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Windows 95 goes in handheld

Microsoft is pushing Windows CE for handheld devices, but Intermec is offering a version of Microsoft's desktop standard in a 28-ounce device.

    Intermec Technologies announced a new handheld computer that runs Windows 95 and uses a 99-MHz Advanced Micro Devices 486 processor.

    While Microsoft is pushing

    28-ounce PenKey 6110
    The PenKey 6110 runs Windows 95.
    Windows CE as the operating system (OS) of choice for handheld devices, Intermec is offering a customized version of Microsoft's desktop standard in a 28-ounce device that comes with up to 32MB of memory and an optional hard drive.

    Intermec officials say that the company plans to use Windows CE in upcoming devices, however.

    The PenKey 6110 is being pitched for users such as mobile field workers who need to collect and send data. Users can input data on the 240-by-320-pixel display either with a pen or by touch. The device can also be equipped with technology for wireless data transmission to area networks, as well as scanners and extra PC Card expansion slots, the company said.

    Frost & Sullivan forecasts that the market for handheld data terminals will show 22.3 percent unit volume growth through the year 2002. Revenues are expected to reach $1.77 billion by that time.

    Pricing on the 6110 has not been finalized, according to the company.