IBM's Network Computer division has expanded its NC family with the Network Station Series 300, which compliments the company's existing 100 model launched in March.
The model fits into IBM's plan to offer NCs for all enterprise application areas. IBM said the model is designed as a machine for giving end users access to existing business applications. The 300 supports both corporate intranets and extranet application areas and offers multi-user Windows NT and X Windows support along with connectivity to legacy systems through 3270 and 5250 terminal emulation.
Unlike its predecessor, the Series 300 offers web browser support and runs the Navio NC Navigator web browser and IBM's Network Station browser.
Java is also built-in, but only version 1.02 of the JDK is supported.
There is also an 8-bit audio generator built-in. IBM said the machine is designed to run simple Java applications.
For more complex application areas, IBM will introduce another model in the fourth quarter called the Series 1000. This will offer support for JDK 1.1 and includes 16-bit audio as standard. IBM will position the Series 1000 as a machine for running Java business applications and office productivity suites.
In IBM's overall roadmap for the three product family, the #422 Series 100 is the entry-level NC. It is positioned as a replacement for the dumb terminal and for PCs used to access server-based applications.
The Series 300 costs #560. IBM describes this machine as the "Internet network computer". The Series 1000 is IBM's top of the range NC and is aimed at businesses implementing Java-based applications. A price for the Series 1000 has yet to be announced.
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