Portable Devices Continue to Diversify
Siemens is also soliciting interest from PC manufacturers who may want to bundle the SIMPad with their PCs as an add-on.
The SIMPad will come bundled with a HomeRF card for a total $1,300 SRP. External base station gateways, made by third-party vendors such as Proxim, Compaq and Motorola, are anticipated to sell for $300.
At CES Royal had intended to introduce three new models of DaVinci PDAs that use a Linux operating system. Those plans, however, have been delayed due to development problems. "The struggle has been to get a bootable Linux kernel," said Bob Robinson, executive director of marketing, personal information/communication products.