LimePC Redefines Ultra Mobile Computing

Information is still a bit scarce on this one, but Texas-based Freescale Semiconductor appears to have packed their six-shooters for CES this week. Announced earlier this year, Freescale’s MPC5121e can be seen in action as it powers the first in an upcoming line of ultra-ultra-mobile PCs dubbed LimePC. LimePC is smaller than an iPod Nano and it runs LimeOS which is essentially an HTML rendering environment based on Debian Linux. In a nutshell, it packs a full Linux PC with triple-core architecture into a device that will fit comfortably into the smallest of pockets. This tiny wonder won’t be challenged when it comes to connectivity either. USB 2.0, 802.11g Wi-Fi and Bluetooth 2.1 have somehow all been crammed in. What perhaps may be the most important spec about LimePC products is still unknown: battery life. Freescale’s technology is very green when it comes to energy consumption but add-ons like WiFi and Bluetooth make it hard to believe that the devices will offer note-worthy battery performance. Initially becoming available in the Chinese market, we can expect to see LimePC products surface in the US around the 2008 holiday season.


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