Tablet PC boasts 12.1-inch screen

LAS VEGAS'Here at the Comdex trade show, representatives of Motion Computing Inc. of Austin, Texas, tossed the M1200 tablet PC back and forth to demonstrate its ruggedness. The 3-pound, Microsoft Windows XP system suffered no damage inside a magnesium-alloy case.

Its 12.1-inch LCD was big enough to earn a mention from Microsoft Corp. chairman Bill Gates in his keynote speech. The screen can display an entire 8.5- by 11-inch page. The pen, called an active digitizer, works without battery power.

The 866-MHz unit has an integrated Unified Memory Architecture graphics chip set. A proprietary sensor in the docking cradle automatically switches the LCD's orientation between portrait and landscape modes, and it can be dropped into the cradle while still running.

The M1200 starts around $2,099 with a Mobile Pentium III-M processor, 256M of RAM, a 20G hard drive and an embedded antenna for wireless IEEE 802.11b connectivity through a Mini PCI interface.


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