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
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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