IBM is planning to produce handheld mobile devices using a tiny hard drive only one inch in diameter. IBM has so far been very quiet over its aspirations in the lucrative personal organiser market, which have so far only amounted to the re-badging of 3Com's PalmPilot. Developers within the company's personal systems group have been working on a "next generation mobile device" which will use a one inch Microdrive, announced by IBM storage systems division (SSD) last week. "The Microdrive will bring laptop functions to the handheld PC," said David McIntyre, director of strategic marketing for SSD. But IBM personal systems group was unable to give firm details of the nature of the handheld devices planned or whether those machines would run a proprietary IBM operating system or Windows CE. An IBM spokesman explained that the company had been experimenting with what he called an "intelligent brick", which would combine the functions of phones and handheld computers with Internet access. The new hard disk will have a capacity of 340Mb. Most handheld devices currently use 60Mb Compact Flash cards and the Microdrive is compatible with the Compact Flash slot. Canon, Minolta, Hitachi and HP are currently evaluating the drive for use in devices such as digital cameras. New IBM handhelds won't be hitting the shelves for a while yet, however. The Microdrive will not ship until mid-1999. IBM refused to reveal pricing for the Microdrive, except to say it will be cheaper per megabyte than any alternative drive. But it won't be a weight in your pocket: at a mere 20g, it is roughly the weight of four credit cards.
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