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  • Samsung, Philips to Jointly Sell Pocket PC
  • January 9, 1998 (SEOUL) -- Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd. and Holland-based Philips Electronics NV signed an agreement for joint sales of their co-developed Pocket PC.

    Under the deal, Samsung will exclusively produce the product, and both companies will market the computer on a global basis, labeled with each company's logo.

    The pocket-size computer, named "Info Gear," measures 8.4x13.4x2.0 cm and weighs 110 grams. Having neither a keyboard nor a disk drive, the computer works by clicking icons and menus on the 3.7-in. LCD screen.

    The product adopts a 32-bit RISC (reduced instruction set computer) chip to handle high-speed data and includes the Windows CE 2.0 operating system to facilitate compatibility with ordinary PCs.

    Available programs on the Pocket PC will be Internet browsers, e- mail, home banking and a paging service, company officials said.

    Samsung will begin mass production in May, aiming at selling 270,000 units, or 10 percent of the world market, during 1998.

    The global portable PC market, led by established handheld PC makers Philips, NEC and Casio corporations, is expected to register an annual average growth rate of 76 percent, with 2.7 million units sold in 1998 and 6.9 million units in 2000.

    (Maeil Business Newspaper, Korea)

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    Updated: Thu Jan 8 19:13:15 1998