Tatung demonstrates NC prototype

Tatung has shown a working prototype of a network computer (NC) at World PC Expo 96 in Chiba, Japan.

Tatung has shown a working prototype of a network computer (NC) at World PC Expo 96 in Chiba, Japan. The company says it will ship the NC by next March.

Built around Cyrix's Gx86 chip, the TNC-1000 machine supports Windows 3.1 and Windows 95. Unlike NCs touted by IBM, Oracle and Sun, the Tatung device bears a strong resemblance to a general-purpose PC and will allow for optional built-in storage devices, such as 3.5in floppy and hard drives, officials say.

Tatung will aim for a price of US$500 for a device without a monitor and local storage options.

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