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Subject: Re: ipod red!

Re: ipod red!

From: Jerry Van Baren <>
Date: Fri, 02 Mar 2007 16:32:13 -0500

Barry Wardell wrote:
> On 3/2/07, Dave <> wrote:
>> I guess my question should be rephrased ... I wonder what's different
>> about
>> the new hardware.
> The main difference is that all older iPods were based on the same
> family of chips from PortalPlayer (the PP502x and PP5002 series').
> This is the main chip in the device and contains the CPU, and USB
> among other things. So, basically, work done on getting things working
> on one model of iPod usually also benefits all other models (and also
> iriver H10 and Sansa e200 which share the same chip).
> The chip in the new nano is totally different. It is Apple branded,
> although I think Samsung actually produce it. This chip is completely
> different hardware wise to the PortalPlayer chips, so everything we
> have learned before goes out the window and we have to start from
> scratch.
> A further problem is that starting with the 2g nano, Apple are
> encrypting the whole of their firmware. This encryption makes it far
> harder to gain access to the hardware and firmware and figure out how
> it works.

Some trivia:
"Samsung snatches iPod win from PortalPlayer"

"Samsung 'gaffe' sends Apple order to rival chip maker"

Received on 2007-03-02

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