Microsoft is expected to showcase a number of new consumer products at the 2007 International Consumer Electronics Show (CES), including remote-controlled USB handsets and Ultra Mobile PCs (UMPCs), according to sources at related Taiwan-based manufacturers, who also indicated that the launch of the products will benefit Taiwan's OEM companies.
The USB handset, which aims to compete with Skype-enabled handsets, will come with a remote controller that is able to integrate various functions being played by a PC, a TV interface and audio/video devices, the sources noted.
As indicated by the sources, Taiwan-based Accton Technology and Winbond Electronics will supply Bluetooth-enabled modules and chipsets, respectively, for the remote-controlled USB handset.
Meanwhile, the UMPC to be displayed by Microsoft at the CES will come with a C7-M processor from Taiwan-based VIA Technologies and will be manufactured by Arima Computer, the sources stated.
Sources at Microsoft Taiwan declined to comment on the report, but indicated that the UMPC products displayed at the CES, which will be Vista Ready, should come from Asustek Computer.