Intel shuns Microsoft, reveals Linux-based UMPCs

As we reported on Monday, Intel is launching its own UMPC specification, ditching Vista for a custom, Linux-based OS in what can only be called a coup for proponents of open-source. As we mentioned before, these devices are being aimed squarely at the iPhone-loving consumer, though they’re certain to be of interest to enterprise folks as well. Asus, Aigo, Fujitsu, Haier, HTC and Samsung are the initial manufacturers on board for the devices, which will feature 256MB to 512 MB of RAM, widescreen displays ranging from 800 x 480 to 1024 x 600 and connectivity options including WiFi, Tri-band HDSPA/UMTS and GSM/GPRS. They will also ship with RedFlag’s iPhone-esque MIDinux OS and will run a slew of consumer-oriented Linux apps, including instant messaging, mail, VoIP, video conferencing, blogging, video, TV, game, browsing, map and news applications. As far as hardware is concerned, the initial batch of Mobile Internet Devices (MIDs), which are slated to ship this year, will rely on Intel A100 and A110 processors, which are based on the Pentium M architecture. In 2008, we’ll see a new batch of smaller, faster and longer-lasting MIDs, based on the company’s forthcoming “Menlow” platform, which will sport the 45nm dual-core “Silverthorn” processor and “Poulsbo” chipset. Intel is clearly trying to make its MIDs more portable, more usable and more fun than the UMPCs on the market now, which also makes it quite clear who they’re looking to compete with.

For more on the MIDs:
– see this press release

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