Windows CE devices and other PDAs do not clash with Intel-based notebooks and mini-notebooks, the company said today.
Stephen Nachtsheim, corporate VP and general manager of Intel's mobile division, said that the markets were complementary rather than conflicting.
He said: "If a user wants a limited device, that's fair enough. Windows CE and handhelds certainly have their place but people will always choose a notebook for its full range of PC functions."
He said that falling notebook prices and the introduction of highly-specced CE devices made no difference to the argument because they were essentially PC companions and Intel did not mind that.
But he admitted that battery life on devices like the Palm Pilot, the Psion and CEs were unlikely to be matched by x.86 notebooks.
However, Nachtsheim said that Intel and a large number of other industry parties were cooperating on an initiative which will vastly improve battery life.
There was no equivalent law on batteries to Moore's Law, he said, but there was room for a lot of improvement.
"The current thinking on batteries is that you get a five to 10 per cent improvement every year. We've focused on how to double the speed of the processor and halve the power consumption. We've started the Intel Power initiative and we're banding together to take power consumption down in all parts of the PC, including screens and disks," he said.
* Nachtsheim said he was unable to comment on the future of the Digital StrongArm processor because of both current negotiations with Digital and the FTC investigation.
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