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PaceBook Hybrid Tablet PC - Notebook

PaceBook Hybrid Tablet PC - Notebook - PCSTATS
Abstract: CeBit 2001 is expected to be the catalyst for several new announcements by the likes of Casio and NEC in the realm of Transmeta processors.
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External Mfg. Website: PaceBlade Mar 20 2001   Max Page  
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CeBit 2001 is expected to be the catalyst for several new announcements by the likes of Casio and NEC in the realm of Transmeta processors.

Casio in particular are expected to showcase their MPC 206 and MPC 205 Crusoe-based, ultra-tiny, sub-notebooks.

The Crusoe FIVA's originally made their debut last fall at Comdex 2000 to select crowds, and to the masses from behind a sheet of Plexiglas. The Cassiopeia FIVA, as Casio's sub-notebook is official known, has since made a strong impact on the few people who are aware of it and has even garnered some fame as being the notebook of choice for Hello Kitty fans.

NEC on the other hand had the infamous position of being the first manufacturer to recall a Crusoe-based product. Not to sit on their loral's. NEC are expected to introduce no less than two new notebooks bearing the Crusoe emblem under the LaVie brand name.

Absent from all the speculation surrounding CeBit has been any hinting to the release of new Internet Appliances.

The lack of hype may be for a good reason as the WebPad / IA market appears to be stalled. Features have tended to be lacking, and price points at par with much more adaptable notebook computers.

All that said, what fun would a trade show be if there were no surprises?

True to form, a company called PaceBlade Technology from Santa Barbara, California have announced the release of a hybrid, Crusoe-based Tablet PC, called the PaceBook. What makes this unit a hybrid is its' distinct ability at being adaptable for use as a notebook, tablet or panel PC.

The PaceBook, which employs Transmeta's 600MHz Crusoe TM5600 processor, comes equipped with a 4MB SMI Lynx graphics controller, 128MB SDRAM, 20GB HDD, a very large 12.1" XGA TFT-LCD display and the Windows OS (WinMe or Win2K). Despite the recent release of Mobile "Midori" Linux, the light-weight operating system is noticeably absent from a potentially perfect application.

If any confusion remains, the PaceBook is more of a Tablet PC than a notebook. The keyboard (wireless) is external, as is CD-RW/DVD-ROM and a ireless infrared remote control. A built-in CCD camera is an optional feature. No word has been given in regards to BlueTooth capability or network connectivity. Battery life is clocked at about 6 hours, and the large 12.1" LCD can be used in portrait or landscape configurations depending on the users' preference.

"Through the use of human engineering, PaceBlade's innovative PaceBook addresses all of these shortcomings. By carefully studying the way people use notebook PCs, PaceBlade designed-in a multitude of features and refinements to enhance ease of use and improve overall reliability. 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 hingeless design and separate keyboard also address mechanical and electrical reliability issues, leading to a lower total cost of ownership."

How is it that this tablet also fits in under the notebook category you might wonder? It seems that PaceBlade has designed the unit in such a way that the padded case becomes an integral part of the product. "The PaceBook can be configured as a notebook PC by placing the PaceBook unit and wireless keyboard in the opened carry bag." How well this works in real life remains to be seen.

The PaceBook is naturally more adapted to the Tablet PC roll as a stylus enables direct input in to the system. Details on what hand writing recognition software may be bundled with the unit are not yet available.


 

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