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.