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UNITERM BOOSTS IT CIRCUIT
Margie Inggs

Durban - Uniterm, the only South African computer terminal manufacturer, had launched its own application specific integrated circuit (ASIC) which would protect clients' investments by ensuring product continuity, Angelo Borros, the chief executive, said this week.

The Pinetown based company manufactures Unix and Windows based data terminals, simple boxes with screen, keyboard and mouse, which are networked to servers, providing a cost effective and security-friendly alternative to PCs in major organisations.

Borros said the introduction of Uniterm's own ASIC meant that all the terminal operating components and circuits were now contained in a single locally manufactured chip, which had replaced the 27 chips previously used.

"This has dramatically improved reliability, and it has reduced the number of printed circuit boards from seven to one," he said.

The terminals, which are used by serveral major manufacturing, production, banking, retail and educational organisations, are compatible with various operating environments, including Microsoft Windows, NT, Legacy, Unix and Web browser.

Borros said that Uniterm was committed to continuous research and development to keep abreast of current trends in the industry.

Made exclusively in South Africa, the terminals would provide a much needed boost to the local IT network industry, which was "characterised by box movers". Uniterm was out to change that by linking up with dealers capable of adding value to products.

 
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