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By Jeffrey Burt  |  Posted 2003-03-17 Print this article Print

However, even the OEMs that are eager to use Centrino to build sleeker notebooks with greater wireless computing capabilities said the wireless world is not yet a reality.

"The industry still has a long way to go to satisfy the end user," said Patrick Lin, president of Acer America Corp., of San Jose, Calif. "If a salesperson [goes to a remote area], hot spots dont help. The dream is, you can get [wireless] access really anywhere. Centrino is a good step."

Acer last week introduced a Centrino-powered notebook, the TravelMate 803LCi, and next month will start shipping a convertible Tablet PC—the TravelMate c110—that can easily be converted from a tablet to a notebook configuration.

IBM and Dell Computer Corp. both rolled out notebooks last week that offer the entire Centrino package and others that simply featured the Pentium-M chip.

However, not every OEM jumped onto the Centrino bandwagon. Hewlett-Packard Co. launched a notebook that features only the chip and is avoiding the chip set for its corporate products.

OEMs can turn to other vendors for mobile chips. Advanced Micro Devices Inc. last week announced 12 new mobile chips for full-size- and thin-notebook markets. Separately, Transmeta Corp. released more details on its upcoming Astro chip.

Additional reporting by Carmen Nobel.

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