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.