Fujitsu Siemens unveils PDA, expands business unit

Fujitsu Siemens Computers BV introduced its Pocket Loox, the world’s first PDA (personal digital assistant) based on Intel Corp.’s XScale processor, at the CeBIT trade show in Hanover, Germany, on Wednesday and said it acquired a company to expand its pen-based computing business.

The Pocket Loox, priced at 699 euros (US$612) and available throughout Europe starting next month, sports an Intel PXA250 processor running at 400MHz, making it much faster than PDAs available in stores today. However, other vendors are expected to announce devices with the speedy XScale processor soon.

Fujitsu Ltd., one of Fujitsu Siemens’ parents, earlier this week announced the Pocket Loox will be sold worldwide, but specifications might vary. For example, available in Europe in August this year will be an optional module with support battery that will turn the PDA into a mobile phone for use on GPRS (General Packet Radio Service) mobile-phone networks. The Japanese price, about