Rumour: ARM-based netbooks later this year

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Mar 16, 2009
1:07 PM EDT
Quoting:DigiTimes claims to have spoken to sources at netbook manufacturers who said that Pegatron Technology plans to produce a netbook based on Freescale's ARM-based i.MX515 CPU, while Wistron reportedly has a netbook based on Qualcomm's ARM-based Snapdragon platform in the works.

As well as this, the site reports that both MSI and Asus have confirmed that they’re “evaluating the possibility of launching Qualcomm CPU-based netbooks.” The site also says that netbooks using Nvidia’s ARM-based Tegra platform will also appear at a later date. Freecom launched its i.MX515 CPU in January, and specifically targeted it at the netbook market with a reference netbook design for OEMs based on Ubuntu Linux.

Mar 17, 2009
5:11 AM EDT
Freescale have certainly released a Notebook reference design based on the i.MX515 and according to the people I speak to there are hopeful of taking big chunks of the market. Freescale are quite pro-Linux and release a lot of these dev boards for Power PC, Coldfire and ARM devices with Linux BSPs. I think they are also fairly high up in the list of kernel contributors.

Mar 18, 2009
12:52 PM EDT ;-)

Mar 18, 2009
1:01 PM EDT
Quoting:However, even if Microsoft was to code an ARM-compatible version of Windows for netbooks, you would still then have the barrier of getting third-party x86 software working on the new OS.

Stupidity knows no bounds. indicates that most of what I need already runs on ARM. Am I missing something? It's just laughable that anyone would suggest there is any reason at all that Linux+FOSS apps is not good enough. Who cares about Windows + proprietary Windows apps?

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