3Com will next week launch a wireless version of the Palmpilot handheld computer, which is expected to result in improved application integration for users.
The new Palmpilot, codenamed Eleven, will feature built-in wireless communications capabilities and will be unveiled at the company?s developers' conference in the US next week.
Eleven will also use current Internet standards including HTML and IP although the initial version will feature only limited Internet access.
3Com is currently working with Internet service providers (ISPs) to improve the access and quality of Web content on handheld devices.
The new device is not expected to ship until the beginning of next year. The company is also expected to launch a thinner, lighter version of the Palmpilot with lithium ion batteries, which will extend operational life.
Dataquest analyst Robert Charlton was sceptical over the wireless Palmpilot?s initial appeal. ?Although wide area wireless communications networks are an important driver of the overall handheld category, the impact of wireless technologies will not be felt until well into the next decade," he said.
However, he said the handheld PC market would see strong growth over the next couple of years, with more and more businesses adopting the technology.
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