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Linux-Type, Other New PDAs on Exhibit

First International Computer Inc. (FIC) is exhibiting its first personal digital assistant (PDA) device, called “1st PDA,” which uses Linux operating system (OS) and is equipped with a Java virtual machine.

Similar to the Java i-mode cellular phone service from NTT DoCoMo Inc., applications written using Java can be directly downloaded and executed on the FIC PDA. Also, the 1st PDA has a built-in Bluetooth module for wireless communications as a standard feature.

The 1st PDA is equipped with USB and serial ports, and an expansion slot for a CompactFlash card (Type I/II). The display is a touch-panel, 3.8-in. reflective LCD. The current panel made by Sony Corp., is capable of displaying about 4,000 colors. Soon, the company plans to adopt Unipac Optoelectronics Corp.’s LCD panel, which will be able to display around 65,000 colors.

The 1st PDA measures 8.2cm wide by 13.2cm high by 2.2cm thick, and weighs 220g. The PDA will be commercialized later this year, priced at around US$250.

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