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NCD Europe Announces New ThinSTAR Thin Client Terminals
The Latest Generation of ThinSTARs Utilize CE .NET and Linux to Expand Thinfrastructure Desktop Choices
HOOFDDORP, The Netherlands - August 13, 2002 - NCD Europe, a division of Network Computing Devices, Inc., ((NCD) (OTC: NCDI.OB)), a leading producer of thin client solutions, today announced its latest terminals, the ThinSTAR 532LX, 532.NET, and 564.NET. The new terminals extend the current family of ThinSTAR offerings, and are NCD's first products based on the CE .NET and Linux platforms; offering customers an expanded range of options for accessing server-based applications from Microsoft Windows 2000 servers, Citrix MetaFrame, Linux and web servers.
The ThinSTAR 532LX sets a new standard for thin client features and performance. The ThinSTAR 532LX is designed for dedicated application access for both Windows and legacy environments. The 532LX directly supports both Microsoft Terminal Services and Citrix MetaFrame environments, and can be configured to support Unix X Windows environments. By utilizing Linux for its operation, NCD can customize the functionality for unique customer requirements, such as supporting specialized peripherals in a point-of-sale environment, or adding enhanced networking security systems.
NCD's new Windows Powered thin clients, the ThinSTAR 532.NET and ThinSTAR 564.NET, being built on Windows CE .NET, are ready to participate in Microsoft .NET services today. These new terminals are key components in server-based computing solutions where line-of-business applications are deployed via the Terminal Services functionality in the Windows 2000 server family, Citrix MetaFrame, or via web-based services.
NCD is also proud to include the latest Internet Explorer 5.5 browser specifically designed for thin clients in the ThinSTAR 532.NET and 564.NET. models. This browser allows customers to expand the support of web servers by providing the latest web display technology. The ThinSTAR is capable of displaying sensitive information securely over the network with its bundled SSL and 128-bit encryption support. With the expansion storage capabilities of the ThinSTAR 564.NET, NCD will be able to add enhanced browser capabilities with future releases.
Additionally, when using the ThinSTAR CE .NET products in conjunction with Windows .NET Server - expected to be released later this year - users will have access to enhanced features such as support for true color Windows application display, expanded support for local peripherals, and audio playback.
The ThinSTAR is ruggedly packaged, and can be positioned either vertically or horizontally supporting a monitor. With its internal power supply and quiet fan-less design, customers will appreciate its universal flexibility in both design and functionality.
NCD ThinPATH Management Portal, a software-based system that completely automates the desktop management including software installation and configuration, will support all three new ThinSTAR terminals. With ThinPATH Management Portal, ThinSTARs can be locked down and secured from user changes, further minimizing administrative and technical support costs.
"These latest ThinSTAR terminals greatly extend NCD's hardware offerings, and are evidence that NCD is the leader in offering the broadest range of state-of-the-art thin client hardware and software solutions," states Paul Robinson, chief technology officer, NCD.
Pricing and Availability:
The ThinSTAR 532LX is priced at $570; ThinSTAR 532.NET at $530; and ThinSTAR 564.NET at $570, and will be available in August through trained and certified NCD Thinfrastructure distributors and resellers in Europe only.
Founded in 1988, Network Computing Devices, Inc., supplies information access and management products that extend server-based computing to give customers a competitive edge and a better bottom line. Over one million NCD thin clients are installed with over 3 billion hours of operation. The company can be reached on the Internet at: www.ncd.com
Network Computing Devices and ThinPATH are registered trademarks of Network Computing Devices, Inc. ThinFrastructure is a trademark of Network Computing Devices Inc. Other trademarks are the acknowledged property of their respective holders.
This press release contains forward-looking statements within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Such statements include statements regarding the consummation of the acquisition of the NCD thin client product line, the partnership of Neoware and NCD, continued development, support and enhancement of the ThinSTAR products, the ability of ThinSTAR customers to continue to receive upgrades, revenue and profit growth, the seamless transition for ThinSTAR customers, increased market share, increased distribution channels, broader product offerings, improved products and services, the addition of knowledgeable employees, acceleration and enhancement of Neoware's growth strategy, increased focus on Neoware's competitive advantages, the reduction in product costs, Neoware's development of key relationships and continued investment in sales and marketing. These forward-looking statements involve risks and uncertainties. Such statements also include statements regarding NCD's receipt of the contingent portion of the sale consideration, Neoware's purchase of NCD's European operations and future partnership between NCD and Neoware. Factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from those predicted in any such forward-looking statement include Neoware's ability to successfully integrate the NCD thin client business and to lower its costs, Neoware's timely development and customers' acceptance of Neoware's appliance computing products, including the former NCD thin client products, pricing pressures, rapid technological changes in the industry, growth of the appliance computing market, increased competition, Neoware's ability to attract and retain qualified personnel, including the former NCD employees, Neoware's ability to identify and consummate future acquisitions, adverse changes in general economic conditions in the U.S. and internationally, and risks associated with foreign operations and political and economic uncertainties associated with current world events. These and other risks are detailed from time to time in Neoware's periodic reports filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission, including, but not limited to, its report on Form 10-K for its fiscal year ended June 30, 2001