Linked by h3rman on Thu 21st May 2009 11:01 UTC
Hardware, Embedded Systems Few hardware vendors have not yet launched their own mini laptop (or, "netbook"). Most brands these days produce their own version of the same hardware, with Intel's i386-compatible Atom cpu's and Windows XP installed on a spinning hard drive or sometimes still a solid state disk. Some Linux models are still sold by some vendors, among whom Asus, which more or less started selling in this OLPC-inspired genre of laptops.
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don't hold much hope
by AndrewZ on Thu 21st May 2009 14:50 UTC
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I don't hold much hope for the Loonson-2 MIPS chip outside of China. History has shown that the market forces that drive the X86 platform are powerful. X86 have completely killed off MIPS, and Alpha platforms. PowerPC is no longer a desktop options, SPARCs future has been in question for some time.

The only reason Loonson-2 exists is because it is heavily subsidized by the Chinese government. If and when the government removes or lessens subsides, the chip will be prohibitively expensive.

I seriously doubt that the Loonson-2 R&D can keep up with Intel, AMD, ARM or even Via's Nano. It will be outpaced and outmoded like some East German car competing against a West German BMW.

If the Chinese government had half a brain they would have simply bought a controlling interest in Via, and used the Nano as their platform.

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