Intel’s new Silverthorne and Diamondville processors are due to be released sometime during the second quarter of this year, according to this article on Computerworld. The chips are built and specialized to run Linux.Ubuntu Mobile Edition is made for this platform, and has been built in collaboration with both Nokia and Intel.
This means that an Ubuntu Mobile device could make it to store shelves sometime later this year or early first quarter next year. Ubuntu Mobile makes use of the smaller and faster chips to be placed on MIDs, or Mobile Internet Devices. Since the new chips are the most powerful of their kind, Ubuntu Mobile has the ability to run full desktop applications that come preinstalled, such as Pidgin Chat, Firefox web browser, and Driver blog poster.