National Semiconductor Corporation unveiled a new conceptual
device at Comdex 2002. The Geode Extended Office (GXO) is targeted
at mobile professionals who need easy wireless access to all their
office data and applications, including Windows XP and video conferencing.
The Geode Extended Office, combines key Internet,
office and video-conferencing applications in a compact portable
about the size of a framed 5 x 7 photograph. Incorporating both
Bluetooth and 802.11b wireless capabilities, the GXO is smaller,
lighter and easier to carry than laptops. It also provides a
bright 6-inch TFT display with 1024 x 768 resolution. The screen
is four times the size and offers five times the resolution
of a high-end PDA.
"The Geode Extended Office takes the concept
of worker mobility to a new level of functionality and productivity,"
said Mike Polacek, vice president of the Information Appliance
Division at National Semiconductor. "Today's PDA's suffer
from small displays and are incompatible with software, content
and corporate security requirements. The GXO integrates PC-compatible
software, ultra-low-power processing and wireless connectivity
to ensure seamless interfaces to existing business infrastructure.
This small, full-featured package is easy to deploy, easy to
use, and fun," Polacek said.
The GXO is a wireless thin client that uses 802.11b
connectivity to access corporate wireless LANs and Bluetooth
to access web-based and other information sources through cellular
connections. Utilizing technology from Citrix, the GXO can remotely
run enterprise applications and access data that are stored
on a server.
The GXO is based on National's SC2200 Geode integrated
system-on-a chip. Embedded inside this chip is a fully PC-compatible
x86 processor that ensures software compatibility with Windows
XP and other PC software. The device is also enabled for both
Citrix MetaFrame XP application delivery and management software
and NFuse Elite Access Portal software. In addition to running
virtually all software applications, the GXO has more features
than a PDA and more functional mobility than traditional notebooks.
Key Features of the Geode Extended Office
The GXO is 7.3 inches wide, 5.8 inches high and
0.9-inches thick. Weighing one pound, nine ounces, National
Semiconductor's GXO packs a world of functionality into a compact,
easy to travel form factor.