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Softeq Launches the Durateq 3100 - A Rugged Handheld Device

May 23, 2005

Chicago, Retail Systems, May 24, 2005: Softeq Development Ltd. today announced the introduction of a rugged handheld computer, the DURATEQ 3100. The device, based on HP iPAQ Pocket PC technology, uses advanced materials that make this device durable without the bulk, weight, and awkwardness of other rugged handhelds.

The small and light design makes the DURATEQ easy to carry, clean and maintain, making it perfect for retail and commercial applications such as guest services, restaurant POS, hospitality, field operations and maintenance.

The DURATEQ 3100 runs on Windows Mobile 2003 Second Edition from Microsoft, maximizing compatibility with commercial and custom applications. The DURATEQ comes with Pocket PC versions of Microsoft Outlook, Word, Excel and Internet Explorer.

“Initially, we developed the DURATEQ for a lead customer with demanding handheld requirements. Commercial handhelds were too fragile while rugged, military-spec handhelds were too bulky and too expensive,” says Chris Howard, President of Softeq Development. “With the DURATEQ, we've combined the best features of both products: compatibility and durability in a small form factor.”

The DURATEQ has built-in 802.11 Wi-Fi and Bluetooth wireless protocols to support wireless communications. It has extended battery life for day long performance, and a rugged 6-pin docking connector for charging. Secured SD and CF card slots prevent tampering. The overall design features a ruggedized, high-impact sealed casing with rubber overmold, and shock, dust and splash resistant construction.

A number of optional accessories increase the functionality of the DURATEQ. Among the accessories are a magnetic stripe reader, a bar code scanner, and a GPS module. An optional multi-unit charger can support up to five handheld units at once.

The base model of the DURATEQ 3100 lists for $899. It will be available in September from both HP and Softeq.

Headquartered in Houston, TX, Softeq Development Ltd. is a privately held corporation specializing in system integration, project management, and product development for Fortune 1000 companies worldwide. More information about Softeq is available at http://www.softeq.com. Get information about the DURATEQ 3100 handheld at http://www.durateq.com.