MiTAC set to launch Bluetooth-equipped PDA


By Karen Huang, The China Post

MiTAC recently unveiled its Bluetooth-equipped PDA (personal digital assistant) with color screen to meet the coming e-lifestyle. The new PDA marks a breakthrough in handheld computer design, with significant advances, such as fully integrated wireless connectivity, built-in radio-frequency Internet access, and a wealth of value-added features. With the integration of Bluetooth technology and radio-frequency Internet access, MiTAC’s PDA adds a comprehensive wireless connectivity package to the handheld computer.

Supporting both Windows CE system or embedded Linux, the product comes with a full range of Personal Information Manager (PIM) applications, including address book and scheduler, along with a number of multimedia features. The function of data synchronization allows users to sync data on the PDA with their PC, combining it with Outlook/Outlook Express for added convenience. According to the company, MiTAC’s High-End WinCE based color PDA, based on an Intel StrongArm 206 Mhz CPU, uses a back-lit 3.8” color TFT-LCD display and contains a Compact Flash slot. The lithium ion battery provides up to 15 days of battery life on a single recharge. All this comes in a sleek, visually striking device measuring 78mm x 126mm x 17mm (WxHxD) and weighing as little as 188 grams. In recent years PDAs have become popular due to their diminutive size and affordable pricing, which has meant doing away with color screens and forgoing connectivity options. During the exhibition, MiTAC will display its latest PDA with a compelling compact design, color screen, and Internet function. By incorporating Bluetooth technology, a new wireless communications protocol, the PDA will provides robust, high-speed, seamless connectivity between compatible devices. MiTAC’ PDA allows users to easily transfer data to and from Bluetooth-enabled computers and networks, link with a Bluetooth mobile phone, and perform many other tasks directly from their PDAs. The product offers glorious color, making monitors suitable for viewing graphics-rich documents, video and animation, or playing games. With the help of TFT-LCD monitors, MiTAC’s color PDA will makes routine tasks, such as managing a schedule or taking notes more enjoyably. Meanwhile, MiTAC’s PDA offers flexible OS (operation system) choices to allow customers to choose either Microsoft’s PDA OS or an optimized version of Linux furnishing advanced features as multitasking.

In addition, PIM (Personal Information Manager) applications, such as address book and scheduler, can transfer data through the Internet or the user’s own LAN (local area network). In a bid to become an all-in-one handheld computer solution, the PDA also offers MP3 playback, voice recording and a media player. Many users increasingly wish to extend the function of their PDAs, so MiTAC has designed its PDAs with a convenient Compact Flash slot to expand memory to store extra data and handle video, MP3 display and resource-intensive formats.