London, England: Tuesday 7 December 2004/... Today, Tapwave® announced a Wi-Fi® SDTM card solution for the ZodiacTM Palm PoweredTM multimedia handheld. In addition to the Zodiac's built-in Bluetooth, users can now access email, surf the Internet or chat online wirelessly from virtually anywhere that has an available Wi-Fi network by simply slipping a SanDisk® Wi-Fi SD card or palmOneTM Wi-Fi SD card into the SDIO slot available on this award-winning handheld device. This complete Wi-Fi solution includes a Wi-Fi SD card, Wi-Fi Software, an enhanced Mail application and Web Browser - all compatible with the Zodiac handheld.
The SanDisk and palmOne Wi-Fi SD cards offer fast, reliable connections to popular 802.11b Wi-Fi Hotspots worldwide, providing the highest performance with the lowest power consumption for the Zodiac multimedia handheld. This card requires the Wi-Fi software for the Zodiac. Tapwave is also offering an enhanced Mail application -- both applications are compatible with the Zodiac handheld and available as a free download at www.tapwave.co.uk. The Web Browser is already included on the CD-ROM shipped with every Zodiac handheld.
The Zodiac handheld is the perfect combination of fun and function in a sleek ergonomic design (only 6.3 ounces) that you'll want to take everywhere. Listen to music, experience console-quality 3D gaming, view photos and video, and synchronize your personal data with Microsoft Outlook. You can also customize your Zodiac handheld with thousands of Palm OS® applications.
"We have been waiting for an excellent Wi-Fi solution and are glad to be one of the first multimedia devices to offer it to our customers," said Peng Lim, Co-founder and CEO of Tapwave "Now Zodiac consumers have all the power of a laptop computer in a 6.3-ounce multimedia device that can be slipped into a pocket and go anywhere."
The Zodiac offers a high-resolution (480x320) 3.8-inch color display, Yamaha audio with stereo speakers and vibration effects. The Zodiac can be operated in landscape or portrait mode, allowing Microsoft® Word-compatible documents, email or family pictures to be viewed in the orientation that best suits them. The Zodiac also features high-capacity rechargeable lithium batteries for extended use, a touch-screen for direct interaction and text input, and the first ever analog controller with 360 degree of motion in a handheld product.
Both the Zodiac 1 and Zodiac 2 handhelds feature a powerful Freescale ARM9 processor and an integrated ATI graphics accelerator. The Zodiac 1 comes with 32MB of memory and the Zodiac 2 comes with 128MB of memory. Each can be expanded by adding in SD cards in the handhelds two expansion ports, offering up to 2GB of additional storage - so you can store even more songs, photos, e-books, games, videos, and business documents.
In addition to the Zodiac multimedia handheld and Wi-Fi solution, consumers can choose from over 40 Tapwave Certified titles include: Electronic Arts® Madden NFL 2005, id Software's DOOM II®, 3D Realms/MachineWorks Northwest's Duke Nukem MobileTM, Activision's Tony Hawk's Pro Skater® 4 and Midway's SpyHunter®, Tiger Team: Apache vs. Hind and GTS Racing Challenge. Along with premiere titles, Tapwave is also offering two game packs - Z:Pak: Adventure, which will include Galactic Realms and Legacy; and the Z:Pak: Fun featuring Paintball, MegaBowling and Kickoo's Breakout. Zodiac accessories available at retail include the Zodiac Sport Case, Zodiac Cradle, a Zodiac Stylus 3-pack and the Zodiac Deluxe Leather Case.
Other announced games for the Zodiac platform include Neverwinter Nights (Atari), Street Hoops (Activision), Motrax MTX (Activision), Tomb Raider (Eidos) and Hockey Rage 2005 (Fathammer). For the latest titles, ebooks and other software, visit www.tapwave.com.
About Tapwave, Inc.
About Tapwave, Inc.
Tapwave is changing the way people manage their lives, play and interact on the go. Founded in May 2001, Tapwave is a privately funded company in Mountain view, CA, USA. Through a wealth of consumer electronic experience and strong partnerships, Tapwave is developing a portfolio of innovative, media-centric products that combine the power and function of advanced handheld computing with the fun of a console-quality entertainment experience.
Since officially launching the company a year ago, Tapwave has garnered numerous accolades and industry awards for its first product - the Zodiac, including: 1st place in PC Magazines "Last Gadget standing" competition at CES 2004, Handheld Computing's "Most Innovative PDA for 2003". Mobiletrax's Mobility Award, Computer Shopper "The Top 100 Products in 2004", Laptop Hot Pick, CNET's Editor's Choice Award, PC World's 2004 Next Gear Innovations Award and Popular Science BOWN (Best of What's New) Award. More information about the company can be found at www.tapwave.com.