SyChip and PalmSource Collaborate on Wi-Fi Modules

PalmSource and SyChip, Inc., a leading developer of radio frequency chip scale modules (RF-CSM), today announced SyChip's entry into the Palm OS Ready Program, delivering integrated Wi-Fi connectivity solutions to Palm OS licensees.

In joining the Palm OS Ready Program (POSR), SyChip's Wi-Fi wireless connectivity solutions will be certified to be Palm OS platform compatible. Certified POSR solutions can free up valuable development time for Palm OS licensees, offering faster time-to-market for new and unique smart mobile devices. The SyChip embedded chip scale module offers licensees the ability to quickly integrate Wi-Fi connectivity in their new mobile device designs, allowing system architects to concentrate on creating differentiated products without the need to dedicate engineering efforts to develop Wi-Fi connectivity.

"By joining the Palm OS Ready Program, SyChip is solidifying its position as a wireless solutions provider for Palm OS licensees," said Moses Asom, co-founder and senior vice president of marketing and business development at SyChip. "With the availability of Palm OS WLAN modules, SyChip is giving Palm OS licensees greater flexibility for integrating Wi-Fi connectivity into their new and existing device designs." SyChip joins existing Palm OS Ready partners ATI, Intel, M-Systems, Motorola, NVIDIA, Samsung Semiconductor and Texas Instruments.

According to its January 30, 2004 Wireless LAN Semiconductor report, Gartner Dataquest estimates that by 2006, 60 percent of PDAs and five percent of cellular handsets will include built-in wireless LAN connections. "The growing presence of wireless LAN access points and hotspots is creating a demand for smart mobile devices with built-in Wi-Fi connectivity," said Joseph Byrne, principal analyst at Gartner. "Cost-effective, small-footprint radios minimize the time and effort required by manufacturers of smart mobile devices to add WLAN capability."

"SyChip is making it easier for Palm OS licensees to deliver Wi-Fi connectivity in their next-generation smart mobile devices, reducing time to market and leveraging SyChip's expertise in the development of products based on the evolving 802.11 standards," said Charlie Tritschler, vice president of product marketing for PalmSource. "By partnering with industry-leading vendors, we believe PalmSource is streamlining the design and development process allowing new and innovative devices to come to market in the shortest possible timeframe."

About the Palm OS Ready Program
Launched in July 2001, the Palm OS Ready Program allows industry-leading component providers to drive faster innovation of Palm Powered devices and foster growth throughout the Palm Powered Economy. Combining access to key components of Palm OS technology with in-depth technical training and resources, the Palm OS Ready Program provides silicon and peripheral providers the ability to deliver more complete solutions to the Palm OS licensee community enabling Palm OS licensees to bring innovative and differentiated Palm Powered mobile devices to market faster and more efficiently.

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I hope this pans out...

Tech72 @ 7/14/2004 1:21:20 PM #
I it may increase the liklyhood of T3 form factor with
blue tooth and 802.11 and improved batery life....

RE: I hope this pans out...
JonathanChoo @ 7/14/2004 2:10:26 PM #
How can an announcement by SyChip entering PalmOS ready program bring our hopes up for better battery life? Nothing against the original T3 (I think the battery is good since I use BtToggle hack and only 10% of the backlight), but adding a WiFi chip will only lead to decrease of battery (if its turn on).

Now a dual-wireless (Bluetooth or GSM/GPRS) PalmOne device is what I want.

Psion 5> Vx > m505 > N770C > T625C > NR70V > e310 > T/T > HP h2210 > T/T3 & h4150
StarTac 75 > T28m > T39m > T68m > T610 > T630

RE: I hope this pans out...
kevspalm @ 7/14/2004 5:26:20 PM #
Doesn't sound like we're much closer. Has there been another wi-fi manufacturer who has made this deal with PalmSource? Maybe it'll mean a wi-fi/bluetooth Palm sometime after the T4. I hope we at least see a Palm-licensed wi-fi card soon.

This is a PalmSource thing

tfftruoa @ 7/14/2004 5:40:33 PM #
SyChip has partnered with PalmSource. There are absolutely no gaurentees that any Palm OS liscensee will use SyChip products in their upcoming handhelds.

PalmSource is the OS maker, so basically this means that SyChip products will work well with newer versions of Palm OS. Doesn't seem like it does a whole lot of good to current users of palm devices.

The Federation for the Responsible Use of Acronyms

RE: This is a PalmSource thing
Alric @ 7/14/2004 7:41:16 PM #
What's ironical is that I am reading this on a Wi-Fi enabled AximX30..

RE: This is a PalmSource thing
IndyDave @ 7/14/2004 10:42:10 PM #
What's "ironical" is an Axiom user posting on PIC using the term "ironical". PPHHHHTTT!

RE: This is a PalmSource thing
IndyDave @ 7/14/2004 10:44:45 PM #
Errr..."axim" or "axiom" or is it an "idiom" kind of thing? Someone forgot to give me my "Librium."

RE: This is a PalmSource thing
Alric @ 7/15/2004 12:26:35 AM #
Well, for years I used Palm. Only recently I switched due to the state of wifi in Palm and their bungled statements about mac support.

RE: This is a PalmSource thing
RhinoSteve @ 7/15/2004 1:09:15 AM #
Enjoy that Axim when as long as you can. It will be a brick with the next OS update. Also, hope you don't have more then six third party apps on it. That is when crash-reset-city starts.

RE: This is a PalmSource thing
a1locjaw @ 7/15/2004 10:00:09 AM #
I posted in the Wifi section of the board... I walked into my local Fry's and there was the SanDisk card and scanned the package and yes... for the Pam Zire 71.. $89.99.... works great at work with our Cisco access points (although as one reviewer pointed out it will RESET if it gets only a weak signal--grr). Problem is I can't get it to work well at home with my Linksys WRT54G wireless router... it will connect SOME but sometiems works slooower and sometimes not at all.. and that's sitting 4 feet away from the router.. I will "fiddle" with my home settings this weekend. At work the battery lasts about an hour of surfing.. card gets a mite warm.... I wound up buying an aux charger and hook up the Zire to the charger when I'm not using it..... I'm a little miffed that the included browser is only a "trial" version.... you have to buy it for an additional $35 after 30 days or it won't work.. that's a "hidden" cost... a wifi card it not much usable without a browser (although I can still use AvantGo wireless).

Anyway, waiting to see if SnDisk can help me figure out why this is not working well at home.

RE: This is a PalmSource thing
sub_tex @ 7/15/2004 10:52:15 AM #
Enjoy that Axim when as long as you can. It will be a brick with the next OS update. Also, hope you don't have more then six third party apps on it. That is when crash-reset-city starts.

Can we keep the stupid OS debates off the front page articles for once?

There's enough wasted or trashed threads in the forums because of these dumb arguments.

RE: This is a PalmSource thing
AyDb @ 7/15/2004 11:54:24 AM #
Enjoy that Axim when as long as you can. It will be a brick with the next OS update.

Like Palm OS handhelds get sooooo many OS updates?

Also, hope you don't have more then six third party apps on it. That is when crash-reset-city starts.

Totally untrue. I've got at least two dozen third-party applications on my X30, and it doesn't crash. Whether the Palm OS fanatics accept it or not, PocketPCs don't crash any more than a Palm OS unit. It's this kind of elitist attitude, believing Palm OS to be SO perfect, that's kept the Palm OS stagnant and uncompetitive for so long.

RE: This is a PalmSource thing
mopcodes @ 7/15/2004 1:44:51 PM #
My experience with a Windows CE based PDA was once it lost power it really was a paper weight. After recharging it I had to reinstall applications on it. I could not simply hotsync it again and have all of it restored. That was very annoying and the primary reason I went back to Palm OS based PDAs.

Pet rock, paper weight, pocket PC PDA - they all mean the same to me.

D. Martin
Former Amiga/Commodore Author/Writer/Reviewer

RE: This is a PalmSource thing
Winter_ @ 7/15/2004 8:33:07 PM #
Totally untrue. I've got at least two dozen third-party applications on my X30, and it doesn't crash.

On the other hand, I have about... 15 apps on my T3 and I still have been unable to decide which one, if any, causes the random crashes. Funny. (sometimes just by going into the battery/date/memory screen a beautiful "over-locked" screen pops. Did I mention that the second day I had the T3 I had already inferred the existence of, found, and installed "Crash" to avoid having to take the device out of its hard case for each reset?)

I hope there's some OS update soon before I get too tired of it and convert it myself into a paperweight. Right now it is little more than a cumbersome MP3 player...

Oh, and I loved how the first hotsync after a hard reset installed everything back into the PDA. The 70 megs of it. Or that's what it tried. I had to go into the backup directory and start moving things away; the device and Palm desktop would just repeat the pantomime and choke and reset after some minutes. It only worked after trimming the backup directory down to about 30 MB. Easy, user friendly, reliable, whatever.

And I still have not had the time (nor the will) to understand why the T3 will start acting funny when it has less than 11 MB free. New programs won't install, small ones install but complain "unable to create database". Deleted 10 MB and everything works OK again. Lovely, man. SO lovely. I'm afraid I'm starting to miss Windows. :>

So what?

mikecane @ 7/15/2004 12:39:11 PM #
We had TI, Motorola, and Intel do "Ready for PalmOS" chips. Yet, for WiFi, just *one* vendor?

Why wasn't this done sooner?

It is getting Very Annoying waiting for PalmOS devices to catch up with the Axim of Evil in terms of WiFi.

SyChip better keep their promise...

vesther @ 7/15/2004 5:18:35 PM #
Let me see a PalmOne Zire device with Wi-Fi, and a Stereo Surround Tungsten Device with Wi-Fi........

I would like to see both the consumer Zire and the business Tungsten equipped with 802.11g. SyChip better keep their promise or I swear to god......

Intel PXA27X, Motorola's ARM Processor, or Texas Instruments OMAP? Pick one Palm Enthusiasts, the choice should be yours. When handheld makers make you choose the ARM Processor, you win.



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