Compaq announces handheld PCs

Compaq has announced a handheld PC series aimed at mobile business users. The C-Series Model 810, a 8Mb RAM monochrome version is available now in North America for $US599, and runs the Microsoft's Windows CE operating system and a MIPS-based RISC processor. It ships with an integrated 33.6Kbit/s modem, a standard telephone jack, speaker and microphone, and a display with two levels of backlighting. A colour version is on the way.

Compaq has announced a handheld PC series aimed at mobile business users.

The C-Series Model 810, a 8Mb RAM monochrome version is available now in North America for $US599, and runs the Microsoft's Windows CE operating system and a MIPS-based RISC proccesor, according to a statement from Compaq. The Model 810 is upgradeable to 20Mb of RAM, it said.

Model 810 also contains an integrated 33.6Kbit/s modem, a standard telephone jack, speaker and microphone, and a display with two levels of backlighting, the statement said. In addition, the unit includes handheld versions of Microsoft's Internet Explorer, PowerPoint, Word and Excel, it said.

Compaq also plans a color version of the handheld, called the C-Series 2010C, which will have 20Mb of RAM, according to the statement. The 2010C will be upgradeable to 32Mbof RAM using EDO memory or a PC Card slot and will be available in May, Compaq said.

Optional hardware for the C-Series includes a PCMCIA VGA card which is designed to let users create and display presentations in conjunction with PowerPoint displaying them on a large format (640 x 480) monitor or projection system.

Third-party software for the C-series includes the following, according to Compaq:

-- Odyssey's BizCalc, programmable business and financial software that emulates the HP-12C business calculator;

-- Physix's PocketChart, which lets medical workers complete an entire patient note, send prescriptions to the pharmacy, and collect billing information;

-- Puma's IntelliMigrate, which lets users transport existing data housed in older handheld models to Windows CE-based PC models.

Compaq can be reached on the World Wide Web at http://www.compaq.com/.

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