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Xybernaut® Unveils New Generation of Wearable Computer Featuring Texas Instruments DSP Technology
New Mobile PC Takes Center Stage at the Sixth Annual International Conference on Wearable Computers
FAIRFAX, VA (May 30, 2001) - Xybernaut Corporation (NASDAQ: XYBR) today unveiled the Mobile Assistant(r) V (MA(r) V), an advanced wearable computer that provides lightweight, hands-free mobile computing, thanks to a new design that features Texas Instruments (NYSE: TXN) (TI) on-board integrated programmable digital signal processor (DSP) and the Intel(r) Mobile Celeron(r) 500 MHz processor.
The MA V from Xybernaut, produced by IBM Corporation, provides unparalleled processing speed, connectivity, mobility and power efficiency in a package that is 30 percent smaller and lighter than earlier models.
Designed for on-going expandability and connectivity, the MA V has a full spectrum of integrated ports and wireless support, including dedicated FireWire, Type II or III PCMCIA, Compact Flash, and dedicated USB. The advanced, hands-free computing solution is easily configured with a wide variety of off-the-shelf products such as bar-code scanners, Global Positioning Systems (GPS), miniature video camera and a variety of test equipment.
"It's been an incredible experience working with our designers to produce a product that was created with direct insight from our key clients," stated Edward G. Newman, Chairman, President and CEO of Xybernaut. "This is truly a customer designed product that we expect will change the way the world uses computers. A leading industry analyst estimates that there are over 130 million mobile workers world wide, each one of them a potential customer."
"The combination of Texas Instruments DSP processing experience along with Xybernaut and TI's engineering has created a truly remarkable product," said Gene Frantz, senior fellow and new business development manager at TI. "Today we are demonstrating a new product that successfully integrates our DSP technology into Xybernaut's wearable computer, opening the door to truly free people from the wired environment."
The MA V is cased in a lightweight yet highly durable magnesium self-contained chassis, embedded with up to 256 MB SDRAM, a full-duplex stereo built-in sound card, 8 MB SDRAM video memory and a choice of internal HDD configurations as well as external higher capacity drives.
The MA V continues Xybernaut's tradition of providing a computing platform capable of hosting any Windows®, linux or Unix operating system, which makes the MA V compatible with standard office environments.
The MA V can be configured with the latest in display technology, from Xybernaut's all-light readable touch-screen Flat-Panel Displays to its new lightweight, SVGA head-mounted color displays (HMD). The HMD's provide a direct view display with an integrated microphone and earpiece speaker for voice activation and communications.
The MA V is supported by a wide compliment of accessories, including a docking holster, keyboard, pointing device, wireless cards and wearability accessories customized specifically for the MA V.
It will begin shipping in mid-June. Pricing will start at $3,995.
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