Boston, MA ( Sept. 17, 2007)— SECO USA, Inc. (Rockville, MD), a leader in handheld and wireless device platforms for OEMs, the Natick Soldier Research Development and Engineering Center (Natick, MA) and Army Research Lab, Sensors Electronic Device Directorate (Adelphi, MD), today announced at the Embedded Systems Conference the completion of the first general-purpose, military-grade PDA utilizing low-power, flexible display technology.
The Soldier Flex PDA (SFPDA) has been successfully demonstrated at the Future Force Warrior’s On-The-Move (OTM) exercises in Fort Dix, NJ. The SFPDA, developed in collaboration with industrial design firm Artisent, Inc. (Boston, MA) and advanced display technology firm E-Ink Corp. (Cambridge, MA), utilizes next-generation flexible display technology from the U.S. Army Flexible Display Center (FDC) at Arizona State University.
Whereas the electronics for most PDAs are challenged to run under 1W, the entire SFPDA has typical power consumption well under 1W, including the display and SECO USA’s PXA270-based Fingertip4 CPU board, along with Ethernet, USB, Bluetooth, and keypad interfaces. This reduced-power consumption is due to the unique low-power characteristics of electronic paper displays and SECO USA’s patented BatterySmart system software. The result: a ruggedized handheld with over 6 hours of run-time weighing in at less than one pound.
“The successful integration of rugged, non-glass flexible display technology into a general purpose handheld opens up the realm of possibilities for distributing networked information to infantry combat soldiers” said Henry Girolamo, Associate Program Manager for the Flexible Display Center at the Army’s Natick RDE Center and program manager for the SFPDA. “The low power characteristics of the SFPDA are a direct result of this unique display technology and SECO USA’s BatterySmart power management IP, which have resulted in an extremely small and lightweight device that soldiers can use for long duration missions to receive and review critical battlefield information.”
“The distinctive properties of low-power, flexible display technology have the potential to revolutionize the embedded systems and handheld/wireless device industries” said Andrew Girson, CTO of SECO USA. “Battery technology has not kept up with the demands placed on portable electronics. Longer missions have demanded larger batteries and increased size and weight for portable and wireless devices. The combination of flexible display technology and SECO USA’s BatterySmart is changing that equation and allowing devices to run much, much longer with smaller size and weight.”
The SFPDA will be displayed at SECO USA’s booth (#1213) at the Embedded Systems Conference at Hynes Convention Center in Boston, MA (Sept. 19, 20). More information on the Natick Soldier RDE Center can be found at www.natick.army.mil. More information on Fingertip4, BatterySmart, and SECO USA’s extensive portfolio of power-reducing hardware and software technologies can be found at seco-usa.com.
About SECO USA, Inc.
SECO USA, Inc. is a leading provider of low-power embedded system-level software and hardware platforms to Original Equipment Manufacturers. SECO USA provides run-time power management software and hardware/software solutions to developers of handheld and wireless devices, such as cellular telephones, PDAs, wearable computers, and smart sensors. The company’s products are used in a variety of industries, including military, healthcare, entertainment, and instrumentation. SECO USA’s Fingertip, Elf, and BatterySmart products are built on industry-leading technologies such as Marvell’s PXA processors and Linux and Microsoft’s Windows CE operating systems. The company’s headquarters are in Rockville, Maryland. For more information, please visit the company web site at seco-usa.com.
About Natick Soldier Center
The Natick Soldier RD&E Center (NSRDEC) is located at the U.S. Army Soldier Systems Center in Natick, Massachusetts, under the Army’s Research, Development and Engineering Command (RDECOM). Natick Soldier RD&E Center has the dedicated mission to maximize the Warrior’s survivability, sustainability, mobility, combat effectiveness and quality of life by treating the Soldier as a System. Situated near the birthplace of the Nation’s Army, Natick Soldier RD&E Center is also the birthplace of the Soldier as a System concept. Natick Soldier RD&E Center’s Mission is to Maximize the Warrior’s Survivability, Sustainability, Mobility, Combat Effectiveness and Quality of Life by Treating the Warrior as a System and to deliver world class research, development, systems engineering and services, with a unique human-centric focus.