Etón Rumored to Plan Solar Powered Radio

[Las Vegas, Nevada USA]

2007 International CES

I have spent the past three days, January 8-10, 2007, trolling the aisles of the Sands Expo and Convention Center and the Las Vegas Convention Center at the 2007 International CES looking for solar photovoltaic powered products.

I heard from an informed source that Etón Corporation plans to introduce a solar powered radio towards the end of the second quarter or early third quarter of 2007. Although my source did not know details about the specification, I would guess this solar powered radio will be part of the FR series of Self-Powered AM/FM/Shortwave Radios. No word if a dynamo crank is also included or the estimated MSRP (Manufacturers Suggested Retail Price).

Etón began as an exclusive North American licensee for Grundig shortwave radios in 1986. The core consumer electronics business of Grundig was acquired in 2004 by a joint venture between BEKO Elektronik A.S. (IST:BEKO) and Alba plc (LON:ABA).

In an annual CES ritual, CES attendees, exhibitors, and, yes, even press, were scamming for ways to attend or just watch as members of the TRADE and talent arrived for the first day of the 2007 AVN Adult Entertainment Expo (AEE). FAN Tickets are $75 at the door for a single day admission starting Thursday, January 11, 2007, through Saturday, January 13, 2007. I know nothing. I saw nothing. NOTHING.

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