filled out its network computer line
today, announcing two new systems with greater capabilities than its
The Network Station Series 300 and Series 1000 joined the Network Station
Series 100, which has been shipping since March. The two new NCs offer more
complex data browsing and application options, as well as more compatibility with
Network computers (NCs) rely on centralized servers to handle the storage of
data and applications, and generally they lack hard drives, add-in slots, floppy
drives, and CD-ROM drives. The systems download both their operating system
and applications from central servers. Designed for use on corporate
networks, NCs are intended to reduce purchase and
maintenance costs for low-end computer applications such as word processing
and database access.
The Network Computer standard was put forward originally by Oracle, but the specific configurations
are determined by each individual hardware maker.
The new Network Station Series 300, available immediately, is being touted
by IBM as its "Internet network computer" for business users who need
access to NC applications as well as information on the Internet and
internal company intranets. The Series 300 is priced at $799.
The Network Station 1000 is a more powerful unit specifically designed for
businesses planning to use Java-based applications such as those being
developed by IBM subsidiary Lotus. Java
applications are an attractive option to companies that need to develop
custom applications for use on several hardware platforms. The Series 1000
will be available later this year; pricing on the new unit has not yet been
Both of the systems closely replicate the appearance of the
original Series 100, a slim, dark blue mini-tower case about the size of a
large hardcover book. The 300 and 1000 are each a bit larger than
the 100, with the 1000 being the largest in the series.