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Encyclopedia > Ultra Mobile PC
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Samsung Q1 UMPC, using Touch Pack Interface.
Samsung Q1 UMPC, using Touch Pack Interface.

Ultra-Mobile PC (UMPC), previously known by its codename Project Origami, is a small form factor tablet PC. It was developed as a joint development exercise between Microsoft, Intel, and Samsung, among others. It features Windows XP Tablet PC Edition 2005 operating system and ultra low voltage Intel Pentium processors, in the range of 1 GHz. The portability of the Ultra-Mobile PC will likely appeal to international business travellers and global backpackers. Wikipedia does not have an article with this exact name. ... Image File history File links Origami_interface. ... Image File history File links Origami_interface. ... Form factor refers to the linear dimensions and configuration of a device as distinguished from other measures of size (for example Gigabytes; a measure of storage size): in computing, form factor is used to describe the size and format of PC motherboards (see AT, ATX, BTX), but also of hard... Toshiba Portege 3500 tablet PC, in tablet configuration. ... Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ: MSFT, SEHK: 4338) is a U.S. software corporation headquartered in Redmond, Washington, with 2005 global annual sales of close to $40 billion USD and about 64,000 employees in 85 countries and regions. ... Intel Corporation (NASDAQ: INTC, SEHK: 4335), founded in 1968 as Integrated Electronics Corporation, is a U.S.-based multinational corporation that is best known for designing and manufacturing microprocessors and specialized integrated circuits. ... Samsung Group is one of the largest South Korean business groupings. ... A typical Windows XP desktop. ... An operating system is a special computer program that manages the relationship between application software, the wide variety of hardware that makes up a computer system, and the user of the system. ... Pentium logo, with MMX enhancement The Pentium is a fifth-generation x86 architecture microprocessor by Intel employee Vinod Dahm which first shipped on March 22, 1993. ... Backpacking is traveling long distances with a backpack. ...

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Features

DialKeys
DialKeys

Ultra Mobile PCs have a screen size of 20 cm (around 7 inches) touch sensitive screen at a minimum resolution of 800 x 480, and runs Windows XP Tablet PC Edition. To make the interface suited for the small form factor, the interface is slightly tweaked. In addition, a software suite, known as the Touch Pack Interface is included, to make the interface more suitable for use of stylus as well as hand. Image File history File links Origamitpi. ... Image File history File links Origamitpi. ... A typical Windows XP desktop. ...


The Ultra Mobile PC is just a platform, for which manufacturers can design any model they want, provided they meet or exceed the baseline specifications laid down by Microsoft. When the UMPC was disclosed as CeBit, 2006, Samsung, ASUS and Founder had near-complete devices on display. Pricing is expected to be in between $599 to $999. Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ: MSFT, SEHK: 4338) is a U.S. software corporation headquartered in Redmond, Washington, with 2005 global annual sales of close to $40 billion USD and about 64,000 employees in 85 countries and regions. ... Samsung Group is one of the largest South Korean business groupings. ... To meet Wikipedias quality standards, this article or section may require cleanup. ... Laminitis, also known as founder, is inflammation of the sensitive lamina of the foot in a horse, the complications of which often result in the horse having to be euthanized. ...


UMPCs will, as they run Windows XP operating system, be able to run any software that has been written for the platform, though the small form factor will mandate some tweaks of the interface. The standard Windows XP interface is the default, though a choice of having an interface more suited for the small form factor, is available by using the Touch Pack Interface. Due to the small size, it won't feature a keyboard, but a virtual keyboard, known as DialKeys, included in the Touch Pack Interface, is provided. Also, since the device has standard USB 2.0 connectivity, external keyboards and mice can be attached. Windows XP is a major revision of the Microsoft Windows operating system created for use on desktop and business computer systems. ... Windows XP is a major revision of the Microsoft Windows operating system created for use on desktop and business computer systems. ... Note: USB may also mean upper sideband in radio. ...


UMPCs will include 1 GHz Intel Celeron M, Pentium M or VIA C7-M processors, with 256 MB RAM, and will include 30 GB to 60 GB harddisks, depending on the manufacturer. They could also feature GPS, webcam, fingerprint reader, TV tuner and memory card reader. Bluetooth, Wi-Fi and Ethernet are all supported as well. Intel Corporation (NASDAQ: INTC, SEHK: 4335), founded in 1968 as Integrated Electronics Corporation, is a U.S.-based multinational corporation that is best known for designing and manufacturing microprocessors and specialized integrated circuits. ... Celeron D logo as of 2006. ... Pentium logo, with MMX enhancement The Pentium is a fifth-generation x86 architecture microprocessor by Intel employee Vinod Dahm which first shipped on March 22, 1993. ... There are four companies that go by the name VIA: VIA Technologies, a Taiwanese manufacturer of integrated circuits VIA Rail, a Canadian passenger rail company Via, a New York based media collective Via Training, an e-learning and blended training development company based in Portland, Oregon VIA is also an...


UMPCs have enough processing power to support audio, video, and gaming, in addition to having rich support for browsing the internet as well as for other communication and networking applications. Windows Media Player will be included, with minor tweaks to provide a better experience on the small screen. The devices will also feature DirectX 8 class graphics. All standard applications available for standard Tablet PCs are available as well. Windows Media Player is a proprietary freeware software media player used for playing audio, as well as viewing video and images on personal computers running the Microsoft Windows operating system. ... DirectX is a collection of APIs for easily handling tasks related to game programming on the Microsoft Windows operating system. ... Toshiba Portege 3500 tablet PC, in tablet configuration. ...


In future, the prices of UMPCs are expected to come down to the $500 range, and battery life is expected to increase from 2.5 hours presently to 8 hours. UMPCs will be upgraded to include Windows Vista later this year. Windows Vista is the scheduled next version of Microsoft Windows operating system, superseding Windows XP. It was previously known by its codename Longhorn, after the Longhorn Saloon, a popular bar (pub) in Whistler, British Columbia. ...


Limitations

Ruggedness: Being touted as an anytime/anyplace personal companion, the device is exposed to the same kinds of risks as a mobile phone and is likely undergo similar abuse, requiring repair or replacement within the first 18 months. Customers realizing this key factor demand sub-$500 prices for such short-lifespan mobile devices.


Pricing: The intended prices of models slated for launch in 2006 are well above the sub-$1000 target range. Simultaneously some brand new, fully functional, entry-level notebooks are available for under $500.


Availability: Only two major vendors and two minor ones have announced production plans, without any specific launch dates as of yet. Territories in which the products are to be distributed are also unclear.


Battery Life: Currently available charge densities of batteries restrict usage time into the vicinity of 2hrs. People constantly on the move rarely appreciate carrying an AC charger and plugging in a few times daily. Kinetic chargers that tap energy from the users motion (walking) are available and might be sold additionally.


Portability: The size and weight is still too much to fit common clothing, requiring a rather large belt-strapped pouch when not in use. Unlike their wearable cousins, both hands are usually needed to operate a UMPC, reducing usage scenarios even further.


Usability: HMD support and trainable voice/writing recognition are lacking. An appropriately customized operating system is absent. The included edition of Windows occupies ~1GB, contains ~10 thousand files, and ~100 services; a great deal of which are not relevant to the vast majority of mobile computing use cases.


Modularity: Standards based modular expansion has long been the hallmark of the PC industry, extending product life well into the future through inexpensive upgrades. In order for Ultra-Mobiles to live up to their name, they might address size by separating core from battery/storage/display, provide a practical way to wear the separated components (ammo belt), use faster ports (PCI-Express external cable), and provide enough of them for users to avail a variety of extensions covering positioning, imaging, and future wireless infrastructure.


Hype Campaign

Beginning in mid February of 2006, a viral marketing campaign was quietly launched for Microsoft's Project Origami. Speculation of "what is Origami?" and pictures of the rumored prototypes were passed around and covered extensively on Engadget and other technology sites. Finalization of the Origami project was announced in time to keep the excitement level high for CeBIT. It has been suggested that this article or section be merged with Word of mouth marketing. ... Engadget is a technology weblog about gadgets. ... A crowded exhibition hall during CeBIT 2000. ...


One intresting aspect of the Ultra Moble PC's hype was that for a while it was thought to be a portable gaming device that would directly compete with Nintendo's DS and Sony's PSP, this rumor gained creadibility after a video of someone playing Halo on an "Orogami" surfaced on, a production company's (Digital Kitchen's) website. The video was quickly taken down. Later in the week the Associated Press confirmed that it was actually a PC with "Limited gaming capabilities". Nintendo (Japanese: 任天堂, ニンテンドー Nintendō; NASDAQ: NTDOY, TYO: 7974 ) is an international company originally founded in Japan on November 6, 1889 by Fusajiro Yamauchi to produce handmade hanafuda cards, for use in a Japanese playing card game of the same name. ... Sony Corporation (Japanese katakana: ソニー) (TYO: 6758 , NYSE: SNE) is a global Japanese consumer electronics, financial services and entertainment corporation based in Tokyo, Japan. ...


Announced Devices

At CeBIT, Samsung officially announced the first device designed around the Origami project: the Samsung Q1. The device is 22.7cm by 13.9cm by 2.45-2.65cm and allows the user to either run the full Windows XP operating system or run in an instant-on multimedia mode that requires no boot-time. A crowded exhibition hall during CeBIT 2000. ... Windows XP is a major revision of the Microsoft Windows operating system created for use on desktop and business computer systems. ... An Internet payphone loading Windows XP In computing, booting is a bootstrapping process that starts operating systems when the user turns on a computer system. ...


See also

Samsung Q1 is an Ultra Mobile PC with a 7 LCD. Intel Celeron 900mhz 40 GB hard drive 7 inch WGA screen Weighs 0. ...

References

  • PaperbackPC
  • Samsung Q1
  • Betanews
  • I4U News
  • Geekzone
  • Microsoft's handheld to be revealed soon? - Gamespot-Acessed March 20 2006

External links

  • PaperbackPC The unofficial Ultra-Mobile PC / Origami blog and community!
  • Ultra-Mobile PC
  • Launch Site The official Teaser Site
  • OrigamiPortal.com Origami Based News and Links
  • UMPCommunity
  • Engadget News about the release
  • Creative Core Media The archived Promo video
  • Neowin Forum Link about Origami
  • WindowsForDevices News Post
  • Thatedeguy Blog Post
  • Scobleizer Scobleizer Blog post about it
  • Design Tastes Good News Post
  • Origami Project Forum
  • Intel UMPC Information
  • UMPC Example Videos from Intel
  • Microsoft Unveils Project Origami

 
 

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