Tuesday, February 19, 2008

New Toy Touts ARM9

Leapfrog Enterprises is coming out with a new handheld gaming/learning platform called Didj. What is interesting to me is the detailed specifications they have published for the handheld. These are usually kept secret, but I think they are betting no one will come close this year for $89.99 list price.

  • ARM9 at 393MHz with 32MB 131MHz DDR RAM and 256MB NAND Flash
  • USB 2.0 PC connection
  • 320x240 16.7 million color TFT display
  • OpenGL ES 1.1 graphics API for embedded systems
  • Ogg vorbis audio codec (open source royalty-free alternative to mp3)
  • Theora video codec (same idea as Ogg Vorbis)
  • 16 Channel MIDI software synth
  • Multi-layer graphics controller
  • Proprietary Leapfrog OS called Brio

Update: The Didj is using embedded Linux according to embedded software consulting firm Cozybit. The San Francisco company was contracted to port embedded Linux to the Didj and perform system integration.

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