Entegra Technologies may not be a household name and they may be a company that most people are unfamiliar with. What they are currently doing though is very similar to something that plenty of people who are involved with the tech industry are familiar with. They’re in the process of building a device that is similar to Google’s Project Ara smartphones. The device they’re building isn’t a smartphone though. It’s a modular tablet and the device isn’t aimed at consumers, but rather a selection of markets consisting of military, government, and commercial customers who might have the need for a tablet that can withstand not only physical attacks in the form of heavy damage due to drops or anything else, but also cyber attacks.
Basically, Entegra Technologies is setting out to build and manufacture a modular tablet that is rugged enough to take on just about any of the harshest conditions you could think of, as well as withstand cyber attacks from hackers. It’s called the Crossfire Pro. It’s a huge undertaking to be sure especially when you’re a small fish in a big pond, but the fact that they won’t really be competing with some of the biggest brand names in electronics just might give them the edge they need to make this modular tablet a success.
The big thing here is that the tablets are said to be made versatile, much in a way we’d find the versatility within our very own Project Ara smartphone device but on a much grander scale. The tablet will be able to run multiple operating systems depending on what the customer needs, whether that be Android, Linux, or Windows. What’s even better is that users will be able to swap out any time should their needs change. They will also be able to use CPUs from Intel and long time Intel competitor AMD, as well as any chip based off of licensed ARM technology. That gives their potential customer a huge amount of choice and customization to start off with, so while some military outfits might have the need for a Linux based modular tablet, some commercial customers might have the need for something running Android. The fact that they’re not necessarily targeting consumers is a good thing too, because these tablets are said to cost upwards of $1,000 at the minimum. That’s a hefty price for a tablet but when you figure the type of physical and cyber abuse it can handle all while performing many various tasks for any number of operations, it seems like a fair price. While this isn’t the next tablet you’ll be able to buy for your every day media, browsing, and gaming needs, it opens the door for more potential products like this in the future and hopefully inspires others to come up with their own consumer based modular devices.