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LinuxDevices.com: Euro startup unveils credit-card sized Linux system

Apr 29, 2000, 02:17 (1 Talkback[s])

[ Thanks to LinuxDevices.com for this link. ]

Swiss startup Smartdata today unveiled a credit-card sized embedded Linux computer called µ-computer Chipslice. The tiny device, which runs uClinux, is intended to be used in a wide range of mobile, portable, and wearable computing applications.

According to Jean-Pierre Buttet, founder and CEO of Smartdata, the company has created "the world's first Linux-powered smartcard, which contains a revolutionary architecture that allows multiple combinations of functionality within one device." Buttet says his company has applied for a patent on "technology that enables the production of cost effective credit card sized modular pocket internet appliances." Typical applications targeted by the devices include mobile internet appliances, wearable computers, PDAs, mobile phone companions, PC companions, mobile micro webservers, and smartcard readers.

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