Gateway shelves own-brand PDA release

Out in 2004, maybe

Gateway has withdrawn from the PDA business - for now, at least. The PC vendor yesterday said it had delayed the release of its 100X Pocket PC indefinitely and at the very least not until 2004.

The move follows an earlier pause. Originally planned to ship in July, Gateway put the machine's debut back a month to allow for further product testing.

Around that time, it emerged that Dell's Axim x5 Pocket PC had problems running the Windows Mobile 2003 for Pocket PCs operating system, and it's possible that that issue motivated Gateway to hold fire on its own device, which was to have been based on the same OS.

Whatever the reason for the original delay, Gateway now believes it has "missed our launch window", according to a spokesperson cited by Cnet. The reason: the need for even more testing, apparently. The extra work would involve putting the release back to a point that would seriously affect its sales prospects in the US Thanksgiving/Christmas period.

According to the spokesperson, the 100X may yet be released sometime next year.

The device was expected to sport a 400MHz Intel PXA255 processor, backed by 64MB of RAM, 32MB of ROM and a 3.5in transflective screen. The 100X is thought to have SD card and CompactFlash slots, and retail for $300-350. ®