Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 6th Jan 2009 09:36 UTC, submitted by caffeine deprived
Hardware, Embedded Systems It seems that after Intel, just about every chip maker wants a piece of the netbook pie. AMD is an obvious competitor, but VIA is also eyeing the little notebooks. However, more exotic options like the Chinese Loongson chips and ARM's Cortex A-8 and A-9 chips are also among the contenders. We can now add a new contender: Freescale.
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RE: not sure about freescale
by pxa270 on Tue 6th Jan 2009 15:51 UTC in reply to "not sure about freescale"
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Their new chip is 'i.MX515 processor is based on the Cortex-A8 core from Arm'

The question is how 'based upon' is it? Compatible with ARM optimised distros? or require a recompile? Is it an ARM with an altivec style engine bolted on?

It's probably just an implementation of the Cortex-A8, not an alteration. ARM doesn't manufacture anything, they just license their designs. Typically, manufacturers take an ARM core and bolt on other parts (GPU, various controllers) to make a SoC (system on chip). The only other current Cortex implementation that I'm aware of is the TI OMAP3 series. The CPU part should be 100% compatible.

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