Sales of business inkjets showed 16.3 percent growth in the third quarter of 2015, with 2.2 million units shipped.
But while inkjets were a stand out for hardcopy peripherals, the whole sector showed a decline of 6.3 percent, with shipments falling to 25.8 million units, according to data released by IDC.
In the sector,high end colour laser devices churning out 45 pages per minute (PPM) showed 15.3 percent growth in the quarter, compared to the same quarter in 2014.
While most of the top five vendors showed declines in the quarter, Kyocera showed 6.1 percent year on year growth.
The top dog in the hardcopy peripherals market remains HP, with a 38.7 percent market share in the quarter. In second place is Canon (20.5%), then Epson (15.8%), Brother (7.3%) and Samsung (4%). Samsung showed the steepest decline in the quarter, a 21 percent drop.
Kyocera said it has introduced a waterproof 4G LTE Android phone – the Hydro Wave.
It’s not clear if and when it will be available in Europe, but Kyocera said the $150 phone is also drop proof and “impact resistant”.
The phone will cost $150 in America, and be initially sold through T-Mobile shops from today.
The device as a five inch screen and Kyocera claims that water damage and dropped phones are top of the list of causes of smartphone disasters.
The company claimed the Wave will survive showers or even total immersion for up to 30 minutes a metre of water – better still, you can use the phone while it’s still wet.
The shock proofing comforms to the US military 810G certification and it’s also got a dustproof rating too.
The phone also has a five megapixel camera that can capture 720p HD video, and stereo Bluetooth.
It uses a Qualcomm Snapdragon chip.
Japanese firm Kyocera said that it has finished construction of two floating solar power plants in Japan.
The floating rafts, built at Nishira Pond and Higashihira Pond in the Hyogo preferecture will generate 3,300 megawatt hours (MWh) a year. The first wil generate 1.7MW, and the second 1.2MW.
The rafts use a total of 11,256 modules and started operation at the end of March. The electricity the rafts generate will be sold to the local utility.
Kyocera said solar rafts generate more electricity than ground mounted or rooftop systems because the water cools them. They also reduce evaporation from the reervoirs and limit the growth of algae.
The platforms are completely recyclable and use high density polyethelene, as well as being designed to resist natural forces such as typhoons.
A case started in the Central District Court of Western California, alleging that Kyocera, Funai and Dell have infringed a patent owned by a company called Man Machine Interface Technologies (MMIT).
MMIT claims that the US patent, 6,069,614, and called Man Machine Interface via Display Peripheral is being breached by these three companies. The Patent Office, the filing says, re-examined the patent and a re-examination certification was issued on 7 October 2008.
The case centres around remote control devices – Funai, it’s said has sold infringing devices with televisions and sold such packages under the trademarks Philips and Magnavox.
Dell, it’s alleged has done a similar thing when it’s sold televisions with devices that infringe the patent.
Kyocera, however, has sold cell phones that allegedly breach the patent under both its own name and the Sanyo brand.
MMIT is seeking triple damages, payment of its legal fees, and other costs.
Kyocera will today begin full production at its Yasu solar cell manufacturing plant based in Shiga Prefecture, Japan – the plant was completed this March and has finished its production line testing.
The plant will be producing Kyocera’s multicrystalline silicon solar cells. Kyocera boasts that solar cells made at the plant will have 16.9 percent energy conversion efficiency, which the company claims is one of the world’s highest for the cells. Japan is currently in the top list for solar production and has been expanding constantly with the introduction of government incentives for the residential market.
While solar is doing well, growth is set to slow down from 2011, but the industry is far from doomed.
Kyocera clearly sees that solar isn’t a fad, it’s actually a neccessary global initiative that the world is taking serious notice of, particularly in Germany, Italy and the USA. Britain is a fast growing market for solar too, with recent predictions suggesting that it is set to grow 1500 percent this year.
So there’s clearly money to be made, and it’s not exactly blood money either: Kyocera’s going to increase its annual production to put out 600 MegaWatts this financial year, which is a 50 percent increase on the previous fiscal year. It is also looking into decreasing the cost of solar energy with its efforts to improve cell conversion efficiency.
Fabless chip firm Mediatek said it has joined the Open Handset Alliance and so like 71 other companies said that Android rocks.
Who is in there with Mediatek? A lot of ig names including China Mobile, Acer, Alcatel, Asustek, NTT Docomo, Dell, Foxconn, HTC, Huawei, T-Mobile, Kyocera, Vodafone, ARM, Samsung, Broadcom, ZTE, Toshiba, Atheros. Oh, and Google of course.
Mediatek’s general manager of its wireless division said that his company was blissed out at joining in the advance of Android devices into the world.
Mediatek makes chipsets for different gadgets including smartphones.
It’s based in the Taiwanese Hsinchu science park. The Open Handset Alliance is here.
A company called Bandspeed Inc has sued a heap of companies – see headline – alleging they’ve all infringed on two patents that it owns.
Bandspeed said in its writ – filed in the ever-popular United States District Court for the Eastern District of Texas, Marshall Division – that the firms had breached two patents – 7,027,418 and 7,570, 614. They both have the same title – Approach for selecting communications channels based on performance.
Allegedly infringing products include the Acer Aspire One D250-1515 PC; the Belkin Mini Bluetooth Adaptor; the Casio H’zOne Rock mobile phone; the Dell Wireless Bluetooth Mini-Card; the Garmin Nuvi 265T GPS device; the GN Netcom Jabra Bluetooth Headset and USB Adaptor; the HP Bluetooth Pendant Headphone; the HTC Dash 3G mobile phone; the Huawei U7519 Tap mobile phone; the Lenovo Ideapad V460 PC and so on and on in the litany.
Bandspeed wants a jury trial. Bandspeed wants damages.