Freescale unveils smartbook reference design

The rumors have been flying about the Apple tablet coming to market sometime this year assuming any of the rumors are true. With all the buzz in the tablet computer market it is no surprise that other providers are looking to get into the tablet market as well. Freescale has announced its smartbook tablet reference design.

The reference design is a small 7-inch touch screen device that promises four times the viewing area of a smartphone with a size and volume much smaller than the typical netbook. The device will sell for somewhere in the $219 ($200) price range. The reference design uses the ARM Cortex-A8 CPU along with the MC13892 power management IC SGTL5000 audio codec and the MMA8450Q 3-axis accelerometer.

Products based on the reference design are expected by the American summer of 2010. The machine has a separate keyboard accessory that the tablet docks into. Other features include a screen resolution of 1024 x 600 with 512MB of RAM and 4-64GB of internal storage. Storage expansion is via a microSD card slot. Connectivity options include a 3G modem WiFi and Bluetooth 2.1. GPS will also be an option for the device. The battery will charge via USB or an AC outlet and has 1900mAh of juice inside. The screen resolution is 1024 x 600 and the machine measures 200mm x 128mm x 14.9cm and weighs 376 grams. The machine will run either Android or Linux operating systems.