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AllLinuxDevices: Natl. Semiconductor Japan to Exhibit 41 Info Appliance Products At Tokyo Seminar

Aug 31, 2000, 13:29 (0 Talkback[s])


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"National Semiconductor Japan will demonstrate 41 information appliances (IAs) powered by National Semiconductor technologies at an IA Seminar in Tokyo on August 30. The National Geode WebPAD(TM) reference platform porting TRON (The Real-time Operating System Nucleus), a Japanese-originated operating system, also will be shown for the first time."

"...Highlighting the show is the Geode WebPAD platform running BTRON, a "Cho-Kanji," x86 compatible open source-code operating system used in Japan and other Asian countries and able to handle more than 100,000 Chinese characters and about 30,000 other language characters. This solution is marketed by Personal Media, a Japanese company who partnered with National on porting TRON to National's WebPAD reference platform. TRON was developed by the Japan Electronics Industry Development Association and based on the concept of an ideal computer and standardized architecture proposed by Prof. Sakamura from the University of Tokyo."

"...Several information appliances powered by Geode technology and porting Linux as the operating system will be presented at the IA seminar, including DT Research's thin clients and WebPAD devices, Infomatec's thin clients and set-top boxes, and Wyse's thin clients. Japanese companies are also entering this market with IA products, including Takaoka, which will display thin clients; Epson, which will present its card PC; and Pinon, which will introduce its compact PC."

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