ARM now calls CMC devices (and iPhone) MIDs


Back in October, ARM announced that when its Connected Mobile Computing (CMC) devices are released in early 2009, they would be based on a collaborative open-source platform called the ARM Linux Mobile Platform. Since then, ARM abandoned the CMC acronym and replaced it with what the company nows calls Mobile Internet Devices, or MIDs.

Hmm. Where have I heard that before?

The original CMC links redirect to MID pages now, which contain the same content as before except for a new MID header (below) and that every CMC reference has been replaced with the "new" acronym.


To save you from clicking back to my CMC article, here’s what the old header used to look like:


In its MID overview (via Crave), ARM says:

With the constant development of new Internet services, such as YouTube, Facebook, MySpace, Google Maps, Skype, Chat and Gmail, it is clear that the future of mobile computing rests in devices that are truly mobile, always connected and providing a rich Internet browsing experience – ARM calls these devices Mobile Internet Devices (MID). MIDs are already evolving to enable consumers to take their “mobile world” with them, wherever they go. By providing high performance, low power solutions, ARM is enabling its partner base to create the most innovative and advanced products in this space. As the MID market expands ARM will continue to ensure that the key technologies are available to support its partners and their customers.

"MID brands" that offer ARM-powered products include Apple (iPhone), Nokia (N95), HTC, Samsung, HP, and RIM.

Just in case you’re keeping score, we’ve got Intel, Microsoft, and now ARM all working on what they call MIDs. Intel hasn’t trademarked the acronym, which could just as easily be spelled out in a generic sense, but ARM’s use of the term probably isn’t welcome news.

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Jenn K. Lee is the founder of Pocketables. She loves gadgets the way most women love shoes and purses. The pieces in her tech wardrobe that go with everything are currently the Samsung Galaxy Note II, Sony Tablet P, and Nexus 7, but there are still a couple of vintage UMPCs/MIDs in the back of her closet.

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