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New Wireless Tablet Offers Unparalleled Mobility and Flexibility
MOUNTAIN VIEW, CA, January 28, 2002 - Network Computing Devices, Inc., ((NCD) (OTC: NCDI.OB)), a leading producer of thin client solutions, today announced NCD's first mobile thin client, the NCD ThinSTAR Voyager. A unique wireless tablet that supports a 12.1" diagonal LCD with 1024x768 resolution, the NCD ThinSTAR Voyager lends its flexibility to the server-based computing environment, as it provides easy, mobile access to information on Windows and web servers - typically over a wireless network.
"The NCD ThinSTAR Voyager is a revolutionary new thin client terminal, perfect for a wide variety of mission critical tasks and applications in a range of industries, including retail, health care, education, computer systems management and access to work schedules, inventory management, and pre-employment testing, just to name a few," said Tim Kellogg, director of business development, NCD. "It is truly a next-generation device that will free users from the limitations of physical connections."
"This is an emerging sector, with many similar hardware solutions being brought to market. NCD has the advantage of its proven expertise with thin-client computing and an understanding of how to utilize server-based computing to maximize the effectiveness of tablet solutions," commented Isaac Ro, analyst, Aberdeen Group. "This expertise will differentiate NCD from the competition by allowing it to serve as a value-added consultant that can help customers realize a rapid return on investment with this new type of device."
"We see the Voyager as the next great step in thin client computing. The addition of wireless and mobile capabilities are clearly the next logical steps in the advancement of thin client technology," added David Shefet, president, Daisy Data, an NCD reseller. "NCD is showing great foresight and addressing the future of computing with this new offering, and we anticipate that there will be a large market for this new product."
The NCD ThinSTAR Voyager provides access to:
The Voyager may be updated quickly and simply over any TCP/IP network. Its local program image is reloaded as needed with new releases of software
The Voyager also supports text input with an advanced handwriting recognition system. Users can draw words on the screen in cursive or print. The Voyager instantly converts drawn characters into text and places them at the current text cursor location. As part of the recognition process, the Voyager uses an expandable dictionary to validate words prior to application acceptance. In addition, the Voyager need not be trained on user-specific characteristics, but is immediately usable.
The Voyager features a long battery life, and at only four pounds, including its battery, its ergonomic design is comfortable to use and can be supported with a single hand. A swing-away handle makes it easy and safe to carry between tasks and a retractable stand allows it to sit upright on a desk for convenient access. With a wide range of viewing angles, the Voyager can accommodate a fixed mounting position, while meeting the needs of a wide range of users. Its active matrix color technology allows the device to be used in a wide variety of lighting conditions. The user can also adjust the back light setting to maximize battery life. The onscreen keyboard can be sized and customized so as to avoid covering a specific application's display area. Users can also quickly remove and restore the onscreen keyboard with a single stylus click on the desktop.
Pricing and Availability:
The NCD ThinSTAR Voyager is priced at $1,695, including 64MB of RAM and 32MB of ROM. The product is available immediately through NCD Resellers
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 is a registered trademark of Network Computing Devices, Inc. ThinSTAR is a trademark of Network Computing Devices, Inc. Other trademarks are the acknowledged property of their respective holders.
This press release includes forward-looking statements within the meaning of Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933, as amended, and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended. These statements include, but are not limited to, statements regarding NCD's product offerings, market position, customer base and growth in demand for thin client and other products. No assurances can be given that the deployment by one end user will have any significant effect on NCD's business, results of operations and financial condition. These statements involve risks and uncertainty, and actual results could differ materially from those discussed in the forward-looking statements. Although the Company believes its expectations reflected in such forward-looking statements are based on reasonable assumptions, no assurances can be given that such expectations will prove correct. Further information on factors that could cause actual results to differ from those anticipated is included in filings made by the Company from time to time with the Securities and Exchange Commission, including but not limited to, the Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2000 and the Form 10-Q for the quarter ended December 31, 2000.