The new Sharp Zaurus model SL-6000 with
built-in Wi-Fi offers wireless local area network (W-LAN)
connectivity running on IBM mobile software. This embedded
Linux PDA, which has been designed and targeted specifically
to corporate users, is easily customized for use with
corporate applications due to its powerful yet flexible open
standards based Linux operating system and Java environment.
It also has extensive protected memory, a much larger
higher-resolution four-inch CG Silicon screen, a durable form
factor designed for active use in the field, a built-in
protected QWERTY keyboard, and is readily expandable with both
Compact Flash and SD expansion slots.
The Zaurus Enterprise PDA, running WebSphere Everyplace
Connection Manager software, allows mobile employees to
securely roam enjoying high speed access to information
seamlessly across multiple networks without interrupting Web
connections or losing an existing session. Running WebSphere
Everyplace Access software on the Linux-based device, remote
workers are able to access Web applications like PIM and
e-mail and also be able to retrieve information from IBM's DB2
database software. The Sharp Zaurus also supports IBM's
WebSphere Everyplace Multimodal Environment for Embedix, which
allows end users to run multimodal applications.
Connecting the Zaurus wirelessly to the corporate network is
now easier than ever with a built-in Wi-Fi connection to the
corporate W-LAN through 802.11B. Users can also choose to
maintain their connection outside a corporate LAN by using an
optional high-speed 1xRTT service through a Compact Flash card
solution offered by Sprint.
In addition to a Compact Flash slot, the Zaurus SL-6000 has a
SD/MMC slot and an expandability jacket with an additional
Compact Flash slot and battery. By using an expansion jacket,
corporate users can actively update a server through a
wireless connection over 1xRTT service while scanning barcodes
with an optional barcode module plugged into the expansion
Business users will appreciate the larger screen to quickly
view content on the go. The SL-6000 makes Web page and
spreadsheet viewing easier by switching from portrait to "VGA
landscape" view at the touch of a button. It has a crystal
clear, four-inch, transflective, high-density TFT LCD screen.
This larger CG Silicon VGA display with 640 x 480 resolution
shows up to four times the information than the average
handheld product with a 320 x 240 resolution can display.
The feature-packed Zaurus SL-6000 can be used as a laptop
replacement. It has 64 MB of protected flash memory and SDRAM,
a high-powered Intel Xscale 400MHz processor and extra long
battery life with a rechargeable, replaceable 1500 mAh Lithium
polymer battery supporting typical business use. Power users
with needs spanning more than the average business day can use
the supplemental battery equipped expansion jacket.
The enterprise user with a heavy workload will appreciate the
Zaurus' effortless typing capability, thanks to a built-in
QWERTY keyboard with an innovative sliding cover. Like smaller
laptops, it can run several applications simultaneously with a
true multi-tasking 32-bit operating system. For example, a
user can view mission critical data while e-mailing or while
web pages are being downloaded. It also has an integrated
speaker and microphone to record and playback conversations. .