Intel to launch Linux-powered mobile Internet device

Posted by daria42 on Apr 16, 2007 12:09 AM EDT
ZDNet Australia; By David Flynn
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Intel is developing its own take on the mini-tablet, with a new ultra-mobile PC platform to be announced at this week’s Intel Developer Forum in Beijing. The big surprise? It’s based on Linux.

Called a Mobile Internet Device (pic), or MID, the devices will have screen sizes from 4.5 to six inches with a target audience described as "consumers and prosumers" rather than mobile professionals.

The MID2007 platform, currently codenamed McCaslin, will gain a more marketing-friendly moniker closer to next year’s release of the products. This is tipped to be an extension of the successful Centrino mobile brand, in the same manner as the recent announcement earlier this month of a higher-end Centrino Pro brand for enterprise-class notebooks incorporating Intel’s vPro management technology.

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