updated 12:50 pm EST, Mon January 26, 2009
Acer prepping first MID?
Acer is looking to build its own mobile Internet device, patent applications are believed to show. The MID concept was developed by Intel, and typically describes a small handheld device used mainly for web browsing and e-mail; Acer's device would feature a display dominating the front surface, mostly likely a touchscreen, in a manner similar to many GPS units. Media playback would also likely be an important feature, as reflected by the presence of a 3.5mm headphone jack.
Little else is known about Acer's plans, but the patent does show a dock connector for PCs. As a MID the device might also make use of an Intel Atom processor, but this would be dependent on cost expecations and available space. The origin of the patent is attributed Atif Maskatia.