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Casio Introduces a New 8MB Windows(R) CE Palm-Size PC - the CASSIOPEIA E-11

The New CASSIOPEIA E-11, Successor to the Award Winning CASSIOPEIA E-10, Comes with 8MB and Bonus Software!

DOVER, N.J., Oct. 1 /PRNewswire/ -- Casio, Inc., Dover, N.J., today introduced the latest version of its CASSIOPEIA Palm-size PC, model E-11. This new Palm-size PC features 8MB of memory and retails at the suggested price of $399. It will be available for shipping later this month.

CASSIOPEIA E-11 is the second release of a new device powered by Microsoft(R) Windows CE 2.0 operating system called the ``Palm-size PC.'' The Palm-size PC employs a highly popular user interface and supports a number of other PC companion features such as PC data compatibility, network connectivity and more. Since the CASSIOPEIA E-11 Palm-size PC is small enough to fit into a shirt pocket, it enables the user to have instant access to information anywhere.

The CASSIOPEIA E-11 features a big, easy-to-read 240 x 320-dot LCD screen in a compact configuration. The screen's backlight provides easy viewing of data, even in the dark. Data input and other operations are performed either by using a stylus on the touch screen or pressing the hardware buttons on the CASSIOPEIA E-11. A dial (action wheel) for Scrolling, Enter and Exit buttons are on the side, making it possible to operate the CASSIOPEIA E-11 with one hand. In addition, there are application buttons located on the front of the unit that make it possible to instantly launch frequently used applications.

The CPU is a new NEC(R) VR4111(TM) MIPS(R) RISC microprocessor, which was developed for portable computers. Other features include a CompactFlash(TM) (Type II) card slot, serial port, earphone jack, flashing alarm indicator, and IrDA port (Infrared Data Communication). The E-11 also has a built-in microphone and speaker for voice recording and playback. The CASSIOPEIA E-11 comes with a cradle for automatic data synchronization with a desktop PC, so that both data files are up-to-date.

CASSIOPEIA E-11 Palm-size PC is powered by Windows CE 2.0, the same operating system on H/PC models. Windows CE 2.0 provides a high level of connectivity with desktop PCs, along with powerful personal information management functions. The Windows CE 2.0 operating system is compact and easy to use.

The CASSIOPEIA E-11 comes with Calendar, Contacts, and Tasks personal information management functions built-in. The data of these functions can be synchronized with Microsoft Outlook using ActiveSync. Other functions include: Note Taker and Voice Recorder, e-mail send and receive capabilities, an Inbox that can be synchronized with your desktop PC, and Mobile Channels that import Web data via a personal computer or modem using push technology adopted from Microsoft Internet Explorer 4.0. Data can be viewed when required.

One of the greatest assets of the Windows CE-based unit is that it is an open platform. A number of software vendors have announced their support for this platform. The CASSIOPEIA E-11 makes information access even more portable than the H/PC, which expands the scope of potential applications for both business and entertainment. Casio plans to release a number of new CASSIOPEIA E-11 applications in addition to the standard applications. It is also expected that a wide variety of other applications will become available as commercial software, shareware, and freeware are developed.

Casio has included bonus software applications with the E-11. They include: Pocket Commander(TM) by Advance Recognition Technology, bFAX(TM) Express by BSQUARE, LandWare(R) Financial Consultant Calculator, Tetris(TM) CE by MobileSoft, Quicken(R) ExpensAble(TM) by On the Go Software, Meeting Minder Application by Casio, FindFile Utility by Casio, Image Viewer by Casio, Harmony 98 for CASSIOPEIA by Randsoft, PalmGolf by Zio Interactive Entertainment and CASIO Menu by Casio. The E-11 also comes with an AC adapter.

Casio released the A-10/A-11, which were the world's first H/PC-based devices with built-in Windows CE (U.S. English version) in November, 1996. This was followed in Japan by the A-50/A-51 versions with the Japanese version of Windows CE in July, 1997, and the A-20 with Windows CE 2.0, which was released in North America in December, 1997. The E-10 was released in January 1998. German, French, Italian and Spanish versions were also released. A Brazilian Portuguese version will be launched soon.

``Casio has been a leader in the personal information device market ever since it developed the world's first Digital Diary back in 1983,'' said Gary Rado, executive vice president of Casio, Inc.'s Handheld PC products. ``The CASSIOPEIA E-11 offers consumers more product at a great price. We expect that the CASSIOPEIA E-11 will serve to further expand the consumer market ... just as the CASSIOPEIA E-10 did.'' Rado continued to comment, ``With Casio's on-going relationship with Microsoft, we are able to offer the best in software and hardware.''

Casio Computer Co., Ltd., is one of the leading consumer electronics companies in the world. Since its establishment in 1957, Casio has been active in the development of electronic calculators, timepieces, musical instruments, LCD TVs, pagers and other communications devices. Casio's corporate activities are guided by the motto: ``Creativity and Contribution.''

Casio, Inc., Dover, N.J., is the U.S. subsidiary of Casio Computer Co., Ltd., Tokyo, Japan. Casio, Inc., with sales over $500-million, markets calculators, watches, business organizers, musical keyboards, audio and video products, electronic cash registers, digital imaging products and other consumer electronic products.

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Product name: CASSIOPEIA E-11
Display: 240 x 320 dots, monochrome FSTN liquid crystal,
4 grayscale monochrome with EL backlight
Interfaces: Serial port, IrDA port, (Infrared Data Communication)
CompactFlash(TM) (Type II) card slot
Batteries: Main batteries: two AAA-size alkaline batteries
Back-up Battery: one CR2016
Accessories: Cradle, soft case, AC adapter
Options: Modem Adapter, CompactFlash card

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