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Business Times (SG): Here comes a Linux handheld computer - from Ericsson Singapore and CWC

Jan 10, 2001, 14:26 (2 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Siew Yaw Hoong)

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"In what could be the world's first, Singapore's CWC (Centre for Wireless Communications) and Ericsson Singapore have jointly developed a handheld computer that runs on the Linux OS (operating system). Called DelphiPad, it's a PDA-lookalike that comes with a 10-inch touch-screen, weighs 1.3 kg, and is set to debut commercially in Q3 this year at below US$1,000."

"The device runs on a National Semiconductor Geode 200 MHz processor, and comes with 64 MB RAM, 16 MB flash memory and 256 KB ROM (read-only memory). Text input is done via a virtual keyboard or the handwriting recognition function. It also comes with headphone and microphone jacks, a speaker, and a rechargeable battery that lasts four hours."

"Why not use Windows? "Besides the costly licensing fee that you have to pay to Microsoft, there are also hidden costs, such as the purchase of Windows development environment," he said. "We feel DelphiPad will have greater potential using an open-source OS. We decided at the first project meeting -- in November 1998 -- that we'd use Linux."

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