Oracle will next week unveil details of its recently signed pact to put the Oracle Lite database into 3Com?s Palm Pilot personal digital assistant (PDA).
In August, both companies plan to deliver database replication capabilities using Oracle Lite and Palm Pilot. Users of the PDA will be able to update their corporate database with information recorded on the Palm Pilot, while they synchronise information using Oracle Lite on their laptops or desktop PCs, explained Nick Gregory, Oracle server technology marketing manager.
By mid 1999, 3Com will ship Palm Pilot with integrated Oracle Lite, replacing the need for users to synchronise information via their laptops or PCs. Gregory said the partners have yet to decide whether this would be achieved using wireless or wired technologies.
?The Oracle Lite client database on Palm Pilot will be less than 100Kbytes and be compatible with the host database. It will be suitable for a variety of applications such as gas reading, or where information needs to be recorded and transmitted to the host system,? said Gregory.
Gregory said this is the first such relationship between a PDA developer and a database provider, and he did not rule out similar deals between Oracle and other mobile computing device manufacturers. Oracle already runs on the Windows CE cutdown operating system, and it is in discussions with Psion to put Oracle Lite on its devices.
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