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UPDATE: HTC's Windows Mobile roadmap for 2003
Posted by Arne Hess - on Thursday, 10.07.03 - 16:46:57 CET under 01 - General News - Viewed 8138x
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DigiTimes Taiwan has a pretty good article available about HTC's device roadmap for 2003 which also includes rumors of new Pocket PCs, Pocket PC Phone Editions and Smartphones:

HTC is expected to have several new products in production soon, including a new iPAQ Pocket PCs for HP, an upgraded XDA possibly for mmO2, a CDMA version of XDA, codenamed Falcon, and the upgraded SPV/SPV e100 Microsoft Smartphone. It is rumored it will have a clamshell design, smartphone with built-in camera by the end of the year as well.

What's new for me are the new iPAQ, a CDMA Pocket PC Phone Edition version and the clamshell Smartphone. However, the "upgraded XDA for mmO2" can be seen s confirmed since mmO2 already announced a new xda or later this year.

Another interesting part of the DigiTimes article is the CPU roadmap:

HTC's design experience with Microsoft smartphones has been with the Texas Instruments (TI) OMAP platform. The OMAP platform was more mature and faster to bring to market than Intel's competing design. However, it does not have nearly as much processing power as the new smartphones using Intel's XScale solutions, such as those currently being developed by Mitac International, Asustek Computer and Wistron.

In the OMAP 510 design, used in the SPV smartphone, the processor must contend with the modem for external memory. For new applications such as streaming video, there may not be enough horsepower for a reliable stream. The OMAP platform also comes bundled with the TI Comdat GPRS radio stack, which is rumored to be the cause of some of the network latency problems with earlier SPVs.

TI recently announced a new OMAP-DM270 platform with Sharp, but it will probably be at least one or two product cycles before anyone brings a device to market with this design. Since the new design uses a Nancy codec, it may have been designed for Japanese carriers only.

This sounds like the next production cycle will use XScale CPUs instead of OMAP CPUs. However, I must admit that an OMAP CPU isn't that bad as it might sounds in the article above. For most Smartphone applications it's already enough and who streams videos via GPRS (not to say it's to expensive since flat rates are available in certain networks). No, from my experience there isn't enough bandwidth available today in GPRS networks and since there is no QoS (Quality of Service) available today streaming is something for geeks between 1 and 6 o'clock in the morning but for sure not for serious services. However, this is for sure a hot topic for 3G/UMTS networks!

Cheers ~ Arne

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