Linked by David Adams on Mon 28th Jun 2010 16:14 UTC, submitted by M.Onty

The ARM based RISC OS has been floundering in the wilderness somewhat these past years, but it looks like it may - finally - be on the path to a real Lazarus moment with the new Beagleboard and, unusually, El Reg has taken an interest.

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Hopefully on the verge of more ARM systems
by Ravyne on Mon 28th Jun 2010 18:56 UTC
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I'm hopefull we'll be seeing more ARM-based systems this year. We're finally seeing the arm-based netbooks that have been promised these past two years, and there are a couple net-top-like ARM systems available, like the one from Genesi (who also has one of the few ARM netbooks, both manufactured by Pegatron and powered by Freescale's i.MX515), but I'm hoping that new, more-powerful ARM chips will find their way into other roles soon -- I'd love a 12" or 13.3" ARM laptop for example, or a mini/nano ITX system with a fast (say 1.2Ghz+) dual-core ARM chip.

There's also potential for form factors that intel can't touch yet, even with Atom -- if you went with a modest ammount of flash, you could have an ARM-based "pocket-PC" about the size of a 2.5" portable hard drive, complete with ethernet, a couple USB, wifi/bluetooth and HDMI/DisplayPort -- A little thicker and a little deeper and you could get a 1.8" or 2.5" drive in there too (The beagle-board has a lot of extra I/O and is only 3" square or so). The whole thing could be powered by USB (or PoE), so you could jack in to a PC and remote/shell in over the same USB connection (using an included program on a small, dedicated USB mass storage partition), power it from a small and cheap mini-USB cell-phone charger, or just access your files like a USB storage device (perhaps the ARM could provide a FAT32 translation service so the flash could use a more modern, flash-aware filesystem). Just about any company with ARM experience could bring this to market for probably $200, certainly no more than $300, and I'd buy one in a heartbeat.

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