Some reactions from one of our customers to what he saw at Day One of IDF Taipei:
On any typical business day, everyone wants to carry a notebook that is light and thin. But what component should be gotten rid of first if you want to slim down the current form factor?
It’s the LAN port, according to Mike Trainor, who talked about the mobile platform trends at IDF conference here in Taipei.
That’s a very interesting idea. After all, when you can get access to the Internet via Wi-Fi, WiMax or 3G, the LAN port for broadband cable is probably just an afterthought.
I marveled at one of these ultra-thin notebooks on the showcase booth. It sure is beautiful and stylish enough.
But my guess is that notebook sans LAN port probably won’t be available too soon, as we still see mini PCI modem port (for dial-up) on most notebooks. We usually won’t opt for dial-up if we can get broadband or Wi-Fi, or even 3G. But you still feel it’s safer to keep these “legacy” ports around, in case you really run out of other options.
One other notable technologies for slim notebooks has got to be solid state drives. Without getting into technical details, Mr. Trainor demonstrated on the stage how fast it was compared with conventional hard disk drive.
A solid state drive runs three times faster for the same computing task to be performed on a hard disk drive, according to him.
That’s very good news if you constantly need to handle large amount of files. The bad news is that the technology won’t be realized for another five to ten years before it really goes mainstream.