Latest reports from Comdex say that Intel?s Paul Otellini, executive vice president and director of sales and marketing, confirmed that Intel will ship two separate Network PCs by the year end, both costing under $1,000.
He went further than Pat Gelsinger, VP and general manager of Intel?s desktop division, who said earlier this week that Intel has moved to a single architecture (see Newswire 19 November), but he insisted that the technology was still being trialed and he refused to say which PC platform Intel has adopted.
Otellini confirmed that two designs will target separate segments. One will cost less than $500 and the more costly system, still under $1,000, will run Windows. Otellini said it will be a different animal from Windows-based Terminals from Microsoft and its partners, shown off this week at Comdex.
A UK spokeswoman confirmed that Intel?s architecture will be universal across the ?lean clients?, each offering different levels of performance. She said: ?The Net PC?s are sealed boxes with reduced cost of management, all offering different performance and speed. Pentium II is the recommended processor level at present, but there will be a range of products based on the one architecture with different processors to match requirements.?
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