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Transmeta at Rockefeller Center - PCExpo 2002
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The weather was hot and humid (like the back of a Pentium 4 laptop!). (Archived from PCSTATS' retired tech site, TransmetaZone)
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FIC Crystal tablet PC

First International Computer

When we first saw the FIC Crystal tablet PC at Comdex Fall 2001 it was still very much in the prototype stage. Since that meeting we have had the chance to put its brother, the Crusoe based Aqua Pad through some serious testing. The full review on the Aqua Pad is here, and what we saw from that cool magnesium encased "webpad" device was that it was best suited to vertical markets than mainstream consumers.

The FIC Crystal tablet on display by Tim Ou was fully operational and loaded up with Windows XP. The tablet formfactor, and the ability to treat it as a fully featured computer will probably see this unit meet some good success with consumers when it is released.

Hand writing recognition will have to advance by several levels before things will really equalize between tablets and PC's but there is a strong potential there.

I was describing the FIC tablet to a friend of mine who is currently studying IT at university right now and he really epitomized the needs, and basic requirements the tablet PC will have to meet before consumers spend their money.

For him, the idea of a tablet PC which (really) allowed him to switch between note taking and diagram drawing was the allure. Notebooks make it difficult to transition from typing to drawing down a diagram, and the current crop of tablets have awkward text entry systems.

The real test for the tablet PC will be the lecture hall - if this technology can stand up to a fast talking professor and a five cent stick of chalk the computer industry will have a winner.

The Crystal tablet PC uses a 10.4" TFT screen with XGA resolution (1024x768) which also has an integrated touch screen component. To operate the TabletPC the user need only use a standard EMD pen and write directly to the screen. Hand writting recognition looks like it will be supported by Microsoft's Digital Ink. The tablet is powered by TM5800 Crusoe processor running at 800MHz, features a 20GB notebook hard drive, and will support up to 128MB of on board DDRAM.

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Contents of Article: PCexpo
 Pg 1.  Transmeta at Rockefeller Center - PCExpo 2002
 Pg 2.  The star of the show, OQO!
 Pg 3.  TMTA Reference Motherboard
 Pg 4.  Avenue Music PC
 Pg 5.  Gericom A2 Notebook
 Pg 6.  Gespac PCISYS-59
 Pg 7.  PaceBlade Pace Book
 Pg 8.  RLX Technologies Razor 324
 Pg 9.  Antelope Technologies MCC
 Pg 10.  Sony VAIO PCG-U1
 Pg 11.  CharmedTech TM5800 Wearable Computer
 Pg 12.  — FIC Crystal tablet PC
 Pg 13.  NEC Netbrain Office Server
 Pg 14.  Other Notebooks & Tablet PC's

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