OQO Announces First Ultra-Personal Computer
April 16, 2002
Today at the Microsoft Corp. Windows Hardware Engineering Conference 2002 (WinHEC 2002) announced the world's first ultra-personal computer, representing a new PC category that could transform personal computing the same way the cell phone has revolutionized telecommunications.
OQO's first product is a highly functional and versatile handheld wireless computer that easily becomes a notebook or desktop PC. Measuring just 4.1 inches by 2.9 inches by 0.9 inches and weighing less than nine ounces, OQO's PC is a full-function computer running Microsoft Windows XP Professional and incorporating up to a 1GHz Crusoe TM5800 processor from Transmeta Corporation (NASDAQ: TMTA); four inch, super bright VGA color LCD; Synaptics (NASDAQ: SYNA) touchscreen; 256MB onboard RAM; 10GB hard drive; 1394 FireWire, USB, audio, OQO-link connectors; and 802.11b and Bluetooth wireless networking.
"We're impressed with the direction that OQO is showing in developing an ultra-mobile, ultra-connected Windows XP-based PC," said Jim Allchin, Group Vice President of the Platforms Group at Microsoft Corp. "These types of small-form-factor PCs, with their ability to deliver the power and richness of Windows anytime and anywhere, will enable exciting new user experiences and opportunities."
"The OQO device represents an exciting new mobile computing platform that delivers full desktop applications in a handheld form factor," said Tim Bajarin, computer industry analyst and president, Creative Strategies, Inc. "It clearly breaks new ground and opens the door to a new category in mobile personal computing."
As a standalone device, OQO's ultra-personal computer slips easily into a shirt pocket. When inserted into an OQO-designed enclosure, it becomes a notebook PC. When placed in a cradle with a standard screen and keyboard, it functions as a desktop PC. This modular design allows for ease of use and convenience when traveling, whether to and from the office, across the country, or around the world.
"Modular computers have been identified as one of the most desirable form factors by Giga's IT audience every time we have surveyed for it," said Rob Enderle, research fellow for Giga Information Group. "This is one concept that actually could transform the technology industry and ensure a more steady revenue stream preceded by unprecedented--and potentially incredible‹growth."
"After years of designing Apple and IBM laptops, the OQO team felt the time had come for the next step -- but a revolutionary one -- of the full-featured, wireless PC." said Jory Bell, president and CEO, OQO. "We wanted an ultra-personal computer that you always carry, while still providing the full functionality of the Windows PC. We sought a device that incorporates wireless access as a central idea to the whole mobile experience. Moreover, we tried to instantiate something that would make people optimistic about the future."
"OQO's product is a perfect match for the strengths of Transmeta's Crusoe processor, said David Ditzel, vice chairman and chief technology officer, Transmeta Corporation. "Crusoe is a catalyst for long battery life, small form factors and cool and quiet operation in emerging mobile platforms."
The first OQO PCs are expected to be commercially available from leading consumer electronics manufacturers in the second half of 2002.
OQO was founded in 1999 and is based San Francisco. The company includes executives, engineers and designers with exceptional credentials, including key positions at Apple Computer (Powerbook Design), Caltech Jet Propulsion Laboratory, IBM Almaden Research, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), Transmeta, and Oracle Corporation. The company's website is at www.oqo.com.
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