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26 Jan 2007
Hi everyone,

just hit some news about a new PDA and since I didn't found much about it here on the forum I like to post about it.
First of all the good news. AFAIK, compared to many other good prototypes and ideas we saw the last years on different tradeshows or read about it on articles this one will really be available in Europe within this year.
At least in Germany, T-Mobile will sell them as T-Mobile Ameo [1].

The bad news, the initial OS will be MS Windows based, but hey bigger problems was solved here already. wink.gif

I just like to post the specs (which I just copy from [2]) here for all the crazy hacking people out here.
I guess many people from the PocketPenguin forum will like it biggrin.gif.
Many of the specs which are heavily discussed in the PocketPenguin forum already.

Digital camera, GPS, VGA-out, TV-out, GSM, WIFI, Bluetooth, etc.

Thus, the question is will there be a Linux-based OS ....
I guess yes biggrin.gif

the Intel Bulverde processor is Linux friendly already [3].
and this from [4] shows that the umts-chip Qualcomm MSM 6275
is recognized at least by Gentoo.

umts1 ~ # lspci -v
02:00.0 Network controller: Option N.V. Qualcomm MSM6275 UMTS chip
Flags: medium devsel, IRQ 11
Memory at 12000000 (32-bit, non-prefetchable) [disabled] [size=2K]

Finally, the ATI chipset is in early progress by other projects.

# Platform

* Mobile Power Pad with detachable & thin QWERTY keyboard
* Microsoft Windows Mobile Pocket PC Phone Edition

# Dimension

* 133.1x97x20 mm (4mm for KB)
* Less than 350g with battery

# Processor/Chipset

* Qualcomm MSM 6275
* Intel Bulverde 520 / 624 MHz
* ATi Graphic Chip 2282

# Memory

* ROM: 128 / 256 MB
* RAM: 64 /128 MB SDRAM
* HDD: 8~10 GB with G sensor

# LCD Module

* 5” 480x640 VGA resolution
* 262K-color TFT LCD with LED backlight
* Sensitive Touch Screen


* Internal antenna
* HSDPA/UMTS Tri-mode (2100MHz for Europe and 850/1900MHz for USA) and GSM/GPRS/EDGE quad band (850/900/1800/1900)
o 850: 824-849, 869-894MHz
o 1900: 1850-1910MHz, 1930-1990MHz
o 2100: 1920-1980MHz, 2110-2170MHz
o 850: 824-849, 869-894MHz
o 900: 880-915, 925-960MHz
o 1800: 1710-1785, 1805-1880MHz
o 1900: 1850-1910, 1930-1990MHz
* UMTS: 3GPP Release 99 compliant
* HSDPA: 3GPP Release 5 compliant UE category 12, QPSK, 1.8Mbps peak rate DL up to 1.8Mbps and UL up to 384Kbps

# PS RAB on HSDPA channel and CS data call (VT call) simultaneously will be supported
# Global roaming
# Auto band switching
# Handover and cell selection between GSM/EDGE and UMTS
# Generic Services

* Call Holding, Waiting, Forwarding
* Call Barring
* CLI (Calling Line Identity)
* SMS (Short Message Service)
o SMSMT, SMSMO, SM Reply, SM Replace, SM Acknowledgement, 8 Bits SMS Data
o Concatenated messages, up to 640 characters
* Display own number, telephone number storage capability in terminal and SIM card
* Network selection
* Cell broadcast
* Multi-party conference capability
* Phase 2 Unstructured Supplementary Service Data
* Audio Codec: AMR/EFR/FR/HR
* Network Lock

# E-GPRS Function

* EGPRS class B
* Multi-slot standard class 10

# 1.8 / 3V of UICC

* MegaSIM
* USIM Application at least according to 3GPP TS 31.102
* SIM Application Tool Kit release 96, 98 class 3 and 99
* Over the Air (OTA) programming
* Fixed Dialing Number (FDN)
* Abbreviation Dial Number (ADN)
* Security Pin 1 & 2 control

# Standalone GPS [MFG. Option]

* Internal GPS antenna for UMTS & EDGE
* Support NMEA 0183 version 3.0 or above
* 12 parallel channel GPS receiver
* Acquisition time
o Hot start: 8 seconds, typical TTFF
o Warm start: 35 seconds, typical TTFF
o Cold start: 45 seconds, typical TTFF
* Update rate: user configurable once/1sec, once/10sec and once/30sec continuous
* GPS Accuracy
o Position: < 15 meters, 95% typical
o Velocity: 0.05 meter/sec steady state

# Digital Camera (Manufacture Option)

* Main Camera
o Color CMOS 2 Mega pixel with fixed lenses
* 2nd camera
o Color CMOS VGA camera
* High Power LED for camera flash

# Keyboard/Button/Switch

* POWER button (Side)
* Short Press: Power On/Off
* Long Press: Turn off system power totally
* Comm. Manager / Voice Recorder
* Camera capture button (Side)
* Volume Up / Down control (Side)
* 5-way Navigation button (Left front in landscape)– key orientation shall be adjusted after view changed
* Send & Hands-free button
* End Key
* Video Telephony Key
* Portal Key / G control Key
* Short Press: Launch IE control keys)
* RESET switch (Back)

# Notification

* 1st lens - one-color (amber) LED for new message and notification
* 2nd lens - bi-color (green and blue) LED for WiFi and bluetooth notification
* 3rd lens –bi-color (green and red) LED for 3G & 2G network status
* 4th lens – bi-color (green and red) LED for charging status & low power indicator
* Notification by Sound, and Message on the display

# Audio

* Built-in Microphone
* Dual speakers with 3D surround sound
* Loud speaker for Hands-Free supported
* Audio sampling rate
o 16-bits with 8KHz, 11KHz, 22KHz, 44.1KHz AMR/AAC/WAV/WMA/MP3 codec

# Connectivity & Interface

* Bluetooth
o Compliant with v2.0 without EDR
o Class 2 transmit power
o Supported profiles:
+ GAP (generic access profile)
+ SPP (serial port profile)
+ OPP (object push profile)
+ DUN (dial-up networking profile)
+ GOEP (generic object exchange profile)
+ ActiveSync (legacy application via SPP)
+ HSP (headset profile)
+ HFP (handsfree profile)
+ A2DP (Advanced Audio Distribution profile)
+ AVRCP (Audio/Video Remote control Profile)
+ Service Discovery Application Profile
+ SIM Access Profile
+ HID (Human interface device profile)
o Co-exist with WiFi
* WiFi (manufacture option)
o IEEE 802.11b/g compliant
o Internal WLAN antenna
o 11, 5.5, 2, and 1 Mbps per channel, auto fallback for extended range ELP mode
o Security 802.11i and AES (OS not supported yet)
+ WPA authentication – WEP, WPA, PSK, EAPTLS, PEAP, LEAP,
+ Signaling interfaces between the terminal device and the servers: mutually authenticated and encrypted utilizing TLS (RFC 2246) with RC4 encryption with SGA1 used as the message integrity check
o QoS
+ 802.11 WME QoS
+ 802.11e
+ Fast AP to AP handover
* 11-pin mini-USB / audio jack in one
o USB 2.0 client
o USB charging
* mini SD card slot with hotswap feature
* External Antenna (UMTS/GSM/CDMA) Connector
* 1.8 / 3 V USIM/SIM card slot
* HTC Proprietary 16 Pin Port
o USB 1.1 host (Support USB low power)
+ Thumb Memory
+ Card Reader
+ Keyboard
+ Mouse
o VGA Out – VGA
o TV Out – Composite & S-Video (4 pin)
* 3.5 mm stereo audio jack with mic

# Power

* Battery
o Removable and chargeable Lithium ion polymer battery, 2100mAh
o Charging time: less than 4 hours
* Battery life
o Playing WMV: 8 hours
o Playing WMA: 12 hours
o Talk time: > 360 minutes for GSM
o Talk time: > 180 minutes for UMTS
o Video Talk time: >120 min
o Standby time: 300+ hours for GSM
o Standby time: 300 hours for UMTS

# Stylus

* Lock Type in the main unit

# Accessories

* AC adapter w/ mini-USB power plug
* Carrying Case
* Sync. Cable (mini-USB/USB)
* Battery (rechargeable and replaceable)
* Stereo wired headset with microphone (button for voice command) for 3.5 mm
* HTC Proprietary 16 pin cable (one to many ports)
o USB Standard A female port
o VGA (15pin) port
o Composite Video Out
o S-Video (4 pin) Out
* User manual, Quick start guide, & Sync. software CD
* Cradle
o VGA (15pin) port
o Video Out port
o S-Video (4 pin) port
o 3.5 mm Audio jack (for External Speakers & Headset)
o One miniUSB port for power charging
o One miniUSB port for synchronization
o 2 x USB Standard A female port (USB Host)
o 2nd Battery charging slot
o 3 LEDs Indicators – 2nd Battery, Power & Sync
* Mono Bluetooth headset with microphone [optional]
* Stereo bluetooth headset with microphone [optional]
* Car Adapter [optional]
* Car Holder [optional]
* Car Kit with car stereo mute function [optional]
* TTY adaptor for USA market [optional]

# Value Added Applications
.... many many MS Windows stuff .... who cares....

©by [2]. More pictures will be on [2] as well.

[1] http://www.mobile2day.de/news/news_details.html?nd_ref=6761
[2] http://mobile-review.com/pda/articles/htc-athena-en.shtml
[3] http://www.embeddedstar.com/press/content/...edded11302.html
[4] http://www.stonki.de/Web-n-Walk-Linux.174.0.html

Lets see what happens in the next months... maybe a new Linux-Port project.....

12 Aug 2006
Hi all,

just read a bit here and there and noticed, that many people have quite different opinion what a "good" PDA should include. As far as we come to software this is not critical as everyone can change it later over and over again.

As far as the hardware is discussed there should be a ranking to meet the opinion of most people out there.

E.g. I totally need no finger-print reader. IMHO, these devices are useless and it was demonstrated that this devices can be easily entrapped (more easily then a good password). Hence, they give a totally wrong feeling of security.

On the other side, battery-life-time is more important to me than everything else.
What do all these bells and whistles mean if you can only run them for 1.5 hours without recharging? I like to see a device with a more then full working day (10-14 hours) continuous runtime, which should end up in charging the device every third week or every month for normal usage vs. power off periods.

Thus, for sure a web-cam will be fine, but if it will eat up 10 % of my battery life time, I really can live without it.

For me the most critical point to create the perfect PDA would be therefore, the development of the best power-management available on the PDA-market.

Furthermore, try to keep everything as flexible as possible. Instead to integrate a web-cam at the top of the display (as some sonys-laptops did), it might be a good idea to create a hidden USB port there. There are hundereds of very tiny cams on the market already, just stick one at the top of the display if you need one. This will gurantee, that later developements (e.g. more pixels, more fps etc.) can be easily upgraded by everyone. On the other hand, there might be some smart users, which find other devices on the market to be usefull.
In addtion, this will reduce the price to a affordable barebone set-up with a lot of individual add ons.

Just my two cents

27 Jun 2006
Hi all,

just found the following website and thought it might be worth to share it.


Clearly the reason why we all loves a linux based PDA with a telnet client wink.gif



All Credits goes to the owners of www.ascii-wm.net

CC. Soccer Football or whatever, just enjoy biggrin.gif
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