|NO||5||DATE||July. 21. 2010||HIT||3193|
|TITLE||Volume No. 5|
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 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.
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.
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
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
battery maintain time
Battery Level Check
4. SKY old model and SKY Summit comparison
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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