Notebooks wed wireless tech
- By Michelle Speir
- Nov 15, 2000
Vendors celebrated the union of notebook computers and wireless technology
at the Comdex Fall 2000 trade show in Las Vegas this week.
Such a combination provides the ultimate in mobility: Users are no longer
limited by the need for cables and jacks.
At Comdex, NEC Computers Inc. and Panasonic each showed off models featuring
NEC recently announced support for two wireless standards for its Versa
notebook line: Wi-Fi, an interoperable wireless local-area network standard,
and Bluetooth, a global standard that enables devices to communicate with
one another via a secure radio frequency.
"Integrating Bluetooth and Wi-Fi technologies into our notebooks...highlights
our commitment to the wireless arena by providing leading solutions for
mobile users who need constant connectivity," said Ken Yamamoto, director
of product development for NEC Computers.
Panasonic made its mobile wireless notebook rugged, too, with the announcement
of an addition to its Toughbook line of ruggedized notebooks. The new Toughbook
72 offers the usual magnesium alloy case and gel-mounted hard drive, but
adds the advantage of wireless capability.