Quanta Computer was cited as a MID manufacturer back at CES 2008 and was also responsible for making the Intel/Yahoo UMPC that hasn’t been seen since March 2007. They are best known as an OEM, which is probably why reading their name in MID news but never seeing an actual device never raised any eyebrows. Whether everyone just assumed that the Taiwan-based company would be contracted to make a MID for another company or not, DigiTimes has just revealed that Quanta is now focusing on products branded with their own name.
The new products will be based on expanding MID (Mobile Internet Device) designs with even stronger mobile communication abilities. The company already has samples in testing with clients and expects the new product line to start boosting revenues in 2009.
Of particular note are the words "even stronger mobile communication abilities," particularly in light of last year’s rumor that Quanta was developing a PDA handset for Dell. Since integrated HSDPA is already a feature on many MIDs, "even stronger" seems to suggest either WiMAX or cell phone functionality.