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Mitac prepares widescreen PC for October launch

Taiwanese PC company Mitac International will begin shipping a desktop PC with an integrated 17-inch widescreen TFT liquid...

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Taiwanese PC company Mitac International will begin shipping a desktop PC with an integrated 17-inch widescreen TFT liquid crystal display next month.

From the front, the E8181D resembles a flat-screen television with a widescreen display, which can be tilted back to an optimium viewing angle. The PC components are hidden from view and integrated into the rear of the display's base.

The E8181D runs Microsoft Windows XP and is based on either an Intel Celeron processor or a Pentium 4 processor running at a clock speed of 2GHz or higher. The PC will have a hard-disc drive with a capacity of up to 240Gbytes.

The E8181D also includes a DVD-Rom drive, an optional wireless Lan card, built-in speakers and sub-woofer, and a card reader that can accept Multimedia Card, Secure Digital and Memory Stick Pro memory cards. Users can control the E8181D by using a wireless keyboard and mouse or an optional remote control.

Mitac is holding talks with PC suppliers interested in distributing the E8181D under their own brand name, said Royce Chang, a Mitac spokeswoman, declining to name specific companies. Mitac's sister company, Synnex International, will distribute the PC under the Lemel brand name.

Sumner Lemon writes for IDG News Service

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