Palm OS corteggia gli smartphone

PalmSource si svincola dall'ormai sterile mercato dei PDA lanciando una nuova versione del sistema operativo pensata per gli smartphone e i dispositivi wireless. Ecco le novità


Monaco (Germania) – Con il mercato dei PDA in declino e la sempre più pressante concorrenza dei dispositivi Pocket PC, PalmSource ha deciso di correre ai ripari lanciando una nuova versione del proprio sistema operativo, Palm OS Cobalt 6.1, espressamente dedicata agli smartphone e ai dispositivi wireless.

Al contrario del mercato dei PDA, quello degli smartphone è in pieno boom: IDC ha stimato che il prossimo anno le vendite di tali dispositivi dovrebbero quasi raddoppiare, passando dai 17,6 milioni di unità del 2004 a oltre 30 milioni. L’interesse di PalmSource verso questo settore, seppure un po’ tardivo, va anche ricercato nell’ancor marginale posizione di Microsoft : qui l’avversario da battere è infatti rappresentato da Symbian , una società che detiene una quota di mercato pari al 70%. Dietro a quest’azienda vi sono colossi del calibro di Nokia, Ericsson, Panasonic, Samsung, Siemens e Sony Ericsson.

Cobalt 6.1, che segue a breve distanza il rilascio della sesta versione di Palm OS , include componenti per la telefonia (GSM, MUX e GPRS), supporto nativo a Wi-Fi e Bluetooth, supporto alle memory card SecureDigital (SD) e alle porte di connessione USB On-the-Go. La nuova release di Palm OS include poi versioni aggiornate del client di e-mail e del browser Web di PalmSource, un nuovo installer che facilita l’installazione di nuove applicazioni, e il supporto alla lingua cinese, una caratteristica che permetterà a PalmSource di penetrare sullo stesso mercato in cui Motorola ha saggiato le potenzialità degli smartphone basati su Linux .

Entro la fine dell’anno dovrebbero arrivare sul mercato 11 dispositivi basati su Cobalt 6.1.

Non è la prima volta che Palm OS viene utilizzato su uno smartphone, basti pensare al noto Treo 600. Prima della nuova versione di Cobalt, tuttavia, le società che desideravano impiegare il sistema operativo di PalmSource sui propri smartphone avevano l’onere di sviluppare i componenti mancanti, quali le funzionalità di telefonia cellulare e il supporto alla connettività wireless.

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  • Anonimo scrive:
    ma quanto costa un ARM' ??
    chissa...forse e possibile fare un pc a costi bassiusando sta soluzione? oramai ci sono palmari potenti come un pc di 4 anni fa...
  • Anonimo scrive:
    Press Release del 17 Maggio 2004.....
    http://www.arm.com/news/5346.html17 May 2004ARM Announces First Integrated Multiprocessor CoreCAMBRIDGE, UK - May 17, 2004 - ARM [LSE: ARM, Nasdaq: ARMHY], the industry's leading provider of 16/32-bit embedded RISC processor solutions, today announced at the Embedded Processor Forum, San Jose, Calif., the availability of a new form of licensable processor, which has been developed as part of its ongoing partnership with NEC Electronics. The MPCore? synthesizable multiprocessor, based on the ARMv6 architecture, can be configured to contain between one and four processors delivering up to 2600 Dhrystone MIPS of performance. The MPCore multiprocessor implements Adaptive Shutdown? technology and the ARM® Intelligent Energy Manager technology to reduce power consumption by up to 85 percent. NEC Electronics will use the configurable ARM processor in high-performance, low-power products across the consumer electronics, automotive and mobile markets. The new ARM multiprocessor solution delivers greater performance at lower frequencies than comparable single processor solutions, bringing significant cost savings to system designers. Multiprocessing is ideal for demanding applications executing multiple tasks at the same time such as consumer entertainment and convergence devices in the home and car. Examples include a set-top-box recording several TV channels while sharing home movies across the Internet, and an in-car navigation system delivering simultaneous back-seat video gaming.. The MPCore multiprocessor supports up to four-way cache coherent symmetric multiprocessing (SMP), up to four-way asymmetric multiprocessing (AMP), or any combination of both. This flexibility provides increased throughput and system responsiveness, with full portability of existing applications and scalable performance for multithreaded applications. The ability to support multiple workloads addresses the needs of networking devices to process more packet streams and higher data throughput. "Multi-processing can give system designers very high processing performance combined with low-power consumption. Through our partnership with NEC Electronics we have developed the ground breaking MPCore multiprocessor which delivers the benefits of scalable multi-processing in a configurable and easy to use implementation," said Mike Muller, CTO, ARM. "Our commitment to producing innovative IP enables our Partners to produce the most advanced digital products, and enrich the end-user experience, in the consumer electronics and networking markets. These are areas where we are seeing considerable growth in the deployment of the ARM architecture." "The announcement of the high-performance, low-power MPCore multiprocessor is a major milestone in our ongoing collaboration with ARM," said Hirokazu Hashimoto, executive vice president of NEC Electronics. "The MPCore multiprocessor enables us to deliver high-performance and low-power solutions for next-generation multimedia processing applications in the wireless mobile, home, and automotive markets. It is innovative IP that enables us to provide scalable system solutions to customers through efficient software reuse based on the advanced MPCore multiprocessor architecture, and create true system LSI solutions for next-generation digital devices."
    • Anonimo scrive:
      Re: Press Release del 17 Maggio 2004.....
      Software and OS SupportThe MPCore multiprocessor supports both SMP and AMP software models, and supports a broad range of OS (operating system) and application software. "Combined with innovative power conservation, the new ARM multiprocessor core will enable device manufacturers to deliver high-performance applications," said Glenn Seiler, director, Product Marketing, MontaVista Software. "Developers will appreciate the strong synergy between this technology and MontaVista Consumer Electronics Edition's dynamic power management capabilities and native Linux support for symmetric multiprocessing." "The MPCore multiprocessor provides the technology the industry needs to create complex and high-performance devices," said Robert Day, director of Marketing from Mentor Graphics Embedded Systems Division. "Development of a multiprocessor interface within our Nucleus PLUS RTOS will be consistent with the technology in the MPCore multiprocessor and we look forward to releasing the Nucleus® operating system for this platform." "At the KTH Royal Institute of Technology of Sweden, we have published multiple papers on the energy and performance advantages of multiprocessor designs in embedded systems using a similar adaptive shutdown technique as supported by the MPCore multiprocessor," said Mats Brorsson, professor in Computer Architecture at KTH. "In transferring our OpenMP compiler technology to ARM that simplifies the development of SMP applications, we have been able to demonstrate the advantages of multiprocessor technology we had previously predicted."The MPCore multiprocessor supports the ARMv6 architecture, with SIMD media extensions for next-generation rich multimedia and convergent devices and ARM Jazelle® Java acceleration. The MPCore multiprocessor implements between one and four processors with cache coherency using a modified MESI protocol. It also features configurable level 1 caches, 64-bit AMBA? AXI interfaces, vector floating-point coprocessors and programmable interrupt distribution. The processor supports Adaptive Shutdown of unused processors to give dynamic power consumption as low as 0.57mW/MHz from a generic 130nm process excluding cache. The ARM Intelligent Energy Manager technology can further reduce consumption by dynamically predicting the required performance and lowering the voltage and frequency. The MPCore multiprocessor enables system designers to view the core as a single "uniprocessor", simplifying development and reducing time-to-market. For more information about the MPCore Multiprocessor please visit http://www.arm.com/products/CPUs/MPCoreMultiprocessor.htmlAvailabilityThe MPCore multiprocessor is available for licensing from ARM now. First silicon is expected Q2 2005. An evaluation system for the MPCore multiprocessor with Linux 2.6 OS and development tools is available today to enable early software development for MPCore multiprocessor designs. About ARMARM is the industry's leading provider of 16/32-bit embedded RISC microprocessor solutions. The company licenses its high-performance, low-cost, power-efficient RISC processors, peripherals, and system-chip designs to leading international electronics companies. ARM also provides comprehensive support required in developing a complete system. ARM's microprocessor cores are rapidly becoming a volume RISC standard in such markets as portable communications, hand-held computing, multimedia digital consumer and embedded solutions. More information on ARM is available at http://www.arm.comENDSARM and Jazelle are registered trademarks of ARM Limited. AMBA and MPCore are trademarks of ARM Limited. All other brands or product names are the property of their respective holders. "ARM" is used to represent ARM Holdings plc [(LSE: ARM); (Nasdaq: ARMHY)]; its operating company ARM Limited; and the regional subsidiaries ARM INC.; ARM KK; ARM Korea Ltd.; ARM Taiwan; ARM France SAS; ARM Consulting (Shanghai) Co. Ltd.; and ARM Belgium N.V.ContactARM Press Office+44 (0) 208 996 4141
    • Anonimo scrive:
      Re: Press Release del 17 Maggio 2004....
      Questa press release si riferisce alla notizia che PI ha riportato in fondo alla news di oggi. Semmai avresti dovuto pubblicare il comunicato di NEC ;-)- Scritto da: Anonimo
      www.arm.com/news/5346.html
  • Anonimo scrive:
    E' un package non un multi-core !
    Il Mediatek MTK1389DE (e versioni EE,FE e così via) sono basate su un'architettura simile, includono nel package sia una CPU per l' OS, un DSP da usare per decodifica video, un controller per la meccanica del lettore DVD e così via...In questo caso NEC ha semplicemente prodotto un package simile a quello già costruito dalla Mediatek, nulla di nuovo nè un multi-core.
    • Anonimo scrive:
      Re: E' un package non un multi-core !
      Assolutamente no, in questo caso si tratta di un processore integrante tre core ARM e, pertanto, basato su di una tecnologia multi-core. Che poi sia un package o meno poco importa, la notizia è un'altra.Ciao.- Scritto da: Anonimo
      Il Mediatek MTK1389DE (e versioni EE,FE e
      così via) sono basate su
      un'architettura simile, includono nel
      package sia una CPU per l' OS, un DSP da
      usare per decodifica video, un controller
      per la meccanica del lettore DVD e
      così via...
      In questo caso NEC ha semplicemente prodotto
      un package simile a quello già
      costruito dalla Mediatek, nulla di nuovo
      nè un multi-core.
    • Anonimo scrive:
      Re: E' un package non un multi-core !
      - Scritto da: Anonimo
      Il Mediatek MTK1389DE (e versioni EE,FE e
      così via) sono basate su
      un'architettura simile, includono nel
      package sia una CPU per l' OS, un DSP dapeccato che qui le CPU siano 3 e non una :-) Ma l'hai letta la news prima di sparare a vuoto? :)
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