Notebook PCs rather than desktops will dominate the PC market of the future, according to Craig Barrett, Intel?s chief executive in his keynote speech at Compaq's Innovate Forum in Houston on Wednesday.
Barrett said that a new Intel processor dubbed Geyserville, which is planned to ship by the end of the year, will provide notebooks with equivalent power to desktop PCs.
And after demonstrating Geyserville on stage during his speech, he added that PC vendors such as Compaq were expected to begin shipping notebooks based on the chip by around Christmas time this year.
"Geyserville allows you to use state of the art processors in energy saving mode while using a battery, and when plugged into the wall, you can up the power," he said.
"This means that notebooks will be able to run at up to 500 MHz while in battery mode and up to 600MHz when plugged into the wall. This will be equivalent to the power capabilities of a desktop at that time. It gives users the best of both worlds," he claimed.
Mike Winkler, vice president of Compaq's PC products group, said that Geyserville would be available a "little later than we planned," but that he had noticed that large enterprise?s were shifting to notebooks from desktops.
"As notebooks become more powerful, it is a more reasonable alternative to desktops. However, I think that for some time there will be a price premium for notebook PCs. But we are forecasting that the growth of our mobile buisness will be greater than that of our PC business," he said.
He added that desktops would be used more by users such as clerical workers who did not need to travel with their PC.
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