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Programmable logic devices will give us a handheld that does everything—well

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Illustration: Richard Tuschman
Illustration: Richard Tuschman


SPECIAL REPORT: DO-IT-ALL DEVICES
Like the idea of a handheld device
that can be any of about 10 different gizmos, depending on your mood? You could soon have one if the ideas described in this two-part report become reality. In this article, Nick Tredennick and Brion Shimamoto of the Gilder Technology Report tell why only programmable logic devices could do the job. Diederik Verkest of the Interuniversity Microelectronics Center in Leuven, Belgium, describes a chameleon-like handheld being developed.

illustrationIllustration: Richard Tuschman

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