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Saturday, May 10, 2008

The Zune Guts: Memory Board Peeping

Posted by Jason Dunn in "Zune Hardware" @ 01:00 PM



When I was at the MVP Summit a few weeks ago, I sat in on a presentation by one of the Zune hardware engineers, and he walked us through the guts of the Zune. It was really interesting to see the parts up close, and in some ways, to see how simple it all is - so many of the parts are not multi-function that they don't need that many discreet components. The above circuit board is the memory board - what you're seeing there is a Samsung 4 GB memory chip. The Zune 8 has two of those, so the slots are full. The Zune-team-only 16 GB Citron Zune uses two 8 GB chips. And as Samsung makes their chips in larger capacities, we'll hopefully see the Zune retain the same form-factor, just get even more storage.


Tuesday, April 24, 2007

Microsoft and Samsung Share Patents: Zune to Benefit?

Posted by Aaron Roma in "Zune Talk" @ 05:58 AM

http://www.pcmag.com/article2/0,1895,2116107,00.asp

"Microsoft will gain access to Samsung patents relating to digital media and computer-related inventions... Kaefer pointed to Microsoft products like the Xbox gaming system, the Zune MP3 player and Windows-based PCs as those "that can stand to benefit" from the Samsung deal."

Microsoft and Samsung have apparently inked a deal to share some of their respective patents. In particular, Microsoft will gain access to Samsung patents relating to digital media. As pointed out in the article, we probably won't see Microsoft and Samsung technicians working together. Rather this deal basically opens the door for Microsoft to incorporate Samsung technologies into its own products without fear of legal ramifications. The Zune could potentially be one of the beneficiaries of this agreement. While Samsung isn't an impact player in the MP3 arena, they do utilize some interesting technologies in their line of players, including the use of OLED displays.

Tags: patent, samsung

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