POS Computers offer thick or thin client configurations.

Press Release Summary:



SurePOS 300 Series features 1.2 GHz VIA C3 processor with 256 MB memory, 4 RS-232 ports, 2 powered RS-232 ports, cash drawer port, and 4 USB ports. Model 4810-320 does not include storage media. Thin-client Model 4810-32C features 128 MB Compact Flash storage, and Thick-client Model 4810-32H offers 40 GB hard disk drive. All systems include both Ethernet and SVGA video standard on planar, one ½-size PCI slot, keyboard and mouse ports, and one 3.5 in. bay.



Original Press Release:



Enhanced IBM SurePOS 300 Series Models Offer Low-Cost Thin- or Thick-Client Alternatives for the Retail Environment



At a glance
With the new SurePOS 300 Series system units you can easily create the right solution for your business.

The new SurePOS 300 models offer:
o 1.2 GHz VIA C3 processor, standard
o 256 MB memory standard, expandable to 512 MB
o 4-8 MB UMA Video memory
o 128 MB Compact Flash standard (Model 32C only)
o 40 GB Value Hard Disk Drive standard (Model 32H only)
o 40 GB Value HDD or greater MES Upgrade Kit (Model 320 only)
o 128 MB Compact Flash Upgrade Kit (Model 320 only)
o One PCI slot, half-size
o Four PC USB ports
o Four standard, two powered RS-232 ports
o PS/2® keyboard and mouse ports
o SVGA
o 10/100 Ethernet

For ordering, contact:
Your IBM representative, an IBM Business Partner, or the Americas Call Centers at 800-IBM-CALL (Reference: SE001).

Overview
IBM has enhanced the SurePOS(TM) 300 Series. Therefore, if you are looking for an Entry POS that can be a thin or thick client, then this is the system for you. These enhanced models of the SurePOS 300 have a 1.2 GHz VIA C3 processor with 256 MB memory as standard, four RS-232 ports, two powered RS-232 ports, a cash drawer port, and four USB ports. The SurePOS 300 has been designed to meet the rigors of the retail environment, while providing a low-cost alternative to other POS models.

The SurePOS 300, 4810-320
If you need the latest PC technology with plenty of ports for POS peripherals and a wide range of configuration options, then look to the 4810-320. This is the value model and does not include storage media.

The SurePOS 300, 4810-32C
Model 32C is the thin-client model of the SurePOS 300, with 128 MB Compact Flash storage.

The SurePOS 300, 4810-32H
Model 32H is the thick-client model of the SurePOS 300, with a 40 GB Hard Disk Drive.

Key prerequisites
One of the following operating systems is required to support the SurePOS 300 Series:

o Windows(TM) 2000 Professional
o Windows XP Professional
o Windows XP Embedded (see note below)
o Linux Red Hat 7.3
o DOS 2000

Note: IBM will provide hardware support for customers who create unique Windows XP Embedded images. Field problems for XP Embedded will need to be recreated under Windows XP Professional.

Support for other operating systems, including Windows NT(TM), will be provided in response to RPQ request.

Planned availability date
October 10, 2003

Description
There are four major design points that determine the form and function of the SurePOS 300:

o Industry standard design
o Product flexibility/customer choices
o Investment protection
o Basic functions being standard

A point-of-sale terminal must be able to run standard PC applications and attach standard PC peripherals as well as point-of-sale peripherals and software. The IBM SurePOS 300 utilizes industry standards throughout its design. Some examples include:

o Standard socketed memory DIMMs
o Socket 370 processor technology
o RS-232 ports
o PC keyboard and mouse ports
o 3.5-inch IDE hard drives
o Universal Serial Bus (USB) ports, a parallel port, and an SVGA video port

Since it is a retail-hardened PC, standard operating systems, such as DOS, Windows, and Linux, run on the SurePOS 300. Retail industry standard OPOS and JavaPOS drivers will be available for the SurePOS 300. Recognizing the need for remote management, the SurePOS 300 supports TCP/IP DHCP/bootp and Intel(TM) PXE protocols and System Management Basic Input Output System (SMBIOS) 2.3.

Flexibility/choices
The SurePOS 300 provides many choices for storage and peripherals. Retailers can choose an HDD or Compact Flash, whichever suits their environment, with a range of peripheral choices for printer, display, cash drawer, and keyboard. One PCI half-size slot is available for expansion.

The compact form factor (11.8 x 8.5 x 3.5 inches) takes up little valuable counter or checkstand space. The SurePOS 300 is perfect for a distributed configuration, where the system unit is placed under the counter and the input/output devices are placed on the checkstand at the retailer's discretion. The compact size is usually better for portable carts, such as those used in amusement parks and garden centers.

Investment protection
IBM understands the time and money retailers have invested in their POS software applications. The SurePOS 300 supports DOS, so existing proven applications can be easily ported to this industry standard system.

Retailers expect to keep their POS terminals at least five to seven years after purchase, so it is important to allow for technology enhancements whenever possible. The SurePOS 300 has socketed memory so that memory can be added as needed in the future and a socketed processor to allow for upgrades as the application grows and needs more horsepower. The half-size PCI feature card slot provides upgrade capability for future function requirements. 10/100 Ethernet on the planar provides bandwidth for network-centric deployments involving graphics and multimedia that are becoming more popular. SurePOS 300 also has USB ports for attachment of future PC I/O devices.

Basic function standard
Every SurePOS 300 has both Ethernet and SVGA video standard on the planar, 256 MB of memory standard, four PC USB ports, one PS/2 keyboard port, one PS/2 mouse port, four standard RS-232 ports, two 12 V powered RS-232 ports, audio, one PCI half-size slot, and one 3.5-inch bay that can be used for an HDD or Compact Flash.

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