At CES, the company announces Warp, an open-source electronics board it hopes developers will embrace for a wide range of wearable computing projects.
Freescale Semiconductor will show off a tablet design that integrates its version of the power-efficient ARM processor at the Consumer Electronics Show.
Freescale, one of the largest makers of automotive silicon, is looking at new ways to integrate smartphones with in-vehicle infotainment systems.
Freescale Watt Saver technology cuts vampire power to zero for cell phone chargers which draw a trickle of electricity even when the phone is unplugged.
The company aims to squeeze smartbook devices into the space between notebook and Netbook PCs on the larger side, and smartphones on the smaller side.
Where Netbooks use an Intel Atom processor and, typically, Windows XP, the forthcoming smartbooks will feature ARM chip designs and Linux.
Chipmaker shows off a low-voltage "booster" that gets usable electricity from low-energy power sources like small solar panels, electromagnetic radiation, and waste heat.
While Freescale, like Intel, sees Netbooks as companion devices to the PC, it also envisions devices that are more frugal with power and that run Linux.
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Freescale Semiconductor hires Henri Richard to lead sales and marketing. And AMD loses another senior executive who reported to Richard.