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Re: HP phasing out Jornada

I spoke with Dale Newbauer of CBX Technologies today.  He has been in touch with the HP product managers.  While they are discontinuing the HP Journada 568, 565, and 548 in favor of the iPAQ, they are continuing with the HP Journada 720 (with expanded memory) in the form of the HP Journda 728.  This product is being announced June 1.  June 4 there is an HP show in San Jose I can attend if anyone thinks it would help to get further info on this.  Should we order up a 728 to look at it.  There apparently is no COMPAQ competing version in this area.
With November coming, what is our approach here as a company?  Are we supporting the Journada, looking for something else, developing our own unit??  If anything is happening for November, we would need to determine what we are doing now.    If not, what are we doing to fix the Spyrus issues.  From emails it seems obvious that counties are looking for alternative solutions to the Spyrus, but I'm not hearing anything from DESI on a direction.
----- Original Message -----
From: Ken Clark
Sent: Saturday, May 18, 2002 4:33 PM
Subject: HP phasing out Jornada

I came across this today while fetching some development tools for the PCC project off the ‘Net.  The relevant part reads:

Smart Handhelds

Decision: The Compaq iPAQ™ Pocket PC, re-named the HP iPAQ Pocket PC, will be our smart handheld platform. The best of the current HP Jornada technology will be engineered into the platform. Jornada products will be phased out of the market in 2002. HP will continue to innovate in wireless, mobility and voice technology. HP also will offer the iPAQ Blackberry device for end-to-end wireless e-mail solutions, under the HP brand.

As many of you probably know, Compaq merged with HP recently, and as a result are restructuring their product lines.  We don’t yet know what “the best of the HP Jornada technology” means yet.  Hopefully it means a clamshell form factor with a smart card reader.  Unfortunately,  iPaq doesn’t have any product like that at the moment.  The name “Pocket PC” is not encouraging, since that usually implies a palm-held device.  We’ll keep you informed as we learn more.  In the mean time, it looks like the NEC MobliePro 790 is our only alternative.