Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 24th Feb 2009 18:22 UTC
Hardware, Embedded Systems Chip company ARM is prepping to make its move into the netbook market, and now it has shown off a few prototype designs that really show off the benefits of using the ARM platform: thanks to passive cooling, no fans are required, enabling ARM netbooks to be much thinner and lighter than their Intel counterparts. Thanks to ZDNet, we have a nice video overview of these ARM netbooks - as well as a few very tiny ARM desktop machines.
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RE: Comment by Kroc
by arpan on Tue 24th Feb 2009 22:03 UTC in reply to "Comment by Kroc"
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But doesn't that mean everything has changed.

The PDA of the past were awkward, and limited. They could not use the web easily.

These netbooks can potentially do everything that a simple user would need: Internet and all that comes with it (email, chat, Facebook, Skype....), Word Processing and other office functions, Video & Music. Current netbooks can handle photo editing and related functions. And they will become more powerful.

The only reason to have a more powerful system would be for advanced use (large screen, Video editing etc.)

I probably would never buy a netbook (for mobile usage an iPhone or Android phone is sufficient), as I would always need a more powerful system for design & development, but it would defintely be enough for my Mom & Dad (for office & communications) and my sister, who's an accountant. They would have no need for anything else.

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