Japanese PC maker NEC intends to merge its desktop and notebook technologies to create a small footprint desktop PC with a liquid crystal display (LCD) screen.
NEC demonstrated a prototype of the system, codenamed Millennium, at the Demo 99 conference in Palm Springs on Monday. The system measures 10.5inch by 7.7inch and has a flat panel 15inch LCD screen attached to the top.
The system is based largely on the same components as NEC?s high end Versa LX notebooks, comprising the same motherboard and Versabay slot that holds a CD-Rom, DVD-Rom or second hard drive.
A company spokesperson said that NEC has been selling a similar system in Japan for about six months and it had exceeded sales forecasts because "in Japan, [saving] space is a much bigger issue".
In the rest of the world, NEC is mainly targeting users in environments with space constraints such as hospitals or laboratories, but also the style conscious manager.
The Millennium machines will cost more than similarly configured desktops, but less than notebooks. While they contain notebook parts, which are generally more expensive than equivalent desktop components, they do not require a notebook?s expensive battery or heat sink design.
The offering will ship in Europe and the US in the second quarter. Prices are expected to start at $2,000 for a Pentium III processor based machine with a 15 inch LCD screen, 64Mb Ram and a 3-4 Gb hard drive.
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