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CNET News.com: Philips to build Internet appliance guts, supporting Linux or WinCE

Jan 05, 2001, 17:18 (3 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Richard Shim)

"Philips Components wants to make it easier for manufacturers to build Internet appliances. On Friday, before the official start of the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, the company will unveil two "reference platforms," or nearly complete systems, for Internet appliances."

"The Royal Philips Electronics division will provide nearly 80 percent of the finished product, which has an LCD display with a touch screen and is compatible with several operating systems. The appliances will support Windows CE 3.0, Mobile Linux or Linux operating systems. One of the models depends on a Crusoe processor from Transmeta, while the other uses a Geode chip from rival National Semiconductor."

"The appliances will be able to take several forms, such as Web tablets, which resemble Etch A Sketches, or computer kiosks. Philips Components' approach takes much of the heavy lifting off manufacturers and even opens the possibility of manufacturers outside of the computing industry joining the Internet appliance race. The move also relieves Sunnyvale, Calif.-based Philips Components from having to market the devices."

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