Kyocera to release Java-based PDA

Japanese company Kyocera is to release a personal digital assistant based on Java for corporate users, enabling them to enjoy...

Japanese company Kyocera is to release a personal digital assistant based on Java for corporate users, enabling them to enjoy programs that are available only on PCs.

The Pocket Cosmo runs Personal Java 1.2 on top of the Elate operating system from Tao Group. This will allow it to run programs written in Java faster and using less memory than other PDAs, which usually run on Windows, Palm or Linux.

"As this is a new concept in PDAs, not many applications are available for it yet. We will start distributing the product through the corporate user channel so that companies can develop their own applications," said Takuro Takeshima, a Kyocera spokesman.

"However, if third parties are interested in providing content and programs in Java, they can," he added. The PDA can be adapted for different corporate users and consumers more easily because it is based on Java and the simple real-time Elate operating system.

The Pocket Cosmo includes a 206MHz Intel StrongArm processor, 32Mbytes of memory, a colour TFT (thin film transistor) display capable of 65,536 colors and a Compact Flash card slot, which will allow wireless Internet connectivity.

A business software suite gives users access to MS Word and Excel documents, as well as the ability to view all major graphics formats sent by e-mail.

The device measures 78mm by 108mm by 17.5mm and weighs 169 grams. The rechargeable battery will last about 10 hours.

Kyocera will start taking orders from Japanese customers through its Web site on 17 June and the product will be available in late July. The company is considering selling the product overseas, but Takeshima said dates have not yet been decided.

The Pocket Cosmo will be sold on a customised basis, so will be priced accordingly, but the company believed the cost would work out around the same as most PDAs on the market.

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