Wireless Web-based Digital Tablet From DT Research Features National's Geode Processor
Tablet featuring wireless connectivity and high quality display operates as a web access device, thin client, or desktop companion; product will be highlighted at TECHXNY this week in New York City
Santa Clara, CA --
DT Research, Inc., an industry-leading provider of information access devices, announced the commercial availability of its wireless web-based digital tablet featuring the high performance and low power of National Semiconductor's (NYSE:NSM) Geode™ GX1 processor.
The WebDT 380 is a second generation wireless personal access device and a production-ready solution for OEMs. Based on National's Geode WebPAD™ reference design, the device began as a joint collaboration between National Semiconductor and DT Research. The WebDT 380 is based on the WebPAD Metro concept product that was introduced at Comdex Fall 2000 and was awarded 'Best of Comdex' in the services category. Today's commercial model features all the functionality boasted by the prototype along with user-configurable flexibility to operate a web access device, a thin client, or a desktop companion.
The WebDT 380 features the processing power of National's Geode GX1 processor, the rich functionality of the Microsoft Windows CE 3.0 operating system, and wireless LAN/WAN support standards. It is optimized for both the corporate and vertical end-user in various markets, including education, medical, home networking, and control.
"DT Research is a proven leader in developing small form factor wireless information appliances," said Malcolm Humphrey, business unit director for the WebPAD group at National Semiconductor. "With their extensive experience with the Geode processor family and the WinCE operating system, DT Research is able to bring together the strengths of these technologies into an extremely compelling product."
Key Benefits and Features
The WebDT 380 delivers full Internet compatibility and accessibility to Windows terminal servers and host computers. The user is offered an experience based on a strong processor, full browser with comprehensive plug-ins, a superior display, and high bandwidth connectivity, all in a lightweight form factor. The WebDT 380 features a complete set of plug-ins including Java Virtual Machine, Windows Media Player, Flash Player, PDF viewer, and MS Office suite viewer. It integrates a complete set of thin client functions such as RDP, ICA protocols, terminal emulations, and VPN support for the client/server computing environment.
The WebDT 380 will include personal information management and desktop synchronization software to offer full-wireless desktop companion functionality. It supports not only wireless LAN connectivity but also extends its wireless usability beyond the LAN to direct wireless WAN access. The unit features an 8.4" TFT LCD display and weighs in at less than two and one-half pounds in an elegant and compact package.
"National Semiconductor is the acknowledged leader in providing solutions for the information appliance industry and it is quite natural for us to add the WebDT 380 to our product family based on the Geode processor," said Soon Poh, vice president for DT Research, Inc. "Additionally, the WebDT 380 maximizes the use of National's advanced digital and analog technologies for an exciting and versatile product."
National's Geode GX1 processor featuring high performance and low power consumption is specifically designed to power information appliances. Its x86 core provides maximum compatibility with the vast amount of Internet content available, serving the needs of consumers and business professionals alike.
The WebDT 380 will be on display this week at PC Expo, the expo portion of TECHXNY, in New York, at the DT Research booth #3912.
The WebDT 380 is currently shipping. For more information, please visit DT Research's website at www.dtresearch.com
About National Semiconductor
National Semiconductor is the premier analog company driving the information age. Combining real-world analog and state-of-the-art digital technology, the company is focused on the fast growing markets for wireless handsets; information appliances; information infrastructure; and display, imaging and human interface technologies. With headquarters in Santa Clara, California, National reported sales of $2.1 billion for its 2001 fiscal year and has about 9,700 employees worldwide.
About DT Research
DT Research, Inc. (www.dtresearch.com
) based in Milpitas, California, was founded in 1995 with the charter of bringing to market, advanced information-centric products for its multinational customers. Today, with a rich background in computer products design and development, the engineering-oriented DTR team has applied its expertise to solutions for thin client/server computing and for Internet/Information appliances. DTR provides the WebDT line of Web-based digital tablet/terminal systems based on the thin-platform concept for cost effective, time-to-market advantages. These systems emphasize mobility, wireless connectivity, and high quality displays. Leveraging the expertise and technology underlying the WebDT product family, DTR offers solutions in varying form factors and configuration to OEM/ODM partners. DTR also supports a select group of clients in offering custom design and engineering services. DTR and its partners enjoy superior engineering and industrialization support distributed between DTR's Silicon Valley headquarters and its Japan and Taiwan offices.