Tablet PC News – Laptop boot time shortened, Microsoft has a winner with Tablet PC OS, NEC’s 4.1-Inch System-on-Glass LCD

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Flash! Laptop boot time shortened

10/18/2005 8:40:57 AM, by Eric Bangeman

Intel showed off its new Robson cache technology yesterday, when it gave a demonstration using a laptop that booted up almost immediately. The laptop in the question was equipped with a nice chunk of NAND flash RAM, which made the super-speedy startup time possible. As part of the demonstration, Intel also launched several applications from the flash drive, including Adobe Reader in 0.4 seconds and Quicken in 2.9 seconds.

Any seasoned road warrior will tell you that when it comes to draining your laptop battery, there’s nothing like a constantly spinning hard drive. Intel’s Robson cache technology attempts to ameliorate the problem by moving frequently accessed data over to the flash RAM. According to Intel…

Link to Full Story: http://arstechnica.com/news.ars/post/20051018-5446.html


MIKE WENDLAND: Microsoft has a winner with Tablet PC operating system

October 18, 2005

BY MIKE WENDLAND FREE PRESS COLUMNIST

Not to be a name dropper, but when Bill Gates spotted me last week at a news conference in Ann Arbor his face broke into a big grin and he greeted me with something to the effect of “Hey, Mike, my favorite reporter!”

Alas, it wasn’t my journalistic skills that brought the compliment. It was the machine I was using to ply my trade: a small, slate-like computer using the Microsoft Windows XP Tablet PC operating system.

Gates absolutely loves the Tablet PC system. He thinks it’s one of the most innovative and useful things Microsoft has ever invented, even though it’s been slow in taking off.

It was the second time this year that Gates and I had a face-to-face and the second time he noticed me using a Tablet. The last time we met, back in April during a visit to Dearborn, he was so taken by my use of the Tablet…

Link to Full Story: http://www.freep.com/money/tech/mwendland18e_20051018.htm





NEC LCD Technologies Develops 4.1-Inch System-on-Glass LCD Module Boasting Industry-Leading Picture Quality

Tokyo, Japan, Oct. 17, 2005 – (JCN Newswire) – NEC LCD Technologies, Ltd. today announced the successful development of a 4.1-inch (10.4cm diagonal), wide video graphics array (W-VGA), system-on-glass (SOG) liquid crystal display (LCD) module for mobile devices boasting industry-leading picture quality. Mass production of the newly developed SOG LCD module is targeted at the end of 2006 and will be carried out on the low temperature poly silicon (LTPS) LCD production lines of NEC Akita, Ltd.

The new SOG module has been realized by the following:

1) Simultaneous pursuit of a wide color gamut and high luminance A higher dimensional balance between an ultra-wide color gamut of 110% for NTSC and high luminance of 400cd/m2 has been achieved by optimizing the back-light system and the color filter based on the high transmissivity of LTPS thin film transistor (TFT) LCD technology, realizing astonishingly clear and vivid color reproduction that has been insufficient in small-sized LCD modules for mobile devices such as mobile phones, PDAs and digital cameras to date.

2) Downsizing through integration of peripheral circuitry Downsizing and integration of instrumentation has been achieved by the following: – LTPS employment, which enables a narrower LCD frame than that of amorphous silicon. – Integration of semiconductor systems on the glass substrate of the TFT LCD enabling a reduction in the number of instrumentation parts built into the new SOG LCD.

Recently, there has been an increase in the adoption of small-sized LCD modules for mobile devices and industrial applications owing to current trends favoring compact devices and portable and handheld instruments. However, as conventional LCD modules for mobile devices do not include a driver circuit, it has been difficult for manufacturers to employ conventional LCDs in industrial and other applications. NEC LCD Technologies’ new SOG LCD has not only succeeded in the inclusion of a driver circuit and a downsized model, making it suitable for a range of industrial applications, but also in realizing a superior level of picture quality enabling it to meet the demands of mobile devices as well as industrial and professional fields.

“Recognizing the need to develop a small-sized SOG LCD of superior picture quality, we at NEC LCD Technologies have striven for many years to enhance our SOG technology, one of our core competences, to enable a model that fulfills the needs of the industrial field. Going forward, we are convinced that it will contribute to the expanded application of SOG LCDs in this field and we will continue to develop it further toward the provision of even higher dimensional picture quality.” said Hidetoshi Usui, department manager in charge of product planning and marketing, NEC LCD Technologies, Ltd.


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