The PRWIRE Press Releases https:// 2004-08-26T20:11:00Z Diamond Digital launches the ultimate multimedia display 2004-08-26T20:11:00Z diamond-digital-launches-the-ultimate-multimedia-display The Diamond Digital DV300 is Mitsubishi Electric's first large screen LCD Multimedia Information Display suitable for both video and data applications making it equally at home in a home theatre application, boardroom or public display application. Imagine playing an online game of Counterstrike or Unreal Tournament on a brilliant 30-inch LCD monitor in your lounge room, while your PC sat quietly in the study; or watching your favourite DVD movie or TV program on HDTV while monitoring your email via a Picture-in-Picture display. In the board room it could be used for displaying presentation videos or DVD and video conferencing at the same time, once again using the Picture-in-Picture mode. In today's techno speak its called 'convergence' - combining all of the benefits of your PC, DVD, VCR and HDTV into the same device. The Diamond Digital DV300 can be used as a standalone HDTV with quality audio coming from the two detachable 5-Watt speakers or connected to a PC either directly or via a third party wireless network. The benefits of Liquid Crystal Display (LCD) TV over plasma are becoming well known. Unlike plasma screens there is no 'burn in' of images left on the screen for too long and LCD has almost twice the operating lifetime of plasma while using about one-third of the power and minimising ongoing running costs. The DV300 has 1280 x 768 pixel resolution (WXGA) and one of the fastest response times of any LCD (just 16 milliseconds) making it the ultimate PC monitor. It also has one of the highest contrast ratios (500:1) and brightness (500 cd/m2) in the industry and an excellent 176 degree viewing angle allowing you to view it from almost anywhere in the room making it a brilliant centrepiece for a home theatre. The DV300 uses Faroudja DCDi line doubling technology which enhances video images to be more cinema-like and has a light sensor which adjusts the brightness of the picture automatically according to ambient light Coming with a built-in PAL TV tuner with remote control it also has component video input and DVI input for the display of true digital data images. A set top box (Foxtel etc), VCR or DVD can be connected to the DV300 and it will handle a high definition signal (1080i) through its component video input. The DV300 is free standing and comes with a smart die cast aluminum chassis, but is light and slim enough to be wall mounted with an optional wall mounting kit. While ideal in the home, it is rugged enough to be used in shopping centres or other retail outlets for point-of-sale advertising or even in airports for displaying flight arrivals and departures information. It will be available immediately with a recommended retail price of $5290 including GST. For further information please go to: http://www.MitsubishiElectric.com.au. Mitsubishi Electric Australia provides the complete picture on projectors 2004-08-10T15:29:00Z mitsubishi-electric-australia-provides-the-complete-picture-on-projectors Sydney, 10th August 2004 Mitsubishi Electric Australia today announced the forthcoming release of four new models to its popular range of projectors - the HC2000, XL5U, XD70U and SL4SU. The new range now caters to a broad spectrum of needs, from basic boardroom presentations to premium home theatre experiences. At the forefront of home theatre projection, the HC2000 is equipped with an impressive selection of features aimed at producing the optimum image reproduction in a user-friendly manner. At the heart of the HC2000 is the latest HD2+ technology which reduces light diffusion, resulting in increased brightness. The HC2000 has amazingly high contrast at 3,600:1 which enables the reproduction of images with stunning sharpness and life-like detail. The DLP projector also uses unique black stretch technology that allows users to adjust the darkness gradation to a level that brings out the desired image detail while the 5 colour settings ensure premium picture quality. The HC2000?s multi-zoom feature provides a variety of screen formats as well as frame adjustment and image positioning. These features allow home theatre enthusiasts to insert and remove silhouettes as well as reposition the entire image to fit in with any lounge room layout ?The new models complete our already successful range of projectors, said Richard Freggi, General Manager, Digital Electronics, Mitsubishi Electric Australia. ?We now have a projector for everyone and every need. I am extremely impressed with the HC2000. Its picture quality combined with the advanced HD2+ technology places it among the most advanced projectors in the market. We feel that our new projectors will be very popular in a market driven by price and performance.? The XL5U and SL4SU ultra portable projectors are perfect for presentations with a number of user-friendly functions packed into a sleek, compact body. Digital Expended Zoom magnifies images via digital signal processing ? maintaining the original image integrity as it is enlarged. These features ensure the projection of bright, high-resolution images helping presentations look crisp and more professional. An increased lamp life on both the XL5U and SL4SU means that users now have up to an impressive 5,000 hours of life on low-lamp mode. The new XL5U, SL4SU and XD70U models improve on their predecessors with their modern compact bodies in a new versatile colour. Their brightness has also been improved with the XL5U boasting 1700 ANSI lumens, the SL4SU 1700 ANSI lumens and the XD70U 2000 ANSI lumens. The XD70U micro portable projector is also the ideal projector for those making presentations on the road at only 2kg. Available in stores at the end of August, the HC2000 is priced at $9,990, the XL5U $3,490 the SL4SU $2,490 and the.XD70U $4,490. About Mitsubishi Electric Australia With more than 30 years of experience in providing reliable, high-quality products to both corporate clients and general consumers, Mitsubishi Electric Australia is a recognised leader in the marketing and sales of electrical and electronic equipment used in information processing and communications, space development and satellite communications, consumer electronics, industrial technology, energy and transportation. The company has offices in the major states and recorded total sales of $215 million in the year ended March 31, 2004. For more information about Mitsubishi Electric Australia visit www.MitsubishiElectric.com.au Share, store and save with Mitsubishi Electric 2002-11-08T20:07:00Z share-store-and-save-with-mitsubishi-electric In an age when all Australians are becoming increasingly reliant on electronically stored information, backing it up is imperative. Rewritable and recordable CDs are an easy and affordable way to store and backup information. The new Diamond Data 48x16x48 CD rewriter from Mitsubishi Electric Australia features a maximum 48x recording speed to CD-R, 16x recording to High-Speed CD-RW discs and 48x maximum read speed which combine to make it one of the fastest drives on the market. The reliable Diamond Data DD481648 is the ideal way for personal and business users to back up and store information to CD. Hugh Murphy, Technical Manager, Peripherals at Mitsubishi Electric Australia comments, Australian families and businesses store all kinds of information electronically on computers. Business, personal and school documents, digital photos and photo catalogues, music files, research information, website downloads are but a few things that we would all be devastated to lose if our computer crashed. The solution is regular backing up which can protect this invaluable information from corruption or loss. Murphy estimates that a majority of home computer users and many SMEs do not back up valuable data files from their computers hard drive or rarely back them up. The new CD writer quickly and easily backs up data. Just use the bundled Nero software to drag and drop Windows My Documents folder or other data folders onto the CD and click the Write CD button. Back up CDs can then be stored safely in case disaster ever strikes. CDs are also a great way of sharing information. CDs are perfect for moving large files between offices and business or even to transfer from home to work PCs. This CD writer provides not only one of the fastest ways to record information but also to read it making the ideal addition to any home or business. The DD481648 also features Mitsubishi Electrics BurnProtection buffer underrun prevention technology. BurnProtection prevents common errors that can damage disks and waste time and money. These errors often occur when there is a break in the stream of data supplied to the recorder. When this happens the CD rewriter can recognise the interruption, pause the recording and restart once it identifies that the data stream is flowing correctly again thus avoiding damaging the disk or corrupting information. It also comes bundled with Nero software. Nero 5.5 burning software makes audio and data CD authoring easy. It provides many advanced recording functions including on-the-fly, track at once, packet writing and support for a wide variety of CD formats. An MP3 audio decoder is also included. The DD481648 drives 40x maximum audio extraction speed also means fast audio ripping capabilities. Whether for business or home, back up, sharing or storage, the high speed, highly efficient DD481648 is the ideal CD rewriter. The DD481648 is a great investment offering ease of use and most importantly peace of mind for PC users everywhere. The Mitsubishi Electric DD481648 CD Writer has an RRP of $179 and is available at specialists nationally, phone 02 9684 7777 or visit www.mitsubishi-electric.com.au for details. Mitsubishi Electric Takes the Damp Out of Winter 2002-06-21T21:00:00Z mitsubishi-electric-takes-the-damp-out-of-winter Winter is officially here and while most people are finding the best way to cosy up in the cold, Mitsubishi Electric Australia is offering a solution to those for whom the damp can be a problem. The Mitsubishi Electric range of three dehumidifiers can help protect homes and valuable furnishings from damaging damp whatever the season. In Sydney, June is the wettest month. In Melbourne, August has the most number of rainy days and in Perth and Adelaide, July has the biggest monthly rainfall. So winter really does bring the wet for most Australians. The combination of wet weather, closed windows and poor ventilation can result in mould, mildew, condensation and damp problems for householders. Mitsubishi dehumidifiers can help to protect homes and health against the effects of excess moisture. The top of the range model from Mitsubishi Electric (MJE26RX) boasts a staggering 26 litres per day moisture removal capacity. It has a dedicated laundry cycle that dries clothes and is small enough to be moved around the home with ease on its four easy-roll castors. It is also quiet enough to be used in any room at any time of the day or night. The auto-humidstat automatically monitors the humidity of a room and adjusts the dehumidification settings accordingly, giving optimum moisture removal. This unit also features an air-purifier, making the domestic atmosphere healthier while reducing the spread of those winter germs. In addition, it features an easy to use LCD display, child lock facilities, drip guard and a generous 5.5 litre capacity water tank. All Mitsubishi Electric dehumidifiers have an auto stop function that cuts the power before they overflow, making them safe to leave unattended. Keith Allen, General Manager of the Living Environment Group, Mitsubishi Electric Australia, comments: "People who have rising damp problems, mildew in ceilings or walls or those with houses built on sandstone or near the coast will find that a Mitsubishi Electric dehumidifier will make winter a lot more comfortable. The MJE26RX is truly a multi-purpose drying appliance. -ends- Notes to editors Mitsubishi Electric dehumidifiers are available nationally from selected specialist air conditioner dealers and selected electrical retailers (e.g., Harvey Norman). The MJE26RX Mitsubishi Electric dehumidifier image is available to media on Product Bank Mitsubishi Electric/TRVS Rear Vision Case Study 2002-06-01T21:00:00Z mitsubishi-electric-trvs-rear-vision-case-study Towards the end of 2001, Pacific Waste announced the winner of its tender to supply Brisbane City Council with 72 garbage trucks. The winner of the contract was Superior Pak, an established and highly regarded HGV manufacturer specialising in garbage trucks. One of the stipulations of the tender was that each truck should be fitted with rear vision facilities. Rear vision is a CCTV camera arrangement that allows drivers of oversized vehicles to view areas inside and outside the truck that would not normally be visible to them. The main application of rear vision is specifically to avoid accidents to those people and objects in driver blind spots. In the case of waste collection, this includes pedestrians, parked vehicles, motorists and the garbage workers themselves. The vehicle that Superior Pak submitted for inspection in the competitive vendor assessment process included a Mitsubishi Electric rear vision system, supplied by Truck Rear Vision Systems (TRVS). Superior and TRVS have developed a close relationship in the last three years. Superior chose to include a Mitsubishi Electric colour rear view system on its demonstration vehicle because of the exceptional benefits of the clear colour system. Mitsubishi Electric and TRVS worked closely together to produce the new colour rear view system. The marriage of TRVSs implementation and operation knowledge and the Mitsubishi Electric technical know-how produced an easy to view colour image system with a large 6.8 inch, liquid crystal TFT colour monitor. Clear images make perspective much easier to judge than from a monochrome display. For even greater safety, dots on the on-screen display allows distance between people or objects and the rear of the vehicle to be judged. more follows The installed camera is cased in metal, making it tough and resilient to the elements. The durability of these cameras is doubly important on garbage truck rear vision systems, there is a legal requirement for the trucks be washed down at least once a day. This means the cameras must be able to withstand regular, high pressure hosing as well as day to day wear and tear. The monitor itself is hard wearing and the unique, versatile bracket design allows the placement of the monitor to be adapted to the cab layout and driver preference. In addition to the basic rear vision system, TRVS also recommended the instalment of a Mitsubishi Electric camera in a position to view the hopper of the garbage truck. This gives the driver a clear view of waste as it goes into the back of the truck. The Mitsubishi Electric monitor is unique in that it can facilitate multiple camera inputs to handle more than one camera. The fully automated system can be configured to suit the user. For example, TRVS configured the Superior Pak system to show the rear view of the truck by default whenever reverse gear is engaged. Another advantage of this relationship is the level of service that can be provided. TRVS maintains a national dealer network that includes service support capabilities. If for any reason a rear vision system can not be repaired on site then a replacement camera, monitor or other part can be provided by TRVS with minimum delay with support from Mitsubishi Electric. TRVS, Mitsubishi Electric and Superior Pak understand the business implications of having just one vehicle and its operating team grounded and as such do everything they can to ensure that any delay is minimal. The relationship of TRVS and Superior Pak has proved successful with the Superior Pak vehicle winning the Pacific Waste Brisbane contract just prior to Christmas 2001. System installation work has already begun, with TRVS supplying the first components early in January 2001. The TRVS and Superior Pak expect to have the 72 vehicles ready for work emptying Brisbane bins by July 2002. The Final Results Are In... 2002-05-10T21:00:00Z the-final-results-are-in figures released by IDC for the calendar year 2001, show that Mitsubishi Electric took the number one position for branded vendor sales-out in the Australian PC monitor market. Mitsubishi Electric captured 15.2 percent of sales, with the nearest two competitors coming in at 14.9 percent and 14.7 percent respectively. Consequently, Mitsubishi Electric has moved from third position in overall branded monitor sales in 2000, to the top position in 2001. Mitsubishi Electric Australia Director, Phillip Newton believes that this win in overall monitor sales is due to the quality and depth of the Mitsubishi Electric range and the unparalleled after sales support provided. Newton comments: We constantly strive to deliver the best quality monitors for every feasible application. In 2001, Mitsubishi Electric released more than 14 models, all of which have been well received. We intend to keep up this pace with a further 15 releases scheduled for 2002. In addition, the Mitsubishi Electric peripherals group will continue provide the very best in after sales support. Reuben Tan, IDCs Market Analyst comments, The large screen CRT has been a neglected area [but] vendors would do well by not losing sight of the highly profitable larger CRT market. Mitsubishi, for example, with their newly launched aperture grill CRT range, has been enjoying high margins in each sale of such models, despite the relatively low volumes of high-end models being moved. With an eye to the future, Newton predicts that a broadening of the current Mitsubishi Electric range in the coming months to include slim line smart LCD-TFT monitors, plasma screens, multimedia bases and new CRT models will boost interest in monitors in 2002. Newton comments: Our strategy, since the mid eighties, of sticking with our channel partners has been the difference between success and failure. Mitsubishi Electric has always been synonymous with quality and range, our partners understand this and are able to take advantage of every business opportunity. -Ends- Notes to editors: Total monitor shipments in 2001 was 844,600 Total monitor shipments in 2000 was 848,257 Mitsubishi Electric, Samsung and LG Electronics took the top three positions respectively followed by Philips and Viewsonic Mitsubishi Electric was the over all top selling vendor in the total open market with a market share of 15.2% in 2001 IDC is the leading global market share intelligence and advisory firm forecasting local and worldwide markets and trends. Mitsubishi Electric and Fames Polar Expedition 2002-05-02T21:00:00Z mitsubishi-electric-and-fames-polar-expedition Timed to coincide with the onset of winter, May will see the return of the Mitsubishi Electric Forget About the Weather advertising campaign. Entitled Ice Desert, the new campaign follows in the footsteps of last winters Running Man execution and similarly illustrates how Mitsubishi Electric reverse cycle air conditioners allow users to literally forget about the weather. Mitsubishi Electric worked with Fame Advertising once more to create the eye-catching, TV, print and outdoor campaign. The premise of all is to depict a single landscape which pans from a polar bear in the snow to a woman diving from a warm, glowing, Tahitian hut into an ice edged lake. This image conveys the quality and reliability of Mitsubishi Electric reverse cycle air conditioners and their ability to quietly control the comfort conditions that each individual user may desire. Devised to have universal consumer appeal, the production style of the executions aims to deliver a sophisticated and contemporary tone and manner to reflect the core product values of the Mitsubishi Electric reverse cycle air conditioning range. Keith Allen, a Director of Mitsubishi Electric Australia and General Manager of the Living Environment Group, comments: "Our aim was to develop last years Forget About the Weather theme to reassert the core benefits of Mitsubishi Electric reverse cycle air conditioning. Mitsubishi Electric reverse cycle units really do allow our customers to forget about the weather and we feel that the Ice Desert campaign created by Fame illustrates this perfectly in an eye-catching and stylish way. Diamonds in the Rough 2002-04-24T21:00:00Z diamonds-in-the-rough Saturday, April 21 was a big night for the air conditioning industry. During the Mitsubishi Electric conference held at the prestigious Peppers leisure and golf resort in the Blue Mountains, the annual Air Conditioning Dealer of the Year Awards were presented. More than 100 Mitsubishi Electric dealers attended the five star occasion and saw Brian Needham of Needham Air Conditioning in Fremantle collect the coveted Mitsubishi Electric Australian Specialist Air Conditioning Dealer of the Year Award. The presentation recognised air conditioning dealers from across the country with the 27 finalists representing all States. In total 47 awards were given in appreciation of the dealers dedication to providing and servicing Mitsubishi Electric air conditioning products. Rare Million Dollar Awards were also presented to two Mitsubishi Electric dealers whose sales had surpassed the million dollar mark during the 2001/2002 program. Mr Tom Korhonen of AAA Air Conditioning in Canberra collected his first Million Dollar Award whilst Needham Air Conditioning scooped its third consecutive million plus award. Brian Needham of Needham Air Conditioning - WA State, Million Dollar and Australian Specialist Air Conditioning Dealer of the Year winners commented: We were absolutely ecstatic to win the Specialist Air Conditioning Dealer of the Year award from Mitsubishi Electric. We had a poor summer but the guys at Needham Air Conditioning really worked hard to bring home the top award for a second year in a row. It was a surprise but a very nice one. In addition Keith Allen a Director of Mitsubishi Electric Australia and General Manager of the Living Environment Group, also announced the seven winners of the Inaugural Pinnacle Awards for outstanding performance by a dealership. Winners received trophies and a weeks holiday for two at an exotic location. Allen comments: The awards and the whole conference is about recognising the extraordinary efforts that the Mitsubishi Electric dealers put into providing customers across the country with the very best in air conditioning solutions. All of our dealers do an extraordinary job and I am pleased to see that this year we have had some new contenders among the established faces in our finalists list. Allen continues: Later this year our specialist air conditioning dealer incentive trip to Thailand will take place where we hope to further cement the exceptional relationships developed between our dealers and Mitsubishi Electric. -Ends- Notes to Editors: Attending dealers from across the country were accredited Mitsubishi Electric Air Conditioning specialists A complete list of winners is attached All awards were presented by Mr Keith Allen a Director of Mitsubishi Electric Australia and General Manager of the Living Environment Group of Mitsubishi Electric The Dealers Conference was held over two days and gave the opportunity for dealers to network, attend seminars and the awards ceremony Mitsubishi Electric Supports the Local Community 2002-04-22T21:00:00Z mitsubishi-electric-supports-the-local-community Mitsubishi Electric Australia Executive Director, Mr S Naito presented local pioneering medical research foundation, The Westmead Millennium Institute with a donation of $5,000 at the Institutes research laboratories last week. Mitsubishi Electric, with a head office based in Rydalmere, is a close neighbour of The Westmead Millennium Institute and is proud to be able to help support the vital work carried out by the 150 researchers striving to cure disease, prevent illnesses and find more effective medical treatments. The $5,000 donation will help fund the vital work of the Leukaemia Research Group at the Institute. The Leukaemia Research Group has already made many new discoveries that may lead to improvements in Leukaemia treatment and will use the Mitsubishi Electric contribution towards their ultimate goal of a cure for leukaemia. Mr Naito explains his involvement, Mitsubishi Electric Australia's new slogan Changes for the Better expresses our Companys dedication to contribute to enhancing the quality of life and creating a better tomorrow for all. The work of the Westmead Millennium Institute fits this philosophy perfectly. As a responsible corporation we continue to find useful ways to lend a helping hand to our "neighbours" within the local community." In accepting the donation, Dr Linda Bendall, Leukaemia Research Group Leader, comments, We are extremely grateful to Mitsubishi Electric for this donation, which will allow us to purchase research materials vital for our on going work with leukemia. We are currently investigating new potential treatments for acute lymphoblastic leukemia (the most common childhood cancer) and ways to modulate the immune response to enhance the immune benefits from bone marrow transplantation. This partnership with The Westmead Millennium Institute is the latest example of the commitment of Mitsubishi Electric to the local and the wider community. Last week, Mr Naito also presented a Mitsubishi Electric donation of $2,000 to another close neighbour, The Burnside Family Learning Centre at Ermington. These funds will be used to help the Burnside Family Learning Centre continue to provide learning opportunities for children with learning difficulties from disadvantaged families in the local community. -Ends- Notes to Editors: Attached are images of the presentations at The Westmead Millennium Institute and The Burnside Family Learning Centre in Ermington The Mitsubishi Electric Australia Head Office is based in Rydalmere, five minutes away from both recipients of donations Mitsubishi Electric is dedicated to working with the local community to help work towards a better standard of living for all Mr S Naito has been Executive Director of Mitsubishi Electric Australia since 1999 The research of The Westmead Millennium Institute has the potential to touch the lives of all Australians children, young people, adults and older people The Burnside Family Learning Centre aims to ensure that children from vulnerable families have the support they need to complete their schooling, maintain good relationships with their families and ultimately successfully join the workforce. Mitsubishi Electric Announces Optical Transmission Technologies for Intercontinental Cable Systems 2002-02-06T22:00:00Z mitsubishi-electric-announces-optical-transmission-technologies-for-intercontinental-cable-systems Mitsubishi Electric announced new optical transmission technologies for use in next-generation submarine cable systems that are planned to connect Japan, the U.S., Asia and Europe. The technologies, which are also ideally suited for use in metropolitan trunk networks in Japan, are due to be commercialized between the second quarter of 2002 and the start of 2003. "We have made advances in three key technologies," said Takashi Mizuochi, head researcher at Mitsubishi Electric's Information Technology R&D Center, "the technology of transmitting massive light signals through a long-distance optical fiber, the technology of advanced optical device supporting systems and the integrated technology of optical networking. The recent advances are a major step in enabling deployment of low-cost high capacity data transmission cables." WDM Technology WDM technology merges 65 separate signals, each of 20 Gigabits/second, to transmit a total of 1.3 terabits/second. Experiments have succeeded in sending data over a distance of 8,400 km with a single optical fiber. This advance will allow high-capacity transoceanic data transmission for low costs. Optical Devices Three optical devices have been developed, a tunable dispersion compensator, an optical modulator/photo-diode system capable of operating at 40 Gbs/second, and a MEMS-based optical switch. OXC Prototype This new device complies with the global standard GMPLS (Generalized Multi-protocol Label Switching) protocol in delivering the protection functions to maintain highly reliable communications routes. The new advances will use the GMPLS protocol to make possible on-demand, all-optical paths and VPNs (Virtual Private Networks). As the volume of Internet traffic increases dramatically, the construction of seamless optical networks is continuing apace. Enabling a single fiber to transmit large amounts of information over long distances will allow communications backbones to be constructed for low costs, while also accelerating the arrival of an era in which every household is connected to high-speed networks. Optical devices are the key to smooth operation of these networks. An example is afforded by the type of device now urgently required to automatically compensate for the chromatic dispersion that occurs in optical fibers over long-distance transmissions. Other examples include optical modulators and receivers capable of handling 40 gigabits/second, and an optical switch incorporating MEMS (Micro Electro Mechanical System) technology. In order to cater to the widespread adoption of the IP (Internet Protocol), it is necessary to create a tailored, high-capacity, network infrastructure. It is in this respect that much is expected of OXC (optical cross connection) equipment. This node equipment sets up the communication paths to transmit signals in a wide range of data-formats. Communications companies aiming to create high-efficiency broadband networks are hoping that electronics companies will provide them with new options in this vital area. The release of these technologies will bring forward the construction of long-distance, high-capacity networks transmitting information at speeds in the terabits-per-second range. Mitsubishi Electric Unveils Three Advanced Optical Devices for 40 Gigabit / Second Transmission 2002-02-06T22:00:00Z mitsubishi-electric-unveils-three-advanced-optical-devices-for-40-gigabit-second-transmission Mitsubishi Electric has set a May 2002 product release for three new optical devices geared towards long-distance, high-capacity 40 gigabit / second optical transmission: a tunable dispersion equalizer, an optical modulator and an MEMS optical switch. The tunable dispersion equalizer uses an original grating process to significantly reduce manufacturing errors in grating pitches. Leading the world with regards to group delay time properties, this product boasts a newly developed divided thin film heater that makes possible precision control of grating temperature distribution. As such, the equalizer offers the very highest chromatic dispersion control for 40 gigabit/second optical transmission systems. The optical modulator uses an Fe-doped InP substrate as its base, the excellent insulating properties of which serve to cut parasitic capacitance. Furthermore, flip-chip bonding removes the need for wires connecting individual elements, allowing high-speed operations. For its part, the photodiode uses waveguide elements to bring parasitic capacitance down, and the flip-chip bonding on the preamp poles ties into high speed and high sensitivity. The newly developed MEMS optical switch makes use of the flexibility of polymer waveguides to mechanically switch transmission routes. This innovative concept, based on the suitability of polymer waveguides to mass production, allows switches to offer a loss-less performance not attainable with past technologies. Switching scales up to 32 x 32 can be handled with the new switch. These new devices are ideally suited not only to trunk optical network applications, but also to metro networks, in which significant growth is expected. LANs are among the other areas expected to incorporate the devices in the future. Raising existing maximum optical transmission speeds of 10 gigabits per second to 40 gigabits per second Up until now, transmission speeds on trunk optical networks have been limited by a number of factors, ranging from the maximum speeds of semiconductor integrated circuits and optical devices to the waveform distortion caused by fiber dispersion. Limits on the throughputs of network node routers have also been a source for concern, given the tremendous increase in the volume of data being handled by networks. It is in response to these needs that Mitsubishi Electric has developed a broad selection of sophisticated new optical devices. These serve to raise existing maximum optical transmission speeds of 10 gigabits per second to 40 gigabits per second, and allow optical signals to be transmitted without being converted into other signal types. Technical Summary Tunable Dispersion Equalizer - Original grating process reduces grating pitch errors. - Best group delay time properties in the world. - Innovative divided thin film heater allows precision in grating temperature distribution. Optical Modulator/Photodiode - Fe-doped InP substrate cuts parasitic capacitance. - Flip-chip bonding removes the need for element-connecting wires, improving speed. - Photodiode waveguide elements further cut parasitic capacitance. - Flip-chip bonding on preamp poles boosts speed and sensitivity. MEMS Optical Switch - Mass-producible polymer waveguides mechanically switch transmission routes for loss-less performance. - Switching scales of up to 32x32 can be handled. Mitsubishi Electric Succeeds in Transmitting a 1.3 Terabit/Second Optical Signal over 8,400km 2002-02-06T22:00:00Z mitsubishi-electric-succeeds-in-transmitting-a-1-3-terabit-second-optical-signal-over-8-400km Mitsubishi Electric Corporation has succeeded in developing a long-distance, high-capacity WDM optical transmission system. In tests, the new system transmitted, by means of a single fiber, 65 signals of 20 gigabits/second each, over a distance of 8,400 km. Total transmission speed was 1.3 terabits/second. Development costs relating to next-generation submarine and overland networks can expect to see drastic reductions as a result of this exciting new success. "1.3 Terabit / Second long distance transmission had been thought to be impossible until this point," said Takashi Mizuochi, head researcher at Mitsubishi Electrics Information Technology R&D Center. The outstanding experimental results obtained were a direct result of the following technological attributes: - A fiber effective area management methodology that ties into greatly improved signal-to-noise ratios - A new symmetrically collided transmission protocol that suppresses the waveform distortion induced by fiber nonlinear effects - A commercial optical transceiver capable of transmitting 20 gigabits per second and suitable for transoceanic applications - A wide-band, low-noise hybrid optical repeater that features a Raman/EDF (Erbium Doped Fiber) amplifier With the transmission speed of each signal rising to 20 gigabits/second, previous data volumes can now be obtained with half the number of waves. Equipment can therefore be more compact, and maintenance and communications costs reduced. Further details of the new technology are due to be announced at the Optical Fiber Communication Conference to be held on March 20, 2002 in Anaheim, California. Demand for trunk networks is increasing in line with the more general increase in the popularity of Internet services. High-capacity optical cables cater to the majority of international demand for data transmission, resulting in calls from industry players for the technology to send many signals via a small number of cables. WDM technologies, which combine a number of different wavelengths to considerably boost data transmission capacities, are the developers' response to this need. However, this technology requires more extensive setups and commensurately higher costs. Doubling the transmission speed of each wave to 20 gigabits/second will allow companies to reduce the amount of equipment involved in setup and thereby cut costs. Accomplishing this, however, requires improvements in signal-to-noise ratios and compensation for signal distortion induced by the non-linear properties of fibers. These issues have presented considerable difficulties in the past. Bidding to overcome these technical challenges, Mitsubishi Electric devised an optical fiber design scheme that maximizes signal-to-noise ratios and an optical transmission protocol to minimize distortion. These advances enabled the company to realize its outstanding experimental results, in which a signal was sent over a distance of 8,400km. Engineers had previously considered a feat of this nature impossible. In the future, Mitsubishi Electric plans to use inverse multiplexing techniques to pair wavelengths, and thereby double transmission speeds to 40 gigabits/second. With existing technologies, it is extremely difficult to directly send signals of this speed over transoceanic distances. However, the company plans to make such technical options a reality. Mitsubishi Electric Uses Flip-Chip Bonding to Achieve 40 Gigabit per Second Optical Modulator and Photodiode 2002-02-06T22:00:00Z mitsubishi-electric-uses-flip-chip-bonding-to-achieve-40-gigabit-per-second-optical-modulator-and-photodiode Mitsubishi Electric has introduced a 40 gigabit/second optical modulator and photodiode which uses flip-chip bonding to increase speeds of optical transmission systems. The new technology is ideally suited to 40 gigabit/second transceivers, used in overland optical trunk networks and rapidly expanding metropolitan networks. It is also expected to facilitate cost reductions in next-generation submarine cable networks. The key components of required optical systems are a modulator to convert electrical signals to optical signals, and a photodiode to reverse the process at the other end. Between them, these components determine the upper speed limit of the system in question, said Tatsuo Hatsuta, head researcher at Mitsubishi Electrics Information Technology R&D Center. Until now, this limit has been low due to the parasitic capacitance of optical semiconductor and electrical IC chips. Inductance between the wires inside the package also placed a low ceiling on performance. The new product has two characteristics that improve waveform characteristics: a novel optical semiconductor chip structure and superlative flip-chip bonding technology. Cost reductions, difficult to achieve with existing wire bonding techniques, can be realized thanks to homogenous high-frequency characteristics. With the steady progress of the information revolution, demand has been rising for ways to minimize communications costs while simultaneously coping with the rise in the volume of data being transmitted across networks. Accelerating beat rates per transmission route is an important way of bringing this about. The new modulator/photodiode is expected to accelerate the adoption of 40 gigabit per second optical transmission systems. Mitsubishi Electric was able to produce the new technology based on its overall strength in semiconductors. It was after understanding the problems of low parasitic capacitance of optical semiconductors and inductance between wires that Mitsubishi Electric technicians came up with the idea of adapting flip-chip bonding, a technique often used in IC bonding, for use with optical elements. Achieving this required the creation of sub-micron optical connections, which in turn necessitated the development of original element manufacturing and bonding technologies. Sample products are due to be delivered to potential customers in May 2002. Technical Summary -Waveform improvements due to high frequency flip-chip bonding: Modulator: Flip-chip bonded to the ceramic microwave circuit. Photodiode: Directly mounted on the preamp IC chip, a world first. -Reduction of parasitic capacitance: Modulator: Semi-insulated Fe-doped InP substrate section allows 20% reduction in parasitic capacitance Photodiode: Waveguide detector area reduces capacitance to less than 0.1pF. Mitsubishi Electric Doubles Chromatic Dispersion Compensation in Tunable Dispersion Compensator 2002-02-06T22:00:00Z mitsubishi-electric-doubles-chromatic-dispersion-compensation-in-tunable-dispersion-compensator Mitsubishi Electric Corporation has developed a tunable dispersion compensator with more than twice the chromatic dispersion compensation capability of previous models. This new advance will allow optical communication systems to offer transmission speeds of more than 40 gigabits/second, and is particularly well suited to overland optical systems. Chromatic dispersion, the speed of a given optical signal within an optical fiber is dependent on its wavelength. This phenomenon is a main cause of deterioration in signal quality, explained Kiichi Yoshiara, head researcher at Mitsubishi Electrics Advanced Technology R&D Center. While maintaining the low group delay ripple characteristics that allow favorable transmission properties to be attained at 40 gigabits per second, Mitsubishi Electric succeeded in obtaining a tunable chromatic dispersion range of 200ps/nm. This step forward has made it possible to compensate even for the chromatic dispersion encountered when using overland optical systems. Systems transmitting at 40 gigabits per second are now within reach, Yoshiara asserted, the new technology operates reliably within a temperature range of 5C to 65C. Commercialization is now very much in the cards thanks to this superlative performance. Much research in the field of optical communications systems currently focuses on ways of increasing the transmission speeds of single waves. However, chromatic dispersion-induced waveform distortion increases in proportion to the square of the transmission speed. As such, the higher transmission speeds become, the greater the need for compensatory technology. Moreover, environmental factors such as changes in temperature and tidal and wind effects also exacerbate chromatic dispersion problems. Compensation systems capable of generating and responding to automatic feedback about these and other relevant conditions are now essential. Hence Mitsubishi Electrics resolve to develop an all-in-one solution to these pressing technical issues. Last year saw the companys efforts rewarded by the development of a tunable dispersion compensator that incorporates chirped fiber grating*1 and a divided thin film heater. This success was announced at the Optical Fiber Communication Conference held in March 2001. The latest development represents a further advance over last years offering. *1 Chirping fiber grating: Fiber grating which periodically changes the refractive index of an optical fiber in the direction of transmission, and which gradually changes the period between changes. Technical Summary -Twice the chromatic dispersion compensatory capability of previous models. -Chromatic dispersion range of 200ps/nm. -Compatible with 40 gigabit/second transmission systems. -Operates at temperature range of 5C to 65C. -Incorporates chirped fiber grating and a divided thin film heater. Mitsubishi Electric Develops New Low-cost Bascule Optical Switch for ADSL 2002-02-06T22:00:00Z mitsubishi-electric-develops-new-low-cost-bascule-optical-switch-for-adsl Mitsubishi Electric has developed a high-speed, low-cost Bascule switch, for use in optical networks and ADSL. The new switch, which drops switching time from 10 milliseconds to .3 milliseconds, is expected to facilitate greater adoption of multi-port, optical cross connect OXC equipment in metropolitan networks. As high-speed, low-cost technologies such as ADSL and optical fiber networks have advanced in Japan, node centers have become clogged and the OXC switching devices responsible for signal routing are now operating at very close to maximum capacity. High-speed transmission relies on optical signals, so all-optical networks require the processing capabilities of OXC devices if they are to improve. The new switch makes use of an innovative Bascule structure, which utilizes the flexibility of polymer waveguides to mechanically switch optical transmission routes. The switch renders lenses and other previously required optical components unnecessary. "By using polymer waveguides produced from polyimide film, which is usually used in mass production of flexible printed circuit boards, we were able to achieve low cost and a high degree of precision at the processing stage," said Tatsuo Hatsuhata, head researcher at Mitsubishi Electrics Information Technology R&D Center. "This exceptional functionality allowed Mitsubishi Electric to create a 32x32 scale switch on a film no larger than 3cm x 3cm. A new mechanical technique allowed for the vast improvement of speed." The new switch also benefits from the direct physical contact elements make with the waveguide surface, and the resulting high levels (0.1dB/crosspoint) of permeability and from multi-port support expandability. Everyday communications are increasingly taking place through the media of the Internet rather than the telephone, and data volumes being transmitted are soaring. Household Internet connection speeds, previously a source of concern, have taken significant steps of late thanks to the increasing adoption of high-speed, low-cost technologies such as ADSL and optical fiber networks. It was this demand that motivated Mitsubishi Electric to develop optical switches capable of loss-less multi-port switching. This new advance will allow users to minimize setup costs, in turn allowing the technology to be broadly adopted in a short time. The company aims to commercialize a 32x32 Bascule optical switch within a year. Further details are due to be announced at the OFC to be held in March 2002. Technical Summary - Flexibility of polymer waveguides allows mechanical optical route switching. - Lenses and other complex optical components not required. - Polyimide film waveguides make possible highly accurate processing. - Loss-less connection results in outstanding permeability. - Multi-port support expandability. - Switching time of 0.3 milliseconds versus previous 10 milliseconds.