updated 01:20 pm EDT, Fri April 6, 2007
Intel Next-Gen UMPC
Intel is working on a sequel to its current ultra-mobile PC design that could make them much more viable for the road than they are today, according to leaked slides and details. Nicknamed McCaslin, the platform would seemingly take a step backward in its CPU clock speed from 900 to 800MHz (with a 600MHz option) but would represent several steps forward in speed and battery life. The chipset would be paired with Intel's newer X3000 integrated graphics for better 3D and Vista acceleration; a drastic reduction in he size of the CPU and the circuitry would not only help fit the architecture into UMPCs as small as 5 inches but would also almost double battery life from 2-3 to 4-5 hours courtesy of power reduction.
McCaslin should also take into account more features out of the box, Intel says. Where today's Pentium M-based platform is only immediately aware of Bluetooth and Wi-Fi, the new technology should make GPS, cellular broadband, and TV tuners feasible.
Although the company hasn't publicized such details, the slides point to an official unveiling for McCaslin on April 18th, which could lead to updates for the Samsung Q1 and other UMPCs that have served as showcases for the technology. [via HKEPC]