Toshiba to use Marimba's Castanet in NCs

Toshiba has licensed Marimba's signature push technology and will integrate it into a line of network computers (NCs) that may be sold in the US by this time next year. Under the license agreement, Toshiba will use Marimba's Castanet Tuner technology in its recently unveiled Confolia product group, a family of NCs based on the Strong ARM RISC processor that run the JavaOS. Castanet is a suite of application distribution and management products that enables applications and information to be distributed over networks.

Toshiba has licensed Marimba's signature push technology and will integrate it into a line of network computers (NCs) that may be sold in the US by this time next year

Under the license agreement, Toshiba will use Marimba's Castanet Tuner technology in its recently unveiled Confolia product group, a family of NCs based on the Strong ARM RISC processor that run the JavaOS. Castanet is a suite of application distribution and management products that enables applications and information to be distributed over networks.

The Confolio line-up, which includes an A4-sized notebook and a desktop model, is part of a major push by Toshiba into network computing. Announced last month, the Japanese computer maker's NC line includes a range of middleware and applications designed to ease corporate clients' adoption of intranets and smooth mobile access to servers.

Toshiba's NC offerings will begin shipping in Japan next month and will likely be sold overseas later next year, an official at the company said in a recent interview.

Marimba, in Mountain View, California, can be reached at +1-650-930-5224 or on the World Wide Web at http://www.marimba.com/. Toshiba, based in Tokyo, is at +81-3-3457-2105 or at http://www.toshiba.com/.

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