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CNET News.com: Monitor maker ViewSonic moves into info appliances

Aug 01, 2000, 13:34 (0 Talkback[s])
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"Monitor manufacturer ViewSonic will become the latest entrant into the Internet appliance market when it shows off a series of computing devices in briefings in New York later today."

"The company, primarily known for monitors and its colorful bird logo, will show off 21 information appliance prototypes today, company executives said. The models range from a PC without a hard drive to a wireless Web pad featuring a 15-inch screen and a Transmeta processor. The devices will start to trickle into the market later this year."

"...The company will also use contract manufacturers to build the devices, which will give the company greater flexibility in internal technology. Rather than offer a single operating system or chip, ViewSonic plans to offer devices containing Linux, BeOS, Windows CE and other operating systems. The devices will also contain processors from Transmeta, National Semiconductor or Intel, depending on what the customer wants, Weedfald added."

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