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Psion PLC is a consumer hardware company mostly known for developing the Psion Organiser as well as a whole range of more advanced, clamshell-design Personal Digital Assistants. Psion today comprises one remaining operating division, the Canadian Psion Teklogix, having closed or disposed of all its previous operation. Although its actual operations are based in Canada, Psion itself is a British company. The Psion Organiser was the brand name of a range of personal digital assistants developed by the British company Psion from 1984. ... This article is in need of improvement. ...


History

Psion was established in 1980 as a software house with a close relationship with Sinclair Research. The company developed games and other software for the ZX81 and ZX Spectrum home computers, released under the Sinclair brand. Its name is said to mean "Potter Scientific Instruments Or Nothing", a reference to its founder Sir David Potter. Sinclair Research Ltd was a home computer company founded by Clive Sinclair in Cambridge, England. ... The Sinclair ZX81 home computer, released by Sinclair Research in 1981, was the followup to the companys ZX80. ... The Sinclair ZX Spectrum was a home computer released in the United Kingdom in 1982 by Sinclair Research. ... TRS-80 Color Computer II The home computer is a consumer-friendly word for the second generation of microcomputers (the technical term that was previously used), entering the market in 1977 and becoming common during the 1980s. ... David Potter is founder and Chairman of the microcomputer systems company Psion plc. ...


In early 1983, Sinclair approached Psion regarding the development of a suite of office applications for the forthcoming Sinclair QL personal computer. Psion were already working on a project in this area and the QL was launched in 1984, bundled with Quill, Archive, Abacus and Easel; respectively a word processor, database, spreadsheet and business graphics application. These were later ported to MS-DOS, collectively called PC-Four, or Xchange in an enhanced version. A Sinclair QL The Sinclair QL (for Quantum Leap), was a personal computer launched by Sinclair Research in January 1984, as the successor to the ZX Spectrum. ... A word processor (also more formally known as a document preparation system) is a computer application used for the production (including composition, editing, formatting, and possibly printing) of any sort of viewable or printed material. ... A database is an organized collection of data. ... To meet Wikipedias quality standards, this article or section may require cleanup. ... Microsofts disk operating system, MS-DOS, was Microsofts implementation of DOS, which was the first popular operating system for the IBM PC, and until recently, was widely used on the PC compatible platform. ...


1984 also marked Psion's first foray into hardware; the Psion Organiser, an early example of a personal digital assistant, resembling an enlarged pocket calculator. This led to the later Psion MC-series laptops and Psion Series 3 products. The Psion Organiser was the brand name of a range of personal digital assistants developed by the British company Psion from 1984. ... This article is in need of improvement. ... The Psion 3a The Psion 3 was one of the first truly useful Personal Digital Assistants or PDAs. ...


Psion developed its own operating system called EPOC to run its PDA products. In the latter half of the 1990s Psion saw the potential for convergence between PDAs and mobile phones, which resulted in the eventual formation of Symbian Ltd. in June 1998 in conjunction with leading companies in the sector, notably Nokia, Ericsson and Motorola. Psion retained a 20-30% shareholding in the spun-out business. The EPOC operating system became known as the Symbian Operating System, which today powers a number of leading smartphones such as the Sony Ericsson P900 series. Symbian Ltd. ... Nokia Corporation NYSE: NOK is one of the worlds largest telecommunications equipment manufacturers. ... Ericsson () (NASDAQ: ERICY) is a Swedish telecommunications equipment manufacturer, founded in 1876 as a telegraph equipment repair shop by Lars Magnus Ericsson. ... Motorola NYSE: MOT is a global communications company based in Schaumburg, Illinois, a Chicago suburb. ... The Sony Ericsson P900 is a Symbian OS v7. ...


Psion withdrew from the consumer hardware business in 2002 in the face of decreasing margins and competition from keyboardless PDAs from companies such as Palm, largely retreating into the industrial mobile data-entry hardware sector through their purchase of Teklogix (Canada). Palm, Inc. ...


In 2004, Psion announced its intention to dispose of the company's remaining Symbian shareholding to Nokia, as they no longer regarded it as a core part of their strategy. Although opposed by many shareholders, the large shareholding of the founder, David Potter, ensured the vote was carried. Nokia Corporation NYSE: NOK is one of the worlds largest telecommunications equipment manufacturers. ...


Having closed or disposed of all its previous operations, Psion today comprises one remaining operating division, Psion Teklogix.


PDAs

All these PDAs have a small keyboard, which in all but the Organiser's case is of the standard QWERTY layout, or regional variation thereof. The Psion 3a The Psion 3 was one of the first truly useful Personal Digital Assistants or PDAs. ... A Psion Series 5mx PRO German Edition The Psion 5 is a PDA from Psion. ... The Psion Series 3mx was the last upgrade in the popular 16-bit (SIBO) Psion Series 3 line of PDAs. ... Diamond Mako The Psion Revo is a PDA from Psion. ... The Psion 7 is a notebook computer from Psion. ... The Psion NetBook is a notebook computer from Psion and similar in design to the Psion 7. ... A computer keyboard is a peripheral modeled after the typewriter keyboard. ... The QWERTY Layout QWERTY (pronounced ) is the most common modern-day keyboard layout on most English language computer and typewriter keyboards. ...


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