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iQue 3600a: PDA + GPS for civil aviation

The PDA + GPS combines are becoming more and more usual as car navigation systems. But Garmin International decided to export this experience into another segment, namely civil aviation. To do this the company introduced iQue 3600a, a fully-fledged PDA based on Palm OS combined with aviation navigation system (also suitable for cars, according to the press release).

The most interesting part of the device is an intellectual cradle that contains databases of landscape types and features and warns pilots about nearby obstacles. As the GPS receiver is built into PDA, a pilot will never get lost even outside its plane (given he doesn´t forget to replace batteries :).

iQue 3600a applications:

  • QueMap — maps of North and South America (by default) with airport locations
  • QueTerrain — topographical database, obstacle warnings
  • QueNav — monitors flight speed, altitude and direction
  • QueFlights — stores information on flight length, distance, start and end time

Naturally, iQue 3600a offers all applications related to Palm OS: Address, Date Book, Memo Pad, To Do (Microsoft Outlook synchronisation), Calculator and Palm Reader.

iQue 3600a specs:

  • 200 MHz DragonBall MXL ARM9 processor
  • 64 MB SDRAM, 32 MB flash
  • 320x480 65,536-color TFT LCD
  • Voice recorder and MP3 player
  • Secure Digital slot
  • Palm OS Garnet
  • 70x127x20 mm

The device is to be available for sale this month with MSRP in North America up to $1,100.

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