More Sony PEO Details Revealed at Press Conference
Sony held a press conference in Tokyo yesterday to show off their upcoming Personal Entertainment Organizer. The Sony Palm-Powered device will come standard with 8 MB DRAM, 4 MB of internal flash memory and an 8-MB Memory Stick. Much of the hoopla surrounded the device's AV capabilities.
Sony says that, with average use, the Sony Palm can run for 15 days on its its embedded lithium-ion battery. To save power, it sports a transflective display -- also known as a half-transmissive LCD -- that uses reflected light under bright conditions and a backlight when it gets dim. Sony is offering a 256-color screen and a black-and-white version of the PDA.
They played a few movie clips using a third-party software viewer called gMedia. Sony officials said they were able to get playback speed of 4 to 10 frames per second using a standard Dragonball EZ CPU that was tuned up from 16 to 20 MHz and had 8 Mbytes of DRAM.
Masafumi Minami, a Sony general manager overseeing software development, said the company is also looking to incorporate other video compression standards into future PDAs, such as MPEG-4, which is favored by cell phone makers for third-generation phones. "Our strategy is to support all different formats for video and audio," he said.
For now, though, it will not play MP3s. Also, it doesn't support the white-colored Memory Sticks with copy protection features. Audio playback will be added to future versions..
Sony PEO will be released in Japan on September 9.
Thanks to TechWeb.
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