PDA News – Clie car cradle, AMD Linux reference design, Software updates

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Sony to offer high-end car cradle

Sony has cast a line into the aftermarket waters, creating a high-powered car mount for their Clies. Called the PEGS-CC5, the cradle includes a built-in GPS reciever, an FM transmitter to broadcast music to a radio, an optional cassette deck adapter, and recharges the Clie through the vehicle’s lighter jack. The CC5 will be compatible with Sony NX73, NX80, and TG50 handhelds, and will include an additional Sony connector port for use by other accessories such as phone cables. Pre-orders are being accepted now, and full retail availability is expected later this month. The MSRP is $300.



AMD Linux PDA reference design

AMD and Metrowerks are demonstrating a new reference design at the LinuxWorld convention this week. Powered by AMD’s Alchemy embedded MIPS-class processor, the new design runs Metrowerks’ OpenPDA suite of embedded Linux software, including the Qtopia interface, the Jeode JVM package, and the Opera Mobile Web browser. Details on the actual harware are scant, but the main feature set is an extremely-low-power processor, USB Host capability, and possibly dual SD slots. The Alchemy processor also provides integrated 10/100 megabit Ethernet connectivity, though it is unknown if this is used.

This is just a reference design, and as such is not intended for mass production. However, such designs are sometimes picked up and used by companies, and in any event this shows that some manufacturers are looking at how to push the envelope for new hardware, which can only be a good thing.



Software updates from SPB, Aerodrome, PocketTunes, Bitstream

Popular Palm OS audio players AeroPlayer and PocketTunes now both support the new Tungsten T2.



SPB’s PocketPlus has been updated to version 1.3, and now has the ability to correct errors with repeating alarms caused by PocketPC 2003.


Bitstream’s Thunderhawk proxied browsing service is now Windows Mobile 2003 compatible.




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