CEBIT: Fujitsu Siemens unveils XScale PDA

Fujitsu Siemens Computers has introduced its Pocket Loox, the world's first PDA based on Intel's XScale processor, and said it...

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Fujitsu Siemens Computers has introduced its Pocket Loox, the world's first PDA based on Intel's XScale processor, and said it has acquired a company to expand its pen-based computing business.

The Pocket Loox, priced at €699 (£434) and available throughout Europe starting next month, sports an Intel PXA250 processor running at 400MHz, making it much faster than PDAs available in stores today. However, other vendors are expected to announce devices with the speedy XScale processor soon.

Fujitsu, one of Fujitsu Siemens' parents, announced earlier the Pocket Loox will be sold worldwide, but specifications might vary. For example an optional module with support battery that will turn the PDA into a mobile phone for use on GPRS mobile-phone networks will be available in Europe in August this year. The Japanese price, about ¥60,000 (£329), is much lower than the European.

The Pocket Loox, running Microsoft's Pocket PC 2002 software, offers support for Bluetooth, and comes with 32Mbytes of ROM, 64Mbytes of RAM and a touch screen. Expansion capability is offered through Secure Digital and Compact Flash card slots.

To expand its pen-based computing business, which includes PDAs, notebooks and the Tablet PC promoted by Microsoft, Fujitsu Siemens of the Netherlands, said it acquired Fujitsu Personal Systems, the European subsidiary of US-based Fujitsu PC.

The intercompany acquisition will allow Fujitsu Siemens to setup a new business unit that will offer its European customers a broader mobile-computing range. Details of the transaction were not disclosed.

Fujitsu Personal Systems, established in 1992, sells pen-based tablet PCs to customers in niche markets such as health care, insurance and market research, and is also active in cross-industry automation, such as sales-force automation.



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