Unisys Hong Kong has announced a new Aquanta line that offers customised computing for PCs. Ranging from servers to desktop and mobile computing, the Aquanta line is the company's strongest move into PCs and away from the mainframe/hardware image normally associated with Unisys. 'The Aquanta products enable customers to order products specific to their needs and rely on truly worldwide service and support from Unisys,' said Stephen Kucia, general manager of Unisys Hong Kong. 'We deliver quality at a competitive cost by leveraging unique manufacturing processes and working with our partners to offer the latest technology as soon as it is available.' More than five years ago, Unisys decided to shed the uniform hardware business to grab for a chunk of the lucrative PC market. Catering to large vertical areas such as finance, communications and transportation, the company is now focusing on offering solutions as well as parts. The Aquanta PC and server are built by one person, Unisys claims, and that results in a high arrival-quality rate, which the company lists as 98 per cent. The customised operating system is preloaded and this enables Unisys to quickly adopt new software and hardware options for each client. Unisys was the first to ship PCs with Windows 95 and IBM OS/2 Warp Connect. Intel Pentium Pro processors also were made available within 25 days of introduction. The big pet project for Unisys these days, however, is SmartCards, which the company hopes to have fully developed in under a year.