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November 05, 2012

Texas Instruments eTAB Reference Design Features BOM Under $70

Texas Instruments (News - Alert) Incorporated, along with Texas Instruments Design Network member AllGo Embedded Systems, recently introduced a new all-in-one Electronic Tablet (eTAB) Reference Design which allows developers to go to market in as little as three months with a complete, customized enterprise tablet. The eTAB Reference Design is based on the Sitara AM335x ARM Cortex-A8 processor, runs Android (News - Alert) 4.0 and has a total BOM (bill of material) of less than $70.

Designed for customer, application-specific tablets, the eTAB Reference Design allows customers to customize both software and hardware, leading to the easy integration of market-specific features such as barcode scanners, contact or contactless card readers and biometric sensors. Customization in terms of multiple audio, connectivity and power management options are also available, allowing developers to differentiate their final products.

In fact, the eTAB Reference Design is so flexible; it can be customized to build standalone tablets, or integrated as a control panel in appliances or machinery.

"In today's highly competitive environment, getting to market quickly is essential," said K. Srinivasan, CEO, AllGo Systems, in a statement. "The Electronic Tablet (eTAB) Reference Design allows developers in industrial markets to quickly customize and differentiate their tablets with minimal risk. The eTAB Reference Design complements our deep expertise in turnkey electronic product design and enables us to provide a one-stop shop to our customers' product development needs."

Additional key features of the eTAB Reference Design include a dual touchscreen capacitive LCD panel, integrated Wi-Fi and Bluetooth, a highly integrated and efficient Power Management Unit (PMU), and four DC/DC converters.

"This Electronic Tablet (eTAB) Reference Design provides developers with a compelling platform to customize their industry-specific applications at a much lower cost than commercial tablets available in the market today," said Ram Sathappan, electronic point-of-sale business manager, Texas Instruments. "We continue to see tablets being used across multiple industries and because of AllGo Embedded System's support, our customers will be able to take advantage of this out-of-box experience and get to market quickly."

Texas Instruments recently released its third quarter financial results. Earnings rose 30 percent compared to the previous quarter, while revenue fell slightly.

Edited by Brooke Neuman

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