i-mate ready to launch new Pocket PC-based PDAs

Windows Mobile 5.0 device vendor i-mate will use this year’s Gitex in its ‘home’ town of Dubai to launch two new Pocket PC-based PDAs and showcase many more.

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By  Gitex Times staff Published  October 12, 2006

Windows Mobile 5.0 device vendor i-mate will use this year’s Gitex in its ‘home’ town of Dubai to launch two new Pocket PC-based PDAs and showcase many more. i-mate sales director Jack Craine and technology director Dr. Jon Moss will also use Gitex to educate potential customers on the very latest in mobility solutions. Elsewhere, chip giant Intel will use this year’s event to showcase its Core 2 Duo processor technology, giving customers the chance to see it in action. “Core 2 Duo gives the performance and power advantage that users have been looking for and asking for,” comments Samir Al-Schamma, Intel general manager for the Gulf countries. “It is a great product and we need to make sure that people get to see it.” VoIP solutions will be the stars for Cisco subsidiary Linksys at this year’s Gitex. “Our key focus will be on small business VoIP solutions,” says Linksys’ general manager for the Middle East and Africa, Mohammad Hoda. “We are also launching a huge range of managed switches and storage devices as well as managed routing products with VPN.” As Hoda explains, the dynamics between Linksys and parent company Cisco have altered over the last year, with Linksys now focusing not only on consumer products — sold via the retail channel — but small business solutions too. For those looking to protect the new IT kit they purchase at Gitex, one destination springs immediately to mind. Micro Automation director Hazim Al-Hijaj is ready to meet new business partners from across the Middle East and Africa at this year’s Gitex. The UAE-based supplier of power protection equipment has a manufacturing base within Dubai’s Jebel Ali Free Zone. “Power protection is particularly important in countries with unreliable power supplies,” comments Al-Hijaj. For companies exploring the Middle East market’s potential for the first time at Gitex, working out how to set up offices and warehouses is bound to be a top priority. Jebel Ali Free Zone (JAFZA) had just 19 companies at the end of 1985, but more and more businesses have seen the benefits of operating from the trade hub since then. There are currently over 5,000 companies from 119 countries operating in JAFZA, with an average of 15 new companies registering each month. JAFZA will use this year’ Gitex to target even more new companies.

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