By Kenny Song <firstname.lastname@example.org>, Message-ID: <email@example.com>
If you can, do the RAM upgrade and the Implant upgrade at one go. It is cheaper and your Newt will be opened
only once. I would never recommend anyone to do the Implant without first
upgrading the RAM. That's the best money spent on any hardware upgrade to
Here are the specs for the upgrade:
CPU speed control based on Implant-2000 technology
sleep mode to save battery power
switch control to deactivate Implant-2000 module on the fly
Implant-2000 performance factor about 40%-60%
realtimeclock NOT accelerated (full compatible)
maximum quiescont supply current 3.3 Volt 200uA
maximum quiescont supply current in sleep mode 100uA
Implant-2000 based on 3.3V CMOS technology
fixed CPU speed factor over 220MHz
Size: length 29 mm; width 25 mm; height 4 mm
What are the benefits to expect
1. What about performance with the upgrade? - How much faster will my
The speed increase with different applications and functions varies. By my
experience the recognizing of handwriting will be faster from 15 up to 40 %.
Searching especially global is much faster. Other speed increase includes:
Startup after a soft reset
Opening of Extra Drawers and switching of icon/overview modes
Backing up (Card to Card)
Launching of packages
Sorting eg Notion
Higher frequency to sounds eg Alarms, System sounds
2. How do I use the upgrade?
The electronic logic of the Implant ensures that the MessagePad will be
started in accelerated-mode by normal switch-on (short hold of the
Power-on-button). If you keep the button in on-position for about 0.6 sec
the MessagePad will start with the normal unaccelerated mode. Hold this
button in position for about 1.2 sec in order to turn on the additional
backlight. (The timing can be tricky so I usually flick on for accelerated
mode and on Backlight/Normal mode by holding switch, then off the backlight
if I have to.) However, it in only on rare occasions that you'll turn off
3. When would I need to off the accelerator?
You will need to switch back to normal mode for the following.
Use of the Serial Port
The use of Ethernet Cards (?)
Listening to Speaktext/MODplayer etc
4. What is not affected by the Implant?
Real time clock remains unaffected. Your Newton will continue to keep time
Your data will remain perfectly safe. However, the upgrade will require a
brainwipe of the internal store. There is also a chance that you will lose
any System Update which Pixsolution won't reinstall for you. So make sure
you have a copy of the latest System Update.
Modem use will remain unaffected
5. What negative effects can I expect from the upgrade?
Apart from the sound being rendered at a higher speed, here are some things
I know about.
Battery consumption would be about 10-15% more. This is however really
quite insignificant if you are a Modem user which really is the main draw of
power in my Newt.
On VERY rare occasions, the screen becomes unresponsive ie nothing happens
when you tap, write on screen. It can affect the whole screen or just the
top half. In the one and half years of use, it happened to me only once.
The cure is simple, remove ALL power and let the Newt sit for 2 hours.
Remember, it is VERY rare and only a few users have reported this. It
however in no way affect the hardware.
6. What comes with the Upgrade?
Apart for the SPEEEEEEED increase, some software, basically to diagnose your
Newt to confirm the Implant is in place (checks CPU Speed) and also a pkg
that lets you confirm what mode you are in (accelerated or normal). I
trashed this because by listening to the tap sound, I can tell whether I'm
in accelerated mode or not.