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Freescale expands netbook OS offerings

Posted: 20 Feb 2009     Print Version  Bookmark and Share

Keywords:3G connectivity  data modules  netbook reference design  i.MX515 processor 

Freescale Semiconductor has partnered with a line-up of companies to enable 3G connectivity and additional operating system options for netbooks based on its new i.MX515 processor. For OEMs, the expanded ecosystem means faster time to market, greater differentiation and more compelling end devices.

Freescale entered the netbook market in January 2009 with the introduction of the i.MX515 processor and a comprehensive netbook reference design. The solution is designed to enable consumer products that deliver gigahertz performance, eye-popping graphics and eight hours of battery life between charges at extremely aggressive price points.

Developed jointly with Pegatron, the reference design includes Canonical's Ubuntu operating system based on Linux technology. Freescale now has expanded its netbook ecosystem, adding support for additional operating systems from Android Open Source Project, Phoenix Technologies and Xandros, as well as 3G connectivity capabilities via collaboration with several companies including Wavecom and Option. Freescale plans to enable 3G connectivity by providing hardware and software support for data modules optimised for the i.MX515 applications processor.

The expanded netbook ecosystem now includes:

* The Android platform: a comprehensive, open software stack that includes everything a manufacturer or operator needs to build a compelling mobile device

* Phoenix HyperSpace: an easy-to-use, instant-on operating environment that enables extended battery life and smart network connectivity

* The Xandros Desktop OS from Xandros: a simple and compelling user interface based on a custom Debian Linux.

* Wireless connectivity capabilities from Wavecom

* Wireless connectivity capabilities from Option

Freescale's netbook reference design is available now. The company is currently sampling the i.MX515 processor to tier one netbook customers. Volume production for the i.MX515 device is planned for Q2 2009 to power netbooks designed for the 2009 holiday shopping season.

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