Philips Components Launches World's Thinnest, Lightest Wireless Internet Display Module - Collaborates With Technology Leaders

Philips' Net Display Modules Set Standard, Allowing Quick and Cost-effective

Development of Thin, Light, Touch-screen Web Tablets, Information Displays,

Kiosks and Thin Clients



Jan 05, 2001, 00:00 ET from Philips Components

    CONSUMER ELECTRONICS SHOW, LAS VEGAS, Jan. 5 /PRNewswire/ --
 Philips Components (NYSE:   PHG), a division of Royal Philips Electronics of the
 Netherlands, today unveiled the consumer electronics industry's only in-panel,
 system-board integrated touch-screen liquid crystal display (LCD)
 modules -- enabling the world's thinnest, lightest wireless display-centric
 Internet appliance products. Philips' Net Display Modules are designed to
 standardize the enabling architecture of Internet appliances, allowing
 companies to deliver the industry's slimmest and most lightweight Web tablets,
 information displays, kiosks and thin clients available. Philips' Web Display
 Group, which developed the modules, also announced several alliances with
 leading technology leaders -- including BSQUARE Corp., National Semiconductor
 and Transmeta Corp. -- to further demonstrate the division's commitment to
 investing in the core digital technologies that enable wireless connectivity
 and convergence.
     "Being the first to integrate system-board electronics onto an LCD display
 propels Philips Components to the forefront of the emerging display-centric
 Internet appliances market," noted Amir Shademan, director of marketing for
 Philips Components' Web Display Group. "With our Net Display Modules, we are
 making the display-centric Internet appliance market a reality -- later
 generation modules will extend that to anytime, anywhere. For service
 providers, this shapes opportunities for new value-added services, and for
 OEMs, it opens the doors to endless, new display product possibilities."
     Philips Components, working with LG. Philips LCD Co., Ltd. -- the flat
 panel display joint venture between Philips and LG Electronics -- created an
 industry first in the approach to information appliance displays. Rather than
 adding a separate board around the panel for the system IC components, they
 are integrated into the back of the display resulting in dramatically thinner
 and lighter systems.
     The modules being released by Philips are:
 
     -- Net Display Module S10LP-NG, featuring National Semiconductor's
        Geode(TM) SC3200 single chip WebPAD(TM) solution -- offering full
        Internet compatibility with the highest level of integration available
        in the market today.
     -- Net Display Module S10LP-TC, featuring a Transmeta's Crusoe(TM)
        TM3400 chip, which can handle full Internet access as well as
        high-quality, wireless streaming video-making it ideal for small,
        ultra-portable computing applications.
 
     "It's great to see a technology leader like Philips take the major
 component in an Internet access system -- the display -- to the next level of
 integration," said Michael Polacek, vice president of the Information
 Appliances Division at National Semiconductor. "The Geode SC3200 single chip
 WebPAD solution, through its focus on integration, low power and a
 no-compromise Internet experience, continues to demonstrate that National has
 the ideal products for the Information Appliance market."
     Jim Chapman, senior vice president of sales and marketing for Transmeta,
 noted, "Philips Components has combined Crusoe's unique capability for power
 efficiency and performance with its high-quality LCD technology to enable a
 truly portable multimedia appliance."
     By collaborating with some of the world's leading silicon, operating
 system and software developers, Philips Components integrates best-in-class
 hardware and software into modules that are 80 percent complete. The
 advantages of integrating Philips' Net Display Modules in Internet appliances
 are significant. By providing OEMs with a complete solution, Philips' Net
 Display Modules are designed to reduce manufacturing costs, decrease time to
 market, and enable the development of products that specifically address
 today's portability demands. And because the technology is integrated with the
 LCD panel, modules are up to 30 percent thinner than what is currently
 available in the market. The integrated touch screen, which is based on a new
 in-house design, also improves the display quality-providing a 10 percent
 increase in brightness, with less light reflection, and eliminating the Newton
 Ring effect.
     With Philips' Net Display Modules, OEMs can now achieve superior
 resolution and clarity -- trademarks of Philips Components' cutting-edge flat
 display technology. Each module is composed of a 10.4-inch TFT-LCD (SVGA
 resolution 800 x 600) with added enabling functionality, including an
 integrated four-wire resistive touch screen that supports finger and stylus
 input, along with an integrated printed circuit board (PCB) for Internet
 access. It also comes with software drivers and the operating system (OS) of
 choice, including WinCE 3.0, Embedded Linux or Mobile Linux. For the WinCE OS,
 Philips and BSQUARE are in close cooperation for including the enabling
 software technologies from BSQUARE. These technologies range from user
 interface software and instant messaging to Windows Media Player integration
 software and browser customization software.
     A wireless connectivity solution of choice can also be added, including
 Philips' 802.11b or Bluetooth modules, upon request. From these integrated
 modules, OEMs, service providers, OS and software companies can then create
 the ideal Internet appliance solution for today's consumer by adding their own
 respective industrial design (casing), user interface, I/O, application
 software and base station.
     Philips Components expects volume shipments of the Net Display Modules to
 begin during the second half of 2001.
     The Consumer Electronic Show (CES) will be held Jan. 6-9, 2001 at the
 Las Vegas Convention Center, where Philips Components will be available to
 meet with editors to discuss and demonstrate how these new modules will
 transform the world of Internet appliances. Also, Philips Net Display and
 Connectivity Groups will be demonstrating a Web tablet utilizing an 802.11b
 wireless connectivity solution (provided by Philips Components' Connectivity
 Group) at the company's technology suite in the Venetian Resort and Casino.
 For those interested in learning more about this exciting new technology or
 seeing these revolutionary Internet appliance products first hand at CES,
 please contact Marie Labrie at MCA, via phone:  650-968-8900, ext. 119; or
 email:  mlabrie@mcapr.com
     Philips Components, headquartered in Sunnyvale, California, is a world
 leader in supplying integrated digital electronic solutions in the areas of
 display, storage, connectivity and power management to global customers in the
 consumer electronics, EDP, telecommunications and automotive industries.
 Philips Components posted 1999 annual revenue of EUR 5.3 billion, and employs
 more than 40,000 people in 39 countries around the world. More information
 about Philips Components is available at www.components.philips.com.
     Royal Philips Electronics of the Netherlands is one of the world's biggest
 electronics companies and Europe's largest, with sales of EUR 31.5 billion in
 1999. It is a global leader in color television sets, lighting, electric
 shavers, color picture tubes for televisions and monitors, and one-chip TV
 products. It has approximately 239,000 employees in more than 60 countries
 that are active in the areas of lighting, consumer electronics, domestic
 appliances, components, semiconductors, medical systems and IT services
 (Origin). Philips is quoted on the NYSE (Symbol: PHG), London, Frankfurt,
 Amsterdam and other stock exchanges. News from Philips is located at
 www.news.philips.com.
     NOTE:  Geode and WebPAD are trademarks of National Semiconductor
 Corporation. Crusoe is a trademark of Transmeta. All other product, service
 and company names are trademarks, registered trademarks or service marks of
 their respective owners.
 
 

SOURCE Philips Components
    CONSUMER ELECTRONICS SHOW, LAS VEGAS, Jan. 5 /PRNewswire/ --
 Philips Components (NYSE:   PHG), a division of Royal Philips Electronics of the
 Netherlands, today unveiled the consumer electronics industry's only in-panel,
 system-board integrated touch-screen liquid crystal display (LCD)
 modules -- enabling the world's thinnest, lightest wireless display-centric
 Internet appliance products. Philips' Net Display Modules are designed to
 standardize the enabling architecture of Internet appliances, allowing
 companies to deliver the industry's slimmest and most lightweight Web tablets,
 information displays, kiosks and thin clients available. Philips' Web Display
 Group, which developed the modules, also announced several alliances with
 leading technology leaders -- including BSQUARE Corp., National Semiconductor
 and Transmeta Corp. -- to further demonstrate the division's commitment to
 investing in the core digital technologies that enable wireless connectivity
 and convergence.
     "Being the first to integrate system-board electronics onto an LCD display
 propels Philips Components to the forefront of the emerging display-centric
 Internet appliances market," noted Amir Shademan, director of marketing for
 Philips Components' Web Display Group. "With our Net Display Modules, we are
 making the display-centric Internet appliance market a reality -- later
 generation modules will extend that to anytime, anywhere. For service
 providers, this shapes opportunities for new value-added services, and for
 OEMs, it opens the doors to endless, new display product possibilities."
     Philips Components, working with LG. Philips LCD Co., Ltd. -- the flat
 panel display joint venture between Philips and LG Electronics -- created an
 industry first in the approach to information appliance displays. Rather than
 adding a separate board around the panel for the system IC components, they
 are integrated into the back of the display resulting in dramatically thinner
 and lighter systems.
     The modules being released by Philips are:
 
     -- Net Display Module S10LP-NG, featuring National Semiconductor's
        Geode(TM) SC3200 single chip WebPAD(TM) solution -- offering full
        Internet compatibility with the highest level of integration available
        in the market today.
     -- Net Display Module S10LP-TC, featuring a Transmeta's Crusoe(TM)
        TM3400 chip, which can handle full Internet access as well as
        high-quality, wireless streaming video-making it ideal for small,
        ultra-portable computing applications.
 
     "It's great to see a technology leader like Philips take the major
 component in an Internet access system -- the display -- to the next level of
 integration," said Michael Polacek, vice president of the Information
 Appliances Division at National Semiconductor. "The Geode SC3200 single chip
 WebPAD solution, through its focus on integration, low power and a
 no-compromise Internet experience, continues to demonstrate that National has
 the ideal products for the Information Appliance market."
     Jim Chapman, senior vice president of sales and marketing for Transmeta,
 noted, "Philips Components has combined Crusoe's unique capability for power
 efficiency and performance with its high-quality LCD technology to enable a
 truly portable multimedia appliance."
     By collaborating with some of the world's leading silicon, operating
 system and software developers, Philips Components integrates best-in-class
 hardware and software into modules that are 80 percent complete. The
 advantages of integrating Philips' Net Display Modules in Internet appliances
 are significant. By providing OEMs with a complete solution, Philips' Net
 Display Modules are designed to reduce manufacturing costs, decrease time to
 market, and enable the development of products that specifically address
 today's portability demands. And because the technology is integrated with the
 LCD panel, modules are up to 30 percent thinner than what is currently
 available in the market. The integrated touch screen, which is based on a new
 in-house design, also improves the display quality-providing a 10 percent
 increase in brightness, with less light reflection, and eliminating the Newton
 Ring effect.
     With Philips' Net Display Modules, OEMs can now achieve superior
 resolution and clarity -- trademarks of Philips Components' cutting-edge flat
 display technology. Each module is composed of a 10.4-inch TFT-LCD (SVGA
 resolution 800 x 600) with added enabling functionality, including an
 integrated four-wire resistive touch screen that supports finger and stylus
 input, along with an integrated printed circuit board (PCB) for Internet
 access. It also comes with software drivers and the operating system (OS) of
 choice, including WinCE 3.0, Embedded Linux or Mobile Linux. For the WinCE OS,
 Philips and BSQUARE are in close cooperation for including the enabling
 software technologies from BSQUARE. These technologies range from user
 interface software and instant messaging to Windows Media Player integration
 software and browser customization software.
     A wireless connectivity solution of choice can also be added, including
 Philips' 802.11b or Bluetooth modules, upon request. From these integrated
 modules, OEMs, service providers, OS and software companies can then create
 the ideal Internet appliance solution for today's consumer by adding their own
 respective industrial design (casing), user interface, I/O, application
 software and base station.
     Philips Components expects volume shipments of the Net Display Modules to
 begin during the second half of 2001.
     The Consumer Electronic Show (CES) will be held Jan. 6-9, 2001 at the
 Las Vegas Convention Center, where Philips Components will be available to
 meet with editors to discuss and demonstrate how these new modules will
 transform the world of Internet appliances. Also, Philips Net Display and
 Connectivity Groups will be demonstrating a Web tablet utilizing an 802.11b
 wireless connectivity solution (provided by Philips Components' Connectivity
 Group) at the company's technology suite in the Venetian Resort and Casino.
 For those interested in learning more about this exciting new technology or
 seeing these revolutionary Internet appliance products first hand at CES,
 please contact Marie Labrie at MCA, via phone:  650-968-8900, ext. 119; or
 email:  mlabrie@mcapr.com
     Philips Components, headquartered in Sunnyvale, California, is a world
 leader in supplying integrated digital electronic solutions in the areas of
 display, storage, connectivity and power management to global customers in the
 consumer electronics, EDP, telecommunications and automotive industries.
 Philips Components posted 1999 annual revenue of EUR 5.3 billion, and employs
 more than 40,000 people in 39 countries around the world. More information
 about Philips Components is available at www.components.philips.com.
     Royal Philips Electronics of the Netherlands is one of the world's biggest
 electronics companies and Europe's largest, with sales of EUR 31.5 billion in
 1999. It is a global leader in color television sets, lighting, electric
 shavers, color picture tubes for televisions and monitors, and one-chip TV
 products. It has approximately 239,000 employees in more than 60 countries
 that are active in the areas of lighting, consumer electronics, domestic
 appliances, components, semiconductors, medical systems and IT services
 (Origin). Philips is quoted on the NYSE (Symbol: PHG), London, Frankfurt,
 Amsterdam and other stock exchanges. News from Philips is located at
 www.news.philips.com.
     NOTE:  Geode and WebPAD are trademarks of National Semiconductor
 Corporation. Crusoe is a trademark of Transmeta. All other product, service
 and company names are trademarks, registered trademarks or service marks of
 their respective owners.
 
 SOURCE  Philips Components