Oracle is planning a phased approach to supporting its Oracle Lite small-footprint database on 3Com's PalmPilot operating system for handheld devices.
Plans call first for release of "conduit" software, for downloading data from Oracle Lite running on a laptop to the PalmPilot. The conduit software is due in beta release this month and in production release in August. A full-featured version of Oracle Lite for the PalmPilot is planned for release in early 1999, according to officials at Oracle and 3Com.
The goal of deploying a 15Kb version of Oracle Lite on the PalmPilot personal digital assistant (PDA) is to assist in use of in-field applications, such as tracking inventory.
Oracle plans to charge US$295 for each developer license of Oracle Lite for the PalmPilot, plus $95 per deployment license.
A Windows CE version of Oracle Lite, to support Microsoft's small-footprint operating system, also is anticipated for August.
Sybase is planning similar support for its database on the PalmPilot.
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