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CompuLab pushes openness to new levels with the exeda
Posted: 07-Jan-2009 [Source: CompuLab]

[Open hardware and open software promise to make this new device a hit with developers and early adopters.]

Las Vegas -- CompuLab is introducing exeda – the extendable EDA – a mobile device with high usability, abundant connectivity – both wireless and wired, a novel extension mechanism and a choice of operating system.

exeda is designed to serve as a business EDA. It is built of embedded components which guarantee long term availability and can be configured to order when ordered in volume.

Software developers may find exeda to be an unusual development platform. exeda offers to developers -

- Open source u-boot bootloader

- Detailed hardware and software documentation

- Full BSPs

- 10/100Base-T Ethernet port

- JTAG interface

- RS-232

- Unlocked SIM

Usability

exeda incorporates a 3.5" VGA sun-readable display with touch screen, 5 rows full QWERTY keypad with backlight and a unique capacitive touchpad acting as a mouse. This makes exeda ideal for reading, browsing and data entry.

Connectivity

- A choice of wireless voice/data modem – quad band GSM/GPRS, CDMA or 3G UMTS

- 802.11g WLAN

- Bluetooth V2.0 + EDR

- 2 USB ports

- RS-232 port

CompuLab provides an extension with -

- 100Base-T Ethernet through RJ45 connector - SDIO socket - JTAG header

Other connectivity devices for exeda will be provided by 3rd parties.

Other features

- Marvell PXA270 520MHz CPU

- 128MB RAM

- 2 banks of internal FLASH 512MB each

- 2MP camera with flash

- GPS with built-in and external antennas

- MicroSD socket with SDHC support

- Built-in microphone and speaker + 3.5mm stereo jack

- High capacity 3000mAh battery

Extension

exeda functionality can be extended with an extension board inside the device. The extension board may be designed by a 3rd party. CompuLab is publishing the electrical and mechanical interface and provides a reference extension board with full schematics.

Operating Systems

exeda supports Windows Mobile 6.1, Android, Windows CE 6 and Angstrom Linux. Other operating systems may be supported in the future.

Dimensions

4.9” x 3.7” x 0.6” (126 mm x 96 mm x 16 mm)

Availability

exeda will be available for purchase in March '09. Pricing will be published then. CompuLab will be demonstrating exeda in the upcoming CES trade-show in Las Vegas - 8-11 January '09 in booth North 403.

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