Frontpath launches Crusoe-based Web tablet

Frontpath Inc. announced Monday that it is shipping its first wireless Web tablet, ProGear, running the Linux operating system and powered by Transmeta Corp.'s TM3200 Crusoe processor.

ProGear has a 10.4 inch TFT (thin film transistor) display, a keyboard and a touch screen for access to applications or the Internet. The three-pound device features audio, microphone support and a three-cell battery, the company said in a statement.

The device, which runs the Linux operating system, also comes with America Online Inc.'s Netscape browser. The device is available with either 64M bytes or 128M bytes of RAM, as well as in both thin client and hard disk drive versions.

Optional accessories for the device include a six-cell battery, a cradle with a USB (universal serial bus) and charging station, as well as an external keyboard and mouse.

Frontpath is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Sonicblue Inc., which was itself formerly known as S3 Inc. S3 became Sonicblue last year when the company decided to focus on consumer devices, such as MP3 players and Internet appliances. In January, Sonicblue created a joint venture with Via Technologies Inc. called S3 Graphics Inc., which focuses on developing integrated chipsets for desktop and notebook PCs.

The device, which is aimed at business users, sells for approximately US$1,500 in the most popular configuration, the company said in a statement.

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