Gmate to debut folding-type Linux PDA at Comdex

Gmate to debut folding-type Linux PDA at Comdex

South Korea's Gmate plans to unveil a folding-type version of its Linux PDA (personal digital assistant) at the Comdex Fall 2001 show in Las Vegas next month, a company executive said.

The new Yopy PDA folds open, just like a clamshell-type cellular telephone, to reveal a 3.5-inch (8.75-centimeter) color LCD (liquid crystal display) on the top half and a 40-key keypad on the bottom half. The company is hoping it will become useful for people on the move and so is also developing a clip-on CDMA (Code Division Multiple Access) modem to allow users to access the Internet via mobile networks.

Its specifications are similar to those of GMate's original Yopy PDA, which looks like a conventional PDA. It is based on a 206MHz, 32-bit StrongARM processor, runs GMate's Linupy ARM Linux operating system and has a 3.5-inch color display capable of 320 by 240 pixel resolution and 65,000 colours. The memory in the new PDA, 64M bytes of RAM and 16M bytes of ROM, is an improvement on the old model.

Connectors include a slot for Multimedia Cards (MMC), an infrared IrDA port capable of speeds up to 115k bps (bits per second), RS232C and USB sockets and connectors for a microphone and headphones.

Software onboard includes a Web browser, e-mail software, MP3 music player, schedule managers, engineering calculator, image viewer and voice recorder.

The new PDA measures approximately 100 millimeters by 70 millimeters by 15 millimeters and weighs around 140 grams.

GMate first made headlines with its Linux PDA at the CeBIT show in Hanover in early 2000 when it unveiled the device to the world. The Yopy made its Comdex debut at last year's event along with some head-mounted displays developed by Gmate although the promised commercial sale of the Yopy has been slow in coming. The most recent estimate from the company is that a commercial version will go on sale in late November this year.

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