PORTLAND, Ore. 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.
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.
The Freescale design uses a i.MX515 processor with an ARM A8 core. It also includes a MMA8450Q 3-axis accelerometer, MC13892 power management IC and a SGTL5000 audio codec. Wi-Fi, a 3G modem and Bluetooth wireless connectivity are also included.
Freeascale worked on the design with the Savannah College of Art and Design's industrial design program and Inventec Appliance Corp., which provided hardware design services. Block diagrams, schematics and a Linux board level support for the Freescale reference design are available to OEMs.
End products based on the design will likely be released by retailers this summer, Freescale said.