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Sharp Zaurus SL-6000L Linux VGA Handheld

Sharp today released their Linux Zaurus SL-6000 PDA with a four-inch native VGA screen to the North American market. The handheld data terminal is stylish and durable while maintaining a wide range of features for all business needs.

Built-in 802.11b network capabilities give wireless access to corporate data. It also includes extensive protected flash memory, a built-in, sliding QWERTY keyboard and is readily expandable with both Compact Flash and SD expansion slots. The SL-6000 also has an optional expansion jacket, with additional battery and CF slot giving customers the flexibility to tailor the device to a company’s specific needs.

The Zaurus SL-6000 can be used as a laptop replacement to access corporate applications. It has 64MB of protected flash memory and 64MB of SDRAM, a high-powered Intel XScale 400MHz processor and extra long battery life with a rechargeable, replaceable 1500 mAh Lithium polymer battery, supporting typical business use. Power users with needs spanning more than the average business day can use the supplemental battery-equipped expansion jacket.

Connecting the Zaurus wirelessly to the corporate network is now easier than ever with a built-in 802.11b connection. Users can also choose to maintain their connection outside a corporate LAN by using an optional high-speed 1xRTT service through a Compact Flash card solution offered by Sprint.

In addition to a Compact Flash slot, the Zaurus SL-6000 has a SD/MMC slot and an expandability jacket with an additional Compact Flash slot and battery. By using an expansion jacket, corporate users can actively update a server through a wireless connection over 1xRTT network service while scanning barcodes with an optional barcode module plugged into the expansion jacket. These innovative features can help make mobile workers more productive then their colleagues who are hardwired to a network.

The SL-6000 is one of the first products to include Sharp’s proprietary CG Silicon view screen. This unique display provides the user with extremely high resolution viewing of both moving and still images. In addition, CG Silicon screens optimize the properties of both transmissive and reflective modes, providing outstanding resolution and clarity under virtually any lighting condition, even bright sunlight.

Users will appreciate the larger screen to quickly view content on the go. The SL-6000 makes Web page and spreadsheet viewing easier by switching from portrait to “VGA landscape” view at the touch of a button. It has a crystal-clear four-inch transmissive and reflective high-density TFT LCD screen. This larger CG Silicon VGA display with 640×480 resolution shows up to four times the information the average handheld product with a 320×240 resolution can display.

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