Originally Posted by SactoMan01
Here's my current guess on what the device will be like:
1) 10" LED-backlit LCD panel with touchscreen features.
That is pretty much a given unless Apple deploys tech we don't know about. There are concepts for lower power and higher quality screens out there but last I knew nothing ready for mass production.
In any event I'm hoping for a family of tablets with multiple screen sizes. In otherwords I want a 7" class device myself.
2) ARM11 CPU with PA Semi technology to keep power consumption down.
ARM11 is out, the performance is way to low per watt. As to PA Semi they will be doing integration of the SoC and not low power design per say. Yes they need to take low power into account when designing the required circuitry, but the ECAD tools choosen have a big impact there.
I'm going to suggest A9 or A8 will be the targetted architecture. What will be very interesting is what PA tacks onto those cores. Here I'm expecting some high performance hardware to accelerate the though stuff.
3) Unknown GPU technology to allow smooth 720p HDTV playback.
The GPU proper is likely to be from Imagination Technologies. They have some new GPUs that could easily be configured for this device. That won't however takle the tough stuff alluded to above, this is where I see PA having a big role. That is I expect to see a PA designed funtion block for multimedia acceleration.
If one looks at the 12.10.2009 copy of Electronic Design you will find a short article called "Its a Multimedia CPU Feeding Frenzy" where a number of companies have products highlighted. One is ZiiLabs and their ZMS-08 chip. It comes equiped with a 64 cell parallel processing array attached to an A8 core. This array can encode and decode 720P at the same time. I see Apple doing the samething with an array that is general but separate from the GPU. This could become a OpenCL resource.
Interestingly the development platform fo this chip is a Touch sized device. Obviously this could drive larger machines.
Obviously Apple intends for PA to implement it's own special sauce. What is becoming obvious is that that sauce will have to be very special indeed to compete with all the different ARM based SoC hitting the marketplace. It is this area that really has me interested on a technical front. Plus all of these developments could easily go into an iPhone sized device.
4) 2 GB of system RAM.
I'm expecting less but in a tablet it may be feasable.
5) 240 to 320 GB 1.8" dual-platter hard drive for local storage. (Don't laugh. Given Apple's success with the iPod classic running for long periods of time with a single-platter 1.8" hard drive, not to mention a lot more space for a much bigger batter pack on the tablet, such a method for local storage actually makes sense, especially given the current steep prices for SSD storage).
I'd be very surprised! Especially after the manufactures indicated that the tech is dead.
6) 802.11b/g/n WiFi connectivity.
7) Maybe Bluetooth connectivity for external keyboard/mouse pointing device.
Or a single USB port. I use to be a fan of Blutooth but it never really panned out in a general sense.
8) Possible 3G GSM HSDPA/HSUPA cellphone network connectivity.
8) iPod dock connector and Mini DisplayPort connector, with optional adapter for Mini DisplayPort to HDMI 1.3 connections.
I don't see how a a display port connection would add a lit of value. But then again the use cases I imagine may be different than average. As to 3G or 4G, it has to beopyional without a contract.