PDA News – Asus pre-orders, 2 GB MultiMedia Card, BSquare ‘Power Handheld’

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Asus A730 available for pre-order from PROportable

Asus reseller PROportable is now taking pre-orders for the Bluetooth-only varient of the upcoming A730 VGA PocketPC, priced at $500. Another version that includes both Bluetooth and WiFi is expected later this summer, likely around July/August.



2 GB high-speed MultiMedia Card

Pretec is apparently intent on resurrecting the old MultiMedia Card format, precursor to SD cards. Following up on their release of a 1 GB MMC earlier this year, they’ve designed a new ultra-high-speed card that is supposed to be the fastest flash memory available. The new card uses a 4-bit data bus to pass information at theoretical maximum speeds of 18 MB/second (write) and 22.5 MB/second (read), though it is compatible with existing devices at lower speeds. No price has yet been quoted for the card once it’s released, though it is expected to retail for $1000 or above.


NEC to produce BSQUARE “Power Handheld”

The “Power Handheld” reference design created by BSQUARE that has been floating around for some time is finally going to see mass production, courtesy of NEC. The machine runs a customized version of WindowsCE.net, and features a thumb keyboard, 800 x 480 WVGA screen, and integrated GSM modem. The units are expected to run $650 standalone, or $250 with a wireless contract.





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