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iRex, a Philips Electronics derivative, has released some specs of its new iLiad eBook reader

Engadget has reported that iRex, a subsidiary of Philips Electronics announced its version of an eBook reader in Decemeber of last year and has finally made public detailed specs on the new product. According to the product sheet (PDF) at iRex's website their new eBook device will be called the Electronic Reader ER 0100, codenamed "iLiad".

Some technical specifications are also listed on this PDF such as the file formats that can be displayed. For now, iRex is making it possible to display PDF, XHTML, TXT, and MP3 files, however, they plan to add support for other formats in the future probably by way of software/firmware updates.

The iLiad will feature a USB type A connector to interface with a USB flash drive, a CompactFlash type II slot, as well as a slot for SD/MMC flash media. A standard 3.5mm stereo audio jack will be implemented to listen to MP3 and other audio formats. For connectivity, iRex plans to sell the iLiad with 802.11g wireless LAN ready along with a 10/100MB ethernet port.

Take a look at some of the system specifications...

  • 400MHz Intel X-Scale processor
  • 64MB Ram
  • 224MB free* internal FLASH memory for storing content (sufficient for 1 month of newspapers, 30 books and many other documents)
  • Touch sensor input using stylus
  • Rechargeable battery
  • Cradle and travel charger available
  • Dimensions (wxhxd): 155x217x16 mm. (A5)
  • Screen dimensions (wxh): 122x163 mm
  • Weight: 390 grams
  • Operating temperature is 0°C to 50°C
  • Storage temperature is –20°C to 70°C

(*depends on the amount of installed fonts)

The screen will be an 8.1" display with a 16 level grayscale 1024x768 resolution at 160 dpi, according to iRex. Additionally, the iLiad will also feature a touch screen and a stylus so users can take notes similar to a TabletPC or PDA screen.

A helpful reader has also provided the pricing information of the eBook at about €650, or roughly $790 which makes this one of the more pricier eBook reader products.



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By Homerboy on 3/20/2006 3:35:09 PM , Rating: 2
RE: Similar
By Homerboy on 3/20/2006 3:36:32 PM , Rating: 2
RE: Similar
By Homerboy on 3/20/2006 3:37:00 PM , Rating: 2
bah.
http://sonystyle.com
search: ebook


God damnit.
By Lonyo on 3/21/2006 12:59:35 AM , Rating: 2
Enough with the goddamn i's.
WE DON'T NEED THEM.




RE: God damnit.
By PQX on 3/21/2006 2:09:35 AM , Rating: 2
I hate other companies just stick an "i" in front of everything they make... It just shows their lack of creativity...


Newspaper comparison
By lemonadesoda on 3/21/2006 5:14:31 AM , Rating: 2
Newspaper: instant on
iLiad: 45 seconds

Newspaper: instant page-turn
iLiad: 1 FPS

Newspaper: fish and chips
iLiad: paper weight




great
By margon on 3/23/2006 4:49:21 PM , Rating: 2
this could almost induce me to want to read something


By lemonadesoda on 3/20/2006 5:05:55 PM , Rating: 3
While the product may be genuine... the picture is a fake!

Based on the technological facts that Electrophoretic Display Technology has a white state reflectivity of 35-45% and a contrast of typically less than 50:1, then it is clear that:

This is a DTP'd piece of paper stuck behind some glass and then photographed. The same is true for other "concept" examples at http://www.irextechnologies.com/sh op/products/solu...

1./ There is no way you would get a bright, even, opaque white background like that... identically comparable to a piece of white paper. Especially when photo'ed in direct sunlight.

2./ If you zoom in on the picture, you can see the print is not registered properly (it's not lined up with the sides of the unit!). This would never happen on true e-paper. It just shows the faked paper wasn't put behind the glass and lined up properly. (Or possibly it was an even cheaper fake, by photoediting a rotated image on top of a blank screen!). Oh, how embarassing.

3./ The picture shows an effective resolution MUCH higher than the quoted 768x1024. Just compare it to the (more real) SONY example and you will see what I mean.

4./ There is too much contrast in the examples provided. They are clearly faked. They look like 500+:1 not the true maximum ability of less than 50:1. You CANNOT get "whites" AND "blacks"... only shades of grey.

While I very much welcome the new technology, its a shame when we have the techology misrepresented with faked pictures like this.




By EchoRevamped on 4/9/2006 4:59:51 PM , Rating: 2
I think that "eink" will be a revolutionary product. Although this product is very expensive from what I've heard, I think it has great potential. Enough with your all's crappy criticism, just wait until it comes out. This is just like the topic of the pre-rendered scenes in the PS3. Some games had them, others didn't, but the topic will never be solved till it comes out. I do agree though, that the pictures do have an insane looking contrast which looks fake, but what if the screen was backlit or other factors came into play to make it look the white. Also, the 802.11 connection is a nice feature on this, which definitely beats out sony's version. Just give it a chance.




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