By Mark Hachman  |  Posted 2003-05-05 Print this article Print

The Athens PC will include a rechargeable dock for Tablet PCs, and also work together with next-generation phones, including a new model designed by Texas Instruments. Magendanz said. Biometrics will be enabled on Athens, using a combination flash chip that can store documents, together with a biometric sensor. Although the "Palladium" Next Generation Secure Computing Base will feature prominently at the show, Gates left the meat of the presentation to the numerous technical tracks hear at this three-day event. Mike Nash, corporate vice-president of the Secure Business Unit, will present the first working demonstration of the NGSCB later on Tuesday. "We do think that over this (NGSCB) will become a feature of all PCs," Gates said.
Gates also discussed the concept of the Dynamic Data Center (DDC), part of Microsofts Dynamic Systems Initiative (DSI) roadmap. A DDC is defined as "a combination of industry standard servers, storage and networking hardware that is connected in a prescribed manner, and dynamically provisioned and centrally managed", according to Microsoft.
Microsoft presenters configured a DDC server topology consisting of a mélange of HP servers, a SAN array, and HP networking switches using an XML-driven DDC wizard. Gates also showed off a Windows Server 2003 system using Intels Itanium processors, but also highlighted AMDs competing Opteron processor as well. Lastly, Gates highlighted Microsofts embedded offerings, including Windows CE .NET 4.2 "Core", a new low-cost license which will be available June 1 for just three dollars. New Evaluation and Emulation versions of Windows CE .Net 4.2, used to bring new designs to the Microsoft fold, have also been added.


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