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  • Cyber Net to Sell Internet Terminal Aimed at Home Users
  • March 19, 1999 (TOKYO) — Cyber Net Communications Inc. introduced the “Hola,” an Internet terminal targeted at home users.
    It allows remote-control operation of the Web browser and e-mail by linking to existing televisions.

    Users select either dial-up (equipped with a built-in 33.6kbps modem) or LAN (equipped with a 10-BASE-T connector) connectivity. Access to the Internet needs to be individually arranged with Internet service providers.

    Hola was developed by Teknema Inc. of the United States and localized by Cyber Net. The official price has not yet been announced. However, the estimated retail price is expected to be in the range of 30,000 yen (118.21 yen = US$1). The product is expected to ship 50,000 units at the end of March 1999. It measures 229.8mm wide by 193mm deep by 61.4mm high and weighs 1.36kg.

    An ARM Ltd. 32-bit RISC processor, the 7500FE, is used as the processor. For video image output, it also includes a connector slot to Composite Video/S-VHS video. It also comes with a remote control. Televisions and wireless keyboards are sold separately.

    (BizTech News Dept.)

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