They look and act like PCs but lack a hard drive, which is appropriate since Internet appliances
aren't meant for storing letters, budgets, and so on.
Many companies have introduced Internet appliances
to the mass market.
Cybernet System's NetMAX Internet appliance
software series is comprised of NetMAX WebServer, NetMAX FileServer and NetMAX FireWall.
The iPAQ Home Internet Appliance
is just one piece of a new strategy for Compaq.
According to Mike Osler, ISI's UK managing director, the new Vantage Program is an attempt to do for the emerging internet appliance
market, what the IBM PC architecture did for the early microcomputer business: establishing a design template that interested vendors can use to mix and match different products and components, and bring finished systems to market more quickly.
Operating at 300MHz, the ADSP-21535 delivers 600 MMACS (million multiply accumulate operations per second) for telecommunications applications and a wide range of Internet appliances
such as video telephones, gaming devices, web terminals, NetTVs and smart handheld devices.
The joint technology combines National Semiconductor's Internet appliance
development platform, featuring the National Geode processor, and IBM's WebSphere embedded software, offering a flexible and modular hardware and software solution that can target multiple product offerings in a single development environment.
The basis of Amiga's push into the nascent internet appliance
will be the "operating environment" that the company has developed to enable several devices to interact in a distributed network fashion.
The IBM PowerPC IAP (Internet Appliance
Platform) combines a microprocessor with a number of optional pervasive computing features, all onto a single "system-on-a-chip." Manufacturers of consumer products can use PowerPC IAP to add Internet capability while minimizing the number of chips under the covers to make products smaller, less costly and more power efficient.
Opportunities for growth, such as they are, probably lie with the emerging markets for internet appliance
servers, Linux and the development of information utility businesses says IDC.
Be Inc, which announced a $360m initial public offering on Friday, is looking to move the Be operating system from its multimedia niche to become the OS of choice for the budding internet appliance
TELECOMWORLDWIRE-8 January 2001-Hitachi and three partners develop wearable Internet appliance
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