Mitsubishi, which has never been a strong computer vendor, may be looking for an opportunity to establish an early toehold in the emerging market for network computers (NCs).
|The MonAMI Java Network Terminal|
At JavaOne, Mitsubishi will be demonstrating both desktop and wireless mobile NC terminals. NCs, such as those advocated by Oracle's NCI and Sun (SUNW), are loosely defined as computers that are connected to and rely on a server computer to store and distribute software applications.
The MonAMI-II is a Java-based mobile NC weighing under two pounds. It is designed to access networks through a wireless LAN. According to Mitsubishi, applications such as sales, bill collection, and consumer services might use such a device. The company says that the terminal can securely send and receive email and other information without reconfiguring the system for each move.
Mitsubishi will also demonstrate the MonAMI/NC and the MonAMI/ES, which are diskless NCs. MonAMI/NC uses a standard desktop monitor, while the MonAMI/ES uses a 12.1-inch active-matrix LCD screen to save space.