Concept Technologies, a division of Hugh Symons PLC, has previewed a mobile NC. The device, called the Pic Pocket, will run JavaOS from JavaSoft and will come with strong communications features.
It will function as an NC, running Java applications off the Web or from its 20 MB FLASH Rom. It will include an Ethernet port, as well as an IrDA infrared interface, an ISDN interface, a PCMCIA Type 2 slot and a standard RS-232 port.
The device will sport a 50 Mhz PowerPC processor and 16 MB of RAM. It will offer a VGA screen size of 640x480 with 256 colors, allowing it to run Java applications that were developed for desktop systems.
The Pic Pocket will also be a cellphone, and can be connected to a handsfree headset. The device is slightly larger than a Windows/CE HPC, though the keyboard and screen are about the same size.
The product is still in its early stages. Bruce Jackson, software development manager for Concept Technologies, said he hoped the first working prototypes would be out early next year, with commercial availability following in the 2nd or 3d quarter. It is expected to be priced around $1,000.
Jackson said that the device would be manufactured ?somewhere in the EC?, but that a definitive choice for a manufacturing partner had not yet been taken.
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