DECT @ CeBIT '99
If you visited CeBIT and saw some DECT-related items that we've not included below, or you exhibited at CeBIT and we've not included a report on your DECT exhibits, please e-mail us a few specific lines of information to cut and paste onto this page. E-mail DECTweb at firstname.lastname@example.org. Thanks.
This Year's Exhibitors
Exhibitors this year of DECT cordless phones included:
Exhibitors of DECT PABXs included many of the above and, in addition:
The Cyrix DECT-enabled WebPAD: low-cost, portable web-browsing device
At CeBIT this DECT-enabled portable Internet browsing device, from National Semiconductor, seen earlier this year at the DECT '99 event in Barcelona, was shown to the wider public.
The WebPAD is a mobile wirefree hand-held, battery-powered, 8-inch by 11-inch portable touchscreen device, with 18-bit colour and high-resolution graphics, operated using a stylus and touchscreen virtual keyboard - like the latest palmtop organisers. It works like a DECT cordless phone, with a similar range from a base station, allowing it to be used anywhere in and around the home or office, enabling the user to surf the Internet, read and send e-mail, or chat online free of wires. Such products are viewed as the key to future mass market acceptance of consumer Internet.
National Semiconductor doesn't plan to produce the WebPAD itself but rather to let OEMs manufacture WebPAD-like devices for the consumer market, based on their technologies, and to tailor them to specific customer needs. Thus, pricing of WebPAD-based products will be determined by OEMs.
More detail on our Innovations Page, including links to pictures and video footage of the WebPAD (you'll need RealPlayer G2 to view this)
One Better ? The DECT Enabled Palmtop from Siemens
Siemens is now manufacturing and selling DECT modules, such as used in this concept product, which can turn a palmtop computer into an intelligent, cordless DECT terminal, which can be used to control a range of mobile functions within range of the base station.
More information on our Innovations and Modules Pages
Dual Mode DECT/GSM ...
A variant on DECT/GSM dual mode theme was a DECT cordless basestation on show on the SAGEM stand with a slot to take a GSM phone - calls coming in to the GSM phone could be answered on one of the DECT handsets registered with the basestation.
New DECT Handset from Philips - the C322
The C322 has features that equal and surpass those offered by the earlier C311. For example, it has a loudspeaker function included in the handset. It can stand up unsupported, making it suited for hands-free use. It has full menu control, room for 40 entry names and numbers, and a full alpha-numerical display that can relay short messages or calling names. It can select the DECT network automatically and performs in high-traffic, multi-cell environments. The C322 handset supports seven user selectable languages, namely: Dutch, English, French, German, Italian, Portuguese, and Spanish
Ericsson Launch New DECT Cordless Phones
New DECT Handset from Basari - the Kaan 901 DECT
IP Access via DECT