Chipmaker Intel has announced the winners of its 2002 Innovative PC awards. The awards recognise innovation in best-of-class categories including consumer desktop, business desktop and subnotebook mobile PC category — just as long as they use an Intel processor.

Acer's TravelMate 100 (pictured) took the prize for best Tablet PC. The device scored high in the ease of use category, as well as for its direct pen input feature and, of course, for its use of Intel's Mobile Pentium III processor.

US manufacturer Gateway took the honours in the consumer desktop category with its 700XL system. The machine is powered by a 2.8GHz Intel Pentium 4 processor and comes with a DVD-R drive and 18in flat-panel display. The PC also comes with the option of a five-piece sound system and a total of six USB ports.

"Over the past few years the Innovative PC award program has grown in scope to include more diverse PC platform entries from worldwide participants," said Louis Burns, vice-president of Intel's desktop platforms group.

"The Intel Pentium 4, Mobile Pentium 4 and Mobile Pentium III processor-based PCs recognised this year clearly take PC innovation to a new and exciting level," added Burns.

Other winners included IBM's ThinkPad X30 in the mini-notebook mobile PC category, Toshiba's Protege P10 in the full-size notebook mobile PC category and Panasonic's CF-R1 in the subnotebook mobile PC category.