Boundless choices with new NC family
Boundless Technologies recently unveiled its Viewpoint TC family, with three models designed to fill a variety of network computer needs. They are characterised by having no local permanent storage, apart from flash memory, and are powered by a 133MHz 5x86 CPU.
They come with an on-board IDE controller for optional peripherals, are memory upgradable and have an optional front panel "Smart Card" slot.
The Model 100 is a text-based network terminal, supporting numerous industry standards with connectivity through Boundless' terminal emulation software modules. The Model 200 is a Windows terminal that works in conjunction with Citrix WinFrame server to display 16- and 32-bit Windows sessions from a central server.
Finally, the Model 300 is a full NC reference profile-compliant network computer, running Internet Explorer and the Java Virtual Machine to be a full Internet computer.
Interestingly, all three models are based around the one hardware platform, and can be upgraded via flash memory upgrade through Boundless' Viewpoint Administrator product. Boundless calls this "customer-paced" migration, and says it allows organisations to seamlessly move from text-based to Windows-based and Internet/Java-based environments without forsaking their investment in an operating platform.
Of the three models, the Model 200 is available now at a price of $925, while Model 100 is shipping this month and Model 300 in September.