Use PC Cards with HandEra 330
Parachute Technologies has released the Parachute HE, a clip-on adapter that allows the HandEra 330 to use Type II PC Cards like hard drives, GPS, wireless modems, Ethernet, and more. Drivers are currently only available for wireless and wire-line modems though more are in development. The Parachute HE itself is available now for $100.
HandEra and Parachute developed a complete wireless WAN access solution using the HandEra 330, Parachute HE, and wireless PC Card modems on existing CDPD or CDMA networks.
It currently works with the Novatel Wireless Merlin CDPD PC Card modem and Sierra Wireless CDMA 510 AirCard. It also works with the Viking 56k dial-up PC Card modem, Cardinal fax modem, Apex analog cellular modem, Megahertz modem, Hi Val modem, and others.
The Parachute HE doesn't increase the footprint of the 330, though it is half an inch thick. It doesn't block access to the 330's jog wheel, buttons, or side charger socket. However, the Parachute must be removed to access the 330's CF and SD slots. It runs on its own AAA batteries.
The Parachute has a HotSync port that allows the 330 to use its cradle and other peripherals like keyboards without removing the PC Card adapter. However, these can't be used when the Parachute is active.
"This relationship has tremendous value for both companies. The Parachute HE solution opens new doors for HandEra into the multiple enterprise and mobile professional markets," said Allen Penkake, Vice President, Sales of HandEra. "Unique screen features and greater storage capability of the HandEra 330, combined with the PC Card expandability of the Parachute, provide a very easy-to-use solution for our customers."
There is also a version of the Parachute available for the Palm III series that sells for $100. A V series version is in development with a prototype due by January 20.
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