Comdex 2001: NEC to launch its first PDA


Comdex 2001: NEC to launch its first PDA

NEC is to enter the US personal digital assistant (PDA) market with the introduction of its first Pocket PC device, the MobilePro P300, based on Microsoft's Windows CE operating system.

The MobilePro P300 is aimed at the corporate market, although its hardware profile matches that of most other Pocket PC devices. It is based on Intel's 206MHz StrongARM processor, has 32Mbytes of main memory, 32Mbytes of flash ROM and a 3.8in, 65,000-colour reflective TFT LCD screen. Other features include slots for both Compact Flash and Secure Digital (SD) memory cards.

While the hardware might be similar, NEC has tried to differentiate its PDA with software.

The company is pre-installing several third-party software applications on the device, including Insignia's Jeode Java plug-in. A 32Mbyte SD card will come loaded with Westtek's ClearVue software for displaying Excel and PowerPoint files, Adobe's PhotoBase for viewing digital images, and Ruskin Software's Voice Messenger Force instant messaging software.

NEC will begin selling its PDA in Japan from 30 November, for around $500 (£344). The device will soon be available in the US.

NEC's PDA launch is expected to be one of many mobile computer-related announcements at the Comdex exhibition. Several companies are expected to be revealing new or upgraded PDAs. Among them, South Korea's Gmate will unveil a folding-type PDA that runs the Linux operating system.

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