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Intel appears to be preparing to launch is ultra-mobile PC on 7 March, if the umpc.com website is anything to go by. The date is just two days before the deadline set by Microsoft's Origami Project website for more information about the Windows XP-based consumer-friendly tablet PC.

intel's umpc launch teaser

In August 2005, Intel announced its new focus on developing processors that deliver the best performance per Watt. At the time, CEO Paul Otellini demo'd a "handtop" computer - a paperback book-sized tablet with full wireless functionality and a processor capable of running Windows Vista, yet also able to run on battery power for a full day.

More recently, the chip giant has been giving up the device the name "ultra-mobile PC", and showing prototypes to journalists. It had been suggested Intel will reveal more at its bi-annual Developer Forum, which kicks off next week, on 7 March.

Unfortunately, the umpc.com website had its domain registered through a proxy, preventing us from confirming that the site was indeed set up by Intel.

On Monday this week, a video allegedly leaked out showing a handheld wireless PC with pen input. In the promotional movie, it was used to play and record music, do satellite navigation, play games and surf the Internet remotely. Think a truly personal computer small enough to take with you wherever you, but big enough and sufficiently powerful to do big jobs, not just basic, PDA-level stuff. ®

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