Laptops are not the only computers slated to get support for WiMax next year, delegates at the Intel Developer Forum are set to hear.
Intel is expected to announce plans to add the wide-area networking technology and support for third-generation (3G) mobile technology as options for ultramobile PCs running Windows or Linux. Intel similarly plans to add WiMax as an option to its Centrino notebook package next year.
The ultramobile PCs will be based on Intel's Menlow chip package, which includes the upcoming Silverthorne processor and single-chip Poulsbo chipset. Expected to be released in early 2008, the package is designed for ultramobile PCs running Windows or the Linux operating system.
Anand Chandrasekher of Intel's Ultra Mobility Group, is to announce that WiMax, 3G and Wi-Fi will be available as options with Menlow for ultramobile PCs during a scheduled keynote speech at the Intel Developer Forum in the US.
Chandrasekher is scheduled to be joined on stage during his speech by Mark Shuttleworth of Canonical, which distributes the Ubuntu version of Linux. Shuttleworth plans to use the opportunity to unveil an alpha version of Ubuntu designed for small, portable computers.
If Intel's aim to popularise ultraportable PCs based on Linux takes off with end users this will have far-reaching implications by expanding the number of people that use Linux beyond technology enthusiasts to the mainstream, and treading into territory coveted by Microsoft.