October 29, 1997 12:20 PM PST
NEC, Samsung enter nascent Net PC market
Samsung will market in November a Net PC called Magic Station Net, according to a report from the online edition of Nikkei Business Publications, which cites a report in the South Korea?s Maeil Business Newspaper.
Also, NEC, the largest PC vendor in Japan, has released its first Net PC, as the company shifts its PCs from an aging, quasi-proprietary architecture to a pure Windows-Intel design.
Net PCs are marketed as low-cost, stripped-down corporate PCs that can be managed remotely by server computers in order to save on maintenance costs.
Samsung?s Net PC, which comes in a compact package much smaller than standard desktops, will use the Windows operating system and support Java applications. The new product also packs a Pentium MMX processor running at 166 MHz, 16MB of memory, and audio and network cards. It will be priced at $1,100.
Last week, NEC began sales of the PC98-NX series of Windows-Intel standard personal computers and also rolled out two lines of Net PCs, the Net FineNX and FineNX. The latter come with a liquid crystal display (LCD) monitor.