IEEE begins to develop a new cellphone battery standard

Sunday, December 20, 2009

Organization of IEEE (Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers) today announced a new standard for rechargeable batteries used in mobile phones. The new standard, reportedly will be based on existing specifications of IEEE Std 1725, approved in 2006, but no longer meet modern requirements.

Indeed, recent models of cell phones can do much of what three years ago could only dream of, for example, record video as 1080p. In addition, the flagship smartphones and communicators are increasingly equipped with processors with 1 GHz, which naturally increases their functionality.

However, there is a downside - the existing batteries can no longer cope with the increased power consumption, forcing the owners of the functional phones every day to recharge them. This prompted IEEE to begin preparations for the development of a new standard for rechargeable batteries, which will probably allow them to work longer. Ad Hoc Working Group under the name Cell Phone Battery Working Group should hold its first meeting on this issue in February. And all of us can only hope that the process of elaboration and adoption of new specifications do not extend over many years.

Notion Ink Tegra Android smartpad uses Pixel Qi display

According to the resource SlashGear, company Notion Ink is preparing to release a Tablet PC-based operating system Android. The resource is posted as an image device, it looks more like a futuristic concept. It is assumed that the announcement of this model will be held at CES 2010 in January next year, his name yet. The source also reported that the Tablet PC from Notion Ink is based on the chipset NVIDIA Tegra T20, which has not yet been officially announced. It supports playback of high-definition 1080p Full HD. Also in planshetnika Notion Ink will be 10.1-inch touch screen display Pixel Qi with a resolution of 1024x600 pixels, presumably, a similar screen and get a similar Tablet PC from Apple.

Of the other characteristics of the new device Notion Ink source mentions wireless adapters UMTS / HSDPA (850/1900/2100 MHz), Wi-Fi 802.11 b / g and Bluetooth 2.1 + EDR, GPS-receiver, digital compass and a set of sensors: accelerometer, sensors light and humidity. For data storage, solid-state drive has a capacity of 16 or 32 GB, you can use the card and SD. For photo and video tablet also fit, thanks to built-in 3 megapixel camera with autofocus. The device can work without recharging the battery in standby mode up to 48 hours, 8 hours, he will be able to play HD video, and within 16 hours - provides web-surfing on the Wi-Fi. Roughly, the cost planshetnika Notion Ink is about $ 300.

MSI Home Media Player HD1000 - video station for 99 euros

In the past few months, various manufacturers flooded the market of media players, most of them are lack of advanced features, but are sold at a fairly reasonable price. MSI has also entered the market of media players, introducing video-station MSI Home Media Player HD1000. HD 1000 can play video as 1080p, while most similar devices support 1080i or standard definition video.

The device has a network connector, USB port, card reader and can be connected to a TV or through the HDMI port or the composite / component connector, and the device is equipped with S / PDIF port. Controlled by video station with the remote control. HD1000 Dimensions are 154x116x28 mm, weight - 385 grams. MSI Home Media Player HD1000 has a rather elegant design that easily fits in almost any interior.

It seems that the price of MSI Home Media Player HD1000, which is 99 euros, slightly inflated, because such devices can be found and for 80 euros. And also it became known that the video station will be sold only in Germany so far, and perhaps even in some EU countries.

Dell adds cheaper Latitude On Flash module to some laptops

Dell today began offering a memory module Latitude On Flash as an option for some of its laptops. This module loads the computer for a few seconds and allows almost instantaneous access to basic functions of a laptop. For example, users can surf the, view images, or check their e-mail, as well as make IP calls through Skype.

Latitude On Flash module is inserted into the inner slot, Mini Card and uses the resources of the main x86 processor notebook, not a single OMAP ARM chip from Texas Instruments, as does the current system of fast downloads. It is reported that the module Latitude On Flash available as an option for a series of notebook Latitude E, which can also be equipped with Latitude On ARM-based processor.

However, users should remember that the use to implement the functions of the fast loading resources within the core x86 processor takes more energy than when using ARM chip. And this, in turn, negatively affects the battery life laptop. Dell offers a module of the instantaneous load Latitude On Flash as an option to notebook Latitude E4200, E4300 and Latitude Z.

Notebook ASUS Eee PC 1201T gets official

We have already mentioned in the news about the 12-inch notebook ASUS Eee PC 1201T. And it is now official information about it: the company ASUSTeK Computer description of the device placed on your site. ASUS Eee PC 1201T belongs to a series Seashell and the shape and design model recalls Eee PC 1201N. Only the ASUS Eee PC 1201T is not based on the platform NVIDIA ION, but uses a processor AMD Congo MV40 with a frequency of 1.6 GHz and graphics ATI Radeon HD3200. Novelty is equipped with 12.1-inch display with a resolution of 1366x768 pixels.

Of the other characteristics of the notebook ASUS Eee PC 1201T worth mentioning 2 GB of RAM, hard drive 250 GB, 0.3 megapixel web camera and support memory card format MMC / SD / SDHC. Wireless capabilities device adapters are Wi-Fi 802.11 b / g / n and Bluetooth 2.1 (optional). 6-cell laptop battery provides up to 6 hours in offline mode. ASUS Eee PC 1201T will be offered in black, silver and red colors. While not reported, when it will begin selling and how much it will cost.

Verizon to get Palm Pre Plus, LG VS750, and Motorola Devour smartphones

The network has information about some new devices, which are preparing to release an American operator Verizon Wireless. According to the resource PhoneArena, in the coming months, Verizon will come model Palm Pre Plus, Motorola Devour A555 and LG VS750. However, details about the updates a little. For example, it is not clear what will be different Palm Pre Plus of Palm Pre, which is already sold at Sprint. By the way, rumored to have Verizon will soon appear and the smartphone version of Palm Pixi supports Wi-Fi.

Smartphone Motorola Devour A555, in turn, probably already known by the codename Calgary. The source described it as "little brother" Motorola DROID. Among the characteristics mentioned 3 megapixel camera, operating system, Android 2.1 interface MOTOBLUR and access to social networks. About LG VS750 is only known that a thin model running Windows Mobile 6.5, first for Verizon. This dual-mode device supporting cellular networks GSM and CDMA.

Aigo introduced the 6-inch e-book Aigo EB6301

Chinese company Aigo introduced its first e-book - Aigo EB6301. The device is equipped with a 6-inch display with a resolution of 600 x 800 pixels, made on technology e-ink. E-book supports the basic well-known text formats such as TXT, PDF, DOC, HTM / HTML and CHM. Photos and pictures can be viewed through the support of graphic formats JPG, JPEG, BMP, GIF and PNG. The book also allows you to listen to music, supported formats include MP3, WMV, and WMA. Connecting to a computer through the interface is USB 2.0.

Other features include 2 GB of internal memory expandable to 8 GB and a slot for memory cards format microSD. Lithium-ion Battery 1200 mAh according to the manufacturer, allows you to view up to 5000 pages. Dimensions are 164 x 127 x 11 mm. In e-book is not wireless module and Wi-Fi and it does not support connecting to the Internet. The device is also equipped with built-in speakers. Aigo EB6301 can already buy. Price unit is about $ 370.

Intel X25-V SSD to get to 80GB

Intel plans to double the maximum capacity of its budget SSD drives X25-V in 2010. These low-cost solid-state drives have been presented quite recently, and next year the manufacturer intends to increase its maximum capacity of up to 80 GB.

It is reported that the implementation of such ambitious plans, Intel plans to move to a "thin" 2x-nm manufacturing process, so it will be possible to place more NAND flash memory in the same amount of disk. In addition, Intel is going to continue to improve storage in a series of X-25 M and X25 E, respectively, intended for the mass market and computer enthusiasts.

For example, the capacity of SSD in a series of X-25 M is projected to reach 600 GB, which is quite comparable with the volume of modern hard disks. But it is unlikely the new Intel SSD drives will be able to displace the usual hard disk drives (even greater performance), because their cost is several times higher than the prices of similar capacity hard drives.