When Intel Corp. rolls out its 1.1GHz Pentium M mobile processor today, Motion Computing Inc. will be among the many OEMs touting new systems built around the chip.
The 3-year-old, privately held Motion will release the M1400 Tablet PC, a 3-pound tablet that offers a handful of leading-edge technologies, such as fingerprint scanning for quick authentication and an ambient light sensor that automatically adjusts screen brightness to suit a users location.
The $1,999 notebook, designed by Motion and built by partner Compal Electronics Inc. of Taiwan, also features integrated Bluetooth and built-in WLAN support through Intels 802.11b/g card. In addition, the unit supports up to 2GB of memory and a 12.1 XGA TFT wide-viewing display.
The built-in fingerprint scanning technology, which is based on an AuthenTec Inc. chipset and Softex Inc.s OmniPass password management software, allows for system authentication, but has also a kind of single-sign-on ability. As a result, M1400 users surfing the Web need only run their index finger across the fingerprint reader thats built into the top of the chassis instead of entering a password.
Also new with the M1400 is the systems Speak Anywhere audio system that features such technologies as beam forming dual microphones, which allow users to record a wide range of sound in order to pick up the voices of people in a meeting. Users can also record with a narrow range of sound and, through acoustic echo cancellation technology, can record their own voice clearly and without background noise.
Because of such built-in features, Motion, of Austin, Texas, will target the M1400 at such vertical industries as health care, legal and education.