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LG demonstrates wireless Linux Web pad at CeBIT

Mar 23, 2001 — by Rick Lehrbaum — from the LinuxDevices Archive

Will Knight of ZDNet UK reports that Taiwan manufacturer LG Electronics showed off a new Linux-based wireless Web pad aimed at home users and offering Internet connectivity at CeBIT today . . .

The Digital iPAD, a Linux-based Web pad, was demonstrated for the first time by South Korean hardware manufacturer LG Electronics at the CeBIT computer fair in Hanover, Germany this week. The device was demonstrated running on the latest version of the Linux kernel, 2.4. First unveiled in January, the iPAD is aimed at home users wanting Internet access and multimedia thrills without all the bells and whistles of a conventional PC.

LG's new Digital iPad comes with an Integrated Web browser and Linux-based MP3 and MPEG4 players and can connect to the Internet over a wireless 802.11lb LAN that reaches up to 100 meters, according to the company. A spokesman for LG at CeBIT said that the product may come with other connectivity solutions, however, including possibly a “PDA style slot” for mobile phones.

The iPad is powered by a 206Mhz Intel SA-1110 system-on-chip processor and an in-built 64 SDRAM module. It offers some expandability with a slot for Flash memory cards and PCMCIA cards. To operate the devices, users are given a stylus and the pad provides handwriting recognition for both English and Korean.

The popularity of Web pads, once considered the ideal solution for home Internet use, has waned in recent months with 3Com pulling the plug on its Internet Appliance product line this week, including both the Audrey Internet terminal and the Kerbango Internet radio.

LG apparently has not been put off by this and still plans to begin shipping the Digital iPad in Korea within the next 12 months.

 
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