Intel Corp. this week will show off its latest concept PC, "Florence," emphasizing mobility for different lifestyles and featuring a second LCD panel plus an embedded wireless mouse that also doubles as a VOIP phone.
If this sounds like an introduction to an automobile line or the latest fashions, theres a reason: like Detroits carmakers, Intel has begun showing off its visions of the future that it has encouraged its OEMs to build and popularize.
Intel will show off three Florence notebooks this week at its Intel Developer Forum in San Francisco, where the company will present its vision for the computing world. The "concept PCs" Intel will be showing are actually the companys vision for 2005. Later this year, the notebooks features will be summed up in a "Mobile Platform Vision Design Guide" that will spell Intels requirements out in more detail.
Intel has designed three models: one for the "on the go" road warrior, another for the virtual office, and a third for the digital home. All anticipate the resurgence of the consumer notebook sector by 2005, when consumer notebooks are expected to rank second in overall retail growth, according to research firm Gartner Inc.
Each notebook contains certain basic capabilities, including a detachable LCD that may or may not double as an LCD monitor or touchpad; enhanced user authentication that supports the Trusted Platform Module 1.2 specification, also tied to Microsofts "Longhorn" OS; and Extended Mobile Access, a small LCD display built into the notebook chassis.
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