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Jun142008

Windows Mobile as MID OS

Windows Mobile could see use in MIDs (mobile Internet devices), suggests a report from Forward Concepts. The report, aimed at quantifying MID-related opportunities for chip makers, identifies TI and Qualcomm as well-positioned in an emergent market expected to reach 40 million unit shipments globally within four years.

Intel coined the term “MID” in April 2007, launching a Linux-based MID prototype at its Beijing Developer’s Conference. At the time, it projected a global market of 180 million units annually in the sector by 2010.

In its 206-page report, Forward Concepts is considerably less bullish. And, in a summary report highlighting key findings, the research firm suggests that Intel may not actually dominate the MID chip vendor, despite having “invented” the form-factor.

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