Corel's computer subsidiary Corel Computer is to license third-party Java software to power its upcoming video network computer (VNC), which is optimised to handle video and audio in addition to data.
The SoftNC Java technology, from TriTeal, will enable VNC users to download a client applet containing a Java Virtual Machine, along with agent-based applications and a messaging system. The VNC can access other Java applets, as well as Windows and Unix applications, depending on its configuration.
The VNC also will come outfitted with video software and a camera, enabling the device to exploit PC video conferencing technology created by the parent company. The VNC is designed as an alternative to Windows PCs.
"We believe people will want to use the NC as a communications device, and that includes voice and video communications," says David Madden, director of product development for Corel Computer. However, customers may have to upgrade their networks to switched Ethernet and install a video gateway, he says.