The transparent display wars are yet to begin, since everyone is still prepping their devices, but that doesn’t stop the big guys like TDK and Samsung from throwing a little PR party every once in a while to let you know they’re still on the task. Today TDK released info on a new display, the UEL476, that’s a bit different from the rest. → Read More
Short version: Beautifully styled, modern, and very loud, but USB issues take this from a cool and functional device to a questionable one. (Update: TDK released a firmware update the day after this review published which fixes the USB issues. I installed it myself and it works perfectly; devices will ship with updated firmware starting now, and owners should be able to download the update at… → Read More
TDK recently relaunched itself as a modern tech and audio brand, so stop thinking of them as the people who made your cassette tapes, and start thinking of them as the people who made these awesome boomboxes. These are the coolest digital audio amps I’ve seen since the A-Box. They cost a grip, though, as you might expect. → Read More
One of the highlights of this year’s CEATEC (a technology exhibition that took place in Japan earlier this month and which we covered extensively) was TDK’s booth. The company showed two prototypes of passive matrix mini OLED panels, one of which is transparent and the other flexible (like the one Sony showed earlier this year). → Read More
A pleasant surprise at this year’s CEATEC: TDK’s two passive matrix mini OLED panels, one of which is transparent and the other bendable (like the one Sony showed earlier this year). What’s cool is that both prototypes are showcased as black-and-white and color models.
You can see both displays in action in the videos I took at the exhibition below. → Read More
TDK‘s main business is producing not too sexy electronic materials and data-storage media, which means the company announcing [JP] new headphones today is a rare occasion. The TH-WR700, to be marketed under Imation‘s “TDK Life on Record” brand, are wireless headphones (2.4GHz) that are based on Kleer (not Bluetooth) technology. → Read More
I’m not really sure if that’s something a lot of gadget freaks were waiting for, but here we go: TDK has found a cost-effective way to tint touchscreens. The company claims it can add color to transparent electrode sheets that serve as the basis of those screens. In the future, electrode sheets will be available in 13 colors, including red, green, blue, aquamarine, purple and black hues.
The… → Read More
TDK has something pretty interesting in store for next week’s CEATEC 2009 electronics exhibition in Japan. The company plans to showcase a write-once optical disc that boasts a capacity of 320GB distributed over ten layers holding 32GB each (as opposed to a Blu-ray disc that can store up to 25GB per layer). → Read More
I love that the technology TDK has used to increase maximum disk density to 803 gigabits per square inch is called “Tunneling Magneto-Resistance” and its replacement “Current-Perpendicular-to-Plane Giant Magneto-Resistance.” Man, those sound like stuff you buy for your ship in Escape Velocity. The precision and force necessary to reliably etch magnetic information into… → Read More
Two Blu-ray developments from TDK today. The first is a 200GB, six-layer Blu-ray disc that can hold four times the amount of “movie” that you get with the current Blu-ray dual-layer discs. The other is an 8cm mini Blu-ray disc that holds 16.5GB and will be used in HD camcorders and other recordable media traditionally using mini DVD discs. Why should you, Joe Sophisticato, care? Well… → Read More
TDK has announced that it’s reached a capacity of 32GB with its new IDE compatible NAND Flash memory. The Flash disk is roughly 20 percent smaller in size than a standard 2.4-inch notebook drive, consumes less less power and can transfer data at rates up to 33.3MBps. It is currently available only in limited sample quantities, but with all the announcements of similar devices, expect to… → Read More