Sharp demonstrated yesterday the prototype of its upcoming Linux-based handheld PC at the JavaOne show in San Francisco.

As yet unnamed, the Sharp unit will feature an Intel StrongARM 206MHz processor. This is the same chip behind Compaq's iPaq and HP's Jornada, which use Microsoft's Pocket PC operating system.

The device will be sold globally later this year. Sharp also announced it is in talks with three other vendors regarding software or technology for the PDA. These include talks with Office Noa to do multimedia software and the once famous Amiga for gaming, animation, video and music software.