Yopy Linux PDA to ship in December

South Korea's G.Mate Inc. has confirmed it plans to begin shipping the Yopy, a Linux-based personal digital assistant (PDA), in late December.

At the same time, the company also began accepting orders for the device through its Web site, quoting a Dec. 21 shipping date and a price of US$399.

The Yopy was first shown in public more than a year and a half ago, at the Cebit 2000 trade show in Hannover, Germany, and its shipping date has slipped several times since then. Its most recent appearance at the Comdex Fall 2001 trade show in Las Vegas in November, revealed a drastic redesign to the Yopy. The PDA is now based on a clamshell design, similar to many cellular telephone handsets, rather than the more traditional PDA form factor.

Based around a StrongARM processor from Intel Corp., the Yopy runs the ARM Linux operating system and X Windows. It has a 3.5-inch reflective LCD (liquid crystal display) with 240-by-320 pixel resolution, 64M bytes of memory, a 40-key keypad, infrared and RS-232C ports.

It measures 4.0 by 2.7 by 0.6 inches (10.2 by 6.9 by 1.5 cm) and weighs 5 ounces (140 grams). Battery life is better than 12 hours.

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