Intel MID design actually exists—as a prototype. Sort of.


Intel's design for a mobile internet device, or MID, isn't new. It's been cropping up on stage for months. Now, however, they've got a prototype, albeit one that doesn't actually look like the render you see here.

What I like most about it is the fact that it's weird. It'll never exist as a consumer product, mind you: this is all pure reference design marketing.

IDF gallery [Flickr]
Press Release [Intel via Engadget]

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  1. Reference designs sometimes end up being cranked out by the Taiwanese firms that don’t want to do R&D but want to manufacture a good product.. So hopefully this gets picked up! I love weird electronics.

    (But yes, I know it’s a long shot..)

  2. Yes they exist. They will probably show up in consumer devices. That does look like one of the prototype units, but the width is doubled. (Actually there are a number of prototypes and reference boards out there.) Take a look at for more info on one of the versions of Linux that is being designed to run on it. (There are at least three Linux variants for them right now, maybe more.) The boards are designed to use the Atom processor. (A Pentium architecture chip that runs about 7-14 watts. They run very cool and don’t need a heat sink.)

    I expect that these will turn into real products soon enough. Intel is still putting a lot of time and money into their development.

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