Jetway Shrinks PC, Not Power

By Peter Coffee  |  Posted 2002-12-02 Print this article Print

If there's one thing I expect to see at Comdex, it's the Sony pavilion filled with PCs and peripherals that make new rules for high-touch design.

If theres one thing I expect to see at Comdex, its the Sony pavilion filled with PCs and peripherals that make new rules for high-touch design.

Sonys near-total absence from this years Comdex floor was one of the shows jarring notes, but smaller companies such as Jetway Computer ( filled the gap with designs like the compact MiniQ 740: a fully integrated, media-oriented PC with four USB ports, a LAN port, a PCI slot, a drive bay and even S-video output, in a space the size of some table radios. (Contact the company for wholesale prices.)

Jetways motherboard designs have received favorable reviews from sites such as Toms Hardware, and this was just one of several such entertainment-cube designs that I saw in Las Vegas this year. Small-appliance pricing for PCs (or PC intelligence in affordable appliances) has finally arrived.

Peter Coffee is Director of Platform Research at, where he serves as a liaison with the developer community to define the opportunity and clarify developers' technical requirements on the company's evolving Apex Platform. Peter previously spent 18 years with eWEEK (formerly PC Week), the national news magazine of enterprise technology practice, where he reviewed software development tools and methods and wrote regular columns on emerging technologies and professional community issues.Before he began writing full-time in 1989, Peter spent eleven years in technical and management positions at Exxon and The Aerospace Corporation, including management of the latter company's first desktop computing planning team and applied research in applications of artificial intelligence techniques. He holds an engineering degree from MIT and an MBA from Pepperdine University, he has held teaching appointments in computer science, business analytics and information systems management at Pepperdine, UCLA, and Chapman College.

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