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Intel today introduced five new Atom processors and the Centrino Atom processor for Mobile Internet Devices (MIDs) and embedded computing solutions.

At Intel’s developer event in China (videos), Intel proclaimed the next big thing in consumer gadgets will be the “Internet in your pocket,” reports the NY Times. The company is hoping to capitalize on the success that Apple has had with its iPhone, which is one of the most popular mobile Web smartphones.

Intel’s new Mobile Internet Devices, or MIDs, will have a significant advantage over makers of chips for cellphones because the Intel version will be highly compatible with laptop and desktop software.

Here’s Intel’s UMPC & MID Roadmap.

Intel’s Atom microprocessor was announced in early March. The Atom processor (formerly codenamed “Silverthorne”) will come in speeds up to 1.86 GHz.

Lenovo’s Atom-based IdeaPad U8 was unveiled at the Intel Developer Forum in Shanghai Tuesday. It uses a touchscreen and will run some Microsoft Office applications. The Atom processor will have performance roughly equivalent to laptop computers introduced four years ago, but use half-a-watt to two-and-a-half watts of battery power.

Centrino 2 will be the first platform from Intel to offer an integrated Wi-Fi and WiMAX wireless access. It is expected to be available in certain notebooks in the second half of the year.

Intel presented a list of around 20 manufacturers, 10 service providers, and a big group of software companies that have signed on to work with the company.

Introducing products at the Intel event in Shanghai are Asus, BenQ, Clarion, Fujitsu, Gigabyte, Lenovo, LG-E, NEC, Panasonic, Samsung, Sharp, Toshiba, WiBrain and Usi. Intel has also distanced itself from its traditionally close relationship with Microsoft and Windows by striking up a new partnership with Ubuntu and Red Flag, two distributors of Linux software for consumer markets.

Intel is ready to go with their Atom chip line and wants them to be on sale within 60 days. The first devices with Atom are expected to sell for $400 to $600.

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