Philips has announced that Sony is using the Philips USB On-The-Go (OTG) chip in their Clie line. What’s unclear is whether this refers to the USB included in the NZ90 cradle or units with USB built in, or both.
“Sony is a leader in the handheld market and we are pleased to announce that they have selected Philips’ USB OTG solution,” said Rajeev Mehtani, general manager of wired connectivity for Philips Semiconductors. “The Philips USB OTG chip that Sony has selected is ideal for small battery-powered devices such as PDAs, digital cameras and mobile phones and it allows these devices to easily exchange data without the use of a personal computer.”
From this quote it certainly sounds like they’re talking about an on-board solution, but emails to the press contacts at Philips have not been responded to at the time of this article. We’ll certainly update you if this changes.
Toshiba has been working hard to integrate host USB abilities in their Pocket PC line. Again, it appears Sony will have to do the innovating on the Palm side. Having integrated USB has the potential to allow for a number of existing peripherals designed for the PC to be used with the Clie’s. However, given the WiFi CF slot issue with the NX and NZ series, you have to wonder if Sony will allow third parties to play.