• Kyodo


Sharp Corp. said Thursday it will tie up with German software company SAP AG in personal digital assistant system development and sales for corporate users.

Sharp’s PDA Zaurus and SAP’s systems for client management, accounting and distribution will be combined, Sharp said. This will enable Zaurus users to take in information such as inventories from company databases while out of the office.

Similar services have conventionally been offered via personal computers. But light, small PDAs will be able to handle such services from now on, according to Sharp.

The two companies will soon begin selling their system in Japan, expanding to Europe and the United States by the end of March, Sharp said.

Sharp had the largest share of the PDA field in Japan until fiscal 2001. Sony Corp. took over in fiscal 2002.

Sharp aims to regain its position by improving its PDA functions for corporate users, company officials said.

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