September results

When a state undergoes significant changes, its citizens who were absent at that time are said upon their return to have returned to another country. Those who left the Russian Federation in early September, having got back, could easily notice that dairy products, and some others along with them, miraculously rose in price by 30-50%. It is believed that the reason for such unexpected changes was the growing popularity of milk and its derivatives in the world's largest country, China. A similar story happened to the Germans a couple of months ago. It was explained to the outraged public that the Chinese were imbued with a love for cheeses and similar products. The colossal market absorbed a significant part of them. It would be nice if China switched to self-sufficiency, which is likely to happen, but it will take a year or two. So, it is possible that prices will rise even more. What is the culture of consumption of milk or cheese in India, I do not know. I just hope that they are not a novelty for local residents, or that they will not show increased interest in them in the next few years.

This is an example of how some things change almost overnight. Technologies and individual events of this September do not promise such a quick revolution, but in two or three years (in some cases a little earlier), thanks to them, we have a chance to get portable electronics that are very different from modern ones.

Events and technologies

The mobile terminal has two components whose power consumption engineers never get tired of lowering - the screen and the processor. Driven by a desire to extend the hours of computers without recharging, the inventors created electronic paper (e-paper). The cost of food is minimal, since the backlight is not needed, the image is stored for days. But, as often happens with fasters, it is boring. Black-and-white screens are not in mass demand, and the available color specimens do not seem to be too impressive. To obtain them, the paper is covered with a filter consisting of an array of pixels (say, CMYK). Accordingly, when a section of the screen is colored white, the output is blue, bright red or yellow, in other cases it is black. The presence of a filter reduces the resolution of the matrix, since where 3-4 black and white dots were previously placed, one color remains. Instead of 300 dpi, we have approximately 80.

Canadian scientists have managed to get around this obstacle. Not to say that they have more pixels per linear inch, but they are packed denser: no light filter - no gaps. For the same reason, the colors of the previous samples were not deep enough. The novelty, called P-Ink, has a point ready to take on any color, the interval between pixels is minimal. The secret is in the use of synthetic opal, silicon dioxide microgranules 200 nm in diameter, immersed in a polymer (the mixture is called a photonic crystal). It rests in a cell between two electrodes filled with an electrolyte. When a voltage is applied, the solution penetrates into the polymer and it swells like a sponge. The distance between the layers of the crystal increases, which leads to a change in its reflectivity. The material "freezes", it does not need electricity to maintain its shape.

The size of a P-Ink pixel is 0.3 mm, almost like that of an ordinary LCD monitor, it is too big for a mobile terminal. The response time is slightly less than a second, which makes the technology suitable so far only for e-books. But it is known that a scientist has discovered, it is almost always possible for an engineer to improve, so it is premature to be disappointed, as well as rejoice. The commercial launch is scheduled for 2009-2010, the first in line for new displays are billboards and, probably, e-books. It is possible that there are also fingerprint sensors, since devices based on P-Ink allow you to get distinct fingerprints.

A closer perspective is the introduction of SnapDragon chips from Qualcomm into communicators, moreover, into products from a very specific manufacturer - High Tech Computer. According to PC World, HTC experts are testing SnapDragon. Oddly enough, there is not much information about him. Qualcomm Corporation, unlike Texas Instruments (TI), does not go into too much detail about the organization of its processors. Nevertheless, it is reported that the hardware complex consists of a Scorpion central processing unit (CPU) and a DSP (Digital Signal Processor) with clock frequencies of 1 GHz and 600 MHz, respectively. It seems that the DSP must support the CPU in some applications. At least Qualcomm practices this, although I have no idea what role this computing unit plays. However, it is not DSP that should surprise here, but Scorpion, since it is based on the Cortex A8 core - the crowning achievement of ARM (former: Cortex A9 family processors were introduced on October 3rd). As Intel and AMD strive to create a chip that combines the CPU and graphics card, so ARM is increasing the DSP performance of its processors. Most likely, let them not talk about it yet, sooner or later everything will result in a core that combines the functions of a CPU, a modem and a media accelerator. According to experts, Cortex A8 has serious advantages as a DSP compared to ARM11 processors, approaching good digital signal processors in performance. And, as always, reduced power consumption compared to previous versions is promised.

Directly, SnapDragon consumes from 250 to 500 mW. For 1 GHz, this is simply fantastic. True, wouldn't 1 GHz Cortex A8 be equivalent to 300-400 MHz ARM11? I remember that 2 years ago, Intel representatives, speaking about the new Intel PXA3xx, noted that their clock frequency is higher, and power consumption and performance are lower than those of PXA27x operating at the same frequency. On the basis of the "dragon" it will be possible to build a colossus that will have a screen of 1024x768 pixels, a 12-megapixel camera, encode and decode video in the format of 800x480 pixels (due to the accelerator) and function in almost all digital radio networks. Computers based on OMAP 3430 will be just as spectacular, except that the video is recorded at a resolution of 720x480 pixels. Here, the built-in projector from TI will come in handy, it seems that it is already capable.

Qualcomm CEO Paul Jacobs even compared the SnapDragon to Intel's ultra-mobile processors, as these chips can be used to build equivalent devices. But SnapDragon machines will be many times more economical, since the Intel A110 (800 MHz) dissipates 3W versus SnapDragon's 250-500mW. It is hard to argue with the fact that the latest-generation chips from Qualcomm and TI will approach the simplest laptops in terms of capabilities. Moreover, one should not lose sight of the fact that the functionality of their operating systems is significantly different, Windows XP does not work there yet. In addition, Intel promises that the chips that will replace the Intel A100 and A110 will consume several times less.

In addition to the problem of energy consumption by portable equipment, the issue of accurately determining the size of its reserves is acute. How often have you been able to calculate the remaining time of your smartphone using the indication of an indicator or a utility? In particular, Nokia handsets on the S60 platform signal a 100% charge for a very long time. A fall of one bar out of 7 often means that the battery has exhausted about a third of its resource. To avoid such incidents, Texas Instruments has expanded its portfolio of measuring chips with another one - bq27500. Previously, such devices were produced only for assessing the charge of laptop batteries; The bq27500 is the telephone counterpart of those sensors. The remaining battery life is calculated from the battery voltage and internal resistance. In modern mobile electronics, as a rule, only battery voltage is taken into account, which leads to erroneous readings. Embedding new items in future units should not noticeably affect their cost, since the part itself will cost the manufacturer only $ 1.35.

News

Hewlett-Packard and Samsung performed strongly in September. From HP, users waited for fresh communicators and PDAs. Samsung did not have official announcements of smartphones, but there is a list of parameters and photos of a couple of models on the Web.

The youngest in HP's new branch is the HP iPAQ 100 Classic Handheld.

  • Processor - Marvell PXA310, 624MHz
  • Operating system - Windows Mobile 6 Classic
  • Wireless interfaces: IEEE 802.11 b/g, Bluetooth 2.0
  • Dimensions: 116.7x68.9x13.6 mm, weight - 115 g
  • Display - QVGA 3.5"
  • Memory: RAM - 64MB, ROM - 256MB, Slot - SD
  • Battery - 1200 mAh

The impressive HP iPAQ 200 Enterprise Handheld stands out for its large size and weight (126x76x16 mm, 192 g), 4-inch VGA resolution screen, Compact Flash slot and 2200 mAh battery.

Next on the list is the HP iPAQ 300 Travel Companion in-car navigator. I won’t talk about the subject without being in a good mood for him, since in Ghana, 409196 ads, find information easy.

The collection of communicators has been replenished with two internally identical handsets - HP iPAQ 610 Business Navigator and iPAQ 900 Business Messenger - differs from the 600th by a QWERTY keyboard, a 1840 mAh battery and a 2.48-inch screen. Below are the details of the iPAQ 610.

  • Processor - Marvell PXA270, 520 MHz
  • Operating system - Windows Mobile 6 Professional
  • Wireless interfaces: GSM/GPRS/EDGE and WCDMA/HSDPA, in my opinion, all available bands, IEEE 802.11 b/g, Bluetooth 2.0
  • Dimensions: 117x60.3x17.5 mm, weight - 145 g
  • Camera - 3 MP, autofocus
  • Display - 2.8" QVGA
  • Memory: RAM - 128MB, ROM - 256MB, slot - SD
  • GPS receiver, A-GPS support
  • Battery - 1590 mAh

Customers can apparently expect two models from Samsung. The first one, SGH-i640 (Windows Mobile 6 Standard), is functionally enhanced with Wi-Fi and GPS SGH-i620. While there is no complete clarity as to whether it will be available to anyone other than Vodafone subscribers. I did not find any clear pictures, only a video recording.

Another smartphone, the SGH-i780 running Windows Mobile 6 Professional, was also filmed with a camcorder, but other images were later revealed. An unusual feature of the communicator is a trackball that complements the navigation button and allows you to control your smartphone like a PC with a mouse. As for other things, the i780 is very similar to the i640: Wi-Fi, GPS, 2MP camera.

Operators

In September, the formation of tariff plans for the Moscow region was completed, Beeline was the last to submit its proposal, provoking MTS to modernize its own TP. The operator left a 50% discount on calls on weekends and reduced the cost of a call on weekdays to 2 rubles. Beeline, on the other hand, made every even minute free, creating the most universal tariff for communication in the suburbs.

Other news from providers concerned the modernization of existing tariffs. So, MegaFon subscribers began to sell packages not only for GPRS, but also for minutes of conversation and SMS. Hearing about this, I immediately got excited about buying a couple of hundred minutes (the largest package) for talking with my neighbors on the network, but changed my mind when I realized that it would cost 250 rubles. In O'Light, to whom I am still faithful, a minute of communication with a subscriber of any mobile operator costs 1.20 rubles. True, the first one is 1.70 rubles, but this only plays a role with a large number of short calls. SMS is no better. Mobile subscribers will benefit more by activating the Call for a Ruble service, which is probably what they are doing. Of course, there is a category of users that this initiative will attract, but how many of them? Possibility to get for 350 r. unlimited PTT (Push-to-Talk) access is tempting, but it also has its downsides.

MTS has introduced RED zones for subscribers, where they receive a 50% discount on calls to other MTS Moscow users. Treasured places are located on the territories of the following institutions: GUU, MADI, MAI, MSTU, MIREA, MPGU, MIPT, MESI, RSUH, RUDN University, REA. Connection fee - 75 rubles.

And Beeline has deprived subscribers of the prepaid TP of the Moscow region of privileges when visiting adjacent areas, now everything is at intra-network roaming rates. For 30 rubles it will be possible to lighten the burden and, so to speak, stop time, but only until January 14th. And I think only the most attentive and inquisitive know about both.

September results

When a state undergoes significant changes, its citizens who were absent at that time are said upon their return to have returned to another country. Those who left the Russian Federation in early September, having got back, could easily notice that dairy products, and some others along with them, miraculously rose in price by 30-50%. It is believed that the reason for such unexpected changes was the growing popularity of milk and its derivatives in the world's largest country, China. A similar story happened to the Germans a couple of months ago. It was explained to the outraged public that the Chinese were imbued with a love for cheeses and similar products. The colossal market absorbed a significant part of them. It would be nice if China switched to self-sufficiency, which is likely to happen, but it will take a year or two. So, it is possible that prices will rise even more. What is the culture of consumption of milk or cheese in India, I do not know. I just hope that they are not a novelty for local residents, or that they will not show increased interest in them in the next few years.

This is an example of how some things change almost overnight. Technologies and individual events of this September do not promise such a quick revolution, but in two or three years (in some cases a little earlier), thanks to them, we have a chance to get portable electronics that are very different from modern ones.

Events and technologies

The mobile terminal has two components whose power consumption engineers never get tired of lowering - the screen and the processor. Driven by a desire to extend the hours of computers without recharging, the inventors created electronic paper (e-paper). The cost of food is minimal, since the backlight is not needed, the image is stored for days. But, as often happens with fasters, it is boring. Black-and-white screens are not in mass demand, and the available color specimens do not seem to be too impressive. To obtain them, the paper is covered with a filter consisting of an array of pixels (say, CMYK). Accordingly, when a section of the screen is colored white, the output is blue, bright red or yellow, in other cases it is black. The presence of a filter reduces the resolution of the matrix, since where 3-4 black and white dots were previously placed, one color remains. Instead of 300 dpi, we have approximately 80.

Canadian scientists have managed to get around this obstacle. Not to say that they have more pixels per linear inch, but they are packed denser: no light filter - no gaps. For the same reason, the colors of the previous samples were not deep enough. The novelty, called P-Ink, has a point ready to take on any color, the interval between pixels is minimal. The secret is in the use of synthetic opal, silicon dioxide microgranules 200 nm in diameter, immersed in a polymer (the mixture is called a photonic crystal). It rests in a cell between two electrodes filled with an electrolyte. When a voltage is applied, the solution penetrates into the polymer and it swells like a sponge. The distance between the layers of the crystal increases, which leads to a change in its reflectivity. The material "freezes", it does not need electricity to maintain its shape.

The size of a P-Ink pixel is 0.3 mm, almost like that of an ordinary LCD monitor, it is too big for a mobile terminal. The response time is slightly less than a second, which makes the technology suitable so far only for e-books. But it is known that a scientist has discovered, it is almost always possible for an engineer to improve, so it is premature to be disappointed, as well as rejoice. The commercial launch is scheduled for 2009-2010, the first in line for new displays are billboards and, probably, e-books. It is possible that there are also fingerprint sensors, since devices based on P-Ink allow you to get distinct fingerprints.

A closer perspective is the introduction of SnapDragon chips from Qualcomm into communicators, moreover, into products from a very specific manufacturer - High Tech Computer. According to PC World, HTC experts are testing SnapDragon. Oddly enough, there is not much information about him. Qualcomm Corporation, unlike Texas Instruments (TI), does not go into too much detail about the organization of its processors. Nevertheless, it is reported that the hardware complex consists of a Scorpion central processing unit (CPU) and a DSP (Digital Signal Processor) with clock frequencies of 1 GHz and 600 MHz, respectively. It seems that the DSP must support the CPU in some applications. At least Qualcomm practices this, although I have no idea what role this computing unit plays. However, it is not DSP that should surprise here, but Scorpion, since it is based on the Cortex A8 core - the crowning achievement of ARM (former: Cortex A9 family processors were introduced on October 3rd). As Intel and AMD strive to create a chip that combines the CPU and graphics card, so ARM is increasing the DSP performance of its processors. Most likely, let them not talk about it yet, sooner or later everything will result in a core that combines the functions of a CPU, a modem and a media accelerator. According to experts, Cortex A8 has serious advantages as a DSP compared to ARM11 processors, approaching good digital signal processors in performance. And, as always, reduced power consumption compared to previous versions is promised.

Directly, SnapDragon consumes from 250 to 500 mW. For 1 GHz, this is simply fantastic. True, wouldn't 1 GHz Cortex A8 be equivalent to 300-400 MHz ARM11? I remember that 2 years ago, Intel representatives, speaking about the new Intel PXA3xx, noted that their clock frequency is higher, and power consumption and performance are lower than those of PXA27x operating at the same frequency. On the basis of the "dragon" it will be possible to build a colossus that will have a screen of 1024x768 pixels, a 12-megapixel camera, encode and decode video in the format of 800x480 pixels (due to the accelerator) and function in almost all digital radio networks. Computers based on OMAP 3430 will be just as spectacular, except that the video is recorded at a resolution of 720x480 pixels. Here, the built-in projector from TI will come in handy, it seems that it is already capable.

Qualcomm CEO Paul Jacobs even compared the SnapDragon to Intel's ultra-mobile processors, as these chips can be used to build equivalent devices. But SnapDragon machines will be many times more economical, since the Intel A110 (800 MHz) dissipates 3W versus SnapDragon's 250-500mW. It is hard to argue with the fact that the latest-generation chips from Qualcomm and TI will approach the simplest laptops in terms of capabilities. Moreover, one should not lose sight of the fact that the functionality of their operating systems is significantly different, Windows XP does not work there yet. In addition, Intel promises that the chips that will replace the Intel A100 and A110 will consume several times less.

In addition to the problem of energy consumption by portable equipment, the issue of accurately determining the size of its reserves is acute. How often have you been able to calculate the remaining time of your smartphone using the indication of an indicator or a utility? In particular, Nokia handsets on the S60 platform signal a 100% charge for a very long time. A fall of one bar out of 7 often means that the battery has exhausted about a third of its resource. To avoid such incidents, Texas Instruments has expanded its portfolio of measuring chips with another one - bq27500. Previously, such devices were produced only for assessing the charge of laptop batteries; The bq27500 is the telephone counterpart of those sensors. The remaining battery life is calculated from the battery voltage and internal resistance. In modern mobile electronics, as a rule, only battery voltage is taken into account, which leads to erroneous readings. Embedding new items in future units should not noticeably affect their cost, since the part itself will cost the manufacturer only $ 1.35.

News

Hewlett-Packard and Samsung performed strongly in September. From HP, users waited for fresh communicators and PDAs. Samsung did not have official announcements of smartphones, but there is a list of parameters and photos of a couple of models on the Web.

The youngest in HP's new branch is the HP iPAQ 100 Classic Handheld.

  • Processor - Marvell PXA310, 624MHz
  • Operating system - Windows Mobile 6 Classic
  • Wireless interfaces: IEEE 802.11 b/g, Bluetooth 2.0
  • Dimensions: 116.7x68.9x13.6 mm, weight - 115 g
  • Display - QVGA 3.5"
  • Memory: RAM - 64MB, ROM - 256MB, Slot - SD
  • Battery - 1200 mAh

The impressive HP iPAQ 200 Enterprise Handheld stands out for its large size and weight (126x76x16 mm, 192 g), 4-inch VGA resolution screen, Compact Flash slot and 2200 mAh battery.

Next on the list is the HP iPAQ 300 Travel Companion in-car navigator. Since I don’t feel good for him, I won’t talk about the subject, since in Ghana, 409196 ads, find information easy.

The collection of communicators has been replenished with two internally identical handsets - HP iPAQ 610 Business Navigator and iPAQ 900 Business Messenger - differs from the 600th by a QWERTY keyboard, a 1840 mAh battery and a 2.48-inch screen. Below are the details of the iPAQ 610.

  • Processor - Marvell PXA270, 520 MHz
  • Operating system - Windows Mobile 6 Professional
  • Wireless interfaces: GSM/GPRS/EDGE and WCDMA/HSDPA, in my opinion, all available bands, IEEE 802.11 b/g, Bluetooth 2.0
  • Dimensions: 117x60.3x17.5 mm, weight - 145 g
  • Camera - 3 MP, autofocus
  • Display - 2.8" QVGA
  • Memory: RAM - 128 MB, ROM - 256 MB, slot - SD
  • GPS receiver, A-GPS support
  • Battery - 1590 mAh

Customers can apparently expect two models from Samsung. The first one, SGH-i640 (Windows Mobile 6 Standard), is functionally extended with Wi-Fi and GPS SGH-i620. While there is no complete clarity as to whether it will be available to anyone other than Vodafone subscribers. I did not find any clear pictures, only a video recording.

Another smartphone, the SGH-i780 running Windows Mobile 6 Professional, was also filmed with a camcorder, but other images were later revealed. An unusual feature of the communicator is a trackball that complements the navigation button and allows you to control your smartphone like a PC with a mouse. As for other things, the i780 is very similar to the i640: Wi-Fi, GPS, 2MP camera.

Operators

In September, the formation of tariff plans for the Moscow region was completed, Beeline was the last to submit its proposal, provoking MTS to modernize its own TP. The operator left a 50% discount on calls on weekends and reduced the cost of a call on weekdays to 2 rubles. Beeline, on the other hand, made every even minute free, creating the most universal tariff for communication in the suburbs.

Other news from providers concerned the modernization of existing tariffs. So, MegaFon subscribers began to sell packages not only for GPRS, but also for minutes of conversation and SMS. Hearing about this, I immediately got excited about buying a couple of hundred minutes (the largest package) for talking with my neighbors on the network, but changed my mind when I realized that it would cost 250 rubles. In O'Light, to whom I am still faithful, a minute of communication with a subscriber of any mobile operator costs 1.20 rubles. True, the first one is 1.70 rubles, but this only plays a role with a large number of short calls. SMS is no better. Mobile subscribers will benefit more by activating the Call for a Ruble service, which is probably what they are doing. Of course, there is a category of users that this initiative will attract, but how many of them? Possibility to get for 350 r. unlimited PTT (Push-to-Talk) access is tempting, but it also has its downsides.

MTS has introduced RED zones for subscribers, where they receive a 50% discount on calls to other MTS Moscow users. Treasured places are located on the territories of the following institutions: GUU, MADI, MAI, MSTU, MIREA, MPGU, MIPT, MESI, RSUH, RUDN University, REA. Connection fee - 75 rubles.

And Beeline has deprived subscribers of TP with prepaid Moscow region privileges when visiting adjacent regions, now everything is at intranet roaming rates. For 30 rubles it will be possible to lighten the burden and, so to speak, stop time, but only until January 14th. And I think only the most attentive and inquisitive know about both.

September results

When a state undergoes significant changes, its citizens who were absent at that time are said upon their return to have returned to another country. Those who left the Russian Federation in early September, having got back, could easily notice that dairy products, and some others along with them, miraculously rose in price by 30-50%. It is believed that the reason for such unexpected changes was the growing popularity of milk and its derivatives in the world's largest country, China. A similar story happened to the Germans a couple of months ago. It was explained to the outraged public that the Chinese were imbued with a love for cheeses and similar products. The colossal market absorbed a significant part of them. It would be nice if China switched to self-sufficiency, which is likely to happen, but it will take a year or two. So, it is possible that prices will rise even more. What is the culture of consumption of milk or cheese in India, I do not know. I just hope that they are not a novelty for local residents, or that they will not show increased interest in them in the next few years.

This is an example of how some things change almost overnight. Technologies and individual events of this September do not promise such a quick revolution, but in two or three years (in some cases a little earlier), thanks to them, we have a chance to get portable electronics that are very different from modern ones.

Events and technologies

The mobile terminal has two components whose power consumption engineers never get tired of lowering - the screen and the processor. Driven by a desire to extend the hours of computers without recharging, the inventors created electronic paper (e-paper). The cost of food is minimal, since the backlight is not needed, the image is stored for days. But, as often happens with fasters, it is boring. Black-and-white screens are not in mass demand, and the available color specimens do not seem to be too impressive. To obtain them, the paper is covered with a filter consisting of an array of pixels (say, CMYK). Accordingly, when a section of the screen is colored white, the output is blue, bright red or yellow, in other cases it is black. The presence of a filter reduces the resolution of the matrix, since where 3-4 black and white dots were previously placed, one color remains. Instead of 300 dpi, we have approximately 80.

Canadian scientists have managed to get around this obstacle. Not to say that they have more pixels per linear inch, but they are packed denser: no light filter - no gaps. For the same reason, the colors of the previous samples were not deep enough. The novelty, called P-Ink, has a point ready to take on any color, the interval between pixels is minimal. The secret is in the use of synthetic opal, silicon dioxide microgranules 200 nm in diameter, immersed in a polymer (the mixture is called a photonic crystal). It rests in a cell between two electrodes filled with an electrolyte. When a voltage is applied, the solution penetrates into the polymer and it swells like a sponge. The distance between the layers of the crystal increases, which leads to a change in its reflectivity. The material "freezes", it does not need electricity to maintain its shape.

The size of a P-Ink pixel is 0.3 mm, almost like that of an ordinary LCD monitor, it is too big for a mobile terminal. The response time is slightly less than a second, which makes the technology suitable so far only for e-books. But it is known that a scientist has discovered, it is almost always possible for an engineer to improve, so it is premature to be disappointed, as well as rejoice. The commercial launch is scheduled for 2009-2010, the first in line for new displays are billboards and, probably, e-books. It is possible that there are also fingerprint sensors, since devices based on P-Ink allow you to get distinct fingerprints.

A closer perspective is the introduction of SnapDragon chips from Qualcomm into communicators, moreover, into products from a very specific manufacturer - High Tech Computer. According to PC World, HTC experts are testing SnapDragon. Oddly enough, there is not much information about him. Qualcomm Corporation, unlike Texas Instruments (TI), does not go into too much detail about the organization of its processors. Nevertheless, it is reported that the hardware complex consists of a Scorpion central processing unit (CPU) and a DSP (Digital Signal Processor) with clock frequencies of 1 GHz and 600 MHz, respectively. It seems that the DSP must support the CPU in some applications. At least Qualcomm practices this, although I have no idea what role this computing unit plays. However, it is not DSP that should surprise here, but Scorpion, since it is based on the Cortex A8 core - the crowning achievement of ARM (former: Cortex A9 family processors were introduced on October 3rd). As Intel and AMD strive to create a chip that combines the CPU and graphics card, so ARM is increasing the DSP performance of its processors. Most likely, let them not talk about it yet, sooner or later everything will result in a core that combines the functions of a CPU, a modem and a media accelerator. According to experts, Cortex A8 has serious advantages as a DSP compared to ARM11 processors, approaching good digital signal processors in performance. And, as always, reduced power consumption compared to previous versions is promised.

Directly, SnapDragon consumes from 250 to 500 mW. For 1 GHz, this is simply fantastic. True, wouldn't 1 GHz Cortex A8 be equivalent to 300-400 MHz ARM11? I remember that 2 years ago, Intel representatives, speaking about the new Intel PXA3xx, noted that their clock frequency is higher, and power consumption and performance are lower than those of PXA27x operating at the same frequency. On the basis of the "dragon" it will be possible to build a colossus that will have a screen of 1024x768 pixels, a 12-megapixel camera, encode and decode video in the format of 800x480 pixels (due to the accelerator) and function in almost all digital radio networks. Computers based on OMAP 3430 will be just as spectacular, except that the video is recorded at a resolution of 720x480 pixels. Here, the built-in projector from TI will come in handy, it seems that it is already capable.

Qualcomm CEO Paul Jacobs even compared the SnapDragon to Intel's ultra-mobile processors, as these chips can be used to build equivalent devices. But SnapDragon machines will be many times more economical, since the Intel A110 (800 MHz) dissipates 3W versus SnapDragon's 250-500mW. It is hard to argue with the fact that the latest-generation chips from Qualcomm and TI will approach the simplest laptops in terms of capabilities. Moreover, one should not lose sight of the fact that the functionality of their operating systems is significantly different, Windows XP does not work there yet. In addition, Intel promises that the chips that will replace the Intel A100 and A110 will consume several times less.

News

Hewlett-Packard and Samsung performed strongly in September. From HP, users waited for fresh communicators and PDAs. Samsung did not have official announcements of smartphones, but there is a list of parameters and photos of a couple of models on the Web.

The youngest in HP's new branch is the HP iPAQ 100 Classic Handheld.

  • Processor - Marvell PXA310, 624MHz
  • Operating system - Windows Mobile 6 Classic
  • Wireless interfaces: IEEE 802.11 b/g, Bluetooth 2.0
  • Dimensions: 116.7x68.9x13.6 mm, weight - 115 g
  • Display - QVGA 3.5"
  • Memory: RAM - 64MB, ROM - 256MB, Slot - SD
  • Battery - 1200 mAh

The impressive HP iPAQ 200 Enterprise Handheld stands out for its large size and weight (126x76x16 mm, 192 g), 4-inch VGA resolution screen, Compact Flash slot and 2200 mAh battery.

Next on the list is the HP iPAQ 300 Travel Companion in-car navigator. I won’t talk about the subject without being in a good mood for him, since in Ghana, 409196 ads, find information easy.

The collection of communicators has been replenished with two internally identical handsets - HP iPAQ 610 Business Navigator and iPAQ 900 Business Messenger - differs from the 600th by a QWERTY keyboard, a 1840 mAh battery and a 2.48-inch screen. Below are the details of the iPAQ 610.

  • Processor - Marvell PXA270, 520 MHz
  • Operating system - Windows Mobile 6 Professional
  • Wireless interfaces: GSM/GPRS/EDGE and WCDMA/HSDPA, in my opinion, all available bands, IEEE 802.11 b/g, Bluetooth 2.0
  • Dimensions: 117x60.3x17.5 mm, weight - 145 g
  • Camera - 3 MP, autofocus
  • Display - 2.8" QVGA
  • Memory: RAM - 128MB, ROM - 256MB, slot - SD
  • GPS receiver, A-GPS support
  • Battery - 1590 mAh

Customers can apparently expect two models from Samsung. The first one, SGH-i640 (Windows Mobile 6 Standard), is functionally enhanced with Wi-Fi and GPS SGH-i620. While there is no complete clarity as to whether it will be available to anyone other than Vodafone subscribers. I did not find any clear pictures, only a video recording.

Another smartphone, the SGH-i780 running Windows Mobile 6 Professional, was also filmed with a camcorder, but other images were later revealed. An unusual feature of the communicator is a trackball that complements the navigation button and allows you to control your smartphone like a PC with a mouse. As for other things, the i780 is very similar to the i640: Wi-Fi, GPS, 2MP camera.

Operators

In September, the formation of tariff plans for the Moscow region was completed, Beeline was the last to submit its proposal, provoking MTS to modernize its own TP. The operator left a 50% discount on calls on weekends and reduced the cost of a call on weekdays to 2 rubles. Beeline, on the other hand, made every even minute free, creating the most universal tariff for communication in the suburbs.

Other news from providers concerned the modernization of existing tariffs. So, MegaFon subscribers began to sell packages not only for GPRS, but also for minutes of conversation and SMS. Hearing about this, I immediately got excited about buying a couple of hundred minutes (the largest package) for talking with my neighbors on the network, but changed my mind when I realized that it would cost 250 rubles. In O'Light, to whom I am still faithful, a minute of communication with a subscriber of any mobile operator costs 1.20 rubles. True, the first one is 1.70 rubles, but this only plays a role with a large number of short calls. SMS is no better. Mobile subscribers will benefit more by activating the Call for a Ruble service, which is probably what they are doing. Of course, there is a category of users that this initiative will attract, but how many of them? Possibility to get for 350 r. unlimited PTT (Push-to-Talk) access is tempting, but it also has its downsides.

MTS has introduced RED zones for subscribers, where they receive a 50% discount on calls to other MTS Moscow users. Treasured places are located on the territories of the following institutions: GUU, MADI, MAI, MSTU, MIREA, MPGU, MIPT, MESI, RSUH, RUDN University, REA. Connection fee - 75 rubles.

And Beeline has deprived subscribers of TP with prepaid Moscow region privileges when visiting adjacent regions, now everything is at intranet roaming rates. For 30 rubles it will be possible to lighten the burden and, so to speak, stop time, but only until January 14th. And I think only the most attentive and inquisitive know about both.

September results

When a state undergoes significant changes, its citizens who were absent at that time are said upon their return to have returned to another country. Those who left the Russian Federation in early September, having got back, could easily notice that dairy products, and some others along with them, miraculously rose in price by 30-50%. It is believed that the reason for such unexpected changes was the growing popularity of milk and its derivatives in the world's largest country, China. A similar story happened to the Germans a couple of months ago. It was explained to the outraged public that the Chinese were imbued with a love for cheeses and similar products. The colossal market absorbed a significant part of them. It would be nice if China switched to self-sufficiency, which is likely to happen, but it will take a year or two. So, it is possible that prices will rise even more. What is the culture of consumption of milk or cheese in India, I do not know. I just hope that they are not a novelty for local residents, or that they will not show increased interest in them in the next few years.

This is an example of how some things change almost overnight. Technologies and individual events of this September do not promise such a quick revolution, but in two or three years (in some cases a little earlier), thanks to them, we have a chance to get portable electronics that are very different from modern ones.

Events and technologies

The mobile terminal has two components whose power consumption engineers never get tired of lowering - the screen and the processor. Driven by a desire to extend the hours of computers without recharging, the inventors created electronic paper (e-paper). The cost of food is minimal, since the backlight is not needed, the image is stored for days. But, as often happens with fasters, it is boring. Black-and-white screens are not in mass demand, and the available color specimens do not seem to be too impressive. To obtain them, the paper is covered with a filter consisting of an array of pixels (for example, CMYK). Accordingly, when a section of the screen is colored white, the output is blue, bright red or yellow, in other cases it is black. The presence of a filter reduces the resolution of the matrix, since where 3-4 black and white dots were previously placed, only one color remains. Instead of 300 dpi, we have approximately 80.

Canadian scientists have managed to get around this obstacle. Not to say that they have more pixels per linear inch, but they are packed denser: no light filter - no gaps. For the same reason, the colors of the previous samples were not deep enough. The novelty, called P-Ink, has a point ready to take on any color, the interval between pixels is minimal. The secret is in the use of synthetic opal, silicon dioxide microgranules 200 nm in diameter, immersed in a polymer (the mixture is called a photonic crystal). It rests in a cell between two electrodes filled with an electrolyte. When a voltage is applied, the solution penetrates into the polymer and it swells like a sponge. The distance between the layers of the crystal increases, which leads to a change in its reflectivity. The material "freezes", it does not need electricity to maintain its shape.

The size of a P-Ink pixel is 0.3 mm, almost like that of an ordinary LCD monitor, it is too big for a mobile terminal. The response time is slightly less than a second, which makes the technology suitable so far only for e-books. But it is known that a scientist has discovered, it is almost always possible for an engineer to improve, so it is premature to be disappointed, as well as rejoice. The commercial launch is scheduled for 2009-2010, the first in line for new displays are billboards and, probably, e-books. It is possible that there are also fingerprint sensors, since devices based on P-Ink allow you to get distinct fingerprints.

A closer perspective is the introduction of SnapDragon chips from Qualcomm into communicators, moreover, into products from a very specific manufacturer - High Tech Computer. According to PC World, HTC experts are testing SnapDragon. Oddly enough, there is not much information about him. Qualcomm Corporation, unlike Texas Instruments (TI), does not go into too much detail about the organization of its processors. Nevertheless, it is reported that the hardware complex consists of a Scorpion central processing unit (CPU) and a DSP (Digital Signal Processor) with clock frequencies of 1 GHz and 600 MHz, respectively. It seems that the DSP must support the CPU in some applications. At least Qualcomm practices this, although I have no idea what role this computing unit plays. However, it is not DSP that should surprise here, but Scorpion, since it is based on the Cortex A8 core - the crowning achievement of ARM (former: Cortex A9 family processors were introduced on October 3rd). As Intel and AMD strive to create a chip that combines the CPU and graphics card, so ARM is increasing the DSP performance of its processors. Most likely, let them not talk about it yet, sooner or later everything will result in a core that combines the functions of a CPU, a modem and a media accelerator. According to experts, Cortex A8 has serious advantages as a DSP compared to ARM11 processors, approaching good digital signal processors in performance. And, as always, reduced power consumption compared to previous versions is promised.

Directly, SnapDragon consumes from 250 to 500 mW. For 1 GHz, this is simply fantastic. True, wouldn't 1 GHz Cortex A8 be equivalent to 300-400 MHz ARM11? I remember that 2 years ago, Intel representatives, speaking about the new Intel PXA3xx, noted that their clock frequency is higher, and power consumption and performance are lower than those of PXA27x operating at the same frequency. On the basis of the "dragon" it will be possible to build a colossus that will have a screen of 1024x768 pixels, a 12-megapixel camera, encode and decode video in the format of 800x480 pixels (due to the accelerator) and function in almost all digital radio networks. Computers based on OMAP 3430 will be just as spectacular, except that the video is recorded at a resolution of 720x480 pixels. Here, the built-in projector from TI will come in handy, it seems that it is already capable.

Qualcomm CEO Paul Jacobs even compared the SnapDragon to Intel's ultra-mobile processors, as these chips can be used to build equivalent devices. But SnapDragon machines will be many times more economical, since the Intel A110 (800 MHz) dissipates 3W versus SnapDragon's 250-500mW. It is hard to argue with the fact that the latest-generation chips from Qualcomm and TI will approach the simplest laptops in terms of capabilities. Moreover, one should not lose sight of the fact that the functionality of their operating systems is significantly different, Windows XP does not work there yet. In addition, Intel promises that the chips that will replace the Intel A100 and A110 will consume several times less.

In addition to the problem of energy consumption by portable equipment, the issue of accurately determining the size of its reserves is acute. How often have you been able to calculate the remaining time of your smartphone using the indication of an indicator or a utility? In particular, Nokia handsets on the S60 platform signal a 100% charge for a very long time. A fall of one bar out of 7 often means that the battery has exhausted about a third of its resource. To avoid such incidents, Texas Instruments has expanded its portfolio of measuring chips with another one - bq27500. Previously, such devices were produced only for assessing the charge of laptop batteries; The bq27500 is the telephone counterpart of those sensors. The remaining battery life is calculated from the battery voltage and internal resistance. In modern mobile electronics, as a rule, only battery voltage is taken into account, which leads to erroneous readings. Embedding new items in future units should not noticeably affect their cost, since the part itself will cost the manufacturer only $ 1.35.

News

Hewlett-Packard and Samsung performed strongly in September. From HP, users waited for fresh communicators and PDAs. Samsung did not have official announcements of smartphones, but there is a list of parameters and photos of a couple of models on the Web.

The youngest in HP's new branch is the HP iPAQ 100 Classic Handheld.

  • Processor - Marvell PXA310, 624MHz
  • Operating system - Windows Mobile 6 Classic
  • Wireless interfaces: IEEE 802.11 b/g, Bluetooth 2.0
  • Dimensions: 116.7x68.9x13.6 mm, weight - 115 g
  • Display - QVGA 3.5"
  • Memory: RAM - 64MB, ROM - 256MB, Slot - SD
  • Battery - 1200 mAh

The impressive HP iPAQ 200 Enterprise Handheld stands out for its large size and weight (126x76x16 mm, 192 g), 4-inch VGA resolution screen, Compact Flash slot and 2200 mAh battery.

Next on the list is the HP iPAQ 300 Travel Companion in-car navigator. I won’t talk about the subject without feeling for him a sincere disposition, fortunately in Ghana, 409196 ads, information is easy to find.

Next on the list is the in-car navigator HP iPAQ 300 Travel Companion. Not having a sincere disposition towards him, I will not talk about the subject, fortunately

Another smartphone, the SGH-i780 running Windows Mobile 6 Professional, was also filmed with a camcorder, but other images were later revealed. An unusual feature of the communicator is a trackball that complements the navigation button and allows you to control your smartphone like a PC with a mouse. As for other things, the i780 is very similar to the i640: Wi-Fi, GPS, 2MP camera.

Operators

In September, the formation of tariff plans for the Moscow region was completed, Beeline was the last to submit its proposal, provoking MTS to modernize its own TP. The operator left a 50% discount on calls on weekends and reduced the cost of a call on weekdays to 2 rubles. Beeline, on the other hand, made every even minute free, creating the most universal tariff for communication in the suburbs.

Other news from providers concerned the modernization of existing tariffs. So, MegaFon subscribers began to sell packages not only for GPRS, but also for minutes of conversation and SMS. Hearing about this, I immediately got excited about buying a couple of hundred minutes (the largest package) for talking with my neighbors on the network, but changed my mind when I realized that it would cost 250 rubles. In O'Light, to whom I am still faithful, a minute of communication with a subscriber of any mobile operator costs 1.20 rubles. True, the first one is 1.70 rubles, but this only plays a role with a large number of short calls. SMS is no better. Mobile subscribers will benefit more by activating the Call for a Ruble service, which is probably what they are doing. Of course, there is a category of users that this initiative will attract, but how many of them? Possibility to get for 350 r. unlimited PTT (Push-to-Talk) access is tempting, but it also has its downsides.

MTS has introduced RED zones for subscribers, where they receive a 50% discount on calls to other MTS Moscow users. Treasured places are located on the territories of the following institutions: GUU, MADI, MAI, MSTU, MIREA, MPGU, MIPT, MESI, RSUH, RUDN University, REA. Connection fee - 75 rubles.

And Beeline has deprived subscribers of TP with prepaid Moscow region privileges when visiting adjacent regions, now everything is at intranet roaming rates. For 30 rubles it will be possible to lighten the burden and, so to speak, stop time, but only until January 14th. And I think only the most attentive and inquisitive know about both.