Acorn has demonstrated an additional weapon in its NC armoury at Oracle Open World in San Francisco.
The company claimed that the Execphone NC couples ordinary phones with network computers and includes features such as Web browsing, word processing, email and other systems. It also took the opportunity to show other NCs in its family including set-top boxes, an NC TV prototype, a standard NC and an Office NC.
Acorn claimed that the price of its NC will be below $400 in quantities. It had used strategic alliances with Oracle?s Network Computer Inc (NCI) and manufacturing facilities from Fujitsu/ICL to ship several thousands of the machines since August. However, general availability dates remain vague.
But Acorn still has to complete deals with telco and cable companies before the machines will be available in volume. Its subsidiary Nchannel, headed by Jamie Minotto, has the task of striking these deals.
According to the Cambridge-based company, many of the companies showing devices in the NC pavilion at the show were using its reference designs, licensed to NCI by Acorn. These companies included Thomson Multimedia.
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