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Osullivan Furniture Releases New ?Smartdesk

New line of computer desks features integrated Digital Satellite Hub (August 12, 2004)

Digital Satellite Hub

Digital Satellite Hub

OSullivan Furniture, the second largest manufacturer of Ready-To-Assemble (RTA) furniture in the world, announced today the release of its new Macintosh- and PC-compatible SmartDesk, a beautifully crafted piece of furniture featuring OSullivans Digital Satellite. Installed in OSullivans Apex and Intelligent Designs Maestro Collections, the Digital Satellite is a USB/Ethernet portal that acts as a hub, a power strip and a surge protector, eliminating the tedious process of reaching around the back of the computer tower in order to connect and switch peripherals.

?An explosion of USB-enabled devices such as digital cameras, MP3 players and PDAs have made it essential for PC users to have multiple USB connections readily available, states Michael Franks, director of strategic planning for OSullivan Furniture. ?Until the advent of the SmartDesk with Digital Satellite, the computer desk often has been more of a hindrance than a help in the connection of peripheral devices with a PC.

The Digital Satellite is a desktop electronic device that is integrated into the SmartDesks cable management system, allowing for desktop access to USB ports, AC power, Ethernet and phone connections. These connection points will allow desktop PC users to use multiple USB-based devices, and laptop PC users to completely connect their PC at the desktop. The patent-pending Digital Satellite features two 110 -volt electrical outlets, an RJ-45 Ethernet (high speed) jack, an RJ-11 phone jack, a USB 2.0 Upstream port, four USB 2.0 Downstream ports and a lighted on/off switch.

?The most important aspect of understanding the affect of USB technology is to realize that the U stands for universal, says William Bonner, manager of marketing and communications for OfficeMax, a leading office furniture retailer. ?And that fact is responsible for the growing array of USB-enabled products and the consumers need to connect these products to their computer. This is why we welcome new office furniture innovations like the Digital Satellite, which connect the computer desk to the computer itself.

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