A raft of handheld devices and the network computer are the highlights of Comdex Fall in Las Vegas this week.
Many big-name vendors will be showing off their new palm-top computing devices, all based on Windows CE.
Compaq, NEC and Hitachi will be among the manufacturers keen to prove that one in the hand is worth a major R&D investment after all.
The Compaq PC companion, a talking point at Compaq for years, was postponed to coincide with Microsoft's handheld OS. It will weigh less than 450g, offer either 2Mb or 4Mb, and will be priced at $500 to $700.
Sony announced it will be attacking product areas such as DVD and Web set-top boxes.
Carl Wankowski, president and COO of Sony US, said a major convergence of technologies would mean vendors getting involved in things outside their traditional area.
'I think this convergence is starting to redefine itself as collision,' he said.
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