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January 8, 2008
Introduction of KENWOOD’s Booth at 2008 International CES
KENWOOD proposes further evolutionally-advanced "Seamless Entertainment"
under the theme of "Live Connected. Drive Connected"

through exhibition of advanced car electronics products such as head units, navigation systems
and "CarPortal" with enhanced interfacing with external devices.
KENWOOD Corporation (President and CEO – Kazuo Shiohata; head office – Hachioji, Tokyo) places its advanced car electronics products on exhibit at 2008 International CES to be held in Las Vegas between January 7 and 10, and proposes further evolutionally-advanced “Seamless Entertainment” under the theme of “Live Connected. Drive Connected.”
1. KENWOOD’s efforts and concept for presentation at 2008 International CES
  Ever since its foundation in 1946, KENWOOD has kept pursuing high-quality sound under the concept of reproduction of original sound.  In light of the recent diffusion of new media, KENWOOD is focusing on development of high-quality sound models suitable for the coming age of digital media and is simultaneously moving ahead on realization of “Seamless Entertainment” through integration of home/portable electronics and car electronics that it initially proposed at the IFA (Berlin International Consumer Electronics Show) in 2003.
    At the 2008 International CES, under the concept of “Live Connected. Drive Connected,” KENWOOD places on exhibit in-vehicle audio/visual products and navigation systems that are designed to make your in-car hours more comfortable and convenient, and would like you to experience the sensation of further evolutionally-advanced “Seamless Entertainment.”
2. KENWOOD’s main exhibits at WCES 2008
Head units featuring interfacing compatibility with iPod and USB
  KENWOOD has marketed car audio products with digital input terminals or analog input terminal in Japan and abroad, thereby sharing music contents with external devices including iPod, digital audio player and USB device.  This time, KENWOOD places on exhibit the 2008 model head units that will enable you to enjoy music contents recorded in iPod, just like those recorded in digital audio player and USB device, in the sound quality higher than ever by evolving the mode of sharing of music contents with iPod from analog connection to digital connection.  At the same time, KENWOOD lays weight on the head unit’s in-vehicle interior feature by placing on board a new illumination function producing luminescence in conjunction with operation and movement.
CarPortal: a CES Innovations 2008 Award-winning product
  CarPortal is a new system that can expand the entertainment features of line-fitted car AV products of low scalability by connecting with car navigation system, digital audio player including iPod and digital radio tuner.  At the 2008 International CES Innovations Design and Engineering Awards Program held prior to WCES 2008, CarPortal won CES Innovations 2008 Awards in the In-Vehicle Accessories category.
AV-Integrated car navigation system for overseas-use
  KENWOOD launched a new-concept car navigation system combining the core part of portable navigation device (PND) and the TV/DVD/CD receiver in the spring of 2006, and additionally launched its all-in-one version in the spring of 2007.  These new systems come with excellent AV features and connectivity with external devices, high-speed map display achieved through reduction of data, simultaneous activation of TV/DVD and navigation system, touch-panel control feature on a large screen, etc. that are not available in PND, and are continuing to sell robustly mainly in North America and Europe.  This time, KENWOOD places on exhibit the type with excellent AV features, unchanged connectivity with iPod, digital audio player and USB device, a 6.95-inch display, and built-in Bluetooth features for hands-free mobile phone use and music reproduction, and the standard type adopting a 6.1-inch display.
Industry’s first in-vehicle tuner for MPH™ in-band mobile DTV system of the U.S.
  In the United States where the existing analog TV broadcasting is scheduled to be terminated within 2009, home-use terrestrial digital TV broadcasting called ATSC-DTV is already in operation, while several mobile terrestrial digital TV broadcasting systems exist and are being tested.  Under these circumstances, KENWOOD has developed and places on reference exhibit the world’s first in-vehicle tuner for MPH™ in-band mobile DTV system which uses the same frequency band as that of the current analog TV broadcasting, is capable of receiving stably through a single antenna while a car is traveling in high speed exceeding 100 km/h and is scheduled to be offered free of charge.  (Please refer to reference data for further details.)

2008 model head unit with new illumination feature
and interfacing with iPod/USB devices

ES Innovations 2008 Award-winning
“CarPortal” KOS-V1000

AV integrated car navigation system with built-in
Bluetooth feature

In-vehicle tuner for MPH™ mobile DTV system
(on reference exhibit)
KENWOOD Group is "Reaching out to discover, inspire and enhance the enjoyment of life" as part of its bold, new vision for the future. As a leader in the field of "Mobile & Home Multimedia Systems", KENWOOD is comprised of three businesses  (Car Electronics, Communications Equipment and Home Electronics), 11 domestic and 25 overseas subsidiaries around the world.
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