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InnoLabs Adds GPS Functionality to Personal Computing Tablet
SUNNYVALE, Calif., May 3, 2001 - Through a joint sales agreement Trimble (NASDAQ:TRMB) and XEMICS, a Swiss fabless semiconductor company, today announced that InnoLabs Corporation will be adding Global Positioning System (GPS) functionality to its personal computing tablet.
InnoLabs will be purchasing the XEMICS XE1610 GPS chipset. The chipset, which is based on Trimble's FirstGPSTM technology, allows high volume manufacturers of consumer products to add GPS location capability with minimal impact on device size or battery life. The chipset from XEMICS is the smallest and lowest power implementation of Trimble's FirstGPS technology to date. It is specifically designed for power-sensitive, wireless enabled, mobile information devices such as laptops, PDAs, digital cameras, and even wristwatches.
About InnoLabs' Computing Tablet
InnoLabs' product packs the power and functionality of a PC into its ergonomic computing tablets that are approximately the size of a standard sheet of paper. Transmeta's CrusoeTM TM5400 CPU clocked up to 700MHz powers the newest product: the Evita 2000P series which was first shown at the Fall Comdex 2000. Together with a 10GB to 20GB HDD, 128MB-512MB DDR-SDRAM as well as a high capacity lithium-ion battery, the complete hardware fits in a magnesium case just under 3 cm thick, weighing 1.2 kg. The tablet has a touch s creen display, built-in color digital camera, and handwriting recognition capabilities as well as W-LAN (IEEE802.11B), sound, WAP, GPRS, USB and a smart card reader. With the XE1610 chipset, InnoLabs' products will now add GPS location capabilities to its list of innovative features. The Evita 2000P series is equipped with Window 2000 Professional. The computing tablets are used for a variety of industrial and professional applications, such as warehouse and factory management, field repair service, natural resource management, healthcare (telemedicine), on-site insurance claims and processing as well as law enforcement.
About the XEMICS Chipset
The jointly developed, 8-channel XEMICS chipset offers the lowest power consumption of any GPS receiver on the market today. The chipset is comprised of one baseband ASIC and one RF ASIC. The baseband ASIC consumes less than 5 milliwatts and the RF ASIC less than 20 milliwatts. It is ideal for power-sensitive applications. For devices that only need location-on-demand, several sleep and low-power modes allow for further power savings and longer battery life. With Trimble's FirstGPS technology, it is also communication independent and capable of interfacing with a wide range of devices including AMPS, CDMA, TDMA, GSM, 3G, CDPD and others.
XEMICS' chipset implementation of the baseband and RF ASICs is extremely compact. The baseband chip is packed in a 16-pin SO (10.1 mm x 6.0 mm) and the RF chip in a 24-pin TSSOP (7.9 mm x 6.4 mm). The high level of integration translates to lower component count and enables a tiny footprint that is approximately one-sixth of a square inch for the entire chipset solution. This tiny footprint facilitates the integration of GPS functionality into a variety of mobile devices without adversely affecting product form factor and size.
The GPS chipset is available now through XEMICS worldwide sales and distribution channel. For more information visit: http://www.xemics.com/wireless.html#1600
XEMICS is a dynamic fabless semiconductor company offering advanced short-range wireless connectivity solutions. To conform to today's state of the art wireless communication and internet access, XEMICS focuses on portable, battery-operated and data acquisition devices. XEMICS is renowned for its ultra low power technology and its innovative design of integrated circuits (ICs) particularly in mixed signal and radio frequency.
For more information about XEMICS, and its products, visit: http://www.xemics.com
Founded in 1997 by current CEO and President Mr. Y.T. Lee, Taipei based InnoLabs Corporation gained almost overnight recognition for its trend-setting high-end computer notebooks. InnoLabs quickly attracted the capital investment it needed to proceed with an ambitious R&D program that has resulted in a succession of original mobile computing concepts such as the Evita series of wireless computing tablets. Thanks to a staff of highly qualified R&D engineers, today InnoLabs is capable of offering both OEM and ODM services. Furthermore, all senior staff have been actively involved in the IT industry for over 10 years. Product awards thus far include: BYTE "Best of Show" at CeBit 98 for its NB9800 notebook series and PC Week "Best of Show" at Comdex 99 for its Evita 3000P computing tablet series.
For more information on products and services, visit: http://www.innolabs.com.tw
Trimble is a leading innovator of Global Positioning System (GPS) technology. In addition to providing advanced GPS components, Trimble augments GPS with other positioning technologies as well as wireless communications and software to create complete customer solutions. Trimble's worldwide presence and unique capabilities position the Company for growth in emerging applications including surveying, automobile navigation, machine guidance, asset tracking, wireless platforms, and telecommunications infrastructure. Founded in 1978 and headquartered in Sunnyvale, Calif., Trimble has more than 2,000 employees in more than 20 countries worldwide.
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