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BostonPocketPC sat down with Otto Berkes, general manager of the Mobile Platforms Division at Microsoft and driver of the Origami project, and asked him some questions about the direction the Origami is headed.  Of particular interest was this quote by Otto: We absolutely plan to work […]

BostonPocketPC sat down with Otto Berkes, general manager of the Mobile Platforms Division at Microsoft and driver of the Origami project, and asked him some questions about the direction the Origami is headed.  Of particular interest was this quote by Otto:

We absolutely plan to work with partners to offer a robust ecosystem around UMPCs. It is too early to share further details, but we do expect UMPC peripherals to provide exciting new functionality and to be a core part of the UMPC category evolution.

I wonder what new peripherals might be produced for the Origami?  Any ideas?

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  1. How about a way to use a pcmcia card? How do we get wireless broadband with these things?

  2. Steven Hughes Monday, March 27, 2006

    If the UMPC has a CF slot you could use a CF to PCMCIA adapter, the only limitation would be if the PCMCIA card could run on the 3.3V from a CF slot. Some 5V cards do and some don’t…

    I have used an adapter from Semson’s
    here is a very old review of it here:
    http://www.bostonpocketpc.com/modules.php?op=modload&name=Reviews&file=index&req=showcontent&id=31

    It now retails for $19.99 here:
    http://www.semsons.com/comflastopcc.html

    I sent it off a while ago to Jake Ludington to try with a Fujitsu P1510 to see if it would work for him…

  3. Steven Hughes Monday, March 27, 2006

    If the UMPC has a CF slot you could use a CF to PCMCIA adapter, the only limitation would be if the PCMCIA card could run on the 3.3V from a CF slot. Some 5V cards do and some don’t…

    I have used an adapter from Semson’s
    here is a very old review of it here:
    http://www.bostonpocketpc.com/modules.php?op=modload&name=Reviews&file=index&req=showcontent&id=31

    It now retails for $19.99 here:
    http://www.semsons.com/comflastopcc.html

    I sent it off a while ago to Jake Ludington to try with a Fujitsu P1510 to see if it would work for him…

  4. Several companies are getting ready to release USB 3G modems which would be a good solution for Origamis.

  5. Plus, I was under the impression the Semson would only work with 16 bit PC Cards which rules out all the 2.5 – 3 G cards.

  6. Steven Hughes Tuesday, March 28, 2006

    True…looks like USB is the only option besides built-in if some manufactuers offer it…hopefully they will come out with some cool designs rather than just a USB stick. Preferably more rounded or almost flat with a rounded antennae bulge like on the laptops with built-in EvDO either way – built-in or add-on 3G will shorten the battery life considerably…

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