- Topic is still under researching.
Before I got involved with Technical Details of MIDs. Let me just brief give a layout of what was I planning on writing the article and perhaps the reference I give might be useful.
Well for the very beginning I was not involved with the article at all. I was involved with Centrino 2 article improve and there was section on Mobile Internet Devices (McCaslin, Menlow and Moorestown) I believe was mention before in many news reporting website, but the rough roadmap was never really know to the majority, naturally many people think MID is just a marketing term.
I was a little bit confused also, until I did some research. Sorry many of the info are incorrect after I wrote it.
History of MID
The history, well there isn't really a history. In the beginning there was AMD and OLPC try to make third world education better, and the idea of to use the statellite protocol, the exact protocol I didn't look into it, but that is how netbook was born. Naturally Intel wanted to join the market too so Intel created the Moblin Project. At that time a lot of processors manufacturers got involved too and started producing thousands of netbooks particularly targeted at third world countries, with the assistance of government help. These include Digital Textbook, netbooks.
The MID term
The term MID didn't got accepted or it was rather confusing. First MID (IMHO) should refer to any type of mobile devices. It was very controversial, because at that time thousands of electronic inventions unconditionally affected MID designs.
Possible effects or characteristics
(For now I am going to say all mobile devices are MIDs, you'll see why later when I presented a layout of how I think or formulate how mobile devices should be categorized.)
As the time approaches to the generation of Digital Life, some devices started using POSIX
Why Virtualization, because a lot of DotCom want to have web servicesCloud Computing (storage, if you don't understand it, I am planning on the Cloud Computing article, but don't expect it too early, since that is a MAJOR project and not easy to understand topic.
My theory of how mobile devices should be categorized
Laptop (leisure, multimedia, business) Notebooks (office works, GMAs)
Overview Tablet PC (ancestor
Generation 0 / 1
(phone is vertical, keyboard is horizontal)
Generation 1.5 (Web 2.0)
Class: Tablet PC
Generation 2.0 (EDA)
its controversial which one they copy from, so I am not going to argue
There are some people that believe biometric scanner are the first type of tablet, because of its looks. pic. Controversially some people disagree and claims LCD Wall Hanger for Desktop PC, the idea of Multi-monitor and possibly the idea of client-advisor presentations are the prototype to tablets.
Noticeboards and Important Info
They are a lot of new types of devices coming out, but the info I provided is just a web version of my documents. Apparently a virus destroyed my documents, so this document was base on the backup copy I had which was not up to date, and I am still trying to understand how the iconic iPhone generation influence the developement of the industry. I'm still working on how to categorize various concept phones such as gPhones Android, videophone, Microsoft Sphere, the new PSP...etc.
Note that UMPC traditional refer to very-thin notebooks such as Macbook Air, most news repoting companies use term like Rugged, Sleek... Later on the term was used more widely to refer to PMP shaped-devices that have extensive capabilites. Usually capabilities are equivalent to an office notebook. Controversially you could call a laptop a MID, because the idea of detachable LCD screen as a separate Tablet PC has been presented in 2 of Intel projects which they wanted the community to design their dream laptop. One of them is in IT Topia the other is WePC.