Remember that new XM portable device (codenamed the "Phoenix") we all got excited over? Well, it appears that the car kit for the upcoming satellite radio receiver has hit the FCC, and XM is keeping most of the details a secret.
That is, as far as I can tell, except for the actual name of the device, oh, and the estimated release date.
XM has asked that the schematics, diagrams, user guide, parts list, and internal/external photographs of the "XMp3 Car Kit" be held confidential until the product launch date. So it doesn't take much to deduce that the new device will be named - drumroll please - the XMp3.
Indeed, XM even filed for a trademark for the term "XMP3" in June of this year, stating that it is for "digital audio radio hardware and accessories; satellite radio hardware and accessories." So we can be fairly certain that "XMp3" is in fact the name of the new XM portable satellite radio.
But what about the release date?
Well, it turns out that the new short term confidentiality form now requires a specific release date. And so XM had to spill the beans. The estimated release date is October 5th, 2008. Just in time for the holiday season ramp up.
Note: This isn't the first time that XM has used the XMP3 moniker, it was originally given to the Samsung Nexus.