Fujitsu debuts pen tablet running NT

Fujitsu Personal Systems Inc. Santa Clara Calif. today introduced a pen tablet that features technology more typical of desktop devices: Intel Corp.'s Pentium chips and Microsoft Corp.'s Windows NT.

Fujitsu's Stylistic 1200 according to the company is the first commercially available pen tablet running Windows NT Workstation 4.0. The product also is among the few pen tablets employing a 120 MHz Pentium processor. Many pen tablets - including the Stylistic 1200's predecessor the Stylistic 1000 - use 100 MHz 486 chips.

Diana Hwang senior industry analyst at International Data Corp. said Fujitsu's support for Windows NT is "still pretty early" for customer adoption but she added that the feature is "a distinguishing factor" for the product. The Stylistic 1200 also runs Windows 95 and Windows for Workgroups 3.11.

Fujitsu's goal with its pen tablet devices is to provide laptop capability to people who "have to work on their feet " said Geoff Walker marketing vice president of Fujitsu.

The Stylistic 1200 is a 3.9-pound device that houses a 1.4G or optional 2.1G hard drive a lithium-ion battery providing up to four hours of continuous use and two Type II or one Type III PC Card slots.

Other features include 16M to 48M of RAM Zoomed Video and four display options: TFT color DSTN color transmission monochrome for indoor use and transflective monochrome for outdoor use. The device also is designed to use PC Card-based wide-area network radios.

Availability

Fujitsu's new pen tablet available this month will be marketed to federal customers through the company's network of value-added resellers and systems integrators. Wang Government Systems Inc. and Telecom Designs are among the company's federal resellers.

Walker said a number of federal agencies already use Fujitsu's previous pen tablet products. The Federal Emergency Management Agency for example employs 1 100 Fujitsu pen tablets in the field for assessing damage he said. The Labor Department uses 550 devices to collect data for its market-basket surveys which help determine the consumer price index. The Air Force Army and Navy also are customers.

Walker said users of the company's earlier pen tablet products will upgrade to the new product during the next year or two. He said the company expects to do about $7 million in federal business this year.

A Stylistic 1200 with 16M of RAM 1.4G of storage and Windows 95 is volume priced at $3 500. Fujitsu defines volume as a purchase of 200 units. Walker said the typical pen tablet sale ranges from 200 to 300 units although customers may purchase five to 50 units to conduct pilots.

Fujitsu also announced a lower-cost pen tablet that the company is targeting toward health care organizations. Fujitsu's Point 510 is volume priced at $2 600 for a unit with 8M of RAM 1.4G of storage and Windows 95. The product runs Advanced Micro Devices Inc.'s 100 MHz 5x86 DX4 chip. Availability is scheduled for late August.

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