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NEC Unveils News Windows CE .NET Handheld

NEC Solutions (America), Inc., a premier provider of integrated solutions for the Connected Enterprise in North America, today introduced the NEC MobilePro 900c, the next generation of its popular MobilePro Handheld PC (H/PC) product family line and the first NEC MobilePro platform based on the Microsoft Windows CE .NET operating system.

The MobilePro 900c is a new enterprise-class ultra portable mobile platform that shares many of the performance and usability features of its predecessor, the MobilePro 900, however, the key differentiator with the new MobilePro 900c is its standardization on the new Windows CE .NET operating system 4.2, the successor to Microsoft’s Windows CE 3.0 platform. With CE .NET, the MobilePro 900c is optimized with better support for secure and scalable networking, enhanced processing speed and performance, richer multimedia and Web browsing capabilities, and greater interoperability with personal computers, servers, Web services, and other mobile devices. Additionally, the MobilePro 900c provides customers with a simple and cost-effective solution for migrating their Windows CE 3.0-based applications to the new Windows CE .NET architecture.

“The NEC MobilePro 900c serves as testament to a new breed of mobile solutions that are leveraging the Windows CE .NET operating system to deliver products with better performance, tighter integration and interoperability, and ultimately, greater application compatibility for customers everywhere,” said Scott Horn, director of the Embedded Devices Group at Microsoft Corp.

The NEC MobilePro 900c for Vertical Markets: Pharmaceutical Sales
A leading pharmaceutical company recently equipped its field sales force with the MobilePro platform to help with its selling process. During field visits with physicians and health care administrators, the company’s representatives use the MobilePro’s half-size color display to present information on new products. Afterward, the company’s reps record the physician’s contact information with the easy-to-use keyboard and can also capture signatures on the MobilePro’s touch-screen display, confirming that the doctors have received an in-person overview of the new product, would like to order samples, etc.

“The first MobilePro handheld PC was released in 1998. Since then, NEC has continued to deliver on its commitment to bringing innovative mobile computing solutions to market and rapidly responding to customer needs,” said Ken Yamamoto, general manager of mobile platform products for NEC Solutions America/Solutions Platform Group. “By combining the MobilePro 900c with Windows CE .NET, NEC continues to ensure that the MobilePro product family represents some of the most compelling, powerful mobile technology available.”

Fast, Flexible Mobile Platform
The MobilePro 900c is an “instant on” ultra portable handheld PC that weighs less than two pounds, yet features a near full-size keyboard and a sharp, flip-up-style 8.1-inch HVGA (640 x 240) display that has touch screen functionality. It is engineered with an Intel PXA255 400MHz processor and is optimized with the Windows CE .NET Cache Write-Back System. The MobilePro 900c is also available with:

  • 64MB of SDRAM base memory which includes 32MB of Flash ROM for customer applications.
  • CE .NET integrated viewers for popular Windows applications, including Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Adobe PDF files.
  • Custom applications to aid with Personal Information Management (PIM), including e-mail, scheduling, task, and contact management. 
  • Lithium-ion battery that can provide up to 8 hours of power depending upon use. An optional, larger battery is also available, which offers up to 16 hours of power.
  • Integrated 56Kbps V.90 modem, a PC Card Type I/II slot, a Compact Flash Type I/II slot and an infrared (Fast IR) port. New Internet connectivity and mobile synchronization software are also bundled with the product.
  • Improved USB functionality which allows users to connect several peripherals to the product, including but not limited to, a full-size keyboard, a mouse, a CD/DVD drive, and a USB memory key.

Availability & Pricing
The NEC MobilePro 900c is available now through select resellers, including CDW, Mobile Planet and PC Connection. List price begins at $899 (U.S.).