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NO 5 DATE July. 21. 2010 HIT 2571
TITLE Volume No. 5

M3 Mobile Newsletter

www.m3mobile.net

Wednesday, July 21, 2010 

Issue No. 005-EN

 

 

l  IT News

 

2009 Rugged Mobile Computer Market Beginning to Rebound in 2010

 

Worldwide Prospect for Rugged Mobile Computer

-8.6% growth expected for 2010.

-Emerging market segments for semi-rugged solutions in healthcare, transportation, retail, field sales, field service, and professional services present strong growth opportunities.

-The iPad is driving increased exposure to the slate tablet segment that could translate into increased opportunities for rugged solutions.

 

Rugged mobile computer vendor market share trends

Company

Revenues (Millions)

Share (%)

CAGR (%)

2007

2008

2009

2007

2008

2009

% Change

M

1211.3

974.1

685.8

43.3

38.9

35.8

-3.1%

-29.6

I

306.0

335.0

236.5

11

13.4

12.3

-1.1%

-29.4

P

190.0

170.0

121.0

6.8

6.8

6.3

-0.5%

-28.8

D

120.4

113.0

77.5

4.3

4.5

4

-0.5%

-31.4

H

122.0

99.9

68.0

4.4

4

3.6

-0.4%

-31.9

D

83.3

77.7

70.8

3

3.1

3.7

0.6%

-8.9

C

81.1

71.0

59.9

2.9

2.8

3.1

0.3%

-15.6

M3 MOBILE

33.0

59.9

54.5

1.2

2.4

2.8

0.4%

-9

U

43.7

59.1

36.6

1.6

2.4

1.9

-0.5%

-38

L

46.3

46.5

41.8

1.7

1.9

2.2

0.3%

-10.1

 

-Company M remains the clear market leader for rugged devices despite the 3.1% contraction in market share. This drop was largely a result of Motorola’s exposure to the weak retail market.

-While Company I’s performance in North America was strong, it suffered significant contraction outside of North America.

-Asia-based vendors made significant strides in 2009 and the first half of 2010. Their products have improved significantly from a quality and functionality perspective. However, most Asia based vendor’s positions in the Americas market remains limited.

 

Worldwide average selling price forecasts for rugged mobile computers.

-Significant currency fluctuations, especially in the devaluation of the Euro, have impacted organizations with operations in Europe by as much as 10%.

-End users have become more price sensitive during the product selection stages causing the technology vendors who traditionally relied on a strategy of higher quality products at above average market pricing struggle even more.

-On the other hand, lesser known Asian-pacific vendors that have presence in North America and Europe are benefiting from the opportunity to offer functionality at low price points. VDC observed that end users are becoming more willing to break from known brand names and long-term relationships to decrease the cost of deployment.

 

From VDC Report 2010

*M3 CAGR (Compound Annual Growth Rate) in the above table is -9%, but 2008 to 2009 M3 Revenue was up by over 20% in fact.

 

 

 

l  M3 Case Study

 

More fast communication with M3 Sky WIFI Function

 

M3 Sky MC-7500S has been using at an Italian restaurant in one of the ibis hotel in France. Ibis is an international hotel company. It has 800 hotels in 40 countries around the world, with over 370 in France and most of the remainder elsewhere in Europe. M3 Sky transmits order information to the kitchen through M3 Sky WIFI function. More fast communication within the kitchen and the restaurant has led to significant efficiencies in production and substantial improvement. Better services give big satisfaction to their customers with the fast order system based on the WIFI function of M3 Sky.

 

 

l  M3 Products

 

1. M3 T Advantages Compared to Other Products

*Each following model’s OS is different, so, its performance comparison should be calculated accordingly. However it is worth comparing in order to use in the same operation environment.

SPEC

M3 Mobile

MC-6700S

Motorola

MC75

Bluebird

BIP6000

Casio

DT5300

CPU

PXA320 806MHz

PXA270 624MHz

PXA320 806MHz

PXA320 624MHz

-M3 Performance: 30% higher than M and B  

OS

Win CE 5.0

WM 6.1

WM 6.1

WIN CE 6.0

-M3 OS: Selected Win CE used mostly for WLAN operation environment

Memory (RAM/ROM)

256/256MB

128/512MB

128/512MB

128/128MB

-M3 Booting Speed: 150% faster than M and B, 10% faster than C

-M3 Hard-disk Resetting Speed: 400% faster than the others

-M3 Copying Speed (SDFlash): 200% faster than M and B, 10% faster than C

WRAN

a/b/g

a/b/g

b/g

b/g

-M3 T: Support WLAN IEEE 802.11.a

-M3 File Two-way Communication Speed: 10~50% faster than M, 20~70% faster than C

*Speed and frequency band are different according to WLAN standard 802.11.x:

802.11 a: offer 54Mbps transmission speed in 5~6GHz frequency band. Less frequency interference relatively.

802.11.b: offer 11Mbps transmission speed in 2.4GHz frequency band. Good compatibility.

802.11 g: offer 20Mbps transmission speed in 2.4GHz frequency band.

CAMERA

3.0MP

2.0MP

3.0MP

2.0MP

-M3 Camera Initialization/Photographing Time: 30% faster than M

SCANNER

Symbol (S/W)

Symbol (H/W)

HHP (2D)

Opticon

-M3 Reading Speed: 10% faster than the others

*M3 selected S/W decoding that is faster than H/W decoding. Our engineer is specialized in S/W decoding and in result, our prices is also very competitive than the others.

GPS

Yes

Yes

미탑재

미탑재

-M3 Satellite Sensitivity: 10% better than M

Running Time Against

Battery Capacity

2700/4800mAh

3600mAh

4400mAh

1850mAh

-M3 Consumption Current: 5% lower than M, 25% lower than B

-Battery Capacity: 25% longer than M, 30% longer than B and C (on the basis of 4800mAh)

DROP

1.8M

1.5M

1.8M

1.5M

IP

IP65

IP54

IP65

IP54

Operating

Temperature

-20~60

-10~50

-20~55

-20~50

M3 T is latest technology being integrated up to date specifications, and a rugged and reliable industrial handheld built for intensive harsh environment

 

2. Developed CDMX 1x model of M3 Green MC6300S for CHINA TELECOM

 

3. Developed Japanese keypad of M3 Sky Non-WWAN version  

Call / End button / Soft Key Changed to F1 / F2 / F3 / F4

 

 

l  Technical Issue: Troubleshooting

 

Battery Charge Indication

Symptoms: Mechanism / Procedure to protect the battery from over charging.

Back-up battery: Integrated PCM circuit / Cut Off at 2.8V
Main battery: Integrated PCM circuit / Cut Off at 2.8V

When 20% of full capacity is left:

Displays a message, ‘not enough battery’, at the task bar.

 

When 10% of full capacity is left:

The caution message pops up and goes to sleep mode. From this moment, the device consumes the 10% of charge to keep it alive. If all 10% is consumed, it uses the back-up battery and if it is all consumed as well, the device is powered off and all data except in flash disk is lost.

 

GPS com port on Vehicle Cradle

Symptoms: GPS setting from vehicle cradle

The GPS (internal) is available through COM2 @9600,n,8,1

The GPS (External; Vehicle Cradle) is available through COM 8

Tap Start->Settings->System->GPS

Internal GPS:  COM 2 

External (Vehicle Cradle) GPS:  COM 8 

 

 

l  Technical Issue: FAQ

M3 FAQ list is uploaded in the M3 Technical Support website: http://support.m3mobile.co.kr

 

General Backup Battery Information

1.    Backup battery maintain time
Up to 50 hrs (7100 summit) / up to 2hrs (green)

2.    Charging
Charged through main battery. Takes approximately 20 min after inserting main battery to the device.

3.    Backup Battery Level Check
WM(not available), CE(available)

4.    SKY old model and SKY Summit comparison

 

M3 Sky(Old model)

No backup batt,

RTC coin batt.

M3 Sky Summit

(Backup battery)

Notes

Booting method from power off state

Power button

(short time) 

or

Reset (short time)

Same as left

Perform hard reset if can’t boot

(Not necessary to detach main batt.)

Previous issue on M3 Sky Summit: when the device does not start up, need to wait till backup batt. is fully discharged (approx. 2 days)

Soft reset

Reset (short time) or

S/W control

Same as left

 

Power off using the power button (long time)

Only includes RTC (V1.2)

RTC, GPS satellite info is stored

Red power LED blinks

Detaching main battery from power on state

Only RTC is alive

Auto sleep mode, force shut down phone

Red / Green: Auto sleep mode, force shut down phone

Switching main battery

Phone turns off

Phone turns off

Red/ Green: Phone turns off

Hard reset (long reset)

RTC reset

RTC reset

Reset by pressing for longer than 5 sec. (red power LED blinks)

 

 

RTC Reset Causes and Prevention – M3 SKY models with RTC coin battery

RTC coin battery is integrated in a few models of M3 SKY. The coin battery is used to keep the device alive while changing the main battery. By ‘alive’, we mean the device does not lose any information stored in the device including the time information. However, the device will go to sleep mode.

A fully charged RTC coin will keep the device alive for around 5 minutes. If the main battery is detached for longer than 5 minutes, the time information is lost.

Another scenario that the time information is lost is that when the PDA is completely powered off (turning off the device by pressing the power button for 10 seconds) for longer than 5 minutes. This is because when the device is completely powered off, the RTC coin battery is working to keep the time information and after 5 minutes, it is fully discharged and all the unsaved information is lost.

To prevent RTC reset, DO NOT power off the device by pressing the power button for 10 seconds (except in the case of special event such as upgrading OS or clean boot) or detach the main battery from the device, and leave the device for a long time. Current in the RTC coin battery is flowing when the device is completely powered off and it may result in RTC information loss. If you must detach the main battery for whatever reason, please place the device on the cradle.

To charge the coin battery, the main battery must be attached to the device AND the device is switched on. If the PDA is not switched on, the coin battery is not charging even if the main battery is attached. When a fully charged main battery is attached to the device, it will take approximately 20 minutes to charge the coin battery.

 

 

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