Intel Show Off Silverthorne-Powered UMPC Prototypes

If you're working up close and personal with the next-gen of gadgetry and hardware (or even the gen-after-next if you're really lucky) then the temptation must always be to blurt it out and share the joy; that's obviously what has happened to Intel, who set up their Channel Intel project last week and are already splashing out the eye-candy.  Take a look at these prototype UMPC devices, each with roughly 5-inch screens and running the KDE GUI.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qGm3v856xnc

The tasty thing about each device is the Silverthorne CPU inside.  Intel rolled out their vision of ultramobile CPUs earlier this year, with Silverthorne being a dedicated super-efficient and – above all – cheap proposition for handheld computing.  With power-sipping down to just 5-watts by 2010, Silverthorne won't be the best choice if you're looking for a mobile gaming platform or perhaps even much in the way of video, but if word-processing, email and messaging are your main priorities – together with lengthy battery life – then start saving now.

Channel Intel video [via UMPC Portal]