| Toshiba Launches Hopbit: Innovative Mobile Pocket Server
Combines Bluetooth(TM) Connectivity with High Capacity Data Storage (For
the Japanese Market only)
9 October, 2002
data, images and music on BluetoothTM-enabled digital mobile networks
Toshiba Corporation today announced the commercial release of HOPBIT, a personal mobile server that combines the wireless connectivity of BluetoothTM with the storage capabilities of a large capacity hard disk drive. Small enough to slip into a pocket and light enough to carry everywhere, HOPBIT is a powerful personal tool that can transmit, receive and store large volume data sources--including images and music--communicate with digital networks, and provide a new dimension in portable memory for personal information equipment, such as PDA and PC.
HOPBIT is a new concept in personal data storage that integrates short-range BluetoothTM wireless technology with a 5GB, 1.8-inch HDD, giving it the ability to store some 1000 pieces of music1, almost 37 hours of moving images2, and about 3000 digital pictures3. Toshiba-developed anti-vibration and shock technology assure error-free operation, even when on the move with the HOPBIT stored in a hand-carried bag, such as an attaché case.
The HOPBIT design concept maximizes operating life and ease of use. Adoption of the low-energy consumption, short-range wireless BluetoothTM specification supports data reception for up to 200 hours in stand-by mode, and the integral battery provides power for six hours of consecutive operation. A one-touch switch puts HOPBIT into long-term stand-by mode, during which it can be accessed by BluetoothTM-compliant equipment and execute data uploads and downloads. In addition to this, users can send and receive data and then use that data--watch digital movies or listen to music on a PDA or PC, or work with a software application--while HOPBIT remains in a pocket or bag.
Supporting Total Connectivity
The development of compact, high-speed PCs, coupled with progress in communications technology, is taking networking out of the office and home and making it an anywhere, anytime reality. As portable personal information terminals support moves to ubiquitous computing and total connectivity, demand is growing to bring wireless connectivity to more and different information equipment, including mobile telephones.
HOPBIT is a wireless bridge that will link all kinds of digital equipment and automatically deliver that data to handheld terminal--and other terminals--while left in a bag. HOPBIT is also a mobile entertainment device that allows users to capture and store data ranging from digital camera images, map information for navigational purposes, visual image information and music/audio information.
HOPBIT will be commercially available from November 1, 2002 in Japanese market. It can be purchased directly on-line at the Toshiba Digital Media Engineering Corporation web site (http://www.toshiba-dme.co.jp), or through selected retail channels.
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