Intel has just updated its website with complete information about the newly christened Ultra Mobile Platform 2007, which was previously running around as MID2007 and codenamed McCaslin. The energy-efficient mobile computing platform includes two new processors (A100 and A110) that will be used to power both UMPCs for business users and MIDs for consumers. Aigo, Asus, Haier, HTC, and Samsung are among the companies that will begin to roll out UMPCs using the new platform beginning this summer. This, of course, implicates the Samsung Q1 Ultra and HTC Shift, even though the latter was reported as housing a 1.2GHz Via chip.
I don’t really understand the point of touching upon the successor of a newly announced platform, but apparently Intel is already divulging details about Menlow, its "next-generation" MID and UMPC platform that’s already slated for a "first half of 2008" release. Hmm. Since the first Linux-based MIDs are actually supposed to be launched next year, I’m beginning to wonder whether Windows-based MIDs are looming large.[CNET News | PCMag | UMPCPortal]