I think most of us will agree that it is great to see the lowly track pad on the notebook has made some very big changes for the better over the last few years. The track pad has gone from a simple pointing device to something that recognizes gestures and more.
Intel are going full steam ahead with MeeGo at Computex this week, with multiple name-checks for the open-source OS during the keynote and several manufacturers implicated in pushing out MeeGo-based devices. In among the Oak Trail/Canoe Lake information was confirmation that Acer will be developing MeeGo tablets and netbooks, while there are brief details on Quanta's Redvale MeeGo tablet, together with the Wistron W1 and CZC P10T tablets spotted by Carrypad on show at the Intel booth.
MSI's new tablets weren't the only interesting tech on show from the company at Computex this week; they also brought along a few notebooks, including a concept model called the MSI Sketch Book that's aimed at digital artists. It has a detachable keyboard section which, when flipped over, reveals a large touchpad digitizer which can be used for drawing or writing.
Pixel Qi have been demonstrating the latest version of their 3qi display at Computex 2010, complete with its wider viewing angles, and going by jkkmobile's reaction the new screen is a success. As with previous versions, the new panel has indoor/outdoor functionality including a backlight-off mode for prolonging battery life, but it's also much easier to see from the side judging by Pixel Qi's demo prototypes.
Update: Added demo video of Pixel Qi's new tablet reference design after the cut.
Intel's latest Atom plans have been revealed at Computex 2010, and unsurprisingly the company are looking to tablets along with netbooks. Intel Atom "Oak Trail" is the tablet and ultra-sleek netbook platform, a SoC designed for fanless devices with extended battery life and 1080p HD video, while the "Canoe Lake" innovation platform takes the new Pine Trail N Atom CPUs - with their boosted performance but frugal power requirements - pairs them with DDR3 memory and squeezes them into "razor-thin" netbooks like the 14mm thick dual-core machine teased last month.
Qualcomm's 1GHz Snapdragon processor is well known to most who follow the smartphone space, and at Computex 2010 the company has outed their latest generation of chip. The Qualcomm MSM8260 and MSM8660 Snapdragon chips each get dual-core 1.2GHz application processor cores, support for 1080p HD video encode and decode, and 3D/2D engines for Open GLES 2.0 and Open VG 1.1 acceleration. Best of all, they're already sampling to manufacturers.
Back in February 2010 we spied a leaked roadmap from ARM that had something called Eagle listed. The processor roadmap showed Eagle to be a new CPU from ARM that would be aimed at the smartphone, mobile computing, and DTV markets among others.
I remember when NVIDIA first started talking about its Ion platform. The graphics giant was big on talking the platform up, but had no products for us to see when the platform first debuted. The talk at the NVIDIA press conference about the Tegra 2 platform for tablets is very similar to that first Ion unveiling.
Computex 2010 is running full steam ahead today and there have already been some cool new gadgets debuted at the show. The MSI WindPad 100 and 110 tablets have surfaced. The WindPad 100 is a Windows 7 tablet that runs on an Atom Z530 CPU. The rig runs Windows 7 Ultimate, but MSI uses a custom UI over the top of the OS.
Computex 2010 doesn't kick off in earnest until tomorrow, but a few of the big name exhibitors have snuck in ahead with some early press conferences today. ASUS are first out of the gate with their iPad competition, and they're taking a three-pronged approach: the ASUS Eee Pad will be available in 10-inch (EP101TC) and 12-inch (EP121) variants, and offer Windows Embedded Compact 7 and Windows 7 Home Premium respectively, while the ASUS Eee Tablet is a monochrome digital notebook, packing 2,450dpi touchscreen input sensitivity and targeted at note-takers like students.