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JKKmobile.com: Mio Moov at CeBIT 2010

Posted by Charbax – March 10, 2010

New Mio Moov with capacitive multi-touch 3G ARM11 Tegra1 powered GPS navigation device, with a keyboard connected to the leather case, with an interface built on top of Windows CE.

Source: http://jkkmobile.blogspot.com/2010/03/mio-moov-at-cebit-2010.html

Chromium OS on a $199 Tablet powered by Freescale

Posted by Charbax – March 8, 2010

Freescale is showing their reference design for sub-$200 tablets. The target is that tablets can soon be sold below $200 to end consumers that are able to run any Linux-based OS, including Android or Chromium OS - based on the open-source code available at http://chromium.org

In this video, Freescale's product manager of Software Development demonstrates the status of their optimizations of running Chromium OS on their i.MX51 based devices, among other form factors is the recently announced $199 tablet form factor. It even supports hardware acceleration of HTML5 based video playback.

This means, full power Chromium OS could be made available in the next few months in Laptop and Tablet form factors to be sold well below $200 unlocked without contracts. The main question is how fast and how smooth will the Chromium Browser feel on ARM Powered devices? This is to be seen and tested very soon! Follow my video-blog for hands-on reports showing performance of Chromium OS running on all the ARM Powered devices very soon. Check also for Chrome browser running within Android, or for Chromium OS modified to add Android apps support, thus merging the two.

I also wonder, how much more does a $65 ARM Powered laptop cost if it uses an ARM Cortex A8 processor like the ones from Freescale instead of the ARM9 or ARM11 based ones from rockchip, VIA, Samsung and others. If the price increase is within $35, then welcome will be all the sub-$100 full power smooth ARM Powered Chromium OS laptops and tablets! Without actually knowing the real price difference between the ARM9, ARM11 and ARM Cortex based cheap laptops, my guess is that the availability of sub-$200 and sub-$100 Chromium/Android Laptops/Tablets is a possibility.

How soon will we see Google sell unlocked Chromium/Android on ARM powered laptop/tablet/e-reader convertibles with 50-hour battery life on Pixel Qi screens at http://google.com/laptop?

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Million-e 6″ e-reader with touch screen, 3G and WiFi

Posted by Charbax – March 7, 2010

Shenzhen Million-E Culture Industrial Co. Ltd. is showing a new e-reader based on e-ink with built-in 3G, WiFi and even with resistive touch screens.

ARM TrustZone Powered Mobile Payments

Posted by Charbax – March 6, 2010

ARM is presenting this hardware based secure payments and authentication system which all future mobile devices may be shipping with. The functionalities of those calculators that people use for their netbanking can thus be integrated in the future mobile phones, to let people do secure payments and authentication using a simple 4 number pin code on their mobile phone. The way they do it is that they guide the keyboard entries directly into a separate secure encrypted OS that functions separately from Android to do the secure authentication that then sends back the certificate (or how it's called) back to the web based application. This kind of system, I would guess, could also be integrated in laptops, or you could use your phone to authenticate yourself on any website very securely using any computer.

You can find more information about this at: http://www.arm.com/markets/mobile/trustzone-and-mobile-payments.php

Creative Zii Egg Android device

Posted by Charbax – March 6, 2010

Creative is working on these Creative Zii Egg products based on their ARM based processor. Creative is also working on an ARM Cortex A8 based processor for their next generation of these products.

Digital Aria 3D Android Interfaces

Posted by Charbax – March 6, 2010

3D home replacement, 3D features for Android applications, Digital Aria works on hardware optimizations for Android based devices.

$65 Android laptop

Posted by Charbax – March 5, 2010

Firstview Electronic HK Limited is showing the PC706V which may be one of the worlds cheapest laptops, it runs Android on a low cost and low power VIA 8505 ARM based 533Mhz processor, with 128MB RAM, 2GB Nand flash, 7" 800x480 screen, WiFi, SD card reader Nand flash, 7" 800x480 screen, WiFi, SD card reader 3G dongle support. It's supposed to run 4 hours on a 2100mah battery, it loads websites slower than a more expensive computer, but it can be made for only $65 in the Chinese factories when ordered by big resellers in large quantities.

Altina 4.8″ Android GPS with ethernet

Posted by Charbax – March 5, 2010

http://altina.com.tw is launching a 4.8" Android GPS MID with built-in 3G and even an ethernet connector.

Interview with PocketBook about 601, 302/602 and 603

Posted by Charbax – March 5, 2010

Interview with Oleg Naumenko, General Manager of PocketBook about the new PocketBook 601 (cheap Freescale based), about 302/602 (resistive touch) and 603 (wacom touch) e-readers.

You can buy these devices in Europe via my-ebook-reader.de (for end users) and silkit.de (for resellers).

Liquavista sunlight readable color e-reader displays

Posted by Charbax – March 5, 2010

Liquavista is demonstrating a new type of screen technology which could provide very low power black and white and color screens based on the LCD manufacturing process, though where the screen refresh rates can be automatically turned down below 1hz. Together with Pixel Qi http://armdevices.net/2010/01/08/charbax-tests-pixel-qi-at-ces-2010/ or as an alternative, this type of LCD screen technology will enable all Tablets and Laptops to also become full e-readers and could in theory have 50-100 hours battery runtime or longer.