Compaq unveils future technology solutions

Network mobility, security and the power of the internet are the factors which have influenced Compaq's new range of technology solutions, unveiled at the Australian Technology Park this week.

Compaq announced the first in a series of Internet devices and services aimed at the business market including the iPAQ. The company claims it signals a shift from the traditional desktop PC because it combines affordable internet-based computing while still supporting mainstream applications.

Two versions are available: Legacy-Free, which features five USB ports and is designed for use with Windows 2000, and the Legacy model, which includes ports for existing peripherals. Compaq expects to launch the iPAQ in July and is already receiving enquiries about the product. Legacy-Free retails in the US for $US499 and the series features a MultiBay drive system which allows the user to interchange DVDs, CDs or spare disk drives, depending on the setup.

Compaq also announced its WL series of wireless LAN products, including an 11 Mbps PC card and a PCI card that enable both laptop and desktop PCs to connect wirelessly. The cards complement the companies recently released NeoServer, which is aimed at the small business market and retails for around $2999.

Compaq also showcased its Armada range of portable PCs with biometric security and an Intel Mobile Pentium III up to 650MHz.

"Compaq's vision to improve business and personal productivity through technology has been the major driver behind these technology solutions," said Terry Scerri, Compaq's director of product solution and marketing. "This provides our customers with the ability to remain competitive and further grow their business."