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CNN: Visor maker expects Springboard to jump-start new PDA

Sep 15, 1999, 05:59 (1 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by D. Ian Hopper)

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"What makes the Handspring Visor special? It's not the OS; that's from the Palm. It's not the screen; that's Palm too. It's not even the cradle; that's Palm as well, with modifications. What makes the Visor so special is its expansion module, dubbed the Springboard. With the Springboard, Visor users will have myriad expansion options, all astonishingly easy to implement..."

"To create this Springboard slot, Handspring didn't start very far outside the box. Looking at the connector, the Springboard looks remarkably like the PCMCIA (PC card) slot used in PC laptops. That's no coincidence; the Springboard uses the same 68-pin block as the popular PCMCIA format. According to Handspring Manager of Partner Programs and Business Development Lee Epting, this was an early play to gain developer acceptance..."

"The developers grins won't end there. Astonishingly, the Springboard specification is completely open in the purest sense. The details -- mechanical specs, pinouts, software documentation, sample code and all - will all be published and available for free on Handspring's site. There is no Springboard association, no user fees, and no royalties."

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