Motion Computing and Cognio’s Spectrum Expert to Design Wireless Networks
Motion Computing is using Cognio’s Spectrum Expert to help design wireless networks. The company’s Tablet PCs are tested while walking and standing in hallways, stairwells and elevators versus in meeting rooms or offices because the customer’s wireless network design is important to the Tablets’ performance.
Dave Mackie, head of Wireless Professional Services for Motion Computing, uses Spectrum Expert primarily as a site analysis tool. He uses the results to determine what type of environment will work best and suit the specific needs of each customer. With Spectrum Expert, Motion can design a network with the assurance that it will work optimally, right out of the box.
According to the IDC the Portable PC Market is Growing
Worldwide PC shipments rose 7.3% from a year ago to 64.7 million units in the fourth quarter of 2006, according to IDC’s Worldwide Quarterly PC Tracker. This was slightly slower than the past several quarters, and down from more than 15% in 2004 and 2005.
Desktop volume of 138.3 million units was up less than 2% over 2005, while Portable shipments of 82.4 million were up 26.3%. While Desktop volume will grow by low single-digit rates throughout the forecast with a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 3.8% from 2006 to 2011, Portable PC shipments will maintain a CAGR of 16.1% over the same period. As a result, Portable PCs will represent more than 50% of all Client PCs worldwide in 2011 with a CAGR for Client PC shipments of 9.1%. It looks like our portable friends, notebooks and Tablets, are taking over.
Acer Not Ready for UMPCs
According to Acer’s president, Gianfranco Lanci, technology has yet to reach the level required for ultra-mobile PCs to take off with consumers. "The technology available today is still not in our opinion what the customer needs," Lanci told reporters at the annual CeBit trade show in Germany.
Until new advancements come along in battery life and other areas, Acer will be holding off on entering the UMPC market. "We need to wait another 18 months or 24 months before this is ready," Lanci said. I guess we will have to wait and see what Acer decides, who knows maybe that rumor of Dell buying them may still happen and then there would be all kinds of changes. For now though, Acer will continue busting out their popular line of Tablet PCs and notebooks.