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Antelope Technologies launches “Mobile Computing Core”

Sep 25, 2003 — by LinuxDevices Staff — from the LinuxDevices Archive — 26 views

Antelope Technologies announced that production has commenced on its Modular Computing Core (MCC), a bare-bones computer module that measures 3 x 5 x 1 in., weighs approximately 9.1 ounces, and packs the functions of a full PC based on a 1GHz processor running Linux — minus the power supply, display, and I/O connectors.

The modular computing technology on which Antelope's product is based was originally developed by IBM Watson Research Center in New York. Antelope licensed the technology and know-how from IBM to create its Modular Computing Core (MCC) platform, which will be branded with both Antelope and IBM Modular Architecture logos

Components not included in the MCC are supplied via discrete “shells” which transform the MCC into various computer styles — such as handheld, desktop, or automotive — enabling a single MCC computer to convert among these differing uses in a few seconds, without requiring rebooting or synching, and eliminating the need for redundant operating system and application software licenses.

The MCC is based on a 1GHz Transmeta Crusoe 5800 processor.

Commenting on the new device, Transmeta CEO Matthew Perry said “the MCC is the precursor of a new type of computer that successfully combines the power and functionality of a desktop computer with the portability and convenience of a mobile handheld device.”

Summary of MCC specifications . . .

  • Processor: 1GHz Transmeta Crusoe 5800
  • Memory: 256MB DDR-SDRAM
  • Video adapter: Silicon Motion 722 2D/3D Graphics supporting analog and LVDS displays at 1280×1024 maximum resolution
  • Audio: Sound Blaster Compatible, 20bit DAC, supporting microphone in, stereo out, line out
  • Built-in hard drive: 10GB (optional 15GB)
  • 160-pin high-density docking connector includes:
    • PC Card (PCMCIA)
    • 3x USB
    • DVI Digital Video
    • VGA Analog Video
    • PS2 Mouse/Keyboard
    • Microphone In
    • Audio out stereo
    • DC In
    • 2.5V, 3.3V, 5V power to accessories
    • Control signals
  • Operating System: Linux (others available on request)
  • Dimensions: 3 x 5 x 1 in.
  • Weight: 9.1 oz. (approx)

MCC handheld shell specs . . .

  • Rugged industrial design, high impact plastic
  • Touch screen: Analog resistive touchscreen with 6.3" 1024×768 TFT, backlit. Brightness 150 cd/m2, Contrast 100:1 min/250:1 typical, 202 DPI
  • 2 USB v 1.1
  • 3.5mm Stereo Out, 3.5mm Microphone In
  • VGA out, standard 15 pin
  • PC Card Type II slot (PCMCIA)
  • Integrated speaker, weather resistant
  • Included switching power supply, 100-240 VAC input
  • Batteries: 10.8V 2100 mAh (approx. 3 hours)
  • Weight: 13.7 oz., varies by specific configuration
  • Buttons: Ctrl-Alt-Del, Left/Right mouse, On/Off

The company said it plans to begin shipping limited quantities of the MCC in October, 2003, followed by full production volumes the following month.

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