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    Cisco Joining the Tablet Market with Cius

    Cisco Joining the Tablet Market with Cius

    Cisco is coming out with a business tablet aimed at working in tandem with other business devices. The Android-based Cius has a 7-inch multi-touch display, weighs just 1.15 pounds and comes with front and rear cameras. It’s powered by an Atom processor supported by a gigabyte of RAM and 32GB of solid state storage.


    Cisco’s new 7-inch business tablet computer is being pitched as a secure, highly portable, lightweight yet powerful solution for a mobile workforce. The company’s Tony Bates said, “This platform can transform how healthcare professionals advance patient care; how retailers deliver service experiences to consumers, or how universities deliver world-class education to their students.”

    The Cius runs on Android 2.2 and is configured to make the most of collaboration applications such as Cisco Quad, Cisco Show and Share, Cisco WebEx Connect, Cisco WebEx Meeting Center, and Cisco Presence. Cisco has promised easy integration with existing businesses who use Cisco networks, thanks to support from Cisco Unified Communications Manager.


    Said to be capable of handling high definition video, both streaming and real-time (to facilitate video conferencing), the Cius sports a 7-inch, 1024 x 600, WSVGA capacitive touchscreen LCD, with 3-axis accelerometer and ambient light sensor. The video conferencing is made possible via a 720p/30 frames per second camera to the front and dual noise-canceling microphones. There’s also a 5-megapixel camera at the rear capable of VGA quality video and still image capture, with 8x digital zoom.

    The 8.85 x 5.5 x 0.59 inch device is powered by a 1.6 GHz Atom processor, ably supported by 1GB of RAM and 32GB eMMC flash memory. Cisco claims eight hours from the user replaceable 5200 mAh battery. There’s onboard 802.11 a/b/g/n Wi-Fi and 3G capability, with 4G being introduced at a later date. Bluetooth 3.0 with EDR is also present, to complete the line-up of wireless networking solutions catering to virtual desktop integration. Physical connectivity on the unit comes in the shape of a miniUSB port, microSD slot, HDMI-out and a headphone jack.


    There’s also an optional docking station which comes with three USB ports, a display connection, headphone jack, ethernet port and a telephone handset in either standard or slimline.


    The software applications used on the Cius can be hosted on a data center server and made available over the network as a service to users. Third party business-class applications are also available via Google’s Android Market, and user generated content can be stored locally or online. Cisco says that customer trials will begin soon with general availability scheduled for early next year.

    Published on July 7, 2010

    David Novak
    David Novak
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