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AMD Zone: FIC Aquapad With Midori Linux Review

Dec 19, 2001, 10:18 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Chris Tom)
"FIC was demoing their AquaPAD at this year's Comdex. Several pads were connected to a wireless network in their meeting room. They have been working on the AquaPAD design for a couple of years, and the growing popularity of wireless networking could spell a hot product. Immediately upon using the demo pads at the show test units were requested.

The AquaPAD is a web pad class device powered by a 500MHz Transmeta Crusoe TM5400 CPU. This CPU uses the Long-Run power saving function with a core voltage that can vary from 1.2V to 1.6V. The CPU has a 96KB L1 cache and has the Northbridge functions integrated. The Crusoe is paired with the ALi Super South M1535 that handles the IO functions including IDE and USB support. The embedded OS, which can be either Transmeta's Midori Linux or Windows CE, is stored on 32MB of internal flash memory. SDRAM memory is available from 128MB to 256MB. Larger OS installations can be used if they are put on an external drive or on a compact flash card or IBM Microdrive.

There is no internal hard drive, however support for the IBM Microdrive and compact flash memory is included. The screen is an 8.4" TFT touchscreen which runs at 800X600X16. The pad also includes a small speaker and microphone. A headphone jack and USB ports and an infrared port are also provided. Power comes either via the included power cord, lithium battery, or the optional base charger. An attempt to open the pad was made, but proved to be more difficult than expected so no pictures of internal components are provided. Below are the specifications as provided by FIC."

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