"Hitachi's Flora (ie 55mi) is effectively a cross between a
notebook, a handheld and a mobile phone. The device -- which looks
like a notebook screen with a frame -- hooks up directly to the
Internet and is used to search Web content or run applications,
similar to a standard PC. However, users can use a pen to
input data like a Palm. Additionally, it contains a mobile phone
interface for calls. Like the Crusoe-based Internet terminal
released by Gateway and AOL in November, the Flora will contain a
version of Linux. Transmeta notebooks -- including Hitachi's Crusoe
notebooks -- run Windows."
"While initially available in Japan, Hitachi will also bring the
product to the United States, according to a release from
"Transmeta's Crusoe microprocessor allows Hitachi to put all the
power of a PC into a handheld computer with up to seven hours of
battery life," said Transmeta chief executive Dave Ditzel in a
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