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PC Slump Affects Intel Q3 Profits

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The struggling PC market hits Intel as it reports Q3 2015 profits worth $3.1 billion, a -6.3% Y-o-Y decline, from "approximately flat" revenues reaching $14.5 billion.

Intel Chipzilla does see improvements in the Data Centre and Internet of Things divisions-- where revenues are up by 12% Y-o-Y and 10% Y-o-Y respectively-- but PC is the main moneymaker. As such, the Client Computing Group reports revenues reaching $8.5 billion with -7% Y-o-Y decline (or 13% Q-o-Q growth), with desktop PC chip shipments falling by -15% and notebook chip volumes dropping by -14%.

The software and services operating segments report flat Y-o-Y revenue growth.

HP, SanDisk Team Up in Storage Class Memory

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HP and SanDisk announce a collaboration in Storage Class Memory (SCM), one involving the combination of HP Memristor technology and SanDisk non-volatile ReRAM in the creation of new Memory-driven Computing solutions.

HP Sandisk StorageThe partnership also covers the enhancement of solid state storage solutions.

According to the two companies, the resultant SCM technology will be 1000 faster and offer up to 1000 times more endurance than flash storage, as well as offer "significant" cost, power, density and persistent improvements over DRAM. Thus it will allow for systems employing "tens of terabytes (TB) of SCM per server node for applications such as in-memory databases, real-time data analytics, transactional and high-performance computing."

Made in Poland: An Edbak Interview

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We interviewed Sales Director Gregory Bak about Edbak, the Polish manufacturer of mounts and more, a company now targeting international growth...

In Poland, your display & videowall mounts, kiosks and other AV products are found in sports stadiums, in shopping malls, in railway & underground stations, in power stations---even the office of the President. Tell us about your ambitions for the rest of Europe...
Edbak's Gregory Bak

True. Although we work in a very competitive market, other mounting solutions manufacturers are no match for us in Poland. Our great customer service, product quality and delivery terms speak to our partners more than anything else.

In the last two years, we have noticed significant increase of interest in our solutions from number of pro AV partners across the world. Some of which we have decided to sign distribution agreement with us.

You can see and buy our products in over 40 countries across the world through different channels (web stores, distributors, dealers).

Only recently Edbak has teamed up with such well recognized pro AV companies as Charmex (Spain), EAVS (France), Four Traders (Germany), Senetic (UK) or our newest partner – One Display Solution (Netherlands)  and its charismatic COO, Sebastiaan van Tongeren.

What products in your range would most likely be of international interest?

Amongst our products you can find video wall mounts, monitor trolleys and stands,TV brackets, desk mounts, indoor and outdoor enclosures and info kiosks, and our latest product group-- POS mounts, dedicated to retail chains.

But the three main groups of products that stand out the most are video wall mounts and our top seller VWPOP mount, our trolleys with most popular TR5 model, and our indoor totems which are setting new sales records every month.

Also our POS mounts are gathering great feedback and interest but it is too early to say if they will be as successful as we think they should become. 

Edbak range

You are in a very competitive part of the AV business. How does your factory differentiate?
If I was to name only three things that make the difference I would need to say “people… people… and people.” We have a great team of professionals who do care about our partner’s businesses and about our good name.

AV world is rather small and we cannot afford to disappoint our partners if we want to stay in this business.

As we produce everything in our premises in Poland we can ensure really good delivery terms and production flexibility, which is really important when working with custom projects.  Our very modern, constantly modernized machine park and skilled personnel is what give us the necessary edge.

How important is customization in digital signage and other areas you compete in?

I think we can all agree that digital signage is mostly about customization and differentiation. Almost every project is a somehow different that the other. Dimensions, design, color schemes are really important when talking about enclosures and totems.

With video wall mounts it is very often that we need to adapt our product according to integrators or installers request and the situation they meet on site. It is not always cost efficient, but we do want to solve those issues for our partners. Having all production and design work done from our Polish headquarters allows us to be more flexible than our competitors.

What new developments do you have in the international arena?

We are currently in talks with some UAE, UK and US companies. And those directions are extremely important in our business development plan.

That does not mean that we are not looking to other markets as well and we are open for new propositions. So if I may, I would like to encourage any interested partners to give us a shout.

Go Edbak

Edbak’s New XL and Multiple Screen Trolleys

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Edbak introduces two new models of video display trolleys that meet the industry need for mobility when using today’s large-sized screens or multiple screens

Edbak’s new VCTR195 is a universal XL trolley for all screens from 60” to 95". It can hold up to 120 kg.

Measuring 1900 x 1700 x 900mm, this mobile unit comes with a mild steel-powder coating, stainless steel polished poles, and professional-grade lockable casters.

The VCTR195 allows for vertical adjustment of the screen, a critical feature for a trolley that allows users to wheel their display to wherever it is needed. Cables are managed inside the pole, allowing the mobile unit to bring a tidy impression.

Unlike many other trolleys, the VCTR195 offers a camera holder and lockable storage as well as its ability to hold 9U and 19” rack AV equipment. A metal shelf included and optional accessories include a special computer case mounted to the screen back plate or an optional shelf for power strip. The VCTR195 allows the user to have a premium XL video trolley at a truly competitive price.

Edbak’s new VCTR260 is designed to satisfy the growing need of video conferencing users. The VCTR260 Dual Screen Trolley allows two screens of 50-60” to be used together for a video conferencing solution. Able to carry up to approximately 120 kg of screens, this mobile unit measures 2100 x 900 x 1900 mm.

The unit is coated with mild steel-powder and comes with stainless steel polished poles. Sturdy, attractive professional casters are extremely important for trolleys because they ensure mobility as well as their appearance. These casters are lockable, an important feature in video conferencing to ensure stability.

Where ever you roll the VCTR260, you can always match the audience’s need for visibility by using its special vertical screen adjustment.

Cable management is inside the pole, adding to a professional appearance.

Both professional trolley units are available now.

Go Edbak VCTR195 and Edbak VCTR260

InFocus Buys Jupiter Systems

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Many industry observers will tell you that InFocus created the market for projectors by developing and selling the first digital projector. Yet, isn’t it a little ironic that "the inventor of the modern day projector" has had to spend the last 10 years diversifying (as the projector market matured into a huge competition distinguished by dwindling margins.)

Of course, InFocus still sells projectors, lots of projectors. But new InFocus products and services now focus on bringing people and teams closer: from MVP100 video phones to Mondopad (the first-ever large-format, touchscreen), to all-in-one video conferencing and collaboration solutions.

Continuing that trend, the company recently announced LightCast Technology, which allows users to display content from laptops, smartphones and tablets on a variety of InFocus devices, including Mondopads, JTouch Whiteboards, and the new DigiEasel smart displays.

And now the transformation of InFocus may be complete: new CEO Mark Housley (a long-time board member promoted at the end of September 2015 to CEO) announces the acquisition of Jupiter Systems, adding video wall, control room, and smartphone solutions for end-to-end collaboration.

Jupiter Systems

InFocus Corporation has acquired video wall and enterprise collaboration innovator Jupiter Systems.The acquisition expands InFocus’ offering to include display wall processor technology and "bringing a 360-degree view of operations to any control room, conference room, and mobile device."

This acquisition says the company, enables InFocus to provide end-to-end collaboration solutions and become the single provider for customers’ collaboration technology needs.

“We know our customers need collaboration technology on their smartphones and tablets, at their desks, in their conference rooms and in their control rooms. With one provider offering simple, enterprise-ready solutions that work together seamlessly, we can serve the full set of our customers’ requirements with powerful, integrated solutions. The convergence is inevitable and we intend to lead it,” says Housley. “Now InFocus can be that one-stop-shop for complete end-to-end solutions.”

Effective immediately, Jupiter Systems, which operates and manufactures in Hayward, CA, becomes an InFocus’ branded product line for control room and enterprise collaboration solutions. All Jupiter employees are now InFocus team members and both the Jupiter product line office in Hayward, and InFocus corporate headquarters in Portland, Oregon will operate business as usual.

No word yet of the significance for European distributors: but one can assume the current distributors of each company will stay in place while the company explores any possibility of synergy.

Go InFocus Buys Jupiter Systems

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