Intel plans to unveil next week a prototype
consumer portable computer that blurs the line between desktops and notebooks by
shedding the traditional clamshell laptop design. The prototype, which acts like
an all-in-one desktop, will be one of three models unveiled at Intel’s annual
spring developer conference in San Francisco. Two concept business notebooks
will also be unveiled. The consumer machine, dubbed Florence Digital Home, has a
17-inch wide-angle liquid crystal display, giving it a similar appearance to an
all-in-one desktop such as Sony’s Vaio W. It includes a battery and weighs only
8 pounds. The bezel of the prototype’s screen includes a digital camera,
speakers and a microphone. While Intel will show off the Florence prototypes
next week, it doesn’t expect them to become available to consumers anytime soon.
If manufacturers do run with it, they would use Sonoma, a future version of
Intel’s Centrino, a bundle of chips for wireless notebooks, which includes its
Pentium M processor, a set of chips and a wireless module.

Intel plans to unveil next week a prototype
consumer portable computer that blurs the line between desktops and notebooks by
shedding the traditional clamshell laptop design. The prototype, which acts like
an all-in-one desktop, will be one of three models unveiled at Intel’s annual
spring developer conference in San Francisco. Two concept business notebooks
will also be unveiled.

Collectively, the machines are known as Florence.
The consumer machine, dubbed Florence Digital Home, has a 17-inch wide-angle
liquid crystal display, giving it a similar appearance to an all-in-one desktop
such as Sony’s Vaio W. The model has a handle that allows people to carry it
from room to room. But unlike an all-in-one desktop, it includes a battery and
weighs only 8 pounds. The bezel of the prototype’s screen includes a digital
camera, speakers and a microphone. The keyboard can be stowed behind it, and its
metal support is collapsible, so the machine can be easily moved. Intel
envisions people toting it around as well as using it as a portable television.
The machine has space for a telephone handset for placing voice over Internet
Protocol phone calls and a remote for controlling multimedia functions. Built-in
802.11 wireless networking will connect users to a home network. It also has a
fingerprint sensor and a smart card reader for extra security and authentication
of premium content.

While Intel will show off the Florence prototypes
next week, it doesn’t expect them to become available to consumers anytime soon.
If manufacturers do run with it, they would use Sonoma, a future version of
Intel’s Centrino, a bundle of chips for wireless notebooks, which includes its
Pentium M processor, a set of chips and a wireless module.