Hitachi releases Transmeta-based Internet applicance

The FLORA-ie 55mi also is expected to be introduced in the US in the future after heavy interest was shown in the product at the Comdex 2000 exhibition in Las Vegas, Hitachi said in a statement, though it did not specify an timeframe. Pricing was not immediately available.

The features of the FLORA-ie include:

A 400MHz Transmeta Crusoe chip

It runs on an embedded version of Linux.

An 800-by-600 SVGA (Super Video Graphics Array) TFT (Thin Filter Transistor) LCD screen128MB of ROM and 192MB of RAMUp to seven hours of battery lifePen input with menusMobile phone interface, wireless LAN (Local Area Network), and a modem.

Compact flash memory

The Crusoe chip is also being used in laptops from NEC, Sony and Fujitsu. Casio Computer, First International Computer, Gateway and Acer also have introduced Crusoe-based Internet appliances. IBM and Compaq Computer initially expressed interest in using the Crusoe chip, but backed off from using it for the near term. Neither Compaq nor IBM offered specifics about their evaluation of the chip.

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