Factors and Compatibility
do we mean when we say shape, or as the attorneys like to say "geometric
configuration", indicates compatibility? It means consumers will
be able to identify and buy new products that are compatible with
their current system simply by looking at shape of the product. This
will end the need to read "system requirements" on software
boxes and greatly reduce the need for technical sales help.
does not mean that all products must look the same. For instance,
today's home entertainment components are all basically rectangular
19 inch rack mountable boxes and it is the faceplate that provides
each component manufacturer visibility and branding. Each product
in a UniStac system will also have a faceplate that allows the product
company to create a unique look.
developing our initial concept we were cognizant of the need to create
a mechanism for adapting to different needs and dramatic changes in
technology. That mechanism is the form factor. For instance, if the
initial products had come out in 1987 using serial connections, at
some point a faster connection means, e.g. USB or 1394x, would have
made it worthwhile to invest in an entirely new system of products
presented in a different form factor that made it clear it was incompatible
with older products. Thus, eliminating any confusion in the market
place. In addition, UniStac Datacenters may be made for different
markets e.g., personal, small business and enterprise. Again, compatibility
of each would be easily identifiable by shape.
the example above, it is simple to determine that products made in
form factor "a" would not be compatible with those made
in form factor "d".
has created an example form factor (photo upper left) and will work
with leading product manufacturers/licensees to determine production
form factors and designs. Our goal is to insure that all UniStac Datacenter
products delivered in a particular form factor are compatible with
all other products delivered in that same form factor.