NC-Lite - the thinner thin client

Acorn RISC Technologies (ART), the development wing of Acorn Computer Group PLC. has created an even thinner client for its thin client networks computer. Called the NC-Lite, the product is tailored to meet the needs of specific markets.

Acorn RISC Technologies (ART), the development wing of Acorn Computer Group PLC. has created an even thinner client for its thin client networks computer.

Called the NC-Lite, the product is tailored to meet the needs of specific markets.

"NC-Lite is designed to meet the needs of particular markets, for instance, a company wishing to sell only in the US will only want the NTSC drivers," says Mark Philips, marketing manager for ART. "It is possible to produce NC-Lite products for between 250 and 400 pounds (less than US$400)."

NC-Lite products include an embedded Acorn RISC O/S and 4Mb of RAM. "The reason we have been able to get the price point down is that we have a technology that makes it possible to upgrade the operating systems, and the applications in Flash Memory," said Philips. "This means that we can run all applications Flash and they are updated, or upgraded over the Internet."

The NC-Lite announcement follows last week's confirmation of ART's licensing deal with Curtis Mathes Holdings Corp. for NC hardware and software. Philips says the company will announce more deals in coming weeks.

ARM can be contacted on the World Wide Web at http://www.arm.com/.

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