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Frontpath launches Crusoe-based Web tablet

Frontpath announced that it is shipping its first wireless Web tablet, ProGear, running the Linux operating system and powered by Transmeta's TM3200 Crusoe processor.

ProGear has a 10.4 inch thin film transistor display, a keyboard and a touch screen for access to applications or the Internet. The three-pound device features audio, microphone support and a three-cell battery, the company said in a statement.

The device, which runs the Linux operating system, also comes with America Online's Netscape browser. The device is available with either 64Mbytes or 128Mbytes of RAM, as well as in both thin client and hard disk drive versions.

Optional accessories for the device include a six-cell battery, a cradle with a USB (universal serial bus) and charging station, as well as an external keyboard and mouse.

Frontpath is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Sonicblue, formerly known as S3. S3 became Sonicblue last year when the company decided to focus on consumer devices, such as MP3 players and Internet appliances. In January, Sonicblue created a joint venture with Via Technologies called S3 Graphics, which focuses on developing integrated chipsets for desktop and notebook PCs.

The device, which is aimed at business users, sells for approximately $1, 500 (£1, 058.49) in the most popular configuration, the company said.

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