba will use results from the project to improve the accuracy of the interpretation system. Looking ahead to 2019, the 150th anniversary of Matsuya, and the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, Toshiba and Matsuya aim to use ICT solutions to offer department store visitors a better experience and to make shopping easy and enjoyable.
Toshiba Corporation Releases 16 Megapixel CMOS Image Sensor for Smartphones and Tablets
Jul 16 15
Toshiba Corporation announced the launch of 'T4KC3', a 16 megapixel(MP) BSI CMOS image sensor. The functional range of the new sensor supports users in capturing beautiful images and movies. Phase-Detection Auto-Focus (PDAF), recently embedded in SLR cameras, achieves quick focusing that surpasses conventional auto-focusing, and makes it easier for mobile devices to capture high quality images and movies. 'T4KC3”' also incorporates Toshiba’s Bright Mode technology, which boosts image brightness up to four times and enables HD video capture at 240fps equivalent, and supports high dynamic range (HDR) to capture natural images of scenes with a high contrast ratio, ending the problem of over- and underexposed images. Additionally the new sensor incorporates 16Kbit OTP, which can store lens shading correction data for four conditions at maximum, such as indoors and outdoors, daylight and sunset. Settings can be switched with a simple command. Toshiba products allow smartphones and tablets to record high quality video at high frame rates, contribute to smaller form factors and extended imaging functions, while achieving reductions in module size, power consumption and part counts in the camera module, opening the way to the design of thinner mobile devices. Key Features: The small class 16MP BSI CMOS image sensor. Low power circuit design that reduces power consumption, realizing 30fps at full-resolution output with power consumption of 240mW or lower. Quick focusing with PDAF. HD video capture at 240fps. 'Bright Mode' technology to boost image brightness up to four times. Natural image capturing by HDR under high contrast conditions. Main Specifications:
Optical Size is 1/2.7 inch, Pixel Pitch is 1.12 micrometer BSI, Preferred Module Size: 8.5 mm x 8.5 mm (Auto focus type), Sample Price is ¥1,700.
Toshiba Corporation Announces Board Resignations
Jul 13 15
Toshiba Corp. is considering raising the proportion of outside directors on its board to 50% or more as part of measures to prevent similar wrongdoing. Toshiba President Hisao Tanaka and his direct predecessor Norio Sasaki, now vice chairman of the firm, are seen stepping down to take responsibility for the accounting problems.
Toshiba Plans Stake Sale In Westinghouse Electric Company
Jul 8 15
Toshiba Corporation (TSE:6502) is considering divesting part of its stake in Westinghouse Electric Company LLC and other assets following an accounting scandal requiring a massive markdown of past profits. The company plans to raise about ¥200 billion ($1.62 billion) through the sales. Toshiba currently owns an 87% interest in Westinghouse and plans to maintain a majority stake even after the sale.
Toshiba Develops Two New Process Technologies for Microcontrollers and Wireless Communication ICs
Jul 6 15
Toshiba Corporation announced that it has developed a flash memory embedded process based on 65nm logic process that uses less power than current mainstream technology, and a single-poly non-volatile memory (NVM) process based on 130nm logic and analog power process. Applying the optimal process to diverse applications will allow Toshiba to expand its product line-up in such areas as microcontrollers, wireless communication ICs, motor controller drivers and power supply ICs. Sample shipments of the 130nm-NVM and 65nm- flash are scheduled for the 4th quarter of 2015 and the 2nd quarter of 2016, respectively. The IoT market is seeing strong demand for low power consumption in areas including wearable and healthcare-related equipment. In response, Toshiba has adopted SST's third-generation SuperFlash cell technology, in combination with its own 65nm logic process technology. The company has also fine-tuned circuits and manufacturing processes in developing its ultra-low power consumption flash embedded logic process. Microcontrollers for consumer and industrial applications that apply the process can lower power consumption to approximately 60% that of current mainstream technology. Following the first series of microcontrollers, Toshiba plans to release sample BLE (Bluetooth Low Energy) products, the short-range wireless technology, in fiscal year 2016. The company also plans to apply the 65nm process to its wireless communication IC product family that can optimize use of low power consumption characteristics, including NFC (Near Field Communication) controllers, and contactless cards. In addition to low power consumption advantage, the process technology contributes to shorter development time, as application software can be easily written and rewritten to flash memory during development. By engineering advances in devices offering ultra-low power consumption to promote further development of specialized flash peripheral circuit technology and of logic and analog circuit technology, Toshiba will meet continuing growth in demand for low-power applications. The company aims to lower power consumption for entire systems, targeting 50µA/MHz operation, and to develop innovative products for IoT. In applications where significant cost reductions are a concern, Toshiba has developed an NVM embedded process that adopts YMC’s single-poly MTP (Multi-time programmable) cells on Toshiba’s 130nm logic process technology. Applying MTP specifications for write times improves the new process’s performance while limiting increased steps in mask pattern lithography to three or fewer, and even none. NVM and analog circuits are embedded on a single chip that can incorporate multiple functions conventionally executed by a multi-chip system. This reduces the number of terminals and realizes smaller packages. By using MTP to adjust output accuracy, Toshiba will expand its product line-up in fields where higher accuracy is essential, such as power management ICs.