Bookmark and Share


Asustek Computer, one of the world’s largest maker of laptops and mainboards, will release notebooks with additional screen by the time Windows Vista ships, it was disclosed during the most recent WinHEC conference. Auxilary displays may provide additional features, however, will also add cost.

Microsoft calls the new technology as SideShow and, in fact, the feature is not limited to notebooks, but, according to the company, the auxiliary displays supported by the new Windows Vista operating system can be incorporated into keyboards, LCD display casings, remote controls and cell phones. The devices may connect to their host personal computers (PCs) using various methods, including Bluetooth, USB or Wi-Fi, providing great flexibility and convenience to manufacturers as well as end-users.

The SideShow displays can be used to view the critical information if the laptop is on, off, or in sleep mode. The auxiliary displays will save time and battery life by allowing to quickly view meeting schedules, phone numbers, addresses, and recent e-mail messages without having to start up the laptop. Users will be able to predefine, which type of information will be accessible though the auxiliary screens using Windows Vista capabilities.

As usual, Microsoft is working closely with manufacturers of notebooks and other peripherals to push the technology into the market. At WinHEC the world’s largest software maker indicated that there will be at least two notebooks by Asustek Computer featuring auxiliary SideShow displays: one will feature a detachable display, the other one will boast with built-in screen. Innovation is something Asus is already known for: certain notebooks by the firm can play MP3 audio files when the computer’s lid is closed.

Slides published by PC Watch web-site claim that detachable monitor features 320x240 TFT display, PortalPlayer PP5024 and dual-core ARM7 processors, a battery, USB connection to host PC. The detachable monitor can also playback WMA and MP3 files, thus, can be used as a player. The attached display features ARM9 processor, 4MB random access memory, 4MB flash memory, USB connection for host PC.

It is yet unclear whether laptops with SideShow auxiliary screens will cost significantly more compared to notebooks without them.


Comments currently: 0

Add your Comment

Related news

Latest News

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

10:48 pm | LG’s Unique Ultra-Wide Curved 34” Display Finally Hits the Market. LG 34UC97 Available in the U.S. and the U.K.

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

12:52 pm | Lisa Su Appointed as New CEO of Advanced Micro Devices. Rory Read Steps Down, Lisa Su Becomes New CEO of AMD

Thursday, August 28, 2014

4:22 am | AMD Has No Plans to Reconsider Recommended Prices of Radeon R9 Graphics Cards. AMD Will Not Lower Recommended Prices of Radeon R9 Graphics Solutions

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

1:09 pm | Samsung Begins to Produce 2.13GHz 64GB DDR4 Memory Modules. Samsung Uses TSV DRAMs for 64GB DDR4 RDIMMs

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

10:41 am | AMD Quietly Reveals Third Iteration of GCN Architecture with Tonga GPU. AMD Unleashes Radeon R9 285 Graphics Cards, Tonga GPU, GCN 1.2 Architecture