Sharp has announced its first Linux-based Zaurus PDA (personal digital assistant) for the corporate market.
The SL-6000 is available, only in Japan at present, in three models and, with a portrait orientation display and small Qwerty keyboard that is normally hidden away under a sliding panel beneath the display, looks similar to the SL-B500 model that was announced for the consumer market earlier this year, although there are several differences.
All models in the new range have a larger four-inch screen with 480x640 pixel resolution that Sharp says is also clearer than that on previous models. They are based on the 400MHz version of Intel's PXA255 microprocessor and come with 64Mbytes of flash memory, of which 25Mbytes is available to users for storage, and 64Mbytes of Ram.
Metrowerks' Open PDA variant of the Linux operating system forms the software base for the series and each is supplied with the Opera Web browser, mail software, an address book and personal information manager application, Hanacom Mobile Word and Mobile Sheet applications, imaging and presentation software, Java and other applications.
The device has also been constructed to be tougher and can withstand a drop from a height of one meter, said Sharp.
Martyn Williams writes for IDG News Service.