New 'mobile PC' concept from PaceBlade

Mobile computing as a concept looks set for a shake-up if designs such as the PaceBook are able to generate sufficient user support.

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By  Michelle Sturman Published  May 1, 2001

PaceBlade Technology is aiming to redefine the world’s perception of what it calls a truly mobile PC. The PaceBook is a notebook PC, which also can be used as a Tablet or Panel PC.

PaceBlade says that although current notebook PC designs have not changed significantly over the past decade, the standard notebook layout is not optimal in terms of reliability or usability.

Mechanical hinges on notebook displays eventually fail, says the company, and spills on the keyboard will usually damage a notebook beyond repair.

The PaceBook features an ergonomically designed keyboard with user definable hot-keys and pre-defined function keys for most commonly used applications and controls. Since the keyboard is wireless, the PaceBook unit and display can be placed further away for better posture and greater comfort.

The PaceBook uses Transmeta’s TM5600 series Crusoe microprocessor in conjunction with Silicon Motion’s Lynx family of graphics chipsets, for low power consumption, and which can extend battery life to six hours or more of regular use on a single charge, according to PaceBlade.

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