Get ready for Silverthorne. Silverthorne? What’s that? Intel will be showing off the postage stamp sized processor that is the core of Intel’s Menlow mobile platform. Silverthorne is a low powered chip that will be the base of the next generation of small mobile devices, powering the next generation of UMPCs and MIDs. In a pre-CES briefing yesterday, Intel laid out some of its plans for CES 2008. And there was some interesting info tossed into the mix. Here’s a quote or two from an eWeek article:
While there were no additional details about Silverthorne, Intel has said that the processor will use 10 times less power than current models and the entire platform can fit onto a 74-milimeter by 143-milimeter motherboard. The types of MIDs and UMPC on display will offer users a combination of Wi-Fi, WiMax and 3G wireless technology.
At the 2008 CES, Pankaj Kedia, Intel’s director of mobile Internet and UMPC platforms, said the company plans on showing off at least 10 different MIDs and UMPCs from a range of vendors, including Lenovo, Asus, Quanta, Clarion and several others.
Lenovo is certaintly an intriguing name to see on that list. You can bet we’re going to be taking a very close look at CES in just a few weeks.