InHand Electronics decreases power consumption of handheld devices

Officials of InHand Electronics of Rockville, Md., say new power supply designs enable them to reduce power requirements on company platforms based on the Intel StrongARM SA-1110 processor

Jul 1st, 2001

By J.R. Wilson

Rockville, Md. — Officials of InHand Electronics of Rockville, Md., say new power supply designs enable them to reduce power requirements on company platforms based on the Intel StrongARM SA-1110 processor to as low as 500 milliwatts with the processor at 200MHz, Windows CE running, and an operational 320-by-240-pixel liquid crystal display.

On the software side, developers and end users are provided new monitors and controls to fine-tune power consumption and performance.

BatterySmart will be included free on all Elf and Fintertip Development Platform starter kits and will be a standard part of production platforms using those devices.

On another front, InHand officials say they are working with Raytheon Corp. in El Segundo, Calif., to develop a line of handheld combat global positioning system (GPS) devices.

As a subcontractor on Raytheon's Defense Advanced GPS Receiver (DAGR) program, InHand designers will provide their embedded handheld Fingertip platform to work with Raytheon's Selective Availability Anti-Spoofing Module (SAASM).

Under the yearlong, $6.8 million DAGR contract, several small form factor prototypes will be designed and delivered to the U.S. Department of Defense.

The Fingertip single-board computer (SBC) measures 70 by 70 millimeters, is 9.5 millimeters thick, and is designed for original equipment manufacturers in small-form-factor mobile products.

The larger (104 by 79 millimeter) Elf platform, is also based on the StrongARM.

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