USB SuperSpeed 3.0

12 04 2010

Have you been hearing more and more about USB SuperSpeed? Sima Products has put together a few useful links for you to learn more about this new USB standard.

1.) From the USB Implementer’s Forum:

http://www.usb.org/developers/ssusb

2.) What’s new from ComputerWorld:

http://www.computerworld.com/s/article/9162399/USB_3.0_The_new_speed_limit

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Bring Google Fiber to Pittsburgh!

19 03 2010

Google is looking for a city to test its new, ultrafast internet connection Google Fiber. Pittsburgh is vying to be the selected city, and as a Pittsburgh company, we want to encourage our fellow Pittsburghers to click the link below and vote for Google Fiber in Pittsburgh! (How many times can I say Pittsburgh?!? Keep reading. Just a few times more.)

Pittsburgh is full of knowledge thirsty students, pioneering, technology focused companies, and endless possibilities for the future. Google Fiber will help to entice students to stay, increase the viability of Pittsburgh, encourage companies to connect and innovate, and whatever else Pittsburgh can dream up. A 1 gigabit/second (100x faster than what Pittsburgh has now!) internet connection will not go to waste in Pittsburgh.

Go tell Google we want Google Fiber!

www.pittsburghgoesgoogle.com





HDMI Got an Upgrade!

17 02 2010

We were going to write our own blog about this, but HDMI.org does a great job explaining the enhancements that come with the new standard… so why reinvent the wheel?

Here are the major enhancements introduced in the HDMI 1.4 specification:

  • HDMI Ethernet Channel – Adds high-speed networking to an HDMI link, allowing users to take full advantage of their IP-enabled devices without a separate Ethernet cable.
  • Audio Return Channel – Allows an HDMI-connected TV with a built-in tuner to send audio data “upstream” to a surround audio system, eliminating the need for a separate audio cable.
  • 3D – Defines input/output protocols for major 3D video formats, paving the way for true 3D gaming and 3D home theater applications.
  • 4K Support – Enables video resolutions far beyond 1080p, supporting next-generation displays that will rival the Digital Cinema systems used in many commercial movie theatres.
  • Content Type – Real-time signaling of content types between display and source devices, enabling a TV to optimize picture settings based on content type.
  • Additional Color Spaces – Adds support for additional color models used in digital photography and computer graphics.
  • HDMI Micro Connector – A new, smaller connector for phones and other portable devices, supporting video resolutions up to 1080p.
  • Automotive Connection System – New cables and connectors for automotive video systems, designed to meet the unique demands of the motoring environment while delivering true HD quality.

You can check out their website for the full scoop at the link below:

http://www.hdmi.org/manufacturer/hdmi_1_4/index.aspx





Sima Products Partners with Digital Green

4 02 2010

Check out our latest press release about partnering with a great non-profit, Digital Green!

Sima Products & Digital Green Partner to Teach Sustainable Farming Techniques in India 

(OAKMONT, PA) February 3, 2010 – Sima Products, an Oakmont-based consumer electronics company announced a new partnership with Digital Green, a Microsoft Research spinoff, to teach better, sustainable agricultural practices to rural farmers in India. Sustainable farming techniques provide stability to villages that desperately need it by reducing input costs, saving dying crops, creating consistent harvests and supplying more food to villagers.

            Digital Green works to teach improved practices to rural farmers such as seed treatment, system of rice intensification, and vermicomposting. A major challenge to the project is reaching villages in remote locations that have little or no electricity and poor road connectivity. Digital Green’s CEO Rikin Gandhi turned to Sima Products for technical help. Sima provided lightweight, battery-operated projectors, which allowed Digital Green team members to reach many more farmers and villages. In 2009, nearly 2500 farmers participated in video screenings across 196 villages.

            “Sima is a global consumer electronics company interested in partnering with companies and non-profits from all over the world. Our partnership with Digital Green is just one example of Sima being a global citizen,” says Ilana Diamond, CEO of Sima Products. For more information about Sima Products, please visit http://www.simaproducts.com. For more information about Digital Green, please visit http://www.digitalgreen.org.





Metis featured in Pittsburgh Tribune Review

22 01 2010

Sima’s spinoff and office buddies, Metis Secure Solutions, are featured in the Pittsburgh Tribune Review. Read about their unique emergency alert systems here:

http://www.pittsburghlive.com/x/pittsburghtrib/business/s_663244.html





Sima Provides Testimonial for First Commonwealth Bank

15 01 2010

From left to right: Storm Orion (Director of Product Development), Ilana Diamond (CEO), Rob Feeney (CFO) & Justin Kuntz (Regional Sales Manager)

Sima recently provided the following testimonial for First Commonwealth Bank. It’ll appear, along with this picture of some of Sima’s staff,  on their website shortly.

Founded in 1973, Sima Products Corporation is celebrating 32 years as a leading innovator of consumer electronic accessories. Sima manufactures accessories in the categories of Photography, Video, Home Theater, Power, and Home Safety. Today, nearly one hundred Sima products are sold in more than 20 countries worldwide. 

Sima Products is dedicated to developing innovative solutions that enhance everyday life, creating partnerships in the Pittsburgh area, and working with brands such as First Alert® to bring a variety of products to the marketplace.

When we had the opportunity for a $1 million plus order, we needed extra support and a fast decision to allow us to meet our customer’s requirements. First Commonwealth jumped right in and got us the support we needed – fast.  The ability to initiate international wires and stand-by letters of credit is extremely vital to our consumer electronic accessory company.  First Commonwealth has enabled us to conduct business with suppliers and customers on a global basis.  

Our relationship managers and staff at First Commonwealth are always either a phone call or email away.  They are quick to respond to our needs and often “over-deliver” by offering additional comments and suggestions.  Our large retail customer’s orders are seasonal and revenue from other customers can also vary quite a bit due to timing of contracts.  First Commonwealth has taken the time to understand this aspect of out business and work with us through the normal peaks and valleys.





Newstips Bulletin Calls SL-20LX an excellent holiday gift

30 11 2009

Check out the review from Newstips Bulletin:

Special Report Bonus Review 5: Sima SL20LX LED Video Light

Our regulars know how fond we are of LED-based camera & camcorder lights & the surprisingly inexpensive ($30-47 online) Sima SL20LX Ultra Bright LED Video light is killer cool. The face (a smidge more than 2.25” square; it’s about an inch thick) places a 6×6 array of 4500K white LEDs behind a diffuser. The mechanics are intriguing; it has an integrated shoe mount but also comes with a bracket that offers a pass-through tripod screw mount (repositionable along a slot) on one end & a shoe mount on the other) but that isn’t all; the other 3 sides of the light have slots that can accept shoe mounts. Note that even small point & shoot cameras & pocket camcorders that don’t have shoe mounts do tend to accept tripod screws, so this light can even work with them. These mechanics also make it super-easy to mount arrayed clusters of these lights or to place a shoe-mounted mike where its shadow won’t get into the shot. Power comes from a LiIon battery; the included charger wants about 3.5 hours to recharge from scratch (its Led shifts from red to green when it’s finished) & a fresh charge seems to be good for 45 minutes (maybe up to an hour) of shooting. Sima suggests it for lighting subjects 15-25’ away; we find it can be useful at twice that distance (depending on the quality of the camera, no doubt); in any case, its rated light output is 600 lumens. Is this a holiday gift wrap candidate? Absolutely; constant light gives much more predictable & satisfactory results than a still-camera flash or a camcorder’s dependency on ambient light & most suitable LED video lights cost 10 or more times as much. Bottom line: the Sima SL20LX Ultra Bright LED Video light is an accessory that just about every camera or camcorder owner will find to be a useful, flexible & affordable boon to making good shots come out even better.