Given the fact that tablets have been talked about for almost two years now
and we've yet to see a viable consumer product, you'd think
we'd have given up on this market segment until we see something
that's really likely to ship!
But, heck, we're always looking for new toys and
will be checking out AirSpeak's
FLAIR... their solution to "information
darkness", i.e. the time you spend away from your PC.
FLAIR provides an "exact reflection of
desktop PC screen" on a wireless pad... sorta like a wireless
PCAnywhere. It's based on WinCE3.0 (PocketPC) and the spec sheet
says it also includes PocketPC versions of IE, Word, and InBox. It
sports a nice, big, 12 inch Active Matrix XGA LCD screen, too!
won't get our expectations too high, though, since AirSpeak's plan calls
for OEM deals later this year, with a mass-market product not coming until
the end of 2002 (where have I seen this story
before?). Initial pricing for the OEM version is about $2000, so
you'll really have to want to stay in touch with your
desk-bound $500 machine!
Linksys is announcing three new products at NW+I. No
pricing or availability info yet, however:
4-Port VPN Cable/DSL Router [BEFVP41]
- Full IPSec Virtual Private Networking Functions
- Supports IP, MAC, and
- Supports Multiple Authentication Protocols
- PAP and CHAP
- Built-in 4-Port Switch and Internet Firewall
SOHO Server [BEFS207]
For small/medium businesses and corporate workgroups
- 20 GB of network storage
- Built-in Cable/DSL Router for sharing broadband access
- Seven 10/100 switched ports
- One print server port
- Site filtering (to keep employees from visiting certain Web sites)
- Advancing routing: forwarding, filtering, and more
- DHCP Server
- One-stop support and maintenance
Instant Firewall [BEFVF11]
- NAT, PPPoE, IPSec, and PPTP support
- Remote Authentication (RADIUS) Support
- Attack protection against IP Spoofing, Ping of Death, and much more
- Traffic shaping
- MAC-IP binding
- Internal DNS and DHCP Servers
- URL caching and filtering
The last one is similar to a product mentioned in Linksys' new
product introductions at last year's Comdex.
Update 5/3/01 Linksys
is having a press conference with Trend Micro and ZoneLabs next Tuesday at NW+I.
Here's the announcement:
"Linksys Vice President, Janie Tsao and Strategic Program
Analyst, Ross Fujimoto along with Trend Micro's CEO/Chairman, Steve Chang and
Zone Labs CEO/Co-Founder Gregor Freund, announce a three-way alliance that will
add additional security benefits for users of Linksys Cable/DSL Routers."
will introduce what they say is the first gigabit firewall/VPN gateway
for medium and small enterprises. The new product will perform similarly or
better than competitors' large-enterprise gigabit security products and will be
aggressively priced -- about 1/3 the cost of competing products.
They'll also announce the new gigabit device's interoperability
with an IP-based storage solution from Nishan
Systems. The interoperability with Nishan's storage solution
demonstrates an enterprise's ability to use the Internet to securely connect to
geographically dispersed, large scale storage area networks.
Symbol will be showing three new products:
an 802.11b Compact Flash wireless LAN adapter designed for
a new security scheme to support mobility on 802.11b
an 802.11b and H.323 standards based-wireless VoIP
handset for enterprise level telephony (the first...according to Symbol)
The CF 802.11b adapter caught our eye, but since Symbol focuses
on "Enterprise" customers, its pricing will probably not be
More announcements are coming in daily, so check back for more