Compaq's preparations for the next millennium are well under way. Following the recent announcement that the organisation has split into three customer focused groups - the enterprise computing group, the PC products group, and the consumer products group - Compaq has announced its product-strategy run-down for the year 2000.
US-based senior VPs Michael Winkler and Michael Heil were in Sydney recently talking about Compaq's goal of being among the top three computer companies by the turn of the century. Having refreshed some 70 per cent of its product lines this year, Compaq officials say the industry can expect to see a more communications-centric array of offerings. Unlike single media-based systems, future products will support audio, video, data, facsimile, the Internet, e-mail telephony, and on-line and multipoint conferencing collaboration.
Compaq Australia managing director Ian Penman says upcoming products will provide seamless integration into the enterprise "regardless of the location".
Next year will see Pentium 166Ð200MHz-based desktops with MMX technology, sporting 16 X CD-ROM capabilities, as opposed to the current 8 X CD-ROM. Other technological enhancements include a Windows NT flavour, supporting 16 X IDE PDCD drives, 1.6 to 4.2Gb hard drives and intranet data communications.
On the portable products front, Compaq will roll out Windows 95 and Windows NT products supporting 1Gb to 2Gb hard disk, card bus and zoom video standard, DSVD (33.6Kbit/sec) communications and USB ports standard on docking stations.
As for network computers, Compaq officials say the company will produce products on a vertical-market basis. However, according to Winkler, "the NCs will be an additional device and definitely not a replacement to the desktop".