A mobile Internet device (MID) is a multimedia-capable mobile device providing wireless Internet access. 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. An MID is larger than a smartphone (usually more than 5-in screen size) but smaller than an Ultra-Mobile PC (UMPC). They have been described as filling a niche between smartphones and tablet computers.
Archos Internet tablets 
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 
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MID with Atom
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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.
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) 
Intel's first generation MID platform (codenamed McCaslin) contains a 90 nm Intel A100/A110 processor (codenamed Stealey) which runs at 600–800 MHz.
Menlow platform (2008) 
On 2 March 2008, Intel introduced the Intel Atom processor brand 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.
Moorestown platform (2010) 
Intel's third generation MID 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.
Medfield platform (2012) 
Intel's fourth generation MID platform (codenamed Medfield) contains a 32 nm Intel Atom processor (codenamed Penwell).
Clover Trail platform (2012) 
Intel's fifth generation MID platform (codenamed Clover Trail) contains a 32 nm Intel Atom processor (codenamed Cloverview).
Bay Trail platform (2013) 
Intel's sixth generation MID platform (codenamed Bay Trail) contains a 22 nm Intel Atom SoC (codenamed Valleyview).
Airmont-based platform (2014) 
Intel's seventh generation MID platform contains a 14 nm Intel Atom SoC.
Operating system 
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." Another MID Open Source Linux distribution is Moblin, which had been merged into the new MeeGo project that has been merged with LiMo into Tizen project.
See also 
- ^ Forward Concepts (June 2008), Mobile Internet Devices (MID) & Chip Market Opportunities, retrieved 2008-10-27
- ^ "Mobile Internet Device (MID)", www.arm.com, retrieved 2008-10-27
- ^ "Wireless Handset Solutions: Mobile Internet Device", focus.ti.com, retrieved 2008-10-27
- ^ What is a Mobile Internet Device?, November 2008, retrieved 2008-11-02
- ^ MID dev kit sports Centrino Atom chipset
- ^ Intel Announces Intel Atom Brand for New Family of Low-Power Processors
- ^ Moorsetown: Intel's Next Generation Platform for MIDs and Smartphones
- ^ Canonical Announces Details of Ubuntu for Mobile Internet Devices, 2007-06-07, retrieved 2007-06-12
- ^ [MID Open Source Linux Mobile Internet Devices (MIDs)] , retrieved 2010-03-25
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