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http://forums.opensuse.org – Smartbook tablet design runs Linux, Android - News - Linux for Devices "Originally targeting netbooks, the i.MX515 first appeared in the Sharp NetWalker PC-Z1clamshell UMPC (pictured at right), which runs Ubuntu Linux. While Sharp did not call its device a "smartbook," the NetWalker does indeed fall into that general category, said Burchers. Coined by Qualcomm for small netboooks and tablets based on its own Cortex-A8-like Snapdragon chipset, the smartbook moniker was adopted by Freescale for similar products based on its i.MX515 and future ARM Cortex SoCs. So far, "smartbooks" based on either processor have been slow to market. However, it's expected that a number of primarily ARM Cortex-A8-based smartbooks -- and similar hybrid devices that bridge the gap between MIDs and netbooks -- will be unveiled at this week's CES show in Las Vegas. Inside the Freescale smartbook Clocked to 1GHz on the tablet design, the i.MX515 processor will be joined with Freescale's MC13892 power management IC, the company says. Up to 512MB of DDR2 memory is provided, as well as 4GB to 16GB of internal flash storage and a removable microSD card. Freescale's smartbook tablets attached to keyboard docking stations (Click to enlarge) Presumably, external storage is supported via the available USB port. A separate USB mini port is used for charging the 1900mAh battery, which is said to offer up to 12 hours of battery life. The design's seven-inch touchscreen offers 1024 x 600 resolution, says Freescale. A 3-axis accelerometer (Freescale MMA8450Q) and ambient light sensor are also provided, along with a three megapixel camera that offers video recording up to VGA quality at 30fps, says the company. The device's audio is driven by Freescale's SGTL5000 audio codec, and a speaker, microphone, and audio I/O are also supplied. According to Burchers, the tablet will be offered later in 2010 with a docking station that offers a physical keyboard (see images below)." (Distributions)