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New technologies emerge at Computex 2009

Posted: 09 Jun 2009     Print Version  Bookmark and Share

Keywords:netbook  software vendors  Moblin  Windows 7 

On the strength of Taiwan's manufacturing and innovation competence for ICT products, Computex Taipei has become the best occasion for international tier-one companies to showcase their latest technologies and strategic partnerships with local manufacturers.

At this year's Computex, several heavyweights actively participated to unveil the latest technology trends. Taiwanese companies also made endeavors to launch innovative products with leading technologies. Those enthusiastic efforts not only bring rich contents for Computex, but also demonstrates its increasing influences on global ICT industries.

Netbook evolution
Netbook, which has been rising quickly in past one year, is still the brightest focus at the showfloor. Characterised with a perfect combination of computing and mobile Internet as well as affordable price, lightweight, and long battery life, netbook concept products, for sure, will be the most important force to drive the next-wave growth for hi-tech industry.

With comprehensive ecosystem and innovation capabilities, Taiwanese companies are considered the pioneers of creating the netbook market.

The competition in the netbook market has escalated from form factors and features to core processors such as CPUs and GPUs. For example, GPU vendor NIVIDA has partnered with Compal Communications, Iventec, Pegatron, and Wistron to unveil 12 new high-definition mobile Internet devices (MIDs) powered by its Tegra processor.

Intel has also introduced its next-generation processor code named "Pine Trail" at the Computex trade show. Through integration processing core and graphic core into one single die, the new chip will be able to help companies develop new-generation Netbooks with lighter weight and longer battery life.

To rival in the market, the Snapdragon platform developed by Qualcomm has also gained support from local manufacturers including Asus, Compal Communications, Foxconn, HTC, Inventec, and Wistron. Qulacomm tries to reshape the traditional x86-based market landscape with its ARM-based processor.

In addition, Qualcomm and ARM also unveiled the brand new concept of a mobile device dubbed 'smartbook', claiming that, with all-day battery life, the new class of devices can bridge the functional divide between smartphones and laptops.

New software technologies
Eyeing on the huge business opportunities for netbooks, software vendors also jump on the bandwagon to compete with each other. Software giant Microsoft has announced the release date of its Windows 7 operating system, in an effort to assert its leading position to other vendors.

Meanwhile, the Android platform, which is backed by Google, also caused a stir at this year's show. After Android successfully moved into the smartphone market, the industry is eager to know when it will be designed into netbooks. Acer addresses this by announcing that it will launch an Android-based netbook in third quarter this year.

Elitegroup (ECS) also demonstrated a mockup of MID enabled by Android and TI OMAP3 processor. On the other hand, processor IP core vendor MIPS Technologies announced the availability of MIPS architecture for Android platform. Within 60 days, optimised MIPS source code will be available, and MIPS Technologies has built up an ecosystem with partners to realise the development supports for Android.

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