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TMCNet:  Texas Instruments and AllGo introduce new eTAB reference design

[November 06, 2012]

Texas Instruments and AllGo introduce new eTAB reference design

Nov 06, 2012 (Datamonitor via COMTEX) -- Texas Instruments Incorporated, or TI, a semiconductor design and manufacturing company, and AllGo Embedded Systems, a TI design network member, have introduced the new all-in-one electronic tablet, or eTAB, reference design, allowing developers to get to market with a customized enterprise tablet.

Based on the Sitara AM335x ARM Cortex-A8 processor, the eTAB reference design has a total BOM of less than $70 and leverages the Android 4.0 operating system.

With the eTAB reference design, customers can customize software and hardware to integrate market-specific features like barcode scanners, contact or contactless card readers and biometric sensors, among others. Additional customization with multiple audio, connectivity and power management options are also available from TI, allowing developers to differentiate their final products.

Given its configuration options, the eTAB reference design offers a developer flexibility to support cost-sensitive enterprise applications. For example, the design can be customized to build standalone tablets or integrated as a control panel in appliances or industrial machinery.

eTAB reference design features; total BOM cost less than $70; 800 MHz ARM Cortex-A8 processor; 7" dual touch screen capacitive LCD panel; Wi-Fi and Bluetooth technologies; production ready hardware and software; and TPS65910 - power management unit (PMU) with 4 DC/DC converters and 8 LDOs.

"This Electronic Tablet (eTAB) Reference Design provides developers with a compelling platform to customize their industry-specific applications at a much lower cost than commercial tablets available in the market today," said Ram Sathappan, electronic point-of-sale business manager, TI. "We continue to see tablets being used across multiple industries and because of AllGo Embedded System's support, our customers will be able to take advantage of this out-of-box experience and get to market quickly." Republication or redistribution, including by framing or similar means, is expressly prohibited without prior written consent. Datamonitor shall not be liable for errors or delays in the content, or for any actions taken in reliance thereon

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