Chipmaker Cyrix will ship its WebPad wireless Internet access device based on the MediaGX processor by Christmas.
The WebPad will be manufactured by Tatung.
Tatung will produce a WebPad based on a Cyrix reference design. Several undisclosed OEMs will badge and market the device. The pad is likely to be available in varied configurations; a prototype system demonstrated to PC Week was running the embedded QNX operating system with browser software.
The MediaGX processor features integral sound and graphics capabilities.
The system we saw also featured 16Mb of RAM and 8Mb of ROM, as well as built-in speakers and a microphone.
Using a large, touch-sensitive, flat-panel screen with a virtual keyboard similar to those used by palmtop computers, an operator can manually enter URL addresses and use Web-based Email systems such as Hotmail.
The system also features a USB port for connecting an external mouse and keyboard. Although pricing for the final product is yet to be decided, a Cyrix spokesman told PC Week: "It has to be the right price if it's going to succeed. We would expect it to retail at less than $300 (#185)."
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