Intel is developing a web tablet that will allow users to browse the web from anywhere around the home, but there is a catch: it will need a host PC to run.
The chip giant plans to launch the Intel Web Tablets in North America at the end of the year and is currently evaluating markets elsewhere in the world. The devices are based on the StrongARM SA-1110 processors Intel inherited when it acquired Digital's chip manufacturing arm.
"The wireless tablets use a PC as a base station to enable users to get onto the internet. It's part of Intel's extended PC strategy," said Michael Reed, marketing director of Intel's internet tablet operation.
He said the device is aimed at technology enthusiasts for use around the home, unlike competing appliances, such as Microsoft's Tablet PC, which are aimed at business users.
The appliance is supported by a PC that is attached to the internet. The tablet communicates with the PC using the HomeRF 1.6Mbps radio communications standard and is able to share the PC's internet connection. It can also send print commands to the PC, explained Reed.
The device will also feature Espial's Escape Java-based browser.
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