Here is some good news on the mobile UMPC front, especially for those depend on high speed access to the internet. Embedding 3G connectivity is going to be key to the success of the UMPC :
Sierra Wireless (NASDAQ: SWIR – TSX: SW) today announced support for Intel Corporation’s 3G-enabled Ultra Mobile PC platform, shown today at the Intel Developer Forum in San Francisco. Sierra Wireless collaborated with Intel to incorporate Sierra Wireless WWAN modules into the UMPC platform architecture, which is designed to provide integrated wireless 3G connections for ultra-mobile devices (typically defined as small form-factor Tablet PCs). With wide area wireless embedded modules from Sierra Wireless integrated into the UMPC platform, original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) and original design manufacturers (ODMs) can take advantage of proven, reliable 3G connectivity solutions to simplify product development and expedite time-to-market.
“Sierra Wireless is pleased to collaborate with Intel to provide seamless 3G-enabled connectivity options for the UMPC platform,” said Trent Punnett, Senior Vice President, Marketing and Corporate Development for Sierra Wireless. “Bringing high-quality 3G connections to Ultra Mobile PC devices allows for true on-the-go applications. We believe this will lead to the development of many innovative mobile devices, and we look forward to working with our OEM customers to bring these leading edge products to market.”