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PDAs impress crowds at PC Expo

The recent PC Expo/TechXNY event has highlighted the growing popularity of mobile and wireless technologies and devices and the potential for the decline of PCs.

PC manufacturers and developers remained relatively quiet at this years PC expo as companies specializing in mobile devices took centre stage. While the PC Expo was formerly one of the most significant and influential for unveiling new products and services, the majority of popular exhibitors at PC Expo were showcasing new PDAs or PDA peripherals. Highlights included a new Sony Clie model offering a high-resolution colour screen with the Palm operating system and and a budget Pocket PC (Windows CE 3.0) from the Cassiopeia range.

However, it was the peripherals and accessories for palm sized computers, rather than the actual handsets themselves, that proved to be one of the highlights of the show. The Springboard expansion slot for Handspring handhelds was the focus of much activity. Notable units included a Springboard module for the visor that will convert the basic handheld into a CDMA voice and data phone. This will, in a similar fashion to the existing Visorphone, allow basic telephony functions on the Visor.

Not to be outdone, a number of similar devices are on show from close competitors such as Palm itself and developers of Microsoft Pocket PCs. The large number of mobile products on show have lead many to question whether the annual event will continue to be known simply as the PC Expo. With a number of handheld and and wireless (Bluetooth in particular) events in the pipeline for this year’s Gitex exhibition it is likely that a similar trend will be in evidence.

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