XScale chips to power new mobile monitors

Intel's XScale processor technology has been chosen to power a handful of new wireless monitors being cooked up by hardware makers to take advantage of Microsoft Corp.'s Mira technologies, the chip maker said Friday.

Koninklijke Philips Electronics NV and ViewSonic Corp. will use the Intel chips to power wireless "smart display devices" based on Mira, a technology that allows users to access their Windows XP desktop from a portable monitor.

Both hardware makers will use Intel's PXA250 applications processor to power their Mira-enabled devices due out in the fourth quarter of this year, Intel said.

The Santa Clara, California, chip maker launched its XScale processor line in mid-February, touting the new chips as perfectly suited to networking given their low power consumption, which allows for extended battery life, and high performance.

Just to emphasize the appropriateness of marrying XScale with Mira, Intel also said that it is making a mobile monitor reference design available to Mira device manufacturers. The reference design will be for a 10.4 inch (26.4 centimeters), 16-bit pixel display with Intel StrataFlash memory and Intel wireless LAN technologies. Future reference designs are also in the works for a detachable monitor that functions as a primary PC and mobile monitor, the company said.

While Intel appears keen on the mobile monitor push, consumers have not seen many real world examples yet. Microsoft just unveiled its Mira technologies earlier this year. Since then, however, a number of PC makers have thrown their support behind the idea.

The target right now is on home use, offering consumers the same kind of mobility with their home PCs as they get from cordless phones. By tapping on a monitor with a stylus or using a mouse, users could presumably access all the content and applications in their PC via a wireless connection and view them on the mobile display.

"This is really quite new and makes a whole lot of sense because it separates the interface from the computer," said Martin Reynolds, research fellow with Gartner Inc.'s Dataquest Inc. division.

Reynolds envisions a device whereby users cannot only access their computer applications and content, but also control other devices in their homes, letting them choose CDs or play games, for example.

However, one important part of user adoption will be making the devices "dead easy" to use, Reynolds said.

Intel hopes that the inclusion of XScale chips will help facilitate this ease, ensuring longer battery life and high processing speeds.

Join the newsletter!

Or
Error: Please check your email address.
Rocket to Success - Your 10 Tips for Smarter ERP System Selection
Keep up with the latest tech news, reviews and previews by subscribing to the Good Gear Guide newsletter.

Scarlet Pruitt

PC World
Show Comments

Essentials

Mobile

Sansai 6-Outlet Power Board + 4-Port USB Charging Station

Learn more >

Exec

Budget

Back To Business Guide

Click for more ›

Brand Post

Most Popular Reviews

Latest Articles

Resources

PCW Evaluation Team

Andrew Teoh

Brother MFC-L9570CDW Multifunction Printer

Touch screen visibility and operation was great and easy to navigate. Each menu and sub-menu was in an understandable order and category

Louise Coady

Brother MFC-L9570CDW Multifunction Printer

The printer was convenient, produced clear and vibrant images and was very easy to use

Edwina Hargreaves

WD My Cloud Home

I would recommend this device for families and small businesses who want one safe place to store all their important digital content and a way to easily share it with friends, family, business partners, or customers.

Walid Mikhael

Brother QL-820NWB Professional Label Printer

It’s easy to set up, it’s compact and quiet when printing and to top if off, the print quality is excellent. This is hands down the best printer I’ve used for printing labels.

Ben Ramsden

Sharp PN-40TC1 Huddle Board

Brainstorming, innovation, problem solving, and negotiation have all become much more productive and valuable if people can easily collaborate in real time with minimal friction.

Sarah Ieroianni

Brother QL-820NWB Professional Label Printer

The print quality also does not disappoint, it’s clear, bold, doesn’t smudge and the text is perfectly sized.

Featured Content

Product Launch Showcase

Latest Jobs

Don’t have an account? Sign up here

Don't have an account? Sign up now

Forgot password?