– Palo Alto Products International Inc, one of the companies behind the set of concept PCs Intel showed off at the Forum on Tuesday, last month formed a joint venture with Delta Electronics Inc, one of the world’s largest manufacturers of computer power supplies. The two plan to offer integrated bare bones computer systems to computer manufacturers worldwide, using Delta’s recently established million-square-foot campus in Thailand, capable of integrating up to 50,000 bare bones PC systems per month.
– Intel Corp has introduced its first technology to help enable instantly-available PCs. Intel’s STR Suspend to RAM technology for its motherboards, puts PCs into a power-saving sleep-state during idle periods, ready for restart in a few seconds. Due to be implemented on selected motherboards during the first half of this year, the technology is an implementation of the ACPI Advanced Configuration and Power Interface 1.0 specification and Instantly Available PC design guidelines. The specification defines the S3 sleep state for lowest power consumption while the system context is maintained in system memory. It will need an ACPI-enabled operating system (such as Windows 98) to run. Sample motherboards are available now.
– The Intel Celeron processors and associated chipsets are now also available as part of Intel’s embedded processor product line at 300- and 366-MHz clock speeds. Embedded processors must typically be supported for longer life cycles than parts aimed at the PC market. Intel’s Embedded Microprocessor Division is hoping to capture more of the exploding market for applied computing devices such as set-top boxes, communications devices, transaction terminals and industrial PCs, and is now supporting embedded lifecycles for graphics, flash memory, bridge chips and networking components, along with both Intel Architecture and StrongARM CPUs are cores. It promises to reveal additional instructions for StrongARM that support digital television applications in the near future.
– Phoenix Technologies Ltd’s pre-boot SecureAgent technology (see separate story) might well usher in a new era in computer security technology where if users forget their passwords they have to throw away their PC.