Mobile Internet Devices – the mainstay for people who find netbooks too bulky and cumbersome but don't want to give up the ability to modify their Facebook status on the road – may not have taken off in quite the way their makers intended according to figures from industry sources.
Un-named sources quoted by Digitimes
show global sales of MIDs based around Intel's Menlow platform sitting at less than 30,000 units – a significant distance from Intel's prediction of 150,000 - 200,000 units.
The root cause – at least according to Intel – is the credit crunch, which has seen consumer spending on gadgets such as shiny new MIDs plummet. A lack of a 'killer app' for a 3G-enabled MID which doesn't
double as a mobile 'phone handset also can't be helping matters.
Despite this, an Intel spokesman stated that it believed that MIDs – which represent a new category of Internet centric products for the company – have “great potential
” potential for success.
Although the Menlow platform has seen use in both MIDs and netbooks – a move which Digitimes claims was made purely to clear Intel's inventory of excess stock – the next-generation Moorestown platform will be a MID exclusive. The new platform is expected to launch at the end of this year – or at the start of the next at the latest – with engineering samples expected in September.
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