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DEVICE: The previous IBM show case becomes real [UPDATE: 23.05.02]
Posted by Arne Hess - on Thursday, 23.05.02 - 13:23:00 CET under 01 - General News - Viewed 6616x
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Antelope Technologies already announced to license IBM's show case, the MetaPad. The MetaPad was presented by IBM in February this year as a possible design case for full featured PDAs and therefore Antelope's MetaPad - which will be called "MCC" - will not come with Windows CE or Palm as the OS but with Microsoft's Windows 2000 or XP or even with Linux.

The MCC, or "mobile computer core," is a totally new PC architecture centered around a processor, data storage and computer software applications. The power supply, display, communications and input/output connectors are accessories that you choose based on your individual preferences and work environment.

The core consists the Crusoe processor by Transmeta, 10 GB hard disk and 256 MB Ram all contained within 3"x5"x3/4"—smaller than a typical PDA. Low power consumption makes it ideal for portable applications, and no fan is required. It will automatically identify and adapt its system, power management, thermal, software and user interface behavior, depending on the attached accessory.

Use it to run Windows 2000, Windows XP, or Linux operating systems. Use it in multiple configurations—desktop, laptop, handheld, tablet, or wearable. Above all, use it to simplify your life, save time and improve your access.

MCC Specifications:

  • 300 – 800 MHz Crusoe Processor by Transmeta
  • Variable voltage 0.9 to 1.3 V
  • 256 MB SDRAM
  • 10 GB 1.8" ATA-5 Disk
  • Silicon Motion Lynx 721 3D Graphics w/8MB
  • 1.6 hour suspend battery (20mAh)
  • Core physical specifications:
    • 257 g (9.1 oz)
    • 18.5x72x126 mm, 0.73x2.8x5.0 inches
    • 10.2 cubic inches
  • Handheld shell:
    • Display: 5.8" 800x600 backlit active matrix Touch screen
    • Battery: 10.8V 1400mAh 15.1Wh
    • Battery life: approximately 2 hours
    • Weight 390 g (13.7 oz)
    • I/O: 2 USB, Audio In/Out, DC In
  • Core & shell combined specifications:
    • 647 g (1.425 lb)
    • 30.5x170x102 mm (1.20x6.69x4.016 in
    • 32.234 cubic inches
  • I/O signals on docking connector:
    • PC Card
    • 3x USB
    • DVI Digital Video
    • VGA Analog Video
    • PS2 Mouse/Keyboard
    • Microphone In
    • Amp Out Stereo
    • Line Out Stereo
    • DC In
    •  2.5V, 3.3V, 5V power to accessories

That's a pretty nice concept I already saw in February and it seems as it could be positioned between Pocket PCs and Tablet PCs. However, I wonder how CE.Net could also fill this gap? Anyway - until this kind of devices will not increase its battery life-time it's not a competitor for PDAs but maybe for Notebooks?

Cheers ~ Arne

Update: In the first step the target market for Antelope Technologies are the Militariy and the Industry which explains the price of 6,000 US$. However the first units should be shipped in September. In 2003 Antelope wil also targeting the consumer market.

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