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Chip maker Freescale has launched a reference design from which ARM-based handheld internet tablet can be forged.

The basic spec incorporates a 7in, 1024 x 600 touchscreen, Flash storage, SD card expansion, Bluetooth 2.1 and 802.11n Wi-Fi connectivity. Freescale - formerly part of Motorola - has put in a battery that, when combined with the display and an ARM Cortex-A8 processor, yields 12 hours of runtime.

Freescale tablet reference

MID to measure: Freescale's reference design

Maintaining that duration is probably why Freescale hasn't incorporated 3G connectivity - odd, perhaps, given the close association between ARM processors and smartphones.

Still, Freescale's design is simply the basis for products other companies will build - Freescale hopes to sell its ARM-based CPUs on the back of it. Said manufacturers can build in 3G if they wish. Likewise, they may add a multi-touch panel in place of the single-touch job Freescale has specified.

Freescale tablet reference

Multiple colours, of course

Freescale anticipates vendors will choose either Linux or Android to run on their tablets. They may also opt to add a clip-on keyboard.

The chip maker will be showing a prototype MID based on the design at the Consumer Electronics Shows (CES) in Las Vegas this week. ®

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