Freescale Semiconductor is introducing new technology. They will exhibit probably their second generation computer tablet “Smartbook” at the Consumer Electronics Show. A real breakthrough in tablet design.
Tablet concepts are newsmakers these days. People in the software market can recall how the Apple tablet started the media frenzy diverting attention of all concerned. Manufacturers of Freescale standard were prompted to develop new concepts to keep the device makers going.
Freescale Semiconducter will now be able to explore new market for supply of the silicon guts for the new generation computers. They are pushing designs of the power-efficient ARM processor: the i.MX515 chip based on ARM Cortex-A8 technology at prices less than $200.
The design is described to provide instant-on functionality, persistent connectivity and all-day battery life. The tablet will work on both Linux and Android operating systems and demonstrations will be presented at the Consumer Electronics Show.
Freescale reference design comprises:
- Display: 7-inch (1024 x 600) touch screen
- Processor: Freescale i.MX515 processor based on ARM Cortex-A8 core
- Connectivity: 3G modem (option) 802.11 b/g/n, Bluetooth 2.1, GPS
- Memory: 512 MB DDR2
- Storage: from 4GB to 64GB internal storage; removable micro SD
- Camera: 3 Mpixel (video recording up to VGA 30fps)
- Sensors: 3-axis accelerometer and an ambient light sensor
- Adobe Flash Player support
- Operating system: Android or Linux
- Price: under $200
The development partner for the Smartbook design and other features are Inventec Appliance and Thundersoft. This smartbook is expected to be launched by February this year.
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