New Intel Atom Chip – Moorestown’s Z6xx Chip

We’ve been talking about Moorestown for months now, but the platform has finally come of age and matured into Intel’s Atom Z6xx series of mobile processors.  The new 45nm chips currently range from 1.5GHz through to 1.9GHz, and bundle Intel GMA600 3D graphics, video encode and decode, as well as memory (up to 2GB) and display controllers onto a single SoC; that’s good enough for PC-style multitasking, 1080p Full HD video and lengthy battery life in smartphones, MIDs, tablets and smartbooks.


Compared to the previous Atom Z5xx generation of processors, the new chips use more than 50x less idle power, 20x less audio power, and 2-3x reductions in browsing and video playback power consumption.  Intel reckon that’s good enough for over 10 days or standby or 4-5hrs of browsing and video from a 1,500mAh, which to our cynical eyes doesn’t actually sound that impressive (compared to some of the ARM-based chipsets we’re seeing).  The company are also short on demo devices, bringing out the same Aava Mobile smartphone and OpenPeak tablet as examples of products that could be based on Z6xx processors.

Meanwhile there’s also an accompanying chipset, the Intel Platform Controller Hub MP20 (formerly known as Langwell) which adds smart power-management, hardware-based data encryption, advanced audio processing and a USB/USB-on-the-go controller.  Wireless options include WiFi, 3G and WiMAX, and there’s GPS support too.

The Z6xx series will be compatible with Android, MeeGo and more, including Adobe Flash and AIR support, Microsoft Silverlight and even high-speed gaming such as Quake 3 and World of Warcraft.  More information in the Intel Z6xx fact sheet


Cydle’s HD Radio/Traffic PND and M7 MID


At International CES, Cydle to Unveil World’s First GPS-Multimedia Combo with Free HD Live Traffic Updates

Multifunction is the Byword as Company Extends its Line; New Units Blend GPS, HD Traffic, HD Radio, Video, Audio, Bluetooth and More

Cydle (, the emerging leader in car-based multimedia systems and one of South Korea’s biggest electronics makers, is poised to launch a diverse suite of products that includes the world’s first portable GPS with built-in HD Radio and free HD live traffic updates.

The company’s line of wireless digital devices seamlessly integrate capabilities that combine navigation with entertainment – including GPS, Live HD traffic update, HD Radio, rich multimedia, Bluetooth, WiFi, black box, mobile TV technology and more.

“The car should be a haven,” said Woody Lee, U.S. director of sales, Cydle. “Whether a driver needs accurate traffic information and alternate routes to get somewhere on time, wants to watch a video of his or her family while on a business trip, or simply wants to enjoy a favorite tune. We provide all of that, at the highest quality, from a single device.”

Poised for rollout at CES in Las Vegas on January 7:

GPS with HD Traffic Update – new technology delivers Live Traffic updates 10x faster than competitors. Cydle’s new T43H is the world’s first portable navigation system with built-in HD Radio to include free HD Traffic, offering real-time updates 10 times faster than other traffic message channels. The T43H contains an Internal & External antenna and refreshes automatically to include the latest information about accidents, traffic speed and road construction areas. Drivers simply punch in the destination and get real-time alerts as they go.

The T43H goes beyond navigation to serve as a holistic entertainment device with a high-resolution 4.3-inch screen, combining a rich media video player, audio player and picture viewer into a single device. The T43H is available through select online retailers for $299. There is no subscription fee.

Combined GPS and Multimedia Players. Cydle will unveil two additional products that combine a GPS unit and a multimedia player with wider touch screens. Both the T70 (with a 7-inch screen) and T50 (5-inch screen) are basic GPS units; the T70BX also comes with the black box unit built-in. All are available with a range of options, including HD Radio, Live HD Traffic update, Bluetooth, WiFi, mobile TV, and black box (with the T70 and T50).

BX1 – a Black Box for the car. The new Cydle BX1 continually updates every 30 seconds to keep a running video of events while driving. When the G-force shock sensor detects an event, Cydle BX1 retains data from 15 seconds before and after the impact. The footage is saved to an SD Card, making it accessible and viewable on a PC. That information can help discover what happened and can be used as evidence in an investigation. The Cydle BX1 will be available in the United States in Q1 2010, with a suggested retail price of $149.

Mobile Internet Device. Cydle’s new M7 Mobile Internet Device (MID) functions as an Internet search appliance, a digital photo frame and multimedia player (music and movies), and incorporates HDMI support. Eight GB of memory comes standard, expandable to 16GB. Highly portable and ideal for hands-free operation, the unit features an embedded screen cover that acts as a stand when the device is in use, and supports both vertical and horizontal views. The M7 is expected to carry a retail price of $199, with shipping slated for 2Q, 2010.

“With advanced technologies that uniformly make life easier for motorists specifically and for consumers overall, Cydle is en route to becoming the dashboard companion of choice for those who want to break away from the pack,” Lee said. “At 2010 CES, we’re ready to raise the bar – again.”


Onkyo BX 407A4 is rebadged, expensive UMID mbook M2


Alongside Onkyo’s rebadge of the Kohjinsha dual-display netbook yesterday, the company also announced a smaller system that should be familiar to MID-trackers.  The Onkyo BX 407A4 is more recognizable as the UMID mbook M2, launched back in September, but while UMID couldn’t quite tell us when the M2 would be on sale, Onkyo are already taking orders for the BX-Series.

That means we have some confirmed specifications, at least for the BX 407A4, and it doesn’t make for particularly exciting reading for those would-be owners disappointed by the mbook M1’s meager RAM.  The BX-Series uses an Intel Atom 1.2GHz processor with 512MB of RAM and a 32GB SSD, along with WiFi b/g, Bluetooth 2.0 and a new optical joystick next to the 5-inch 1024 x 600 touchscreen.

Up to 7hrs of battery life is predicted, though that’s only if you leave the Onkyo idling; anything more demanding and the Windows XP mini-netbook will probably get around half of that.  Onkyo are asking 64,800 yen ($729) for the machine, though importers are already adding their slice of gouge to that: GeekStuff4U have it at 79,000 yen ($889) which is frankly insane.  UMID had suggested that a similar mbook M2 model, only with 8GB SSD and without the webcam of the Onkyo, would be around $499.


MOTO announces OLED tablets range

The MOTO Development Group is no stranger to Android – they showcased an Android-based e-ink prototype a while back – and now they’re cashing in on that familiarity with a number of new devices targeted at developers.  The MOTO Android Media Platform will eventually consist of three models – 3.5-, 5- and 10.4-inches – each with OLED displays as standard, OMAP processors and capacitive multitouch-capable touchscreens.


First to market will be the 5-inch AMP, which MOTO are positioning as ideal for PMP, PND and portable-data-terminal use.  It’ll have an OMAP3430 processor with 256MB each of RAM and ROM, an 8-megapixel camera up front and WiFi b/g/n, Bluetooth 2.1 and optional 3G.  Capable of 720p output via HDMI, the MID has a digital compass, accelerometers and runs Android 2.0.  According to MOTO, it’s available now but you’ll need to get in touch in order to find out how much it costs.

As for the other two models, the 3.5-inch gets an OMAP3630 processor with a 3-megapixel camera on the rear, the same connectivity as its mid-range sibling, and whatever the current Android version is whenever it finally hits the market.  Finally, the 10.4-inch device has Android as an option (Linux 2.6.29 is the standard OS) and gets an OMAP4x processor, FM and GPS in addition to the connectivity of the other models, a front 3-megapixel camera and rear 8-megapixel camera, and a pen digitizer.  Apparently it’ll be available sometime in 2010. 



Tainell T500 MID adds HDMI and 3G to the mix

Is there room in your heart for another Intel Atom based MID? Okay, for many of you there wasn’t room there for even the first such device, but if you’re still shopping around for a touchscreen handheld (and you don’t mind likely having to take a trip to China to pick it up) Tainell may have the device for you: the imaginatively titled T500 MID.


Not, it’s fair to say, the most attractive MID we’ve seen, the Tainell nonetheless packs a 5-inch resistive touchscreen in a casing measuring 6.1 x 3.5 x 1.0 inches.  They’ve also squeezed in an Intel Atom Z510 1.1GHz processor, 1GB of RAM and a 32GB SSD, together with WiFi, Bluetooth, GPS and 3G WWAN.

There’s a little surprise among the ports, too, as the typical USB, audio in/out and power are joined by a mini-USB and an HDMI socket.  A 0.3-megapixel webcam round out the specs; unfortunately there’s no word on pricing from Tainell.

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