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Crusoe Processor Powers Philips Net Display

Transmeta Corporation today announced that the Crusoe microprocessor is being implemented in Philips Components’ Net Display Modules to be unveiled at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas.

Philips’ Net Display Modules are the consumer electronics industry’s only in-panel, system-board integrated touch-screen liquid crystal display (LCD) modules. These displays enable very thin and light wireless Internet appliance products such as Web tablets, information displays, kiosks and thin clients.

“With our Net Display Modules, Philips Components is on the forefront of the emerging display-centric Internet appliances market and is the only company to date that has successfully developed the system-board integration approach,” said Amir Shademan, director of marketing for Philips Components’ Web Display Group. “Transmeta’s processing power, in combination with lower power consumption, makes the Crusoe-based Net Display Module ideal for full-screen, full-motion streaming video.”

The Philips Components S10LP-TC Net Display Module is a 10.4 inch Thin-Film Transistor (TFT) touch screen LCD with integrated processor board based on Crusoe. Because of its screen size and CPU characteristics, the device is ideal for corded or cordless, portable or stationary full-featured Internet access, full-screen, full-motion streaming video and other thin client applications.

“Philips has taken advantage of Crusoe’s unique capability for power efficiency and performance in a small space,” said Jim Chapman, senior vice president of sales and marketing, Transmeta Corporation. “Providing the Crusoe-enabled LCD module to other manufacturers will help proliferate Transmeta’s technology in new and interesting devices and applications.”

Philips Components integrates best-in-class hardware and software into modules that are 80 percent complete towards consumer ready products. The module is composed of liquid crystal display with added functionality such as an integrated touch screen and system board for Internet access, choice software drivers to support operating system of choice. The cool-operating Crusoe microprocessor allows for integration into devices that require very little airflow, maximizing space savings in small form factor products. From the module, an OEM provides the industrial design, user interface, I/O, application software and base station.

Philips Components S10LP-TC Net Display Module highlights:

LCD: The color TFT-LCD has SVGA resolution (800 by 600 pixels). This LCD is especially suitable in addressing applications where high-quality graphics are critical.

Touch Screen: The four-wire resistive touch screen, which allows finger or stylus input, is based on a new in-house design — it is integrated with the glass of the LCD itself. Along with contributing to the thinness of the module, it also increases the transparency. Furthermore, it prevents the Newton Ring effect when one pushes on the touch screen.

533MHz Crusoe: The x86 compatibility and high performance, in combination with low power consumption, make Crusoe very suitable for processing full Internet and streaming video content on battery operated platforms.
Operating Systems: The S10LP-TC is compatible with all Microsoft Windows operating systems and Mobile Linux.

Network Connectivity: Network connectivity is provided via a mini-PCI interface on the system board. Options are 802.11b, Bluetooth, modem and Ethernet.

Form Factor: The integration of the touch screen and processor board within the LCD panel makes the S10LP-TC extremely thin and light — making it a superior solution for portability.

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