FIC Vassili (Linux Powered PMP)

FIC Vassili (Linux Powered PMP)

Hot on the heels of AMD’s announcement of a new processor designed for portable media players and their partnership with TivoToGo is this new linux powered PMP that uses the new AMD alchemy chip and that could (by an amazing feat of deduction) be compatible with TivoToGo.

The FIC Vassili is going to be announced at CES this week (so hopefully we will have some hands-on photos), and will likely be licensed and distributed by other companies under their brand names in the US.

The FIC Vassili features a 3.6″ color LCD (resolution not known), 20GB hard drive, USB 2.0 and USB host, TV and Audio-out, 10/100 ethernet, and runs Linux but is also capable of running Windows CE.

Supported multimedia formats include MPEG4, MP3, WMA, WAV, ASF, AVI, and JPEG, battery life is said to be 4 hrs video or 12 hrs audio, dimensions are 4.9 x 3.5 x 0.75 inches, weight is 6.5oz, and expected cost is around $500.

Update: We got our hands on one at CES Unveiled, it looks great, the video quality is excellent, the menu system is unimpressive, and I like that it comes in multiple colors but who decided on a Hello Kitty pink?

(more at LinuxDevices via Slashdot)

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