Category Archives: Announcements

New products, technology and offcial announcements

Via opens up OpenBook

Via has launched the “openbook” initiative. The specs are sugggested and any manufacturer can tweak things up to fit the need.

The VIA OpenBook mini-note reference design introduces a host of new innovations, including the next generation of VIA Ultra Mobile Platform, based on the VIA C7®-M ULV processor and the new all-in-one VIA VX800 digital media IGP chipset. Together, this ultra compact, power efficient platform delivers richer computing and multimedia features, including a stunning 8.9” screen and greater video playback support, in a compact and stylish clamshell form factor that weighs just 1kg.

Via has opened up the design as well, giving access to the CAD files to registered users.

Specifications:

Processor: 1.6GHz VIA C7®-M ULV Processor
VIA corporate website full product details here.
FSB: 800MHz

Chipset
: VIA VX800 unified chipset
VIA corporate website full product details here.

Memory: DDR2 SO-DIMM up to 2GB
HDD: 80GB Hard-Disk or above

LCD Panel: 8.9″ WVGA 1024X600  LED screen
Graphics: VIA Chrome9 HC3 DX9 3D engine with shared system memory up to 256MB
Video Decoding: MPEG-2, MPEG-4, VC1 and DiVX video decoding acceleration

Audio: Realtek HD Audio codec, 2 speakers

Networking
: 10/100/1000 Mb/s Broadcom Giga NIC Ethernet Solution

Wireless: Broadcom   802.11b/g or GCT  802.16e
-2in1 (WiFI+ Blue Tooth) default module
-3in1 (AGPS+WiFI+ Blue Tooth) upgrade module
-WiMAX secondary wireless module option
-EV-DO /W-CDMA secondary wireless module option
-HSPDA secondary wireless module option

I/O: 4 in 1 embedded card reader
1 D-Sub Port
3 x USB (Ver. 2.0 Type A Port)
1 Mic-in audio jack
1 Headphone out

Webcam: 2.01 megapixel dual headed rotary CCD camera

Dimension: 240(W)x175(D)mm
Thickness: 36.2(H)mm ( at battery)
Weight: Under 1kg

Operating System Support: Microsoft® Windows® XP, Windows Vista® and all popular Linux distributions

Status Indicators Power on, battery and HDD LEDs

Battery: 4 Cells, 2600ma

Options: USB interface DVD Dual RW
Leather Cover

via open book [official site]

Next generation of OLPC

The first generation of the OLPC had a good deal of press but not the results. A lot of countries rejected the offers, but wait the next generation is going to be a great gadget for everyone not just kids.

The specs of the the device are not clearly published yet, but looks like it will be ready in 2010.

The system will employ the dual indoor-and-sunlight displays, which was pioneered by former OLPC CTO Mary Lou Jepsen. The design will provide a right and left page in vertical format, a hinged laptop in horizontal format, and a flat, two-screen continuous surface for use in tablet mode. “Younger children will be able to use simple keyboards to get going, and older children will be able to switch between keyboards customized for applications as well as for multiple languages,” the press release reads. The device will also reduce power consumption to 1 watt…

Oh the Give 1, Get 1 program will commence again this August or September.

Head over here for a Video of the presentation — First Look: OLPC XO Generation 2.0 [Laptop Mag]

Atom based Fujitsu U2010

Fujitsu’s first generation of UMPCs surfaced around the same time last year, and with all sorts of product naming (Lifebook U810, Lifebook FMV U8240, loox U, U1010) for various regions.

Today they announced their next generation of UMPC called the “U2010″ which we guess will get other names soon, which will be powered by Atom. There are not much details on the specifications, one thing that is obvious is that the design has not changed a whole lot except that they have added new row of keys (6 instead of the 5 in the first generation), built in GPS & a 3.5G WAN support and looks a bit thinner.

Fujitsu announces Intel Atom-based UMPC [via jkkmobile]

Asus Eee PC — Pricing and detailed specs

eee_pc_1.jpg

Asus has published the details of the Eee PC. If you have been thinking that $800 or above is too much for an UMPC take a look at this. Though initially this was supposed to be launched at $199, the price has gone up to $299 – $399 depending on the configuration. Personally even after the price hike this seems like a good deal. Note that these devices sports a SSD and comes loaded with Linux and weighs less than a kg (that’s ~2 lbs)

Specs:

Model Name Eee PC 8G Eee PC 4G Eee PC 4G Surf Eee PC 2G Surf
Display 7″ 7″ 7″ 7″
Intel CPU & Chipset V V V V
Operating System Linux
Windows XP compatible
Linux
Windows XP compatible
Linux
Windows XP compatible
Linux
Windows XP compatible
Ethernet Communication V V V V
WLAN V V V V
Memory 1G (DDR2) 512 MB (DDR2) 512 MB (DDR2) 256 MB (DDR2)
S.S.D. Storage (Solid-State Disk) 8G 4G 4G 2G
Camera V V - -
Audio Hi-Definition audio
Stereo speaker
Microphone
Hi-Definition audio
Stereo speaker
Microphone
Hi-Definition audio
Stereo speaker
Microphone
Hi-Definition audio
Stereo speaker
Microphone
Battery 4 Cells: 5200 mAh, 3.5hrs* 4 Cells: 5200 mAh, 3.5hrs* 4 Cells: 4400 mAh,2.8hrs* 4 Cells: 4400 mAh,2.8hrs*
Weight 0.92 kg 0.92 kg 0.92 kg 0.92 kg
* Specificatioin changes are subject to different models
* Actual battery life will depend on actual operations and other settings.
* Product contains software under GPL license agreement

Product Page [Asus]

RIP: Palm Foleo

Looks like the hyped up Folio from Palm is being put to rest. Though the Palm foleo was not an UMPC it has some similarities to the concept. Palm CEO Ed has posted in his blog

foleo_rip.jpg…To that end, and after careful deliberation, I have decided to cancel the Foleo mobile companion product in its current configuration and focus all of our energies on delivering our next generation platform and the first smartphones that will bring this platform to market. We will, of course, continue to develop products in partnership with Microsoft on the Windows Mobile platform, but from our internal platform development perspective, we will focus on only one…

A Message to Palm Customers, Partners and Developers [Palm Blog]