Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 3rd Feb 2010 20:13 UTC
Hardware, Embedded Systems Ah, the ARM chip. ARM is a hugely successful architecture, and can be found in just about every cell phone or other small device out there. ARM, however, wants more, and for a long time now we've been hearing predictions about an upcoming massive rise in ARM netbooks - so far, this hasn't materialised. Warren East, ARM's CEO, said in an interview with PC Pro that netbooks could one day make up 90% of the laptop market - preferably powered by ARM processors of course.
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I seem to remember lots of ARM, MIPS and SH based netbooks. They liked to call them Handheld PC's and Handheld PC Pros back then. They were sold more as hideously expensive glorified PDA's which might be why they didn't exactly fly off of shelves but they had just about any sort of software you could imagine available for them. I paid like $700 for my Sharp Mobilon.

Take a look at an old HP Jornada 720 to see what I'm talking about. Slap some more storage in there, install an ARM version of Linux or NetBSD and you can have some fun.

I'd rather have a 21st century version of the Newton MessagePad 2x00 though (the ones they finally got right just to axe them a short while later). That thing put the A in PDA.

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