Portable Innovation Technology has been named the first Palm OS System Development Partner. As such, PiTech will offer Palm OS licensees a range of professional development and manufacturing services.
“We provide a full range of services, including hardware design, Palm OS customization, driver development, product form factor design, software bundling, component sourcing and assembling service,” said Patrick Lin, the company’s executive director of technology.
Probably the well-known Palm OS licensees, like Sony, Handspring, and Palm itself, don’t need services like this but PalmSource has added three new licensees in just the past month and is expected to continue adding new licensees. While a few of these have been developing handhelds for years, some have not.
Of course, PiTech isn’t the only company that performs this type of service. For example, HandEra, a Palm OS licensee, offers companies help with both Palm OS hardware and software design. It was recently named an Independent OMAP Technology Center, which means it works with TI to assist Palm OS licensees and developers to create 2.5G and 3G mobile handsets, wireless handhelds, and applications using TI’s OMAP processors.
PiTech is probably best known as the developer of the MemPlug line of Springboard modules, which allows Handspring Visor handhelds to use various types of flash memory cards.