"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."