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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