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PRNewswire: frontpath Announces ProGear - The First High Performance, Linux-based Portable Information Appliance

Sep 28, 2000, 07:47 (0 Talkback[s])


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"frontpath's ProGear supports all rich media formats and offers a high quality 10.4" TFT display, X 86 compatibility and a touch screen that will enable quick access to applications or the Internet. A soft keyboard or handwriting recognition gives users the choice of input modes. The three-pound product comes with a Soundblaster(R) compatible audio and microphone/headphone support. ProGear comes standard with a three cell, three-hour battery. As upgrades, ProGear has a six cell, six-hour battery and also offers a cradle with integrated charging station. Both batteries are lithium ion with smart battery technology."

"We've created a product that will allow vertical partners to fully customize content, thereby truly unleashing the power of the Internet," said Janet Leising, general manager of frontpath. "We have seen considerable interest from the travel, education, hotel and medical fields. Essentially, every business with broadband access could use ProGear to improve their customer interaction. The applications are almost limitless as more and more businesses work to enhance their level of service and support with the savvy consumer."

"ProGear's software includes Linux 2.4x operating system, Netscape browser version 4.74 and a complete set of utilities and diagnostics. Hardware components include the powerful Transmeta TM3200 400 MHz processor, a 10.4" polysilicon TFT display for excellent image quality for text, still and video images and a ergomonic design with a thin, yet strong magnesium case capable of delivering portrait or landscape images. An integrated USB hub allows use with a keyboard and mouse. Additionally, ProGear comes with 64 or 128 MB of system memory or an option of a 6.4 GB, 2.5" slim hard disk drive. ProGear is available in HDD or Thin Client versions."

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