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MIPS Group

The MIPS Group of Silicon Graphics Inc is counting up its design wins in the Windows CE marketplace, with Comdex launches of handheld devices using the MIPS RISC chip from Philips NV, Sharp Corp, NEC Corp, Compaq Computer Corp (the PC Companion), as well as the Samsung Electric Co InfoMobile pager and Network Computing Devices Inc’s Thumper Windows terminal (CI No 3,292).


Hewlett Packard Co uncovered its new 620LX Palmtop PC, boasting a 256 colour high contrast screen , with 16Mb dedicated CompactFlash memory card slot that leaves the PC-Card slot free for a modem or VGA-out card for on the road presentations. It’s expected to ship in the first quarter of 1998 at less than $1,000.

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Hitachi Ltd’s Home Electronics (America) division has entered the handheld market with the Hitachi HandHeld PC. Bundled with Windows CE, weighing just 16.9 ounces and no bigger than a slim paperback novel, the machine uses an 80MHz SH 7709 Hitachi chip and 8Mb of memory, modem and CompactFlash card slot. In partnership with Brookline, Massachusetts-based TeleType Global Poisoning Systems Inc, Hitachi plans to offer a street level navigation system.


Sandisk Corp has won a number of design wins for its CompactFlash memory, which is used in Hewlett-Packard Co’s HP 620LX, NEC Corp’s MobilePro 700, and Hitachi Ltd’s HandHeld PC, launched at Comdex.

Franklin Electronics Publishers

Franklin Electronics Publishers recently launched Rolodex Rex (CI No 3,222), a credit card-sized hand-held computer that can store up to 2,500 items of electronic calendar and address information, has had to have its production increased twice to meet demand.


Spyglass Inc, which announced on Monday that it is to acquire rival Allpen Software Inc (CI 3,292), is showing off its Prism content conversion tool in Sharp Electronics Corp’s new Mobilon handheld personal computer.
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