UK company Psion will unveil its Series 5 palmtop unit on 16 June. But the introduction of the Series 5 is the precursor of another project in the pipeline, which will allow handheld organisers to access corporate data.
The Series 5, according to an insider at the company, will come with Psion?s Epoc/32 operating system and be ported to the ARM chip platform. It will be equipped with either 4Mbytes or 8Mbytes of memory and will be provided with an optional PC card adaptor, the source said.
Psion will also release version 2.0 of Psi Win software. Although this came bundled with the Series 3 family, there have been problems associated with its use.
The unit is part of Psion?s broad attack against the Windows CE platform, which threatens its position in the palmtop market.
Psion is attacking Microsoft?s strategy and claimed earlier this week that its mobile platform is ?fundamentally flawed?. The company?s stance is that ?transparency of communication? is more important than standard operating systems.
That means that Psion will concentrate on enabling its organisers to download information from AS/400s and other corporate data sources. Although there is not yet a release date for the device, it is expected later this year.
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