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LinuxDevices: New 'Ultra-Personal Computer' Will Run Linux (And Much More)

Apr 19, 2002, 11:00 (13 Talkback[s])

"OQO (pronounced "oh-q-oh") unveiled a unique tiny modular computer at Microsoft's WinHEC conference today in Seattle, WA. The newly created "ultra-personal computer" PC category has the potential to "transform personal computing the same way the cell phone has revolutionized telecommunications," says OQO executive vice president Colin Hunter.

"OQO's new device weighs just 9 ounces, is small enough (4.9 x 2.9 x 0.9 in.) to fit in your shirt pocket, yet contains the processing and storage resources of a well equipped desktop PC. In fact, it is designed to instantly transform itself into just such a system by popping it into a cradle which adds connections to a full-sized keyboard and monitor, along with a standard Ethernet network interface. Wireless interfaces for both IEEE 802.11 and Bluetooth are built directly into the device.

"According to Hunter, the market opportunity for the ultra-personal computer is significant. 'PC sales today are estimated to be 150 million units per year,' says Hunter. 'Out of that total, mobiles comprise roughly 27 million units and are growing at a double-digit rate, while desktops are in decline...'"

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