Compaq aims to branch out from PC market

Compaq aims to branch out from PC market
Tom Foremski
Leading PC maker Compaq Computer plans to enter the set top TV market which will also help Intel in its bid to establish its products in embedded consumer electronics markets.
Sources close to Compaq say that it will offer an Intel based set top box running Windows 98 by this summer. This will make it the first PC company to enter this market. Later this year, it will offer a Windows CE based set-top box to coincide with the first digital TV broadcasts in the US.
Other PC makers are expected to follow Compaq’s lead as they search for new markets in the face of slowing revenues from desktop PC markets. Intel recently demonstrated a prototype set top box running on a 450MHz Celeron microprocessor.

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