updated 06:45 pm EST, Tue January 19, 2010
Quanta promises iPhone-like smartbook in future
Quanta Computer, which supplies Apple and HP, will build a smartbook, according to a Tuesday report. The idea is for a "computer in an iPhone form factor," according to Quanta Chairman Barry Lam, who also added the company is seeking more strategic investments to keep making a profit. The smartbook will rely on a 3.5-inch touchscreen display and will have the ability to make voice calls as well as access the Internet.
Lam also cautioned BusinessWeek that ARM and Qualcomm are just two possible companies that may supply chips for the device, though no other information was divulged.
The company makes about 75 percent of its revenue from supplying notebooks and hopes its future growth will rely on cloud computing, where computer data and processing power will be delivered over the Internet. This is where a smaller, Internet enabled device will be profitable, Lam believes.
Timelines for the development of the device haven't been divulged.