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iPaq gives developers new options

The new Compaq iPAQ PocketPC will give developers the chance to provide add-ons through its Jacket technology.

The new Compaq iPAQ PocketPC features modular Jacket design technology that will be offered freely to developers, providing the opportunity to develop new tools such as power supplies, global positioning systems, bar-code readers and digital camera technology.

The slide-on Jackets are based on a new open standard technology allowing developers to build modular expansion packs that could accommodate additional power or memory, PC Cards or Compact Flash cards, gaming options or give customers wireless access to the Internet and their corporate networks.

The iPAQ Pocket PC features a 240 x 320 colour TFT screen with a light sensor that automatically adjusts the display quality by detecting the amount and intensity of light of the surroundings. A 206MHz Intel StrongARM 32-bit RISC processor powers the iPAQ, with 32MB of standard memory. The unit also offers 16MB of flash ROM, and a navigator button provides access to any application within a single click.

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