First International Computer (FIC) has just received permission from the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to release a new wireless Pocket PC. However, this company won’t be putting this model out under its own name.
Many people might be surprised to learn that a lot of handhelds aren’t actually designed or manufactured by the companies that release them. Instead, they are created by companies that specialize in these tasks. These are typically referred to as OEMs or ODMs.
Some of these are relatively well known, like Compal and High Tech Computing. One of the lesser known ones is FIC.
Details are somewhat unclear but it appears that FIC’s latest design is for a series of Pocket PCs that includes both Wi-Fi and Bluetooth models. In addition, these each have an SD slot and a CompactFlash slot.
They will run Windows Mobile 2003 on an Intel processor, with clock speeds ranging from 260 to 400 MHz. These will have 64 MB of memory.
Of course, these products won’t actually reach consumer’s hands unless FIC finds a company willing to license the design and release them under its own brand name. It is not known at this time if anyone is interested in doing so.
Pricing and availability will be determined by the licensee.
All the information on this device filed with the FCC can be found on this government agency’s web site.
Thanks to Duncan from FirstLoox.org for the tip.