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node Node Explorer V3.5

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node Node Explorer V3.5
Availability: mostly UK

FCC approval date: 21 July 2006
Country of manuf.: United Kingdom

Type: location-aware media player


Power: ? VDC, ? A

CPU1: AMD Alchemy Au1200 (400 MHz)
FLA1: 32 MiB
33,554,432 B
262,144 Kib
32,768 KiB
256 Mib
0.0313 GiB
(Spansion S29GL256P10TFI02)
RAM1: 128 MiB
134,217,728 B
1,048,576 Kib
131,072 KiB
1,024 Mib
0.125 GiB
(Samsung K4T51163QE-ZCD5 × 2)

Expansion IFs: SD Card

WI1 module: Socket Go Wi-Fi! P500
WI1 module IF: CompactFlash
WI1 chip2: Airoha Model?
WI1 802dot11 protocols: bg
WI1 antenna connector: none


Flags: screen, battery, audio out (3.5mm), GPS

802dot11 OUI: none specified

Socket Go Wi-Fi! P500LUB-P500CF
For a list of all currently documented AMD chipsets with specifications, see AMD.

Product page (via

Wi-Fi capability is initially noted as 802.11bg, downgraded to 802.11b in later product pages
320x240 TFT QVGA screen
Upgradeable SD Card (1GB default, upgradeable to 4GB)
Linux based
8 hour battery life, 3 hour recharging cycle

This device is a location-aware media player thing. It seems to have been marketed towards usage as a tour guide device.

Node Explorer Portable GPS Teardown on YouTube

AMD Alchemy Au1200 based (AU1200-400MGD, 400MHz) (Alchemy on
GPS module appears to be a Falcom JP13-S-LP
GSC3e/LP (low-power SiRFstarIII) based
w/ Sharp LZ9FC22B LCD controller
NXP UCB1400BE Audio codec with touch screen controller and power management monitor
2x 2200mAh 3.7V Li-ion batteries (label indicates VARTA Microbattery GmbH manufacture, made in Korea)
"LQ035Q7DH03 6Y001206" is on LCD label and is presumably its P/N
Manuf. 01/2008

Wireless modules used in this device may differ..

Used in the London Zoo at some point

Video on The Gadget Show

.. perhaps the Harbour Trail (w/ the Bristol Ferry Boat Company)

Node worked exclusively with Hewlett Packard Research Labs to develop a unique software solution.

... maybe the Brunel Walk (again w/ the Bristol Ferry Boat Company) .... probably some museums (licensed via Antenna Audio)

PDF w/ info for v2 of the Node Explorer


stock image from node (via[edit]

129NodeExplorer front tiltangle.jpg