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Archos
Type Public EPA:JXR
Industry Consumer electronics
Founded October 4, 1989
Founders Henri Crohas
Headquarters Archos Zone Industrielle, 12 rue Ampère 91430[1], Igny, France
Number of locations 8 office locations (2013)[2]
Area served Worldwide
Key people Henri Crohas, Chairman of the Board & CEO;
Loic Porier, Deputy Chief Executive Officer of Operations and Finance;
Marc de Courville, Director of Software Engineering;[3]
Products Portable media players, tablet computers, hard disks, PDAs, Smartphones
Revenue €154.9 million (2012)
Operating income € -23.5 million[1]
Net income € -38.7 million[1]
Website www.archos.com

Archos (/ˈɑrks/, stylized as ARCHOS) is a French multinational electronics company that was established in 1988 by Henri Crohas. Archos manufactures portable media players and portable data storage devices. The name is an anagram of Crohas' last name, and it is also Greek for 'master' (αρχος). The company's slogan has been updated from "Think Smaller"[4] to "On The Go"[5] and the current "Entertainment your way".[6]

Archos has developed a variety of products, including digital audio players, portable video players (PVP), digital video recorders, a personal digital assistant, netbooks, more recently tablet computers using Google Android and Microsoft Windows (tablet PCs).

Just recently, the company entered the mobile phone market by launching a series of smartphones, Archos 35 Carbon (which was cancelled and replaced by Archos 45 Titanium), Archos 50 Platinum, Archos 53 Platinum and soon Archos 50 Oxygen.[7]

Products[edit]

Handheld and portable computers with x86 compatible processors[edit]

Archos 9 PC Tablet[edit]

The Archos 9 PC Tablet is a 9" tablet computer launched October 22, 2009 and contains Microsoft's Windows 7 operating system.[8]

Technical details between the hardware versions.

Archos 133 PC 13.3" netbook[edit]

The Archos 133 PC is a notebook computer with a 13.3” screen. Intel Atom D510 Dual Core, 1 GB 667/800 MHz, Webcam, Windows 7

Handheld computers with ARM compatible processors[edit]

Generation 7[edit]

Main article: Archos Generation 7

Archos 5 Internet tablet[edit]

In September 2009 Archos announced the Archos 5 Internet tablet.[9]

Being an extension of the Archos 5, this internet tablet uses Google's Android mobile operating system.

Specifications:

  • Processor based on ARM Cortex-A8, 32 bit, dual-issue, superscalar core @ 800 MHz 65 nm
  • 256 MB of RAM
  • 4.8" display, 800x480 resolution
  • Video playback
  • Music playback
  • Storage: 8 or 32 GB flash memory + microSD slot (SDHC compatible) or 160-500 GB with 2.5" hard drive (ext3 file-system)
  • Built in GPS
  • Bluetooth 2.0
  • FM radio

Archos 7 home tablet series[edit]

The home tablet series includes 7 inches (18 cm) tablets that utilizes Google's Android mobile operating system.[10]

V1 V2 7c
Release date 2010.05 2010.12 2011.05
Android version 1.5 2.1 2.1
ARM 9 CPU by Rockchip RK2808 600 MHz RK2818 800 MHz
RAM 128 MB
Internal storage built-in 2 or 8 GB 8 GB 8 GB
Accelerometer No Yes Yes

All versions:

  • 7" display, 800x480 resolution
  • Video Playback
  • Music Playback
  • WIFI 802.11 G
  • Storage: microSD slot support up to 32 GB cards

Archos 8 home tablet[edit]

The Archos 8 home tablet is a device that resembles a digital photo frame but is actually a full featured computer system that comes with an 8" touch screen with a resolution of 800x600 pixels.

Generation 8[edit]

An Archos 101 Internet Tablet in landscape mode.
An Archos 101 Internet Tablet in portrait mode.

On August 31, 2010 Archos announced its eighth generation of tablets. The five tablets were supposed to be launched with Android 2.2 Froyo along with a hold-over release of the Archos 5 without its GPS. Froyo was not released until sometime around December, due to numerous delays with the Archos firmware development team.

Archos 28 Archos 32 Archos 43 Archos 70 Archos 101
Storage 4 or 8 GB flash 8 GB flash 8 or 16 GB 8 GB flash or 250 GB HDD 8 or 16 GB
Display 2.8" 320x240 3.2" 400x240 4.3" 854x480 7.0" 800x480 10.1" 1024x600
Touchscreen Resistive Capacitive (2 points)
CPU ARM Cortex-A8 800 MHz no DSP 800 MHz with DSP 1000 MHz (1 GHz) with DSP
RAM memory 128 MB 256 MB
Graphics abilities OpenGL ES 2.0 compatible
Video formats MPEG-4, H.264, WMV/VC1, M-JPEG, AVI, MP4, MOV, 3GP, MPG, PS, TS, VOB, MKV, FLV, RM, RMVB, ASF, WMV
Subtitle support .srt, .ssa, .smi, .sub, MKV / VOB embedded subtitles
Audio formats MP3 CBR & VBR, WMA, WMA-Pro 5.1, WAV(PCM/ADPCM), AAC, OGG Vorbis, FLAC, AC3 5.1
Image formats JPEG, BMP, PNG, GIF
I/O connections USB 2.0
Bluetooth 2.1 EDR No Yes
Dimensions 100 x 54 x 9mm 105 x 55 x 9mm 135 x 65 x 9mm 201 x 114 x 10mm or 14mm 270 x 150 x 12mm
Weight 68g 72g 130g 300g or 400g 480g

Arnova series[edit]

Under the new brandname Arnova, in 2011 Archos released a series of low cost Android tablets for the mass consumer market. They are priced at 100 Euro to 200 Euro (in the U.S. $99 to $199). Current models have resistive touch screens, and use RK2818 Rockchip CPUs. All versions have Wi-Fi (802.11 b/g). All currently come with the AppsLib application store. The official Android Market is not included out of box, but the Arnova devices may easily be rooted, and the Android Market is commonly installed by Arnova owners.

  • Arnova 7 (7" resistive screen, Android 2.2 tablet)
  • Arnova 8 (8” resistive screen, ARM9 600Mhz RK2818, Android 2.1 tablet)
  • Arnova 8.4 (8.4" resistive screen, Android 2.1 tablet) - configuration is aimed at those who wish to use their tablet primarily as an e-book reader.
  • Arnova 10 (10.1” resistive screen, ARM9 600Mhz RK2818, Android 2.1 tablet)

There are also 2 new generation Arnovas in the market Main changes are :

G2 series 7 and 10: OS : Android 2.3 Soc: RockChip Rk2918 has Cortex A8 CPU runs at 1 GHz. Memory : 512 mb DDR2. Storage : 4-8 gb Extendable via micro SDHC Slot Screen : 7" and 10" LCD screen 1024*600(10 inch) and 800*480(7 inch) Touch interface : 2 point capactive multi-touch

And the second version has also c prefix, specification are different from normal Arnova 7 G2 OS  : Android 2.3 SoC: Qualcomm MSM7227 Memory  : 256-512? mb Storage  : None internal, shipped with 4 gb microSDHC Built in GPS ( Normal version G2 does not have this option ) Limited video and audio format support.

Generation 9[edit]

The G9 tablets are powered by a 1 GHz, 1.2 GHz, or 1.5 GHz turbo ARM Cortex-A9 dual core CPU. Archos released a 1.5 GHz turbo version in February 2012 with a 1.5 GHz version with 1 GB of RAM released in March 2012 (See here). They have either 8 GB or 16 GB of flash memory with a microSDHC slot or a 250 GB hard drive. All models run Android 4.0.3 (Ice Cream Sandwich), but some are sold with Honeycomb and are upgradeable to Android 4.0 for free. All of the G9 generation have official access to Google Play. All units have WiFi (802.11 b/g/n), Bluetooth 2.1 + EDR, and GPS[11] and are upgradable to 3G using an Archos G9 3G stick.[12]

Archos announced in 2011 that it would release a $199 Honeycomb tablet.[13]

Archos 80 G9 Archos 101 G9
Storage 8 or 16 GB flash + microSD Slot (SDHC compatible) or 250 GB HDD
Display 8.0" 1024×768 10.1" 1280×800
Touchscreen Capacitive 4 points
SoC TI OMAP 4430 - 1.0/1.2 GHz (45 nm)
TI OMAP 4460 - 1.5 GHz (45 nm)
RAM 512 MB (467MB usable) / 1 GB
Graphics abilities OpenGL ES 2.0 compatible
Video formats MPEG-4, h.264/AVC, WMV/VC1, M-JPEG, AVI, MP4, MOV, 3GP, MPG, PS, TS, VOB, MKV, FLV, RM, RMVB, ASF, WMV
Subtitle support .srt, .ssa, .smi, .sub, MKV/VOB embedded subtitles
Audio formats MP3 CBR/VBR, WMA, WMA-Pro 5.1, WAV (PCM/ADPCM), AAC, Ogg Vorbis, FLAC, AC3 5.1
Image formats JPEG, BMP, PNG, GIF
I/O connections USB 2.0
Bluetooth Bluetooth 2.1 + EDR
Dimensions 226 × 155 × 11.7 mm or 14.7 mm 276 × 167 × 12.6 mm or 15.6 mm
Weight 465 g or 595 g 649 g or 755 g

Generation 10[edit]

Archos launched a new series of tablets, under the Name Gen 10 XS.

Digital cam corders, audio/video players and PDAs[edit]

Vision Line[edit]

Archos introduced their vision line in 2009.

  • Archos 24 Vision

The Archos 24 is a pocket size MP3 player. The Archos 24 vision is a stylish music player, with a 2.4” color screen for photos. The Archos 24 vision features 8 GB of storage, with room for up to 4,000 songs. It has a built-in FM radio.

  • Archos 3 Vision

The Larger Archos 3 Vision sports a 3" touchscreen and can play back MP3, WMA, AVI, FLV and JPEG. It stores up to 4000 songs and dozens of movies. It has voice and FM radio recording functions and an FM transmitter which allows wireless streaming music from your Archos 3 Vision to an FM radio sources, such as car radios or home HiFi (available in 8 GB only).

Technical specifications

  • Internal storage: 8 GB*
  • Compatibility: Windows or Mac and Linux (with mass storage support)
  • Computer interface: USB 2.0 High Speed
  • Display: 3” Color LCD touch-screen - 400x240 pixels
  • Battery: 2 14 hours music, 4 hours video
  • Music Playback3: MP3, WMA (non protected files), WAV, OGG, FLAC
  • Photo Playback4: JPEG, BMP, GIF
  • Recorder: records from a microphone, or FM radio
  • Other applications: adjustable sound equalizer, multi-language Interface, stopwatch, calendar
  • Other file formats: reads text files (.TXT) & lyrics files (.LRC)
  • Physical dimensions: 95mm x 52mm x 9mm, Weight: 63 grams
  • Package includes: Archos 3 Media Player, USB Cable (for charging and file transfer), earphones *and user manual
  • Features: clock, calendar, FM recording, lyrics display
  • Display: 3 in, color touchscreen
  • Video playback formats: RM, AVI, FLV, WMV, RMVB, MPEG-1, MPEG-2, MPEG-4
  • Archos 3cam Vision

The Archos 3cam Vision is a media player with features similar to the 3 vision. It adds an integrated camera for recording video and taking pictures.

  • Archos 43 Vision

Released on 3/5/2010, The Archos 43 Vision is a video media player with a 4.3” touch screen display, 8 GB of storage capacity and 30 hours of battery life. The Archos 43 Vision has very slim form factor, only 10 mm and weighing only 280 g.

  • Archos 18 Vision

The Archos 18 Vision is an all-in-one affordable device, featuring a 1.8” color screen, black casing and 8 GB of storage. It also features an FM radio and voice recorder, as well as 12 hours of battery life.

  • Archos 15 Vision

The Archos 15 Vision is quite thin (only 6 mm) and light (only 18 g) with highly responsive touch keys and the 1.5 color screen that make the Archos 15 Vision very easy to use. It combines the extreme portability with the 4 GB of storage and the FM radio..

  • Archos 14 Vision

The new Archos 14 Vision is an ultra portable MP3 player with 1.4" color screen. Thanks to its original and unusual small design form factor and extreme light weight, the Archos 14 fits into a jean pocket. With 4 GB of storage it accommodates 2,000 songs.

  • Archos 1 Vision

Smaller than a credit card and lighter than a pack of gum, it has a playback time of over 20 hours and a very affordable price. It comes with 4 GB of storage space, and can display music lyrics and photos.

  • Archos 2 Vision

The Archos 2 Vision is a credit card-sized device with a touch area for scrolling. It comes with 8 GB or 16 GB of storage space.

FamilyPad[edit]

Archos launched a 13.3" tablet in December 2012. Sold for €299, it was aggressively placed among the other large screen tablets (superior to 9.7").

Other 13.3" tablets  :

-Toshiba's Excite™ 13 Tablet : discontinued

In March 2013, it was quickly followed by the Familypad 2, with an improved dual core Cortex-A9 at 1.6 GHz and quadruple GPU Mali 400 (compared to the former mono Cortex-A8 at 1 GHz of the Familypad 1).[14]

Technical specifications (for the Familypad 2) :

  • Display : 13.3’’: 1280 x 800 pixels
  • Application Framework : Android 4.1, "Jelly Bean"
  • Processor : Dual-core A9 @ 1.6 GHz and Quad-core GPU Mali 400 MP4
  • Capacity : 8GB + micro SD (compatible with cards up to 64GB)
  • RAM : 1GB RAM
  • Battery life : Video playback time: 10h / Standby: 6 days
  • Dimensions / weight: • 337 mm x 230 mm x 11.6 mm (13.3’’ x 9.0’’ x 0.45’’) / 1.3 kg (2.86 pounds)

Elements Series[edit]

Archos have recently released their new Elements series which include Cobalt, Xenon, Carbon, Titanium,[15] and recently the Platinum tablet line-ups.[16] Archos has mostly been pushing to publicize the Titanium & Platinum series which they announced at CES 2013.[16][17] In announcing their Titanium & Platinum series, Archos stated that each of the tablet models were made to compete against another major tablet range in the market, but at a lower price:[18]

Past products[edit]

An early ARCHOS MP3 Player and recorder.
Archos XS202.jpg

Former Archos products since discontinued include ranges of handheld and portable computers, digital camcorders, audiovisual playback equipment, portable storage devices, and peripherals for the Commodore Amiga line.

Partnerships[edit]

Content portals[edit]

Released along with the Generation 5 and Archos TV+ devices in 2007, the Archos Content Portal (ACP) provides video on demand purchase or rental directly to the internet enabled devices. However, there is no PC based software for the service such as iTunes. A major difference from similar services is that given "portals" are serviced by different distributors, such as CinemaNow in North America. Archos has numerous ACP partners worldwide but they vary by region.

MoovyPlay[edit]

In the summer of 2007 French-based Cinebank announced MoovyPlay. The device runs on a kiosk to harddrive rental service with Archos building the 40GB player. The Drive attaches to a Dock similar to those seen in Archos players and connects to a Video Display. The device was launched in France on December 10, 2007 with initial success.

PocketDish[edit]

DISH Network Corporation, which owns 19% of Archos since 2005, sold Archos PVPs under the PocketDish brand. There were three versions, the AV700E (AV700), AV500 (AV500), and the AV402E (Gmini 402). While the original products are no longer available, on December 18, 2007 Dish Network released info on a new similar deal with the current generation 605 and 705 Wi-Fi, allowing high speed transfers to the devices from their current HD receivers. Unlike with the original PocketDish, the products will not be sold a Dish rebranding, instead the software plug-in was made available for free for the two products. They are expected to be sold alongside Dish products in January.[19] In 2008 Dish Network's PocketDish page was updated to show the new service and products.

American Airlines[edit]

In May 2007, American Airlines revealed plans of offering modified Archos 604 and 704s to first-class passengers for entertainment during their flight.

Opera[edit]

Opera Software has provided the web browser for Archos devices since the PMA400. They are a version of Opera for devices similar to that seen on the Wii video game console and the Nokia N800 Internet appliance.[20] On Generation 5 devices Adobe Flash support was added. An update to full Flash 9 support was announced in April 2008 from the current Flash 7.

SFR[edit]

In late 2007, SFR, a French mobile phone company, announced to be building a new device with Archos that ulitizes 3G communication. It was revealed to be the Archos 5g. The Archos 5g is currently available for a discounted price through SFR for a service contract.

Blockbuster[edit]

A similar deal to the one with Cinebank was announced with Blockbuster Inc. in 2008. The specifics were revealed and Blockbuster hinted that the service will not be Archos exclusive.[21]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c "ARCHOS". European Equities. NYSE Euronext. 2013. Retrieved 2013-01-25. 
  2. ^ "ARCHOS". ARCHOS. 2013. Retrieved 2013-01-25. 
  3. ^ "Archos: EPA:JXR quotes & news". Google Finance. Google. Retrieved 2013-01-25. 
  4. ^ "'Think Smaller' with the Launch of Archos' New Pocket-Sized MP3 Jukebox 6000 at PC Expo New York June 2000". PR Newswire Association LLC. 29 June 2000. 
  5. ^ Rotham, Wilson. "A digital TV recorder that you can unplug and take with you" (PDF). Archos. 
  6. ^ Archos 9 review. tablets-review.toptenreviews.com.
  7. ^ "ARCHOS". 
  8. ^ "Archos 9 price and release date". UMPC Portal. 
  9. ^ Archos brings the Android platform to a large-screen internet tablet with the new Archos 5. archos.com.
  10. ^ Stern, Joanna Stern. Archos 7 Home Tablet review. engadget.com.
  11. ^ ARCHOS G9 Tablets: Technical Specifications
  12. ^ 3G Ready with ARCHOS’ patented 3G stick solution
  13. ^ Kevin Tofel, GigaOm. "Archos fights Kindle Fire with $199 Honeycomb tablet." December 20, 2011. Retrieved December 20, 2011.
  14. ^ http://www.archos.com/products/themed/familypad2/index.html?country=us&lang=en
  15. ^ "Elements Series by ARCHOS". Archos.com. Retrieved 2013-01-25. 
  16. ^ a b "Archos Platinum 97 and 80 spotted, coming soon with iPad-like designs". Androidauthority.com. 2013-01-10. Retrieved 2013-01-25. 
  17. ^ Enfiedjian, Alexon (2013-01-09). "Hands on with the ARCHOS Element Series Tablets". TalkAndroid.com. Retrieved 2013-01-25. 
  18. ^ "Archos unveils Titanium tablet line at CES 2013". Gizmag.com. Retrieved 2013-01-25. 
  19. ^ "Archos Portable Media Players to Connect With DISH Network". 
  20. ^ "Opera for Devices". 
  21. ^ "Blockbuster’s Digital Kiosks and Movielink Plans". 

External links[edit]

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