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“Nano PCs” to become pervasive communicators

Dec 19, 2006 — by LinuxDevices Staff — from the LinuxDevices Archive

Eurotech says it will embed IBM's Lotus Mobile Connect software into its “NanoPC” range of devices, including embedded PCs, network appliances, and wearable PCs such as the Zypad wrist-worn PC (shown here). IBM's Lotus Mobile Connect enables devices to maintain application connectivity while roaming disparate networks, Eurotech says.

According to the company, Lotus Mobile Connect creates a mobile VPN (virtual private network), for both IP (Internet protocol) and non-IP networks, that provides data encryption to protect data, and optimizes data transfer performance to reduce transmission costs. Additionally, it allows portable device users to seamlessly roam across both wireline and wireless networks, including WiFi, cellular, satellite, and data telecommunications.

The Zypad WL 1000 wrist-worn PC (pictured above) is based on a 400 MHz MIPS processor with 64 MB each of SDRAM and Flash. Wireless connectivity includes 802.11b/g WiFi with integrated antenna and Bluetooth class 2. The device also incorporates a built-in GPS receiver. It supports both Linux 2.6 and Windows CE 5.0. Eurotech expects the Zypad to be used for emergency search and rescue, healthcare, homeland security, maintenance, law enforcement, logistics, transportation, and defense applications.

Roberto Siagri, CEO of the Eurotech Group, sees Eurotech's use of Lotus Mobile Connect as “an important step in the development of pervasive computing.” He added that the step “marks the migration of the information technology domain to a totally ubiquitous era where a single device has multiple capabilities.”

Further details on Lotus Mobile Connect are available here.

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