Nokia confirms first Maemo 6 based device for second half of 2010


Nokia’s executive vice president, Solutions, Alberto Torres has confirmed that Nokia is ready to launch its first device based on Maemo 6, the latest generation of its Linux base mobile operating system, sometime in the second half of 2010. Continue reading Nokia confirms first Maemo 6 based device for second half of 2010

ARM’s new Cortex-A9 Dual Core Processors Capable of 2GHz

ARM processor;
ARM processor

ARM has announced it’s new Two Cortex A9 MPCore hard macro implementations for the TSMC 40nm-G processors, which empowers companies to make high-performance, low-power Cortex-A9 processor-based devices(Smartphones and MIDs). This hard macro implementation will enable devices to operate at frequencies greater than 2GHz easily.

This development is the result of ARM’s interest in advanced physical IP together with processor and fabric IP technology, and leading-edge implementation flows from the EDA industry.

Advanced physical IP techniques have enabled critical circuits within the design to be replaced with highly tuned logic cells and memories, increasing performance while lowering overall power consumption.

Both ARM dual core Cortex-A9 hard macros will share a common seven-power domain, dual-NEON technology configuration supporting SMP (symmetrical multiprocessing) operating systems with up to 8MB of Level2 cache memory and will be delivered with all scripts, vectors and libraries required to integrate the macro directly within any SoC device.

All technicalities aside, this is great news for us users because it promises us great power-packed times ahead.

Nokia to Bundle KOffice Based Office Viewer in Maemo 5 Devices


KOffice is an integrated office suite built on the KDE platform. It makes use of free and open standards like OpenDocument for its document formats, component communication and component embedding.

Their team proudly announced that Nokia has packaged their cross-platform office suite for the Maemo 5 environment with the addition of the new and finger friendly Maemo 5 UI.

It uses a specially designed interface to blend with Maemo 5.  One of the important aims right now   is to help KOffice fine-tune its loading and rendering of MSOffice documents. It should also be noted that all contributions to KOffice have been made directly inside the KOffice subversion repository.

This doc viewer will be shown for the first time at the Maemo Summit in Amsterdam between October the 9th and the 11th. This release is a bit ill timed because the official KOffice2.1 release will likely be one or two weeks later making the Fremantle office use the release candidate at first.

Here is a quick sneak-pic of  KOffice on N900: