Texas Instruments takes aim at enterprise market with reference Android tablet

by Doug Drinkwater

October 31 2012

TI's eTAB reference tablet design runs Android 4.0
TI's eTAB reference tablet design runs Android 4.0

Chipmaker Texas Instruments believes there will be demand for enterprise tablets going forward, and so has launched its own reference enterprise tablet for manufacturing partners to buy and build.

The Electronic Tablet (eTAB) Reference Design is being promoted for the retail, healthcare, hospitality and education sectors, and features customizable hardware and software.

The design is based on the single-core 800MHz Sitara AM335x ARM Cortex A8 processor, and has a 7-inch capacitive touchscreen display, the Android 4.0 operating system (otherwise known as Ice Cream Sandwich) and supports both WiFi and Bluetooth technologies.

The total bill of materials (BOM) calculation comes in under $70 (supposedly when ordering 100,000 units), which will most likely appeal to those OEM vendors capable of building and distributing the device.

Texas Instruments says that vendors will be able to take hold of this reference tablet, which was built by Indian firm AllGo Embedded Systems, and customize it with everything from barcode scanners, card readers, biometric sensors and additional power management options.

Manufacturers looking to get their hands on and build the eTAB will have to pay AllGo Embedded Systems $999 per unit to get the reference slate, the hardware design files and the Android 4.0 OS.

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