November 5, 2006 By Miriam Jones
The Parvus ZYPAD WL 1000 wrist-wearable wireless computer features hands-free operation, Bluetooth and 802.11 b/g Wi-Fi capabilities, and built-in GPS tracking. The computer has a 3.5-inch TFT touchscreen, an Au1100 400 MHz 32-bit MIPS processor and weighs less than 11 ounces. It contains 64 MB RAM and 64 MB ROM nonvolatile Flash memory with a mini SD expansion slot. An integrated stylus is connected to the strap. Integrating a tilt and dead-reckoning system, the unit can determine whether a user is moving and then transmit a locator beacon after a specified time period.
Belkin's N1 Wireless Router offers a link rate of up to 300 Mbps in 40 MHz channel mode and up to 150 Mbps in 20 MHz channel mode. The built-in network status display shows icons, each representing a network component, so users can monitor the connections for fast troubleshooting. Based on the 802.11n draft specification, the router uses multiple antennas instead of one to transmit data streams and is backward-compatible with 802.11b and 802.11g networks. The unit has four RJ45 Ethernet ports, and cable or DSL modem connection.
Tough Bunch of Disks
The VMETRO SANbric JBOD is a rugged, six-disk, fibre channel storage system with dual 2 Gbps fibre channel interfaces, 1.8 terabyte capacity and custom chassis to fit application requirements. The device offers a split backplane for dual loop operation and up to 385 Mbps sustained recording using Vortex recorders. The removable disk module has an easy insertion/extraction handle, and the unit is sealed for operation to 72,000 feet.
Dell's Latitude D620 notebook computer starts at 4.4 pounds. It includes an Intel Core Duo T2300 processor (1.66 GHz), and can accommodate up to a T7600 processor (2.33 GHz). The D620 sports a 14.1-inch wide-aspect WXGA display with 1280x800 resolution. The base configuration comes with 512 MB shared DDR2 memory, 40 GB SATA hard drive and 802.11 a/g Wi-Fi capability. Hard drives also are available in 60, 80 and 100 GB. The notebook has a minimum 512 MB DDR2-533 667 MHz memory or maximum 4 GB DDR2-533 667 MHz.
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