The compelling benefits of mobile PC ownership, coupled with lowered cost of ownership, have spurred many businesses to adopt mobile PCs for their workforce. However, along with the growing need for mobility is the increasing requirement for high-performance computing. This paper identifies five emerging technologies in mobile computing that demand ample processing power.
- Visual computing: From multimedia presentations to e-learning, online conferencing to collaborative product design, visual computing needs in the workforce are placing unprecedented strain on client processors. The use of video, audio, high-resolution photos, and detailed 3D graphics and animation are also growing in a wide variety of applications.
- XML-enabled applications: XML adoption is happening incredibly fast, and no wonder. The technology allows for automated data exchange, access to legacy data sources, easy application synchronizations, and secure data transfer. Mobile PCs face a growing workload from parsing ubiquitous XML interactions.
- Knowledge management: Automated information retrieval, personal content categorization, learning and adaptation, and collaboration are just a few capabilities of KM environments. But substantial intelligence and sophisticated visualization must be applied in order to provide real value.
- Wireless technologies: Studies show that wireless access over mobile PCs can result in an incremental eight hour per week increase in personal productivity. In addition to the loads that come from always-on connectivity and IP-based communications, wireless networks often run over VPN links, which place authentication and encryption overhead on connections.
- Microsoft* Windows* XP optimizations: Windows XP offers support for emerging digital imaging, communications, and 3D graphicsall of which require substantial processing power. Encryption and other background processes also add to the work load.
The Mobile Intel® Pentium® 4 Processor - M with Intel® NetBurst" microarchitecture is designed to meet these performance demands. And power management features such as Enhanced Intel® SpeedStep® technology significantly extend battery life while offering unparalleled mobility. Just as important, Intel's extensive platform stability program ensures outstanding reliability and compatibility across a broad range of environments and applications.
Read the entire white paper [PDF, 103KB], entitled "High-Performance Mobile PCs: Transforming the Workplace".