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InfoWorld: Palm V designer plays with Transmeta's Crusoe chip

Mar 11, 2000, 17:06 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by James Niccolai)

"The Silicon Valley company that designed Palm's slender Palm V has developed a wireless Internet appliance based on Transmeta's Crusoe microprocessor, Transmeta's chief executive officer said on Thursday."

"CEO David Ditzel showed slides of the prototype device, designed by Ideo Product Development, during a dinner presentation here sponsored by Microprocessor Report. The "Web slate," as he called it, is about the size of a paperback book, has a wireless Internet connection and, like the Palm, uses handwriting recognition to input data."

"The device also features a high-resolution, 8 inch screen for viewing Web pages and DVD movies, a small camera for on-the-road videoconferencing, a global positioning system for navigation, and embedded speakers for playing digital music files, according to information on Ideo's Web site."

"The Web slate was designed to be more portable than a laptop, and it offers a larger viewing screen than a PDA (personal digital assistant), Ideo said. Transmeta commissioned the design to show off the versatility of its new chip. That means Ideo probably will not offer the Web slate commercially, but other manufacturers may sell something similar."

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