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Sometimes you just need a laptop to get work done. You know, a bigger screen than your Windows Mobile device that can make working on that Word document a lot easier. Web surfing would be much better if you could see a lot more of the […]

CathenaSometimes you just need a laptop to get work done. You know, a bigger screen than your Windows Mobile device that can make working on that Word document a lot easier. Web surfing would be much better if you could see a lot more of the page on the screen. Sure, VGA devices are nice but sometimes you just need more.Dataevolution Corp. will have a Windows CE .NET based laptop, the Cathena, available in Q4 of this year for users who need the bigger screen. The Cathena will use a 400 MHz Intel XScale processor and include 128 MB RAM. It will have a Compact Flash slot for additional storage and will include a 12.1-inch, 800-by-600-pixel, full-color TFT display. This won’t be a touch screen; instead, this computer will depend on a built-in touchpad. It will have what the company describes as a “nearly full-sized” keyboard. The Cathena will use a traditional laptop design, and when closed, it will be 10.7 inches by 9.1 inches by 0.95 inches and weigh approximately three pounds. The laptop will include built-in 802.11b wireless networking.The Cathena will run under Windows CE .NET 4.2 Professional and include a number of productivity programs to take advantage of the screen. The expected price of $800 could make it a cost effective solution for companies wanting to supply executives with locked down laptops at a reduced cost.

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  1. This is another “Jupiter”-class device which came out in 1998. About 10 OEMs made them but MS decided not to focus much on them for fear they would attract people away from laptops running full Windows/Office. Psion is marketing a similar device running WCE.net now. It’s pretty nice but pricy.

    I was the product manager for Jupiter devices at MS and I’m happy to see some companies, and users, finding them useful.

  2. KeithA, thanks for your comments. Are you still at MS?

  3. No, I’m at Vulcan right now.

  4. You working on the FlipStart?

  5. Care to share any info about the FS? Sorry, the journalist in me had to ask. :)

  6. Sorry, if I said anything I could end up at the bottom of Puget Sound.

  7. KeithA, I sent you an email to your address in your posts here.

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