Personal Video Player
A prototype of the Personal Video Player from Intel and SONICblue, showing video captured from television. The final version, due next year for under $1,000 in the US, will look nothing like this, but the case will be no bigger and the screen no smaller.
A Panasonic notebook designed around the Banias mobile processor. Although Intel was not disclosing speeds at the forum, this system was running at 1.3GHz. Prototype Banias notebooks from IBM and Samsung were also on display, running Windows more or less reliably and with minders trying to prevent journalists from finding out technical details, more or less efficiently.
An XScale-based prototype device, used for remote control and access to home data. Intel is pushing the idea of a wireless-networked home very strongly, with emphasis on Universal Plug and Play (UPnP) and 802.11b as the technologies that link everything together automatically. Lime green translucent plastic is strictly optional.
Smart Display (Mira)
The Mira -- now called Smart Display -- device at play, remotely accessing a Windows XP desktop via a wireless network. Although seamless for many applications, its role as an untethered display to a PC is compromised by its inability to cope with moving video.
New handheld design
A reference design for the next generation of handhelds, including keyboard, video, GPRS and Java. Intel says that all the major handheld manufacturers are working on devices related to this one, and that these products will debut next year.
A selection of XScale portable devices. With the addition of 'Wireless MMX' (in reality the same MMX circuitry as used in the Pentium but shoehorned into the XScale design), Intel hopes to make the chip a natural choice for gaming and other graphics-intensive portable tasks.
Intel keeps trying to invent new device categories. This one, the Digital Briefcase, is a PDA with all the bulkiness and inconvenience of a full-sized notebook but without the ability to run desktop software. Good luck, Intel.
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