Intel reveals new UMPC platform at IDF Beijing


— 8:00 PM on April 17, 2007

After revealing more details regarding its desktop and server processor plans yesterday, Intel has now discussed its upcoming mobile hardware at the Intel Developer Forum in Beijing. The firm says Santa Rosa, its upcoming notebook platform, is on schedule for a launch in May. Santa Rosa will combine mobile Core 2 Duo processors, a Mobile Intel 965 Express chipset, 802.11n Wi-Fi, and optional Intel Turbo Memory support. Looking ahead, Intel states that Santa Rosa will be subject to a refresh to accommodate mobile variants of 45nm Penryn processors in the first half of 2008. Later next year, Intel also plans to unveil a new Montevina platform that will include integrated support for both Wi-Fi and WiMAX wireless technologies. Montevina will be "ideal for mini- and sub-notebooks, and . . . will include integrated hardware decode for high-definition video," Intel adds.

Moving away from laptops, Intel has given details about its upcoming ultra-mobile platforms, starting with mention of the so-called "McCaslin" platform we heard about yesterday. As it turns out, McCaslin will be used for both diminutive Mobile Internet Devices and next-gen Ultra-Mobile PCs. The platform will include new Intel A100 and A110 processors, a 945GU Express chipset, and an ICH7U I/O controller hub, all optimized for low power consumption and "ultra-mobile requirements." McCaslin devices will be available over the summer from manufacturers including Aigo, Asus, Fujitsu, Haier, HTC, and Samsung. Despite the rumors we heard, Intel says the devices will all run Windows Vista. However, Intel does add that it intends to pursue Linux as an alternative for MIDs, and it has announced its support for Linux providers Red Flag and Canonical (Canonical provides the popular Ubuntu distribution, while Red Flag produces a Chinese Linux distribution.)

Next year, Intel will release a next-generation MID and UMPC platform code-named Menlow. Intel hasn't revealed much about this platform beyond the fact that it will include a brand new 45nm processor code-named Silverthorne and a single-chip core logic solution code-named Poulsbo. Intel boasts that Silverthorne and Poulsbo were "both designed from the ground up for MID and UMPC platforms," though.

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