Yenra : Hardware : Modular Computing : Allowing mobile professionals to combine the functionality of a PDA, desktop and notebook computer into a single portable device


Modular is the degree to way in which a system's components may be separated and recombined. Computing is any goal-oriented activity requiring, benefiting from, or creating a mathematical sequence of steps known as an algorithm. Modular Computing therefore is the way in which what were formerly large systems can be separated and recombined in novel ways.

On November 18, 2003, Antelope Technologies and Transmeta Corporation announced that Antelope's Modular Computing Core (MCC) powered by the Transmeta Crusoe processor is now shipping to customers. With the introduction of this new technology, an innovative new market segment has been created in the computer industry -- Modular Computing. Architectures based upon the Modular Computing concept allow mobile professionals to combine the functionality of a PDA, desktop and notebook computer into a single portable device.

In November 2003, Antelope Technologies delivered its first design based upon the Modular Computing vision, the Modular Computing Core (MCC). The MCC provides full desktop computing power in a form factor that can fit in your pocket, and because of the modularity, it can be used anywhere and anytime in a broad range of computing environments. The MCC is powered by the energy efficient 1GHz Transmeta Crusoe processor and runs the powerful Microsoft Windows XP Professional operating system.

"Transmeta continues to show its commitment to innovation by providing processors that alter how mobile computers are used, opening up new and exciting opportunities for people to improve the way they work, communicate and ultimately live their lives," said Kenneth Geyer, president of Antelope Technologies. "The release of our Antelope Modular Computing Platform Kit allows people to choose how they utilize their data freeing them from the traditional desktop-centric model."

"Modular Computers are one of the critical technologies that will define the personal computer market," said Rob Enderle, principal analyst for the Enderle Group. "For several years, we have been conducting surveys with IT buyers and consumers and found that a majority were dissatisfied with existing personal computing choices and favored the idea of a modular computer. Given this information, we expect that the modular approach to personal computing will transform the industry as we know it."

"Imagine that your desktop computer could be converted into a handheld or hands-free computer, enabling the same data and applications you use everyday to be available anywhere -- this dream is now a reality," said Arthur L. Swift, senior vice president of marketing for Transmeta. "Unlike today's PDA, Antelope's MCC eliminates the need to sync data from one device to the next, saving countless hours in the lives of busy mobile professionals and offering a true computing experience anytime, anywhere."

The MCC measures a scant 3"x5"x3/4" and weighs approximately 9.1 ounces. The power supply, display and I/O connectors have been removed -- leaving only the processor, memory, data and applications. Components removed from the MCC are arranged into different shells, allowing the device to be inserted into these shells, transforming it into a handheld computer, then a desktop computer, and back to a handheld in just seconds without rebooting or synching. By combining the functionality of a PDA, desktop and notebook computer, the modular computers eliminate the need for multiple operating systems and software licenses.

Antelope Technologies designs, manufactures and markets mobile computing technologies, integrating these technologies for military, medical, industrial, security and law enforcement institutions worldwide.