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« on: February 08, 2008, 01:20:20 PM »

Interesting story in Wired and a follow on from Intel's CEO, Paul Ottelini's keynote at CES 2008 about Intel's roadmap for mobile devices and the semiconductor range they are making in support of it. The mobile device market has hitherto been dominated by chips from ARM, Samsung, etc. Intel's plot is to make smaller and low power equivalents of the processors that we find in laptops and PC's such as the Intel Core Duo. Potentially this could ramp up the performance of handheld devices whilst introducing a higher level of compatibility with the sort of applications we are accustomed to on our more chunkier kit.

It raises some interesting possibilities. For example, if Apple start putting Intel processors in their iPod Touch and iPhone devices running Mac OS X theoretically many of the standard Mac applications could run on them with minor modification. Windows and Linux devices could have the same benefit.

Having said that Intel, regard the Internet as being the killer app for mobile and have thus set about developing a reference platform for the MID (Mobile Internet Device) category with the expectation that other manufacturers will take the cue and build their own devices around this platform standard. Intel's earlier attempt to establish a new category with UMPC had a luke-warm reception in the business community given that they weren't really small enough and the price point was pitching them in the same territory as notebooks. Intel are banking on a reduced price point and more portable devices. The Wired article concludes that the runaway success of the Asus EEE PC (miniBook) demonstrates that price and Internet capabilities are key factors for success in this category.

Full article here:
http://www.wired.com/gadgets/miscellaneous/news/2008/02/intel_mid
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