Ram boost for Palm PDAs

Palm is now able to use up to 128Mbytes of Ram in its PDAs as the result of collaborative efforts with its operating system...

Palm is now able to use up to 128Mbytes of Ram in its PDAs as the result of collaborative efforts with its operating system subsidiary, PalmSource.

Users of PDAs with Palm OS had been limited to 16Mbytes of Ram for years, while the very first Pocket PC product, the iPaq, used 32Mbytes of memory when it made its debut in 2000.

With the increased memory, application developers will be able to create richer media applications, said Steve Manser, senior vice-president of product development for Palm.

"We've enhanced our long-term product road map, and [recognised that] the prior limit of 16Mbytes was not competitive," he said.

"It's an important step for Palm to move in this direction, however it is something that is an absolute necessity as some of Palm's major competitors have been able to address much higher amounts of memory for several years," said Alex Slawsby, an analyst with IDC.

Despite the memory limit, Palm's handhelds led the worldwide market, with 38.6% of worldwide shipments. Hewlett-Packard, which makes the iPaq, was second with 13.5% of the market, according to Dataquest.

The iPaq 1910 comes with 64Mbytes of SDRAM (synchronous dynamic Ram), 46Mbytes of which is user accessible.

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