Earlier this week, DailyTech
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.