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Fujitsu Frontech Starts Limited Sales of Portable Information Terminal “FLEPia”

Fujitsu Frontech Limited and Fujitsu Laboratories Limited today announced the joint development and commercial introduction of samples of a ubiquitous browser, "FLEPia" that adopts color electronic paper first in the world. This product has a large display 12 mm thick, weighs 320g (A5-size model). It can run 50 hours continuously with a fully charged battery. A large amount of information (a year of newspapers, two years of weekly magazines or 5,000 volumes of books) can be stored in this terminal by using 4GB SD card (option).

Fujitsu Frontech Limited and Fujitsu Laboratories Limited today announced the joint development and commercial introduction of samples of a ubiquitous browser, "FLEPia" that adopts color electronic paper first in the world. This product has a large display 12 mm thick, weighs 320g (A5-size model). It can run 50 hours continuously with a fully charged battery. A large amount of information (a year of newspapers, two years of weekly magazines or 5,000 volumes of books) can be stored in this terminal by using 4GB SD card (option).

April 20, 2007

The following is a translation of the press release that was announced by Fujitsu Frontech Limited and Fujitsu Laboratories Limited on 20th April 2007. This translation is made by Fujitsu Frontech Limited.

The first and right portable information terminal in the world featuring color electronic paper with a large display 12 mm thick

Fujitsu Frontech Limited announced the development of a ubiquitous browser, “FLEPia” that adopts color electronic paper first in the world and launches domestic sales of the samples.

“FLEPia” will be displayed in “Fujitsu Forum 2007” being held on 17th and 18th May at Tokyo International Forum.

“FLEPia” realizes compactness and low power by electronic paper which can display a still image continuously without power supply. There are two types of size, A4-size (12 inch) and A5-size (8 inch). A4-size weighs 480g and A5-size weighs 320g. They measure 12mm and can run for 50 hours at most.

FLEPia A4type,A5type

The contents stored to SD card (option) thorough a high speed wireless LAN can be referred “Anytime” and “Anywhere”. For example, the latest information can be downloaded at speed and available at the wireless LAN spot or a Net cafe.

The purpose of the limited sales of “FLEPia” is for the field trial of some companies who are considering business by making use of color electronic paper. Therefore it is equipped with USB mini-B connecter and a stereo speaker which is available for various applications.


[Feature of ubiquitous browser, “FLEPia”]

[1]Visible display and color variation

There are two types of size, A4-size (12 inch) which can display largely and portable A5-size (8 inch). The resolution of both types is the XGA standard of 768 x 1024. A color display is adopted and 8 colors or 4,096 colors can be configured.

There are three color variation for the body of “FLEPia”, white pearl, pink pearl and silver.

[2] Simple operation

“FLEPia” has the large touch panel of 12 inch or 8 inch and it is easy to operate with a scroll button and six function buttons.

[3]Long operating time

Because electronic paper is adopted for a display, a still image can be displayed continuously without power supply. Power supply is necessary only for redrawing of a image. Therefore “FLEPia” can run longer than the other liquid crystal display panels. With a fully charged battery, “FLEPia” can run for 50 hours (when 3,000 pages are displayed every 1 minute on 8 colors display.)

[4]Full outside interface

High speed wireless LAN of 11/54Mbps conformed to IEEE802.11b/g, a USB mini-B connecter conformed to a USB 2.0 (480Mbps) and a SD card slot are equipped as outside interface. They can be selected according to the way to download information. Because there is also a stereo speaker on both sides, reading out of books or audio explanation of an advertisement are available.

[5]Equipped Windows CE5.0

“FLEPia” equips the Japanese version of Windows®CE5.0 by Microsoft Corporation. Web browser and e-mail are available. Because “FLEPia” can also display data of variety of applications by Microsoft Corporation such as Microsoft Word or Microsoft Excel, referring of a document or an attachment of e-mail is available. A software keyboard and a touch-pen enable to input short sentence for e-mail.

[6]High security

The information is protected by 128bit of AES (Advanced Encryption Standard) and a security password with 16 characters.

Fujitsu Frontech will provide the service of searching the terminal, locking the operation and deleting the information when losing “FLEPia”.


[Price and schedule of shipment]

Product Size Sales lot Price of the sample unit Date of shipment
FLEPia A5 10 units 1,575,000 yen per 10 units
(tax included)
End of Oct. 2007
A4 2,625,000 yen per 10 units
(tax included)
End of Oct. 2007

(* “FLEPia” is shipped every lot of 10 units to corporations for the full customer service.)

[Sales target]

The sample number of sales target for fiscal year 2007 is 1,000 units. (200 units per month) The worldwide general sales will be started in fiscal year 2008. Fujitsu Frontech is targeting sales of about 10 billion yen accumulated by fiscal year 2010.

[Trademark]

Windows®CE is registered trademark of Microsoft Corporation in the United States and/or other countries.
SD is a trademark of SD Card Association.
Other company names and product names described in this sheet are trademarks or registered trademarks of each company.
“FLEPia” is applying for the register as a trademark of Fujitsu Frontech.

Related Website

Fujitsu Laboratories Limited


[Specifications]

  FLEPia A4 type FLEPia A5 type
Dimensions
(W x D x H),
Weight
210(W)×304(D)×12(H)mm,
480g
158(W)×240(D)×12(H)mm,
320g
Size of a display 184.3 x 245.7 mm (12 inch) 120.2 x 160.2 mm (8 inch)
Color White pearl, Pink pearl and Silver
Resolution 768 x 1024 (XGA)
Color display 8 colors or 4,096 colors
Speed to redraw 2.3 Sec. (8 colors) , 10 Sec. (4,096 colors)
Operational button Touch panel, Scroll button, 6 function buttons and power switch
Wireless LAN IEEE802.11b/g (11/54Mbps *1)
SD card *2 SD memory slot x 1(Option 1GB/2GB/4GB SD memory)
USB connecter USB2.0(480Mbps) mini-B connecter x1
Audio function Stereo speaker, Headphone connecter x1
Power consumption Lithium polymer battery, AC adapter(Attachment)
Running hours with a fully charged battery: 50 hours
(when 3,000 pages are displayed every 1 minute on 8 colors display)
Storage capability of contents
(When using 4GB SD card)
One year of newspapers (10MB for a day with pictures)
Two years of weekly magazines
(About 100 magazines, 35MB for a magazine with 300 pages)
5,000 volumes of new books (600KB for a book with 300 pages)
Security 128Bit AES(Advanced Encryption Standard)
Software FLEPia application, Microsoft®Windows CE5.0
CPU XScale RISC CPU
Environmental Operation : Temperature 5 to 35 degrees Celsius, Humidity 20 to 80% RH
Storage : Temperature -10 to 60 degrees Celsius, Humidity 20 to 80% RH

*1: It is the theoretical maximum value of a standard of wireless LAN, not practical speed.

*2: Equipping SDIO Hx of BSQUARE

(*This specifications may be changed by the shipment.)

Date: 20 April, 2007
Company: Fujitsu Frontech Limited, Fujitsu Laboratories Limited

Contacts

Fujitsu Frontech Limited
Marketing Division
Inquiry: http://www.fujitsu.com/jp/frontech/en/contact/