LAS VEGAS -- At the Comdex fall computer conference here, National Semiconductor Corp. said it was showing a new Geode processor-based platform that integrates eight popular consumer applications into a 10-ounce portable device. National said the Geode Origami Mobile Communicator can function as a digital camera, video camcorder, smart phone, MP3 audio player, PDA, Internet access terminal, email device, and video conferencing system.
"Origami is a glimpse into the future," declared Michael Polacek, vice president of the Information Appliance Division at National Semiconductor. He said the concept represents "a revolutionary convergence" that blends National's Geode integrated processor, and wireless, display and analog technologies. The system uses Microsoft Corp.'s Embedded XP software.
The Geode Origami is a proof-of-concept device jointly developed by National, Conceptual Products Group, Studio RED Inc., and CoCom International Ltd. It is being offered to original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) as an example of what they can do with the capability.
The Geode Origami Mobile Communicator measures 7.5 inches long, less than 4 inches wide and 1.5 inches thick. The Origami folds and pivots to function as a digital camera, video camcorder, smart phone, MP3 audio player, PDA, Internet access/picture frame terminal, email device or video conferencing system. Origami utilizes Bluetooth wireless technology for network connectivity and it has a 4-inch TFT liquid-crystal display (LCD) with 640-by-480 resolution with integrated touch screen capability.
Santa Clara, Calif.-based National Semiconductor said it is demonstrating a range of technologies and Geode processor products that will enable the launch of new Information Appliances--such as the Origami Mobile Communicator--by 2002.