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TI debuts affordable Android-based tablet solution for enterprise

TI has introduced an all-in-one enterprise tablet solution that carries a total bill of material of just $70 (£43), and could allow ODMs and OEMs to increase their margins by adding value added features.

The eTAB reference design stems from a collaboration between TI and AllGo Embedded Systems and will allow developers to reduce the time to market for a complete, customised enterprise tablet down to 90 days.

The blueprint runs on TI’s Sitara AM335x ARM Cortex-A8 solution, clocked at 800MHz, with a 7in dual touch capacitive LCD panel, Bluetooth and Wi-Fi as well as Android 4.0 ICS.

Users will be able to customise their designs by including an array of market specific features like barcode scanners, contact or contactless card readers, biometric sensors, RFID peripherals etc.

Interestingly enough, the processor costs only a fraction of the total BOM, with a starting price of $5 (£3) when purchased in bulk.

Products based on the eTAB are likely to be integrated in an overall integrated solution, one that may include customised versions of Android and will rival Windows CE and other embedded platforms rather than mainstream mobile OSes like iOS.

Désiré Athow

Désiré has been musing and writing about technology during a career spanning four decades. He dabbled in website building and web hosting when DHTML and frames were en vogue and started writing about the impact of technology on society just before the start of the Y2K hysteria at the turn of the last millennium. Following an eight-year stint at where he discovered the joys of global tech-fests, Désiré now heads up TechRadar Pro. Previously he was a freelance technology journalist at Incisive Media, Breakthrough Publishing and Vnunet, and Business Magazine. He also launched and hosted the first Tech Radio Show on Radio Plus.