UPDATE: Sony to Preview PDA Based on Palm OS

BOSTON (06/26/2000) - Sony Electronics Inc. will unveil a prototype personal digital assistant using Palm Inc.'s operating system at PC Expo 2000 in New York City this week.

Palm and Sony entered into a licensing agreement last November. Sony's Palm OS-based PDA will use Sony's Memory Stick media slot for removable and additional memory and navigation dial. The first generation PDA is planned to feature digital imaging capabilities. Sony's PDA will be available in fall, the company announced Monday.

Sony plans to introduce a 128M-byte Memory Stick card by the end of this year and a 256M-byte Memory Stick card next year. Sony has aggressively pursued Taiwanese electronics manufacturers to adopt their memory card technology.

Palm, while dominating the market for PDAs, competes with the licensees of its operating system, like Handspring and Sony, as well as with Microsoft Corp.'s Windows CE operating system and CE-based handheld devices.

Sony Electronics Inc., in San Jose, California, can be reached at +1-408-432-1600 or on the Web at http://www.sel.sony.com.

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