Asilomar Microcomputer Workshop
April 27, 2000
The Itsy (Version 2) Pocket Computer
Compaq Computer Corporation, Western Research Laboratory
About the talk:
Itsy is a small, pocket-sized computer based on the fast,
low-powered, StrongARM SA-1100 microprocessor. It is
designed to be an flexible research platform for projects
ranging from OS power management to novel gesture and
speech-based user interfaces. The base Itsy hardware
provides a flexible interface for adding a custom
daughtercard, enabling a wide range of hardware projects
such as wireless networking, cameras and alternate displays.
Itsy runs Linux and offers several environments including
Java, X-Windows, and Squeak (Smalltalk-80). The current
version (Itsy V2) runs at 200MHz on a Li-ion battery, and
sports a tiny, high-resolution LCD with touchscreen, an
audio codec, and expansion up to 160MB of flash and 128 MB
My talk will briefly outline the motivation for the
project and describe the current hardware and software.
Details will include recent Itsy V2 power consumption
measurements, the relationship to Compaq's recently
announced iPAQ H3600 handheld product, and a look to the
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