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Hitachi VisionPlate

Wireless Tablet
(by Conrad H. Blickenstorfer)

After creating a presence in the slate market with the Windows CE-based ePlate 600 and 630, Hitachi decided to try something new. The VisionPlate is not a Tablet PC as it does not have an active digitizer or a hard disk. It does, however, have sufficient processing power to run Midori Linux or Windows XP Embedded. This is a lightweight webpad that uses a power-efficient Transmeta Crusoe processor (no fan needed) to run off Flash memory. The ruggedized slate is thin and light and ready for wireless communication or use with a variety of Linux and Windows supported USB peripherals. On the software side the VisionPlate comes with a Citrix ICA client, webbrowser, MPEG player, pdf viewer, screen rotation utilities and (in the Linux version) the entire Gnome environment. Primary application is as a thin client in healthcare and similar environments.

While the WHite Board site www.touchboards.com carried the VisionPlate for a while, unfortunately Hitachi discontinued this interesting product.

Specifications
Added/changed 03/2008: discontinued, but still listed at touchboards.com
Form-factor Durable pen tablet
CPU Speed Transmeta TM5500/667 MHz
OS Windows XP embedded or Linux
RAM/ROM 128-256MB
Card slots 1 PC Card II + 1 CF
Display type Transmissive LCD
Display size/res 10.4"/800 x 600
Digitizer/pens touch/1
Keyboard/keys on-screen
Navigation stylus
Housing Plastic
Operating Temp 41 to 95F
Sealing NA
Shock 10G
Size (WxHxD) 11.6 x 8.8 x 1.4
Weight 2.8 lbs.
Power 11.1V, 3,400mAH Li-Ion ("up to 7.5 hrs")
Interface 2 USB, LAN
Wireless 802.11b
List price inquire
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