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MSI's Mega Player 529 as a SideShow device - Image courtesy SideShowDevice.com

Asus W5Fe with SideShow integrated into disply lid
Windows SideShow to highlight Vista notebooks

We've already seen Asustek's 12.1" SideShow-enabled W5Fe notebook along with Windows Vista Media Center remotes. It comes as no surprise that more SideShow devices are starting to break cover. In the case of the Asustek W5Fe, SideShow allows users to access emails, music and pictures without even turning on the notebook. The information is accessed from a small LCD screen mounted onto the lid of the notebook. Likewise, SideShow-enabled Windows Vista Media Center remotes allow you to access music, video clips and Electronic Program (EPG) information without booting into the Windows.

Windows SideShow takes advantage of PortalPlayer's "Preface" technology. Over 200 development kits using Preface have already been shipped according to Tech-On. The reference kits feature a USB interface, 32MB SDRAM/1GB NAND memory, 320x240 color display and a PP5024 microcontroller.

Some inventive engineers have taken Preface technology to another level by taking an MSI Mega Player 529 media player and integrating into a notebook as a SideShow device. The 1GB Mega Player 529 is originally spec'd to playback MP3 and WMA audio files as well as MJPEG files via its 2.5" display. As a SideShow device, the Mega Player 529 is able to take on some more important roles like viewing email and PowerPoint presentations.

We expect to see more SideShow-enabled devices next week at CES. The feature is expected to add about $40 USD to the cost of a notebook computer and is aimed at notebooks costing $1,500 USD or more.



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Misinterpretation
By ajdavis on 1/2/2007 11:29:19 AM , Rating: 2
If I've read this correctly some of you are making this seem a lot greater than it is. It doesn't say you can access your media on your laptop while it's turned off. It is implied that you can access the 1gb of NAND storage embedded in the device while your computer is off.

While all that is great it appears to me this is nothing more than an mp3 player with a nice screen stuck onto a laptop with a specialized video output.

Now you decide whether this is a worthwhile technology.




RE: Misinterpretation
By kibets on 1/2/2007 2:31:28 PM , Rating: 2
From the Microsoft web site:

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Quickly access the key information you need like appointments, key e-mails, or notes without turning on your laptop using Windows SideShow.


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