At least two new personal digital assistants (PDA) makers -- TRG Products Inc., Des Moines, Iowa, and Handspring Inc., Mountain View, Calif. -- have reported sporadic errors due to a problem with a DRAM chip from Micron Technology Inc.
Palm Inc. earlier this week disclosed that the Micron part could cause data loss in some instances.
All three PDAs use the Palm Operating System. A DRAM timing problem can sometimes interact with software to cause errant or lost data, according to Micron., Boise, Idaho
Initially, a Micron spokesman said the problem was confined to Palm PDAs. However, a TRG spokesman said the firm experienced the same trouble, which it blamed on the Micron chip. Both TRG and Handspring have posted software patches, as has Palm, on their respective web sites to prevent the potential mishap.
Micron hadn't responded to an inquiry regarding the latest additional PDA makers citing DRAM problems.