New laptop and desktop designs are on tap as PC and hardware makers start tweaking components to take advantage of improved features in Microsoft's upcoming Windows 7 OS. PC makers like Dell and Fujitsu are redesigning hardware to offer more wireless networking options and touchscreen capabilities.
Dell launched Studio 19, an all-in-one PC with multitouch capabilities where users can simultaneously gesture with two fingers on a screen to zoom, pan, tilt, or rotate elements in photos, edit playlists or browse the Web. Fujitsu hopes to engineer its hardware to implement the improved wireless communications, security and touch capabilities, said Paul Moore.
Qualcomm has said its Gobi2000 3G embedded chip will run with Windows 7, which is designed to let netbooks and laptops access multiple 3G networks incorporating HSPA (High-Speed Packet Access) or EV-DO (Evolution-Data Optimized). The chip supports improved data speeds. Nvidia also announced beta drivers for its Ion netbook platform that could bring full high-definition video to Windows 7.