Intel Scores on Mobile Internet Devices

Announces 25 hardware makers will use Intel chips
By Lucas Laursen,  Newser Staff
Posted Apr 2, 2008 11:47 AM CDT
The Intel exhibit at the Consumer Electronics Show at the Las Vegas Convention Center is seen Wednesday, Jan. 9, 2008.   (AP Photo/Paul Sakuma)
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(Newser) – Twenty-five hardware companies will use a new Intel chip technology for mobile internet devices that are somewhere between a cellphone and a laptop computer in size, reports the Wall Street Journal. Intel hopes the gadgets they've dubbed MIDs will become a new product category, helping the company make up for missing out on the cellphone market. The devices will retail for around $500 and arrive first in Asia this summer.

A competitor argues that scaling computing processors down for mobile devices won’t help Intel in the long-term: "I have no doubt that we are going to be at the same level as them on Web browsing.” Intel’s Atom chips will list for $45-160 and draw less than a tenth of the power of a typical laptop processor.