CLIÉ

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The Sony CLIÉ (pronounced "KLEE-AY" Latin) was a series of personal digital assistants running the Palm Operating System developed and marketed by Sony from 2000 to 2005. The devices introduced many new features to the PDA market, such as a jog-wheel interface, high-resolution displays, and Sony technologies like Memory Stick slots and ATRAC3 audio playback. Most models were designed and manufactured in Japan. The name is an acronym for creativity, lifestyle, innovation, emotion though formerly communication, link, information and entertainment. It was initially an attempt at a new coinage term, though it means "tool" in the Jèrriais language.

The CLIÉ handhelds were distinguished from other Palm OS models by their emphasis on multimedia capabilities, including photo, video, and audio playback, long before any other Palm OS PDAs had such capabilities. Later models have been credited with spurring competition in the previously stagnant Palm market, closing many of the gaps that existed between Palm OS PDAs and those powered by Microsoft's Windows Mobile operating system, particularly on the multimedia front, but also with Sony's proprietary application launcher interface.

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Closure of handheld line

In the summer of 2004, Sony announced that new CLIÉs would, from then on, be manufactured and available only in Japan, and in the spring of 2005, Sony announced the total termination of its CLIÉ line of products. The last models to be released worldwide were the PEG-TJ27, PEG-TJ37, and PEG-TH55. The last model released in Japan was the PEG-VZ90. Soon after the closure of the CLIÉ line, Sony stopped providing original installation drivers, including Sony's version of Palm Desktop for the CLIÉ, which are necessary for Hotsyncing with the PC and otherwise taking advantage of the handhelds' many features for which a PC may be required. Several CLIÉ fans took it upon themselves to offer these drivers freely for download at http://www.sonyclie.org

Models

CLIÉ handhelds were released in series, usually with a few models released in each series. In later years, multiple series would be in production at the same time.

Motorola Dragonball CPU/ PalmOS 3.5 & 4.x

  • S series (2000-2002)
  • T series (2001-2003)
  • N series (2001-2002)
  • NR series (2002)
  • SL/SJ series (2002-2003)

ARM compatible CPU/PalmOS 5.0 & 5.2

  • NX series (2002-2004)
  • NZ series (2003-2004)
  • TG series (2003-2004)
  • UX series (2003-2004)
  • TJ series (2003-2004)
  • TH series (2004)
  • VZ series (2004-2005) (Japan only)

Macintosh support

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