Intel Corporation has unveiled its latest concept mobile PCs during the Intel Developer Forum Spring 2005. The new designs demonstrate how future Intel Centrino mobile technology platforms could be used to provide "on-the-go" entertainment for consumers and enhanced innovation for "digital office" users.
"The new concept mobile PC designs feature system-level innovation that builds on Intel's silicon leadership and helps to catalyze the notebook computer industry to create compelling new solutions that deliver a range of form factors, capabilities and end-user benefits," said Mike Trainor, Intel's chief mobile technology evangelist. "Intel innovation is enabling the industry to transform the mobile PC into the essential digital lifestyle accessory."
The company is introducing two notebooks and one desktop PC design that build upon capabilities introduced last year with Intel's "Florence" concept systems.
The on-the-go concept mobile PC is a new, ultra-mobile notebook PC that would allow consumers in the future to enjoy digital entertainment away from, in and around the home. Intel envisions that software would allow consumers to access ("outside-in") and/or synchronize ("sync-n-go") content from a digital home PC or network to use with the concept mobile PC.
Small enough to fit in the user's hands, its touch screen doubles as a flat surface speaker, eliminating the need for a keyboard. The unit is designed to aid easy communications for on-the-go consumers. It comes equipped with a wired or wireless keyboard, detachable DVD player, GPS navigation system, a built-in camera and array microphones. It also offers a sneak peek at future computing and communication capabilities, including WLAN connectivity, advanced PC system features and performance benefits.
The digital office concept laptop is designed to support Intel Virtualization Technology (previously codenamed Vanderpool), which enables a system to seamlessly and securely run different programs or operating systems on the same machine at the same time. This allows one PC to function as multiple "virtual" platforms. When combined with the right software it can provide a foundation for highly available and more secure client virtualization partitions.
The system also includes out-of-band manageability, visual indicators of activity and a fingerprint reader, as well as an array microphone, an integrated camera, seamless cell phone and integrated 802.11a/b/g and Bluetooth wireless technology.
Intel is also introducing a digital office concept desktop system based on Intel mobile technology. The concept is designed as an ultra-slim and quiet office desktop that combines the thin-and-light form factor of a notebook with the power and performance of a traditional desktop PC. These PCs would enable some corporations in the future that deploy mostly mobile computers to have desktop computers that could run on the same corporate software load, helping to reduce cost and improve organizational efficiencies.
In his keynote during the show, Sean Maloney, Intel executive vice president and general manager, Mobility Group, showed the first demonstration of a method for integrating the on-the-go concept mobile PC into a Land Rover. It exemplifies how innovative integration designs could enhance the in-car entertainment, communications and computing experience.
In this special collaboration, the demonstration showed how the PC is integrated into a Land Rover via a docking station so the PC can be easily taken in and out of the car. This allows users to easily enjoy their personal media - such as music and movies - while on the road. The concept mobile PC interfaces wirelessly to the car speakers via a Bluetooth audio adapter and allows the PC's GPS functions to be used for car navigation.