Antelope Technologies is going to release next Friday an unusual portable computer. This is a single computer core that can be used in both a handheld and a desktop.
The Mobile Computer Core, or MCC, is made up of a 1 GHz Crusoe processor, 256 MB of RAM, and a 10 GB or 15 GB hard drive. It runs Windows XP Professional. All this fits into a device that is just 3 by 5 by .75 inches and weighs 9 ounces.
The handheld enclosure for the MCC has a 6.3-inch, 1024-by-768 pixel, color touchscreen. It has a PC card slot, three USB ports, microphone, and headset jack. It is 4.7 inches wide, 8.5 inches long, and 1.9 inches thick. It weighs 1.63 pounds.
Pen&Internet said earlier this week that Antelope Technologies will include the ritePen handwriting recognition and pen navigation utility with the MCC. ritePen allows users to write on the full screen in electronic ink — and their handwriting is automatically converted into text and entered into target applications.
Antelope Technologies is also making a cradle for the MCC that allows it to be used as a desktop computer. The cradle has a standard monitor port, three USB ports, and a PC card slot.
As is often true, being on the cutting edge isn’t cheap. Antelope Technologies is offering the entire setup, including an MCC, handheld enclosure, desktop cradle, and all the accessories, for $3,970.
Antelope isn’t the only company trying to squeeze a full desktop computer into something the size of a handheld. However, it looks like it will be the first to actually release a product.
Other devices in this category that have been announced but not yet seen the light of day include the OQO and the Tiquit.