Intel puts PC in your pocket

April 2nd, 2008 - 11:39 pm ICT by admin  

By Praveen Chopra
New York, April 2 (IANS) US chip maker Intel has unveiled a range of wireless internet devices to fill a gap between smart phones and laptops, and to cash in on the success of iPhone of Apple. The California-based company introduced five new Atom processors and processor technology for what it is calling Mobile Internet Devices (MIDs), and embedded computing solutions at a developer event in Shanghai Wednesday.

In a press release, Intel has touted the MID as “Best internet experience in your pocket” and claimed it will have an advantage over makers of chips for cell phones because the Intel version will be highly compatible with the company’s laptop and desktop processors for which most web software is written.

The first generation of Intel’s MID technology is aimed at data, not voice communications, leaving the company out of the market for smart phones such as iPhone.

Yet, Intel executives foresee a proliferation of devices ranging from advanced ultra-compact laptops to small, tablet-size devices that will be used for browsing the web, navigation and internet chat, rather than voice communications.

“What enables the innovation is the ability to bring over all the existing PC applications,” said Anand Chandrasekher, general manager of the company’s Ultra Mobility Group.

Companies introducing products at the Intel event in Shanghai include Fujitsu, Lenovo, Panasonic, Samsung, and Toshiba.

Intel hopes to win with MIDs in China, which already has the world’s largest mobile phone market and therefore influences the rest of the world market.

Manufacturers around the world are planning to ship Intel-based MIDs in June, the company release said.

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