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SJ Mercury: Intel introduces Net appliance

Jun 22, 2000, 18:19 (0 Talkback[s])

"Intel first announced its plans for an Internet appliance in January. Welch said that since then, the chip-maker has been stunned by the response from a variety of companies. Some of these companies may augment their service with either a free device or charge a very low price. Many of the appliances introduced in the past year cost $199 or less."

"The silver-blue Intel Dot.Station has a built-in telephone and a keyboard. It uses Intel's low-cost Celeron chip and runs the Linux operating system. ... A full Internet browser will be used, starting out with the most current version of Netscape."

"The Santa Clara-based chip maker also is providing some special software, called the Intel System Management Suite, to enable ISPs and others to remotely manage and upgrade the appliances as their products and the Internet evolve. This software will let the service provider update plug-ins, browser software and the like."

"Intel said customers will begin to announce that they are using the Dot.Station in the third and fourth quarters, just about the time that the Gateway/AOL device will be available. ... ``It's going to be an interesting fight,'' [Giga analyst Rob] Enderle said."

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