Psion plans to enter the sub notebook market in October with the release of its Epoc based Netbook, which will use the latest mobile IBM hardware and software.
The Symbian designed Epoc operating system will embed IBM's Mqseries messaging software and its new DB2 Everywhere database, as well as providing support for IBM's 340Mbyte hard disk microdrive.
It runs on 100 per cent Java and features a colour screen, an Intel SA-1100 Strongarm processor, 64Mbyte Ram and 12bit digital sound. A Compactflash slot is included, as is a PC card slot and RS232 serial port. It runs for 10 hours on battery power and measures 235mm by 182mm by 37mm.
The product was designed to compete with a range of sub notebooks that run Windows CE. Psion said Netbook's components would provide faster and more secure wireless access to back office systems than its rivals.
Psion is expected to price Netbook at about £1,000, about a top range expense for a sub notebook.
The product is the first in a range of Java enabled mobile devices planned by the renamed Psion Enterprise Computing division. Psion said it plans to use the product range to enter new markets, including insurance, banking, health care and utilities.
Sub notebooks increasingly attract users who need access to information when out of the office but do not want all the applications that more expensive notebooks offer.
A Psion representative described the company's bid to make the Netbook a business standard this way: "We plan to kick down the door of companies' IT departments."
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