Lions and tigers and bears! Oh, my!
– The Wizard of Oz
Samsung introduced Mobile WiMAX and Long Term Evolution products at Mobile World Congress 2009 in Barcelona today. Their Mobile WiMAX line-up includes a mobile WiMAX Ubicell Notebook, a Mobile Internet Device (MID) and a Smartphone. Samsung mobile WiMAX Ubicell, is a small cellular base station for in-home wireless coverage.
Engadget got ahold of their “forthcoming” WiMAX-enabled MID at their WiMAX kiosk.
The SWD-M100D MID was running WinMo 6.1 and featured a slide out QWERTY keyboard, 3 megapixel camera, Bluetooth 2.0+EDR module, 4.3-inch touchscreen, microSD slot and TV output, says Engadget. Samsung has a line of Mobile Internet Devices. No word on prices or availablity.
Intel’s Moorestown processor, due next year, promises to draw one tenth the power of today’s Netbooks, and will be included in LG’s MID devices.
Samsung is a major infrastructure vendor for Clear/Sprint, and is pioneering infrastructure buildout in South Korea, its own domestic market. Samsung also exhibited two kinds of base stations for macro coverage, the U-RAS Flexible and U-RAS Compact. Samsung says they can be used as a common platform for both Mobile WiMAX (802.16e) and Mobile WiMAX Evolution (802.16m).
In related platform news, NVIDIA has locked ARMs at the Mobile World Congress, reports Ars Technica. Their Tegra 600 pairs a small GeForce GPU with an ARM11 core. Nvidia is targeting phone-size devices as well as MIDs.
For Netbooks, Nvidia combines their GeForce 9400 with Intel’s Atom CPU in their ION platform.
Lenovo is expected to be the first to pack Nvidia Ion HD graphics into Netbooks (left), says Gizmodo. Their S-20 IdeaPads are expected to feature 11.6- and 12.1-inch displays with eye-popping graphics and broadband wireless.
Intel has sued Nvidia over the right to create and sell motherboard chipsets that support Intel’s Nehalem (aka Core i7) class of desktop processors.
Intel played it somewhat low key at telecom’s big show. Their handheld computers and data networks need a Moorestown shrink for practical battery life. Compatibility with their x86 code base may become less important. That’s because open software platforms, like Android and Symbian Foundation, can deliver thousands of appealing programs to the user. Conveniently.
Earlier this week, Freescale, the chip company spun out of Motorola, announced a new high end chip, based on the latest ARM designs specifically for netbooks. The ARM-based Freescale machine should have an 8-hour battery life, compared with two hours for an Intel-based netbook.
This follows Qualcomm’s Snapdragon announcement last month, where they teamed up with Toshiba. Meanwhile, TI says its ARM-based OMAP4, due in the second half of the year, will target devices capable of recording and playing back 1080p video.
Other Mobile World Congress articles on Dailywireless include; Mobile World Congress: Handsets, Mobile World Congress: HSPA, WiMAX & LTE Faceoff, Nvidia: Turbo Boost for Android and WinMobile, The 8 Megapixel Phone, Handsets: Open, Open, Open, Cisco Beamforms Russia & Kazakhstan, TeleNav Does Turn-By-Turn on Android and 2009 Mobile World Congress.