Fujitsu Develops Windows 7-based Handset Using 2 Processors
Fujitsu Ltd had a press conference on its "F-07C" mobile phone, which can be used as a Windows 7-based PC, May 26, 2011.
It functions in two modes: "Mobile Mode," in which the F-07C can be used as a mobile phone that supports NTT Docomo Inc's i-mode mobile service, and "Windows 7 Mode," in which it can be used as a Windows-based PC. The two modes were realized by using two microprocessors.
The F-07C, which Fujitsu describes as the world's smallest personal computer, was announced by NTT Docomo as one of the mobile phones designed for the summer of 2011 and is scheduled to be released in June or July 2011.
"Because the mobile phone can be used as a PC, it can serve users for much longer hours," said Kuniaki Saito, personal business director of Fujitsu.
Equipped with Atom, OMAP
To make the F-07C operate as a Windows-based PC, Fujitsu equipped the handset with Intel Corp's "Intel Atom processor Z6xx Series" microprocessor (maximum operating frequency: 1.2GHz) and "SM35 Express" input-output circuit.
"We combined the processor of the Moorestown (a chipset for smartphones) and the input-output circuit of the Oak Trail (a chipset for tablet PCs)," Fujitsu said. "We used our own combination to have an input-output interface of normal PCs while reducing power consumption."
To reduce power consumption in the Windows 7 Mode to 1.5W, the company limited the maximum operating frequency of the Atom processor to 600MHz.
To make the F-07C operate as an i-mode-compatible mobile phone, Fujitsu equipped it with Texas Instruments Inc's "OMAP" microprocessor. Like the other i-mode-compatible mobile phones developed by Fujitsu, the F-07C runs Symbian OS-based software platform on the OMAP. It is possible to switch between the two systems running on the two different processors just by pressing a button located on a side of the mobile phone.
"It might be better to integrate them into one processor," Fujitsu said. "But at this point, we need the two-processor structure so that we do not have to reduce the number of functions of the phone as an i-mode compatible handset and a Windows-based PC."
Input interface managed on mobile phone side
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