Palm has launched the Palm m125.

The 33MHz m125 features Motorola's Dragonball VZ 33MHz processor, which is the fastest processor available for PDAs (personal digital assistants) running Palm OS. It also runs Palm OS 4.0, the operating system normally reserved for the m500 series.

John Cook, senior director for product management at Palm, said: "This is essentially a bridge product. It shares the customer profile of the m100 series, but takes the technology from the m500 series."

Slotting in The m125 also features two expansion card slots: a Secure Digital (SD) and a MultiMediaCard (MMC) slot. The dual slots were previously available on only the m500 series, Cook said. It also features Palm's Universal Connector, which is used to connect devices such as portable keyboards and digital cameras.

The m125 carries 8MB of memory, and features native USB (universal serial bus) support. It ships with a USB cradle for synchronizing the device with a Mac, and has a two-tone Sonic Silver and Dark Black faceplate and a flip cover. The faceplate is removable, a number of different colours and designs are available from Palm.

A standalone HotSync USB cable is also available. Additional transfer methods include infrared and, in future, a Bluetooth wireless access card, which Palm hopes to ship before the end of the year. It weighs 5.21 ounces (146 grams).

In addition to the m125, Palm also launched five new SD cards, which are scheduled to be available from November. The company will introduce a Rand McNally road atlas, a language translator card and three eBook cards: science fiction, mystery and personal finance. The cards will be priced between US$29.95 and $49.95 each, Heldt said.

The Palm m125 costs £199.99.