An initiative launched last summer to develop a mobile NC device looks close to fruition with products on the way from IBM, it has emerged.
David McAughtry, VP of Network Computers for IBM Emea, said the devices were likely to come in a number of sizes and shapes, with a personal digital assistant being one of the options IBM is considering.
"People would be able to carry a mobile NC around the world and keep their IP sessions going," he said. Software would allow executives to use thin twisted connections which simply plugged into a socket which would then establish a connection with the NC server, wherever it was.
McAughtrey said that other ways a mobile NC could work would be to plug it into a handrest on an airline or into a socket in a hotel.
He said that mobile NCs were likely to include cache facilities so that connections between the mobile and the server were able to synchronise. If an executive on the move made changes to a scheduler held on the PDA, they would need to be reflected at the server level.
The mobile NC could also access corporate data held on AS/400, RS/600 or S/390 machines because of the emulation abilities an NC has, he said.
Other companies working on the mobile IP specification include Toshiba and Mitsubishi.
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