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The iPaq From Compaq

Boot Camp feature for Wednesday, November 17, 1999

It rhymes with iMac, but it comes from Compaq. I'm Fred Fishkin with Bootcamp, a report on computers and technology. The newest line of PCs from Compaq is called the iPaq. Let's keep the lawyers out of this. It doesn't look like an iMac, but the idea is similar. It does away with the typical ISA and PCI expansion slots...including instead swappable drives, USB expandability and built in networking. CEO Michael Capellas...

"The goal that we have is that when you think about how do you really make the Internet real, we want Compaq to be the company that you think about when you really start to talk about going live with the Internet."

The iPaq is small and sleek...and will be sold on the web and by phone at prices starting at under five hundred dollars. That doesn't include a monitor, but it does include a zippy 500 MHz Celeron processor. Capellas says, the radical change is just the start...

"It's how do I get content, connectivity, everywhere, all the time in the end user's hands and the name of the game is really changing. The kinds of things we used to build, which were devices that attached to networks in the older days....as we move into the Internet days... there is really a redefinition of how people want to attach to the Internet and the things they can do."

The new generation of machine ...says Capellas...is all about simplilcity. You can find more information on the web at compaq.com.