Freescale and Hearst Challenge Apple's iSlate Tablet
Let the Tablet PC Wars CommenceThe tablet device market is as busy as the Android phone market these days, with new contenders entering daily. The latest entrants? Freescale and the Hearst Corporation. Yes, a chip vendor and a publisher.
Freescale on Monday kicked off the new year with a new tablet reference design. Hearst, publisher of 15 daily newspapers, including the San Francisco Chronicle, plus 49 periodicals, including Cosmopolitan, unveiled Skiff, an eReader that displays print exactly as it would be seen when printed and laid out on paper.
But neither product will be a direct competitor to the iWhatever. Freescale, a chip maker, has no plans to go into the tablet business. This prototype is simply a vehicle for its i.MX515 processor, an ARM derivative, for others to build on. It also includes Freescale's MC13892 power management circuit, SGTL5000 audio codec and MMA8450Q 3-axis accelerometer...
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