ARM11 MIDs run Ubuntu

SmartDevices has formally proclaimed the SmartQ five mid on its web site, however, has yet to tip the similar, yet larger 7-inch mid, that is being sold beside the 5-inch version at EWorld. just like the recently declared Routon P730 and P760 MIDs from Chinese manufacturer Routon Electronic Co., the SmartQ devices are designed around ARM11-based Samsung S3C6410 system-on-chip (SoC) clocked to 677MHz.

SmartQ 5

The two SmartDevices MIDs are identical in memory complement (128MB) and Flash (1GB), and every offers a microSD slot and USB port. whereas the screen size differs, at the side of dimensions, weight, and battery, they each offer 800 x 480 touchscreens. The identical property choices embody WiFi, Bluetooth, associated an choice to introduce a USB-attached 3G telephone for HSDPA property. Keyboards, mice, SD cards, and USB adapters are ex gratia. each devices share a similar Ubuntu UNIX operating system distribution, shown later during this story.

The Samsung S3C6410 SoC that powers the SmartQ and Routon MIDs was proclaimed in Gregorian calendar month 2008. The S3C6410 is supplied with associate ARM1176 core at the side of what Samsung refers to as “advanced hardware blocks for transmission process.” A hardwired Multi-Format Codec (MFC) unit permits the S3C6410 to perform video capturing in MPEG4/H.263/H.264 formats, and replay video in MPEG4/H.263/H.264/VC1 formats, whereas still delivering long battery life, Samsung says. The SoC has been incorporated during a Samsung/Chumby reference style for digital image frames.

Specifications listed for the SmartQ five and SmartQ seven MIDs embody:

  • Processor: Samsung S3C6410 (ARM11) @ 667MHz
  • Memory — 128MB DDR RAM
  • Flash — 1GB flash
  • Flash enlargement — Memory-card slot for up to 32GB microSD cards
  • Display — four.3-inch (SmartQ 5) or 7-inch (SmartQ 7) 800 X 480 touchscreen
  • WiFi — 802.11b/g
  • Bluetooth — sort any old
  • 3G — via ex gratia USB-attached adapter for EDGE, HSDPA, or connected 3G movable
  • USB — one x USB two.0 Host port
  • Languages — Chinese, English, German, French, Portuguese
  • Dimensions — four.7 x 2.9 x 0.6 inches (120 x seventy four x 14mm) for SmartQ 5; SmartQ seven dimensions not expressed
  • Weight — 5.3 oz (150g) for SmartQ 5; eight.8 oz (250g) for SmartQ seven
  • Battery — 2000mAH (SmartQ 5); 4500mAH (SmartQ 7)
  • Operating System: Ubuntu UNIX operating system

All in all, the SmartQ specs appear underpowered compared to the Routon MIDs, with lower RAM and flash allotments, and no GPS or intrinsical 3G electronic equipment. However, the costs look arduous to beat, and low costs and power consumption seem to be the trump cards for ARM-based MIDs in their battle against Intel Atom-based models. (No battery life figures were offered for either the Routon or SmartQ models.)
The summer of the ARM MIDs?

While various MIDs have shipped supported the Intel Atom and Moblin UNIX operating system distribution, the SmartQ and Routon models may be among the primary of a brand new wave of ARM-based MIDs, tablets, digital image frames, and PMPs to arrive this year. nearly all of the initial wave can run UNIX operating system, and plenty of are probably to run the Linux-based robot stack. Meanwhile, Nokia is anticipated to before long unveil a brand new version of its ARM- and Maemo Linux-based Nokia N8xx net pill.