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Casio targets industrial users with WinCE .net PDA

Casio Computer is extending its Cassiopeia personal digital assistant range with an industrial-type terminal based on Microsoft...

Casio Computer is extending its Cassiopeia personal digital assistant range with an industrial-type terminal based on Microsoft 's Windows CE .net operating system.

The PDA will debut at Tokyo's World PC Expo event next week, and will target corporate users such as retailers, restaurants and factories and vertical markets such as healthcare. It is expected to cost around ¥200,000 (£1,000).

The IT-500, or DT-5100 as it will be known in Japan, will be available from the first quarter next year. It is dust and splash proof and meets IP54 specifications and can also withstand a fall from a height of up to one metre, claimed Casio.

Based around a 400MHz version of Intel's XScale PXA250 processor, it includes 32Mbytes of RAM and 30Mbytes of non-volatile memory, and a 3.5-inch TFT LCD with touch-panel. Other features include a built-in laser scanner, microphone and speaker.

Casio will put two models on sale in Japan and four models on sale overseas. They differ in their support for features such as Bluetooth or wireless LAN networking. The wireless LAN model also supports voice-over-IP (Internet Protocol) and can be used as an IP telephone handset. One model with wireless LAN support and a 350,000-pixel CMOS (complementary metal-oxide semiconductor) digital still camera will also be available.

World PC Expo, Japan's largest PC exhibition, runs from 16-19 October.

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