Panasonic can speed up Tesla plant investment if needed

JapanJapan Today — Panasonic Corp is ready to bring forward its investment in a Tesla battery plant it is helping establish if this is required to meet demand for the electric car maker’s upcoming Model 3 sedan. “We will do our best to move up the schedule if requested,” Yoshio Ito, head of Panasonic’s automotive and industrial systems (AIS) division, told reporters.

Kyoto University, Panasonic develop remote sensing technology for vital signs

JapanEnterprise Innovation — Kyoto University and Panasonic Corp. recently unveiled a remote sensing technology for vital signs such as heart rate, heartbeat interval and others.  The technology consists of high sensitive spread-spectrum radar and feature-based heartbeat interval estimation algorithm, and enables to measure heart rate and its intervals in real time without placing sensors on the body with as high accuracy as electrocardiographs.

Panasonic launches Eluga Turbo octa-core smartphone at Rs 10,999

IndiaTimes of India — NEW DELHI: Panasonic has expanded its smartphone product portfolio with the launch of Eluga Turbo. This new 4G smartphone from Panasonic is priced at Rs 10,999 and it will be exclusively available on Snapdeal via flash sale model in Blue colour option.

Panasonic aims $2 billion revenue from smartphone by 2018

IndiaTimes of India — KOLKATA: Panasonic is targeting almost $2 billion (Rs 13,200 crore) in revenue from smartphones by 2018 as it makes a comeback in the business globally, with India as the key sales driver. The Japanese electronics maker’s optimism stems from the initial success it tasted in the country and the recent decision to make India its base for expanding business in south Asia and India, Middle East and Africa, Panasonic India MD Manish Sharma said.

Advantech, Panasonic, Aurotek cooperate to boost Industry 4.0 in Taiwan

TaiwanDigi Times — Advantech, the largest Taiwan-based industrial computing device maker, Panasonic and Aurotek, a Taiwan sales agent for automation components produced by Advantech and Panasonic, have signed for cooperation to promote Industry 4.0 and smart factory solutions in Taiwan, according to Advantech.

Panasonic to stop making batteries in Beijing, cut 1,300 jobs

JapanTimes of India — TOKYO: Japanese electronics giant Panasonic on Thursday said it will stop making lithium-ion batteries at its factory in Beijing this month, cutting 1,300 jobs due to weak global demand for basic mobile phones and digital cameras.  Employees were informed in late July of the planned closure of the 15-year-old factory, a company spokeswoman said.  The plant produces batteries for simple mobile phones and digital cameras which have been overtaken by more sophisticated smartphones.

Panasonic eyes smartphones for revenue growth in India

JapanTimes of India — NEW DELHI: Japanese electronics corporation Panasonic’s India arm was looking to ramp up revenues via the handset business at a time when growth in different verticals of consumer durables have slowed down, a top company official said. The firm, which just did a business of Rs 700 crores last year from its handset business, is looking to close this year at Rs 2,000 crore.

Panasonic Working on Royalty Free Internet of Things Software

JapanPanasonic is opening up its software and patents on Internet of Things technologies along with contributing more to the AllSeen Alliance, a major group working on open source IoT devices and software. It has sided against making all patents open source, clearly protecting some of its more valuable ideas and software. Panasonic didn’t give a figure as to how many patents and software applications would be available for everyone to check.

Panasonic Launches ToughBook with Improved Design

JapanPanasonic has launched the new ToughBook CF-54 mk1, a new laptop for the semi-rugged market. Announcing the laptop at a Leipzig event yesterday, Panasonic claimed it was going all-in on the semi-rugged market. Panasonic focused on bringing the ToughBook to new markets like insurance, government, military and outdoor work. The new adjustments to the ToughBook make it more usable in the field,. It’s got a handle to carry the laptop around and the 50 percent size reduction makes it a less bulky bundle.

Panasonic Aims to Support Cambodia’s Economic Development Through Full Range of Capabilities Showcased at Solutions Expo

CambodiaPanasonic Solutions Expo opened today at the Sofitel Hotel; the first big scale, centralised showcase of the company’s full suite of technology, business-to-consumer (B2C) products and business-to-business (B2B) solutions for the Cambodia market. The Expo spans across six experiential booths – Corporate Branding, Residential, Energy Solutions, Hotel, Education and Store – to bring about ‘A Better Life, A Better World’ for consumers and business partners.

Panasonic Plans To Move Digital Camera Production To China

JapanJapanese electronics company Panasonic reportedly plans to move its digital camera manufacturing from Japan to China in spring of 2015. The company’s production lines in Fukushima, Japan, will stop operation. The Fukushima plant has an annual output of 1.5 million digital cameras, which is about half of the global sales of Panasonic.

Panasonic teases 4K Blu-ray player

Although only a prototype, the new player could soon solve the problem of finding and watching native content on ultra-high definition television sets. Panasonic claims that the new technology is a true breakthrough in that it represents the world’s first capable of supporting playback at 3,840 x 2,160 pixels and at 60 frames a second and as such is a major step towards simplifying how consumers watch 4K Ultra HD content in their homes.

Nokia Networks completes Panasonic wireless network business acquisition

Mobile broadband provider Nokia Networks said today that it has completed the acquisition of a part of the wireless network business of Panasonic System Networks (PSN) in Japan. According to a media statement, this acquisition includes the transfer of fixed assets, employees and relevant contracts from Panasonic to Nokia Networks. The agreement also covers Panasonic’s mobile phone wireless base station system business for mobile operators and related wireless equipment system business.

Panasonic acquires Singapore-based RFNet Technologies

SINGAPORE: Panasonic Asia Pacific announced on Monday (Jan 5) its acquisition of RFNet Technologies, a Singapore-based custom wireless, surveillance and networking solution company. Panasonic will own 51.9 per cent of the company once the acquisition is completed by the middle of January, although terms of the transaction were not disclosed, the company’s press release stated. The acquisition of RFNet will expand the commercial Wi-Fi network business in Asia for Panasonic.

Panasonic opens smart town targeting zero-emission houses

As utopias go, Panasonic’s new smart town works if you’re keen to be green and don’t mind a heavy corporate presence. On Thursday, the electronics maker inaugurated the Fujisawa Sustainable Smart Town (SST), a subdivision southwest of Tokyo focused on solar power and other environmentally friendly technologies.

Panasonic T9: Budget Android KitKat Smartphone Released in India; Price, Specification Details

Eyeing the budget smartphone market in India, Panasonic has launched a budget Android smartphone named T9. Available online for just ₹3,750, T9 is perhaps the cheapest phone offered by any multi-national phone brand in India. Measuring 179×63.7×10.1mm, T9 sports a 3.5-inch HVGA LCD display with 320×480 resolution and the device looks decent online. Powered by a 1.3 GHz dual-core processor and 512MB RAM, the phone also offers 4GB of storage on-board. Impressively, it also comes with Android KitKat 4.4 operating system.

Panasonic Launches Water, Dust, Shock Proof Tablet Toughpad FZ-B2 with Battery Changing Ability

The Panasonic Toughpad series is quite known for their rugged build quality and whopping price. Usually made for extreme natural conditions, Toughpad series already has a number of notebook computers and tablet devices. Recently, Panasonic has added a new member to this family, Toughpad FZ-B2, a 7-inch Android based tablet described as the perfect companion for mobile workers with a long battery life, daylight clear display and with flexible configuration options.

Acer working with Panasonic on cloud computing battery management system

Acer reportedly is cooperating with Panasonic to develop a battery management system for its Build Your Own Cloud (BYOC) platform for Internet of Things (IoT) business opportunities, according to sources from the upstream supply chain. Acer declined to comment. Acer is looking to integrate its BYOC platform into Panasonic’s battery management system and offer the solution to electric vehicle vendors. Panasonic provides batteries to EV vendors including Tesla.

Panasonic eyes US$1.5bil Olympic win with Tokyo Games infrastructure, innovations

TOKYO: Robot porters and wearable translation devices are just some of the innovations Panasonic Corp would like to launch for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, an event it hopes will earn it at least US$1.5bil (RM4.81bil).  As one of the top sponsors of the Games since 1988, Panasonic has mainly supplied TV screens to host venues.  But with the event coming home, Panasonic sees the Olympics-related technology and infrastructure contracts up for grabs as an opportunity to expand its other businesses as it seeks to reduce its reliance on the highly competitive consumer electronics segment.

Panasonic Contributes to Singapore’s Self-Sufficiency Level of Vegetables with First Indoor Vegetable Farm

Panasonic Factory Solutions Asia Pacific (Panasonic) announced today its pilot commercial supply of locally-harvested vegetables to Japanese restaurant, Ootoya. The premium Japanese crop varieties, mini red radish; red leafy lettuce; and mizuna (potherb mustard) are cultivated in the country’s first licensed indoor vegetable farm with controlled and optimised conditions. In land scarce Singapore where only 8% of vegetables consumed are grown in local farms*, Panasonic aims to contribute to the Agri-Food and Veterinary Authority’s (AVA) vision of raising self-sufficiency level for leafy vegetables through its technology and harvest.

Panasonic to Invest Over $200 million for Tesla’s Battery Plant in US

Panasonic Corp will initially invest around 20-30 billion Yen ($200-300 million) in Tesla Motors for producing lithium-ion battery used in electric vehicles.Tesla Motors is a US based electric car manufacturer and Japan’s Panasonic has been supplying batteries for the electric car maker for years.

Panasonic to launch Eluga phones on July 30

Panasonic has sent out invites to media for an event on July 30, hinting that it will launch Eluga range of smartphones in India. So far, the company has offered its P and T range of Android smartphones, but the Eluga brand name has been associated with its flagship offerings. Last month Panasonic had teased the impeding launch of the Eluga range of smartphones. Interestingly, Panasonic has stopped making Eluga smartphones in its home country Japan so the India launch is sort of a revival for the brand.

Fujitsu, Panasonic Secure Funding for Chip Merger

More than a year after announcing plans to combine their struggling system chip operations, Fujitsu and Panasonicare finally launching their new merged company with the help of Japanese government money. The firms said Wednesday the state-owned Development Bank of Japan has agreed to invest up to Y20 billion ($195 million) in the new company, combined with a Y10 billion loan. Fujitsu and the DBJ will hold 40% of the voting rights in the merged entity while Panasonic will hold 20%.