Data Evolution Corporation has announced plans to release the Cathena, a laptop that will run the latest Microsoft Windows CE.NET operating system.
The Cathena will use a 400 MHz Intel XScale processor and include 128 MB RAM. It will have a CompactFlash slot for additional storage.
It will include a 12.1-inch, 800-by-600-pixel, full-color TFT display. This won’t be a touch screen; instead, this computer will depend on a built-in touchpad . It will have what the company describes as a “nearly full-sized” keyboard.
The Cathena will use a traditional laptop design. When closed, it will be 10.7 inches by 9.1 inches by 0.95 inches and weigh approximately three pounds.
The laptop will include built-in 802.11b wireless networking.
It will include a PCMCIA slot, two USB ports, audio in and out, and VGA out.
Data Evolution Corp. developed the Cathena as a result of in-depth discussions with numerous elementary and high school educators, school district technical staff, systems integrators, and federal and state government service personnel. The most common complaint relayed to the company was the lack of suitable computer hardware products between handheld PDAs and notebook PCs.
“Because the Windows operating system is predominate in today’s workforce, it makes sense for us to offer a device with an operating system that prepares students for a Windows environment while simultaneously removing many of the maintenance obstacles inherent with student laptops, which allows our target organizations to allocate their limited financial resources to IT purchases rather than IT maintenance,” said Robert J. Sowah, Chief Executive Officer of the Company.
Data Evolution Corp. expects that the Cathena will be commercially available in the third quarter of this year.
More information on the Cathena can be found on the Data Evolution Corp. web site.
A New Clio, too?
This model, which was created by a company named Vadem, sported a rotating screen that allowed it to either be used as a traditional laptop or as a tablet (see picture at left).
According to Smart Assets, Data Evolution Corp. is developing an updated version of the Clio.
This will run Windows CE.NET and include a larger screen than the original. Also, this version will have a faster processor and more memory.
The next-generation Clio is expected out later this year.