Toshiba gets hitched to Wi-Fi

The Middle East’s first handheld PC to feature integrated wireless connectivity is set to arrive in July. Expect SD expansion, Wi-Fi (802.11b) or Bluetooth, and Pocket PC 2002.

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By  Justin Etheridge Published  June 26, 2002

The region’s first pocket-sized personal computer equipped for integrated wireless connectivity will land in July, thanks to Toshiba.

The Pocket PC e740 PDA, at 16mm thick and 185g, is the first to market with options for integrated Wi-Fi (802.11b) or Bluetooth, and also provides numerous expansion options.

Built-in Secure Digital (SD) and CompactFlash II (CF-II) slots, for example, offer Bluetooth or WLAN CF Card and GPS capabilities. Unlike the e740, claims Toshiba, other PDAs will need additional hardware to offer integrated Wi-Fi or Bluetooth.

Toshiba has opted for Microsoft’s Pocket PC 2002 operating system, plus the new Intel PXA250 Application Processor at 400MHz. Key specifications include 64MB RAM, 32MB Flash ROM and a 64K colour screen.

“The Pocket PC e740 is yet another display of Toshiba’s innovation in mobility by packing the latest in processing power and wireless connectivity into this tiny device,” said Willem Poterman, general manager of Toshiba’s European computer systems, marketing division.

“The new product is designed to meet the demands of the mobile professional who is looking for the ultimate in mobility, expandability, connectivity and performance from their mobile companion,” he added.

An optional expansion pack helps bring the e740 into the office, with full host and client support for USB and VGA output (connecting you to a projector, keyboard, external monitor and more…). Also optional is a high-capacity lithium-ion battery pack, allowing up to 25 hours work and useful for power-hungry multimedia apps.

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