Freescale Semiconductor will show a reference design for a new computer design that combines the features of a netbook and a smartphone, without the phone. Look for Freescale's smartbook at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) later this week. R.C.J.
Freescale claims its "smartbook" reference design supports applications ike social media, high-quality audio and video playback and gaming, according to Glen Burchers, director of global consumer marketing. The Freescale design uses a 7-inch touchscreen that is said to provide four times the viewing area of a typical smartphone, but in a form factor that is one-third the size of a netbook. The device, which can run either Android and Linux operating systems, is expected to sell for about $200.
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