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  IDF, R/C Car race, MHz doesn't matter 
  Feb 26, 2003, 07:30am EST 
By: Sander Sassen

Welcome back! Iím sure many of you wondered what happened to me as it has been a couple of days since I posted an update. Well, the flight back to Europe went over pretty quickly but I mustíve caught a virus at the IDF conference or during the flight from one of the other passengers as Iíve been in bed for the past few days, sick as a dog, bathing in sweat, with a high fever, a splitting headache and havenít had any sleep for the past few days either. I didnít want to keep the following from you however as I promised Iíd have an update up on the mini R/C car race I had with Tommy Rydendahl, an Intel solution specialist.

Fig 1. A video of the mini R/C car race between Tommy Rydendahl (right) and myself, guess who won the money.

We actually held the race prior to the keynote on Friday morning on a table in the pressroom and there were many other journalists there to shoot pictures of the race or put money on the table for whoever would win the race. Tommy drove a miniature Porsche replica fitted with Intel Inside and Pentium 4-M stickers and boasted a 49MHz transmitter frequency whereas I drove a Mercedes Benz replica totally stock and with a 27MHz transmitter frequency.

And guess what? Thereís truth to the megahertz myth, more megahertz doesnít equal better performance, as although the 2x frequency advantage and the fancy Intel stickers I managed to beat Tommy by almost two laps. I think it indeed all comes down to how you utilize the MHz available to you. But seriously, Tommy will need to brush up on his driving skills as although he was all show, there was no go, regardless of the transmitter frequency as that naturally has got nothing to do with the performance of the mini R/C cars.

That wraps up the update for today, Iím back to bed and will try to be back into the swing of things later this week as thereís still a lot of pictures from IDF stored on my digital camera and I certainly do not want to keep those from you.

Sander Sassen.

Next update: IDF Spring 2003, Convergence of Technology - 27 Feb, 2003, 9:30 AM

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