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Momentum of Ultra Portables at Computex Taipei



It is a pleasure to guest blog for GottaBeMobile.  Coming straight from Taipei – where the earthquakes never stop (we had one Sunday evening).

Overall news and analysis can none other be summarized as their is a tremendous amount of momentum on the ultra portable marketplace.  Call them Ultra Portables, Ultra Mobile, UMPC, Ultra Low Cost, Netbooks, Nettops, whatever.  They are coming out in droves here at Computex – Asia’s largest and growing technology trade show.  Last year there were less than a handful of UMPC class devices, mostly driven by VIA processors.

This year, Intel and Microsoft both highlighted this category in the opening day keynote speeches, both having counters full of 12-14 devices.

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The buzz is certainly Ultra Portables.  The flurry of announcements on the blogosphere including Warner’s notes lately on GottaBeMobile confirm this.  The low power, low cost, smaller, lighter and more portable age is here for specific marketplaces – as they do not have the horsepower and features required for certain market segments.

Matt Miller
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