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PDAMart: Batteries Could Be Life of the Party

Jan 23, 2000, 03:57 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Chad Capellman)

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"Two announcements were made Wednesday which have nothing to do directly with each other now, but could eventually contribute to the greatest PDA ever made."

"The two announcements, one by Motorola and one by start-up Transmeta, could eventually lead to the elimination of limited battery-life problems that currently plague many mobile computing devices and force manufacturers to excessively simplify even more."

"Motorola announced Wednesday it is developing a powerful miniature fuel cell that runs on liquid methanol and may one day replace traditional batteries in cellular phones and computer devices."

"Advances in microprocessors have been made at a consistent rate for several years. There is something of an inevitability to the Crusoe announcement.

"Advances in battery life, however, have been painfully slow..."

"To a large extent, the need to limit features on PDAs has been at the core of the success of Palm Computing. Whenever a Palm Computing device user launches into the reasons why his device is better than a Windows CE device, battery life is usually the first or second point made.

"Wednesday's announcements, however, might signal the beginning of the end of that argument."

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