iPAQ users get hands on more RAM

Portable Computer Enhancements (PCE) announced Tuesday that it will install RAM upgrades on Compaq Computer Corp.'s iPAQ handheld computer.

The upgrades will double the iPAQ's memory capacity from 32M bytes to 64M bytes of RAM, and will be installed internally. The internal installation will free up the iPAQ's external expansion port for further memory expansion, PCE said in a statement.

The iPAQ runs on Microsoft Corp.'s Windows CE operating system for the Pocket PC. "The familiar Windows operating system and side-lit color screen are the features that help the iPAQ sell itself," said Compaq spokeswoman Nora Hahn. No other Pocket PC device is offering more than 32M bytes of RAM, and the increased memory capability is expected to draw more people to the product, said Hahn.

Customers in the continental U.S. will pay US$149 for the upgrades. This price includes second-day return postage. Outside of the continental U.S., customers will pay the same price for the memory upgrade, but postage costs will vary. The upgrade process will take 72 hours, said PCE founder Leonard Wesson.

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