January 26, 2001, 11:10 AM — PHILIPS COMPONENTS, A division of Royal Philips Electronics in the Netherlands, will use Transmeta's Crusoe processor in its forthcoming Net Display Modules, the company announced Friday. The modules are used in Internet appliance products such as Web tablets, information displays, and thin clients.
Philips will target the product at OEMs, and will have them on display this weekend during the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas, the company said in a statement. The modules are expected to begin shipping during the second half of this year.
The Philips Components S10LP-TC Net Display Module is a 10.4-inch TFT (thin-film transistor) touchscreen LCD with an integrated processor board based on Transmeta's Crusoe TM3400 chip. Philips suggests that because of the screen size and the processor it is ideal for a variety of settings, whether for corded or cordless, portable or stationary Internet access.
The module is composed of an LCD and features such as integrated touchscreen and system board for Internet access. It also allows a choice of software drivers to support various operating systems, such as Windows CE 3.0, embedded Linux, and Mobile Linux. The low-heat Crusoe chip works well in limited-airflow conditions, Philips said. A wireless connectivity solution of choice can also be added, including Philips' 802.11b wireless LAN or Bluetooth modules.
Philips also announced Friday that it will collaborate with Cambridge Silicon Radio (CSR), Intersil, Silicon Wave, and Widcomm to accelerate the adoption of Bluetooth technology and deliver to OEMs the building blocks that address their needs in developing wireless systems.