NEC introduced a Japanese-language Windows CE 2.0 hand-held PC, the Mobile Gear II MC-R500 (¥120,000), into the Japanese market. The MC-R500 , based on the company's 80MHz 64bit VR411 RISC processor, comes with such built-in features as an 8.1-inch 640x240-pixel STN color LCD, a 16.5mm-pitch keyboard and a 33.6kbps modem. It runs eight hours on a single charge. The unit comes bundled with pocket version software including Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Internet Explorer and Outlook.
Sharp began shipments of the PDP-V7, a 40-inch Plasma Display (¥1,400,000) for industrial use, to the Japanese domestic market in early March. Monthly production will be 800 units per month. The PDP-V7 is designed to fit in any commercial or public space and can be placed where conventional CRT and rear-projection wouldn't fit. Sharp expects to import the screen to the US and European market later this year.
Fujitsu Ten (Eclipse) introduced the world first car stereo main unit that combines a CD player and 3-disc MD changer in 2-DIN size. The E5508CMD (¥126,000) consists of 3-disc MD changer function, CD, FM/AM tuner, DSP+EQ and 40-watt x 4 amplifier in 2-DIN unit. The MD unit has one MD playback function as well as 3-MD changer function which means 4-MD can be stored in the unit. Also, it has 10 seconds shock proof memory, quick just focus servomechanism as well as high capacity RAM for quick playback operation.