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PDA

Sony has launched the Clie PEG-SJ33 in the UK.

The PDA is based Palm OS 4.1 and is powered by a Dragonball Super VZ 66MHz. There's 16MB of memory, expandable using the SJ33's Memory Stick slot.

The 320 x 320 16-bit colour LCD provides an ideal display for the PDA's bundle of games, still image and movie playback software. The device also supports ATRAC3 and MP3 audio through the built-in speaker and bundled headphones.

The SJ33 feature a removable cover, and Sony is offering blue and orange covers in addition to the bundled black. The device measures 73.4 x 107.8 x 22 mm including the hard cover. It weighs 172g.

The PDA is available immediately for around £214 exc. VAT.

Mobile

Wearable computer specialist Xybernaut has extended its Atigo line of wireless flat panel displays/wireless-enabled mobile computer with the Atigo M.

The new device boosts previous models' processing power with a 400MHz Intel Xscale chip, and increases the base memory to 128MB. Wireless connectivity is provided via the Atigo's Compact Flash and PC Card slots.

The Windows CE .NET-based Atigo M sports a 8.4in 800x600 LCD touchscreen. Battery life comes in at three hours from an internal rechargeable battery, and a battery module can be plugged onto the device to double that lifespan. The Atigo M weighs 1.8lbs.

The Atigo product family is currently available directly from Xybernaut, and the company's VARs and systems integrators. Pricing for Atigo hardware starts at $1,795 with additional costs depending on the configuration and accessory options chosen by the customer.

Server

Apple has introduced a version of its Xserve rackmount server aimed at customers seeking to build computing clusters.

The Cluster Node Xserve is based on two 1.33GHz PowerPC G4 processors, each with 256KB on-die L2 cache and 2MB of backside L3 cache, a base 256MB of 333MHz DDR SDRAM, a 60GB ATA-133 hard drive and gigabit Ethernet. Clustering capabilities are delivered through Mac OS X Server.

Each unit costs $2799, $1000 less than the regular Xserve, but that's because Apple has removed the video card (or AGP slot), the remaining hard drive expansion bays and one of the two gigabit Ethernet ports. There's no optical drive either. Each Cluster Node also ships with just a ten-user OS licence, and not the usual Xserve unlimited licence.

Apple is aiming the Cluster Node configuration at biotech applications and other High Performance Computing users. ®

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