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Working prototype Intel Ultra Mobile PC 2008 device running Windows XP
Intel Ultra Mobile PC 2007 platform to encompass both MIDs and UMPCs

Earlier this week, DailyTech detailed Intel's new Mobile Internet Device (MID) platform which will form the basis for a new class of devices which slot under Ultra-Mobile PCs. At the time, we simply knew that the devices would run on Stealey-based processors running at 600MHz and 800MHz.

Today, Intel officially confirmed its new platform at IDF. The McCaslin platform, which is now called the Intel Ultra Mobile Platform 2007 (IUMPC2007), will be used on both UMPC and MID platforms. Given their smaller size and lower price, MIDs will more than likely use the 600MHz A100 processor while UMPCs will use the faster 800MHz A110.

The A100 and A110 are built using a 90nm manufacturing process and feature 512KB of L2 cache. The processors are a derivative core based on Pentium-M technology and feature a 400MHz FSB. Both processors have a thermal design power (TDP) of just 3W.

The chipset used for the new MID/UMPC platform is the 945GU Express Chipset which is coupled with the ICH7U southbridge. The chipset features an Intel GMA950 graphics core (1024x768 max resolution, 1280x1024 external), a single x1 PCI Express interface and support for up to 1GB of DDR2 memory.

"Today's environment is primed for a truly personal, mobile Internet experience and the Intel Ultra Mobile platform 2007 combines the flexibility of a PC with the mobility of a handheld device," said Anand Chandrasekher, Intel senior vice president and general manager for the Ultra Mobility Group. "But we will not stop here. In 2008, Intel will deliver an entirely new platform based on Intel’s 45nm low-power microarchitecture designed from the ground up to let people to carry their personal mobile Internet in their pocket."

Intel also announced that it has signed on Aigo, Asus, Fujitsu, Haier, HTC and Samsung for IUMPC2007. Intel also confirmed that the previously announced HTC Shift will use the platform.

Also on display at IDF was an Intel Ultra Mobile PC 2008 device, codename Menlow. Intel's Menlow platform will use the 45nm Silverthorne processor which is 1/7th the size and has 1/10th the TDP of Stealey.



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RE: Goodbye Microsoft
By Brandon Hill (blog) on 4/18/2007 7:56:29 AM , Rating: 2
UMPCs will still run Vista. MIDs will run Linux.


RE: Goodbye Microsoft
By lco45 on 4/18/2007 8:03:01 AM , Rating: 2
You have to wonder why though.

Doesn't seem to be much that Vista can do that Linux can't, especially with the more limited uses of MIDs and UMPCs.

Personally I like Vista, but I'd like UMPCs to take off, and the $100 or so for Vista might slow that down.


RE: Goodbye Microsoft
By Rotkiv on 4/18/2007 8:13:05 AM , Rating: 2
Still no news about the battery life?

For me this a major factor, but the newer Menlow platform should improve this...


RE: Goodbye Microsoft
By TimTheEnchanter25 on 4/18/2007 10:16:41 AM , Rating: 2
I'm sure that the actual companies making the products will announce the battery life when they are ready to release them.

I have a feeling that it is going to take the 45nm cpu before it gets exciting. Hopefully by that time there will be bigger / cheaper flash drives and cheaper LED backlighting to further improve battery life.

I would like to have one of these someday (or a PDA with enough storage to realistically function as a MP3 player), but they need 40-80gb of storage and 10+ hours of battery life.


RE: Goodbye Microsoft
By Keeir on 4/18/2007 10:23:13 AM , Rating: 2
At this point, I think the LCD/Backlight are taking the majority of battery power when in operation. Maybe if OLED technology starts to become affordable, we can see some real battery improvements...


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