Addressing the computing needs of businesses such as call centres and help desks that may not require a fully functional PC, Compaq is offering the new iPaqs in two different flavours: legacy and legacy-free, according to Brandon Lunn, the business manager for the iPaq desktop and thin client group at Compaq.
Legacy-free systems ship with only USB connections and are available with Microsoft Windows 2000 or Windows Me operating systems.
Legacy iPaqs ship with the options of USB, serial, or parallel ports and are available with Windows 2000, 98, and Windows NT operating systems.
In an effort to reduce costs, Compaq has switched to a single chassis design and single system board for the new iPaqs, Lunn said. Only the iPaq's swappable CD and floppy drives are backward-compatible to previous iPaq models. But going forward, all swappable drives and system boards will remain compatible with model refreshes expected to take place every 12 months, Lunn said.
"Companies are taking a stricter look at their hardware requirements," Lunn said. "Many are saying 'I need a simple PC,' something low cost for mass deployments or call centres."
The new iPaqs retail locally from $1095.