Data Evolution Corporation

Data Evolution Corporation

February 27, 2007 08:01 ET

Data Evolution Introduces Windows CE/Linux Desktop Device

decTOP™ based on Personal Internet Communicator design

NEW ORLEANS, LOUISIANA--(CCNMatthews - Feb. 27, 2007) - Data Evolution Holdings, Inc.'s (PINK SHEETS:DTEV) wholly-owned subsidiary, Data Evolution Corporation (DEC), today introduced the decTOP™, a low-cost, Microsoft® Windows® CE or Linux desktop device that gives global customers access to computing technology without the associated high price. The decTOP is based on the design of the Personal Internet Communicator (PIC), the manufacturing assets of which were acquired by DEC from Advanced Micro Devices, Inc. (NYSE:AMD) in December 2006.

DEC is a manufacturer of unique thin-client solutions, including the Clio® NXT™, the world's only full-sized, Windows CE, convertible notebook, and the Cathena®, a Windows CE ultralight notebook computer.


Originally developed by AMD as the PIC, the first product in a growing portfolio of solutions aimed at achieving AMD's extraordinary 50x15 Initiative goals, the decTOP is a low-cost, consumer-friendly, computer device designed to provide Internet access to enhance communications, entertainment, and education opportunities for people in global, high-growth markets.

The decTOP design, winner of the Silver BusinessWeek 2006 Industrial Design Excellence Award (IDEA), was devised to be a high-quality, affordable, easy-to-use, robust consumer device suitable for first-time technology users. It provides a consumer-friendly user experience and is developed to be highly reliable with a fully integrated, low-power computing sub-system.

To confront the challenges presented by it's target markets, the decTOP embodies some unique features designed to extend the device's life span. To wit, the decTOP is virtually impermeable to dust and rugged enough to be used in environments normally found in developing regions of the world but which would be inhospitable to other computing devices. Additionally, the fan - typically the most frequently replaced component in a PC - has been eliminated, the benefits of which also include quiet operation. The chassis is comprised of a two-piece aluminum fixture that snaps into the exterior shell making the components easy to disassemble for recycling.

The decTOP is powered by AMD's Geode GX processor and is available with a core set of software programs that provide e-mail, downloads, web browsing, text editor, picture/video viewer, and peripheral driver software. The decTOP is capable of running Microsoft® Windows® CE.NET or Linux operating systems.

Since its launch in 2004, devices embodying the decTOP design have been deployed in emerging growth global regions such as India, Mexico, Brazil, Russia, China, Turkey, Panama, the Cayman Islands, Anguilla, the BVI, Turks and Caicos, Barbados, St. Kitts & Nevis, St. Lucia, St. Vincent & the Grenadines, Antigua & Barbuda, Dominica, Jamaica, Grenada, Uganda, and South Africa.

Real-World Functionality

The decTOP's "out of the box" installation and setup provides virtually instantaneous access to the power of the global Internet. The decTOP can access the Internet through existing household telecom dial-up or broadband infrastructure and adapts to varied global power supplies. With pre-loaded software and a comprehensive and capable internal hardware configuration, users benefit from reliable, versatile, and functional system operation from the very start.

By blending these features and those of a thin client device with the benefits of additional storage and an open OS architecture, the decTOP is equally at home in enterprise thin-client environments.

decTOP includes:

- System Unit

- Keyboard

- Mouse

- AC/DC Adapter

Hardware Configuration

- AMD Geode™ GX processor

- 4 USB 1.1 ports (2 front/2 rear) - support printers, Flash memory, disk drives, and network adapters

- LAN interface - external 10/100 Mbps Ethernet

- Modem - internal 56 Kbps ITU v.92 Fax/Modem

- 10GB 3.5" internal hard disk

- Stereo headphone/microphone jacks

- VGA port - supports resolutions up to 1600x1200 at 85 Hz

- Sound - AC'97 audio with stereo in/out jacks

- Size - 8.5" x 5.5" x 2.5"

- Weight - approx. 3 pounds

Software and Applications

- Windows® CE 5.0 Operating System

- Web Browser - Microsoft® Internet Explorer 6.0

- Windows Media® Player

- Viewers for Microsoft® PowerPoint®, Excel and Word

- PDF Viewer

- Windows® Messenger

- Microsoft® Windows® CE Games

- Image viewer - .jpg, .bmp, .png, and .gif filetypes

- SoftMaker Word Processor and Spreadsheet applications - compatible
with Microsoft® Word/Microsoft® Excel® (optional)

- Personal information management software for features such as calendar, contacts and tasks (optional)

The 50x15 Initiative - Technology for the People of the World

Less than 15 percent of the world's six billion people have access to the Internet. The lack of computer and Internet access prevents people in high-growth and developing regions from realizing greater educational, social and business opportunities and limits the opportunities for their country's economic growth and participation in the global economy.

Launched at the 2004 World Economic Forum Annual Meeting in Davos, Switzerland, AMD spearheaded the 50x15 Initiative, the goal of which is to connect half the world's population to the Internet by the year 2015 using new business models and technology solutions.

As promoted on the 50x15 website (, the 50x15 Initiative "is about fostering long-term economic progress and investment within high-growth markets in ways that benefit a wide range of people and businesses." To fulfill that goal, AMD and a growing network of companies are delivering innovative technology solutions, like the decTOP, that help empower people around the world to improve and change their lives.

This release includes forward-looking statements made pursuant to the safe harbor provisions of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995 that involve risks and uncertainties including, but not limited to, the impact of competitive products, the ability to meet customer demand, the ability to manage growth, acquisitions of technology, equipment, or human resources, the effect of economic and business conditions, and the ability to attract and retain skilled personnel. The Company is not obligated to revise or update any forward-looking statements in order to reflect events or circumstances that may arise after the date of this release.

(i) All specifications subject to change without notice.

About Data Evolution

DEC develops proprietary computer software and manufactures computer hardware for mobile data capture solutions and currently consist of the award-winning, convertible handheld personal computer, Clio®, and the traditional notebook-style, Windows CE computer, Cathena®, which is specifically targeted to the education and government services markets. DEC's software products and services, grouped under the trade name mCapture:PowerSys®, are specifically designed to help organizations capture and manipulate data efficiently and accurately.

Contact Information

  • Data Evolution Corporation (United States)
    650 Poydras Street, Suite 1467
    New Orleans, Louisiana 70130
    504-342-4279 (FAX)
    Data Evolution Corporation (Canada)
    Robert J. Sowah, Chief Executive Officer
    613-233-7410 (FAX)