Mobile Internet device

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Not to be confused with Standard MIDI File.

A mobile Internet device (MID) is a multimedia-capable mobile device providing wireless Internet access.[1][2][3] They are designed to provide entertainment, information and location-based services for personal use, rather than for corporate use. They allow 2-way communication and real-time sharing. They have been described as filling a niche between smartphones and tablet computers.[4]

As all the features of MID started becoming available on smartphones and tablets, the term is now mostly used to refer to both low-end as well as high-end tablets.[5]

Lenovo Ideapad U8 MID.
The Nokia N810 is an example of a MID.

Archos Internet tablets[edit]

The class of mobile Internet tablets from Archos has included multiple operating systems: Windows CE, Android, and Windows 7. The form factor is very similar to the Lenovo image on the right. The Android tablet uses an ARM Cortex CPU and a touchscreen.

Intel MID platforms[edit]

MID with Atom: Gigabyte M528

Intel announced a prototype MID at the Intel Developer Forum in Spring 2007 in Beijing. A MID development kit by Sophia Systems using Intel Centrino Atom was announced in April 2008.[6]

Intel MID platforms are based on an Intel processor and chipset which consume less power than most of the x86 derivatives. A few platforms have been announced as listed below:

McCaslin platform (2007)[edit]

Intel's first generation MID platform (codenamed McCaslin) contains a 90 nm Intel A100/A110 processor (codenamed Stealey) which runs at 600–800 MHz.

Centrino McCaslin platform
Mobile chipset an Intel 945GU Express MCH northbridge (codenamed Little River) with integrated GMA 950 graphics and an ICH7-U southbridge
Mobile processor a 90 nm Intel A100/A110 processor (codenamed Stealey)
Wireless network a wireless radio

Menlow platform (2008)[edit]

On 2 March 2008, Intel introduced the Intel Atom processor brand[7] for a new family of low-power processor platforms. The components have thin, small designs and work together to "enable the best mobile computing and Internet experience" on mobile and low-power devices.

Intel's second generation MID platform (codenamed Menlow) contains a 45 nm Intel Atom processor (codenamed Silverthorne) which can run up to 2.0 GHz and a System Controller Hub (codenamed Poulsbo) which includes Intel HD Audio (codenamed Azalia). This platform was initially branded as Centrino Atom but such practice was discontinued in Q3 2008.

Centrino Menlow platform
Mobile chipset an Intel SCH (codenamed Poulsbo) with integrated GMA 500 graphics (PowerVR SGX 535 based)
Mobile processor a 45 nm Intel Atom processor (codenamed Silverthorne)
Wireless network a wireless radio

Moorestown platform (2010)[edit]

Intel's third generation MID/smartphone platform (codenamed Moorestown) contains a 45 nm Intel Atom processor (codenamed Lincroft) and a 65 nm Platform Controller Hub (codenamed Langwell). Since the memory controller and graphics controller are all now integrated into the processor, the northbridge has been removed and the processor communicates directly with the southbridge via the DMI bus interface.

Atom Moorestown platform
Mobile chipset a 65 nm Intel PCH (codenamed Langwell) and an MSIC (codenamed Briertown)
Mobile processor a 45 nm Intel Atom processor (codenamed Lincroft) with integrated GMA 600 graphics (PowerVR SGX 535 based)
Wireless network a wireless radio (codenamed Evans Peak)[8]

Medfield platform (2012)[edit]

Intel's fourth generation MID/smartphone platform (codenamed Medfield) contains a 32 nm Intel Atom SoC (codenamed Penwell).

Atom Medfield platform
Mobile processor a 32 nm Intel Atom SoC (codenamed Penwell) with integrated CPU (codenamed Saltwell) and graphics (PowerVR SGX 540 based)
Wireless network a wireless radio

Clover Trail+ platform (2012)[edit]

Intel's MID/smartphone platform (codenamed Clover Trail+) based on its Clover Trail tablet platform. It contains a 32 nm Intel Atom SoC (codenamed Cloverview).

Atom Clover Trail+ platform
Mobile processor a 32 nm Intel Atom SoC (codenamed Cloverview) with integrated CPU (codenamed Saltwell) and graphics (PowerVR SGX 545 based)
Wireless network a wireless radio

Merrifield platform (2013)[edit]

Intel's fifth generation MID/smartphone platform (codenamed Merrifield ) contains a 22 nm Intel Atom SoC (codenamed Tangier).

Atom Merrifield platform
Mobile processor an Intel Atom SoC (codenamed Tangier) with integrated CPU (codenamed Silvermont) and graphics (Gen 7)
Wireless network a wireless radio

Moorefield platform (2014)[edit]

Intel's sixth generation MID/smartphone platform (codenamed Moorefield) contains a 14 nm Intel Atom SoC (codenamed Anniedale).

Atom Moorefield platform
Mobile processor an Intel Atom SoC (codenamed Anniedale) with integrated CPU (codenamed Airmont) and graphics (Gen 8)
Wireless network a wireless radio

Morganfield platform[edit]

Intel's seventh generation MID/smartphone platform (codenamed Morganfield) contains a 14 nm Intel Atom SoC (codenamed Broxton).

Atom Morganfield platform
Mobile processor an Intel Atom SoC (codenamed Broxton) with integrated CPU (codenamed Goldmont) and graphics (Gen 9)
Wireless network a wireless radio

Operating system[edit]

Intel announced collaboration with Ubuntu to create Ubuntu for mobile internet devices distribution, known as Ubuntu Mobile. Ubuntu's website says the new distribution "will provide a rich Internet experience for users of Intel’s 2008 Mobile Internet Device (MID) platform."[9] Another MID Open Source Linux distribution is Moblin,[10] which had been merged into the new MeeGo project that has been merged with LiMo into Tizen project.

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