At Dumoulin Électronique first! The CIARA VIBE tablet, powered by EXOPC, now available to the public

MONTREAL, Jan. 26 /CNW Telbec/ - Quebec companies Groupe Dumoulin, CIARA Technologies, and EXOPC today announced the official arrival of the CIARA VIBE, a one-of-a-kind tablet with all of the functionalities of a PC. Sold in Quebec and throughout Canada under the name CIARA VIBE, the tablet is initially being made available only in Dumoulin stores and online at www.dumoulin.com.

Created in Rimouski, the EXOPC interface is the first in the world to work under the Microsoft Windows 7 operating system, which provides users with all of the latest features of a desktop computer. This ground-breaking product also enables users to access a host of applications and the Web and to stay in contact with the people who matter via business and personal e-mail and social networks. With its powerful Intel Atom Pineview processor 1.6 GHz and its 2 GB of RAM, navigating with the CIARA VIBE means seamless, effortless interactivity and multitasking.

CIARA and EXOPC have chosen to sell their product through Dumoulin first, not only because of its reputation as a leading retailer, but also because the Dumoulin chain of stores stands apart from its competitors. In fact, according to a recent Léger Marketing survey, the Dumoulin customer experience ranks first among electronics retailers in Quebec.1

"We are proud to be able to make this revolutionary product available and to advance Quebec companies," explains Hugues Léger, Vice-President, Marketing, for Groupe Dumoulin. "This tablet is unlike any other, and we believe it will profoundly change how users browse, work and play."

"We are very pleased to be partnering with Groupe Dumoulin. This alliance enables us to launch and promote the CIARA VIBE tablet in the Quebec market. Dumoulin stores provide the perfect channel for us to reach Quebec users who have extensive IT savvy," affirms Patrick Scateni, Vice-President, Sales and Marketing at CIARA.

"Our close collaboration with CIARA, which is responsible for the manufacturing and distribution of the tablets, has enabled us to create a highly unique interface and to develop software that sets the CIARA VIBE apart from other tablets," states Jean-Baptiste Martinoli, Chairman and Chief Technology Officer at EXOPC. "This product is our pride and joy, and we are delighted to see the interest that the CIARA VIBE is generating."

The digital world at your fingertips

The CIARA VIBE not only offers a distinctive interface, it is a complete entertainment centre and the ideal platform to view all types of videos and photo albums. The musical experience it brings to users is of exceptional quality and incudes Internet radio and stored playlists. Managing work, scheduling priorities, and staying in contact with friends has never been easier. The CIARA VIBE tablet also includes:

  • Flash®: The Flash device is vital to an efficient Web experience and applications that run smoothly. That's why the CIARA VIBE interacts intuitively with Flash technologies, resulting in a fluid, natural user experience.
  • App Store: The App Store welcomes you to a brand new world, one without limits, fulfilling the user's needs with respect to entertainment, education, productivity, organization, and beyond. Applications include Microsoft Bing, YouTube, and much more.

The CIARA VIBE offers an intelligent design and practical accessories. Using it is an experience in itself:

  • Top quality screen: The 11.6-inch (29.5 cm) screen, with a high definition capability of 1366 x 768 pixels, enables users to surf the Web, work on a document, or undertake any other task with the greatest of ease. In addition, the integrated Webcam helps users stay in touch with the people who matter.
  • Unlimited access: Offering a Wi-Fi module, the CIARA VIBE allows users to connect to the Internet and access their e-mails and favourite sites anywhere and at any time. Bluetooth® technology is also available to connect essential communication devices.
  • Multi-Touch technology: A first! The CIARA VIBE integrates Multi-Touch technology with a Windows-based tablet for easier handling. The ability to expand or contract photos, GPS maps, or any other virtual object is at your fingertips.
  • Unparalleled connectivity: The CIARA VIBE tablet offers a mini-HDMI port, enabling users to connect it to a television or any other monitor to project images on a larger screen. Connecting a camera, external drive, optical reader, printer, USB key, or SD card has never been easier thanks to the USB ports built into the tablet.

Availability

The CIARA VIBE is available now in all Dumoulin stores and online at www.dumoulin.com from $649.

About Groupe Dumoulin

Founded in 1946, Dumoulin is the largest private Canadian retailer of consumer electronics. Groupe Dumoulin is an enterprise which in addition to its consumer electronics retail division (Dumoulin and Audiotronic store fronts throughout the country), also services the North American commercial, corporate and hospitality industries through its "Solutions Group," comprising its Premium, Corporate and Hotels Solutions divisions. For more information about Groupe Dumoulin, please visit www.dumoulin.com.

About CIARA Technologies

Incorporated in 1984, CIARA Technologies is one of the largest Canadian manufacturers of computers and is a world-class global technology provider. CIARA Technologies designs, develops, markets, services, and supports a variety of computer systems, including desktop and mobile computers, high density rack-mount and tower servers, networked storage, high-end workstations, and the CIARA VIBE tablet. CIARA Technologies is at the forefront of the computing industry due to its commitment to leading or bleeding-edge technology, cost-effective manufacturing, and unparalleled customer service. For more information, please visit www.ciara-tech.com and www.ciaravibe.com.

About EXOPC

EXOPC is a young Quebec company that has rapidly taken its place among industry leaders by bringing a new and relevant vision to the flourishing tablet market. Supported by the biggest players in the field, EXOPC successfully aligned itself with partners around the world to respond in a progressive manner to the keen interest in its first product, the EXOPC Slate, known as the CIARA VIBE in Canada. The exclusive interface installed on the VIBE tablet, powered by EXOPC, is being hailed by critics as the most innovative on the market. For more information, please visit www.exopc.com.

1Léger Marketing Study L'indice de l'expérience client 2010. Data gathered from October 13 to November 1, 2010, from 2,676 respondents in the CE category in Quebec, including 410 Dumoulin customers. 

SOURCE Dumoulin

For further information:

Stéphanie Babin     
HKDP Communications and public affairs  
Telephone: 514 395-0375, ext. 238   
E-mail: sbabin@hkdp.qc.ca    

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