12/1/2004 - Group Sense PDA Limited ("GSPDA"), one of the largest sellers of handheld computers in Asia and the PDA subsidiary of Group Sense (International) Limited (GSL, HKEx: 0601), has adopted M-Systems' (Nasdaq: FLSH) DiskOnChip® flash disk as the non-volatile storage device within its newest products, including the new Xplore M28 GSM smartphone.
The Palm PoweredTM Xplore M28 (Asian version) is a full-featured dual-band GSM/GPRS 900/1800 smartphone based on Palm OS® Garnet that integrates traditional Palm OS personal information manager (PIM) functionality and telephony features in a sleek and compact form factor.
Along with 32 megabytes of capacity for data storage and boot code provided by DiskOnChip, Xplore M28 features a 2.2-inch 260k color display, dual keypads (touch screen and traditional keypad), a multi-shot VGA camera, 40 polyphonic melodies and support for wireless POP3 e-mail and messaging (MMS & SMS). It also provides multimedia entertainment including MP3 and video playback (3GPP, MPEG 1 and MPEG 4), video recording, digital voice recording (AMR) and games.
Leading mobile industry analysts predict that smartphone sales will experience close to a 50 percent annual growth in 2005, as proliferation of these emerging mobile devices reaches the masses. This tremendous increase in demand stems from business users looking for integrated data and voice devices, as well as consumers looking for sleeker, more compact designs at affordable price points.
"DiskOnChip was a key element in our ability to get our smartphone to market quickly. With Palm OS®, it was easy to integrate as both a storage and a boot solution, allowing us to lower the component count and trim our total design cost," said Tim Wong, General Manager of Business Development, GSPDA.
"With its fast time to market, GSPDA is one of the first to put DiskOnChip and a Palm Powered smartphone in the hands of consumers," said David Tolub, general manager of M-Systems' mobile division. "Our partnership with PalmSource has positioned M-Systems as the preferred non-volatile memory solution provider for an increasing number of Palm Powered smart mobile devices being prepared for market. We look forward to further DiskOnChip design wins and sales as this trend develops."
About Group Sense PDA Limited
Group Sense PDA Limited (GSPDA), the flagship of its parent company Group Sense (International) Limited for PDA business, was established in 2000 in Hong Kong. Besides conventional PDAs, GSPDA also produces converged products - PDA-phones and smartphones. GSPDA is now selling products to China, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Thailand, Singapore, Indonesia, Malaysia, Middle East, Europe and USA. More information is available at www.gspda.com.
M-Systems designs, develops and markets innovative flash data storage solutions for digital consumer electronics markets. M-Systems primarily targets two fast-growing digital consumer electronics markets: the USB (universal serial bus) flash drive market with its DiskOnKey® product and the multimedia mobile handset market with its Mobile DiskOnChip products. For more information, please contact M-Systems at www.m-systems.com.
PalmSource, Palm Powered and Palm OS are trademarks or registered trademarks of PalmSource, Inc. or its affiliate in the United States, France, Germany, Japan, the United Kingdom, and other countries.
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