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Ultra mobile devices enjoy ‘momentous’ 2007

Joe O'Halloran

2007 was a year of significant events in ultra mobile device (UMD) market, according to a report by In-Stat .

The research firm says that throughout 2007, major moves were seen on multiple fronts in what it calls an ‘enigmatic’ sector including connectivity, new ultra mobile devices, and new processors.

In-Stat believes that the industry is beginning to accept that there can only be one Internet, regardless of how it is accessed. Multiple access versions with limited/cut content and performance, depending on whether the user's device identifies itself to the network as a phone or a PC, are not an acceptable solution.

"Major moves by processor manufacturers will continue to enable new UMD designs, primarily ultra mobile PCs (UMPCs) and mobile Internet devices (MIDs)," explained Ian Lao, In-Stat analyst. "New processor platforms such as Silverthorne from Intel and Isaiah from VIA will continue to target not only performance but also power dissipation."

Long-range wireless broadband, such as WiMAX, and new wireless technologies like Gobi, a new platform from Qualcomm, are poised to bring anywhere connectivity to reality, In-Stat also predicted.

It added that the market accepts the mobile Internet usage concept as seen by the success of products such as the Q1/Q1 Ultra, iPhone, and N810 from Samsung, Apple, and Nokia respectively. Howver it cautions that the fragmented nature of consumer usages makes it all but impossible to meet the significantly different usage needs with one do-all device.



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