Could the ICD Ultra be the Haiku of 2010?

Updated on 27 January 2015 by

If you remember back as far as 2006, you might remember the Haiku tablet which was part of Microsoft’s Origami project. It was a prototype and it never reached a production line.


Origami was all about mobility, connectivity and style but the PC technology and operating systems of the time just couldn’t deliver the dream. The Origami project and team were eventually closed down.

Look to 2010 and you have this:

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It’s a 7 inch tablet PC by ICT called the Ultra and is aimed and mobility, connectivity scenarios with a good pinch of style. The technology IS ready now and this product should be getting a lot of airtime at CES in just a few weeks. Engadget have already had hands-on.

The operating system is Android 2.0 which doesn’t have the productivity focus that Microsoft might have wanted but that’s probably a good thing. Squeezing Excel cells into a 7 inch screen was always a challenge.

Ironically neither Microsoft or Intel are involved in this device. The ICT Ultra is based on an Nvidia platform running an ARM core.

More information, specifications and some analysis over at Carrypad.

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13 Comments For This Post

  1. UMPCPortal says:

    New article: Could the ICD Ultra be the Haiku of 2010?

  2. Steve 'Chippy' Paine says:

    RT @umpcportal: New article: Could the ICD Ultra be the Haiku of 2010?

  3. Mobile Ninja says:

    Could the ICD Ultra be the Haiku of 2010?

  4. Wolle says:

    This sounds interesting:

  5. squirrel says:

    600gm – enough heavy

    I don’t understand, what CPU do they speak about? ARM11 working at 1000 Mhz – is that real?

  6. Patrick says:


    Most probably ARM-A8 base.

    Someone told on this website told that Tegra will be coming on time. Well whoever told that you got my apologies.. it puts a smile on my face never the less. :)

  7. squirrel says:

    ARM11 (but 750Mhz) – nVidia site
    never heard that Tegra has Cortex (only Tegra2 will)

  8. Patrick says:

    This is Tegra T20, they will unveil it next month.

  9. TareX says:

    yep… this is HUGE.

    It’s Cortex 1Ghz

  10. Patrick says:

    Cortex A5? Could the implementation be that fast? That sounds nice!

  11. Wishmaster says:

    Cortex A9 which is faster than Cortex A8 used in OMAP3.

  12. Mike Cane says:

    >>>Squeezing Excel cells into a 7” screen was always a challenge.

    *snort* You forget Documents To Go on Palm PDAs? Pocket Excel? Well, you can relive those days with a 7″ screen as there is DTG for Android these days too!

    Seriously, tho, give me a BT keyboard and a word processor/text editor and I’d be happy.

    It sounds like the Tegra cuts the Atom a new hole.

  13. cul8errr says:

    Haiku and Ultra…same fate? I mean, is the ICD Ultra ever coming out, or was a just a nice idea? ICD are you listening…anyone know any release date info.???

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