The Power of the Laptop - Leading the Desktop Charge!

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In March of 2005 I started a conversation on Google Groups'
comp.sys.laptops. It went something like this:

Basically my argument was born out of a need to downsize the desktop
computer. But it went further than that. It called for more efficient
use of desktop resources including CPU, mobo, etc. Today we have this
story by "Tech Report":


Core Duo on the desktop
Asus delivers the first micro-ATX mobo for Intel's mobile gem
by Scott Wasson - April 18, 2006

THE CORE DUO MAY WELL BE Intel's best microprocessor. Conceived
initially as a mobile processor, Core Duo is the dual-core descendant
of the Pentium M and the direct predecessor to Intel's next-generation
microarchitecture, versions of which are due to arrive in desktops,
servers, workstations, and laptops later this year....This
high-performance, low-power processor could be an ideal centerpiece for
a fast but quiet desktop system or a killer home theater PC. Equipped
with desktop-class cooling and overclocked accordingly, the Core Duo
might turn into a fire-breathing titan of performance-and it could
give us something of a glimpse of Intel's future, as well.


According to this article, the new duo core utilizes the same size,
weight, battery power, and cooling capabilities as the Pentium M due to
it's 65 nanometer chip design. And here's the kicker: "by keeping clock
frequencies relatively low and doubling up on CPU logic, a dual-core
CPU can generally achieve better performance per watt than a
single-core CPU, provided that multithreaded software is reasonably

Basically the future of Intel's chips is going to be based on
technology that was originally designed for a laptop. Squeezing more
performance into a smaller more energy efficient package: I'm loving
this!!!! Now to follow up on my original post I'll say this: Intel has
arrived, where is the rest of the computer world?!? Hitachi needs to
incorporate their laptop technology in their laptop hard drives into
desktop drives so we can make those more smaller and efficient too. The
same with mobo's, etc. See where I'm going here?

I'm going to make the same statement I made before. If we can make a
laptop, which is an extremely tiny computer (compared to a desktop),
with performance that can meet or beat a desktop, there is no reason
why we can't make our desktop computers more like laptop computers.

AND! If we did make our desktop computers more like laptop computers,
obviously they would take a smaller form factor, be more energy
efficient, and more technologically advanced. The rest of the computing
world needs to take heed.


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