Freescale unveils tablet reference design

Semiconductor company, Freescale, has unveiled the future of the smartbook category with a tablet reference design featuring a 7 inch touch screen with up to four times the viewing area of a typical smartphone and based on a form factor that is approximately one-third the size and volume of a typical netbook.

ARM believes that the reference design will allow manufacturers to develop products costing less than US$200 and featuring Freescale’s ARM based processor technology.

The tablet is designed to provide instant-on functionality, persistent connectivity and all day battery life.

“We believe the tablet will emerge as a popular form factor for the next generation of smartbooks,” said Henri Richard, senior vice president of sales and marketing for Freescale in Europe.

Speculation has been rife in recent months that Apple are poised to introduce an Internet tablet based device in 2010.

The tablet will be demonstrated at the 2010 Consumer Electronics Show running both the Android and Linux operating systems.

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