PC manufacturer Acorn seems set to benefit from the successful trial of its network computer (NC) by Oracle CEO Larry Ellison. The company, which saw its share of the education market being cut last year, is now looking to hire around 40 new staff as it expands both its NC division and its schools business.
Acorn marcoms manager Kevin Coleman said that his firm was the manufacturer best placed to take advantage of the market potential of the low-cost Internet terminals.
Acorn is a major shareholder in processor manufacturer Advanced Risc Machines, which makes the ARM7500 chips for Oracle's NC and controls Online Media which has been pioneering Interactive TV trials in Cambridge.
At the Oracle demonstration last week, Oracle CEO Larry Ellison, who has staked his personal credibility on the NC, successfully used it with a conventional TV to display text, graphics and audio from the Web.
The Oracle-designed NC is based on open Internet standards and designed to run on any combination of processor and operating system. Despite many manufacturers being critical of Ellison's NC, many are building prototypes just in case the market takes off.
Apple is interested in licensing Sun's Java authoring tool to allow its handheld Newton to access the Net. US press reports suggest Intel is working with Compaq to provide a low-cost rival to the Oracle/Acorn NC.
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