Future X Technology of Taiwan has announced a compact development platform based on Freescale Semiconductor's i.MX21 system-on-chip (SoC). Presently known only as the "Freescale i.MX21 3.5-inch TFT handheld," the device allows creation of portable devices that run Windows CE, according to the company.
The i.MX21, targeted at mobile wireless applications by Freescale, is based on an ARM926EJ-S core with 16 KB of I-cache and 16 KB of D-cache, clocked at either 266MHz or 350MHz. It incorporates a 16/18-bit color LCD controller with resolution up to 800 x 600 pixels. Video playback capabilities include support for H.263 and MPEG-4 codecs, with CIF (352 x 288) resolution at up to 30 fps.
Future X says it has implemented all the above capabilities in a 4.7 x 2.8 x 0.4 inch (120 x 70 x 10mm) package, ready to accept a 3.5-inch touchscreen display. Featuring several function keys and a four-way controller, it is operable via either a 2100 mAh battery or external 5VDC input, according to the company.