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Franklin has bigger, better plans for PC Card PDA

Rolodex Electronics won't be resting on its laurels despite its Rex PC Card PDA emerging as the chief contender to 3Com-US Robotics' PalmPilot PDA in the pocket-able computer stakes. A UK release is scheduled for March for the device, which has already sold over 100,000 units in the US.

Rolodex Electronics won't be resting on its laurels despite its Rex PC Card PDA emerging as the chief contender to 3Com-US Robotics' PalmPilot PDA in the pocket-able computer stakes. A UK release is scheduled for March for the device, which has already sold over 100,000 units in the US.

The Franklin-owned brand has several product plans at the blueprint stage that will improve connectivity, synchronisation, input and storage capacity.

Top of the list is a sharpening of the host PC software that users fill in and then download the data to the PC Card. The company admits that many technical support problems have stemmed from the TrueSync Technology Platform software developed by Starfish Software, which includes an organiser based on the Sidekick PIM and synchronisation tools.

Rolodex is considering software developed by a strategic partner that will have its own PIM and support direct synchronisation from popular PIMs such as Lotus Organiser and Microsoft Schedule +.

Also on the design board as possibilities are touch screen input, a 512Kb RAM capacity that doubles current storage, paging capabilities, and more help for independent software vendors to ensure a thrivivng add-in market.