OQO's Moore Leaving to Start New Company

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Dennis Moore, CEO of handheld computer maker OQO, is leaving to start his own company.

"This is a company that deserves a great future, and will accomplish great things. However, my time there is at an end, and OQO remains in good hands," Moore wrote in a blog post on Tuesday, announcing his departure.

The post offered few details, including when Moore plans to leave OQO and who his replacement will be. The company did not issue a statement, and executives could not immediately be reached for comment.

OQO has won praise for the sleek design of its Model e2 handheld computer, which has a slideout keyboard and uses a Via Technologies C7-M processor. But the company remains a niche player, with most mobile computer users choosing traditional laptop designs.

Last month, OQO raised eyebrows with news it would release a new product based on Intel's low-cost Atom processor. The company showed a prototype Model e2 based on the Atom at the Intel Developer Forum in San Francisco, but did not say when the device will be released or what it will look like.

At that time, Moore suggested the upcoming device would not be the same as the e2, calling the prototype device a "technology demonstration."

In the post announcing his departure from OQO, Moore hinted that plans for the company's future product remain on track. "I regret that I will not be in the company as it brings truly groundbreaking new products out the door in the future, but I will always consider myself part of the team," he wrote.

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