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FIC to launch UMPC at Computex

Ultramobile PCs expected to be big news in Taipei

Taiwan's First International Computer will unveil an ultraportable PC at the Computex show that begins on Tuesday in Taipei.

The CE260 is based on a 1.2GHz C7-M processor from Via, has a 7in touchscreen display with 800 pixels by 480 pixels resolution and boasts a 5-hour battery life, the company said. Weighing just under 1kg, the machine packs 802.11b/g wireless networking, a wired LAN port, and a 4-in-1 card reader slot.

FIC is a contract PC maker and doesn't sell machines under its own brand. The CE260 will be on show at Computex in front of buyers from the world's PC vendors and available to them to customise and market under their own brand. Possible additions to the base specification include a detachable clock/calendar, Skype phone, DVB-T digital TV Tuner or GPS module.

Taiwan is a major manufacturer of PC and consumer electronics goods and Computex, which takes place annually in Taipei, brings the island's IT manufacturers together with buyers from big-name electronics brands and retailers from around the world.

Ever since Intel unveiled its ultramobile PC platform at Cebit 2006 and Samsung Electronics took the wraps off the first machine based on that platform, the Q1, there has been increased interest in the market for small, sub-notebook size laptops.

Machines matching the form factor are expected to be a big theme of Computex 2007.


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