Compaq will unveil the next stage of its Internet appliance strategy 15 August, as the company continues to seek new business opportunities beyond the desktop PC.

At a launch event in New York City, Compaq executives will talk about "a new approach to Internet access and experiences that will enable customers to do what they want and need to do any time, anywhere," according to a Compaq statement.

Compaq showed its first Internet appliance at the Comdex trade show in November of last year, a prototype device codenamed Clipper that was designed to provide consumers with a quick and low-cost way to access the Internet. Clipper hasn't appeared yet as a commercial product.

At about the same time, the company launched the iPaq, a small form-factor desktop appliance that's designed to give business users an easy and low-cost way to access the Net.