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We've known that iRex Technologies, a spinoff of Philips, would be releasing a nice ePaper device sometime in 2006. The company has finally revealed details of its first product, the ER 0100 (codenamed Iliad), a 8.1-inch ePaper reader with 1024 x 768 resolution and 160dpi fidelity. That's just a hair under the Sony Librié's 170dpi, but with greater resolution.

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Inside, the specs are modest but seemingly ample, with a 400MHz Xscale, 64MB of RAM, and 224MB of flash storage (not to mention USB, CF, or SD card storage). It has a touchscreen for input and built-in Wi-Fi for connectivity.

But here's the part you should have been wondering about: Yes, the iRex ER 0100 supports plain text, XHTML, and PDF out of the box—no DRM muss. At least that's the current spec—we better hold them to it, because otherwise what's the point?

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We've been waiting for a solid eBook device for ages. Hopefully the ER 0100, when it's released in April for an as-yet-unannnounced price, will be the one.

iRex FAQ Page [iRexTechnologies]