Casio sees brisk sales of Windows CE device

Casio is boosting the production capacity of its plant near Tokyo to meet strong demand for its Windows CE-based handheld PC, the Cassiopeia, according to a company spokesman. The company, which sells the unit under its own brand and on an OEM basis to Compaq , expects to ship about 500,000 CE devices worldwide in the year ending March 31, 1998.

Casio is boosting the production capacity of its plant near Tokyo to meet strong demand for its Windows CE-based handheld PC, the Cassiopeia, according to a company spokesman.

The company, which sells the unit under its own brand and on an OEM basis to Compaq , expects to ship about 500,000 CE devices worldwide in the year ending March 31, 1998.

Roughly two thirds of those shipments are expected to be to the US and the remainder to customers in Japan and Europe. To meet the demand, Casio expects to roughly double capacity of its plant in Yamanashi Prefecture in the coming months.

Launched last November at the Comdex show in Las Vegas, the device is based on Hitachi Ltd.'s SH-3 RISC processor and is available a retail price of less than $500 for a base configuration with 2Mb of RAM.

Casio, based in Tokyo, can be reached at http://www.casio.com/.

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