Think your tablet computer is state of the art? Not for long. The latest advance in smaller, better, faster is what is known as the Ultra-Mobile PC (UMPC). This new device takes mobile to a new level. Microsoft Corporation has a version called Origami.
The first thing you will notice is that it does not include a traditional keyboard. The keyboard, if you choose to use one, actually pops up on the touch screen for use. It is anticipated that the UMPC may also include
- 7-inch TFT LCD touchscreen
- 1 GHz Intel ULV Mobile Pentium M or Celeron M processor
- 1 GB SDRAM system memory
- Built-in flash storage
- Built-in Wi-Fi and Bluetooth
- Built-in GPS receiver
- SDIO/MMC expansion slot for flash and other expansion
- Windows XP with Tablet PC Edition and Media Center Edition extensions
- VoIP support
- GPS support
The UMPC is also expected to have a price of under $1,000. With all of these features, the UMPC will be extremely attractive to any mobile professional. For more information, see recent articles in the Seattle Post-Intelligencer and The New York Times (sign-up for free account required).