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3G-ready e-book reader boasts 8.1-inch display

Sep 29, 2009, 20:04 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Eric Brown)

"Irex improves on the company's earlier e-book readers, starting with the iLiad, which was released in 2006 shortly after the Netherlands-based company spun off from Royal Philips Electronics in 2005. The WiFi-enabled iLiad offered a 6.3 x 4.8-inch display and ran Linux on an XScale processor clocked at 400MHz.

"The new Irex DR800SG instead uses Freescale Semiconductor's ARM11-based i.MX31 system-on-chip (SoC), the same processor adopted by Amazon's industry-leading, Linux-based Kindle 2, which has a six-inch display. Amazon now offers a Kindle DX e-book reader with a monster 9.7-inch display, but the Irex device offers an intermediate 8.1-inch size, which the company apparently considers the sweet-spot for e-book readers."

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