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PortalPlayer, ASUSTeK to deliver Windows SideShow-enabled notebooks

Posted: 13 Jun 2006 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:PortalPlayer? ASUSTeK? Computex? notebook? Windows?

PortalPlayer Inc. and ASUSTeK Computer Inc. announced at Computex Taipei 2006 last week that they are working together to bring ASUS notebooks equipped with Windows SideShow and personal media displays to market.

According to the press release, PortalPlayer and ASUSTeK have teamed up to create a new generation of notebook computer that leverages the full capabilities of Microsoft's new Windows Vista operating system. Windows Vista includes a feature called Windows SideShow that enables a PDA-like second processor and display subsystem to be installed in a notebook to provide Always On access to critical data and multimedia content stored on the notebook. This second interface uses very little power and operates even when the notebook is off, significantly extending the useful life and capabilities of ASUSTeK's notebooks for its customers, said the two companies.

PortalPlayer's Preface technology platform provides the processor, firmware and specifications notebook manufacturers need to build a personal media display in a Windows SideShow-compatible notebook.

Preface-equipped notebooks from ASUSTeK have the potential to give individuals instant access to critical data such as e-mails, contacts and calendar no matter what power state the notebook is in (on, off, standby or hibernate). They are expected to provide users with instant access to multimedia content, including music and photos.

"PortalPlayer and ASUSTeK share a common vision of creating innovative products that people enjoy and love," said Tony Chen, general manager of the ASUS Notebook Business. "We are intrigued with the possible applications of a secondary display on our notebook computers and look forward to seeing how the development community will make use of this new interface."

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