WASHINGTON -- At least two new makers of personal digital assistants (PDAs) have reported sporadic errors due to a problem in DRAMs from Micron Technology Inc. Reports of the new problems come after Palm Inc. in Santa Clara, Calif., disclosed some instances of data lose in Micron DRAMs.
Micron confirmed it the problem, but a company spokesman in Boise, Idaho, said it was fixed with software (see June 29 story). Initially, the Micron spokesman indicated that the problem was confined to Palm PDAs, but now trouble has been reported in PDAs from TRG Products Inc. in Des Moines, Iowa, and Handsprings Inc. in Mountain View, Calif.
The PDAs from all three companies use the Palm Operating System. Errant and lost data result from a DRAM timing problem that sometimes interacts with software. Both TRG and Handspring have posted software patches on their Web sites to head off the problem.
Today, a Micron spokesman confirmed the problem in TRG's unit, but the company had no comment about any possible problems in Handspring's PDAs.