Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Cisco announces Android powered enterprise tablet

Cisco has announced an enterprise tablet utilising Google's Android OS.

The tablet is called the Cisco Cius and weighs a mere 1.15lbs (0.52kg). Cisco is touting it as ultra-portable and as the first HD video-capable business tablet.

It features a seven inch, high-resolution widescreen super VGA touch-target display, a little smaller than the iPad's 9.7 inches.

Video conferencing will be one of the big focuses, with the Cius including a front-mounted 720 pixel HD camera with a refresh rate of up to 30 frames a second. It also has a 5 megapixel rear facing camera, and dual noise-cancelling mircophones for audio conferencing.

It features single-button TelePresence interoperability for when the tablet is docked or being used through Wi-Fi.

For connectivity, the Cius supports  802.11 a/b/g/n Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, and Micro-USB. It also supports 3G, with plans to offer 4G over time.

Details for its processor, memory, and storage were not revealed, suggesting that Cisco is still working on these elements.

The battery should allow up to eight hours of on time.

The Cius will support a full range of Cisco software products, such as Quad, Show and Share, WebEx Connect, WebEx Meeting Centre, Presence, and TelePresence. It will also work with Cisco's Unified Communications Manager and businesses can make use of AnyConnect for VPN security.

Since it runs the Android operating system it will also have access to a wide range of Android applications, with Cisco offering new support to the Google OS through its Collaboration APIs, which it will be making available to developers in a Software Developer's Kit.

Customer trials will begin towards the end of the year, while the finished product is planned for launch in early 2011.

Cisco Cius

Cisco Cius