MeterNet Teams with Amiga to Develop SimpleBox Internet Devices
New,Easy-to-Use,Solid State Internet Appliance Products Powered
By Next Generation Amiga including Media Streaming & Java
Snoqualmie, WA - Reno, NV - September 20, 2000 - Targeting the
millions of computerless and offline consumers worldwide who will
soon be broadband enabled, Amiga and MeterNet have teamed to
develop and deliver a series of broadband SimpleBox Internet
Devices powered by the next generation Amiga.
MeterNet's SimpleBox Program is dedicated to bring best of breed
solutions to their embedded platforms and target markets. Each
device incorporates a tailored SimpleBox User Interface (UI) on top
of rugged solid state hardware with no moving parts. Along with
providing simple navigation and operation, the SimpleBox UI offers
optional feature-packed, integrated web-based eMail that is
optimized for display on television and VGA screens.
The initial mid-class product to be released powered by Amiga is
the SimpleBox Java Internet Device (JID) model wb8616JID. The
Simplebox wb8616JID is value packed with a robust v4-type browser,
audio/video streaming, instant messaging and fast ethernet for easy
broadband connection via cable, x/DSL, satellite and local area
Unlike other currently available devices from America Online
(AOL), Microsoft (MSFT), Ravisent (RVST), Web-2U (MUCP) and others,
the SimpleBoxJID powered by Amiga contains an authorized Sun
Virtual Machine, a high performance, memory efficient solution for
running Java technology based media content.
MeterNet and Amiga are also developing a low cost Internet Radio
Device for worldwide consumer markets targeted for release in early
"This new relationship with MeterNet will offer the consumer an
extremely easy to use device that will offer great content, and an
enjoyable experience that they will want to share with others,"
said Bill McEwen, President/CEO Amiga,Inc.
"MeterNet sees the future of computing and understands that it
is all about delivering functional and economical devices that suit
the needs of a market or an end user. MeterNet also understand the
importance of user experience and the inherent value added by Amiga
and our community. Together, we are committed to developing a
series of devices that showcase the innovative designs of MeterNet
and the outstanding collection of applications for these devices
that are available for the Amiverse," said Randall Hughes, Vice
President Sales and Strategic Alliances at Amiga Inc.
"With this long term Amiga partnership, our SimpleBox Program
has been dramatically extended and strengthened to integrate next
generation technologies tailored for our target markets," said Greg
Wible, MeterNet President. "We plan to generate interest in our
broadband device products from new user markets along with Amiga
About Amiga Inc.
Amiga Incorporated is the emerging leader in multiplatform,
multimedia Operating Systems. The Amiverse offers a multi-media
digital environment that provides developers with a true write once
run anywhere opportunity. Amiga has both leveraged and expanded
upon its rich 15-year history of industry leadership in the
development of what we know as multi-media.
Through a long term strategic partnership with the Tao Group of
Reading England, new Amiga based applications can run unchanged on
x86, PowerPC, Mcore, ARM, StrongARM, MIPS R3000, R4000, R5000, SH3,
SH4 and NECV850 processors. The Amiga OS is capable of running in
self hosted mode as well as hosted on Linux, Embedded Linux,
Windows 95, 98, 2000, CE, NT in addition to other commercially
available operating systems. Amiga Inc. is based in Snoqualmie, WA,
and has offices worldwide. Amiga can be reached at (425) 396 5660
or on the web at http://www.amiga.com/.
MeterNet Corporation develops and markets broadband Internet
devices, turn-key services and tailored integrated programs. Past
satisfied clients include Ziff-Davis, America Online, Alta Vista,
Shopping.com and IBM. Since 12/99 we have shipped our SimpleBox
Entry Level wb6400 series worldwide. Phase One SimpleBox wb8616JID
production is limited to 10,000 units with shipments to commence in
early December. For more SimpleBox JID program information and to
place an email order reservation visit
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