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Tuesday, February 13, 2007

Microsoft FCC Filing: Probably Not Zune Phone

Posted by Aaron Roma in "Zune Talk" @ 10:04 AM

http://www.engadget.com/2007/02/10/debunk-microsoft-files-for-zune-phone-with-fcc-probably-not/

"There's some buzz going around right now about a "Zune phone" filed with the FCC -- we did a little extra digging, and we're not really convinced that's what's at hand. We know a Zune phone is in the works, that much is abundantly clear, but what passed through the FCC was a pre-approval application document that ran down a list of questions the FCC had for a CE "coalition" consisting of Microsoft, Dell, Google, HP, Intel, Philips, who are apparently in on some device together."

Engadget warns not to believe the rumors surrounding Microsoft's recent FCC filing. According to Engadget, while it is clear this filing is for some sort of wireless device, the numbers just don't add up to this filing being related to the Zune or a precursor to the rumored Zune phone. What do you think? Does this filing herald the coming of a Zune VoIP phone device?

Tags: fcc, phone

Friday, August 25, 2006

Zune Eye-Candy

Posted by Darius Wey in "Zune Hardware" @ 09:37 PM

They say a picture is worth a thousand words, right? Well, we have 28,000 of them for you, courtesy of the FCC.





The FCC report is legitimate, so there are no question marks here. On the front, you can see a circular control pad, flanked by a "Back" button and a "Play/Pause" button.





The bottom of the Zune features a sync-and-charge connector. The top houses a headphone jack. The rear has an all-too-familiar Zune logo printed on it.









Above, you'll find a series of shots of the Zune's system board from all angles.



Attached to it is Toshiba's 30GB 1.8" HDD.









Yeah, 802.11b/g Wi-Fi, baby!





The Zune includes a reasonably-sized 3.0" low-temperature TFT-LCD, great for viewing album art, browsing your media library, and watching videos (for those who doubted it, an FCC document indicates that the latter is supported).





Proof, once again, that the Zune contains a spinning platter.





Housed within the Zune is a 3.7V Li-Ion battery. It looks to be non-user-replaceable, but we'll learn more about this in the coming weeks.







The FCC's product testing environments are never visually appealing, but thanks to their provision of Zune-related images, we forgive 'em.





Black is back.



And apparently, so is chocolate brown.







Seeing images like this prompts an important question. Will the Zune only connect and talk to Windows-based PCs, or will it befriend Macs as well? iTunes' compatibility with both Windows and Mac OS has helped the iPod transform into a raging success worldwide. Microsoft owes it to itself to follow suit.


FCC Zune User Manual

Posted by Jason Dunn in "Zune Hardware" @ 11:02 AM

I've grabbed the Zune user manual from the FCC site and have dug into it a little to learn more about Zune. Below are some of the key points from the user manual, but you can check it out for yourself as well.
  • Clearly, this is a very rough, spartan user manual. It doesn't need to be pretty to meet FCC approval, it just needs to have the basics.
  • The hard drive used is a 1.8 inch, 30 GB model, made by Toshiba
  • The device will support USB 2.0
  • FM tuner with RDBS support (that has some cool possibilities if your local radio stations use it)
  • WiFi support is both B and G, for up to 54 mbps theoretical speed
  • Lithium Ion battery, no mention of exact mAH capacity
  • It looks like it will come with USB charging only - that seems odd, but the user manual suggests the out of box experience is to connect the Zune to your computer USB port and let it charge for about two hours
  • It mentions www.pyxis.com, but I somehow doubt Microsoft is partnered with Cardinal health - that's the code name. They should have just used foo.com in the manual
  • The unit is turned off and on by pressing and holding the Play/Pause button for three seconds (better than having a dedicated button)
  • Volume is controlled via the control pad, not a dial
  • Skip Back/Forward is accomplished using the right/left on the control pad
  • Moving upwards to the previous menu is accomplished using the Back button, just like on the Portable Media Center units (such as the Toshiba Gigabeat S)
  • You can return to the home screen quickly by pressing and holding the back button
  • Resetting (rebooting) the Zune is accomplished by pressing and holding both the Back and Play/Pause button for three seconds. No more hunting for a paperclip to poke in a tiny hole!
  • Lock/Unlock is accomplished via a hardware switch
That's it for the hardware part of the manual - next up, we'll dig into the "wireless DJ" functionality.

Tags: hardware, fcc, pdf, manual

FCC Reveals Zune: Guts and Glory

Posted by Jason Dunn in "Zune Hardware" @ 08:41 AM

"Well, here's a bit of a surprise: a wireless PMP just showed up on the FCC, featuring a 30GB HDD, FM tuner and a strangely familiar 3-inch screen. And it ain't being manufactured by Microsoft. Instead it looks like Microsoft got their good pal Toshiba to produce the Zune, which not only saves Microsoft the job of gearing up some production lines for the thing, but seems to keep them from stepping on at least one PlayForSure licensee's toes. Things get more interesting from there, since the documentation refers to those other heavily bandied code names: "Pyxis" and "Argo." From the looks of things, Pyxis seems to be the name for the network which Zune devices will use to share content, since in the "DJing Content" section it states that "Pyxis allows you to stream music to up to 4 other Pyxis devices." A bit more confusing, however, is that "You can invite other Argo members that you meet to be your friends wirelessly." Of course, it's always likely that they hadn't gotten all the codenames smoothed out by the time they wrote that up, but it's clear that the Zune player as we know it is only a small part of the overall "Zune" plan."



engadget has posted a great story about the Zune: FCC documents have been discovered that tell us more about the Zune than ever. The reason why the Zune was submitted to the FCC is due to the integrated WiFi: anything that sends a wireless signal must be approved by the FCC. And since the FCC started putting documents up on the Web, almost every new phone and wireless gadget has been "exposed" this way. We'll unravel the FCC Zune documents in a series of posts today...but it looks like our logo design was on target.


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