CDM on iPhone

I agree with the comments in this article on CDM.

I’ll try and stop talking about it now.

NanoBook-Based Ultra Portable Laptop

On a similar note to the last post, here’s another sub-notebook on Brighthand:

“Last week, Via Technologies announced the NanoBook reference design for a small and light laptop computer based on one of its low-power processors. Via won’t make this device itself. Instead it is offering the design to other companies to produce. The first to sign up was Packard Bell, who will doubtless release its version in Europe.

More About the Via NanoBook Reference Design

The design Via has come up with is for a laptop that it believes is small enough to compare to a handheld computer. Devices based on it will have a clamshell shape, and be 9 inches wide, 6.7 inches deep, and 1.14 inches thick when closed. (230 mm by 171 mm by 29.4 mm). They will weigh about 1.9 pounds (850 g).

NanoBook models, naturally, will be built around a low voltage 1.2 GHz Via C7-M processor, and be capable of running either Windows XP or Windows Vista Basic. The design includes a 7-inch, 800-by-400-pixel (WVGA) touchscreen, a full-size keyboard, a touchpad, Wi-Fi, and Bluetooth. In addition, it includes a place for MobilityPLUS Modules. These allow the addition of Bluetooth VoIP phone, GPS, DVB, 3G/CDMA or Clock functionality.

Via has also included an Ethernet port, two USB 2.0 ports, and a 4-in-1 card reader.
A 30 GB or 60 GB hard drive is part of the design.

Via doesn’t say what it believes laptops based on the NanoBook design will cost, but it does say it is “targeted at aggressive consumer price points”.

The company also says that these devices should offer up to 4.5 hours of battery life.”

An interesting development, maybe the long predicted demise of the PDA is really at hand?

Asus Ecc PC

I found this story on Brighthand

According to Brighthand:

It will be 8.9 inches wide, 6.5 inches deep, and 1.4 inches thick (22.5 cm by 165 cm by 35 mm). It will weigh just under 2 pounds (890 g).

Details are somewhat unclear in this area, but it appears that the Eee PC will ship with a proprietary operating system with a basic set of functions, including web browsing, exchanging email, and even video chatting with a built-in VGA camera.

Users will apparently have the option of loading full versions of Windows or Linux operating systems, but these won’t be bundled with this device. Asus hasn’t revealed what processor this model will use, but as Intel was part of the announcement it’s likely it will be one of this company’s low-power chips. The Eee PC will have the typical clamshell design for a laptop computer, with a 7-inch display, a full QWERTY keyboard, and a trackpad.

For a low-cost device, it will ship with an impressive collection of connectivity options: 56K modem, Ethernet, 802.11b/g, and Bluetooth. There has even been some mention of cellular-wireless connectivity.

To make it more resistant to breakage, the Eee PC won’t have a traditional spinning hard drive. Instead, it will include either a 4 GB or 16 GB solid-state Flash drive.

– Its battery life is expected to be about 3 hours on a single charge.
– Asus plans to start shipping units in August, with the goal of selling 200,000 units in 2007.
– These will sell for $200 and $300; the higher amount will be for the version with a larger capacity Flash drive.

To give you an idea of size, here’s an image from the Asus site.

This could be an interesting development alongside UMPCs if it is possible to load an OS that can run music applications. I guess we’ll have to wait and see, but for $200 – $300 can you go too far wrong?

Tao Group

Still very sad about the news on Tim Cole’s blog. Such a great shame for everyone involved.

You have to wonder what if anything will happen to miniMIXA? I expect that V3 will not see the light of day, which is again a great shame.

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