Items tagged with MID

When we've discussed Atom and Intel's long-term plans regarding MIDs and handheld devices, we've typically focused on the consumer experience. Intel has made no secret that it envisions a future in which next-generation Atom processors and SoCs power a diverse range of products in both consumer and business markets. What we haven't discussed, save for an occasional nod towards the competition Intel might face from ARM, is the impact Intel's push into the embedded market might have on the integrated device manufacturers (IDMs). Tech-On recently sat down with James Hogan, who helped found Tela Innovations and works in electronic design automation (EDA). The interview gives a different perspective... Read more...
Quick question—what's smaller than a netbook, bigger than a smartphone, and doesn't conform to Intel's definition of a MID (Mobile Internet Device?) If you guessed "smartbooks," give yourself a pat on the back for being prescient. If you've never heard of a smartbook before, don't feel bad; the term refers to a series of ARM-based sub-netbooks companies like Acer, Foxconn, and Pegatron all intend to back. The name is a portmaneau between "smart phone" and "netbook;" the devices themselves are meant to echo the various feature sets common on today's cell phones. Smartbooks were unveiled for the first time at Computex last June, but we'll reportedly see an array of these devices on the market by... Read more...
Intel has been floundering a bit around in the pocket mobile and handset space for some time now. After grabbing a solid foothold in the netbook market (seriously, what netbook doesn't have an Atom under the hood these days?), the company is now looking to take the mobile space ever more seriously. In order to do so, the Intel has formally announced a long term partnership with one of the world leaders in mobile phone and communications technology: Nokia. Anand Chandrasekher, Intel Senior VP and GM, Ultra Mobility GroupDuring a press call today, executives from both companies reiterated on numerous occasions that the announcement was simply a technological partnership. In other words, those hoping... Read more...
We already knew that Intel was pushing Moblin mighty hard, but now the evidence of its fondness is just overwhelming. In a new deck of slides released this week, Intel has detailed Pine Trail and Moblin, hailed as its next generation platform for netbooks and nettops. Intel also made known that Moblin version 2 Beta was now available for download.Speaking of Pine Trail, that's the codename for Intel's next Atom platform, which is currently on schedule to be released "later this year." It'll feature a 3-to-2 chip partition for increased performance and lower average power consumption, and considering just how long in the tooth the current Atom lineup is getting, we'd say the sooner the better.... Read more...
It's been some time yet since we've heard anything new regarding Intel's homegrown Moblin operating system, but just when you thought that Intel (and the industry at large, really) was letting go of all hope when it comes to UMPCs and MIDs, in flies this. Despite the fact that netbooks have entirely overshadowed highly portable pocket PCs, Intel and Novell are still forging ahead with plans to produce Moblin-based products with Intel's Atom processors. The two companies recently decided to partner up in order to encourage encourage original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) and original design manufacturers (ODMs) to adopt Moblin, an optimized open source Linux software platform for enabling rich... Read more...
While 2010 still seems forever away, at least Intel isn't looking to delay things further with regard to its Moorestown platform. At the company's Developer Forum in Beijing, China, it confirmed that the MID platform would indeed launch sometime next year. Unfortunately, it failed to lock down a specific month or quarter, but we get the feeling we'll be hearing more exact details at its get-together in San Francisco this fall. Moorestown will reportedly launch alongside a brand new version of Moblin, a Linux-based operating system that Intel crafted for small, handheld devices. Said platform will be designed around the firm's Lincroft system-on-chip (SoC), which includes an Atom processor core... Read more...
Although a Mobile Internet Device isn't technically a cellphone, we'll let Intel and LG slide with its MID-related announcement at Mobile World Congress. The two have come together to jointly announce a future MID -- which we were sort of expecting --  based on Intel's next-generation MID hardware platform, codenamed "Moorestown." In fact, LG expects the Linux-based (Moblin v2.0) device to be one of the first Moorestown designs to market.According to Jung Jun Lee, executive vice president of LG Electronics and head of its Mobile Communications Business Division: "The MID segment will drive growth at LG Electronics. We chose Intel's next-generation Moorestown platform and Moblin-based OS... Read more...
The terms "Intel" and "Mobile Internet Device" have long since been spoken together, but the chip maker is reportedly gearing up to make another substantial push in the still-growing handheld market. The company is purportedly readying an undisclosed amount of new chips alongside a tweaked version of Linux designed with one goal in mind: to run well on future MIDs. It's anticipated that Intel will aim the handheld computing devices -- which are generally larger and more capable than the average smartphone yet smaller than a netbook -- at individuals who place a high value on portability and who can't skimp on functionality. It's an interesting paradox for Intel, who also wants to continue... Read more...
Some might argue that OQO practically invented the Mobile Internet Device (MID) category when it first announced its OQO platform back in 2002. Of course it was still just a proof-of-concept then, and a real product didn't emerge until a few years later in 2004. Perhaps because the initial OQO model 01 and subsequent model 01+ were powered by fairly anemic Transmeta Crusoe processors and only had 256MB and 512MB of memory, respectively, they met with only moderate success. The OQO model 02 and model e2 got somewhat warmer receptions, but they still felt underpowered with their 1.6GHz Via C7M ULV processors and 1GB of RAM. But now OQO is announcing the new OQO model 2+, powered by an Intel Atom... Read more...
At the Intel Developer Forum in Taipei, Taiwan, USI showed off what they’re calling the world’s thinnest Mobile Internet Device based on Intel’s Atom processor. Weighing about 8.82 ounces and measuring just 0.59 inches thick, the MID160 provides a PC-like Internet browsing experience with Flash and the latest Web technologies in a portable form.This tablet-style MID has a 5-inch, 800 x 480 pixel  touch screen that is capable of displaying 167,000 colors. For connectivity, it uses an in-house small footprint WiMAX SiP (system in package), a dual-band Wi-Fi / WiMAX module, and a 3G module from Option.The MID160 is powered by an unspecified Atom processor, 512MB of memory, and an 8GB SSD hard... Read more...
Lian-Li launches the all new Classic PC-9 Midi Tower Chassis - Classic Innovation 13 October 2008, Keelung, Taiwan – Lian-Li Industrial Co. Ltd has launched the PC-9 midi-tower incorporating outstanding quality with a clean simple style. Standing at 209 x 435 x 488mm (W,H,D), with removable front panel around front bezels consisting of 5x 5.25” bays which can support all your ODD needs, while the lower part of the front bezel has an integrated HDD Hot swappable SATA cage with a front facing securely lockable door. The HDD Cage is ventilated uniquely from the sides of the case and exemplifies the innovation and attention to detail present in every chassis made by Lian Li. The HDD Cage houses 4x... Read more...
Day two of IDF kicked off with a cheesy, classic Star Trek opening-credits rip-off that concluded with the statement: "The Internet, to boldly go where it has never gone before--in your pocket." Then it was Senior Vice President and General Manager of Intel's Ultra Mobility Group, Anand Chandrasekher's turn to present his keynote on the state of today's and tomorrow's MIDs (Mobile Internet Devices). We've got the full scoop from the keynote posted right here... IDF Day 2: Anand Chandrasekher: "MIDs: Platform for Innovation"... Read more...
Day two of IDF kicked off with a cheesy, classic Star Trek opening-credits rip-off that concluded with the statement: "The Internet, to boldly go where it has never gone before: in your pocket." Then it was Senior Vice President and General Manager of Intel's Ultra Mobility Group, Anand Chandrasekher's turn to present his keynote on the state of today's and tomorrow's MIDs (Mobile Internet Devices).       Chandrasekher says that in June, the number of people who used the Internet was roughly equal to three times the population of the U.S. Chandrasekher also said that we are now at an inflection point in regards to Internet access--although he didn't actually specify if he... Read more...
Lian Li launches the PC-7F & PC-60F; Advanced Midi Tower ChassisThe complete solution to your chassis needs 15 July 2008, Keelung, Taiwan – Lian-Li Industrial Co. Ltd today launches the PC-7F & PC-60F; the newest advanced Midi Tower chassis’ in their aluminum product lineup. These unique clean cut style cases dimensions stand at 215 x 440 x 490mm (W, H, D). They support ATX, and Micro-ATX form factors, with 4x 3.5" drive bays; 7x PCI Expansion Slots, and 5x 5.25” ODD bays. The refined handmade craftsmanship and high quality standards combined with the ultimate attention to detail including filed and folded edges for safety bring Lian Li products into a class of their own. The stylish,... Read more...
You read that right, PS3 fans.  Those with unbricked PS3s, anyway.  Sony will be releasing FW 2.41 in mid-week, with (hopefully) none of the issues seen with the 2.40 FW.According to customer support, firmware version 2.41, which should be clear of all errors, will out "midweek", although Sony is yet to make an official announcement to confirm that.And what did we say last time?  Yes, that's right, don't be the first one to upgrade your system.  Wait to see what happens.  You may just keep your PS3 safe.... Read more...
The folks over at UMPC Fever have got their hands on one of the very first-to-market, Intel Atom processor-based MIDs (Mobile Internet Device). It is the Aigo MID, which they claim is the Asian version of the Gigabyte M528 we'll be seeing shortly in the U.S.:"Apart from the interior Intel Atom processor, my first impression on aigo MID is it's size and weight! It is a real small and light and even lighter than Raon Digital Everun which is the smallest UMPC I've played before! When you holding it, it is just like you are holding a PSP or NDS but with a x86 processing power! My HTC TyTN II weights ~200g and aigo MID is just 352g but with a larger screen size (4.8 in 800 x 480 res.) and full function... Read more...
Intel's announcement about their forthcoming CPU architectures hasn't fazed AMD.  In fact AMD claims that the integrated memory controller and QPI sound a lot like features AMD CPUs have had for several years now.  What's even better is that AMD more or less tipped their hand regarding AMD's future CPUs:On Dunnington (AMD's Randy) Allen said that AMD’s forthcoming Shanghai will be 45nm. “In 2009 we will have enhancement to hyper threading with HT3, DDR3 technology and eight cores or more. We’ll have six cores by the end of the year and you can expect to see eight cores in the 2009 timeframe,” he said.If AMD manages to squeeze two Shanghai quad-cores onto a single CPU package, the fight... Read more...
We all know it's coming: the 3G iPhone.  The only question is when.In a research note to clients, global equity research analyst Nicolas Gaudois said his checks indicate that the German chipmaker will provide a "new systems solution" for the new iPhone HSDPA platform, which will include a digital baseband controller, power management unit (PMU), and radio frequency (RF) module. "We believe this is one of the HSDPA solutions design wins management referred to as being due to ramp in [the second quarter of 2008]," he wrote. "Consistent with these checks, our Apple analyst Ben Reitzes believes that 3G iPhones will be released by mid-year."Many have been waiting for a 3G version of the iPhone,... Read more...
As with any takeover or bailout, there's always the question of which, if any, members of management will be left standing by the new powers that be.  SCO's bailout offer appears to be no different, and there are no real surprises as to who the mysterious buyer wants out of the picture.The deal, in which an unnamed Middle East partner and SNCP will pour up to $100 million into SCO, states McBride "will resign immediately" from the company.There's no word on who will replace McBride or where he'll end up next.  As we receive new information regarding the fate of SCO, we'll continue to keep you updated.... Read more...
Just a few weeks ago, we took a look at the two fastest workstation class graphics cards currently on the market, the FireGL V8650 from ATI/AMD and the QuadroFX 5600 from Nvidia. We found both products to be quite powerful and thought either one would be a solid choice for a high-end workstation.  However, the one comment which was repeated over and over again when looking at those cards was that unless you worked for a major studio or production firm, they were simply not very affordable. At nearly $3,000 a piece, the FireGL V8650 and QuadroFX 5600 require large investments. However, don’t think that just because a graphics card is targeted for workstation use that... Read more...
You can bet Palm, Motorola, and any other smartphone makers broke out in a cold sweat today.  This is just speculation still, but RIM shares are up $1 (at the time of this writing) over rumors that Microsoft is interested in buying the Blackberry manufacturer. "Microsoft has been mentioned as a possible buyer," said Frederic Ruffy, an analyst at options education firm Optionetics in California. "According to speculation, the software giant might be interested in RIM in response to Google's recent announcement that it is interested in making its own mobile phone operating system, which would compete with Windows Mobile," he added. Aside from the obvious impact on the... Read more...
SanDisk is partnering with Yahoo to offer wireless downloads from Yahoo's Music service on their Sansa Connect mp3 player. Streaming radio from Launchcast and Flickr photos too. Neat. The US $249 model comes with 4Gb of memory, a 2.2-inch colour LCD screen, inbuilt Wi-Fi and a MicroSD slot that allows you to expand the storage capacity of the player. The Wi-Fi connection lets you do more than just buy music wirelessly when it range of and connected to a Wi-Fi access point - it also lets you listen to streaming radio stations from Launchcast and go through Flikr photo streams, although at this stage, wireless synchronization to your PC is... Read more...
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