CEBIT - Philips embraces MS' Mira with detachable display

Koninklijke Philips Electronics NV Tuesday showed how Microsoft Corp.'s vision of computer users controlling their PCs remotely via portable displays could become reality.

The Amsterdam-based consumer electronics maker demonstrated here at the CeBIT trade show a flat-panel, touch-screen display with integrated IEEE 802.11b wireless networking capabilities that, when removed from its cradle, turns into a remote control for the PC.

The battery-operated LCD (liquid crystal display) weighs about 1 kilogram and will work up to 100 meters away from its base, according to Philips. It was built to comply with Mira, a set of wireless technologies Microsoft announced in January.

Support for Mira is picking up, with Philips joining four Japanese PC makers that in February said they would support the system in their PCs.

The detachable display is a prototype now, but Philips is planning to take the device into production later this year, said Allard Bijlsma, general manager of Philips' PC peripherals and wireless division for Europe. The display would initially be available in Europe only, he said.

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