Put a McCaslin in your pocket

Intel reveals a new, more practical platform for ultramobile devices.

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Ultramobile PCs, or UMPCs, such as the OQO model 02 or the Vulcan FlipStart, are pocket-sized computers that look cool but haven't been all that useful yet. Intel's been planning a new, more practical platform for ultramobile devices for a while now, and today the first official details about the new spec--dubbed McCaslin--were revealed.

Officially named the Ultra Mobile Platform 2007, these new handheld systems will have Intel's new A100 and A110 processors (code named Stealey) and a 945GU Express Chipset--all designed to run with very little power. Linux support is also a highly touted new option.

Expect to see new systems from Asus, Fujitsu, and Samsung this summer. The first sneak peak we got was a few weeks ago, with the HTC Shift .

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