Mobile Technology

I didn’t run across too much on the floor this year on the mobile front, but that may have been because I was rushed going around the show most of the time. 

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This is Chaintech’s version of a “desknote” — a mobile computer without an internal battery.  The market for these is mainly in the Asian market, as we have seen ECS’ design of one do poorly here in the US.

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At the NVIDIA booth, we saw these MXM modules — the proposed solution from NVIDIA for upgradeable graphics.  While at first the industry thought we may be on the way to a standard, this was quickly rebuttled by ATI offering their own “standard.”  Sigh.

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This is Asus’ latest offering on the mobile front, a Centrino based solution that is as much a multimedia machine as computing machine.  Notice the “TV 052” in red on the front and the cable plugged directly into the notebook on the left.  This machine has a built in TV tuner and remote control so it can be used on the road for television, movie viewing and more.

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On the opposite front is the S300 series of notebooks from Asus — Centrino gone tiny.  These are the notebooks that I will be looking into as I am tired of carrying around 8 lbs notebooks to these darn shows!

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