When developing a mobile computing platform, battery life is
always a concern with device manufacturers. In the case of the Ultra-mobile PC
(UMPC) platform, battery
life has been a major issue since the devices typically use processors
originally designed for notebook computers.
Currently, UMPCs using Intel-based notebook processors range
from the lowly 900MHz Celeron M ULV processor (Asus R2H, Samsung Q1) to the
1.2GHz Core Solo U1400 processor (Sony VAIO UX). The problem
though is that these processors provide the same performance as they would in a
larger notebook, but are paired with a much smaller battery pack on UMPCs.
Intel is currently developing a mobile processor that is
specifically aimed at the UMPC market to help ease the
battery drain. The processor will be one of six new processors manufactured on
Intel's 45 nanometer manufacturing process.
The relief, however, won't come immediately, according to
Intel CEO Paul Otellini. "The new UltraMobile CPU is in addition to the
first five. The first UltraMobile devices we'll see in the latter part of the
It is not known which OEM will be first to use the new
processor, but the likely candidates include major players like Samsung, Sony,
Asus, and TabletKiosk.