NEC plans pda drive

NEC plans pda drive

The personal digital assistant (PDA) market is about to get more crowded with the entry of another Japanese hardware maker. NEC plans to follow in the path of Sony, which launched its first PDA last year, and Toshiba, which plans to launch its own device this year. NEC plans to have a PDA in the Japanese market by the end of 2001.

The new NEC device will be based on a StrongArm central processor from Intel and will run Microsoft's Windows CE operating system. The company has yet to announce other details although it did disclose that it plans to support both Compact Flash and Secure Digital media cards in the device.

When NEC enters the market it will face fierce competition from established companies and those which only entered the Japanese market in the last year.

The company hopes to achieve a 10 per cent market share this year and 20 per cent by 2003.

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