All Day and Beyond
Some more thoughts on IDF Taipei from one of our customers: One of the things that I like about IDF is people are really making things happen here. Or at least they are trying hard. For example, the battery life of your notebook. As much as its advantages to carry around just like your cellphone, there is a single one thing that bug me most. You have to conserve on your power consumption for every little thing you do. Either you have to turn down the back-light and squirm, or you have to pull down and close the LCD lid right after you’ve finished the job. You never have the luxury of keeping it on for at least an hour without doing anything:) Just look around at the IDF conference. Where do people sit in the blogging area? They would sit close to where there are power sockets. Also, attendees who use their notebooks on the rest area would keep their power cord on. That’s why a session called Realizing the Vision of “All Day and Beyond” of Battery Life for Mobile PCs would be attractive to me. What’s Intel’s role here with regards to long battery life? A faster chip like Penryn would surely helps, according to Andy Keates, the speaker of this session. A faster chip would complete a computing task faster, and turn the notebook into low-power mode. I don’t think the “all day and beyond” thing would be achieved soon, but as I can see from this session that things are making progress. That’s simply great. And the talk of town today. Asus announced the prices for its new line of Intel-based low-cost notebooks Eee PC, a counterpart to Negroponte’s OLPC, or XO. Asus is in the camp of Classmate PC led by Intel. At USD$250, I think the notebook is simply affordable enough to cause a stir in the local market.