Toshiba has become the latest company to enter the competitive handheld PC market with its wireless e570 Pocket PC.

The company's first PDA (personal digital assistant) runs Microsoft's Pocket PC 2002, along with the requisite cutdown Office apps, on a 206MHz Intel StrongArm processor partnered with 64MB of RAM. Housed within the e570's 17.5mm thick case is a 3.5in LCD (liquid crystal display) screen with 240x320 pixel resolution.

The 180g handheld PC supports the Bluetooth radiowave wireless standard, and has two memory expansion slots.

Willem Poterman, general manager of Toshiba's European computer systems marketing division, sees the e570 as a "natural extension" of the company's mobile computing range, which includes the wireless-enabled Tecra and Portege notebook PCs announced in September.

The announcement from Toshiba follows a similar move by NEC, which unveiled its first PDA last month.

But the highly competitive nature of the handheld market has seen other players, including erstwhile stalwart, Psion, move away from the arena in recent weeks.

Pricing for the e570 has yet to be confirmed, but is expected to be around £375 plus VAT. Toshiba will begin shipping the PDA next month.