Intel Details Internet Appliance

SAN MATEO (06/22/2000) - In step with the recent wave of activity in the Internet appliance market, Intel Corp. on Thursday announced its own branded appliance, the DotStation, which the Santa Clara, California-based company has been hinting it would deliver for several months.

Designed specifically for the consumer Web-surfing market, the Dot.Station combines Internet access, e-mail, "home organization applications," and a built-in telephone in one simplified package, according to Intel officials.

DotStation is available now to service providers. Intel currently is negotiating with providers to package a final product that will be delivered to consumers as a hardware/Internet/phone service bundle.

Loaded into every DotStation will be Intel's System Management Suite, which is technology that will allow a service provider to remotely manage and upgrade the Intel appliance as the Internet evolves.

Dan Neel is an InfoWorld reporter.

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