NVIDIA CEO Jen-Hsun Huang called Apple's MacBook Air a template for all future designs. According to Huang, it will be hard to find a laptop in the future that won't look like the MacBook Air:
"You'll have trouble finding one that doesn't look like the MacBook Air," he said. "I think the Macbook Air is a good mental image of what a clamshell laptop will look like." "They'll be thin because you won't need any heat pipes, the fan, and extra batteries to lug around," according to Huang.
But Huang's vision for the future laptop goes beyond today's Air. It is rooted in devices running on power-sipping ARM chips, of which Nvidia is now a major supplier to tablet makers like Motorola, Samsung, and LG. And by 2014, ARM laptops will likely be running a full-blown version of Windows--if that's even necessary in light of the burgeoning popularity Google's Android, which runs almost predominantly on ARM.