IBM, Nippon Telegraph make PDA

IBM and Nippon Telegraph and Telephone are making a personal digital assistant.

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IBM Japan and Nippon Telegraph and Telephone, Japan's largest phone company, have developed a personal digital assistant, according to the Nihon Keizai Shimbun, Japan's largest economic daily.

The PDA weighs a little more than a pound and runs a Japanese version of Windows 3.1, allowing input with an electronic stylus, the report said.

Data is sent via cellular phones or so-called "Personal Handy Phones." NTT will begin selling the device this fall to corporate customers, and IBM Japan is also slated to market it.

NTT is planning to make about 10,000 of these PDAs through March 1997. In 1995, Japanese consumers snatched up about 700,000 PDAs. The number is expected to increase to 1 million in 1996.