Sharp Zaurus SL-C1000

The Sharp Zaurus is the name of a series of personal digital assistants (PDAs) made by Sharp Corporation. The Zaurus was the most popular PDA during the 1990s in Japan and was based on a proprietary operating system. The first Sharp PDA to use the Linux operating system was the SL-5000D, running the Qtopia-based Embedix Plus. The name derives from the common suffix applied to the names of dinosaurs, and was chosen to convey the idea of strength.

SL-C3000 (Spitz), similar to SL-C860, the SL-C3000 contains a USB host port to allow the connection of USB devices such as keyboards and mice. It also features an Intel Xscale PXA270 416 MHz CPU. While that model features only 16 MB flash storage it has a 4 GB Hitachi HDD and was the first PDA to feature a hard disk. It is sold only in Japan.

SL-C1000 (Akita), similar to SL-C3000, but with 128 MB Flash ROM instead of HDD.

The Zaurus SL-C1000 is the fifth generation of the highly innovative SL-C line of Linux-based portable devices. The Zaurus SL-C1000 is the lightest SL-C and still manages to pack a tactile keyboard, a breathtaking screen and multiple expansion slots into the little black style statement.

SL-C1000 model - a clamshell design PDA (Or as Sharp call it PMT - Personal Mobile Tool) with 64MB internal flash memory for storage and 64MB RAM (Half of both of these are taken up by the OS however). With practically the same dimensions as a DS Lite, the Zaurus features a full colour 640x480 touchscreen, full QWERTY keyboard, CF and SD slots, IRDA, builtin rechargrable battery, and a combined USB host/client port. This means you can either connect it to a PC as a client, or connect it to standard USB devices such as keyboards or mice as a host. The wealth of USB drivers available for Linux allow you to connect it to pretty much anything. Out of the SL-C series, the SL-C1000 is the lower-end model. The current high-end model, the SL-C3200, is essentially identical in design except it sports more memory and a 6GB internal hard disc.

Manufacturer Sharp
Model name SL-C1000
CPU type Xscale
CPU speed 416 Mhz
OS Linux
Display Size 3.7" 640 X 480
Flash 0.1 GB
Weight 280gm / 9.9 oz.
Physical Interfaces
IrDA (infrared data)
Line-out / Headphone (3.5mm)
SD card slot

Serial number3028653

Our machine is in excellent condition and is complete with power supply unit. It was very kindly donated by Mike Griffiths

Manufacturer: Sharp
Date: 2006

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This exhibit has a reference ID of CH32428. Please quote this reference ID in any communication with the Centre for Computing History.


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