LONDON Display Solutions has been chosen by Motorola’s Networks and Enterprise Business to manage the development of the first PDA to operate on TETRA (Terrestrial Trunked Radio) networks, targeted at public safety, utility and transport customers.
The PDA has been developed to meet the needs of organisations that require secure access to real-time information on the move. The TETRA PDA is based around Motorola’s TOM100 embedded TETRA modem which measures 47 x 47.5mm.
Prior to contract award, Display Solutions (Huntingdon, England) worked with the product development team at Motorola's facility in Basingstoke, supporting the specification, conceptual development and rapid prototyping of the PDA.
Display Solutions is now fully engaged in the project and actively managing U.K. and Far Eastern suppliers during the design, prototyping, validation and delivery phases of the project, which has short development timescales. Motorola plans to take delivery of volume production units in Q3 06.
The semi-custom designed device is ruggedised to meet the reliability needs of target users. The PDA includes a 1.2MB camera, Bluetooth, WLAN, GPS, infrared port, SD card and fingerprint scanner capability.
The product is based on a 520MHz Intel XScale processor running Microsoft Windows Mobile 5 operating system with security and memory configuration enhancements ideal for users’ information delivery needs.
“The contract award is very significant for us in terms of contributing to both our short-term and long-term growth, but more importantly it fuels our business goal of becoming a leading design, manufacturing and service (DMS) solutions provider to major U.K. OEMs,” said Neil Fanthom, Operations Director with Display Solutions.