NEC Launches Laptop without a Hard Disk

On Tuesday NEC announced that it has developed a laptop minus the hard disk or HDD for corporate users.

According to Hitoshi Onodera a spokesman with NEC, “PC Parafield” as the new system is christened, offers a high level of data security with mobility and can be touted as a replacement for existing thin-client systems.

He further said that the new laptop will combine the strengths of a conventional laptop and a thin-client system while avoiding the weakness associated with these systems, as both have their limitations and security problems.

“PC Parafield” uses flash ROM to store the OS and other applications enabling it to work even in the absence of a network. For storing all other files and data it uses the RAM that automatically clears when the machine is shut down, dispelling any fear of data theft. The backup can be taken on a central server or to a USB memory device if no network is available.

To the lookers “PC Parafield” is just like any other B5-size laptop with standard specifications with just notable difference, the absence of a hard disk.

The specifications for the system are given below:

Intel Pentium M processor 1.73 GHz
Windows XP Professional
3GB of ROM space for operating system and applications
512MB main memory
12.1-inch TFT LCD with resolution of 1024 by 768 pixels
PC Card slot
Ethernet socket
USB 2.0
10.8 by 9 by 1 inches
2.8 pounds

The “PC Parafield” is available of the shelf for $3742 in Japan, as of now NEC has no plans to offer it in the overseas market.

Speaking on the possible overseas launch Hitoshi Onodera said, “We haven’t heard of another company offering such a product, so at first this is something like a concept product. We’ll launch it and see what the market response is before considering an international launch.”


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