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Sharp Zaurus SL-6000 complements IBM mobile software
Posted on 20-Nov-2003 07:53. | Tags Filed under: News.

Sharp Zaurus SL-6000 complements IBM mobile software
The new Sharp Zaurus model SL-6000 comes with built-in Wi-Fi, which offers wireless local area network (W-LAN) connectivity running on IBM mobile software. This embedded Linux PDA, which has been designed and targeted specifically to corporate users has protected memory, a much larger higher-resolution four-inch CG Silicon screen, a durable form factor designed for active use in the field, a built-in, protected QWERTY keyboard and Compact Flash and SD expansion slots. The "corporate solutions ready" unit will be available in the first quarter of 2004. Pricing will be announced at the time of product shipment.

"We want to extend the reach of the Zaurus so today's increasingly mobile worker can seamlessly connect to critical data - no matter where they are," said Steve Petix, associate vice president of Sharp's Solutions Division. "To do so, we are collaborating with IBM to create a Sharp Linux-based Zaurus handheld that is integrated with IBM mobile middleware software solutions for the enterprise market. The SL-6000 offers corporate users a robust development platform for enterprise applications and databases virtually anywhere, making it simple to collect data remotely and automatically share the information with the central servers."

Sharp is working with IBM to develop mobile field force solutions for the Zaurus Enterprise PDA. These solutions take advantage of the growing industry movement supporting the product's Linux and Java platform, which offers a robust yet flexible development environment for businesses to port their software to the Zaurus and connect mobile workers to the corporate network.

The Zaurus Enterprise PDA, running WebSphere Everyplace Connection Manager software, will allow mobile employees to securely roam enjoying high speed access to information seamlessly across multiple networks without interrupting Web connections or losing an existing session. Running WebSphere Everyplace Access software on the Linux-based device, remote workers will be able to access Web applications like PIM and e-mail and also be able to retrieve information from IBM's DB2 database software. The Sharp Zaurus also supports IBM's WebSphere Everyplace Multimodal Environment for Embedix, which allows end users to run multimodal applications.

"The new Zaurus PDA makes it easier for enterprises to securely extend virtually any application to remote workers across virtually any network," said Rodney Adkins, general manager, IBM Pervasive Computing Division. "The operational improvement benefits for businesses and mobile professionals are consistent with IBM's on demand approach to computing."

Connecting the Zaurus wirelessly to the corporate network is now easier with a built-in Wi-Fi connection to the corporate W-LAN through 802.11B. 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.

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, transflective, high-density TFT LCD screen. This larger CG Silicon VGA display with 640x480 resolution shows up to four times the information than the average handheld product with a 320x240 resolution can display.

The feature-packed Zaurus SL-6000 can be used as a laptop replacement. It has 64MB of protected flash memory and SDRAM, an 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.

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