Legend, Siemens to cooperate on wireless handhelds

Chinese PC maker Legend Holdings Ltd. is joining forces with German engineering and electronics giant Siemens AG to develop wireless handheld devices in China based on the GPRS (General Packet Radio Service) standard.

Siemens will provide GPRS wireless modules, to be integrated with Legend handheld devices such as pocket PCs, the Chinese company said in a statement Thursday. The new product will offer voice, fax and data transmission, short messaging and graphic transmission.

A prototype is expected in the fourth quarter, with a rollout to market planned for the first quarter of 2002.

Legend launched its pocket PCs Tianji 5000 and Tianji 3000, running the Microsoft Windows CE 3.0 operating system, earlier this year. The company maintains a research lab for handheld devices technology in Shanghai.

The company announced in June a joint venture with America Online Inc. to develop interactive Internet services for the Chinese market.

Legend, in Beijing, can be reached at +86-10-8287-8888 or http://www.legend.com/. Siemens, in Munich, is at +49-89-234-0, or http://www.siemens.com/.

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