The second generation of ultra mobile PCs will arrive in the first half of next year.
Compared to hysteria surrounding Microsoft's Origami project, or Intel's UMPC platform, depending on your view created, the ultra mobile computers have been disappointing. So far, they haven't been especially small, powerful, functional or stylish and received about as much attention as the tablet PC after its launch.
The perception of the UMPC, however, could change with new devices that are scheduled to launch as early as late this year and in the first half 2007. Intel provided a sneak peek at one of the UMPCs planned to hit the market in 2007 - a Yahoo-branded mobile device - that packs a comprehensive feature set into a small form factor.