Akia will sell a uniquely designed high-end minitower system and midrange system bundled with an advanced LCD (liquid crystal display) monitor. The company says it is also working with Macromedia, the producer of multimedia authoring software, on a model to be released later called the Creative Workstation that will be targeted at content producers.
Akia plans to launch completely new Mac OS computers every quarter that target the Japanese market.
The MicroBook Power will come in two versions: the 604e/225 and the 603e/240. The top of the line system will feature a 225-MHz 604e PowerPC processor, 80MB of memory, and a 4GB hard disk drive. Another MicroBook Power model will feature a 240-MHz 603e PowerPC processor and a 2GB hard drive.
Both systems will be available with a large 13.3-inch active-matrix LCD monitor capable of resolution up to 1024 by 768 pixels and a 128-bit graphics board. These models will also have an 8X CD-ROM drive.
The 604e/225 will sell for approximately $4,181 while the 603e/240 will be priced at about $2,921, according to Akia. The LCD monitor is available for an additional $2,015.