Connectivity on Menlow

Connectivity on Menlow

Hi,

Been talking to ISV's on UMPC, one question they have is in terms of internet connectivity. From the connect available I have gathered its WLAN, Wi-MAX. Is there a way he can connect to the Internet using data card, or services offered by telecom companies like GSM, CDMA. It would be great if the only device I could carry is the UMPC and have connectivity in remote locations.

Cheers!
IndusGeek

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I don't represent Intel's planning team in this area but my understanding is that initially UMPC and MID (Mobile Internet Device) will have WiFi included. Later they will have WiMax. However, OEMs are allowed the ability to customize these platforms and include other types of WLAN technology of their choosing.

Thanks Lester.

Is there a site where I can see the list of UMPC devices and their prices. Have been having difficulty to find one site that has all the info. If the link is India centric it would be great.

Cheers!
Indusgeek

Indusgeek:

Is there a site where I can see the list of UMPC devices and their prices. Have been having difficulty to find one site that has all the info. If the link is India centric it would be great.

Sorry, I don't know of any that hava a comprehensive list including prices. Your best bet is to search the web using your favorite search engine. Here are a few I found:

http://www.intel.com/products/mid/devices.htm

http://www.microsoft.com/windows/products/winfamily/umpc/default.mspx(See "Hardware" link)

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ultra-Mobile_PC

For UMPCs in general the platform is wide open. Many OEMs are choosing to install Wifi/BT as standard and include a PCI-Express MINI slot on the mobo which enables the OEM to drop in the required 3G/WiMax moduile as required. FOr example, .the Samsung Q1 Ultra ships with or without a 3G module installed.

For Centrino Atom MIDs (definition: Silverthorn/Pulsbo based sub 5" devices running Moblin-compliant OS) the story is slightly different. I don't have the authoratative answer but I understand that all will come with Wifi/BT and will offer a Micro Mini PCI-Express slot (half size I believe) Intel will either provide their own Wimax card or Option will provide the 3G card.

As for voice, its not clear. The questions would be, do Option provide a voice-capable card, does Moblin provide the hooks and is there a UI for voice operations. You would also have to consider audio hardware on the platform. (e.g. is the device designed as a speakerphone with noise canceling mics or does it require a headset - BT or cabled)

As for a list of devices, UMPCPortal, the site I run, contains the most complete database of devices with over 140 models listed. You won't find latests prices, only guidelines prices as this changes daily and varies between territories. Here's the link to the product database. Hope it's useful.

Regards
Steve 'Chippy' Paine.

You can find 'Chippy' on Twitter @chippy , http://ultrabooknews.com and on UMPCPortal.com

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