MiTAC Industrial Corp., Fremont, Calif., a manufacturer of industrial computers and components, is joining forces with display vendor NEC Technologies of Itasca, Ill. They will develop an engine for plasma displays. Called the MPE-101N, the plasma engine will support core control features for large-screen displays. It's already been designed into NEC's 42- and 50-in. displays to be unveiled this month.
The MPE-101N contains a multimedia computer system that includes an embedded Pentium CPU card with audio, LAN, and VGA functions. It supports 16:9 resolution for both horizontal and vertical display, and it features a watchdog timer to prevent system lockup. Weighing less than 10 lb., the MPE-101N installs on either the inside or outside of the display.
For more information, e-mail MiTAC at [email protected].