PC and Components: Wyse, HDV

PC and Components: Wyse, HDV

Ferguson replaces Wilcox at Wyse

Thin client vendor, Wyse Technology, has appointed Rick Ferguson as regional director of Oceania. He replaces Paul Wilcox, who left in August to con­centrate on his own projects. Ferguson brings more than 20 years of experience to the role, which includes six years as a general manager of Cisco’s commercial line of business in Australia and New Zealand and a stint as the sales director of CRM and contact centre practice with Unisys Asia-Pacific. He has held a variety of senior roles in South Africa and Asia-Pacific. “Rick joins at a time of great opportunity to engage new sectors beyond our existing customer profile with the benefits of our server-based computing software and Winterm devices,” Wyse vice-president of international sales, David Yewell, said.

Consumer HDV video format due soon

Canon, Sharp, Sony and JVC are planning to publish detailed specifications for a consumer high-definition digital video format this month. Based on the DV and MiniDV formats used in many consumer camcorders and digital video equipment, high-definition video (HDV) also has numerous features common to both, such as the same cassette tape, tape speed and track pitch. That means it can use some of the same mechanical components already in production today for DV and MiniDV devices. Video is recorded in MPEG2 and the system supports both 720 horizontal line progressive scan, with 1280 vertical pixels, or 1080-horizontal line interlaced scan video, with 1440 vertical pixels, both at widescreen 16:9 aspect ratio. Video data rates after compression are around 19Mbps for 720p video and 25Mbps for 1080i video, the companies said.

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